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News / Robert sold his Epiphone Les Paul Bass
« on: July 25, 2014, 07:04:04 AM »
I came across this link a few months ago when I was looking for a Les Paul Bass like Robert's. Turns out he sold his Epiphone Les Paul Bass. I don't know why he would do that considering the awesome memories he might have with it, but maybe times are tight and needs the money. Anyways, I just thought it was interesting especially for those who are into all the gear that the Five use (...or don't use anymore).

Musical discovery / Due Return - Free EP Launch Gig
« on: August 25, 2013, 07:57:25 AM »
Hi everyone!

My band, Due Return, is releasing our debut EP on 26/9/13 and we are celebrating it with a free gig which you are all most welcome to come to. All those attending will receive a free CD with compliments of the band. The new EP will be available for purchase on for download (and possibly physical copies) on Bandcamp.

It is in our hometown Aberdeen, Scotland and we will be supported by local bands Full Fat (blues rock) and Margaret Finlayson (acoustic) who are brilliant.

Here's the official event page with full details:

Thanks very much,



Ben's Old Five / BF5 @ Glastonbury 1998 (Last Polka footage)
« on: June 22, 2013, 03:27:28 PM »

I recently stumbled across this on Youtube a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty awesome. Does anyone have any information on this festival gig?

One thing I did notice was that there were lots of buttons above the keys on the piano, suggesting it could have been an electric piano(?) From the surroundings it looked like a horrid day of weather so maybe they used an electric one so that any damage would not be as bad compared to an acoustic if it got wet.

Also, anyone got the setlist for this concert?


Musical discovery / Due Return - Newly recorded songs
« on: June 15, 2013, 04:07:29 PM »
Hi there,

I play bass (and piano in my songs) in a band called Due Return. It is a 6 piece alt-rock band in Aberdeen. We have recently finished recording 6 songs which are to be released over the next few months. There is a lot of piano in these songs so I figured you guys might be interested in having a listen.

Here is our Soundcloud which has all the songs we have recorded:

My song, 'Sweet Lucy' has a music video which can be seen here (it has a piano solo at the beginning!) -

...and if you enjoyed all that, here is our Facebook page:

Apologies for the shameless plug....

(continued from title) , Alicia Witty and Amanda Palmer.


Ben said on the red carpet that he is going to do a side-project involving Tim Minchin, Amanda Palmer and Alicia Witty.

I am not sure when it is going to happen and not sure what the other pianists' tour dates are like but I would imagine it would be this year. However, I am really excited about this especially with Tim Minchin and his humour.

I would have liked to see Jamie Cullum a part of this project as he is clearly a devoted fan of Ben's and has publically stated this (and even spoke to him about it! In fact, both Cullum and Tim Minchin had Folds tracks when they appeared on the BBC's Dessert Island Disc series with Kirsty Young.

What are everyone else's thoughts?

News / Footage of BF5 playing Japanese Music Festival 1998
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:51:43 AM »
Not sure if this is new fottage to be released but I've never seen it before and thought I would share it with you all.

I haven't finished watching it all yet but has some great camera angles of the guys upclose. Also, Darren's got some neat sunglasses.

EDIT: It's Jackson Cannery and Song For The Dumped, along with arguably the longest stool throw??

News / TSOTLOTM Official Hal Leonard Transcription Book
« on: November 16, 2012, 10:13:50 AM »
I was looking on Ben's twitter account today and saw a picture that he posted. It's a copy of the official TSOTLOTM music, transcribed by Hal Leonard. I think it is only Piano and Vocals (so no bass or drums parts unfortunately, but hopefully they might be released at a later date???)

Here's the link:

Can't wait to learn Thank You For Breaking My Heart. It's one that I'd rather learn properly as opposed to most of the others where I just work them out by ear.

Thoughts anyone? Anyone got more information on the publication?

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