On the 29th October 2015, Leeds Fold, a newly established recording/rehearsal studio, workshop and gig space opened up its’ doors to the public in the first of a series of monthly live jazz events. The celebrations kicked off with a house band made up of some of Leeds finest jazz musicians, a mountain of fresh samosas, homemade sweet chilli jazz jam, and beer from Leeds brewery.
As if that wasn’t enough merriment for one night, Leeds’ vintage vocal songstress' “The Honeybirds” recorded their Christmas single live in front of an audience armed with handbells and well oiled vocal chords.
Vocals: Daisy Thurkettle, Jenny Smith, Tessa Smith
Trumpet: Kim Macari
Tenor Saxophone: Will Howard
Guitar: Kathy Dyson
Piano: Jamil Sheriff
Double Bass: Sam Quintana
Drums: Jordan Dinsdale
Crowd of handbells conducted by James Hamilton. Music and lyrics by Jenny Smith, arranged by Jenny Smith and James Hamilton. Recorded at Leeds Fold Studio Party by Jack Davis. Mixed and mastered by James Hamilton
This little piece of Christmas can be yours to take home for whatever price you like. Proceeds will go towards helping The Honeybirds, Leeds Fold and New Jazz Records do what they do :-)
The Honeybirds have a passion for closeharmony singing, vintagestyle dresses and red lipstick! Established in March 2012, the elegant trio first took to the stage at Haworth's 1940's festival and have been delighting audiences ever since. Singing predominantly Andrew's Sisters arrangements, The Honeybirds pride themselves on an authentic closeharmony sound as heard in the 1930s and 40s.
Leeds Fold is a recording/rehearsal studio, live venue and workshop space run by a group of volunteers, aimed at providing accessible, high quality facilities to early career musicians and producers.
****Some of us were even there ringing dem bells....