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Jilambis – Believers in Descendants NOW ON SALE!!

My son’s band, Yamaha competition winners JILAMBIS, have just released their debut album. Entitled “Believers in Descendants” it contains 7 original songs, including their breakthrough track “Well, this isn’t Texas?” which they performed at The Royal Albert hall last November. For those of you outside the Yorkshire area unable to get to a gig, the album is now available through our own shop as a mail order.  Just click here:

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You can also visit the guys here:  JILAMBIS FACEBOOK

And here’s a reprise of that Albert hall appearance:

September 24, 2010 Posted by | Music, Recording, Rock, Writing | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Youth is on Fire

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An “awayday” unlike any other this week – and a trip to London that had me sailing a sea of emotions, nostalgia, friendship, fatherhood, pride, you name it, I felt it on Tuesday.

This was the day I flew to London to watch my son Corey’s band Jilambis – open the Music For Youth Proms concert at The Royal Albert Hall. But before that, I had time to grab lunch with my old bandmate Stef, after nearly three decades had passed since we last saw each other. We had a lot of catching up to do, and it was great talking about the old band days. the following day, he was off into the recording studio to put down the drum track to one of those songs we wrote back in the 70’s, and thanks to the wonder of the internet, we will recreate it between three of the former band members.

Then it was on to the RHA, and a meeting up with an understandably nervous Corey, who sneaked me backstage to meet up with the rest of Jilambis as they got ‘in the zone’. Around 6.15pm, my Dad arrived with family from New Zealand, plus my new Stratocaster that was a birthday present from Miki (that had been languishing in Derby for 5 months ) and we took our seats to watch the show unfold.

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Jilambis hit the stage like a rocket from a bottle, accompanied by screams and cheers from the 5,000 strong crowd. Storming through what is fast becoming their signature tune “Well, this isn’t Texas” – they were relentless,  no-one could’ve opened proceedings better. Followed by another group of young percussionists performing a fantastic urban rhythmic extravaganza based on “Stomp” the night was well and truly up and running.

There followed an evening of performances that left me stunned at the standard of musicianship in some of the young people today, and the diversity of their styles and influences. Too many to go into detail here, I must however mention The Greater Gwent Youth Modern Ensemble who performed a piece called Via Crucis that completely took my breath away. The control, the light and shade, the flawless (to these ears) execution of this powerful composition moved me to tears.  It makes me want to nuke the studios of X factor who purport to showcase the nation’s top talent. Yeah, right. I was full of pride that my son shared a stage with these people, as was his Grandad  (who distinguished himself by singing all the words to Elgar’s  Pomp and Circumstance at the end with considerable gusto)

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Balloon Frenzy heralds the end of a wonderful evening

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The Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra belt out "Pomp & Circumstance" amid a flurry of balloons and confetti

There was more emotion to come however as I glimpsed my daughter going on 8 months pregnant for the first time. I don’t think anything prepares a Dad for the onset of Grandfatherhood! – but it was lovely to see her looking healthy.

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Mother to be.....

There was just time to indulge in a post-gig fast food fest with the band before I headed off to catch the early morning flight back to Spain, armed with a new guitar and some new memories.

Kev Moore

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Music, Recording, Touring, Writing | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Music for Youth – Jilambis @ The Royal Albert Hall

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I got an urgent text message last night from my son -“Ring me – Now!” – So, like any dutiful Father, I obeyed. To say he had some good news was something of an understatement. Following his band Jilambis’ triumph at the 02 Academy, Birmingham, and their award of a recording session with Yamaha, they have now been invited by the excellent Schools charity Music for Youth to open the second evening of the three night School Proms 2009 extravaganza at one of the most prestigious venues in the world, The Royal Albert hall. I doubt whether Queen Victoria, upon laying the foundation stone of this memorial to her late husband on the 20th.May (coincidentally my birthday!) 1867, imagined the strains of “Well, this isn’t Texas” echoing around its lofty ceiling, but that is exactly what’s going to happen.

Corey and his band will be walking in the footsteps of some musical greats on November 10th. This is where Cream gave their farewell concert, as well as their reunion show a few years back. This is where Deep Purple made history with their “Concerto for group and orchestra”.

Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin have appeared there, and it is the only venue where The Beatles and The Rolling Stones appeared on the same bill. The only solo concert performed there was by George Harrison, and indeed, it hosted the Concert for George, to commemorate the first anniversary of his death in 2002.

It is a venue steeped in history and musical legacy, and I know he’s proud and stunned to have the chance to appear there. They won’t be overawed though, they will go about the business of making their music like they always do – confident, hard-working, determined. I have a feeling that on November 10th, Jilambis will be laying the first foundation stone on the road to creating their own little piece of history.  – and this Dad couldn’t be prouder.

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Kev Moore

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Music, Recording, Rock, Touring, Writing | , , , , , | 6 Comments