If anyone in the Berks/Bucks area fancies it, we’re starting a small run of gigs (hopefully with more in the works) on Thursday at Global Café in Reading.
Support comes from the splendid Rocket Kings, and doors are at 8:30.
I have a spare ticket for the Magic Band Farewell Tour at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room on Friday 10th November – face value. If anyone is interested then please let me know.
Just the one sold out show at The Borderline in London – a guest list ticket is available in exchange for a ‘nights out’ review. Interested ? Let me know.
This is just a heads-up for anyone who may be interested and missed the Kickstarter campaign: my very limited edition companion volume to ‘Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond’ (Jawbone, 2014) is now available via the good auspices of Peter Muir at Market Square Music.
For a day or two I knew how it felt like to be New Order circa ‘Blue Monday’ – some default postage rates glitch meant that I was losing money on every copy bought! But Peter has (I am told… touch wood…) sorted the whole thing out now and copies can be purchased (at £14.95) for the moment exclusively via www.marketsquaremusic.com – with postage anywhere in the world.
The book will be listed on amazon.co.uk in due course BUT it will be £19.95 and will only post to the UK. I’ve opted to have this amazon listing because it’s a widely known/trusted online retailer, but from a one-item, low-run seller’s point of view it’s a bit of a killer, hence the higher price to mitigate that. Also, one cannot alter amazon’s default ‘rest of world’ postage rates, hence UK-only from amazon once it’s up there. I hope that makes » Continue Reading.
The Radiophonic Workshop are one of the most influential electronic music groups of all time. As the in-house composers of music and effects for the BBC they created the sonic backdrops for Doctor Who, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Tomorrow’s World and countless others.
They soundtracked the childhoods of several generations, now they’re back to soundtrack your Friday night with a two part set. The first is a live version of their first studio album for 25 years, the improvised work Burials on Several Earths, with guest collaborator Martyn Ware (Heaven 17, The Human League and BEF). The second is a heritage archive set in which the Workshop perform some of their best known material – including the high water mark of early British electronica – the signature tune for Doctor Who.
Join the Radiophonic Workshop at 18.30 for a special in-conversation event Soundhouses: The Radiophonic Workshop at 60. Tickets include entry to the Late event. Audio installation provided by Bowers & Wilkins Visuals for the night are performed by Obsrvtry, a collaboration between Michael Faulkner, founder of D-Fuse and Ben Sheppee, creator of Lightrhythm Visuals. Guest DJ Tom Middleton (Global Communication)
Any fans out there fancy reviewing the expanded reissues? (these are via stream, not cds)
Next Thursday (21 September) from 7pm, UMC and RicherSounds will be hosting an album playback of the 50th anniversary remastered version of the Rolling Stones ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’.
It is taking place at Melomania, Gallery Court, Hankey Place, London, SE1 4BB.
There’s also a talk about the album.
Anyone interested in attending, let me know asap – first come as usual…..
Folks, we’re supporting Will Samson at The Islington on Tolpuddle St in, er, Islington on 19th November.
The venue have very kindly allowed us to ahem HELP YOU OUT with a heavily discounted ticket and a free drink (I make no representations about what the drink might contain, I’m just saying here and now).
Gigs in London being, frankly, difficult to organise and promote, we don’t do them often, so I was wondering if any of you lovely folk might like to make a mini-mingle of it? Is that awfully self serving? It’d be AWESOME to see you, and any money we make we’ll just end up spending on buying you a pint (NB: we’re highly unlikely to see any money!).
It just struck me as a sort of nice double bubble type deal: we get to see old friends and new, and you get to
Either DM me or confirm attendance on the FB link above and I’ll put your name on the list. The venue has asked me not » Continue Reading.
Three songs recorded live to a laptop in a church hall somewhere in middle England during the Summer. We like to include the traditional onstage bantz – “Can you hear the banjo…yeah, sorry about that…” at this juncture. There is also a fiddle involved, but no drums. An exegesis of the title track appears here – http://skirky.blogspot.nl/2017/07/there-was-young-woman-from-bath.html Thanks to Fenton Steve of this parish for undimmed enthusiasm throughout the process.
The indefatigable Brigid O’Neill – one of the finest writers/singers in a jazzy/folky vein in Ireland, in my view, has a long-awaited new album next week. These only come along from Brij every 20 years or so, though she’s presented a terrific EP and single in the past couple of years (practically a torrent of releases in Brij-world).
I’m sure her beautiful song ‘Pilot’s Weather’ (which originally began life as a lament about ironing, ‘Pile O’ Sweaters’)* will be on it. The live performance in the video was recorded at a terrific concert I was at in Downpatrick a few months ago. If you like the mellow, electric piano/double bass sound world of 70s Joni Mitchell albums, or of Bruce Cockburn’s ‘Circles In The Stream’ album, give it a listen.
(* okay, it’s a joke…)
Might be worth a listen if you’re into gritty crime stuff. I just finished the book a couple of days ago and thought it pretty good. May well get her next one.
