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The Fivepenny Piece News

Lynda Meeks Passed Away (posted 24 Jan 2013)

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Lynda Meeks. On the 2nd of January, Lynda was diagnosed with lung cancer which had spread to her liver. She was given six months to live, but that was not to be, and she passed away on 22nd of January 2013.

Lynda was a founder member of The Fivepenny Piece; sister to frontman John with whom she shared the limelight. Her distinctive voice was an integral part of sound of the band. She also added a touch of glamour to the band which can't have damaged their profile. She will be sadly missed by fans across the world.

'On Stage' - Reissued on CD! (posted 10 Nov 2011)

At last - the reissue on CD of one of The Fivepenny Piece's most requested releases. This was the band's first live album. It was recorded at the band's "home", the Broad Oak Hotel in Ashton-under-Lyne. The set gives a good impression of what the band's live shows must have been like, and as expected, they put on a good evening's entertainment for the punters.

The track listing is: Ee By Gum (Play-On) / 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 / If I Were A Carpenter / The Lancashire Lyne / Brown Photographs / The Battle Of Hastings, 1066 / Cum To Your Tea / Dieting / The Hencote / Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny / Tell Us It Ain't So / Straightforward Lancashire Lad / Sandstone Castle / My Brudda Sylvest / Down At Our School / Royton Sands / Sing No More For You My Friends

You can order your copy of On Stage available now on CD at £8.99 +P&P from the 5PP corner shop.

'City Of Manchester' - The Album! (posted 1 Oct 2010)

'City Of Manchester' is a brand new collection of songs from founder Fivepenny Piece members John Meeks and Lynda Meeks. The album is due for release on 1st October 2010.

There are 22 tracks - a mix of reworked old songs and brand new material. The track listing is: City of Manchester / Miss Prim & Proper / Wonderful Time / Wakes Holiday / Emerald Dew of The Morning / Dukinfield Park / Tupence Change / Molly Cinders / Passing of To-Day / Barefoot Days / Sometimes / Lancashire Lyne / Winter Sun / Oh Gosh By Gosh / Velvet Cushions / He Came To Me / Peddler of Songs / Tater Pie / You Have Been This Way Before / Codswallop / Can I / Time.

You can order your copy of City Of Manchester available now on CD at £8.99 +P&P from the 5PP corner shop or as a Download from iTunes or Amazon.

Eddie Crotty Passed Away (posted 15 Apr 2009)

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Eddie Crotty - founder member and much loved singer, songwriter and funny man of the group. He had been ill for some time and passed peacefully away at the weekend in Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

 

'A Special Child' - The Album! (posted 16 Sep 2008)

'A Special Child' is a brand new collection of festive songs from founder Fivepenny Piece members John Meeks and Lynda Meeks. The album is due for release on Tuesday 23rd September.

Last year, The Fivepenny Piece released a Christmas single. 'A Special Child' was a previously unreleased song with Lynda singing. Although the song is about 25 years old and was sung at Christmas concerts over the years, but had never been recorded until September 2007. It was never meant as a commercial release and was only available through the video sharing website YouTube. The song nevertheless received a good deal of positive feedback; and demand from fans for a 'proper' release - and more of the same!

So here we have it. Starting with 'A Special Child' (the song - and the title!), John and Lynda have put together a complete Christmas album for 2008 containing some of their favourite Christmas songs - and a few Fivepenny Piece classics, all performed in the Fivepenny Piece style.

The track listing is A Special Child / Lord Of The Dance / The Gift Of Love / Away In A Manger / Mary's Boy Child / If I Were A Carpenter / Silent Night / A Great Deal Of Difference / Onward Onward Soldier / While Children Sleep / Scarlet Ribbons / Paint A Perfect Christmas.

You can hear short samples of the tracks A Special Child and Paint A Perfect Christmas, downloadable here in MP3 format; alternatively, go to the Fivepenny Piece MySpace page to hear A Special Child:

You can order your copy of A Special Child available now at £8.99 +P&P from the 5PP corner shop.

Return to Broadoak Hotel (posted 29 Aug 2008)

The Fivepenny Piece - or at least John and Lynda Meeks - will be making a return trip to the Broadoak Hotel in Ashton-under-Lyne. A Night Of Nostalgia will take place on Wednesday 17th September. More details when we get them.

The Broadoak Hotel is on Broadoak Road, Ashton Under Lyne OL6 8QD; tel: 0161 330 2764; web: http://www.broadoakhotel.co.uk.

The Very Best Of Fivepenny Piece Compilation CD - Back In Stock Soon! (posted 27 Mar 2008)

After being deleted by EMI, Margaret Meeks - the Fivepenny Piece's manager - has managed to negotiate a re-issue of this, the original Fivepenny Piece 'best of' compilation.

The Very Best Of Fivepenny Piece is now back in prodution and we hope to have copies for sale within the next two weeks.

 

Brand New Song - 'A Special Child' Online Today! (posted 9 Nov 2007)

The Fivepenny Piece have released a Christmas single. 'A Special Child' is a previously unreleased song with Lynda singing. The song is about 25 years old and has been sung at Christmas concerts over the years, but never recorded until September 2007. Written by Colin Radcliffe, it features John and Lynda. Why not take a listen to the video (created by John's wife Margaret) which has been posted on YouTube.com.

You can view the video at YouTube.com.

Brand New Album - 'Where It All Began' Released Today! (posted 11 Sept 2007)

Tuesday 11th September 2007 is the official release date of the brand new The Fivepenny Piece album Where It All Began.

This is what you have all been waiting for, a long-overdue brand new album Fivepenny Piece album from the founding trio - John Meeks, Lynda Meeks and Eddie Crotty together with John's grandson Matthew.

Where It All Began contains 21 tracks; some old favourites re-recorded with Lynda's voice in fine fettle, plenty of new songs from master songwriter John, and some fun and laughter with Eddie's tales.

You can get your copy for £8.99 + P&P from the 5PP corner shop.

New The Fivepenny Piece Compilation CD - Out Now!

EMI has finally given in to demand, and released The Fivepenny Piece Collection on CD! Released on 1st May 2006, this 23-track best of compilation CD is the first new release since 1998.

The Fivepenny Piece Collection contains many favourite tracks, as well as a few rarities, not previously issued on CD. Old familiar favourites like Ee By Gum and Big Jim are there, but so are the bouncy Hang The Flag Out Mrs Jones, which the group sang on and won Granada TV's New Faces back in 1969; the beautiful love song Look Into My Eyes; the old Lancashire music hall song The Ashton Mashers - all on CD for the very first time. And there are many more gems - check out the track listing.

You can get your copy for £8.99 + P&P from the 5PP corner shop.

John Meeks Releases Solo Album

After an absence of over twenty years, founder member of The Fivepenny Piece singer/songwriter John Meeks has taken up the pen again to write a new batch of songs. He has now returned to the studio to produce a brand new CD entitled Just Me and Some of Mi Songs. John produced the CD himself, singing and playing all the instruments on the album.

The CD contains some of John's best-loved songs from The Fivepenny Piece days, as well as some new ones. Fivepenny Piece fans will recognise many of their favourite songs on John's new CD, including his new arrangements of Brown Photographs, King Cotton, Stalybridge Market, Stalybridge Station and Fine Feathers. But alongside the old favourites there are some fabulous new songs which won't disappoint lovers of John's music.

Find out more details about the release here. Don't miss your chance to get a copy for only £8.99 + P&P, direct from the 5PP corner shop.


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