Saturday 26th July Vinnie & The Stars will be playing our new album in full at The Fulford Arms in York. This is my stage setup. Electric Guitar with Pedal Board, Harmonicas MicroKorg, Djembe, and Acoustic Guitar. Tickets are £5 each and available from myself, other band members and artists and the venue itself. #vinnieandthestars

Saturday 26th July Vinnie & The Stars will be playing our new album in full at The Fulford Arms in York. This is my stage setup. Electric Guitar with Pedal Board, Harmonicas MicroKorg, Djembe, and Acoustic Guitar. Tickets are £5 each and available from myself, other band members and artists and the venue itself. #vinnieandthestars

Only five signed Harmonicas left and just a couple of days left to order them via our indiegogo. We are raising funds for our new album… Visit www.vinnieandthestars.com recording for more information!!! We need your support.

Only five signed Harmonicas left and just a couple of days left to order them via our indiegogo. We are raising funds for our new album… Visit www.vinnieandthestars.com recording for more information!!! We need your support.

My first ukulele, used for the recording of Vinnie & The Stars debut album “Swings & Roundabouts” on songs “Small Things” and “Wasting Time” this is just one of the things available for a contribution towards Vinnie & The Stars new album… Full details on indiegogo… See www.vinnieandthestars.com recording page for more details.

My first ukulele, used for the recording of Vinnie & The Stars debut album “Swings & Roundabouts” on songs “Small Things” and “Wasting Time” this is just one of the things available for a contribution towards Vinnie & The Stars new album… Full details on indiegogo… See www.vinnieandthestars.com recording page for more details.

Flying to Canada to record new Vinnie & The Stars album

Vinnie & The Stars have been offered an amazing opportunity to work with multi award winning producer Paul Milner at Shell Lane Studio, Canada, Paul has previously work with Keith Richards, Eddy Grant, Sting and many other big names in the music industry. Albums he’s worked on have reached gold and platinum sales certifications. And now he wants to produce the next Vinnie & The Stars album.

However we need your help to make this happen because we need to raise the funds to fly me over to Canada to record the vocals and mix the album with Paul. Please visit our Indiegogo website via this link for all the information you need on how you can help us and have a look at all the awesome merchandise, exclusive download and more cool stuff available. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flights-to-canada-to-produce-vinnie-the-stars-new-album/x/6917331

Introducing Vinnie & The Stars new line up for 2014….

Tom Shillito - Drums
Kath Perring - Keyboards/Vocals

With original members

Andy Precious - Bass/Vocals
Vinnie Whitehead - Guitar/Vocals

Check out this new song “The Thrill Of It” from out first band rehearsal with the new line up.

This song is taken from our forth coming album we are currently working on, as yet untitled and set to be released later in 2014.

Through 2013 since the moment Punkological Business was released I set to work writing and demo recording new material for a 3rd Vinnie & The Stars album. With a basic idea in mind I wanted to challenge myself to write a concept album that reviles a story in each song that progresses to tell a whole story across the album. 10 songs have been finalised and demo recorded for the album and we have began work on producing them for the final release as well as rehearsing them live. I feel this album is my most accomplished work so far and is pushing new boundaries lyrically, musically and production wise. Although we have retained the unique Vinnie & The Stars sound the general vibe of the album is deeper, darker, more thought provoking, and more challenging then any thing we have previously released. For now check out this camera phone video of us rehearsing new song “The Thrill Of It” We look forward to bringing you more Vinnie & The Stars music in 2014. And will be announcing some upcoming gig dates shortly. Keep an eye on our social media and website www.vinnieandthestars.com

Vinnie & The Stars 2013 RoundUp

What an amazing year 2013 was for Vinnie & The Stars! Here’s are a round up of some of the highlights. (In no particular order)

We released our second album Punkological Business, Which features the singles “I’m not from America… I’m from Hull” & “4 or 5 Canner”

We supported GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN at Fibbers, York. Played 3 amazing shows supporting Blackbeards Tea Party. As well as a couple of acoustic shows with Alistair Griffin, And many many more fantastic gigs and festivals.

I MC’d the Area 2 Wold Top Stage and Area 2 session on the main stage at Beverley Folk Festival. I also performed and ran song writing workshops at the festival . 

I performed in front of hundreds of Hull City AFC fans at the City Till We Die public meeting bringing awareness to the #NoToHullTigers campaign, which we also featured on BBC Look North and Sky Sports News with a clip of my performance. 

I Performed live sessions on BBC Radio Humberside’s The David Burns Show, and Vinnie & The Stars performed a full band live session on BBC Radio Humberside’s Introducing show with Alan Raw. 

I also celebrated 1 year of running open mic nights at The Red Lion, Merchantgate, York. As well as booking regular acoustic gigs at various pubs including monthly gigs at The Snickleway Inn, and The Yorkshire Terrier. 

I went busking to see if I could earn enough money to buy some new shoes and made a short film/documentary about it. 

There where so many special things happen in 2013 for us which we are so pleased to have experienced. We also massively increased our fan base which was evident from album sales and ticket sales for our major gigs! This was a fantastic achievement. We appreciate the support from everyone who has enjoyed our music through 2013.

And the great news is we have our eyes, hearts, and minds set on progressing even more in 2014. We have started the early stages of recording a new album, no title or release date is decided yet but all the songs have been decided, demo recorded, and the early stages of studio recording them are set in to motion. We’ll be looking for some more major support slots, summer festivals, and looking to arrange a UK summer tour. Things will be kicking off from March I can assure you that, and as soon as a few things are confirmed I’ll be announcing some amazing news!!! 

