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THE WHISKY PRIESTS

 

FULL CIRCLE (EP)

CD £4  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARY MILLER

 

REFLECTIONS ON WAR

Gary Miller’s groundbreaking and highly acclaimed debut solo ‘comeback’ album recorded after an extended break of many years following a long period of illness. The songs were written for the York Museums Trust community project ‘Reflections on War’ and were based on and inspired by artwork and memorabilia from the ‘Reflections on War’ exhibition at York Art Gallery in 2009 aswell as true stories and recollections of project participants.

"Gary Miller has a distinctive voice which he uses to deliver songs in a very direct manner. On this CD, however, he has experimented with different approaches. These contrasts, combined with varied musical arrangements on each track and Gary’s ability to compose strong melodies, make for a riveting listen... those who seek challenge and intelligence in the music they listen to will, like me, welcome the re-emergence of this unique talent." Joe Grint, Tykes News, UK.

"Lots of actually quite decent songs about soldiers and war with good folk-rockish arrangements." fRoots, UK.

"A very exciting, multi-faceted view of war from Gary Miller. Gary and his brother formed the Whisky Priests and produced many wondrous cds filled with the culture and folk art of the North-East of England. This look at war is equally folky and earthy. But it is also reflective and inspirational- comforting. Great listening with a variety of styles and textures. Highly recommended. The cd is truly inspiring and uplifting and covers the phenomena of war now so much a part of our own experience today. Well worth listening to." Conrad Jay Bladey, Hutman Productions, USA.

CD £8   

 

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GARY MILLER
REFLECTIONS ON WAR
2010
10-track CD (WPTCD 22)

Track listing:

  • 1. Twa Scots Soldiers
  • 2. Bold as Brass
  • 3. Sister of Mercy
  • 4. Somewhere at the Front, Somewhere
  • 5. Grandpa Mill
  • 6. Battleships
  • 7. A Hospital Ship at Tobruk
  • 8. Yellow Bird
  • 9. Soldiers of the Lord
  • 10. One Soldier’s Thoughts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN


GOING DOWN WITH ALICE

mad dogs and englishmen

Mad Dogs and Englishmen was a unique collaboration between Gary Miller and Glenn Miller of The Whisky Priests and Joseph Porter of Blyth Power. ‘Going Down With Alice’ is a stripped to the bones all-acoustic recording with vocal and songwriting duties shared by Gary and Joseph, led by Glenn’s inventive accordion arrangements. This CD exclusively features some of Gary’s greatest songs, including ‘A Rich Seam’ and ‘Seven Hills’ aswell as a reworking of ‘Full Circle’ (the last ever song The Whisky Priests recorded for the now hard to find compilation CD ‘A Full Head of Steam’).


“Porter and the Millers actually write great songs with words that mean something and are usually substantially rooted. This reminds you how subtle these guys actually are.” Folk Roots, UK.


“This collaboration draws the template for what folk-rock could and should be in a world anxiously wrestling with newfound fashions and freedoms.” Folk on Tap, UK.

CD £5  

 

MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN
GOING DOWN WITH ALICE
2000
10-track CD (WPTCD 19)

Track listing:

 

  • 1. A Rich Seam
  • 2. House Of War
  • 3. Kater Murr
  • 4. Soldier On The Mantelpiece
  • 5. Canard's Grace
  • 6. Cynthia's Revels
  • 7. Seven Hills
  • 8. Land, Sea And Sky
  • 9. It’s Your Time To Leave
  • 10. Full Circle

 

 

 

 

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS

 

"HERE COME THE RANTING LADS" - LIVE!

ranting lads live

The Whisky Priests second live album recorded at the Markthalle in Hamburg on 10th October 1998 during the band’s ‘Think Positive!’ Tour. Includes an exclusive recording of ‘Success Express’ (a powerful instrumental introduced to the band’s set specially for this recording) and a rare acapella cover of Jock Purdon’s ‘Blackleg Mining Man’, aswell as an essential and epic 11-minute-plus version of sing-a-long crowd favourite ‘Mother, Waiting’.
 

"16 tracks of total commitment; it's wild and great fun; however all this mayhem hides some serious talent. The playing is tight and precise. The whole performance has a refreshing sense of integrity about it. There are no space fillers and make weights here; it's music with guts and conviction." Folktalk, UK.

