We Are Women In Music – Hear Us ROAR

International Women’s Day is upon us and its time to get our bandanas out and educate!

#PressForProgress is this years slogan and according to the International Women’s Day website it is “A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.” Something we should all being doing every day, challenging views and perspectives and encouraging debate.

Wookalily’s new single ‘Escort Me’ is trying to turn a popular subject on its head. So many songs have been written about female prostitutes Honky Tonk Woman by Rolling Stones, Charlotte the Harlot by Iron Maiden, even Tina Turner’s ‘Private Dancer’, is the same heartless perspective. Most disparaging of all is ‘He’s A Whore’ by Cheap Trick. This song finally from a different perspective still somehow has the same branded tone.

“..I think I’ll take her for a ride
With this moneybag by my side

A giggolo is the only way to go
And So I show my face
And I can even fake a smile
But I’m laughing inside all the while

This little girl
She’s a joke
She’s a joke
She’s a joke..”

In Wookalilys prostitutional musings, the song begins with the normal first encounter scenario – woman seeks sex and finds a partner for pay, but with the morning sunlight there comes a twist. A light-hearted song with a bass line to obey.

Wookalily are releasing their first single ‘Escort Me’ from their second album ‘Everything Is Normal… Except The Little Things Inside My Head’, on International Women’s Day Wednesday 8th March. You can find the download on all usual platforms (Itunes, Amazon and Spotify etc).

The band will also be hosting an album preview in June 2018 as part of the Womens Work Festival. There are plans of a short film by Emmett O’Mahony, featuring songs and sounds by Wookalily, as well as live performance of the new album material and a B-Movie  DJ set to finish.

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“Escort me to the Moon” says us Woomen

Written by Adele Ingram
Produced by Julie McLarnon at Analogue Catalogue
Acoustic guitar – Adele Ingram
Piano and bvs – Clair McGreevy
Drums and bvs – Louise Potter
Lead vox – Lyndsay Crothers
Sharon Morgan – Double and electric bass

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It all started with a fat penguin… and ended with Gertrud’s nipples. Wookalily know how to put on a show!

It was the 8th June, Adele in her pyjamas working on the computer, talking on the phone and answering the door all while eating toast. It never stops in the Wookalily office. She was in fact creating our Kickstarter page where you can now pre-order our second album. We have launched the campaign to raise £4000 in 40 days as we are going into the studio in July to record the album with Julie McLarnon at Analogue Catalogue. Kickstarter is an online platform that allows backers to pre-order the album and hence raise money to fund its production. We have other rewards for those feeling generous, such as album launch tickets, goodie bags and more!

Adele meets her hero Chris Smither for the 11th time (she’ not counting) #borderlinestalker

Also on this very day we need to catch the boat to Liverpool. 22.30 crossing looks like we’ll not get any sleep tonight. We arrive in Liverpool at 06.30 friday morning, all bumble into the car with 2 coffees in each hand. Although this is quite a task as there are 4 of us, all our bags and instruments traveling in a smart car. #instrumenttetris We need to hit the road, we’ve a gig at 14.00! Off to the beautiful town of Southwell in Nottinghamshire for the Gate to Southwell festival.

As we enter the gates to the festival we are greeted with blue sky, absolute sunshine and daisy crowns. This shall be our second home.

We played 3 sets over 2 days and couldnt have enjoyed them more. The organisation and helpfulness of the staff and the appreciation from the audience was overwhelming. Unfortunately Sharon wasnt able to get a babysitter for toddler Rosa so we had to rock out with a Wook down. Clair had also broken her hand and just freshly out of cast, agreed to play on with just one hand. You might say we were a 3 ½ piece band that weekend!

Well after the high of a standing ovation at our last set, its now 02.30 and we’re standing in the street packing our car in complete silence as to not wake our gracious hosts and their neighbours. I would like to include a massive thank you to our hosts Tim, Judith, Henry the dog and Bridget and David. We couldnt have met nicer people or imagined nicer accommodation. THANK YOU GUYS!

Onward we need to catch the boat! Wait which way are we going?

“Your destination is on the left” NO IT ISNT YOU B***** B****** !!!!
Woohoo Wooks making waves

A Slug’s Life

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Hi, I’m Slimey the slug. Wookalily first slithered into my life on a cold January night in a massive, little cottage nestled at the foot of Mount Errigle in Donegal. As a wise old slug with 360 degree vision I’ve seen many goings on in my long life. Irish grannies, scones without sultanas and spirited debate about putting the milk in before or after the teabag is removed to name a few. I took all these tribulations in my stride, excuse me, I mean slide of course, being bereft of legs and all that.

