Andy John Bradford's Oceans 5 ‎– Return To Mingulay

Melodic Revolution Records ‎– MRR CD 22021
CD, Album, Stereo

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 The Mingulay Boatsong
Guitars – Colin Tench
2 The Whitby Smugglers Song
Guitars – Colin Tench
3 Empty Hands
Guitar – Colin Tench
4 5 O'Clock Line 06:03
5 Invictus The Captain Of My Soul 04:59
6 Sails Off The Bay 05:18
7 Dancing With The Rhythm Of The Shore 05:35
8 6000 Friends
Guitars – Colin TenchLead Vocals – Lorelei McBroom
9 Fly Away


Andy John Bradford's Oceans 5 is a progressive folk rock band fronted by UK singer songwriter
and solo artist Andy John Bradford. When you think of Progressive music, you tend not to
imagine a 200 year old traditional tune with sea shanty lyrics. However, "prog" is exactly what
Folk Singer/Songwriter Andy John Bradford had in mind when he approached guitarist Colin
Tench, with The Mingulay Boat Song. Colin Tench (BunChakeze, Corvus Stone & The Minstrel’s
Ghost) to help out.
They assembled an unlikely band, purely to record this one song, and they produced a version of
The Mingulay Boat Song unlike any version before. They cared not if anybody actually wanted to
hear such a version.
This lineup clearly had great chemistry and despite the fact that they were all busy with their
own bands, and they all agreed that this band has something to say. Andy has a great feel for
songwriting and Oceans 5 are proving to be rather good at twisting music into a whole new art
form, from bouncy sing-along songs to songs with an epic feel.
The debut album "Return to Mingulay" could be considered a progressive folk rock album with
an old fashioned crossover style. Nothing too clever or extreme just oceans of melodies, there
are 5 core members in Oceans 5 and although they are all influenced by progressive music they
all have very different approaches to composition and style. This combination has resulted in
songs that really don’t sound like something you’ve heard before. The music owes more to the
“anything goes” philosophy of the 70s than the finely tuned precision of 2013. There are clearly
echoes of The Strawbs, Pink Floyd and even Thin Lizzy here.
Side Note: Music should never be a perfect science. It should be a conversation with many
opinions, unrestricted by language or bias.


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