MP3 Missingtime - Not Before Time
Country folk rock blues by acoustic duo missingtime and band
11 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Country Rock, FOLK: Folk Pop
Mark Keable - vocals, acoustic guitar
John Lee - vocals, acoustic & electric guitar
Dave Woods - bass
Mark and John first met about seven years ago, playing at various sessions around the Barton-on-Humber area. After realising that they had common tastes in music, they decided to do some playing together, but at that stage it was only covers. After doing this for a while, they invited Beth Kinsella (violin and vocals) and Steve Ellis (percussion) to join them, and performed their first gig at the Spring Head Pub in Hull, Christmas 1997. (The name ''Missingtime'' came from an abortive trip to the dentist by Mark when he lost a few hours under anaesthetic! )
Over the next few years, the band underwent several personnel changes, and Mark and John started writing together. Steve moved over to do the sound engineer''s job, Beth decided she didn''t like performing, so for a while we were a trio with Dave Oakley on fiddle, doing gigs around Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and East Yorkshire. At this stage we were joined by Dave Woods (Mark''s Brother-in-law) on bass, and it was this line-up that recorded the first single ‘Fading Dreams’. After Dave the fiddle''s departure to join Cara, Keith Miller joined on harp and Graham Willoughby on percussion, which was the full band line up for over a year. We do however, frequently perform as a duo, as well as with the full band.
The first CD ‘Lonesome Road’ was totally funded by John and Mark, as a result of which it took quite a while to come to fruition. It can be bought from the Carnival Inn, in Barton, or by contacting John or Mark. Sales have gone very https://www.tradebit.com is still selling today, though there are not many left from the pressing. On the first night of release, we supported ‘Los Pacominos’ featuring Paul Young, (we sold as many CD''s as they did!). The songs for the next CD were mostly written by this time, but it took John & Mark a while to save up the pennies to afford the more lavish production costs involved with recording a full band. The second CD, entitled ‘Not Before Time’, was recorded between February and May 2004 in Steve Bird''s Birdsong Studios in https://www.tradebit.com 8th October 2004, we held a gig to launch the CD at the Carnival Inn. There were two support acts that night, ‘Broadsword’, a dynamic acoustic duo from Grimsby, and the Emma Lee Band, made up of Emma, on lead vocals, her brother Tom on drums, her Dad John on guitars, and Tom Darwood from Brassik Lint on bass. The MC for the night was Ant Troman. The gig was really well attended and many thanks to all who showed their support that night.
We have supported a host of musicians that have come over from the States via the Bob Harris Show. These include; Bob Cheevers (also known as ''Blind'' Bob Cheevers after describing us as ''drop dead georgeous'', Kevin Montgomery (giving us the opportunity to have the legendary Al Perkins play a couple of Missing Time songs with us), Bill Malloney (ex Vigilantes of Love) to name just a few. Some of the home grown people we have supported include Paul Young (with Los Pacaminos), Michael Chapman, Rod Clements, Nick Harper, Bert Jansch and many more.
A more comprehensive list of acts we have played with, together with links to their websites can be found on the Links page.
Finally, John did indeed get the chance to record at the famous Abbey Road Studios with John Otway a couple of years ago, on the B side of the number 8 hit, Bunsen Burner. He bragged about this no end until someone pointed out that it was him and 800 other people, which finally got him to shut up about it. But in a band made up of train spotters, grandparents, nappy makers, archaeologists and fish farmers, it at least gives us some credibility!
Missingtime are now currently gigging in an ever widening area, and tracks on ''Not Before Time'' have been played on several local radio stations.