Latest episode just uploaded with loads more tunes freshly plucked from the fields of Suffolk. No rude songs this time (sorry Moose), but the Featured Album is a country soul corker. Mwah xxx
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As part of “BBC 6 Music In Glasgow” I will be “doing a DJ Set” with Michael Rooney, fellow Primeval.
The theme is “Records we listened to when starting out”
We start at 9pm and carry on until they stop serving beer – which is either midnight or 1am, depending on demand and the mood of the staff.
Alex and his Small Faces Boys compadres are shortly to go on tour in “All Or Nothing – The Musical”, celebrating the Small Faces and their music and times. They’re playing a celebratory gig in this very small venue prior to hitting the theatres in the show proper.
I grabbed a ticket, for the princely sum of £3 plus 75p booking fee, and then remembered half an hour later that I already had a ticket for “Manuel Gottsching & The Ash Ra Tempel Experience” at The Barbican on the same night. If you want my ticket for an evening of Small Faces music at The Islington, send me a PM and I’ll email you the PDF of the ticket at no charge whatsoever. Sha-La-La-La-Lee.
Master singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine comes to the Beach Sessions in the fantastic Waterbeach Baptist Chapel as part of the Beyond the Cambridge Folk Festival season. Support from Manchester duo We Were Strangers.
Expect audio pefection in a venue with outstanding acoustics.
Don’t hang about – only 150 tickets and, after only 24 hours, 40% have sold.
After a short sojourn, Club Wino is back and now we’ve made it all the way up to number twelve.
This one will take place downstairs at The Roadtrip and Workshop in Old Street on Saturday 8th April.
As the venue is what some might call bijou, there will be a slightly smaller bill than usual featuring your hosts, Neil Gowans and The Winos (featuring this board’s TrypF and Turtleface) and our particular brand of countrified power pop ‘n’ roll. We’ve even got a couple of new tunes.
We will be accompanied by The Bakelite Space Programme, who can rustle up a hell of a din, despite being just the two of them.
So, come join the fun at Club Wino 12, it’s been a while and we’d love to see you.
Any fans out there who would be interested in reviewing the forthcoming 3cd set Perfect Past – The Complete Doctors Of Madness?
The latest Car Boot Vinyl Diaries is now online, with a load of great tunes/old tat (delete as applicable) for your listening ‘pleasure’. I hate to bother you really, but thought the non-Faceberking/Twittering @tiggerlion might appreciate the heads-up. Or his mum, of course 🙂
Anyone fancy reviewing this new release
Mixed and mastered by Steven Wilson, ‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ uses a core band of Stephen Bennett, Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief), Hux Nettermalm (Paatos) and Andrew Booker, plus guests including Kit Watkins (Happy The Man/Camel), and the legendary Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull).
If you don’t have any/all of the Island recordings issued between 1969-71 (three albums, a single and a stray live track), here they all are. Let’s hope the mastering is good…
Here’s the blurb:
A NEW REMASTERED 2 CD DELUXE COLLECTION OF THE COMPLETE QUINTESSENCE RECORDINGS ISSUED BY ISLAND RECORDS BETWEEN 1969 -1971
FIRST EVER COMPREHENSIVE COMPILATION OF THIS ERA OF QUINTESSENCE
INCLUDES ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH NEW LINER NOTES & RARE PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of “Move into the Light – The Island Recordings 1969 – 1971”, a deluxe 2 CD remastered anthology of the legendary Psychedelic, Underground & Eastern influenced Rock band Quintessence.
One of the great underground acts of their era, Quintessence came together in the Ladbroke Grove area of London in 1969. The band comprised Australians Phil ‘Shiva’ Jones (vocals, keyboards), Ron ‘Raja Ram’ Rothfield (flute) along with Allan Mostert (lead guitar), Richard ‘Shambhu Babaji’ Vaughan (bass), Dave ‘Maha Dev’ Codling (rhythm guitar) and Jeremy ‘Jake’ Milton (drums). Within months of their formation the Eastern influenced rock music of Quintessence had earned the band a dedicated following and they were signed by Chris Blackwell » Continue Reading.
The mighty Pugwash have a Kickstarter campaign to fund their next LP. The band have a long history with the Word magazine and of course played one of the first ‘Word in your Ear’ gigs at the Lexington a few years ago. That was a very memorable night where I met quite a few of you for the first time (as well as the great Dave Gregory from XTC who played a couple of tunes with them that night).
