There will be a selection of songs from this new musical performed at 4.30 if anyone (one person only) wants to attend – Meatloaf himself will be available to interview and there will be drinks in Browns Hotel afterwards.
..or the Psychfest as it’s known is now a well-established event in the Liverpool music calendar – and an entirely fitting event for a city that has always been curiously steeped in Psychedelia before that even existed as a concept – when the HJH’s made Strawberry Fields they were channeling something that was already in the water > the overgrown boulevards of the once affluent crumbling suburbs, epic Mersey sunsets, the early 60s bohemian art world from which Stu Sutcliffe emerged, the Leylines that converge on Matthew Street, my face among them….kissing the tortoise shell all bound for Mu Mu land….and you know the rest.
Anyway the festival lands this weekend at the Camp & Furnace in the (still quite weird) Baltic Triangle – with the likes of Super Furry Animals, The Horrors, Demdike Stare, Silver Apples, Ultimate Painting, Gwenno, Cavern of Anti Matter and tons more there to bend minds into the wee small hours.
Not sure if there are any tx left but If you are going, do come up and visit the pop-up record shop which is being operated by my pals at Dig Vinyl and I’ll be hovering around “helping” sell records and » Continue Reading.
The Prefab Four (although actually there are 5 of them these days) are back again, just when you thought you’d seen the last of them. I wonder, what with this “Eight Days a Week” movie and the “Shea Stadium” album re-release, if they’ll have something to say to the Rutling Hordes. I suppose I’ll have to go there and have a shufti. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA7bYjCbfX4
The Prefab Four (although actually there are 5 of them these days) are back again, just when you thought you’d seen the last of them. I wonder, what with this “Eight Days a Week” movie and the “Shea Stadium” album re-release, if they’ll have something to say to the Rutling Hordes. I suppose I’ll have to go there and have a shufti.
Looking for a reviewer for this upcoming documentary DVD.
Most of the original band: Tony O’Malley – keyboards & vocals, Frank Collins – vocals, Paddie McHugh – vocals, Neil Hubbard – guitar, Jim Mullen – guitar, Mel Collins – sax & Jody Linscott – congas. With Helena May-Harrison – vocals, Frank Tontoh – drums and Jennifer Maidman – bass.
They are also playing the next night, 15/10/2016. Should be good, although how they’ll all fit onto the Half Moon’s tiny stage will be interesting. These 2 gigs will probably sell out. The Half Moon is a bugger of a place to get to and from from my neck of the woods but I have my ticket for the 14th.
I have an Exposure XV MM amp, a Sony ES 570 FM tuner, a Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2 and a pair of Linn Keilidh speakers with granite bases to sell, as I’m upgrading the amp and speakers and never use the radio or cassette deck. Other than eBay, can you suggest where I might get a good price for any or all of these?
Opening show for the Autumn season (show #232) with Michele Stodart, Alright Gandhi, Alev Lenz & Joli Blon. With harpist Louisa Duggan between acts. Free entry but suggested donation of £5 in the bucket. Tea, coffee, cakes, quiche, bacon rolls available from Margins Café. Come and cure your hangover/world-weariness.
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Hot on the heels of the coveted award of a Blue Plaque on his childhood home in South-West London, Tubby Hayes is again being celebrated at his musical “spiritual home” Ronnie Scott’s Club in London.
Hayes’ association with Scott went back to the early 1950s and moved onwards through their dynamic partnership in The Jazz Couriers from 1957 to 1959. When Scott opened his own venue in Gerrard Street, Hayes was the natural choice to top the bill, and from the mid-1960s until the spring of 1973, barely a few weeks before his untimely death, Hayes’ various quartets, quintets and big bands frequently graced the Scott clubs Frith Street bandstand.
Headed by Hayes’ authority and award-winning tenor saxophonist (and author of the multi-award-nominated biography The Long Shadow of The Little Giant: The Music, Life and Legacy of Tubby Hayes), the October 2nd lunchtime performance promises to be a whistle-stop tour through some of Hayes’ best known compositions, taken from such albums as Tubby’s Groove, Tubbs in NY, Mexican Green, Late Spot at Scott’s and The » Continue Reading.