Things went horrifically awry that cold January night. There I was, working some slime into the walls when I was disturbed by the most obnoxious sound I’ve ever witnessed in my life. I’ve no ears of course but even that fact could not protect me from the sounds of Daft Arse (Sharon) practicing her square roll on the banjo. Suffering Snails, what a vibration! Thankfully Wrapper Upper (Adele) started moaning at her and the rest of those horrid humans began to coordinate to stop the din. They looked like they were leaving for something called a “jig” I think. I couldn’t wait. I don’t have much truck for humans but these guys were different. They were all up in your grill with their songs, and their ideas and their bickering about their songs and their ideas. Just fuck off already. I’d suffer a hundred thousand irish grannies high on crack before these lot.

Whilst I was slithering up a drumstick lamenting my lot I was suddenly hurdling down a black hole. I thought: this must be death. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. It was me getting bungled into the back of a £500 car to go play a £50 gig (play on famous meme joke and thankfully fictional on this occasion) with those other hapless loons otherwise known as Wookalily. FML as the cool kids say. After much dodgy driving round dimly lit country roads at terrifying speeds of 5kph we arrive at the venue and began loading in. I spotted a beautiful ornate piano to spread all my slime on. Always a silver lining . . . . of slug sludge.

I nearly lost my perch on the piano when I overheard Daft Arse (Sharon) remark to Moya Brennan that the bar owners must be batshit crazy Clannad super fans. Kinda made the kidnapped against my will thing worth it. The German (Lyndsay) began dictating in a no nonsense kinda way what the band were to play. The Cat Lady (Clair, not quite cat, not quite human) purred in agreement and the Enthusiast (Lou) jumped up and down and did a fit like body movement, must be why she hits things for a living.

After soundchecking 2454 instruments we were treated to a very high calibre of singing, musicianship and facial expressions by everybody in the bar. No kidding, everyone in that bar was a musical wizard, even the bar staff. No pressure Wookalily, one punter encouragingly advised “there’s nowhere for even the ghost of a bum note to hide in here”. A very frightened Wookalily took to the stage and lashed into two brutal fucking hours of songs about people getting murdered, people getting their heart broke into tiny little pieces, male prostitution and people kicking buckets. If there’s one thing they can do well, it’s singing songs about people getting bumped off. There may have been a few bum notes but they were on purpose. Bum notes are necessary when it comes to murder ballads.

Anyway I still hated the band and wanted back to my comfy cottage with my comfy irish grannies. It didn’t quite pan out that way. For whatever reason, I’m now stuck in a Wookalily rehearsal listening to the girls talking in excited high pitches about plans for an upcoming album with some hotshot producer who’s hot as shit btw. I’ve also been privy to some of the writing process. Expect 4 part harmonies, raunchy riffs, groovy rolls (not to be mistaken for gravy rolls although equally as delish apparently) and lyrics darker than Vantablack.
     
There’s also rumblings (I feel things rather than hear them) of an appearance at Southwell Festival in Nottingham.

It’s enough to make me stand on the porch and hope a shoe clad foot will end it all, yours slitherly,
Slimey

 

Gender and Genre

Gender

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On many an occasion we have been asked the question “why the all female lineup?” We have 3 possible answers in the form of more questions.

A. Why not?
B. Why the stupid question?
C. Would you ask the Beatles or the Rolling Stones that?

If their reply to C is “no, because they’re not female” then we kick their asses. Seriously though, there are millions of all male bands and noone bats an eyelash. I guess it’s because we’re used to seeing them. When it comes to all female bands, we’re seen as a novelty, a gimmick, a marketing strategy. We’re told to smile, dress more glamorous or sexy, we’re hackled by audience members for being sexist or lesbians (not that there’s anything wrong the latter, we just don’t think sexual orientation has anything to do with musicianship).

I read an article recently about another band of women who were rejected by a festival who said they’d already booked an all-female band so their quota was filled. I wonder how many festivals have done that to us but didn’t have the balls to tell us why. We’ve been asked if we’d be available for a festival just to make up the female numbers. Which is worse? You decide.

I’ve often wondered myself why less women play lead guitar, drums etc (this is thankfully changing though). Is there something different about our brains? our hands? our coordination skills? or is it simply that we didn’t bother trying because it wasn’t expected of us? Women should be seen and only heard singing behind a nice strummy/finger style acoustic guitar. There’s nothing wrong with that either, 3 of us do this as solo performers but as soon as we pick up an electric, a bass or sticks it’s ‘OMG we’ve never seen a chick play a one of those before’.

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People aren’t aware of, or forget the fact that many female musicians have been pioneers in their field. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Maybelle Carter to name only a couple, the list is too long.

So it’s ironic that we’re making a thing of this in a blog when really we don’t want to draw attention to the fact that we’re all female (although it’s pretty obvious from our photos we hope). We just want to play music and be respected as musicians regardless of gender.

