IF YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY THROUGH THE DRIZZLE,
something is happening...
In a small historic Cheshire market town, sandwiched between North West England’s two musical power houses, Liverpool and Manchester, there lies a bar whose reputation looms mysteriously large in this part of the world.
This place is Kash 22.
People of all ages, from all walks of life, come here to let go of their troubles. Its beauty is in the inclusivity and intimate eclectic atmosphere.
Within this creative space, a collective known as ‘El Misti’ has found a home. Their people gather here, and their heroes adorn the walls.
The music was born here…and it all started with a song!
The journey so far...
10 years after a chance meeting in a humid Rio de Janeiro hostel, Cheshire/Liverpool band, El Misti, finally release their debut album...
Singer-songwriter, Paddy Bleakley, and guitarist, Kieran Gilchrist, bonded over a mutual love of classic acoustic folk, Americana, rock and roll, West Coast psychedelia and Latin culture, as well as a mutual disregard for personal safety, health and well-being.
The pair went their separate ways: Kieran embarking on a musical pilgrimage to Latin America, and Paddy starting a bar and music venue called Kash 22, in his native Frodsham, Cheshire.
Eventually reuniting, the pair built a recording studio above the bar and got to work.
With countless hours of writing, regular hazy after hours sessions and occasional intimate performances, the duo took their time to create a body of work they believed in.
The bar acted as a creative club house, bringing the rest of the collective together. Mike Gregson, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter was originally pulling the pints. Rory Ballantyne, notable for his production work with Liverpool bands ‘Paul Dunbar and The Black Winter Band’ and ‘The Grande’, came highly recommended by a few of the acts gracing the bar’s stage.
Early 2019 saw them hone their craft in the studio above Kash 22, before checking into the live room at Liverpool’s Ark Studios. Helped along by legendary local musicians such as KD Taggart on mandolin and percussion, Lee Shone on keys, Adrian Gautrey on organ and classical violinist Daniel Axworthy, the band finally finished an album drawing influences from the sum of its parts.
Meet The Collective
Rory BallantyneBass, Guitar, Brass, Keys, Backing Vocals, Percussion
Paddy BleakleyLead Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Kieran GilchristGuitars, Backing Vocals
Mike GregsonDrums, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Percussion
Keith "KD" TaggartMandolin, Percussion
Harriet RileyBacking Vocals
Laura Marie BentleyBacking Vocals