Helen McCookerybook has collaborated musically with The Monochrome Set’s Lester Square, Vic Godard, Charlie Tipper, Gina Birch, and many other independent artists. Recently she has worked with Robert Rotifer and Willie Gibson.
McCookerybook and Rotifer
The joint project of Helen McCookerybook & Robert Rotifer released a 6 track 10″ vinyl EP called Equal Parts on Big Song/Gare du Nord Records, in December 2020.
‘No Man’s Land’ from the EP was premiered on Gideon Coe’s BBC Radio 6 show on the 19th October 2020. After playing the track on a show in December he said, “… No Man’s Land from their new EP which is called Equal Parts. It’s very good indeed. Been playing tunes from it for er just over a month or so now. Well worth getting hold of”
“Robert Rotifer, born in Vienna, living in Canterbury, has released 11 albums, collaborated with Wreckless Eric, André Heller, Darren Hayman, John Howard, Louis Philippe & others.”
Willie Gibson & Helen McCookerybook released a 3 track (Ltd. Ed.) lathe-cut 10″ vinyl EP called The Cutty Wren on Gare du Nord Records, in April 2021.
“Initially a trumpet player who toured with Soul artists in the late 60’s and 70s, Willie Gibson began working as producer/music publisher in the 80s, producing synth-based albums with Tim Cross (Mike Oldfield) and Derek Austin (The Gass). Working on a Fairlight CMI (only the seventh sold in Europe), led to work with Madness and Red Box.”
With Gina Birch she co-produced and co-directed the documentary film, Stories from the She-punks: Music with a different agenda, focusing on woman instrumentalists from the punk-inspired bands of the 1970s.
It had a first glimpse screening at The British Library on the 10th June 2016 (see videos below). The World Premiere was at the Doc’n Roll London 2018 Film Festival, at the Genesis Cinema on the 10th November. Subsequent screenings were held in Belfast, Liverpool, Brighton, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Lemington Spa, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, and Lincoln.