Great News: Our album is launching on digital download on the 14th of April 2020

Our New Album “About Time”

At the time of launching this album called “About Time” the whole world has gone into a lockdown due to the coronavirus. We’re all aware that in these difficult times the NHS is doing a wonderful job.

We were always planning that the proceeds of sales of our album would go to our two nominated charities but now we are announcing that for the duration of the ‘lock down’ and until further notice, all the proceeds of sales of our CD through our website will go to ‘NHS Charities Together’. You will also see a donation option for NHS in our shop as well. https://nightshades.co.uk/shop

It’s taken us a little while to get ourselves into the recording studios (the clue is in the title!) mostly because we’ve been happy just playing music live. But having finally done it we’re pleased with the result – we’ve tried to keep the recording simple so what you hear is close to what we sound like live. And we do hope that you will be sufficiently interested by the clips on this website to want to buy the album.

It may help you to part with your money to know that we are not looking to become rich as a result, or even in reality to cover our costs. We want the album to have value in other ways so we decided to give almost all of the sales income (at least 80% allowing us to cover our cost) to two charities that are close to our hearts – Macmillan Cancer Support and Greenpeace.  If you decide that the price  of our album is far too modest, we guarantee that any additional donation will go to Macmillan and Greenpeace – you will see the donation option in our shop.

Finally, if you’re a musician who, like us, hasn’t quite got round to taking that next step, then our advice is that it’s About Time you got yourself into a recording studio.

Great News: Our album is launching on digital download on the 14th of April 2020

Chris & Sam

We’re two West London based singers/songwriters, known as Nightshades, who believe that there’s still a place for songs combining strong melodies and memorable lyrics – if we can communicate that in under four minutes then that’s a result for us and the audience! We both write, sing and play guitar and keyboards but we’re not so good at describing our kind of music , so you’ll just have to listen and decide for yourself. Judging by some of the reactions we get at gigs people do seem to like what we do.

Having been writing and playing together for some time now we’re returning to live performance and recording with a new ‘unplugged’ repertoire, with guest musicians stepping in from time to time. On this album we’d like to thank Alan Dublon for playing bass and for Jez Larder for producing the album.

If you have any suggestions for possible venues, we’d be really pleased to hear from you – just send us a message!

Most of all, we hope that you’ll enjoy what you hear and that we’ll get to meet at a gig near you sometime!
Chris and Sam

 

Gigs & Venues

We are big fans of open mic venues – the opportunity for any musician to turn up, play in front of an audience, listen to other musicians and share a common love of music in all its forms.

We live in West London and some of our favourite venues are:

The Ailsa Tavern

263 St Margaret’s Road, Isleworth, TW1 1NJ Last Sunday of the month from 7p.m.

The Cross Lances Pub

236 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, TW3 3TU 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 7p.m.

W7Edge at the Grosvenor Pub

127 Oaklands Road, Hanwell, W7 2DT Last Tuesday of the month at 8p.m.

We’d be pleased to get feedback on other venues. If you are the organiser of an open mic venue, for the promise of a feature spot on one of your nights we’ll publicise your venue on this website!

We Like to Play Live!

If you like us to play at gigs or festivals you are organising, we love to hear from you.