CD £5  

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS
"HERE COME THE RANTING LADS" - LIVE!
1999
16-track CD (WPTCD18)

Track listing:

 

  • 1. Ranting Lads
  • 2. Widows Of Hartley
  • 3. Everybody's Got Love Bites But Me
  • 4. This Village
  • 5. Alice In Wonderland
  • 6. Success Express
  • 7. Side By Side
  • 8. Song For Ewan
  • 9. A Better Man Than You
  • 10. Workhorse
  • 11. Blackleg Mining Man
  • 12. When The Wind Blows, Billy Boy
  • 13. Grandfatha's Fatha
  • 14. The Oakey Strike Evictions
  • 15. Mother, Waiting
  • 16. Car Boot Sale

 

 

 

 

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS

 

"HERE COME THE RANTING LADS" - LIVE!

ranting lads
A unique visual document of the band at the peak of its powers as a live act. With no plans for a DVD reissue, there is no other way to own this video recording other than through this VHS PAL release from 1999.

VHS Video £3  

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS
"HERE COME THE RANTING LADS" - LIVE!
1999
12-track Video (WPTV18)

Track listing:

 

  • 1. Ranting Lads
  • 2. Widows Of Hartley
  • 3. This Village
  • 4. Alice In Wonderland
  • 5. Side By Side
  • 6. Song For Ewan
  • 7. A Better Man Than You
  • 8. Workhorse
  • 9. When The Wind Blows, Billy Boy
  • 10. Success Express
  • 11. Mother, Waiting
  • 12. Grandfatha's Fatha

 

 

 

 

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS

 

THINK POSITIVE!

think possitive

The Whisky Priests sixth and final studio album, recorded in the Scottish Highlands, featured many of the band’s best ever songs to some fine arrangements but was let down somewhat by weak production standards from an inexperienced producer. Despite receiving great critical reviews and pleasing long-term fans who saw this as a return to form, Gary’s general feeling remains that it did not achieve its full potential at the time and was nowhere near as good as it could and should have been. In hindsight, however, it serves as a great swansong to The Whisky Priests studio output.


"Their most assured and confident album to date." Rock 'N' Reel, UK.


"The most considered Priests album to date." Folk Roots, UK.


"The band's finest moment to date." Taplas, UK.


"Heavy doses of wit and a spot of wisdom." Time Out, UK.


"Powerfully energetic and totally committed - their masterwork." J'OR, Eire.

CD £5  

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS
THINK POSITIVE!
1998
13-track CD (WPTCD15)

Track listing:

 

  • 1. A Better Man Than You
  • 2. Side By Side
  • 3. My Ship
  • 4. Alice In Wonderland
  • 5. Song For Ewan
  • 6. The Man Who Sold His Town
  • 7. Going To The Mine
  • 8. What I Could Have Been
  • 9. Car Boot Sale
  • 10. Wherever You Go
  • 11. Brothers In Arms Again
  • 12. Positive Steps
  • 13. Leave Her Johnny Leave Her

 

 

 

 

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS

 

LIFE'S TAPESTRY

tree

The Whisky Priests fifth studio album (their third in a row to be recorded at Trinity Heights studio in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England) was critically hailed as their most impressive and groundbreaking album to date, with Gary receiving major plaudits for his songwriting. With a broader sound and greater emphasis on electric instruments compared to previous releases, however, the album proved divisive among the band’s hardcore fan base, as many surprisingly found the band’s natural progression to be too much of a departure.
 

"Their finest album to date...ranks alongside anything the whole folk-rock movement has ever produced” Rock 'N' Reel, UK


"Highly recommended" Dirty Linen, USA

CD £5  

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS
LIFE'S TAPESTRY
1996
13-track CD (WPTCD14)

Track listing:

 

  • 1. Ranting Lads
  • 2. This Village
  • 3. Favourite Sons
  • 4. Legacy Of The Lionheart
  • 5. Which Side Of Bedlam?
  • 6. He's Still My Son
  • 7. Workhorse
  • 8. Silver For The Bairn
  • 9. 'Farewell Jobling!'
  • 10. Forever In Our Hearts
  • 11. Sweet Magpie
  • 12. Quiet Angel
  • 13. When I'm Born Again / I Am Redeemed

 

 

 

 

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS

 

BLEEDING SKETCHES

bleeding sketches

The Whisky Priests took an enormous risk with this, their fourth studio album, by using the lyrics of North East of England poet Keith Armstrong for every song on the album. It was a bold experimental move that saw the band take a major creative step forward, laying the foundations for what was to follow.


