Blog – February 2016

We’ve enjoyed a really great start to 2016 – three great gigs and lots more shows in the pipeline….in fact, we’ve just found out we’re playing on the pop upstages at C2C at the 02 on March 12th and March 13th!!!!! #overexcited……

HR@C2C

I’d never performed at The Troubadour before January 26th and was delighted to find it was a quirky and atmospheric venue with a great restaurant upstairs where we happily filled our boots prior to the gig. We were supported by Claydon Connor, a great guy with a great voice from The Isle of Wight who invited the gorgeous Liv Austen up onstage to perform with him – their voices gelled beautifully together. Then it was our turn – and we had a ball, mainly because the audience were so appreciative…thank you again to everyone who came.

I know you’re not supposed to read reviews about yourself – good or bad – what was it Public Enemy once said? Don’t believe the hype….but you know what, it’s SO lovely to indulge yourself once in a while and enjoy the moment when you do find out that someone has really enjoyed your music and written their thoughts down!

Here’s one of those moments from Music News:
http://bit.ly/1PYtuoM

We were shocked and saddened to hear about the news of Sir Terry Wogan’s passing. Not only was he an amazingly smart, charismatic and genuine individual but he also championed hundreds of unknown artists, helping accelerate their careers. He properly LOVED music. We were honoured to be on his show a couple of years ago. He interviewed us with great ease and expertise allowing our nerves to calm and we also performed an acoustic set for him. We’ll definitely treasure this memory.

HR with Sir Terry at Radio 2

HR with Sir Terry at Radio 2

January 2016

Well it’s been a cracking year so far…..ok, I know it’s only January 27th, but we’ve been on the B-list at Radio 2 and we’ve had 3 great gigs in Stone, Torquay and last night, London which have left us buzzing…
Playing at The Swan in Stone was an intimate and cosy gig with a roaring fire (that almost set my sequins on fire at one point) and a really fun audience….Performing at Midwinterfest was an utter joy, we were looked after so well by Alan West and co, fantastic venue/crowd and then to get to have a cheeky lime cordial and hang out with some fellow musicians was the icing on the cake….

So onto last night and The Troubadour in Fulham, West London. The venue oozes music from its veins having had people like Mr Hendrix play in there….great atmosphere, again a ‘whites of the eyes’ kind of place, and an amazingly appreciative audience. Now onto Kent and Essex in Feb….good times.

HONEY RYDER ARE ADDED TO THE RADIO 2 PLAYLIST

Hi everyone!

How you all doing? So we’ve just received an amazing early Xmas present…..we’ve made the B-list on Radio 2 kicking off on December 26th and we’re SO SO happy! We can’t wait to hear ‘What if We’ve only Got Tonight’ on national radio…..and we want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who’s supported us and believed in us this year – it’s been a good one – but 2016’s gonna be even better methinks….(mehopes!)

Our album ‘Born in a Bottle’ will be available to pre-order on iTunes on the same day (December 26th) but in the meantime if you would like to get yourself a CD, you can buy them from this website….and check out our T-shirts and mugs while you’re at it!

We’re super excited to get gigging again and have several lined up for the new year….including dates in Staffordshire, Kent, London, Torquay and Essex……but we’re planning to get around to the whole of the UK – yep that includes you bonny Scotland, you ain’t getting away with it!

So there’s nothing left to say but have yourselves a VERY merry christmas – and keep your radio tuned to RADIO 2 of course!

Lots of love

Lindz, Jase and Matt

xxx

Anyone feeling particularly smug and organised with all their presents wrapped?

COUNTDOWN TO THE BCMA’S!

So here we are at the end of September…and it’s been a great year so far, but it ain’t over til the fat lady sings (being a bit tough on myself there), and I’m really looking forward to October 25th when we get to perform two tracks at the British Country Music Awards in London. We’re up against some stiff competition so who knows if we’ll bring home the bacon as far as awards are concerned, but just to be part of the event is a total bonus – as well as getting to meet and watch some great artists. We’re busy firming up lots of gigs/festivals for 2016 but in the meantime you can catch us at The Stone Food Festival this Sunday 4th October and at The Fort San Antone Festival in Preston on Sunday 18th October. So roll on Rock-tober. Apologies.

