Had a really great night doing RIC NEALE DOES PET SOUNDS (and other stuff) at Headingley Heart last night. Massive thanks to those that came down. Particular thanks go to the staff at Heart who were so welcoming and to Mel Neale for taking these lovely photos.
Huge apologies to the people that were hoping to come to the shows I've had to cancel due to illness. By all accounts they all went fine despite/because of my absence. I've now rescheduled the gig at Dulcimer for July 6th so check out the events page for more details.
There are a few more gigs up there now so hopefully I'll see you at one of them soon.
RIC NEALE DOES PET SOUNDS is out now! I play all the songs from the classic Beach Boys album with just a piano and my voice. it was a really tough challenge and I'm very pleased to share it with you. You can listen to it HERE.
I played piano on this great track by the band Captain Wilberforce. I did it ages ago and its out now. Have a listen below;
All kinds of things have been happening over the early part of 2017 which I haven't had chance to share with you. Firstly, there are a few new gigs up on the events page and more are being added as time passes. Keep an eye on it and stuff will be coming your way.
My RIC NEALE DOES PET SOUNDS record is now finished and should be out at soon. I'm super happy with it and cant wait to share it with all of you. You can watch a clip of me playing one of the songs from it on the Videos page.
The soundtrack to the musical I wrote "Dancing Bear" with Jamie Fletcher and Beccy Owen is now out and you can listen to it (and even purchase it) on Bandcamp
I've also been out to do a couple of shows in South Korea which was an amazing experience.
There are a few opportunities to come see me making music between now and the end of the year should you so desire. I've got three solo shows in November (detailed on the flier below);
Fri Nov 18th - Chapel FM, Seacroft, Leeds - I'm doing my solo Pet Sounds Show which'll be followed by a showing of the wonderful Brian Wilson biopic Love And Mercy https://www.facebook.com/events/908177322648916/
Tues Nov 22nd - The Tin at The Coal Vaults, Coventry - More Pet sounds fun with support from the wonderful Paul Mcnultyhttps://www.facebook.com/events/116177045524736/
Wed Nov 23rd - Unity Works, Wakefield - I'm doing a set of my own tunes with spoken word support from Rob Reedhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1580925322215078/
As well as those solo shows I'm doing a show with the amazing Edible Doormouse (feat. John Cooper Matt Smith Matt Hutchinson D R Scales and Timothy Victor) that will involve badly rehearsed tunes and lager on Sat Dec 3rd at The Old Ship in Hammersmith, Londonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/898598886907437/
...and on Sat Dec 10th I'll be playing with the Beach Boys tribute band SURF'S UP at The Theatre On The Steps in Bridgnorthhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1241335435896775/
...surely you'll be sick of me by then...?
I've been asked to contribute a track to the debut "60 second recordings" album "I Found Myself Mirrored in Autumn". It's an album featuring ten artists, each of which have created a track that is one minute in length. My track "Give Me A Minute" features my friend Robbie Tabrett on bass and will be a bit of a sonic surprise to the people that usually hear me with just a piano, but i had a great time producing it. It's going to be out on November 11th and you can read more here.
Many Thanks to all that came down to the Pet Sounds show in Chorlton, Manchester, I had a wonderful time and it looks very likely that I'll be doing it again soon.
In other news I'll be returning to Unity Works in Wakefield to play some of my new material. The show is on Wednesday November 23rd and will feature support from Rob Reed.
I'll be performing my Pet Sounds show again on September 1st in Chorlton, Manchester. I'm really excited about doing it again as it was such an exciting challenge when i did it in Leeds a couple of months back. get down there if you can...
I had a great time playing at the Underneath The Stars festival. Huge thanks to all the folks that came to see my set; saw some old friends and made some new ones.
In exciting news I have made a new record. I know it's only a few months since the last one but i had an opportunity to use some studio time so had an intensive period of writing and came up with four new songs. Originally they were going to be demos for a bigger project but i was so happy with the quality of the recordings that i thought id share it with folk. it's live on my bandcamp page now and will be on itunes and spotify over the next few weeks. "Pencil" as it is called, was recorded and mixed by the fabulously talented Mark Pavey over two days in Wales at the start of July. A massive thanks to him for all of the hard work he put into the project. It looks likely thatI'll be playing piano on his forthcoming record at the end of the year so watch this space. You can stream all of Pencil (and purchase it i might add) below.
Such was the success of the Pet Sounds show that I've been invited to to it again, this time in Chorlton near Manchester. It's on Thursday September 1st and will feature a support set of Beach Boys songs from the wonderfully talented Paul McNulty
The Pet Sounds 50th anniversary show at Oporto was a huge success so massive thanks to everyone that came down (and it was packed). I've been invited back to do a set of my own material (which is quite a lot easier to sing) on Monday July 11th so check out the events page for more info.
In fact, here's a very brief couple of moments from it caught on video from the audience...
The very next day Ric and his band The Housekeping Society played two sets at the prestigious Internatioonal Pop Overthrow festival at The Cavern in Liverpool. again, a great many thanks to those of you that came along to support us, we had a great day.
On monday May 16th Im doing all of the songs from The Beach Boys album PET SOUNDS at Oporto in Leeds to celebrate the 50th anniversary of it's release. come on down, it'll be really good fun - hopefully it'll feel like a birthday party!
Here's a little video of me talking about it and doing one of the tunes...
Massive thanks to all who have purchased, listened to shared and said nice things about the new record "All That Counts". I had an amazing time launching it down at Unity Works a couple of weeks ago and have just about sobered up. Here's some video filmed by Jody Gabriel (though there's more to come) from the night. as well as some photos taken by Adam Martin
It's here! "All That Counts" is OUT NOW. You can listen to it and purchase it below, and if you want to listen to the bonus record "Counting Backwards" go to the music page.
Also, don't forget that Ric will be launching All That Counts at Unity Works in Wakefield on Wednesday April 13th. There are a few more gigs coming up, go to the events page to find out more.
Here's a video of Ric playing the song "Dotted Line" fro Joe Simpson's "Almost There" project.
Here's a little video that Ric made of his new song "Together" from the forthcoming record "All That Counts"
Ric is playing at The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield on April 21st to celebrate the work of artist Martin Parr. He's even writing a new song just for the occasion. It is free and a lovely place to hang out.
Ric will be launching his new album "All That Counts" at Unity Works bar in Wakefield on Wednesday, April 13th. It's going to be really exciting. Come down to hear old songs, and new ones...
The theatre piece that Ric wrote songs for and musically directed "Dancing Bear" was performed to a sell out crowd at The West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds and The Contact Theatre in Manchester last week and was a huge success. As well as receiving a standing ovation the show also got a five star review in the West Yorkshire Post (it also described the songs as "Achingly beautiful"). The show, in which Ric plays, acts and even dances is hopefully going on tour in early 2017.
Welcome to the all new Ric Neale website. As we approach the release of the new album "All That Counts", this is where you will be able to find out about everything that's going on. It's all very exciting.