Highly Recomended Music

Helen McCookerybook - beautiful music, beautiful voice



Recently played a gig with these two bands in Middlesbrough and we were blown away by both:


SWINE TAX (hard-hitting)

SHRUG (mesmerising)



Oliver Cherer's DOLLBOY http://www.dollboy.co.uk/home.html

Ollie is a Frequent collaborator with us he played trumpet on The King And I  from
and he also played a saw on the same albums The Snip
I have often used his discarded tunes and added my own words to make new springs songs (waste not want not)
Check out CD 2 of the EVERYONE'S CUP OF TEA album for some of Ollie's great music

COMET GAIN http://www.last.fm/music/Comet+Gain

Like minded travellers on the Musical backroads
The latest album Howl Of The Lonely Crowd is a corker
And Clang Of The Concrete Swans (superb opening song) has a title i'd kill for
click on the link below to listen and read Kofi Smith's spot on Review

BAND OF HOLY JOY http://www.bandofholyjoy.co.uk/

The very brilliant Holy Joy and Johny Brown the heart and soul of London town
Often played live together with the Springs Johny Brown Sings on 'Dont Write A Song'

From the
album such Great art work as always on latest 7 inch sleeve by Inga Tillere
BRITISH SEA POWER http://www.britishseapower.co.uk/news

Englands most inventive band
A joyous live experience reminds me of all those great Kitchens Of Distinction gigs

JACK HAYTER http://www.jackhayter.com/mainpage.html

Jack has played some lovely pedal steel with us live and on CD
He also sings a duet with me on
Deep Black Water   from the POOR TRACE EP
his voice sounds like someone gargling with stinging nettles and Roofing nails
and puts my 30 years of non smoking asthma wheeze to shame

VIC GODARD http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/

Vic has been close to the Springs from as far back as
Played live together on lots of occasions, both as the Springs and as Subway Sect,
We have played and sung on each others albums over the last few years.
It's a big shame we never got make a proper album together as Vic and The Bitter Springs -
The closest we got to that was the couple of tracks released as the
The picture above is a live album cover that features us on a number of songs
and it's available from Vic's web site