If you’re not familiar with the band -well they’re basically kindly filling the gap in joyful pop wonderment left by The Beatles, The Kinks, The Move, Madness and XTC – if that grabs your attention go and check them out on your streaming media of choice and come back and argue the toss if yr not convinced.
On Thursday 16 February, Pink Floyd’s founder members, Roger Waters and Nick Mason, made a rare public appearance together at London’s May Fair Hotel at a media briefing and Q&A session for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, which opens on 13 May at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The two old friends discussed for the first time the immersive experiential journey through Pink Floyd’s world, from high tech audio visual events, objects, surreal landscapes, and the culture explosions that evolve throughout the exhibition. Tickets for the exhibition, promoted by Michael Cohl and Iconic Entertainment Studios, are on sale now via the V&A and other ticketing partners.
Roger Waters, Pink Floyd’s bass guitarist and singer songwriter, and drummer Nick Mason met as students at London’s Regent Street Polytechnic in the early 1960s, studying architecture. The pair, together with keyboard player Richard Wright and Syd Barrett, formed the group that eventually became Pink Floyd. Syd was replaced in 1968 by fellow guitarist, vocalist and songwriter David Gilmour.
The Victoria and Albert Museum will host The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains between 13 May and 1 October 2017. This major international Pink Floyd retrospective marks the 50th anniversary of » Continue Reading.
Got any stories about Mick Ronson?
These folks would like to hear from you. Turn and Face the Strange is a Hull 2017 project by the Centre for Contemporary Storytelling about Rock’s greatest Hullensian, starting with a “story gathering session” this Saturday 11th, with a launch event next Friday 17th, leading up to a big multimedia show in the summer – “Mick Ronson Is…”, in effect. It’s all on the FB page (hope the link works)
I think the intention is to focus on his Hull beginnings rather than his (presumably heavily documented) post-1971 life, but I’m sure if any of y’all have personal memories it’ll all be grist to the mill.
Here’s some Southern poof talking about Mick…
Helen and the Neighbourhood Dogs plus support from Doozer McDooze and Fern Teather
8pm to 8.30pm: Fern Teather http://www.fernteather.com/ Fern Teather is a singer/songwriter from Suffolk who has been playing her own style of ‘Folk-edged Americana’ all over the UK since 2013. In that time she’s released two EPs, and most recently her debut album ‘Hiding in the Dark’. Fern will be accompanied by her partner Sam ‘bongo boy’ Thurlow, who adds an extra dimension to her music with his subtle, tactile and almost lyrical accompaniment on a variety of percussion and backing vocals.
8.35pm to 9.15pm: Doozer McDooze http://www.doozermcdooze.com/ Doozer is a modern bard whose rousing vocals and buoyant acoustics weave stories of life, love, and the struggles of the Everyman. At turns irreverent and evocative, Doozer’s folkpunk vibe is equally fitting for a roaring time at the pub or a night of camaraderie around the campfire.
9.30pm to 10.30pm: Helen and the Neighbourhood Dogs https://www.facebook.com/helenandthedogs/ Purveyors of East Angliacana. “We play songs, eat supper and bring joy. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.”
Suffolk County Library, Ipswich on Saturday 13 May » Continue Reading.
One of the reasons I retired from Admin duties on this site was to free up some time for my career in rock and pop..so just to let you know I’m using my spare time productively! My band are called Nightdubbing (and yes, that name was inspired by the great Leee John and co!) which is myself and my longtime DJ partner in crime Carl. The first LP is ‘Frontline’ – it’s a dancey electronic kind of thing, there’s a bit of everything in there really – bit of Britfunk, House, electro, a bit of Disco, a bit of post-punk funk industrial horn parping and even a bit of ghostly Boards of Canada style spookiness. We love it – and we’ve had a couple of great reviews including one in the new edition of Electronic Sound magazine and Piccadilly Records in Manchester have made us a Pick of the week and given us an amazing write up “A modern classic” they say..and who am I to argue. Anyway if you fancy a listen it’s up on Spotify and Apple music » Continue Reading.
The new season of Saturday lunchtime gigs gets under way this Saturday with The Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment’s Experience Ensemble plus 12-voice vocal ensemble Shards and London vocal/electronics duo Strange Boy. There will be cake, quiche and coffee from The Margins Café if you’re hungry/thirsty. All proceeds from the café go to helping local homeless people. And it’s free entry (but they’d like you to put a fiver in the bucket to cover artist and running expenses).
Why fester in bed when you could be going to a free gig?
