The Sheffield Beatles Project
Band call. Behind the scenes of Abbey Road rehearsal.

Band call. Behind the scenes of Abbey Road rehearsal.

December 11, 2019

Take a peek behind the scenes of the final band call for the Abbey Road concert in Sheffield on 14th December! Join Nick and some of the band and get a feel for the show ahead of our biggest concert to date! 

Tickets for our show at the o2 Academy in Sheffield on December 14th 2019 can be purchased at https://www.gigantic.com/the-sheffield-beatles-project-tickets/o2-academy-sheffield/2019-12-14-19-00
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Because.

Because.

November 10, 2019

In the latest instalment of the pod, Nick talks to Sheffield Beatles Project’s musical polymath, Howard, about the emotional heart of the album - Because.

They discover which famous classical composer influenced the music of Because; who’s philosophical musings inspired the lyrics; how Bo-Rap was inspired by Because; and what links The Goons, The Beatles and Monty Python.

Howard is an IT whizz, a stupendous musician, and all-round good guy. Check out his old band, and my first Sheffield musical love, Balor Knights (http://drownedinsound.com/releases/7072/reviews/614241-), and his more recent endeavour Early Cartographers

Nick is a freelance composer, producer, and tour manager working out of his studio in Brixton, London. Find out more about his endeavours over at http://www.nicholasalexander.org, and check out his brand new solo material, Minimal Animal, over at https://soundcloud.com/minimal_animal

Tickets for our show at the o2 Academy in Sheffield on December 14th 2019 can be purchased at https://www.gigantic.com/the-sheffield-beatles-project-tickets/o2-academy-sheffield/2019-12-14-19-00
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George Martin.

George Martin.

September 26, 2019

This is the second half of Nick’s conversation with Sheffield Beatles Project Musical Director, Ben Eckersley, in which they talk about the man, the legend, the fifth Beatle, George Martin.

They delve into Martin’s more adventurous and most famous Beatles’ arrangements, discover how he convinced McCartney to add those strings in Yesterday, find out which film score influenced the string writing of Eleanor Rigby, speculate upon what Ben Britten may have had to with I Am The Walrus, and learn who asked him to create something that sounds like an orange.

Ben is a freelance Cello teacher, arranger, promoter and quizmaster. He is also one half of Sheffield folk-pop duo, Captives on the Carousel, and plays regularly as part of Laura James's live band. You can find him at captivesonthecarousel.co.uk

Nick is a freelance composer and producer working out of his studio in Brixton, London. Find out more about his endeavours over at http://www.nicholasalexander.org, and check out his brand new solo material, Minimal Animal, over at https://soundcloud.com/minimal_animal

Tickets for our show at the o2 Academy in Sheffield on December 14th 2019 can be purchase at https://www.gigantic.com/the-sheffield-beatles-project-tickets/o2-academy-sheffield/2019-12-14-19-00

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Here Comes The Sun.

Here Comes The Sun.

August 24, 2019

Nick talks to Sheffield Beatles Project’s Samples/Synth/Lead Vocal wizard, Ad Follett, about Abbey Road’s sun-kissed centre-piece, ‘Here Comes The Sun’.

They find out in whose garden George Harrison wrote the song, uncover a lost guitar solo, listen to some isolated stems from the track, and break down some of the song’s more complex rhythms. They also discuss George Harrison’s sonic influence on the Beatles, from Indian classical music to the pioneering electronic instruments of the late 60’s (in which they also listen to excerpts from George Harrison’s least successful and most controversial solo album…)

Ad is a prolific songwriter who has appeared (and, in many cases, led) several amazing Sheffield acts over the years. Most prominently, Cats:For:Peru https://catsforperu.bandcamp.com/ and PILOSA https://pilosa.bandcamp.com/ He has for many years taken part in FAWM (February Album Writing Month) and the fruits of that annual creative labour can be found over at https://adfollett.bandcamp.com/

