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Title: It Isn’t Over Yet
Label: Cedarwood Records
Cat No: CEDAR 15 (CD)
UK Release date: 1 September 2017 (Available to Pre-order from our Shop - CD or Download)
Soaring, passionate vocals and superb original songs lie at the heart of Red Shoes music. Red Shoes is
songwriters Carolyn and Mark Evans. ‘It Isn’t Over Yet’, the duo’s brand new (and third) release, is an
exciting double CD set, capturing the full spectrum of their work, from pared-back, intimate, acoustic
performances on one disc to the full-blown folk rock experience on the other.
It’s a fine encapsulation of the two facets of their work: one, the engaging folk duo; the other, a
couple of singers and musicians who are able to call on major folk world (and beyond) talent when a five or sixpiece band is required (many of these from the legendary folk outfit Fairport Convention).
The band disc part of ‘It Isn’t Over Yet’ boasts a terrific, full-throttle line-up featuring (in addition to the two
principals) bassist Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull and The Dylan Project), fiddler Ric Sanders (Fairport Convention, Soft Machine), drummer Rob Mason (Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Robert Plant, Jess Roden, Bronco and Davy Berry) and singer and (here as) dobro player Joe Brown (British rock ‘n’ roll legend!).
The acoustic disc focuses exclusively on the talents of Carolyn, Mark and long-time guitarist Nigel King.
All of these brand new songs are in the duo’s current live set.
Somewhere in Birmingham in the early eighties, a young folk singer called Carolyn auditioned guitarist Mark Evans for her band. Little was she to know at the time, that this would become a partnership not only in songwriting and performing, but also in marriage. With her love for the Wizard of Oz and Mark’s passion for the film The Red Shoes, the band was born. They were joined by fellow Birmingham bassist Derek Eynon, along with Nick Millward on drums. Word started to spread that Red Shoes were creating waves on the music circuit in Brum. Thanks to the support of journalist Mike Davies from What’s On, Steve Morris of Brum Beat and BRMB radio DJ Robin Valk, plus airplay on many other local station's, news travelled fast of their powerful melodic songs and passionate live performances. They then attracted the attention of Clive Gregson (Any Trouble/Solo singer-songwriter), who produced some radio sessions with them. Then Howie Klein (legendary San Francisco DJ; founder of 415 Records and future President of Reprise Records), who playlisted the Red Shoes single All Fall Down across America.
Red Shoes were literally kicking up the highways and were then offered a record deal with Mooncrest, culminating in the release of the Sandy Denny song By the time it gets Dark as a single in 1987. BBC Pebble Mill invited them to perform this and the subsequent recording became their first video and can be found on their YouTube page. Carolyn’s passion for folk music, driven by her love of Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention songs, combined with Mark’s liking for American music played by such artists as Bob Dylan and John Fogerty, created a unique sound. At this time Red Shoes secured more gigs
and festival appearances and they were becoming well known in their field.
In the ‘90s, now married, Mark and Carolyn decided to take time out and have a family, raising two children. Gigging together proved impossible due to juggling family commitments, with Red Shoes put on hold. They continued to write and perform live occasionally at local folk clubs and as their family grew up, time became their own again. One of their daughters, Megan, suggested she create a MySpace page for them, uploading songs from the earlier days. With the advance of technology and a small Korg home-recorder, they recorded some new songs. They also invited people into their home via YouTube, performing the new songs, these achieving over 100 hits a day. A friend suggested they contact Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention, to see if he might be interested in the songs. This grew from a day’s studio time with a couple of songs, into a whole album with Peggy in the producers chair, along with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and PJ Wright (Little Johnny England) guesting on tracks. This new adventure culminated in the release of the critically acclaimed Ring Around the Land in 2009.
Red Shoes are now rekindling imaginations and rousing spirits of audiences across the Folk and Acoustic circuit, both in clubs and at festivals. With their musical and lyrical savoir-faire they carefully craft images and hooks that remain determined to get in your head, representing points of view that give potency to the music and create lasting impressions. Ring Around The Land contains sharply observed songs with backbone and intensity that will take listeners on an emotional journey, from the heartfelt deeply personal My Father's Green Beret to the rousing anthem of the title track. The poignant opening song Celtic Moon was recently recorded by Fairport Convention on their album Festival Bell.
With the release of their second album "All The Good Friends", Red Shoes continue to create emotionally charged music combined with thought provoking lyrics. This latest recording is bringing them new fans and gaining them more critical acclaim. Produced by Mick Dolan, who's credits include: Show of Hands; Ralph McTell and Mick Jagger, the album reunites them with members of Fairport Convention, along with Dave Swarbrick and Bev Bevan (ELO & The Move).
Carolyn and Mark have turned Red Shoes into a musical family, which includes many talented musicians who have joined them on many gigs and recordings.
The Family so far:
Carolyn Evans; Mark Evans; Dave Pegg; Chris Leslie; PJ Wright; Ric Sanders; Dave Swarbrick;
Bev Bevan; Mick Dolan; Joe Brown; Bert Priest; Megan Evans; Jeremy Paul Carroll; Nigel King; Mick Bullard; Tom Leary; Busby; Tony Kelsey; Rob Mason; Bill Hunt; Brian Badhams; Viv Gale; Della Perrett; Sian Phillips; Dave Henderson; Linda Watkins; Rai Clews; Tim Kirby; The Bailey Sisters; Tim Marris; Triangle; Gerry Colvin; Marion Fleetwood; Alyson Rainey and anyone in the audience who joins us onstage at gigs!