Liz Dykes & Andy Weatherhead met at the Open Mic Surgery that ran for over ten years each Wednesday night at the Stubbing Wharf pub in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Liz sang a capella in groups ranging from duos to large choirs; Andy composed music and collaborated as a guitarist with local musicians. In 2006 Liz & Andy began writing songs together and performing them locally.
In 2015 they recorded this, their Debut Album Throwaway Lines as The Cobblestones, with local producer Patrick Evans. Patrick is also a singer-songwriter, who grew up in the Calder Valley, and had collaborated with both Liz and Andy on musical projects before setting up his own recording studio in Cragg Vale. He now lives in New York.
The Cobblestones take their inspiration from their surroundings in the Calder Valley, jamming with friends, artwork from local exhibitions and the occasional flood. Their style is modern folk, with influences from pop, jazz and blues.
released February 13, 2016
All songs written and performed by Liz Dykes and Andrew Weatherhead
Credits: Track 1 Atholl Ransome (Alto Sax). Track 5 Michael Linden West (Backing Vocals, Slide Violin)
Jake and Jack Uttley (Backing Vocals), Paddy McClave and Sarah Martindale (Thunder Tube)
Track 8 Graham Thompson (Banjo), Paul Weatherhead (Theremin), Andrew Wood (Didgeridoo)
Paddy McClave and Louis Simmonds (Wine Glasses).
Production, sound engineering and mixing by Patrick Evans, Birchwood Studios, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge
Mastered by Joe Lambert, JLM Mastering, New York
Photography by Nigel Hillier
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