Busy year planned for Geode Music artists

Island-based Geode Music, which was set up as an independent label in 1994 by Val Nelson, has several artists under its label/management.

What Where When editor John Gregory spoke to Val – and well known fellow musician Barry Nelson, her husband – about what is in store in the coming months.


WITH live performances and studio releases on the horizon Geode Music is in for a good year.

The likes of Jeceris, RedGap, The Behavers and Hannah Short are all involved with Geode Music and guitarist and singer songwriter Barry Nelson and bass player Val Nelson both play in Jeceris and RedGap themselves, while Barry is working on a new solo album too.

Jeceris recently enjoyed a successful tour at Easter in Cornwall, which they described as great fun, and there are two new permanent members in the band. Adam Cubbon, from Castletown, has replaced Trevor Hird from Barrow-in-Furness on lead guitar and he is also involved in the songwriting process.

Nick Collings, from Port Erin, is now the drummer in the band.

Barry said: 'Adam has got Robert Plant's hair, John Paul Jones' demeanour – he is Led Zeppelin in one person – he has got John Bonham's craziness and Jimmy Page's stance and guitar style.'

Jeceris are working on their second album, Nutherun, which they hope to have out by Christmas.

Meanwhile RedGap have been together for a year and made a big impression at last year's Big Wheel Blues Festival in Laxey.

Featuring Jo Earner on vocals, Barry on acoustic guitar, Val on bass and backing vocals and Alessandro Spadoni on lead and acoustic guitars, they have recently finished recording their debut album and it is hoped that will be out for TT week.

Barry explained: 'RedGap kind of happened by accident. We got together for the open mic nights I was doing in Castletown and we got together to do a couple of tracks and (blues festival chairman) John Barker said would we come and play the blues festival which was a week off!'

Meanwhile The Behavers are also another band under the Geode Music label. They started playing together two years ago and have resumed their live gigs. They are now looking forward to releasing their debut EP by TT.

Finally, Hannah Short, a singer songwriter from Castletown who is currently living in Manchester, has an EP which can be downloaded on all major sites.

She continues to perform across the UK and is also writing her new album as well.

Geode Music has its own website on Reverbnation and from there information about all the various acts can be accessed.

Val said: 'It's a great platform. It gives you a lot of information about who is listening to your music right round the world, you can sell your music online, your albums, T-shirts, anything you want, you get a lot of information about your fans – the demographics on the site are brilliant and there is also a chart situation.

'You can link it to your MySpace sites and you get paid everytime somebody views your page.'

With three releases in the pipeline this will be an important and busy year for Geode Music.

The Behavers, Jeceris and RedGap will all be performing in Laxey this weekend.

Val is also looking for songwriters and original bands to get in touch and can help bands who want to play in the UK.


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