Friday, 4 October 2019

McCully Workshop new Double album

The new album, titled INFINITY, from one of Cape Town's greatest rock bands of all time, McCully Workshop (also known sometimes as McCully's Workshop), is slated for an end of October 2019 release. It is a time leap into the eighties, that wonderfully creative era of musical inspiration, but is also a record that sounds like it could only have been produced now.

If your band played in the clubs of that period, you covered the songs of the Beatles, Supertramp, Queen, Police, The Small Faces, Tears for Fears, Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and others, and your own writing could not help but be deeply influenced by these artists. McCully Workshop's own hits, Birds Flying High, Buccaneer and Chinese Junkman were pure eighties UK style pop rock.

The tracks on their new album, nineteen in all (it would be a double album if we lived in that era still), are written and produced by different members, all members being represented on the composition side, with bassist and master producer, Tully McCully overseeing everything.

L to R, Gordon, Mike, Tully, Richard and Rupert. Pic Irene McCullagh
Many of the new tracks pay tribute to the above mentioned super groups. Though all new material, there is a nostalgic feel to the collection. It is a celebration of commercial rock, with a contemporary production approach.

McCully Workshop were/are a party band, a show band, whose fans came back for more, week after week, to their Rondebosch residency, amongst others. They were booked to play the Matric Dances (Proms) of many a South African school who wanted to make their celebrations something to remember.

The band enjoyed their live gigs and had the luxury of holding on to their day jobs, an essential reality check for musicians who were on stage for the good time. Tully and guitarist Richard Black are successful sound engineers and producers servicing the advertising industry. Drummer Mike McCullagh is a show producer with his own business and pianist Rupert Mellor was packing them in at the solo residencies he had at different piano bars in the week. Relative new addition, Gordon MacKay (brother of 70s UK rocker Duncan MacKay) adds to the fullness of the live sound, and contributes two of his songs to the package.

Many bands see their career plan as starting out in a small club in their home town and growing a bigger following and a media image. With luck they get a hit or two and then sign a record deal and have a shot at the international market. McCully Workshop did not dream of this path. Perhaps they did not want the disappointment that that route almost certainly guarantees. Perhaps the life in a city like Cape Town was too good to sacrifice. They have the talent to play in the bigger arena but do not have the singleminded hunger necessary for greater success in the pop music game.

Tully McCully produced number one hits for several acts, Lesley Rae Dowling and Crocodile Harris, to mention two. His own vocals on some of the tracks on Infinity, are the perhaps the best he has recorded with his own band.

Logically many of the songs on this new album reflect on the past more than anything released by the group up to now. This is to be expected for a band with a thirty year track record on stage and at least half a dozen albums behind them.

Link to sales - https://music.apple.com/fr/album/infinity/1483334147?l=en

Tin Cans Discs
October 2019

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Falling Mirror Album on Vinyl - part 1


We want to announce that we are putting this idea on ice for the moment .

We are mindful of the fact that it is not every project where one of the protagonists literally drops dead while recording, a fact that makes this the groups final album.

The main reason for this delay is that it is not clear what form a vinyl (LP) will take. In addition to this the digital release is proceeding with many platforms having already uploaded the master, ahead of the March release, and we don't want to put the brakes on that. This includes Tidal, where high quality downloads will be available.

By what form a vinyl release will take, we mean -
a) Will it be a white label only pressing? The cost estimate we put out was for a white label but some fans have suggested they want something more.
b) Will there be any artwork on the label or even will there be a printed sleeve?
The cost difference is pretty substantial if we print paperwork. Tins Cans Discs have committed to making 100 LPs available a cost. Thereafter the balance of the limited pressing (another 50 pieces) would be sold, but it has been pointed out that a white label might not be so interesting for dealers?

Producer Tully McCullagh is also considering a way of making the vinyl release different from the digital album.

We have found a possible collaborator in Cape Town who has agreed to help get this collectors edition distributed.

Fans are asked for some patience on this one. More soon on these pages. Please feel free to comment.

Write with questions - songwrights@gmail.com


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Monday, 21 January 2019

McCully, Mister Moon single for February Full Moon

The new single from McCully Workshop is called Mister Moon. It's scheduled for release on the 19th of February 2019 which will be the February Full Moon. The north American indigenous peoples call it a Snow Moon but perhaps for the band a Blues Moon might fit better.

Cover of the single - (c) Songwrights Publishers 2019

This time it's the turn of keyboard player, Rupert Mellor on vocals. The last single, was sung by guitarist Richard Black. Both songs will be part of an album due out later this year.