Lindz.x

Countdown to the BCMA’s…..

So here we are at the end of September…and it’s been a great year so far, but it ain’t over til the fat lady sings (being a bit tough on myself there), and I’m really looking forward to October 25th when we get to perform two tracks at the British Country Music Awards in London. We’re up against some stiff competition so who knows if we’ll bring home the bacon as far as awards are concerned, but just to be part of the event is a total bonus – as well as getting to meet and watch some great artists. We’re busy firming up lots of gigs/festivals for 2016 but in the meantime you can catch us at The Stone Food Festival this Sunday 4th October and at The Fort San Anton Festival in Preston on Sunday 18th October. So roll on Rock-tober. Apologies.

Lindz.x

2 GIGS THIS WEEK – WEYFEST + The Earl Grey Whistle Test, Leek

How are you all doing? Hope you’re enjoying the bank holiday weekend…..we’re really looking forward to our week ahead – I’m recording vocals for a new track in Matt’s studio on Thursday followed by a gig at The Earl Grey Whistle Test in Leek….then we’re down in Weybridge, Surrey on Saturday to perform at Weyfest. Our set starts at 4.30pm. Should be a great event – get yourselves down there!

British Country Music Awards – 3 Nominations for Honey Ryder!

Hi lovely people

This week has been v exciting for the band as we have received 3 nominations at the BCMA’s this year – for best group, best song and best album. #OVER THE MOON. Up against some tough competition….please help us out when the time comes for voting!! (We’ll keep you posted on how to do this don’t worry!)

We can also announce now that we shall be performing at said event to be held on October 25th this year….cannae wait!

We’ve also been doing our own versions of covers such as ‘Time after Time’ by Cyndi Lauper – please go to http://www.chimeo.com/article/Honey-Ryder-Acoustic-challenge to take a listen. Hope you enjoy!

Lastly we’ve been in the studio this week recording new material….super excited to finish it so you guys can hear it….yeeeee-haaaaaaaa!

Lindz, Jase and Matt

Yesterday I drove up to sunny Staffordshire to rehearse with the boys and experience 2 new phenomena….periscope and piklets. The first is an app which allows you to broadcast yourselves live to anyone on Periscope around the world….and the second is a Staffordshire delicacy…a sort of thick pancake with sultanas in it. Bloody delicious and super filling I’m telling thee. We recorded an acoustic version of ‘Hitting the High Note’ on Periscope so check it out….or come and see us at Bencombe Farm, Marlow Bottom on Saturday 11th July where we’ll be performing it live at The Rebellion Brewery charity function (our 40 minute set starts at 1.50pm)
Loving festival season…..Uttoxeter was a blast- we even got 2 encores – what a cracking crowd….and are now looking forward to Pennfest Ipstones and Weyfest in Farnham. Just added in a London date – the Bedford in Balham on July 30th. It’s an amazing venue so if u haven’t been before get yourselves down there….

Ireland here we come

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Us on stage at the Rock and Bowl Festival…great crowd…good times!

Hi folks

We’ve had a cracking few weeks gearing up for festival season and it all kicked off today at the Rock and Bowl Festival in Market Drayton. A cloudy day for the most part but lo and behold the sun came out five minutes into our set which gave a beautiful glow to the glorious Shropshire countryside. Half way through the set I was given a flower made out of balloons by the local clown/balloonmaker man which was a nice touch……I asked for the local delicacy of gingerbread to be thrown on stage for me but noone was forthcoming.

On Tuesday we played a set at The Horns, a pub in Watford with a rich musical history, a venue I’d never got the chance to play despite growing up in the area. It had a kind of Nashville-esque feeling to it and the crowd were fab – we loved having various audience members up on stage with us, including Martyn with whom I started the band who accompanied us on ‘Coming Around Again’ from our first album, and also my brother in law – who drummed for me at my first gig (a ball at Watford Town Hall many many moons ago). Great venue, great night.

So next on the list is a flight to Belfast on Wednesday to appear live on The Nolan Show (hosted by Steve Nolan) on BBC1 Northern Ireland. We’ll be performing ‘Drink With Me’…and will no doubt find a little time for some Guinness appreciation whilst we there. ….there might not be so much whiskey left in the jar by Thursday is all I’m saying…..