A double CD album that steps back whilst looking forward...
Disc 1: ‘Muscle Memory’ would have been Steve's second album, had circumstances not got in the way. Three decades later, only rough mixes of 1990s demos and half-finished tracks still existed. Inspired by Giles Martin's work remixing Beatles records we have been able to employ cutting-edge Machine Learning (ML) technology to break down stereo mixes into their constituent components enabling us to rework, remix and remaster the songs. In addition there are a couple of brand new songs from Steve that were inspired by this whole process and fit seamlessly into the album.
Disc 2: A digital and hard copy remastering, remixing and revisiting of Steve’s debut album ‘Eventually’. It was originally only released as a vinyl album but here it resurfaces polished and pristine for the digital age.
1. The Art Of Conversation
4. Putting The Boat Out
5. Strange Love
6. The Kicking Horse
7. My Secret Flame
8. What She Said
9. Heaven Could Be Here
10. Picture Post
11. Waiting For A Miracle
Disc 2 (Eventually)
2. When Men Talk
3. The Weakest Voice
4. Not A Pretty Face
5. Don’t Go Away
7. Whatever Happened To The Weekend
8. Birthday Boy
10. No Man’s land
11. Smiles And Blisters
12. From A Jealous mind
13. The Man Who Loved Himself
Additional musicians include … Ian Carr (guitar & accordion), Keith Morris (bass & saxophone), Graham Henderson (bass & keyboards), Paul Armstrong (bass), Tim Johnston (drums), Joe Scurfield (fiddle)
Release Date - Friday September 29th 2023
Steve’s new EP Hope Street was released in December 2020. Available as a hard copy CD or download. These five new songs have emerged over the last few months and are both a direct and yet still subtle response to all that has been happening in 2020. But the theme is positive, we will get through this, something good will happen.
Source recordings were developed mostly at home, engineered and produced by Dave Maughan at Face Musical Productions. Steve has also called upon the services of some wonderful musicians and the result is an EP that can be listened to in its entirety (no it is not a concept album!) or as individual pieces.
Featuring Guest Musicians: Karen Tweed, Dave Maughan & Tom Chapman with backing vocals from Paige Temperley, Ashleigh Lowes, Gillian Maughan, Kerry Green & The FMP Singers.
Available to Download/Stream or as a hard copy CD with a beautifully designed lyric booklet.
“This is lovely stuff. You can hear all the love that’s gone into it” (BOB HARRIS - BBC RADIO 2)
“Hope Street's ‘Something Good Will Happen’ should be blaring out of radio speakers across the land as a feel good anthem for a better, brighter, healthier tomorrow” (SIMON JONES - SPIRAL EARTH)
Steve Jinski (featuring Amble Harbour Lights Choir)
This song was commissioned by Dry Water Arts as part of their Arts Council funded KIN project, focusing on ideas about kindness and kindred in a Covid conscious world.
Dry Water Arts are based in Amble, Northumberland. The lyrics grew from conversations with attendees at Dry Water's Dementia Positive programmes trying to give a voice to those who have not been heard. Despite their suffering and loss they still look to find and see good in the world.
The Amble Harbour Lights Choir contributed their vocal skills to the track. The whole thing was produced, mixed, and mastered by Dave Maughan. Please note all revenues will go towards supporting Dry Water Arts and their Dementia Positive Programmes.
This was released as a single in December 2016. It's one of those songs that came very quickly. The main melody and the 'keep a little light on line' hook popped into my head and an hour later it was more or less done.
Dave Kennedy plays a lovely complimentary guitar part in C tuning (I think!) and there's a bit of odd timing in there too that made it a little tricky to play 'live'. That sort of thing is never planned by me but just sort of happens.
I like to think of it as a peaceful mediation that isn't just about Christmas and is sadly, perhaps even more so, still very pertinent.
As part of Record Store Day in April 2015, the JINSKI Duo released a five track 10” vinyl EP (Lucky Smile Records / Proper Music Distribution). The record was both a step forward and a retrospective, featuring two new songs, 'Top of the Tree' and 'Never Gonna Work Again' as well as three taken from previous album releases ‘Down Here’ and ‘Hurry Home’.
The new tracks were engineered and produced by Dave Maughan (Maximo Park, Kathryn Williams) at Blast Studios and Face Productions in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Guest musicians include country picker Jim Hornsby (past credits included Prefab Sprout and Martin Stephenson), fiddle player Pete Challoner (New Rope String Band) and double bass player Neil Harland.
Steve Jinski: acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals.
Dave Kennedy: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, percussion, banjo, vocals
Neil Harland (double bass) • Duncan Tyler (drums) • Rob Walker (drums) • Andy May (piano) • Pete Challoner (fiddle) • Jim Hornsby (dobro) • Wendy Smith (backing vocals) • Dave Maughan (bass, steel guitar and lots of other bits!)
“Soulful roots music with a country tinge … a thing of beauty, their warm balladry a true balm for the soul” (THE CRACK magazine)
A full album first released in October 2012. ‘Down Here’ delivers memorable tunes with a cutting lyrical edge, taking the little things that matter and revealing the bigger picture. Here are songs that capture the moment, ask some simple questions, and offer some reflection.
Steve Jinski and Dave Kennedy have forged a musical partnership that has acoustic roots at its heart whilst touching the borders of folk, country and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern. Ably assisted by guests that include the English accordion queen Karen Tweed, New Rope String Band member Pete Challoner (banjo and fiddle), Andy May (pipes and piano) and JINSKI stalwart Neil Harland on double bass. The album manages to be both instantly appealing and one that reveals something new on each listen.
