News : 4th February 2001

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church_minidiscMartin Stephenson has a CD out called The Church And The MiniDisc. This album was recorded at 3 churches in the Scottish Highlands last year. There were no producers or sound engineers, purely a MiniDisc recorder capturing an acoustic set by Martin.

The interesting point is that Martin performs a cover version of Virginia’s song ‘A Long Time Ago’ – a song that Martin has been considering for inclusion on a studio album for some time. This is probably the only example of an artist covering Virginia Astley’s material so it’s worth checking out – even if Martin can’t quite match Virginia’s particularly high vocal range 😉

The CD is £12 (inc P+P) and is available via Martin’s website at also by post from PO Box 5957, Invergordon.

Jools Holland has been working on a TV documentary on the career of Virginia’s father Edwin Astley. The programme, due to be shown on BBC2, is called Jools Meets The Saint. Although we have no further details at present, we’ll post up broadcast dates and information when we get them.

A slight error on the dates for the current Jocelyn Pook tour – the concert for this coming Tuesday 6th February is actually University Of Kent At Canterbury, not Cambridge. For anyone unsure of who Jocelyn Pook and Anne Stephenson are, they formed part of Virginia’s band during the 1980’s, both for recordings and live performances. See the FAQ for more details.

The Discography entry for ‘Le Song’ was looking a bit odd due to a page format problem. It’s now been fixed and should look OK.

News : 28th January 2001

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The Promo Ads gallery has been updated with an ad for Hope In A Darkened Heart. The Discography entry has also been updated to reflect this.

Jocelyn Pook has two tours scheduled for this year. The first is entitled Speaking In Tunes and features a string quartet consisting of Anne Stephenson, Anne Wood, Kate Short
and Jocelyn Pook performing with a visual installation by Dragan Aleksic.

01.02.01 Stamford Arts Centre Stamford 01780 763203
02.02.01 St Mary-In-The-Castle Hastings 01424 781624
03.02.01 Colchester Arts Centre Colchester 01206 500900
06.02.01 The Gulbenkian Theatre University Of Kent At Canterbury 01227 769075
09.02.01 Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead 01442 228091
10.02.01 The Roadmender Northampton 01604 604222

The Jocelyn Pook Ensemble will also be playing various venues from March 9th and a new album titled Untold Things is scheduled for release in February. Details of the dates and venues are below. You can also get more details from CMN Tours by calling 020 7973 6493 or by visiting their website at

09.03.01 Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge 01223 357851
10.03.01 Warwick Arts Centre Coventry 024 7652 4524
11.03.01 Gardner Arts Centre Brighton 01273 685861
13.03.01 Turner Sims Concert Hall Southampton 023 8059 5151
14.03.01 Queen Elizabeth Hall London 020 7960 4242
17.03.01 Brewery Arts Centre Kendal 01539 725133

News : 20th January 2001

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Welcome to the Virginia Astley Website!

Thank you for bearing with us while the website was undergoing redevelopment and we hope you like the new look and features of the site.

Most of the sections are self-explanatory so feel free to browse. Some sections are still in development and will be expanded at a later date.


Virginia’s career is mainly split between her UK releases and Japanese releases and the Discography reflects this. As well as release dates, notes, trivia and track listing, each entry features a variety of sleeve and label shots. Some entries also have links to other sections such as Songwords.

You can also listen to some of the songs in Real Audio format where indicated.

This section is still in development and further entries for compilations and collaborations will be added at a later date.


A selection of photographs covering Virginia’s career from The Ravishing Beauties onwards.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

History, record releases and personnel are covered in this section.


Lyrics to some of Virginia’s most popular songs. This section will be expanded in the near future and suggestions are welcomed.


A concise background to Virginia’s musical history and solo career.


An opportunity for you to leave your comments.

We hope you enjoy the website and please feel free to pass on comments and suggestions by emailing the Virginia Astley Website at

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