Bill Fay

Bill Fay is one of English music's best kept secrets – a genuine national treasure. Back at the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum's Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but his contract wasn't renewed, leaving his LPs and his reputation to become cult items, later namedropped by the likes of Nick Cave, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Jim O'Rourke. But he never stopped writing, and the music kept on coming. Now, in his late sixties, he has produced Life Is People, a brand new studio album that shows his profoundly humanist vision is as strong as it ever was.

Bill Fay Gives His Last Interview of 2012, Self-Titled Album Now Available at Midheaven Mailorder


We had the immense pleasure of releasing Bill Fay’s first studio album in over 40 years back in August. Today, we share his final interview of 2012. Bill sheds light on his plans for the future, influences on Life is People and life in general. “I personally need to believe that this world just can’t go on and on and on in the way that it goes.” Read the interview at Aquarium Drunkard!

Midheaven Mailorder just announced the availablity of Bill Fay’s self-titled debut, originally released in 1970, on their site. 4 Men With Beards is reissuing the album on 180 gram LP. You’ll find it HERE.

Year-End Love for Bill Fay

“Intimate piano balladry from an English folk-rock elder who spent his 40 years away from the recording studio gathering the wisdom that makes his music so generous and graceful.”NPR’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012

#6 Best Album of 2012 at Uncut

#3 Best Album of 2012 at MOJO

“Arriving 41 years after Fay’s last original studio album, Life Is People represents the return of a prodigal son you never knew existed.” – Top 25 Albums of 2012 at BBC

Bill Fay Performs “Never Ending Happening” Live

Many have asked for a live performance and alas we are excited to share this gem of a video. Bill Fay visited the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland last week and delivered a beautiful rendition of “Never Ending Happening.” It’s a single from his album Life Is People, recently listed at No. 3 on Mojo Magazine’s Best Albums of 2012. Enjoy above!

Bill’s Life Is People is now available at Amazon, SC Distribution and iTunes.

Bill Fay performs on BBC’s Later With Jools Holland — TONIGHT!

We’re delighted to announce that Bill Fay is performing on tonight’s episode of Later With Jools Holland!

Pre-recorded earlier this week at the BBC’s Broadcasting House, this is the only TV performance Bill has ever done and a very rare piece of footage of him playing live. The show airs at 11.50pm GMT on BBC 2 and BBC 2 HD and will be available on the BBC Later YouTube channel for a month from tomorrow.

And in other great news – Bill Fay’s new album ‘Life is People’ has been voted #6 in Uncut magazine’s best records of 2012!

WATCH: New Video for Bill Fay’s “This World”

Premiering today at Stereogum, the new video for Bill Fay’s “This World” features Super 8 film projected onto faces of people, a combination of both strangers to and friends of the director. Bill’s labelmate and long time fan, Califone’s Tim Rutili, directed the video, commenting, “thinking about making images for this music triggered faces and memory. It made me want to stare into a stranger’s eyes.” To add ease to the up-close filming, Rutili asked participants to talk about their very first childhood memory. You’ll notice a cameo of Jesus Lizard’s David Yow. Watch above.

Bill Fay’s Life Is People came out last week and has since received numerous rave reviews from fans and critics alike! Check it all out at Any Decent Music, who has compiled a great list for your reading pleasure. You can order your copy from SC Distribution!

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