Forthcoming from Equinox on October 2 – ‘The Godfather of British Jazz’:
Anyone interested in Steve Martin and up for reviewing his forthcoming album of banjo tunes?
You may or may not be interested to see Jim perform with house band Just East (Jeremy Shoham – alto & soprano saxes, Neil Angilley – keyboards, Phil Scragg – electric bass, Rick Finlay – drums) at this friendly pub venue for the princely sum of £7. Jim is a founder and current member of those fine UK funksters Kokomo and was also with the legendary Morrissey-Mullen and Average White Band. He’s an astoundingly good player still out there and doing it. It would probably be wise to get your ticket in advance, as the venue is quite small and both seating and standing room is limited. Buying an advance ticket also gets you a 10% discount if you decide to try the food, which is pretty good. Usually, proceedings get under way at The Chandos at 7pm on Sunday jazz nights but this particular one starts a bit later at 7:30. Two 1-hour sets with a short break inbetween. Finishing at about 9:45. I have my seat booked already.
(Where is Johnny Concheroovy when you need him?!)
Stray All In Your Mind The Transatlantic Years 1970-1974 (4CD Box Set)
A 4 CD CLAMSHELL BOXED SET FEATURING EVERY TRACK RECORDED BY STRAY FOR TRANSATLANTIC RECORDS BETWEEN 1970 & 1974
STRAY REUNION CONCERT AT THE BORDERLINE, LONDON ON OCTOBER 20th 2017
INCLUDES ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH NEW ESSAY BY MALCOLM DOME
Esoteric Recordings label is proud to announce the release of a re-mastered 4CD clamshell boxed set anthologising all the recordings made by the legendary STRAY for Transatlantic Records between 1970 & 1974. Formed in 1966 by West London musicians Del Bromham (lead guitar, vocals), Steve Gadd (vocals), Gary Giles (bass) & Steve Crutchley (drums). Crutchley soon departed the band and was replaced by Richie Cole.
By August 1968 and whilst aged only 15 or 16 years old, they had begun to make a name for themselves on the Underground music scene in London, performing at legendary venues such as The Roundhouse and Middle Earth. The band’s hard-edged progressive rock earned a loyal following, which resulted in the band signing to Transatlantic Records in January 1970. Over the next four years the band would record five » Continue Reading.
Those handsome guys* from the most excellent Charity Shop Classics on Manchester’s All FM 96.9 need a bit of holiday cover, so have roped in a few of their regular listeners to fill in for some shows. Tomorrow (Sunday) morning from 11-12 I’ll be playing my selection of chazza-bought tunes, from both CD and the vinlies, and obviously I’d love it if you could listen in to me making a twat of myself.
The show can be streamed here: http://allfm.org/ (I’d recommend using the Tune In widget, as the All FM one doesn’t seem to be loading lately), and if you’re in the Manchester area you can listen on the actual proper radio at 96.9 FM. I believe @beany’s turn will be in the next few weeks, so, er, look out…
Couple of film screenings in London on the horizon you might want to catch
30th August @ Regents Street Cinema ( which is worth a visit on it’s own) screening of the 1999 BBC Arena 2 part film on Brian Epstein plus a Q&A at half time with Mark Lewisohn
2nd November @ Curzon Soho – Oxide Ghosts : The Brass Eye Tapes – with the blessing of The Man Morris, the show’s director uses raw unseen footage to show the methods used to make this ground-breaking comedy series. A Q&A follows with director Michael Cummings
From the people who bought you the first 3 episodes here is Show 4 of GLK London musical experiment.
I beg to differ with Etta James, expose Aretha Franklin shilling for Coke and have some actors singing that isn’t complete pony.
All the golden hits of the Yewtree generation
If you are at a loose end in London on Saturday you could do worse than stroll down the South Bank and attend the Missing Believed Wiped Pop Special screenings at the NFT – recent discoveries include
SESSION 1: Cliff Richard and The Drifters in a very special Oh Boy (ITV 1958), and then enjoy some glam rock with Top of the Pops (BBC 1975) plus some fun, toe-tapping clips from Thank Your Lucky Stars, Time for Blackburn, Supersonic, A Whole Scene Going and more!
SESSION 2: Old Grey Whistle Test, Colour Me Pop and others. We also screen complete programmes A Day in the Life of Rod the Mod (ITV 1965) and episode 600 of Top of the Pops (BBC 1975).
BLESSED RELIEF is the name for my collaboration with my friend of 40 years Tony Backhouse (www.tonybackhouse.com) – a brilliant lyricist, singer and guitarist. Over the years we have written many songs together and now we finally have an album called “Design For Living” – please check it out, it’s on Bandcamp for you folks outside Australia and NZ – here’s the link –
“Might appeal to people who like” – Steely Dan, the Beatles, XTC, pop songs with interesting melodies, amazing vocal arrangements, funky rhythm sections…