East Central One - a brief history
One was set up by Steve Fernie at the beginning of 1998 after
he sold his share in Grapevine Label and Grapevine Distribution.
The first project was Ronnie Harris Records, which released
the first album in 17 years by Ian Dury & The Blockheads. Since
then, albums have been released by Marc Almond, Dr Robert, Plainsong,
Colin Vearncombe and Kate Jacobs, all on the artists' individual
labels through east central one. The most recent album to be
released is a re-making of Ian Dury's 'New Boots and Panties'
cunningly entitled 'Brand New Boots and Panties' - which features
covers by Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Madness, Sinead
O'Connor, Billy Bragg and plenty more.
people involved in the company are:
Fernie: Previously worked for EMI and BMG in Business Affairs.
Set up Grapevine Distribution and The Grapevine Label and signed
such artists as Mary Black, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris and Janis
Ian (among others). Steve has also been involved in business
with Manfred Mann for over twelve years as Creature Music Limited.
Milner: Previously worked for EMI and BMG. Been involved
in business with Steve Fernie for fourteen years. Also Label
Manager with Grapevine Distribution and export Manager for Cohesion/Creature
Music (Manfred Mann's Earth Band product).
Has been presenting his own left-field radio shows for the last
five years and working with Bob Harris at Radio 2. Also promoting
live music in London for the last three years. Bob joined east
central one in July 1999 to provide an agency service to its
artists. He has also booked tours for Oh Susanna, Blue Rodeo,
Bap Kennedy, Vigilantes of Love, Tom Russell, Chip Taylor and
Burgess: Previously worked for Rio Communications and became
Head of Finance at Grapevine Label and Grapevine Distribution.
Andy is a qualified Chartered Accountant, one of the few who
has running a pub as one of his occupations. He now offers his
financial services to a range of companies as well as east central
Andy's Inn in the Lake District