DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
+ Special Guest WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR
DATE: TUESDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 2017
VENUE: BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
Danny & The Champions of the World has always been a pretty loose collection of great musicians, songwriters, stowaways and adventurers. The current line up is steady, it’s not a collective of folks anymore, it’s a band, a great band which has been rocking the sh*t out of various venues since their conception in 2013.
They are now embarking on the release of their 3rd album together, Brilliant Light, a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. The two previous Champs collections Stay True (2013) and What Kind Of Love (2015) were recorded in intensive ten day stints. But this time around Danny wanted something different – to maximise the creative potential of all The Champs. They started going into Reservoir Studios once a month, recording what they had live, without too much reflection or correction, and then putting those results in a box and leaving them be. Every month saw a scramble to find songs to record requiring an encouragement to every band member to bring something to the table.
Brilliant Light is shone on a year in the life of the Champs and all the pieces are seen in play; Chris Clarke on production duty, and with Steve Brookes comprising the formidable rhythm section. Geoff Widdowson still blowing on that alto sax, and Henry Senior Jr ensconced on the pedal steel. Andy Fairclough on keys, Paul Lush on guitars, Robin and Joe Bennett from The Dreaming Spires, Siobhan Parr, Danni Nicholls, and Treetop Flyer Reid Morrison all singing along, Polly Paulusma and Carra Bacon contribute, co-writes with James Yorkston, and from time to time a pair of brass players (Gram Canyon and Craig Chapman) and another sax (Helleanor Fitt).
The Champs are understandably proud of what they’ve achieved. Chris Clarke says outright it’s the best record this line-up has come up with so far and that’s saying something considering their past two albums have received incredibly high praise.