Ceri Shaw



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By: Ceri Shaw
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"There's so much to love about that!"
- Adam Walton, BBC Introducing

"The harmonies are sharp and the energy levels are through the roof" 
- Frank Henessy, BBC Radio Wales 

"Excellent vocal harmonies, It's an enjoyable journey from start to finish" 
The Indy  Review

"Lights is an absolutely gorgeous track!"
- The Sounds Won't Stop

Swansea Folk-pop aficionados ‘Lost Tuesday Society’ have announced a brand new album entitled ‘Bee Skin Rug’ which will be released independently on Friday 22nd of October. 

‘Lights’ is the feature track to be taken from the ‘Bee Skin Rug’ album and this terrific uplifting signature tune and has been very well received. Harmony flooded and certainly becoming a real automatic-earworm, ‘Lights’ excels and shows off ‘Lost Tuesday Society’s new material and future sound intentions to a T, and accompanied with the production of acclaimed long-time friend and producer Joe Gibb, LTS are kitted out to establish themselves as a tour de force in their respected genres.

Lost Tuesday Society are Jay Browning (bass) Alfie Scheinman (guitar, flute, vocals) Sarah Birch (guitar, vocals) Darran Browning (guitar, vocals) Simon Jones (drums) Kate Ronconi (violin, vocals)
Lost Tuesday Society are a 6 piece band who have collectively come from a variety of differing musical backgrounds and therefore bring with them a range of personal influences; from traditional and alternative folk, grunge and shoe-gaze, funk, psychedelia and rock.

The result is a unique blend of music with intricate compositions, strong hooks and melody lines combining in a huge dynamic sound that has people up on their feet.

With four vocalists (Sarah, Kate, Darran and Alfie) in the band the harmonies are interesting, beautiful and an important element to the Lost Tuesday Society sound. With a heavier back line and driving rhythm section ( Jay and Simon) and two accomplished guitarists (in Alfie and Darran) the new material presented today has a maturity and edge which is beautifully enhanced by weaving strings (Kate),flute(Alfie) and melodica (Sarah).


In around 2011 Darran and Sarah formed the first murmurings of Lost Tuesday Society with a different line up of excellent musicians joining and contributing over a period of years. ( Darren Beynon, Ian Coote, Julian Clark and Simon Parsons) Alfie Scheinman joined around the time of writing and recording the first self titled album and adding an extra layer of flute, guitar, vocals and songwriting that gave the album it’s own uniqueness. The first album was very well received being more in the style of an alternative folk album with elements of blues and rock thrown in. However the LTS ‘sound’ was well and truly born from this.

In 2019 The final song on this debut album ‘Universe’ was used in a  Crime drama in Russia called Maxop. The result was a large following in that part of the world, many Russian messages ( google translated) and shazam and you tube viewings going through the roof.

 A few years after the first album, members Simon Jones, Jay Browning and Kate Ronconi joined Lost Tuesday Society and the final lineup was complete;  With Kate's incredible violin playing and a much heavier, technical back line (Jay and Simon); the sound has progressed to another level again. The band write collaboratively together as well as individually yet all 6 members contribute to the arrangements and over all flavour of the tracks. With this the second album “Bee Skin Rug’; many of theses songs have already been gigged live far and wide.  

LTS have secured their status as festival stalwarts  playing Green Man, Shambala and Kendell Calling as well as regular headliners at The Swansea Fringe Festival. To date, the band have graced the stage with the likes of Paolo Nutini, Lianne LaHavas, Pete Doherty, Sister Sledge, Alabama 3, Moulettes, Big Sir, The Real Thing and Mica Paris, Fairport Convention to name but a few. They have played the Acoustic Festival of Britain, Nozstock, Big Cwtch, Kaya Festival and in venues all over south Wales as well as Cardiff, Devon and The Paimpol Festival in Brittany.

Bee Skin Rug is the new album release from Lost Tuesday Society and this album is a far cry from the gentle musings of the first one.

‘Devil in a B and B’ was the first single from the album. Accompanied by the usual self made video. This one was filmed in The Elysium Gallery in Swansea with a ‘talent show’ theme and a queue of volunteers. It is a small taster of the albums direction and is perhaps the most playful and surreal.
The next single to be released is called ‘Lights’ and is perhaps the most fitting song to be released in these strange times. It is up beat and harmony driven (“Haven’t seen light in a while”) and endlessly positive. Something we all need at the moment.

Intertwining violin, flute and guitar with the occasional synth thrown in gives all the music a cinematic, atmospheric landscape; with a darker more foreboding edge in songs like DMT and Propane.  ‘Knowing what you are’ and ‘Spaniard’ fuse elements of almost jazz with what can only really be described as Russian Choir-esque.

I suppose giving pertinence to describe LTS as having psychedelic leanings. Subtleties and dynamics play a part in the first track ‘Bee Skin Rug’ where after the huge introduction vocals are simple and delicate leading seamlessly into the second song (the afore mentioned Knowing what you are).

While it sounds on paper like this album shouldn’t work it’s actually very cleverly composed, well played, well sung beautiful music. Often times the lead vocal being taken by different members of the band however still maintaining its very distinct sound. You know you are listening to Lost Tuesday Society!

Recorded and produced by Joe Gibb (David Bowie, The Kinks, Catatonia, Leftfield, Moulettes) at Mwnci Studios (Joe also produced the first self titled album). Joe is basically the 7th band member;  knowing the sound and songwriting so well and understanding it. The whole bands efforts and Joe Gibb's production and input has been a huge part of the writing process and the band are hugely proud and excited about people hearing this album.


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