Steve Jinski: acoustic guitar / harmonica / vocals
Dave Kennedy: acoustic guitar / bass / percussion / banjo/ vocals
Neil Harland (double bass) / Duncan Tyler (drums) / Andy May (piano, organ, Northumbrian pipes) / Pete Challoner (fiddle, banjo) / Karen Tweed (Accordion) / John Kefla Kerr (Trumpet) / Dave Maughan (bass, steel guitar and lots of other bits!)
“Folk for modern ears” (MAVERICK magazine)
“JINSKI put into words what we can’t” (R2 ROCK ‘N’ REEL magazine)
“A quality product...a very uplifting album” (FOLK ROUNDABOUT magazine)
First released in July 2012, this three track EP with its title track a pre-curser to the ‘Down Here’ album, combines the north east’s maritime past with acoustic roots and the singer songwriter tradition. There is also a previously unheard wildcard track, ‘Something Real’ plus a reworking of one of Steve Jinski’s earliest songs ‘Smiles & Blisters’. Special thanks to local artist Michael Appleby for the original front cover painting, Kath Anderson for back photo and Charles Holey for design.
Steve Jinski: acoustic guitar / harmonica / vocals
Dave Kennedy: acoustic guitar / electric guitar / vocals
Neil Harland (double bass) / Karen Tweed (accordion) / Andy May (piano) / Penny Callow (cello) / Dave Maughan (bass) / Ellie Hare (clarinet) / Duncan Tyler (drums)
Released in 2009, this four track EP had the JINSKI DUO stripped down to just their acoustic guitars and voices with the addition of a ‘live’ track taken from the launch of their first album ‘Hurry Home’ gig at Sage Gateshead in 2008. It also included a studio reworking of an early Steve Jinski song titled ‘Song For Europe’ that reminisces his days of touring through Europe and Scandinavia suitcase and guitar in hand!
Steve Jinski: acoustic guitar / electric guitar / harmonica / vocals
Dave Kennedy: acoustic guitar / electric guitar /vocals
Neil Harland (double bass) / Penny Callow (cello) / Wendy Smith (vocals) / Brendan Murphy (percussion)
“Catchy, reflective, well written acoustic songs...emotional vocals” - MAVERICK magazine
“Highlights their knack of writing big melodies with little fuss...this is good for you” - THE CRACK magazine
Released in June 2008, this is an album of carefully crafted and beautifully sculptured songs that keeps you enthralled from beginning to end. Musically delving into the heartland of acoustic roots and lyrically exploring the notion of home and what it means to each of us.
Steve Jinski: acoustic guitar / electric guitar / harmonica / piano / vocals
Dave Kennedy: acoustic guitar / electric guitar / banjo /organ / vocals
Neil Harland (double bass) / Penny Callow (cello) / Wendy Smith (vocals) / Brendan Murphy (drums & percussion) / Charlotte Buchanan (violin) / Bex Mather (vocals)
“From the direct, clipped opener ‘In My Backyard’ through the polished potential hit ‘King Of The Radio’ to the rugged country blues of ‘My Father's Hands’, JINSKI offers a consistently appealing brand of intelligent song writing” (R2 ROCK ‘N’ REEL magazine)
An EP/CD only available in hard copy from the early days (last century!)
Put together in between long tours across Europe in the late 90’s with not much time to breathe. To paraphrase an old Macca song this was a ‘man on the run’! A travelling, restless, yearning for something kind of record. Tinged with sadness for things that have passed or are unobtainable. It's about finding the courage of your convictions and not giving up. A couple of tracks were recorded by old pal, wonderful musician and the still greatly missed Keith Morris.
Steve Jinski: vocals / acoustic guitar / harmonica
Ian Carr (acoustic & electric guitar, accordion) / Geoff Lincoln (bass) / Graham Wright (drums) / Katherine Zeserson (backing vocals) / Graeme Stafford (piano)
“All bluster and melodic drive...‘Blow Winds Blow’...Gently engaging, acoustic-led magic as on ‘One Word For Love’ ” (R2 ROCK 'N' REEL magazine)
“A mini-album that's busy with bright and breezy settings ..‘One word For Love’ is trilled perfection.” (MUSIC MAKER magazine)
Only available in vinyl, the first recording.
My first steps into the world of recording thanks to Rob Meek at local label Projects UK in Newcastle. At that time I had two local ‘residencies’ in pubs around the centre of Newcastle, The Forth and the now disappeared Broken Doll and its alternative cabaret nights. I seemed to spend my life in those two venues. I started doing practically all covers and gradually my own songs took over and the thrill was having people ask for them rather than the covers. This album contains those ‘hits’ with the title song being a staple in the ‘live’ set list to this day.
I also pulled together a little band during this period ‘The Tea Boys’ and playing with friends Paul Armstrong, Tim Johnston and the now quite famous ‘Swedish folkster’ Ian Carr was indeed a privilege. The next ‘residency’ was to be The Mean Fiddler in Harlesden, London and a life on the road was about to begin.
Steve Jinski: vocals / acoustic guitar / harmonica
Paul Armstrong (bass) / Tim Johnston (drums) / Ian Carr (acoustic & electric guitar, accordion) / Joe Scurfield (fiddle)
“Here's a bloke who looks like he's stepped right out of a left-wing anarcho punk band but who's actually an intelligent songwriter... knows a damn good tune when he hears one” (FOLK ROOTS MAGAZINE)
“Steve Jinski talks about male sexuality. He conjures up graphic illustrations out of his own worst foibles and most fragile sensibilities. He talks about jealousy, possessiveness, ego, self pity, domination and all attributes that help to make us men the loveable creatures we know ourselves to be.” (THE CUT)