Home Service Band Tour 2011
10 September 2011

The Home Service Band
Home Service was originally formed from the creative nucleus of the Albion Band line-up that produced the classic “Rise Up Like the Sun” album, singer and songwriter John Tams wishing to explore more contemporary themes in his writing
Songs like Walk my Way, Alright Jack, and Sorrow, were anthemic observations on the unfairness of Thatcherite Britain and its social inequalities. The crushing irony is that they sound as potent now as they did then, thereby making this band’s work as relevant as ever.

During its relatively short life in the mid-eighties, Home Service produced three albums (all still available from Fledg’ling Records), headlined at major festivals including Cambridge, Cropredy and Dranouter. They toured extensively, but were probably seen and heard by the greatest number of people when they provided music for the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of “The Mysteries”. This epic trilogy adapted by poet Tony Harrison, ran for many years at the National and Lyceum Theatres, was filmed for television and reprised for the Millennium Celebrations.

Tour dates for 2011 include
Sunday, 3rd July, Half Moon, Putney
Thursday 21st July, Half Moon, Putney
Sunday 31st July, Cambridge Festival
Monday 1st August, Sidmouth Festival
Sunday 7th August, Broadstairs Folk Week
Thursday 11th August, Cropredy Festival
Friday 26th August, Towersey Festival
Saturday 27th August, Shrewsbury Festival
Sunday 9th October, Derby Folk Festival
Sunday 23rd October, Canterbury Festival

Home Service is: John Tams Vocals, Guitar
Graeme Taylor Electric Guitar, Vocals
Steve King Keyboards, Vocals
Jon Davie Bass Guitar, Vocals
Michael Gregory Drums
Paul Archibald Trumpet, Flugel Horn
Roger Williams Trombones
Andy Findon Saxophones, Flutes
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