Many years ago (1978 i think it was) I was in a band called Eclipse. We had an audition for the newly revived Jack Good Oh Boy Show.
Our keyboard player who played a Fender Rhodes piano borrowed a Minimoog from a friend for the occasion. Nobody owned synths back in those days. They were just too expensive so we had no experience of them.
The audition started and we were up ready to play our song. It plodded along averagely until it got to the keyboard player’s solo which was normally a tinkly electric piano thing, whereupon he let rip with the Minimoog. The other guitarist and I stopped in our tracks and looked at each other, jaws agape. Man what a sound. From that day on I vowed that one day I would own a Moog synth.
Well… fast forward to December 2016 and that has finally happened. I bought this little fella as a Christmas present to myself (see image).
On my recordings up until now I have been using the various synth plugins that come with Logic and to be fair they do sound really good but… » Continue Reading.
I now have a spare ticket for this gig. Steve is an absolutely superb songwriter and raconteur- will be a splendid night. Downside is that you will be sat with me! £16 – that is a concession price for an old person but I’m sure that won’t matter as we can upgrade if necessary.
This year’s Car Boot Christmas cloudcast has finally landed. Whether you’re walking the dog, putting up the tree or listening surreptitiously on your ‘phone at work, there’s all sorts of festive music for you to ‘enjoy’, all on vinyl and all rescued from the boot sales and chazzas of deepest Suffolk (plus a Beany surprise). There’s jazz. There are carols. There’s soul, pop and surf. There are, er, Wombles. Use the player below and the tracklist will be revealed to you one joyous piece of music at a time. Sorry about the silly voice.
Heck, I know you’re not supposed to plug stuff on here but seeing as there is a tenuous connection with The Word (in that The Hep himself kindly offered a sentence for the front cover) I thought I could just about get away with bringing your attention to my forthcoming short story collection. It’s out in January but it is available for pre-order now. Thanks for your time!
A few months ago Justin Currie became involved with a Glasgow based charity offering to auction one of his songs to raise some cash. The Del Amitri fan page that I enjoy immensely under another of my on-line pseudonyms, picked up on this and a chain of events has unfolded that brings me to posting this notice here. This week there is an album of Del Amitri covers being released from which money will be raised to go to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland. https://www.sbhscotland.org.uk/del-amitri-cd All chosen from a vast selection of songs sent in by professional artists, amateurs and just fans of the band. Ricky Ross, The O’s, Tom Mcrae, Naomi Bedford and Travis to name just a few. “Nothing Ever Happens” by Travis is being released as a Christmas single. Now I realise we can all become charity jaded but this album has come from a seed of an idea, developed by fans of the band, surpassed all expectations in sheer volume of songs recorded and quality and will give you a fine collections of songs “Pasted Beyond Recognition”. Of course I’m biased, I’m Dave Amitri but if you’re struggling for a gift for one of your music » Continue Reading.
Simon Spillett, tenor saxophonist and author, will be playing the music of the late great Tubby Hayes with his bassist of choice Chris Dodd and the remaining members of the venue’s house band “Just East”. Jeremy Shoham – alto & soprano sax, Leon Greening – piano and Rick Finlay – drums; having spent the intervening time practising furiously, will be hoping to slow him down a bit on the night. Fat chance.
The Dorothy Project A ground-breaking album collaboration between electro-folk songwriter and 90-year-old poet.
“If you have failed and fallen as I have
And long to be forgiven
Walk out under the graphite sky”
~ by Dorothy Trogdon, from the poem ‘Under The Graphite Sky’
About This Project
Hello, my name is Sam Genders. I have been a musician since I was 15 and I’ve toured the world and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude, Green Man, Haldern Pop and Iceland Airwaves with my various bands Tunng, The Accidental, Diagrams and Throws. Independent record label Full Time Hobby has released six of my albums, my songs have had regular airplay on BBC 6 Music, Xfm and more, and my previous band Tunng was once nominated in the UK BBC 2 Folk Awards for ‘Best Group’.
The last couple of years have taken me on an amazing journey during which I met an incredibly talented 90-year-old poet named Dorothy Trogdon, wrote an entire album’s worth of songs with her and then recorded that album with some of my all time » Continue Reading.
This coming weekend’s headliner is North Sea Radio Orchestra. Well worth seeing. Especially as it’s free (or whatever you decide to chuck in the bucket). Ed Dowie is on too, and he’s well worth a listen. I think this one’s an earlier start than usual, at 10AM. Good hangover cure with tea, coffee, cake, quiche, bacon rolls and stuff. See you there.