Little Giant Gets The Blue Plaque Treatment At Last
Tubby Hayes, London’s very own Jazz Legend, has at last been awarded the coveted Blue Plaque treatment. On Wednesday August 31st 2016, a small crowd gathered at 34 Kenwyn Road, SW20, now the home of David and Maureen, to witness Tubby’s son Richard unveil a Heritage Foundation plaque in honour of his father, who lived in the house from 1936 to 1951.
There have been mooted plans for such an award for some years, all of which had come to nothing, but the Heritage Foundation’s interest was piqued by writer and film-maker Mark Baxter, mastermind behind the recent documentary film Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry (Mono Media Films, 2015). The Foundation have previously honoured pop and rock icons including Beatles’ John Lennon and George Harrison and Dusty Springfield, among others. Thanks to Baxter’s dedication and belief, the plaque for Hayes marks their first award to a jazz legend.
Those who attended the unveiling included the director of A Man In A Hurry, celebrated film-maker Lee Cogswell and long-time Hayes’ champion, saxophonist Simon Spillett, author of The Long Shadow of The Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy » Continue Reading.
Universal Music announced today a remarkable record deal to sign ‘Music for Cats’, the first ever major label deal for music aimed at animals rather than humans. This very special album composed by cellist with America’s National Symphony Orchestra David Teie, has been scientifically proven to enrich the lives of cats and provide a calming influence for our feline friends. Comprising of five cat-friendly compositions, this unique collection of sounds and classical music is released 28 October 2016.
Britain is a nation of animal lovers who spend four billion pounds a year on their cats and there are approximately 9.2 million cats in the UK alone – an enormous untapped music market. In a music industry in constant flux, this deal is a forward thinking move tapping into new markets, distribution avenues and is sure to climb its way up the charts. ‘Music for Cats’ caught Universal’s eye after a whirlwind Kickstarter campaign, which garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding and independently sold over 10,000 copies of the album. Universal Music seized the opportunity and will be bringing ‘Music For Cats’ to the world with this international signing.
A spokesperson for Universal Music said: “We’re thrilled to » Continue Reading.
The 2016 awards ceremony took place tonight – here are the evening’s results….
Prog Magazine’s fifth annual Progressive Music Awards, in association with Currencies.co.uk, has once again honoured progressive music in the intimate and idyllic setting of the world famous Underglobe, beneath Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
The awards have become one of the best attended and most anticipated events in the musical calendar. From those acts making their first tentative forays into the wider musical world, to the prog overlords who have been there, done it and are now receiving a well deserved slap on the back for their endeavours.
Yes’ Jon Anderson was the evening’s guest of honour and recipient of the Prog God award, an accolade bestowed to the world’s music innovators and has been previously accepted by Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks.
Anderson has one of the most recognisable voices in rock was the driving and creative force behind Yes, who have sold over 30 million albums. He found mainstream success between 1979 and 1991 through his collaboration with Vangelis, and the duo (known as Jon & Vangelis) released four acclaimed albums. Still creating music and touring, he recently released the album ‘Invention » Continue Reading.
This show has it’s Manchester premiere next Wednesday If anyone fancies reviewing it on here, a pair of tickets will be available.
Pink Floyd, London’s V&A and Michael Cohl’s Iconic Entertainment Studios Announce The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains
13 May – 1 October 2017 Tickets on sale 31 August 2016 Sound Experience by Sennheiser www.pinkfloydexhibition.com | vam.ac.uk/PinkFloyd | #TheirMortalRemains
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum today announced the first major international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. To mark 50 years since the band released their first single Arnold Layne, and over 200 million record sales later, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains will be an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world. A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition will chronicle the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary. The exhibition marks the first collaboration in decades of Pink Floyd’s remaining members and is promoted by Michael Cohl and Iconic Entertainment Studios. Tickets go on sale at 10:0am, Wednesday 31 August via the V&A and other ticketing partners. The exhibition will celebrate Pink Floyd’s place in history » Continue Reading.
To celebrate the release of The Divine Comedy’s new album “Foreverland,” Rough Trade East and Word In Your Ear present a very special evening with Neil Hannon, hosted by best selling author and WIYE’s very own David Hepworth. David will be talking to Neil about his fantastic new album and the songwriting process behind it, plus Neil will take the opportunity to play a few songs. The 45 minute Q&A will be followed by an album signing.
(I have checked with WIYE, and Alex confirmed that he is happy for me to share this here.)