Genre

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Another question we’re frequently asked is “what genre of music do you play?” This is a hard one to answer and I guess it’s easier for people to find your music if there’s a label on it. We like to think of our music as unidentified or a bit of this and a bit of that. It’s always changing and growing. So what will our fans do with this? Ah, I know, they’ll create a new genre called ‘unidentified music genre’ UMG as opposed to UFO. Well that’s fine with us, we have been told we’re a bit out there.

Wookalily Q&A : Clair

As you may have heard, we’ve recently teamed up with the guys from Fat Penguin Management, and one nosy penguin asked us a few questions to get to know us better… this week you get to find out a little bit more about Clair!


What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

Tom Cruise

Tell us your funniest joke?

Who’s there?
A dun up
A dun up who? (I done a poo)
Oh you smelly thing…

When did you first start playing music?

I was about 6 years old and my brother’s friend taught me my first tune on the féadog Stáin (tin whistle.) Also I had been singing Zippidy Doo Dah when I was 3 and Dancing in the Street and Magic Dance by David Bowie by the time I was 5.

What was the first album you bought?

I think it was either Without You I’m Nothing by Placebo or Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins. It could also be The Head on the Door by The Cure.

What was the first gig you went to?

My first big gig on my own was Garbage. And it wasn’t garbage.

Who’s currently top of your Spotify/ITunes plays?

Hmmm. Artie Shaw, Nine Inch Nails and Kay Starr.

What’s your pre-gig ritual?

Get all my instruments out, tuned and ready, hopefully in time for the gig.

If you could tour with any other artist/band, who would it be and why?

Agghhh, there are too many!!David Bowie. This needs no explanation.


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Wookalily Q&A: Louise

As you may have heard, we’ve recently teamed up with the guys from Fat Penguin Management, and one nosy penguin asked us a few questions to get to know us better… this week you get to find out a little bit more about Louise!

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What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

Sausage rolls

Tell us your funniest joke?

You can’t force comedy!!!

When did you first start playing music?

I started by playing recorder in primary school (frere jacques) then a teacher there started a guitar club that only I went to. I learned a few chords but it wasn’t for me. Then first year of high school I got a good grade in music and the music teacher (Mr Wickett) suggested I learned an instrument. I thought it’s either saxophone or drums. I went with the sax thinking I’d never get a whole drum kit. I liked sax but never had any motivation to practise. Meanwhile for years I had been really interested in drums. I obsessively watched any drummer I came across (usually in variety shows in Barry Island.) I even tried to make a drum kit out of boxes and pens and tried to create a pulley system so I could include my feet! (I was a strange teenager!) I mentioned to my uncle I liked the drums and he bought me a pair of sticks. I borrowed the school kit one summer and you couldn’t get me off them. My brother played guitar so the two of us jammed all the time. I had finally found my instrument, wind and string instruments didn’t do it for me, I discovered I like to hit things! I’m sure when Sharon on banjo reads this she’ll say I’m yet to start playing music cos I’m a drummer and a drummer is someone who hangs out with musicians!!

What was the first album you bought?

On Tape: It’s Madness – Madness compilation

On CD: Ocean Colour Scene – Mosley Schoals

What was the first gig you went to?

Please don’t judge me-East 17

Who’s currently top of your Spotify/ITunes plays?

I’m a technophobe and don’t really like using Spotify but I have been listening to William Onyeabor sly and the family stone, Beck, and I always come back to Led Zeppelin .

What’s your pre-gig ritual?

Go for a pee, gaffa tape my drum kit together!

If you could tour with any other artist/band, who would it be and why?

I think I’m a cylon!!! (My other band) Yeo!!!!!


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Wookalily Q&A: Lyndsay

As you may have heard, we’ve recently teamed up with the guys from Fat Penguin Management, and one nosy penguin asked us a few questions to get to know us better… this week you get to find out a little bit more about Lyndsay!

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What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

Obsessively watching every single episode of Big Brother

Tell us your funniest joke?

Man walks in to a bar. Ouch.

When did you first start playing music?

My older sister plays guitar and sings so when i was a teenager i decided to pick it up too. She gave me her old guitar (a seagull no less!) restrung it lefty and taught me ‘smells like teen spirit’ on one string!

What was the first album you bought?

Spice girls -on tape!

What was the first gig you went to?

Irish band The Thrills in Ulster Hall

Who’s currently top of your Spotify/ITunes plays?

Too many to name, I’m a Spotify addict. Mitty Collier would probably be most played. But currently trying out Regina Spektor’s new album Remember us to life.

What’s your pre-gig ritual?

Try not to kak my pants and have a beer.

If you could tour with any other artist/band, who would it be and why?

I’d take my time machine (shh no one knows) and go back to the 1960’s to tour with Jefferson Airplane. Groovy!