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.

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Bill Fay ‘Who Is the Sender?’ Out 4/28, Watch “War Machine” Lyric Video



Ladies and Gentleman, Bill Fay is back. His new album Who Is the Sender? is the much anticipated but hardly-dared-hoped-for followup to 2012′s revered Life is People, which was Bill’s first solo studio album in 41 years. His new record Who is the Sender? is out April 27th (Europe) / 28th (North America).

Listen to the second album track “War Machine” now by watching the lyric video above (directed by Phil Poole) or here on YouTube / Dailymotion including scenes from the new album’s recording sessions in Ray DaviesKonk Studios in North London. The song is also streaming on our Soundcloud here.

About the album title –
Ask Bill Fay about his relationship with his instrument and he says something revealing, not “Ever since I learnt to play the piano”, but “Ever since the piano taught me…” What the piano taught him was how to connect to one of the great joys of his life. “Music gives,” he says. And he is a grateful receiver. But, it makes him wonder, “Who is the sender?”

You can pre-order the new album via SC Distribution / Dead Oceans, iTunes, Amazon, and your local record store.

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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!

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