Nick is a freelance composer and producer working out of his studio in Brixton, London. Find out more about his endeavours over at http://www.nicholasalexander.org, and check out his brand new solo material, Minimal Animal, over at https://soundcloud.com/minimal_animal

Tickets for our show at the o2 Academy in Sheffield on December 14th 2019 can be purchase at https://www.gigantic.com/the-sheffield-beatles-project-tickets/o2-academy-sheffield/2019-12-14-19-00

If you want to find out more about what the project is doing, please like and subscribe at facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thesheffieldbeatlesproject/) or Instagram @sheffieldbeatlesproject

The Medley.

The Medley.

August 3, 2019

Nick talks to Sheffield Beatles Project Musical Director, Ben Eckersley, about the second half of Abbey Road, The Medley.

They uncover which poet was involved with Lennon in an alleged three-in-a-bed story behind the conception of Polythene Pam (although it’s all family friendly), a burglary that led to Paul writing She Came in Through the Bathroom Window, which band they blatantly and openly ripped off in Sun King, and what the heck old Billy Shakespeare has to do with the closing moments of the album.

Ben is a freelance Cello teacher, arranger, promoter and quizmaster. He is also one half of Sheffield folk-pop duo, Captives on the Carousel, and plays regularly as part of Laura James's live band. You can find him at captivesonthecarousel.co.uk

Nick is a freelance composer and producer working out of his studio in Brixton, London. Find out more about his endeavours over at http://www.nicholasalexander.org, and check out his brand new solo material, Minimal Animal, over at https://soundcloud.com/minimal_animal

Tickets for our show at the o2 Academy in Sheffield on December 14th 2019 can be purchased at https://www.gigantic.com/the-sheffield-beatles-project-tickets/o2-academy-sheffield/2019-12-14-19-00

If you want to find out more about what the project is doing, please like and subscribe at facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thesheffieldbeatlesproject/) or Instagram @sheffieldbeatlesproject"

Something.

Something.

July 6, 2019

Nick talks to Sheffield Beatles Project drummer, Dominic Ridler, about the second track on the album, ‘Something’. They listen to some fascinating rehearsal audio from when the Beatles were workshopping the song (complete with dubious lyrics and arguments); discuss whether or not Ringo was, in fact, the best drummer in the Beatles; who ACTUALLY wrote their drum parts; find out which famous crooner considered ’Something’ Lennon and McCartney’s best love song; and wonder if James Brown had even heard the song before recording a cover of it.

Dom is a freelance drummer and percussionist, playing in professional musical theatre in and around South Yorkshire. He leads the jazz quartet Jazz Manifesto and performs in various function bands. Alongside his role at Sheffield Beatles Project, Dom has also played with Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Renegade Brass Band, and appeared with Jarvis Cocker, Leslie Garrett, Tony Christie. You can find out more at http://www.dominicridler.com

Nick is a freelance composer and producer working out of his studio in Brixton, London. Find out more about his endeavors over at http://www.nicholasalexander.org, and check out his brand new solo material, Minimal Animal, over at https://soundcloud.com/minimal_animal

Tickets for our show at the o2 Academy in Sheffield on December 14th, 2019 can be purchased at https://www.gigantic.com/the-sheffield-beatles-project-tickets/o2-academy-sheffield/2019-12-14-19-00

If you want to find out more about what the project is doing, please like and subscribe at facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thesheffieldbeatlesproject/) or Instagram @sheffieldbeatlesproject

Come Together.

Come Together.

June 10, 2019

In the first episode of the Sheffield Beatles Project Podcast, host Nick talks to the groups bassist, Phillipe Clegg, about Abbey Road’s opening track, Come Together.

Who did Lennon ‘steal’ some of the music from?

What does he actually say in the intro?

What the hell was Ringo even thinking, though?

We also discuss what Jay Z, MF DOOM, and Michael Jackson all have in common (it’s not what you think).