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Echo feature in festival review article

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Echo’s recent appearance at the Kingstock Festival has been featured in a great article about the Festival by Tony Cummings  which was posted by top CCM site CrossRhythms.

It’s a long, but very interesting article that’s well worth a read. As well as commenting on several of the acts who performed, Tony gives his thoughts on the festival and the future of such festivals in the UK. We at Plankton Records share his hopes and desires for the future!

Here’s the link to the whole article (but if you only want to read the section about Echo it’s right at the top of page 2):  http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/music/KingsStock

Another website posts on new album

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Top UK CCM website CrossRhythms have posted a news article about the new up-coming album “What A Friend We Have” featuring  Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke, Jackie Morris Bates and Mary-Kathryn ahead of its Worldwide digital release on Monday 8th September.

The album is available to pre-order on iTunes and amazon across the World

Click here to read the article: http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/news/Friends_Plan_Album/54440/p1/

New album announced

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September 8 2014 sees the Worldwide digital release of the new “What A Friend” album by Vivienne Neville (UK), Liz Clarke (UK),  Jackie Morris Bates (USA) and Mary-Kathryn (USA). The album consists of 3 solo tracks from each artist plus the ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus’ charity single that the 4 artists recorded together and was released by Plankton Records earlier this year.

Among the songs included on the album, Vivienne Neville has contributed 2 new previously unreleased tracks and both Liz Clarke and Jackie Morris Bates have contributed songs that have only previously been available as singles. The other songs included are all gems from the ladies sizeable back catalogues, including rare tracks and tracks that have never previously been available digitally.

Vivienne and Liz are both based in the UK and are Plankton Records artists in their own right. Liz has recently released her “Destiny” album through Plankton. Jackie Morris Bates is based in the USA and has recently become active again in music after a break. Mary-Kathryn is an acclaimed USA artist and performer who is releasing her long awaited brand new album  “Wonders In The Deep” very soon.

“What A Friend We Have” is available to pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon now (use the links below) and will be available from all major download and streaming sites Worldwide.

iTunes UK : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/what-a-friend-we-have

iTunes USA: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/what-a-friend-we-have

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Friend-Clarke-Mary-Kathryn-Vivienne-Neville

Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/Friend-Clarke-Mary-Kathryn-Vivienne-Neville

New Review of Charity Single Posted

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The wonderful charity  single “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” which was released in March and featured Plankton label mates Vivienne Neville And Liz Clarke, alongside USA vocalists Jackie Morris Bates and Mary-Kathryn has been reviewed by UK CCM website CrossRhythms. Click on the link to read  http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/products

The single is still available Worldwide on iTunes, Amazon and all other major digital music download  and streaming sites as well as on CD from this website. CLick on this link to see the CD https://planktonrecord.wpengine.com/discography/what-a-friend-we-have-in-jesus/

You can also watch the video for the single on YouTube http://youtu.be/rFYJAl8-wqU


Plankton announce CD sale

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Plankton Records have announced their “Sizzling Summer CD Sale” which will start on Friday 1st August and will run for the entire month of August.

A number of selected CD titles will be offered with prices starting from only £3.99 (all prices include P&P to anywhere in the world).All titles incouded in the sale will have at least £2 off compared to the regular price

Plankton Records’ Keith Dixon stated “We’ve never done a proper sale before so we are excited about what August may bring. There are some fantastic CD titles included in the sale and with some titles being offered at only £3.99 we hope we can tempt plenty of people to explore Plankton’s music and discover themselves a gem or two!”

Each CD that will be included in the sale will be indicated by a small green ‘Sale!’ roundal on the album cover image and the regular price will be crossed through with the sale price clearly stated next to it. This will all be on this website’s shop page. Click on this link to go to shop page: https://planktonrecord.wpengine.com/shop/

Keith added “These prices will only be around for a month, and, if there’s a big response, while stocks last (for some titles),  so please don’t delay. The sales prices will automatically appear on the website on Friday 1st August”

Vivienne Neville – the DJ

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Plankton Records artist Vivienne Neville is about to become a DJ on Midlands based UK radio station Eternal Radio.

Eternal Radio have issued this short press release: “Eternal Radio is delighted to announce the return of Viv Neville to its line up of presenters in the very near future. More details to be announced soon. Eternal Radio is available On Line, On Tablet, On Smartphone, On SmartTV”

To check out details of Eternal Radio please click on this link: http://eternalradio.ning.com/

Vivienne Neville playing keyboards in band showcase event

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As well as her solo work with Plankton Records, Vivienne is currently playing keyboards for the Gospel band “The Risen”. Vivienne informed us, “A Major Record Label A & R Rep contacted the band recently (Representing 2 Major Record Labels) and is coming along to a Showcase event that we’ve organised on this coming Saturday Night to hear & watch us “The Risen” live. The band will be performing between 6-8.00pm on 19th July at St Aiden’s Centre, Clifton Street, Middlesborough, TS1 4BZ. We would really love and appreciate people coming along if they’re free to support us and add to the atmosphere for this important event. It’s our hope & prayer that we will be able to take the message of the Gospel, through Gospel Music, even further afield into the UK & beyond. This Showcase has been set up at the record label’s request. So, we have been in full-time rehearsals for 4 weeks working very hard. The event will consist of Gospel Classics alongside the band’s our own lively authentic style. Jesus is already Famous, this is the band’s offering to spread the Gospel a little further in our corner of the world. Please pray for this opportunity for the band & support us if you can, either in person or by prayer!”
Vivienne’s highly acclaimed solo album “Veiled in Mystery is available Worldwide from all major music download and streaming sites as well as on CD from this website.

New Liz Clarke video

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We’ve just posted a new video of Liz Clarke’s beautiful atmospheric version of the traditional folk song “Red Red Rose”.

The song features a sparse guitar arrangement which was written, performed (and produced) by Paul Mcilwaine and it perfectly backs Liz’s trademark pure and clear vocals.

This is the 2nd video of a song taken from her latest album DESTINY which features a wide range of musical styles and genres, including one other equally beautiful traditional folk song.

The album (and this song)  is available from all major music download sites worldwide and also on CD from this website (click on this link): https://planktonrecord.wpengine.com/discography/destiny/

To view the video, click on the link: http://youtu.be/NK7n8SzCqUQ