One of the highlights for music fans at L2F 2019 will undoubtedly be the reunion show for Home Service, which is happening at Lichfield Garrick.
Now a real treat for you – John Tams is returning to join John Kirkpatrick to front this sensational band – don’t miss a rare opportunity to experience the very best of the old and the new Home Service!
“The brass play like the Devil’s own pit-band, the rhythm section lay down an immovable foundation and Graeme Taylor’s guitar can strip paint” – R2on October 2019.
Home Service was originally formed in 1981 from the creative nucleus of the Albion Band line-up that produced the classic ‘Rise Up Like the Sun’ album, singer and songwriter John Tams and guitarist Graeme Taylor feeling the need to explore more contemporary themes in the songs and musical interpretation.
During its relatively short life in the mid-eighties, Home Service produced three albums (all still available from Fledg’ling Records), headlined at major festivals including Cambridge, Cropredy and Dranouter. They toured extensively, but were probably seen and heard by the greatest number of people when they provided music for the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed production The Mysteries.
Then after 5 years back on the road, their esteemed leader and front man John Tams announced he was retiring and many thought that would be the end of the band.
But you can’t keep such an extraordinarily powerful band down! And sure enough, just 12 months later, a new line-up was announced, featuring the great musician and singer John Kirkpatrick as front man. To herald this new era, they recorded a brilliant new album, ‘A New Ground’, set alight by their distinctively mighty brass sound, and proceeded to play a series of sell-out gigs so far to a sensational reception.