The new song is a blues rocker. Rupert tells the story that he came home late one night after a gig and found a page of lyrics on the kitchen table.

He says, "My wife Cheryl was having a case of the Blues and wrote the text as a kind of poem. The next day I put the music to it".

He took it the producer Tully McCully who decided to record the song.

We will post a pre-order listening link for fans as soon as we have one.


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

McCullys have a new album in the workshop !

There was a time in the mid 1980s when McCully Workshop were one of the very best acts on the rock music scene in South Africa. If they played your Matric dance you went to a cool school!

They had a couple of hit singles, Birds Flying High, Buccaneer and Chinese Junkman, and their shows where packed out. Notably their weekend residency in the Canterbury club in  Rondebosch, Cape Town where the band staged concerts including a mixture of covers, comedy and their own songs.

The central line-up did not change much and was set around the McCullagh brothers, Tully and Mike, guitarist Richard Black and keyboard man, Rupert Mellor. But there were many guest players too.



They went on the make 4 albums. Now they are back in the studio working on a new record. The first track taken from the new sessions, I got a Feeling (feat. Richard Black) is now out on all digital platforms. They also have a video on the net which shows the band goofing around at Tully's home studio. I Got a Feeling is a straight pop rocker written by Richard and Tully.

Link to iTunes - I got a Feeling

For the new album all the members are writing and even contributing to the production. No date has been fixed for the release but enough material has been recorded.



Friday, 13 July 2018

Retro Rocker project revived.

Hamburg -

The duo Penn Jones and Tully McCully have revived a bunch of great songs written a few years ago and Tully has completed the first single that will be part of an album later this year. The material is very danceable retro pop rock.

Single sleeve by Citizenquinn
Penn who originally hails from London (UK) is now a Nashville based singer, songwriter and sound engineer.

Tully is a producer and bass player for the former chart topping group McCully Workshop.

The two spent time in Tully's Cape Town studio recording the basics, including Penn's very punchy vocal tracks.

For a number of reasons the whole project went on ice for a while. Tully had originally recorded the tracks on 2 inch analog tape in his previous studio and needed to find a way to transfer the tracks to his all digital system set up in his home studio.

Hamburg (Germany) based rock label, Tin Can Discs heard the rough tracks and offered a license to release the productions, so Tully set to work again.  What he has so far delivered are some very well produced and performed songs.

The first release is a high energy track called, What it takes to be, a co-write by the two artists featuring Penn on vocals. The track is live on all the main digital portals now.

Link to the music - Penn and Tully

Beatles remake well done.

10/8/2017

The first new issue on the label to take on in 2017 is the single production by the US act known as RE-IMAGINE Nation.


http://leethorpentertainment.blogspot.de/2017/07/nowhere-man-very-fresh-take.html

Final Falling Mirror album in the works!

Cape Town - 

80s cult rockers, FALLING MIRROR, are set to have their final album of previously unreleased tracks ready to present to fans in the next 2 months.

Johnny Calls the Chemist, issued in 1984 was the single that put the group on the map.  The song which was promoted by Benjy Mudie and issued by the local Warner Brothers affiliate, was penned by Neilen Mirror and Allan Faull and produced by Tully McCully.  The group including drummer Pat Humphreys went on to issue several records that established them as an album act.
L to R, Allan Faull , Nielen Mirror and Pat Humphreys. 
Pic Rob Piper. (c) Songwrights Publishers

In the late 1980s there were reports about an international signing after the label sent tracks to LA. That was a difficult time for SA artists with the so-called cultural boycott in full swing. Falling Mirror's hopes were collateral damage and they trimmed their efforts to recording for the local market.

In 2014 Tully called the two main protagonists back into the studio to write and record again. There were new songs. There was a documentary on the group being shot and they had played a few gigs. This was after a hiatus of some 6 years with no new recordings.

Then the shock of all shocks hit the band. Guitarist Allan Faull had a heart attack in the studio and died.  It has taken 4 years to get over the setback but Tully went back to the tracks a few months ago and decided to finish the album. 

Allan was a reserved and introspective musician but with considerable artistic and technical capabilities. This can be heard on the new recordings which Tully has produced to showcase Allan's playing.

There will be 9 or 10 tracks on the new album cryptically entitled, Yesterday can change, perhaps a comment on breathing new life into the work done by the late guitarist and his songwriting partner. 



The first single from the album to be released on the 3rd of August is called Girl of Fashion and can be heard on all popular digital platforms. Link - Falling Mirror




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