The following news story appeared on the T&M homepage:

Charlie's new side project Click image to enlarge


Charlie Harper has added a new side project to his bow, recently recording with ex-Subs drummer Pete Davies.

After Pete proposed the name 'Charlie's Harper Rats' for this new acoustic venture, the band eventually settled for the moniker 'Charlie Harper's Harbour Rats'.
 
The band, consisting of Pete Davies on drums, Chris Toombs on upright bass, Sally Hunter on violin and vocals, Jewls on penny-whistle, alto saxophone and vocals along with Bernie Elliott playing lead guitars and mandolin, rehearsed on Friday 12th August without Charlie, who is doing vocals, harmonica and guitar.
 
Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge After the U.K. Subs' gig at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich on the Saturday night (13th) Charlie went to stay at Pete's place in the Waveney Valley, Suffolk.

All the band then all rehearsed at Pete's small drum teaching studio on the Sunday (14th) and then went into The Music Outpost studio on the Monday (15th).
 
In the studio the new band laid down basic drum and bass tracks on five songs and started to add pennywhistle, violin and guitar. The tracks recorded were 'The Cuckoo', 'Rollin In My Sweet Baby's Arms', 'Summertime', 'Hobo's Lullaby' and the UK Subs classic 'Stranglehold'.

Click image to enlarge The song 'Four Strong Winds' had been rehearsed but was not recorded.

Regular readers of the Time & Matter website will no doubt recall that Charlie has also covered the song 'Hobo's Lullaby' with ex-Vibrators' guitar and vocalist Knox for their forthcoming new acoustic Urban Dogs album.Click image to enlarge

'Hobo's Lullaby' is a particular favourite song of Charlie's, being an old folk song covered by a few of Charlie's musical heroes, including Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliot. The opening line of 'Hobo's Lullaby' is "Go to sleep, you weary hobo, let the town drift slowly by; listen to the steel rails humming, that's the hobo's lullaby."
Harper historians will know that one of Charlie's bands in the 1970s was called the Steel Hummers, who were named from these song lyrics.
 
Further work is due to take place in the next few weeks on these tracks, with plans to record
more tracks soon, of which the Subs classics 'Teenage', 'Warhead' and 'Party In Paris' are due to get the Harbour Rats' "...cooostic treatment..." as Pete would term it!

More details and updates will appear here...

 


The news story was removed from the homepage on 2/1/2012, but had been updated in the interim:

 

 

Charlie's new side project Click image to enlarge


Charlie Harper has added a new side project to his bow, recently recording with ex-U.K. Subs drummer Pete Davies.

After Pete proposed the name 'Charlie's Harper Rats' for this new acoustic venture, the band eventually settled for the moniker:

'Charlie Harper's Harbour Rats'.
 
The band, consisting of Pete Davies on drums, Chris Toombs on upright bass, Sally Hunter on violin and vocals, Jewls on penny-whistle, alto saxophone and vocals along with Bernie Elliott playing lead guitars and mandolin, rehearsed on Friday 12th August without Charlie, who is doing vocals, harmonica and guitar.
 
Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge After the U.K. Subs' gig at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich on the Saturday night (13th) Charlie went to stay at Pete's place in the Waveney Valley, Suffolk.

All the band then all rehearsed at Pete's small drum teaching studio on the Sunday (14th) and then went into The Music Outpost studio on the Monday (15th).
 
In the studio the new band laid down basic drum and bass tracks on five songs and started to add pennywhistle, violin and guitar. The tracks recorded were 'The Cuckoo', 'Rollin In My Sweet Baby's Arms', 'Summertime', 'Hobo's Lullaby' and the U.K. Subs classic 'Stranglehold'.

Click image to enlarge The song 'Four Strong Winds' had been rehearsed but was not recorded.

Regular readers of the Time & Matter website will no doubt recall that Charlie has also covered the song 'Hobo's Lullaby' with ex-Vibrators' guitar and vocalist Knox for their forthcoming new acoustic Urban Dogs album.Click image to enlarge

'Hobo's Lullaby' is a particular favourite song of Charlie's, being an old folk song covered by a few of Charlie's musical heroes, including Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliot. The opening line of 'Hobo's Lullaby' is "Go to sleep, you weary hobo, let the town drift slowly by; listen to the steel rails humming, that's the hobo's lullaby."
Harper historians will know that one of Charlie's bands in the 1970s was called the Steel Hummers, who were named from these song lyrics.
 
Further work is due to take place in the next few weeks on these tracks, with plans to record
more tracks soon, of which the Subs classics 'Teenage', 'Warhead' and 'Party In Paris' are due to get the Harbour Rats' "...cooostic treatment..." as Pete would term it!

UPDATE NUMBER 2: 25/8/2011
Pete Davies has informed T&M that Charlie Harper's Harbour Rats have finished recording two tracks, namely: 'The Cuckoo' and 'Rollin In My Sweet Baby's Arms'.

UPDATE NUMBER 1: 23/8/2011
Gary Fahy of the Northern Irish Punkerama Records informs T&M that they will be releasing a Charlie Harper's Harbour Rats 7" single, limited to 300. The first 100 will be on a "special coloured vinyl".
Punkerama website HERE
Punkerama Facebook HERE

More details and updates will appear here...

Pete Davies Drum Tuition - click image to enlarge

Pete Davies Drum Tuition

Pete's tuition classes are mostly carried out at various schools in the Norfolk area. However, he does have some time available to take on some more private pupils at his studio. Pete teaches all abilities, all ages and standards taught, starters & returners, snare drum rudiments, and all styles, drumming for
fitness or fun.
Tuition duration can be 1/2 hour, 3/4 hour or 1 hour lessons to suit. 

If you live in or are near to the Waveney Valley area (not far from Harleston, Norfolk) then please email Pete
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further details.