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Grenaways New EP Star of Wonder

7th December 2010

Star Of Wonder' is the first release of North Cornish band, 'the grenaways', all hailing from Polzeath's surf church, Tubestation. the grenaways formed this summer, with Kris Lannen on acoustic and lead vocals, Laura Garcia on keys and lead vocals, Tom Fosten on lead guitar and backing vocals, Heno Cavender on drums and BACKING VOCALS (it's true, the guys can sing) and Jono Finch on bass.'Star Of Wonder' was inspired by Tubestation's Candlelit Community Carols, that have taken place for the last three years and annually features the St.Minver School Choir. After last year's event we thought it would be amazing to lay down some of these carols, work on a cd with the school choir and release it Christmas 2010 to raise money for Cornish Charity Shelterbox, that's what we did... In April this year the grenaways formed and we hit a small studio run by a guy called, Will Baker, in a back country lane somewhere in China Clay country. At that stage the band had a slightly different line up with Will Brawn on lead guitar and Tom Fosten on bass, but shortly after recording Will felt the call to warmer climes and thicker barrels, so he headed south to Morocco with his girlfriend Kitty. But, it's mainly Will's sweet, soulful licks that you can hear on Star of Wonder, apart from the slide on 'Come All Ye Faithful' laid down later by Tom. So, the band welcomed Jono Finch on bass and the annoyingly talented Tom switched to lead!We recorded all the instrument parts and vocals in just one day, apart from the slide and the acoustic finger picked part in Come All Ye Faithful. It all seemed to just flow, although it brought a strange Christmas vibe to an unseasonably hot spring day. I think it well and truly did our sound guys head in.Then, just at the beginning of November we hooked up with Will (sound guy) again to finish the mix, this time with him getting right into it, excited even about what was coming together. This time mixing in the beautiful vocals of the St.Minver School Choir that were arranged by music teacher, Caroline Stephens and recorded by Stewart Every.Here's what Peter Maher from Top Floor Music, who mastered the EP, had to say:"'The Star Of Wonder EP by The Grenaways is a joyous and uplifting Christmas EP. The songs are played with passion and good feel and is in aid of the Cornish charity 'Shelterbox'. It also features the wonderful St Minver school choir. An impressive release and one of my personal favourites."Star Of Wonder is already available to buy by download from itunes, and the cd will be released on Tuesday 7th December.Look out for them as they Tour this December with the new EP.For dates of the Tour contact David Renyard at Lannen

Next Event

23rd CSUK National Gathering
16th-18th June
Tubestation, Polzeath

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