Very pleased to announce that German Shepherd Records have teamed up with Bert Weill Productions to promote my work: the work of Boz Hayward and bozchestra. The first thing on the agenda is the new bozchestra album ‘Films in Music’ which is released on September 9th and is available now on iTunes and other download sites to pre-order.
Films in Music, the long awaited bozchestra instrumental follow-up to Shortscores is available for preorder from iTunes as of August 12th, 2016. It will shortly be available from most other regular download sites. The actual release date is September 9th, 2016. There will be a number of bozchestra shows in the autumn to promote FIM. So, preorder from today and make films in your mind!
One week from now I’ve got a further announcement to make relating to the whole Boz Hayward and bozchestra back catalogue and future albums – so continue to watch this space. In the meantime here is a link to a brief tour of FIM
Happy listening! Boz x
There’s rare chance to see bozchestra play on July 16th. This is a wonderful, free community festival in Whalley Range, Manchester in Manley Park on Clarendon Road – and we are on at 1.45 pm. The line-up is me, Mark Greer (slide guitar), Phil Robinson (guitarron bass), Rob haynes (drums) and Rick Burrows (trumpet).
Fantastic news! My 2nd LP ‘ReCaffeinated’ (2011) is now available for free listens on soundlcoud! Featuring brilliant musicians including Ellie Bryce, dbh – Dan Bridgwood-Hill, Mark Greer, Phil Robinson, Gaynor Keah Whittaker, Rick Burrows, Simon Gayther and, of course, Rob Haynes on percussion. Please take a listen HERE.
I’m pleased to say I’ve put the first album ‘Featuring Ruby and Eric Next Door’ (2010) on Soundcloud so you can access and stream for free! FREND continues to be available to purchase on download and I intend to bring hard copies of all my albums to any gigs I do. Happy listening. Here’s the link: FREND
A visit to Wounded Knee in 2001 and the book ‘Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee’ by Dee Brown inspired me to write this song. We used to go on stage to a rough recording I made of it. That recording didn’t do it justice. I’d like to think this recording does. My friend – and a musical accomplice of recent years – Dan Bridgwood-Hill has provided a crazy, angry and sad, haunting violin that helps capture the horror of this shameful slaughter in human history. These are musical pictures that have come together to make one big montage of that bleak day in the snow on December 29th 1890 when hundreds of largely defenseless men, women and children from the Lakota Sioux were massacred by the US cavalry. Their bodies were left for days – including that of Big Foot (pictured here). A mass grave was eventually made. This is now fenced and covered by a long stretch of grass on a hillock by the scene of the mass slaughter. In the video I have drawn parallels with the plight of the buffalo and I feature some footage of a Ghost Dance ritual which was in the HBO film ‘Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee’ (2007). In a world where we are still witnessing man’s inhumanity to man it is all the more poignant. (Boz Hayward, November 2015.) December 29th 2015 sees the 125th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre. See ‘Wounded Knee’ (video)
Only a week to go before A Carefully Planned Festival. I’m delighted to announce performing in the bozchestra will be Lucy and Virginia (harmos), Eddie Wastnidge (stepping in very kindly for Rob Haynes on percussion), Mark Greer (slide), Dan Bridgwood-Hill (violin/keys/glock), Rick Burrows (trumpet/keys) and, as always, Phil Robinson (guitarron bass). We play at 3.30pm at the Mint Lounge. Lucy and Virginia do their own set an hour later.. and there’s so much more going on over the whole weekend. Get your tickets here