Blackfriars, Bell Street, Glasgow, 9pm. My first full gig with my “Clancy Sessions Band”. The core of the set is my re-workings of songs from the Clancy/Makem songbook – inspired by what Bruce did with his Seeger Sessions. And being a pub gig, we’ll have to keep folk in the pub and drinking, so the set will be filled out with some Neil Young, Steve Earle and whatever else we fancy doing. I have over 1000 – yup – in my repertoire and we’ll be taking requests. If you are in town, feel free to drop in. A decent sized crowd would be nice for the first gig.
It’s been a long time coming – I’m delighted to say The Primevals will be playing at the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham on Friday 11th November, sharing the bill with The Black Bombers and The Derellas.
No idea of stage times, so please get there early if you are coming.
Review of last album in link
I have attached a video of us in France 2014 in case anyone is wondering “are they like The Scottish Band?”
Due to a monumental balls up, Bargepole has ended up with 4 tickets for this gig at Leeds Beckett University instead of the required 2! It’s on Saturday 8 October and the venue is unseated- tickets cost £48 inc booking fee, but will accept £30 for the pair if anyone is interested. Send me a message if you need further info.
September sees the release of the next batch of vinyl reissues, covering the band’s 1970-72 period, namely Atom Heart Mother, Meddle and Obscured By Clouds. All three have been remastered from the original analogue master tapes. Anyone going to be investing in these – indeed has anyone purchased any of the first batch (Piper, Secrets, More, Ummagumma)? Incidentally, The Wall And The Division Bell are also being reissued on vinyl next week.
I spoke to James’ mum last night – she says the funeral is likely to be Monday morning in King’s Park (on the south side of Glasgow). I checked she is fine with me passing this on to others here. If anyone thinks they may wish to come then PM me and I’ll pass on the details when I hear them.
September 8th sees this year’s Bestival kick off on the Isle of Wight.
Winner of the Best Major Festival award last year, this year’s bill has the usual eclectic selection of acts, something for everyone, adults and children alike (kids under 12 are free)
Headliners on the three main nights are Major Lazer (Friday), The Cure (Saturday) and Whiz Khalifa and Sean Paul (Sunday). Proceedings actually kick off though on the Thursday with Hot Chip headlining in the Big Top.
There are far far too many acts appearing to go through them all individually, but other stand outs include Bastille, Fatboy Slim, Animal Collective, and for us old folk, the Human League.
As ever with Bestival, there’s always lots going on away from the main stages, comedy, poetry, yoga, healing – you want it, it’s happening somewhere here.
Dusk till dawn spaceport raving, psychedelic adventuring, slow motion revitalisation, Mexican wrestling, the world’s biggest bouncy castle, the LoveBot. …oh, and the Chuckle Brothers!
The greatest party the future has ever seen – what’s not to like?!
Anyone else going, anyone been before, any enduring memories?
Never let it be said we are a clandestine elite who never take on new brothers and sisters but the Thames Valley chapter are sampling Indian cuisine just off the M4 junction 8/9 on Tuesday 9th August at 7.30.
If you’d like to come along then get in touch for further details.
Each year there’s an international event, known as The RPM Challenge, (note: “it’s a challenge, not a competition”) to musicians to write and record an album during February. It’s a bit like writers producing a novel in a month by writing n thousand lines a day. I’ve started it before but never finished it – this time I decided to try harder…. I decided to do a concept album… Anyway, I discovered Harold MacMillan made his “never had it so good” speech when I was in utero, so I settled on the concept as being to have a look at how we’ve done since then – literally in my lifetime. It’s not autobiographical, more a chronological look at history and culture. We start in 1957 and end up, well, now, thinking about the future. Also, it’s not musical pastiche, though some of the flavour of the times creeps into the tracks one way or the other. Like all good concept albums there’s a lyric sheet which I’d urge you to have a look at, if only for my little intro to each track. Like all good concept albums, it has lots of tracks (some quite short) and is great » Continue Reading.
I have a downstairs standing ticket for Belly at the London Forum. A combination of poor health and family commitments means I won’t be able to go. I hope to get to their Norwich gig a few days before, health permitting.
Anybody want my ticket? Face value is £26. I’m not bothered about the cost but I want it to go to someone who will enjoy the gig, not to a tout.