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Raising Merry Hell
MERRY HELL is a band founded on the ever evolving Folk tradition – music made by the people and shared by the people. Though our hearts and souls are tuned to the songs which came before us, we bring you new words and music forged from our own experiences, from the lows and the loves of our lives. Our art is energy and our hope is unity. Our pleasure is to please: let the audience be the acid test and let the music speak for itself...

TRACK 1 - LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND

TRACK 2 - SISTER ATLAS

TRACK 3 - EMERGENCY LULLABY

LATEST NEWS

5th Anniversary

Released on July 4th to mark the 5th anniversary of the succesful quadruple heart bypass operation performed on our manager, Damian. The song was originally written to mark his recovery from a previous heart attack and return to running. If you enjoy the track - please make a donation - however small to support the British Heart Foundation. Also, the track can be downloaded for free from our website but we ask that people make a donation if they do this - from each according to their means! All hail our NHS!

http://merryhell.co.uk/mp3/BandOnARun.mp3.zip

Here are his own words from July 3rd:

5 years ago today was a little of a low point. I was that ill that, late in the evening, the sheer physical effort of cleaning my teeth was enough to send my heart rate high enough to trigger the alarm on the Nurse station on the ward and staff came dashing to check what the problem was. Waiting in Wythenshawe Hospital for my bypass operation, I had been in hospital for nearly a month after a couple of heart attacks - I had been unable to walk more than around 30 feet in that time without something unpleasant happening. So fast forward to yesterday - I did a half marathon - although in fairness I did walk most of it - a little bit of a contrast (I would have waited until today but the weather forecast didn't look too good). So, tomorrow - the anniversary of my quadruple bypass op, I will be doing something a little special along with help from Merry Hell and hopefully you will support it. Keep watching. It isn't a Chumbawamba cover - but - I get knocked down....

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2020 Folking Awards Winner

The Folking Awards

MERRY HELL: WINNERS OF BEST LIVE ACT AWARD FROM THOSE LOVELY PEOPLE AT FOLKING.COM - Thanks to all who voted for us - we do put a lot into trying to make our gigs an event - a celebration of the joy we feel in sharing our songs - days like today it all makes sense!

www.folking.com/the-2020-folking-awards-the-results

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THE HOURGLASS TRILOGY

The Hourglass Trilogy

Merry Hell release 'Leave It In The Ground' a digital single, available to download and stream from all the usual places. A video will be relased at the same time.

THE HOURGLASS TRILOGY - A SERIES OF 3 DIGITAL SINGLES (PLUS VIDEOS)
1: LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND: RELEASED 18th MAY
2: SISTER ATLAS: RELEASED 8th JUNE
3: EMERGENCY LULLABY (WASTING TIME): RELEASED 29th JUNE

Read more here...

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The absolute world premiere of our documentary:
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF MERRY HELL.

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF MERRY HELL

Tickets available here!!

If Life is a journey, ours has been more of a mystery tour wrapped up in an adventure that we really want to share. Wherever we go, we feel love and togetherness between band members and the people we meet. It’s a real privilege to be part of that, so we want to give our audience a deeper sense of who we are, where we come from, where we’ve been and where we’re going.

We took our new camera behind the curtain, into our dressing rooms (when we had them), into our homes, on the road, to the soundchecks and service stations – and, along the way, into our thoughts, dreams and concerns. We hope that you’ll enjoy a peek into our experience of being a band – and into the joy of being Merry Hell, in what was a fabulous year for us.

This collage of sights, sounds and memories is dedicated to the friends we’ve made and those we hope to meet in future.

After showing our documentary, there will be a Question and Answer session involving all members of the band for approximately an hour.

Tickets include a copy of the DVD of the documentary. We offer a single ticket at £12.50 to include a copy of the DVD and a ticket for 2 people for £17.50 that includes admission for those 2 people but only one copy of the DVD.

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Folking Awards
We are delighted with bells on to have won the prestigious Folking.com Best Band Award for a second time!! Thanks to all who helped make it so.
Great to win in the company of our friends:
Reg Meuross Music - Soloist of the Year Award
The Men They Couldn't Hang - Best Live Band Award and especially our Wigan hometown mates Vision Thing - Rising Stars Award

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Songwriting & Music with Bob Kettle Here are a couple of reviews and notable mentions of our new acoustic album Anthems to the Wind.

Folk Radio
Got to love this review from those thoroughly decent chaps at Folk Radio UK.

From the Margins
We are very happy to share a lovely, thoughtful and insightful review of Anthems to the Wind - this time courtesy of the 'From the Margins' website. No money changed hands to obtain this review - but when we see the writer he will be greeted with a broad smile and a firm handshake of gratitude!

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Come On, England!Our new single Bury Me Naked is available now from Amazon or from our online shop

You can even sing along with the subtitled track here

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Read more of our news here...

EMERGENCY LULLABIES CD
SIGNED PRE-ORDER

Emergency Lullabies

Gigs

Due to the Coronavirus lockdown and government advice, our gigs are on hold at the moment.
Hopefully we will see you all again soon.

Media Resouces
A bunch of resources for all you media, gig and festival organiser types. Here you can find photos, biogs, logos, stage tech requirements etc. Click here to find out more.
Awards
Folking.com
Best Live Act 2018
Folking.com
Best Band 2018
FATEA Award
Best Single/EP 2017: 'Come On, England!
FolkWords Award
Best Album 2016: 'Bloodlines'
FATEA Award
Best Group/Duo 2015
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