I’ll be in York this evening for a wedding at the weekend and I haven’t visited for 20 years or so. Can anyone recommend a pub in the centre of town with good beer (by which I mean decent real ale, not massively hopped ‘craft beer’ nonsense) which would suit a couple in their 40s looking for a quietish drink on a Friday night?.
It’s clear from the recent camera thread, and various Afterworders I know on Facebook, that many of us enjoy a bit of photography, so let’s see some of your favourite shots. I’m really a point-and-clicker, but I can’t ask you to show me yours without showing you mine so here’s one I took at the end of June when I was in the right place at the right time.
It’s Hans Haacke’s statue Gift Horse which currently occupies the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. I couldn’t help but be struck by the way the cloud formation echoes the form of the horse. The Light’s daughter said it looked like the horse’s spirit was leaving its body, but I prefer to think that it looks more like it is cantering down to be reunited with it.
I know there are fans on here who may have given hope of BBC4 picking up seasons 4 onwards. The good news is that Dave is showing them from next Monday, seasons 4 and 5 this year and seasons 6 and 7 in 2016.
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
We rolled up for our FbtO debut when the first act was already on stage. Not a great loss, we are veterans of enough Cropredies to know that afternoon folk festival acts pass the time pleasantly rather than being indispensable listening. Moore Moss Rutter seemed to fit this bill perfectly, and if the first act is accomplished trad folkie musicianship it’s a fair bet that the next one will be lovely female harmonies, and sure enough here come Lady Maiserie right on cue.
By now it was time to for the first band of the day to make a real impression on us, and we all three agreed that Keston Cobblers’ Club (not at all sure about that name) reminded us of Noah and the Whale. At this point we were still in our chairs, well up the field, but even from there it was clear that the following act, Nancy Kerr, is near the top of the current crop of singer song-writers but the next act up were the ones I had really come to see.
Things didn’t start promisingly for The Unthanks. From close to the stage we got to see » Continue Reading.
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An old and well worn topic to be sure, but songs are being written all the time with previous unused words in them. I bought Richard Thompson’s new album Still yesterday and was listening to it on the walk to work this morning when my ear was caught by the following couplet (from No Peace No End):
Geneva Convention gets used as a pessary, Olive branch is a fashion accessory
Surely ‘pessary’ has never been used in popular song before? It’s hard to think of an occasion when its use might have been necessary, but the man who once used ‘misericord’ in a song is still trawling the dictionary to widen the vocabulary of song. Any more recent entries?
Dr Alex Comfort, most famous as the author of The Joy of Sex, wrote a civil rights song which was recorded by Nina Simone. In marked contrast to the advice in his most celebrated work the song’s title was ‘Go Limp’.
In the comments on David’s ‘two first names’ blog we’re reminded of Owen Paul, whom many of us will have forgotten, and Paul Simon, whom we won’t. This got my I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue brain going, and coming up with the Owen Paul Simon collaboration My Favourite Ways to Leave Your Lover.
The Guardian are streaming Richard Thompson’s new album, Still, here. Now lets see if these links work.
I’m sure a lot of us remember Kate Mossman’s Word article about her teenage obsession with Queen. She has used this as the basis for a documentary on obsessive fandom, to be shown on BBC4 at 9pm tonight. More details here http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/may/29/when-pop-ruled-my-life-preview
An unusual flurry of activity in the Night’s Out section, including a post from me, reminds us that the warmer weather often brings more gigs, both indoor and outdoor, so who have you got lined up?
It’s looking like a folkie year for us, with Fairport, the one day Folk by the Oak festival and Carthy and Swarbrick in the next few months. To that list you can add David Sedaris, Carmen at the ENO, and, way off in December, a second Unthanks gig to follow up their Folk by the Oak appearance (Come on – it’s The Unthanks, Union Chapel, and Christmas – you have to make an effort to see that combination, don’t you?)
Sadly Richard Thompson has elected to play his London trio gig on the weekend that the Light and I are likely to be taking her daughter to the other end of England to start university, otherwise he’d be at the top of my list.
