The following news story appeared on the T&M homepage:
Charlie's Harbour Rats 7" single news
Charlie Harper's latest side-project
CHARLIE'S HARBOUR RATS will soon have their debut single out on Northern Ireland's
Gary Fahy, who runs the label, and who kindly donates £5-00 from each sale of their U.K. Subs - A BLAST IN BELFAST LP to 'Charlie's Charitable Cause' via T&M has informed T&M that the record will be "going off to Key Pressing next week" and he expects it to be "available next month via the PUNKERAMA WEBSITE where they hope to be setting up a pre-order facility for the 7".
Originally referred to as Charlie Harper's Harbour Rats (see previous news stories here), and featuring ex-Sub Pete Davies, the band name has now been shortened to CHARLIE'S HARBOUR RATS, and the exciting news is topped off by the fact that the single will be a PICTURE DISC (see the scans at the foot of this article).
The Picture disc will be limited to 300 copies, retailing at £6-00 plus £2-00 postage and packaging. There will also be "four test pressings up for grabs on eBay."
31/01/2012: Charlie performing at Newhaven Pub ‘Open Mic’ nights.
Plus – an extraordinary meeting with an old friend!
Charlie has been appearing at a local ‘Open Mic’ evening at The Ark Inn pub, West Quay, Riverside Hall in Newhaven, East Sussex for the past two weeks on a Wednesday evening.
He will also be appearing there on the 1st and 8th February.
Charlie told T&M that “…if anyone is in the area, come down it’s free! I did 6 songs the first night then blew harp with the other guys 2 or 3 times and it’s a great atmosphere with some wonderful people.”
Last week Charlie had an extraordinary chance meeting at the 'Open Mic' night with an old friend he hadn’t seen in years. Charlie enthused that “a guy who has been playing there all the time, who Yuko and I had both been loving his songs, turned out to be Micky Aldrige, an old friend from the early 1960s…”
It is Micky who actually features on the earliest photos of Charlie ever published, on the exclusive T&M rare picture archive. See the example picture right...
For the next two ‘Open Mic’ evenings, Charlie hopes to be performing some of his favourite covers, but as his “cover has been blown” more with each appearance, you may, if you go along, even catch a Subs ditty in this intriguing ‘Open Mic’ setting.
Below is a video taken by Yuko from the 18/1/2012 evening. Cheers Yuko!