For now, keep following us on all our social networks, sign up to our mailing list, enjoy our music, and do all this via our website www.vinnieandthestars.com

If you haven’t already we’d love it if you could have a listen to our album Punkological Business on our website and if you enjoy it order a CD online or download the album, If you have the album share it with your friends and encourage others to purchase it. All funds raised from Punkological Business album sales have furthered the progression of Vinnie & The Stars and our equipment, and we are looking to continue with sales to fund the next album rather then using a pledge or kick starter campaign. So please show your support and check out our album Punkological Business, or even our 2009 album Swings & Roundabouts if you don’t have that one in your collection. 

 Thanks again, Peace & Love! Vinnie & The Stars

A couple of weeks ago I decided I needed some new shoes before winter really kicked in. I’d walked to a couple of gigs and open mic’s and my socks had soaked up some puddles through the soles of my shoes and it’s actually quite difficult too focus on your best live music performance whilst your feet are soaked through and uncomfortable. And there’s nothing worse then walking into a toilet with a soaked floor in a dive of a pub/bar knowing you have holes in the soles of your shoes. So that was it time for new shoes. 

I decided I could possibly turn over a little money by going busking. I’d tried busking a couple of times in Hull before but mainly to pass the time when waiting about and never for any serious length of time. So this was to be my first attempt at really making some money busking. The whole thing was inspired by one of, if not the first song I ever wrote. It was called Busking For Shoes and came to life in about 2005. I once said in a conversation I should go busking for shoes, And wrote a song about it. Truth is it’s only taken me about eight years to get round to actually trying to go busking for shoes. So I called my friend Neil from flaming pint productions, he popped round with his camera and we hit the town filming the day as we went. 

The introduction of the video actually features me performing a small section or at least the chorus of the old song Busking For Shoes, There may even be some demo’s of it kicking about on CD with another long lost song called too much TV from about 2005 or 2006. 

We found a Busking Spot on Coney Street in York after discovering a couple of the best spots where taken up by a pan pipe playing native american and his merchandise store, and a transformer robot offering photographs. There was also various other buskers and street performers out that day, So a lot of competition I thought, given that I have no portable amp or microphone system and was relying only on my voice and guitar unplugged. 

I met some great people and often stopped to chat, we did our best to make everyone aware we where filming, And from 2 hours worth of street performing busking footage, And more footage from the day we edited the whole thing down into a 10 min documentary. 

Because I mostly played covers whilst busking we also over dubbed the audio with a couple of new acoustic recording of some new material I’m working on and recording in my home studio. So you’ll get a little peak of two new tracks “Cracks & Dreams” and “Got Enough”

Anyways, without giving too much more away, I’d like to thank Flaming Pint Productions, The People of York, and I hope you all enjoy the short film Busking For Shores. 

 

Hi everyone,

Recently Vinnie & The Stars recorded a live session for BBC Radio Humberside’s Introducing show, we took an audio recording of the live session and have made it available for free download on our soundcloud page, please check it out on this link. It was a great session and lovely to chat to Alan Raw the presenter. So we are more happy to share this recording as a free download with you. 

If you enjoy the live track, you should also check out the studio recorded album version, on our album Punkological Business, which for the month of June is available to download for just £3 from our bandcamp website http://vinnieandthestars.bandcamp.com/ 

I’ll keep you all updated with some interesting goings on at camp Vinnie & The Stars soon, including a festival diary from our appearences at Beverley Folk Festival in June and Staxtonbury Festival in July, I’ll look forward to sharing those with you

Vinnie. 

I’m from Hull, The Northern Thing Polarises People

Recently I’ve been sending my music out to a number of UK radio stations in search of air play, In particular for my band Vinnie & The Stars single “I’m not from America… I’m from Hull” One reaction from a radio station producer was…

“Honesty being the best policy - we don’t like it very much, I’m afraid. Also, the Northern thing polarises people I think.”

I find this comment quite disturbing. Then it dawned on me that a mass of my favorite bands and songwriters from all over the world have wrote songs about our capital city London, which have been filling radio stations airwaves for years. Immediately I think of “London Calling” by The Clash, Then I think of a favorite songwriter of mine Jamie T who puts endless amounts of London references from street names to tube stations in his songs. Then a few more artists who have sung about London spring to mind, and they just keep on coming… The Streets, The Kinks, Billy Bragg, Ed Sheeran, Warren Zevon, Ian Dury, Pet Shop Boys, T-Rex, Elvis Costello, The Jam, Madness, Lilly Allen, Adele, and the list could go on and on.

So why is it that we can reel song after song off about the capital city that can be deemed suitable for radio and not bring attention to a north south divide in music and people. But a radio show producer can claim that northern content in a song can polarize people.

I think of one of my favorite albums of all time ever “London 0 Hull 4” by The Housemartins they must have had reason to come out with such a title to knock the capital city and make a stand for northern music. The Housemartins claimed to be the 4th best band from Hull and the title is actually a reference to their claim there are 0 good bands from London and 4 from Hull. Did this album create the bitterness towards northern music and divide the north from the south, It was released in the middle of Thatchers reign where a great divide was also taking place in industry.

Then I think of The Beatles, They predated The Housemartins and came from the north aswel. Did their songs ever polarize people? What about “Only A Northern Song” by The Beatles? The more I think about it, I come to the conclusion that, although there are a lot more songs about London, then there are about the whole north of England, broadcast on radio, this comment about my song is simply one comment off one human being. And it just proves that even in the music industry today their still must be some kind of north south divide remaining.

But at the end of the day “I’M NOT FROM LONDON… I’M FROM HULL” so I’ll also take influence from my southern musical influences choice to sing about where they are from in their southern accents, and make it my choice to sing about where I’m from in my northern accent.

Listen to Vinnie & The Stars single “I’m not from America… I’m from Hull” and watch the music video on the website www.vinnieandthestars.com