details in the comments
Just a heads up for this Davy Sims podcast interviewing Stuart Bailie on his journey towards and during writing ‘Trouble Songs’ about music in NI during the Troubles:
24th April 2018: From Wishbone Ash to John Lennons iconic Imagine Album to the creation of a brand new musical genre, Rolling Stones Top 20 Guitarist, Ted Turner, and his wife and musical partner, Majella, launch their first artistic collaboration, the Better Together album, prompting their international fan base to welcome their creation as the birth of a new musical genre: New Age Soul.
Released via Cherry Red, this playbook of 12 original songs is inspired by their thirteen-year journey as first friends, then lovers, and, more recently, husband and wife collaborators, Better Together is a hauntingly lyrical, soul-touching testament to their journey from getting to know one another to discovering their true selves through music, which, they say, has been the glue that brought and has held them together throughout.
A promo video for the title track can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5Wuse-HexM
Explains Majella, Each song is a celebration of our unique chemistry, our spiritual beliefs, our love for humanity and for nature, and most of all our life calling together. From the eponymous first song, Better Together, which describes our first encounter, when we both instinctively felt a synchronicity about our meeting to Karmony, which » Continue Reading.
As above. My local friends and family have no taste or are unavailable. You’ll have to sit next to me. I promise not to sing along. Email me on email@example.com or ring me on 07480397199. I think it’s £37. Can meet at the Hexagon on the night.
I have two tickets for Courtney Marie Andrews at Gorilla Manchester on 22 April which I can’t use now (am going to the Liverpool gig instead). Anyone like them? They’re £14.70 each but happy to accept, say, £15 for the two, so they get used. PM me if interested
A heads-up for this impressive documentary, broadcast on ITV3 a few days ago – ‘Larry Grayson: Shut That Door’. One always thinks of ITV as a clatter of cheapo re-runs but this is a well-made original documentary. I’m fascinated with these old variety artists who made it to the lifeboat of TV success in the 60s and 70s. It was the latter in Larry’s case – poverty, 50s club success, 60s failure, 1972 overnight sensation on TV. Fascinating stuff – AND it features Lionel Blair, including clips of Lionel’s decidedly camp dance routines on regional ITV in the 70s. Available here:
All issues from October 2007 to the final issue (bar one or two) are ready for collection only (from Preston – the north end).
Free to a good home – The last 5 years of WORD magazine
Infamy infamy they’ve all got it Infamy!
I doubt David Calder will be shouting that on Saturday night as Ben Wishaw and David Morrissey are gunning for him but I have a spare ticket for this acclaimed production at London’s Bridge Theatre. I am now attend on Friday night.
It is a promenade ticket which means you will down in the mob, at the heart of the play and as close as you want to be – promises to be a unique experience
Only 25 quid so if you would like to go then message me
Come and join me and Nicholas Pegg for an unexpectedly entertaining ramble about the 1987 solid gold classic Never Let Me Down…
The Jazz Centre UK announces the launch of its first major exhibition ‘Jazz Now’: Jazz in all its forms that you can listen to NOW!’
The Jazz Centre UK is delighted to announce that from Friday, April 6th to Saturday 12th May 2018 it will be presenting its first major exhibition ‘Jazz Now’.
This exciting project, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Southend Borough Council, will celebrate the continuing vitality of the jazz culture in Britain and beyond via exhibitions, live presentations, film and five live music events. Its aim is to encourage and inspire its visitors to re-explore all the genres of jazz which are available to the public in 2018. Our exhibition will provide direct routes to the personal enjoyment of jazz music which lie both within – and beyond – standard media outlets (including publications, radio, recordings and live venues). And within our Centre (situated at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6EX) we will also be celebrating jazz music with an internationally-based series of presentations covering the entire inter-generational span of jazz activity.
These will include, as the exhibition progresses:
Exclusive Preview Concert, April 6th, 2pm-4pm: A selection of junior jazz graduates » Continue Reading.
On 19th April I’ll be hosting a Q & A in Glossop with David about his recent books. It’ll be like the Word In The Ear nights but instead of using photos to prompt discussion, we’ll be playing records. I’m sure our conversation will touch on other aspects of his career like ver Hits, Word, Whistle Test etc – but we’ll have some audience interaction too so come and fill your burning question boots! Tickets are £3 but will be valid as a voucher towards one of David’s books on the night. Doors 8pm, talk starts at 8.30pm.
