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Hi.  My name is Julie July and I'm lead singer for a Folk-Rock band, recording and touring in the UK and Europe.   If you're reading this then I assume that you are familiar with our music, and that I might have hugged you after a concert or show at some point.  As a Patreon, you'll be a part of our musical experience, and you'll be helping us on our journey. 

Due to the Covid-19 we're in lockdown sadly, so all our tours are on hold till 2021.  However, the exciting news is that we are currently writing new songs for a second full length Folk-Rock album with plans to go back into studio at the end of the year with release in early 2021.

So here's what's in it for you:

1. Every month I'll post exclusive Patreon-only videos of me and other band members where we will go into the stories behind our songs – stories that I hope will be highly entertaining and inspiring to listen to.
2. You'll get the chance to hear early versions of what we're working on, and I'll be asking you for feedback on some of the material. You'll become an integral part of our creative process.
3. You'll get an exclusive chance to hear previously unreleased treasures from the Archive.
4.  I hope to do some occasional live Q&A sessions, responding to Patreon's questions or comments.
5.  If you come to one of our gigs once we're back on the road, we'll make sure you can sit in the front row - if you want to! 

...And much more. It will be an eventful time ahead, and I'm looking forward to having you along for this journey. I'll be curious to hear your feedback on the content that I post, and I am sure that the nature and emphasis of the content will evolve in tandem with your input and wishes!

Yours truly,

Julie July

P.S.  We want to treat all our Patreons the same and give access to all the material regardless of what you pledge each month.  If you like what we do and want to be a part of our journey I trust that you will pledge according to your means and what you feel that our effort is worth.  
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Hi. My name is Julie July and I'm lead singer for a Folk-Rock band, recording and touring in the UK and Europe. If you're reading this then I assume that you are familiar with our music, and that I might have hugged you after a concert or show at some point. As a Patreon, you'll be a part of our musical experience, and you'll be helping us on our journey.

Due to the Covid-19 we're in lockdown sadly, so all our tours are on hold till 2021. However, the exciting news is that we are currently writing new songs for a second full length Folk-Rock album with plans to go back into studio at the end of the year with release in early 2021.

So here's what's in it for you:

1. Every month I'll post exclusive Patreon-only videos of me and other band members where we will go into the stories behind our songs – stories that I hope will be highly entertaining and inspiring to listen to.
2. You'll get the chance to hear early versions of what we're working on, and I'll be asking you for feedback on some of the material. You'll become an integral part of our creative process.
3. You'll get an exclusive chance to hear previously unreleased treasures from the Archive.
4. I hope to do some occasional live Q&A sessions, responding to Patreon's questions or comments.
5. If you come to one of our gigs once we're back on the road, we'll make sure you can sit in the front row - if you want to!

...And much more. It will be an eventful time ahead, and I'm looking forward to having you along for this journey. I'll be curious to hear your feedback on the content that I post, and I am sure that the nature and emphasis of the content will evolve in tandem with your input and wishes!

Yours truly,

Julie July

P.S. We want to treat all our Patreons the same and give access to all the material regardless of what you pledge each month. If you like what we do and want to be a part of our journey I trust that you will pledge according to your means and what you feel that our effort is worth.
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Hi. My name is Julie July and I'm lead singer for a Folk-Rock band, recording and touring in the UK and Europe. If you're reading this then I assume that you are familiar with our music, and that I might have hugged you after a concert or show at some point. As a Patreon, you'll be a part of our musical experience, and you'll be helping us on our journey.

Due to the Covid-19 we're in lockdown sadly, so all our tours are on hold till 2021. However, the exciting news is that we are currently writing new songs for a second full length Folk-Rock album with plans to go back into studio at the end of the year with release in early 2021.

So here's what's in it for you:

1. Every month I'll post exclusive Patreon-only videos of me and other band members where we will go into the stories behind our songs – stories that I hope will be highly entertaining and inspiring to listen to.
2. You'll get the chance to hear early versions of what we're working on, and I'll be asking you for feedback on some of the material. You'll become an integral part of our creative process.
3. You'll get an exclusive chance to hear previously unreleased treasures from the Archive.
4. I hope to do some occasional live Q&A sessions, responding to Patreon's questions or comments.
5. If you come to one of our gigs once we're back on the road, we'll make sure you can sit in the front row - if you want to!

...And much more. It will be an eventful time ahead, and I'm looking forward to having you along for this journey. I'll be curious to hear your feedback on the content that I post, and I am sure that the nature and emphasis of the content will evolve in tandem with your input and wishes!

Yours truly,

Julie July

P.S. We want to treat all our Patreons the same and give access to all the material regardless of what you pledge each month. If you like what we do and want to be a part of our journey I trust that you will pledge according to your means and what you feel that our effort is worth.
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Our Story - British Folk Rock
“Julie July and her band have delivered a first-rate collection of contemporary folk rock music. Quality songs, superb vocals and forthright lyrics delivered with skill, technique and conviction. Perfectly conceived, recorded and superbly realised - this is proof that she is one of the brightest talents in the UK right now”

John O’Regan Journalist & Broadcaster - fRoots, Living Tradition, LCCR.
The Julie July Band and their reinterpretation and celebration of the music of Sandy Denny have been proving quite a hit on the festival and live folk circuit in recent years. So much so that last year they released a tribute album ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes?’– an album that certainly caught my attention along with other reviewers.

However, as extensive as Sandy Denny’s back catalogue is and as impressive as Julie July and her band’s interpretations are I doubt that there is an entire recording career to be built around simply recording more and more of her past material. The question then comes as to what form a follow-up album would take. Would it be covers of traditional songs that are given a suitably Sandy-esque treatment? Would the band seek inspiration from other singer-songwriters of that era? Would there be some new material, perhaps?

In fact, the band have opted for the latter approach with Lady of the First Light presenting eleven originals, each penned by various members of the band. Musically, it’s probably more within the vibe of Denny’s early to mid 70s solo singer-songwriter albums than, say, the more overt folk rock from her time with Fairport Convention and Fotheringay. However, it’s worth stressing that this is far more than simply a Sandy Denny pastiche or a North-Star-Grassman-and-the-Ravens-by-numbers. The Sandy influence is there, of course (and why not she remains one of the greatest singer-songwriters this country has ever produced) but it’s an influence rather than a straitjacket. There’s some quality songwriting here and, combined with Julie July’s beautifully clear voice and the strength of the band’s musicianship, the album more than stands up in its own right.

Title track, the upbeat ‘Lady of the First Light’ is an absolute stunner. More rockier than some of the other material with some gorgeous lead guitar and Julie July in fine voice, it’s not impossible to imagine a parallel universe where it’s a recently-discovered track from Fairport’s Unhalfbricking sessions. Likewise, ‘The Ballad of Rory Starp’ could equally have come from some long-lost session for the Liege & Lief album. These provide a nice contrast to the more sombre and reflective, yet no less gorgeous, material like the opening number ‘Broken Wing’. The end result is a lovely palette of contrasting textures, emotions and influences. The anthemic ‘Shine Together’ finishes the album in a pleasingly celebratory mood.
If the last album was a gorgeous tribute to the songs of Sandy Denny then this one is very much a celebration of the influences that combined to make the late 60s and early 70s such an incredibly exciting, vibrant and creative time for British music. Buy it!

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