We are pleased to announce the release of “Return to Mingulay” The Debut album Andy John Bradford’s Oceans 5 featuring 9 beautifully crafted songs.
Andy John Bradford’s Oceans 5 is a progressive folk rock band fronted by UK singer songwriter and solo artist Andy John Bradford. When you think of Progressive music, you tend not to imagine a 200 year old traditional tune with sea shanty lyrics. However, “prog” is exactly what Folk Singer/Songwriter Andy John Bradford had in mind when he approached guitarist Colin Tench, with The Mingulay Boat Song. Colin Tench (BunChakeze, Corvus Stone & The Minstrel’s Ghost) to help out.
They assembled an unlikely band, purely to record this one song, and they produced a version of The Mingulay Boat Song unlike any version before. They cared not if anybody actually wanted to hear such a version.
This lineup clearly had great chemistry and despite the fact that they were all busy with their own bands, and they all agreed that this band has something to say. Andy has a great feel for songwriting and Oceans 5 are proving to be rather good at twisting music into a whole new art form, from bouncy sing-along songs to songs with an epic feel.
The debut album “Return to Mingulay” could be considered a progressive folk rock album with an old fashioned crossover style. Nothing too clever or extreme just oceans of melodies, there are 5 core members in Oceans 5 and although they are all influenced by progressive music they all have very different approaches to composition and style. This combination has resulted in songs that really don’t sound like something you’ve heard before. The music owes more to the “anything goes” philosophy of the 70s than the finely tuned precision of 2013. There are clearly echoes of The Strawbs, Pink Floyd and even Thin Lizzy here.
Side Note: Music should never be a perfect science. It should be a conversation with many opinions, unrestricted by language or bias.
Meet The Band:
Andy John Bradford (Solo Artist): 12 String Guitar and Vocals
Colin Tench (BunChakeze, Corvus Stone & The Minstrel’s Ghost): Guitars
Marco Chiappini (Gandalf’s Project): Keyboards
Stef Flaming (Murky Red): Bass Guitar
Victor Tassone (Unified Past): Drums & Percussion
01. The Mingulay Boat Song
02. The Whitby Smugglers Song
03. Empty Hands
04. Five O’clock Line
05. Dancing With The Rhythm Of The Shore
06. Invictus The Captain Of My Soul
07. Sails Off The Bay
08. 6000 Friends
09. Fly Away
Lorelei McBroom (Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones & Rod Stewart): Vocals (6000 Friends)
Andres Guazzelli (The Nekare Project, Corvus Stone): Piano & Orchestration (6000 Friends, Fly Away)