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Imagined Village at Regent’s Park

Posted on: April 5th, 2011 by Craig Sparkes No Comments

Sunday September 4th sees The Imagined Village arrive at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, tickets here

Simon Emmerson’s Weirdy Birdy Mix

Posted on: October 12th, 2010 by Craig Sparkes 1 Comment

World premier and exclusive West Dorset mix of new tracks Simon’s been working on with various bands, bird song recordings and a sea shanty project done for the brilliant Folk Radio web site. Music from the hedge


Imagined Village at Brighton Festival Fringe Sunday 23rd May

Posted on: May 21st, 2010 by Craig Sparkes No Comments

This Sunday sees The Imagined Village return to the stage for a set in Brighton as part of the Festival Fringe. The band had a fantastic time in Brighton last time round and are excited to be back again!

Folk Against Fascism at London Southbank Sunday 2nd May

Posted on: April 28th, 2010 by Craig Sparkes No Comments

Sunday 2nd May sees the arrival of Folk Against Facism’s Village Fete on London’s South Bank. Imagined Village collaborator Jackie Oates will be on hand, in May Queen attire, to regale passers by with song, friendly chatter, and a new ballistic from our friends at Lush called BTNG (B*ll*cks To Nick Griffin). Those of you who caught the Imagined Village on tour in January may remember Simon Emmerson capturing you on film giving the two-fingered salute to the BNP man. This bath ballistic adopts the same gesture. Come on down!

A few words

Posted on: March 25th, 2010 by Craig Sparkes 1 Comment

I never did make it to Africa. As soon as the first record on ECC, Synaesthesia, was released, our second album came forward and was ready to go, putting the brakes on my planned journey south. I suspect my friends and family are all boasting magnificent tans by now and my I will be a source of ridicule for the rest of the year.

Empire & Love by The Imagined Village was released on January 11th to exceptional reviews and has been a critical and commercial wonder. I was fortunate enough to catch the band on tour in Salisbury and was surprised to hear one of my friends crop up in a duet with Jackie Oates on stage, who’s voice was a nice addition to the song of his, Lark In The Morning. This duet was preceded by a reading from Anthony McGeehan, who regaled the audience with his opinions on journalists and their practice. As I was unable to catch a glimpse of the reserved author, I concluded that he must have been hiding in the relative safety of the wings when he was delivering his speech.

The gig was a hoot, and I tried my best two stick two feathers up to Nick Griffin.

At the moment, I am back in the studio, wondering what the sun would feel like on my back in Africa, and overseeing the finishing touches that are being put to the third ECC release – another composition for the Lush Spas, this time for their facial treatment. My beak has never felt so good after all the facial massages I’ve been having.

I have to fly now as I’m about to drop in on a meeting with a potential new signing to ECC, more on this to come……

ECC Records is on Facebook!

Posted on: March 20th, 2010 by Craig Sparkes 2 Comments

Join ECC Records on Facebook as we expand the ways we keep in touch. Take a look here

My first blog…

Posted on: October 24th, 2009 by Craig Sparkes 2 Comments

Emmerson Corncrake and Constantine is the ideal record company for me as a silent partner because throughout my years, I have perfected the art of being heard and not seen. At the moment, most of my friends are sunning themselves on the plains of Africa, yet I am back here in the UK, much against the advice of my father whose visions of me of me under the mowing blades in the middle of a hay field have been causing him no end of sleepless nights. I have reassured him that my business lies in an office in Poole town, near the Channel waters, miles from any hay.

I have postponed my holiday to Africa until our first record release, Synaesthesia, has been printed and released to Lush Cosmetics stores nationwide. I’ve had a great time working on this project, and the massages I’ve received as part of my research have made me the envy of all corncrakes headed south right about now. The combination of gorgeous music, grand aromas and sensations from the caressing hands of the masseuse has turned my summer into a deeply relaxed affair. Being in this country, the thought of the decline of my ancestors here played heavy on my mind, but the relaxing vibes of the spa treatment soon put an end to all that worry. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Good things come to those who…

Posted on: October 15th, 2009 by Craig Sparkes No Comments

…wait.

Good things come to those who…

Posted on: July 24th, 2009 by Craig Sparkes No Comments

…wait.