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Cadogan Hall, Chelsea, London
That was outstanding! I’ve seen Thea Gilmore, ooh, at least 15 times in the last decade and this may have been the best. Her new album is a strange beast which sprawls over 26 tracks, some new songs, some re-recordings of old favourites, including duets with fans ranging from Joan Baez to John Cooper Clarke. Happily this has given her license to dig deep into her back-catalogue for a thrilling set, from the brand new opening track Copper to the encore’s closer Inverigo, from 2001, whose hushed final notes were followed by a brief pause and then a thunderous standing ovation. This was the last gig of the tour and there was a jaunty, end-of-term air about the crew, in contrast with a polite and quiet Chelsea audience. Thea’s glorious voice somehow sat proud above a 7 piece band, and the rockier new songs, a bit muffled and over-produced on the CD if truth be told, were full and dynamic. That said, my favourites were the quieter moments where we could give Thea on the beautiful Cadogan stage the undivided attention she deserves.
Polite and appreciative, largely couples with a » Continue Reading.
I went to see Rich Hall earlier this week. It was an evening well spent; he was very funny and I enjoyed the stand-up material as much as the songs, which included the one in this post, which I suspect a lot of Afterworders will identify with.
Since the show I’ve re-watched a couple of his documentaries on Youtube, and it’s these I want to remind everyone of. There’s one in the comments to get you started; like the others it’s an hour and a half long, so you might want to watch it on the TV rather than computer or iPad.
They’re the antidote to modern ‘celebrity’ docs. Where the current trend is for half hour shows to be stretched into hour long chunks, Hall makes you feel like you’ve watched a whole series edited down to 90 minutes. He doesn’t pretend to be an ignoramus discovering his subject on ‘a journey’ along with the viewer; he knows his stuff and is telling us about it in an opinionated and entertaining lecture. And, thankfully, he doesn’t visit craftsmen and the like in order to ‘have a go’ at glass-blowing, lace-making, taxidermy or whatever (I’m looking at you here, » Continue Reading.
So what do the symbols on the nifty new ribbon thing along the top of the screen do?
Oh, where are my manners? And how are you?
Can anyone tell if it is possible to improve my TV sound by connecting the set to my CD player and playing through my speakers? The CD player is a cheap Sony mini system, no separate amp, with an audio in port on the front; the television is a fairly new LG with various ports on the rear.
I’m a bit of a dunce about electronics and any advice would be welcome.
The general voodoo vibe may not suit Christians on this Easter weekend, to whom apologies, but the rest of us can enjoy the master giving an extraordinary performance on what appears to be a decades old regional UK television programme. Whatever you’re doing this weekend, sacred or profane, I wish you a happy and peaceful couple of days.
Whether you like him or not (for the record I loathe Top Gear but don’t mind him on other programmes) surely there can be no argument that he had to go for his awful behaviour. What I am I saying? This is the net; of course there can be arguments. Off you go then …
I’m halfway through painting the kitchen and taking a break.
I can’t use the cooker to prepare lunch because it is a small kitchen and the cooker is sitting in the middle of it (I don’t want to skirt around any hot rings in a confined space); I thought that I might have cheese and crackers and some grapes, but the butter dish somewhere in the huge mound of stuff on a dust sheet in the living room, as is the fruit bowl; so I have ended up with half a pack of Cheddars and a past its best banana.
Heigh ho. Sooner I get back to it the sooner I’ll be done I suppose.
You know, you *can* say it backwards, which is “docious-ali-expi-istic-fragil-cali-rupus” – but that’s going a bit too far, don’t you think?
This is grim. Philip Pickett has been jailed for 11 years for ‘exceptionally serious’ sexual assaults on pupils at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he was a tutor. He’s a wonderful musician, though clearly a dreadful human being, and his collaboration with Richard Thompson, The Bones of All Men, is a favourite of mine.
First details here: http://addictedtonoise.com.au/richard-thompson-reveals-jeff-tweedy-produced-album/