BarryGruff is 5 years old today!
Those five years have been interesting and fun. The blog has ebbed and flowed in parallel with my own life which has moved on somewhat from where it was back in March 2010. Since my early teens spouting about music has always been part and parcel of my life but I’m very grateful to have been in a position to share those musings and whatnot with a wider audience than my mates (or whoever is willing to listen).
Blogging has become quite a big part of my life and while listening to and discovering new music etc. is something that comes rather natural, a lot of my free time is devoted to the upkeep of the blog and how much longer I can continue to do so is anyone’s guess. It might be one year or another five, who knows? So with that in mind I really wanted to do something really special to mark the occasion and I’m pretty damn chuffed with this one.
Without further a do, to celebrate 5 years of BarryGruff is ‘GruffWuff’: A 19 track compilation of new, previously unreleased and exclusive recordings from some of my very favourite acts over the past 5 years of blogging. While I initially thought it was just a pipe dream and one that would remain just that, the enthusiasm that met my initial inquiries bowled me over, I couldn’t believe how eager everyone was. It is something that’ll stay with me forever and it means an awful lot. Hopefully it will shine a light, brief as it maybe on some of the acts that have brought me the most joy over the past few years. The enjoyment music brings me can’t be overstated, be it happy times or sad times, there’s one constant; music.
Thanks to Stevie for all his assistance, Caroline for putting up with me, Peter Lee for mastering & all the artists who provided tracks for the compilation. A huge amount of credit must go to the artists involved for their eagerness and the ever so brilliant music.
‘GruffWuff’ will be released through Bandcamp on Thursday, March 19th and the tracklisting is below for your perusal. I’m really, really excited for people to finally hear what everyone’s been working away on for the past 9 months.
Celebrating 5 Years of BarryGruff with ‘GruffWuff’:
01. Fold – ‘Where Are You’
02. Oh Boland – ‘White Boy’
03. Seazoo – ‘DIG (Demo Version)’
04. Mr Huw – ‘Bai Neb Ond Fy Hun’
05. Dan Amor – ‘Can’t Sleep’
06. Oisin McCole – ‘Far From The Sea’
07. Anderson – ‘The Way The Stream Flows’
08. Knoxville Morning – ‘Bridget’
09. Nathan Conway – ‘Babycheeno’
10. Disconcerting P – ‘Treated You Rough’
11. The Expert – ‘Swapsies’
12. SertOne – ‘Seventeen’
13. Imploded View – ‘Barry’s Game’
14. Channel Swimmer – ‘Racket’
15. Monto – ‘Yeuh’
16. Open Window – ‘003 (Africa)’
17. Captain Moonlight – ‘What is Property?’
18. GEM_DOS – ‘Mag D’Allen’
19. Hippies Vs Ghosts – ‘Three Shadows’