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Jelly: A Hint Of The Troubador

February 23rd, 2013

Check out Jelly at Facebook.

Steve Bray’s band have new gigs, new music and much more coming in 2013. As well as a steadily growing fanbase who appreciate great tunes.

There are regular updates to the Facebook page and loads of great band photos.

• Go on… everyone loves Jelly. (veggie jelly for me ;)) Browse our previous Jelly news posts here.

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Birmingham Mail: Toyah Willcox Stars in Hormonal Housewives

February 23rd, 2013

A great new interview with Toyah, from yesterday’s Birmingham Mail.

Toyah Willcox leaves behind her Midland home to go on tour with Hormonal Housewives

Don’t mess with punk princess Toyah Willcox when she is feeling hormonal. Marion McMullen finds out about terrible teens, strange food cravings and crying over Love Story.

“I’ve got 67 one-night stands for the next three months,” chuckles Toyah Willcox naughtily.
 
But there’s no need to worry about any X-rated hanky panky. Toyah is about to hit the road and leave behind her Midland home to tour the country with comedy show Hormonal Housewives.
 
“As far as I can remember I have always been hormonal. And I can remember being in my pram,” she says

• Continue reading at the Birmingham Mail.

Toyah on the Radio: LBC: In Conversation with Steve Allen

February 22nd, 2013

Steve Allen confirmed on his show this morning that Toyah will guest on In Conversation with Steve Allen this Sunday on LBC. The programme can be listened to live, online at the station’s website.

Toyah will talk about her career, marriage, Hormonal Housewives and having a “bionic hip”.

LBC 97.3: In Conversation with Steve Allen
Sunday 24th February: 6am

Steve Allen talks in depth to celebrities about their lives.

• Toyah tweeted a photo of herself and Steve, taken on Wednesday when she visited LBC to record the interview. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah on the Radio: BBC Radio 4: Ramblings

February 22nd, 2013

There is now less than a week until Toyah’s episode of Ramblings airs on BBC Radio 4.

The programme was recorded at the end of last month when Clare Balding and Toyah visited Croome Park.

Ramblings: BBC Radio 4: Thu 28th February: 3.00pm
Ramblings: BBC Radio 4: Sat 2nd March: 6.00am
Toyah Willcox. Clare Balding joins notable and interesting people on a walk through the countryside. Episode 4 of 6.

• Browse all of Dreamscape’s Ramblings news here.

This is Sussex: Toyah Willcox is Going To Pull No Punches

February 21st, 2013

A new interview with Toyah, by This is Sussex, focusing on the forthcoming Hormonal Housewives tour.

Actress and 80s punk pop star Toyah Willcox has done it all.
 
In a career spanning 30 years she has had 13 top 40 singles, recorded 20 albums, written two books, appeared in more than 40 plays, starred in ten feature films and presented TV programmes as diverse as The Good Sex Guide Late, Watchdog and Songs Of Praise.

Now in her fifties, Toyah still has her rebellious and independent streak – and plans on bringing this to the stage next month when she performs at The Hawth. She will be part of an all-female cast in the show Hormonal Housewives.

• Continue reading at This is Sussex.

In The Fairground: Life Is A Merry-Go-Round

February 21st, 2013

A very big Thank You for all the great feedback for Andrew’s new website: In The Fairground: Andrew York’s Arternative Universe. The site has been extremely busy since launching on Monday night and the response has been 100% positive. I can tell you that Andrew is thrilled and is very happy that so many are seeing and enjoying his work. The site will be updated with new art as and when Andrew creates it so do please add it to your favourites. There will also be a “Links” page added to the site soon. Visit by clicking below.

Keeping Up With The Hormonal Housewives #3

February 21st, 2013

Tons of activity for the Hormonal Housewives, in the second week of their rehearsals.

• Toyah has tweeted a couple of photos from the rehearsals: “dear ray, the only man on the Hormonal Housewives tour has decided he needs a bigger pair of balls :-)“, view photo here, and “Ray had the balls 2 wear a Playboy t-shirt 2 rehearsals….now he’s knackered! :-)“, view photo here.

• A new article on Hormonal Housewives by Cheshire Today: Toyah Willcox and Julie Coombe to star in Hormonal Housewives at the Liverpool Empire: The irrepressible Hormonal Housewives are back this spring with a second national tour, stopping at the Liverpool Empire for one night only on 10 April 2013.

• A new interview with Toyah, focusing on Hormonal Housewives, by This is Sussex: Toyah Willcox is going to pull no punches. Toyah explained: “It’s a sketch show with three acts and we play ourselves in between. It’s a comedy, and it’s not political – but it is very rude and naughty.

• Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone have a Hormonal Housewives competition: (Be quick, it closes at Midday today!!) We are giving away 10 pairs of tickets to come and see Hormonal Housewives at the LCH on Saturday 9 March 7:30pm! For your chance to win email your name and contact details to folkestonemarketing@theambassadors.com by 12pm today. The lucky winners will be picked at random and contacted after the closing date. Good Luck!!

• Keep updated with all the official Hormonal Housewives news at Twitter and Facebook.

