Grammy Nominated Artist returns to VIP Lounge for new album

Warner Bros (Norway) asked Dare Mason to mix Tommy Tokyo‘s latest batch of songs. The resulting album, “We Blister and We Bleed” was launched in February to widespread critical acclaim.

Dare mixed Tommy’s 2008 album “Smear Your Smiles Back On” which was nominated for a Grammy and went gold in Norway. On that occasion, Tommy came to Penzance to oversee the mixing process. However, on the latest album, Dare mixed alone and sent mixes over to the artist and the producer, Oyvind Blomstom, for approval.



New Microphones

So many acoustic artists and bands have been booking the VIP Lounge that it was decided to purchase two Neumann KM184’s so that we can now mic an acoustic guitar in stereo if need be. The mics give a clear, crisp, solid sound. They also work great on drum overheads and flute.


The Odd Folk debut album

Formally known as the “Sam Brookes Quartet”, this Bristol-Penzance based three piece recently recorded their debut album “The Sweet Release” at the VIP Lounge. The band consists of Morgan Val Baker on lead vocals and nylon string guitar, Sam Brookes on lead guitar and Shelly Macphail on keyboards and backing vocals.

Having launched their album at the Acorn Theatre in Penzance in July, tracks from it have been played on commercial radio and invites to play at festivals have been flooding in.

Ten tracks of charming country- and pop-tinged folk.

Click here to see a videoodd folk for “Fred”, one of the songs on the album.