"An absolute must for anyone seeking a bit more than meaningless lyrics and musical nihilism." The Edge, UK

CD £5  

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS
BLEEDING SKETCHES
1995
14-track CD (WPTCD13)

Track listing:

 

  • 1. Everybody's Got Love Bites But Me
  • 2. Hexham Tans
  • 3. Widows Of Hartley
  • 4. Success Road
  • 5. Peterlee
  • 6. Mother, Waiting
  • 7. My Father Worked On Ships
  • 8. Granda Craghill
  • 9. 'Spring': Pit Pony
  • 10. Ballad Of The Little Count
  • 11. The Jinglin' Geordie
  • 12. Durham
  • 13. Turn It Upside Down
  • 14. Angels Playing Football

 

 

 

 

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS

 

THE POWER AND THE GLORY

book

The Whisky Priests third studio album released in 1994 on the back of the success of ‘Bloody Well Live!’ when they were riding the crest of a creative peak. This was the band’s first album of all original material when Gary started to take his songwriting seriously; with more variety and depth than previous releases, it includes guest performances by members of Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band and Alistair Anderson (Northumbrian Pipes, English Concertina) plus Mick Tyas’ memorable songwriting contribution ‘Three Rivers’.


"Masterly and memorable writing...an authority that sets them apart." Rock 'N' Reel, UK

CD £5  

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
1994
13-track CD (WPTCD8)

Track listing:

 

  • 1. The Man Who Would Be King
  • 2. When The Wind Blows, Billy Boy
  • 3. Manimal Farm
  • 4. Land of the Dinosaur
  • 5. Shot at Dawn
  • 6. Three Rivers
  • 7. Lead Them to Their Graves
  • 8. Rime of the Not-So-Ancient Mariner
  • 9. Brandon, Browney and Boyne
  • 10. See The Whippet Run
  • 11. Epitaph And Lament For The Setting Sons
  • 12. Pitman Tom
  • 13. Digging For Victory

 

 

 

 

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS

 

THE FIRST FEW DROPS

first few drops

The 1994 re-issue of The Whisky Priests compilation of 1988 EP’s ‘No Chance’ & ‘Grandfatha’s Fatha’ (originally released as a 12-track album in 1991) adds 6 bonus tracks, including the band’s 3-track debut 1987 single ‘The Colliery’. Rough and ready, in-yer-face, and featuring the band’s first serious line-up; this is where it all started.
 

“Accordions on acid… compulsive dementia.” Sounds, UK

CD £5  

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS
THE FIRST FEW DROPS
1994 (Re-issue)
18-track CD (WPTCD10)

Track listing:

 

  • 1. No Chance
  • 2. The Coal-Digger's Grave
  • 3. The Hard Men
  • 4. Wise Man
  • 5. The Bonnie Pit Laddie
  • 6. Shut Doon The Waggon Works (demo version)
  • 7. Grandfatha's Fatha
  • 8. Instrumental Medley: a) The Hexhamshire Lass / b) Dance Te Yer Daddy / c) The Keel Row / d) Kafoozalum / e) Weshin' Day
  • 9. Geordie Black
  • 10. The Row Between The Cages
  • 11. The Ghost of Geordie Jones
  • 12. Byker Hill / Elsie Marley
  • 13. The Colliery (single version)
  • 14. Keep Your Feet Still Geordie Hinny (b-side)
  • 15. The Clog Dancer (b-side version)
  • 16. Jenny Grey (demo version)
  • 17. Collier’s Rant (early demo version)
  • 18. The Rising of The North (early demo version)

 

 

 

 

THE WHISKY PRIESTS

 

6 CD BUNDLE

 

 

 

 

 

Buy the following CDs by The Whisky Priests in this special offer bundle of 6 CDs for only £19.99: - 

THE POWER & THE GLORY’

‘THE FIRST FEW DROPS’ (reissue)

‘BLEEDING SKETCHES’

‘LIFE’S TAPESTRY’

‘THINK POSITIVE!’

'"HERE COME THE RANTING LADS" - LIVE!'

Plus: Bonus 7th CD - for a limted period only! 

MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN 'GOING DOWN WITH ALICE'

CD £20  

 

 

 

 

 

“Gary Miller is one of the most literate and insightful songwriters in the world of folk-rock… his writing has always been exemplary. He touches on every level of human emotion. When it comes to verbalizing the ubiquitous themes of unfulfilled dreams and squandered opportunities no one does it better than Gary Miller. And his melodies are equally as brilliant as his prose. Without fail, Miller’s melodies capture the implicit mood of each song.”
Dave Sleger, All Music Guide, USA.