Jungles Of Jupiter (Sad Android Extended Version)

February 21st, 2013

A third remix of a classic Toyah song, this time ‘Jungles of Jupiter’ from Anthem, has been made available by Tom Leon.

First it was “Awake’n Dreams: Alan Parsons Project vs Toyah Willcox” (using ‘Pop Star’), then “Let Me Go (Here It Comes Again 2012 Remix)”, and now TOM LEON brings us “Jungles Of Jupiter (Tom Leon and Toyah: Sad Android Extended Version)”.

Completely unofficial and, as with Tom’s previous mixes for “private and promotional use only”, it’s interesting to hear Toyah’s songs being experimented with. Not everyone will approve, as these are of course regarded as classics, but Tom doesn’t do anything too drastic with them!

The track is also included on the album ‘Quantam Sequences 2013′

• Listen to ‘Jungles Of Jupiter (Tom Leon and Toyah: Sad Android Extended Version)’ here. View more details about Tom’s album here.

• View info on the previous Toyah remixes by Tom Leon in our past news posts.

LBC 97.3: In Conversation with Steve Allen

February 20th, 2013

Toyah will be guesting on a future edition of In Conversation with Steve Allen, which airs on LBC (London’s Biggest Conversation), the 24/7 talk radio station.

The programmes air as two 30-minute double-bills each Sunday morning between 6 and 7am. LBC can be listed to live online (no “Listen Again” function but you can purchase podcasts of previous broadcasts for £2). Steve tweeted earlier this week: “Lovely Stephen mulhearn is doing heart brekky this week so he dropped in, such a nice guy, and toyah really good fun. Now giving blood, yuk“, so it appears that Toyah’s interview has now been recorded. No info on the airdate yet. (Thanks to Paul Johnson)

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

February 20th, 2013

Hull Daily Mail: How acupuncture has helped Toyah finally get a good night’s sleep: Toyah Willcox has tried everything from sleeping pills to herbal remedies to enjoy what many of us take for granted – a normal night’s sleep. “When I was young I just regarded not sleeping as a fantastic way to pack more into my days. I always reasoned that life’s so short, it seemed crazy to waste it sleeping,” she says.

Weekend: Toyah tweeted a photo of the cutest rabbit in Britain on Monday… who just happens to be perusing Gloucestershire Echo’s ‘Weekend’ supplement from Saturday, with Toyah on the cover!

Top 10 Toyah 2013: The recent song vote fan poll has now closed and the results are in… View the full Top 10 Toyah songs, as voted by Toyah fans at Facebook, at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive. (Thanks again to James & Lärwi)

Dreamscape Gallery: IRH/Toyah Fan Club Photos

February 19th, 2013

New to Dreamscape’s Gallery: The full collection of “Intergalactic Ranchhouse” and “Toyah Fan Club” photos, which originally accompanied the regular newsletters, mailed out to fan club subscribers between 1980 and ’86. There are also a few pre and post-fan club photos included too. (Thanks to Andi Westhorpe for the IRH/TFC collection. Thanks also to Paul Lomas)

Breaking Through: The Official Toyah Mailing List

February 19th, 2013

The new Official Toyah Newsletter. Register here.

Join the official Toyah mailing list to receive receive Breaking Through, an e-mail newsletter and regular bulletins containing gig announcements, release news, links to buy Toyah products online and exciting exclusives direct from toyahwillcox.com.
 
A round-up of recently confirmed gigs means you can plan seeing Toyah live in concert and there will be news on any upcoming tour merchandise in the pipeline. Can you hear it……. breaking through.

• Sign up to the newsletter before 31st March and gain access to a previously unreleased exclusive track. There were 40 sign ups last night in the three minutes after the mailing list was announced on Toyah’s official webspaces!

Worcester News: ‘I Feel So Much Better…’

February 19th, 2013

Toyah is also interviewed by Worcester News. This was published yesterday.

‘I feel so much better, – I have more energy, my brain’s more alert’

“When I was young I just regarded not sleeping as a fantastic way to pack more into my days. I always reasoned that life’s so short, it seemed crazy to waste it sleeping,” she says.
 
But eventually it turned into a “nightmare”, raising her stress levels and making her vulnerable to worry.

She’s talking at her London home – she also has a home in Pershore – about the tricky path which has now led to a transformation in her sleep – and it’s thanks to acupuncture.

• Continue reading at Worcester News.

Manchester Evening News: Sweet Dreams At Last

February 19th, 2013

A new interview with Toyah, this one from the Manchester Evening News, published online on Sunday.

Sweet dreams at last for Toyah Willcox: ‘It’s a wonderful release from a life-long problem’

Singer, songwriter and actress Toyah Willcox battled chronic insomnia for years, but she tells Gabrielle Fagan how her life has been transformed

Toyah Willcox has tried everything from sleeping pills to herbal remedies to enjoy what many of us take for granted – a normal night’s sleep. From the age of 14, the 54-year-old has suffered from chronic insomnia, surviving on as little as four hours of sleep a night – a couple of hours after midnight and only two more between 7-9am.

• Continue reading at the Manchester Evening News.

In The Fairground: Andrew York’s Arternative Universe

February 18th, 2013

In The Fairground, Andrew’s website, is now live: www.toyahart.co.uk – We hope you like it!