Hip Hip Hooray! At the Lowry in Salford on Wednesday February 9th HOME SERVICE won the coveted BEST LIVE ACT 2012 at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards.

photograph by Peter Stevens

The mighty HOME SERVICE reconvene

The first reviews are beginning to appear, both the band and label are heartened and humbled to receive so many five stars:

★★★★★ Financial Times ★★★★★ R2    ★★★★★ Maverick

This incandescent, incendiary, and absolutely magnificent performance
is a totally essential purchase: no argument.
David Kidman, Net Rhythms

Expect this to be in the ‘Best of 2011’ and make no mistake.
Make it the soundtrack of your summer y’hear.
Simon Jones, fRoots

Warning: this report may contain added hyperbole.

Briefly during the 1980s the finest rock’n’folk ensemble in the known universe were the mighty HOME SERVICE. All those who attended their performances fondly remember the power and the glory of this majestic band in full flight. Recently some previously unheard live recordings made by their former sound engineer on a couple of cassette tapes came to light. The tapes have languished in the back of his wardrobe for the last 25 years. These recordings, made at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1986, exhibit a power and commitment that was never fully captured in the studio, so a live album release immediately became inevitable.

The resulting CD – LIVE 1986 – (FLED 3085) will be released on Monday July 4th.
“A magnificent incendiary performance.”

CD track list = 100% classic Home Service repertoire:
01   Alright Jack
02   Walk My Way 4.27
03   Battle Pavanne / Peat Bog Soldiers 5.50
04   Galliard / Bramsley 3.43
05   Snow Falls 3.36
06   Dublin Bay 1.53
07   My Bonny Boy / Scarecrow 6.01
08   The Brisk Young Sailor 1.30
09   Rose Of Allendale 5.42
10   The Lost Lady Found 2.10
11   Lewk Up 4.07
12   Sorrow / Babylon 8.25

Alright Jack : HOME SERVICE by Fledg’ling Records

JOHN TAMS ~ A Complete (?) Discography

jt-head.jpgThis discography attempts to list the original release of all the recordings that feature JOHN TAMS. All catalogue numbers refer to UK releases unless otherwise noted. Subsequent reissues are only included if they contain additional material. Please write if you spot any errors or omissions. Thanks.

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HOME SERVICE ~ “What a cacophony of noise” ~ a little history

The HOME SERVICE that went into Raezor Studios in Wandsworth in December 1985 to make their third LP was a band with a pedigree second to none in its field of English music. That third LP was ALRIGHT JACK and it found the band on a creative streak. At the time of its release critics hailed it as one of the seminal albums in its field, one to rival the best albums that Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, the Albion Band or Richard Thompson had produced. The passage of time has borne out how perceptive those assessments were, for like those other classic albums, it proved more than a ‘genre album’. In a quintessentially British tradition ALRIGHT JACK proved a classic.

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