If you’re a reader of vintage science fiction, this might interest you. I certainly intend to dig in.
From the Archive.org site
Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980. It was founded by an Italian company, World Editions, which was looking to break in to the American market. World Editions hired as editor H. L. Gold, who rapidly made Galaxy the leading science fiction (sf) magazine of its time, focusing on stories about social issues rather than technology. Gold published many notable stories during his tenure, including Ray Bradbury’s “The Fireman”, later expanded as Fahrenheit 451; Robert A. Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters; and Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man. In 1952, the magazine was acquired by Robert Guinn, its printer. By the late 1950s, Frederik Pohl was helping Gold with most aspects of the magazine’s production. When Gold’s health worsened, Pohl took over as editor, starting officially at the end of 1961, though he had been doing the majority of the production work for some time.
Under Pohl Galaxy had continued success, regularly publishing fiction by major writers such as Cordwainer Smith, Jack Vance, Harlan Ellison, and Robert Silverberg. However, Pohl never » Continue Reading.
I’ve had a great pleasure recently of proofreading and indexing former NME stalwart and long-time Belfast music facilitator Stuart Bailie’s passion project ‘Trouble Songs’ – a book about music in and around ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland (1968-98, more or less). It’s a hugely readable book with page-turning prose and admirable research. I heartily recommend it to all Afterworders. The book is self-published – the punk ethos in print – and while Stuart has had some funding towards it, help is needed for PR costs and distribution. Trust me, if you like a good book on rock’n’roll and the power of the human spirit this will be £15 well spent!
Details here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1539271725/trouble-songs-a-book-about-music-and-conflict-in-n
AIM Music Awards Winner – Best UK Independent Festival UK Festival Awards Winner – Best Small Festival, Best Promoter, Best Family Festival
BEARDED THEORY’S SPRING GATHERING 2018
THURSDAY 24TH – SUNDAY 27TH MAY 2018
ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
BLOSSOMS | JIMMY CLIFF SLEAFORD MODS | JAKE BUGG THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN | THE CORAL | IDLES ELIZA CARTHY AND THE WAYWARD BAND FUN LOVIN CRIMINALS | MILBURN | THERAPY? | THE WHIP GENTLEMANS DUB CLUB | SLEEPER | WILL VARLEY | REWS REVEREND & THE MAKERS | BACK TO THE PLANET | DON LETTS SHOW OF HANDS | THE RPMS | PINS | RUTS DC | DUBIOZA KOLEKTIV KING KONG COMPANY | LUCY SPRAGGAN | LATE NIGHT FUNHOUSE COMEDY AND MORE THAN 100 OTHER ACTS ACROSS 9 LIVE STAGES
ROBERT PLANT, BLOSSOMS, JIMMY CLIFF AND SLEAFORD MODS TO HEADLINE DERBYSHIRE’S AWARD-WINNING BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL!
Bearded Theory, Derbyshire’s award-winning, family-friendly festival will return to Catton Hall with incredible headliners Robert Plant, Blossoms, Jimmy Cliff and Sleaford Mods topping a bill of more than live 100 acts across the 4-day festival.
Featured as one of The Daily Telegraph’s “Best Family Friendly Festivals In The Country”, Bearded » Continue Reading.
A heads up for a UK tour that will delight back-porch blues afionados, May 3-24 – mostly England, three in Scotland.
Dates on Brooks’ FB page: www.facebook.com/brookswilliamsguitar
Here’s a trailer video:
This one was written in the 90s.
At the time I was playing in a covers band and frequently driving back from gigs in the early hours of the morning, struggling to keep awake.
In order to capture the unsettled feeling, the song is in 5/4 apart from the chorus.
Because it’s 5/4 and has copious amounts of Moog Synth, I have tagged it on SoundCloud as Progressive Rock.
A heads-up for the Brit jazzers among us – another sensational archive release from Dusk Fire. PR sheet below…
Artist: Mike Gibbs Band Title: “Symphony Hall, Birmingham 1991” Label: Dusk Fire Form: 2CD digifile with booklet Cat: DUSKCD116 Date: 18.05.2018
• First ever release of recordings taken Gibbs and guitarist John Scofield’s 1991 band tour
• Featuring the talent of Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Steve Swallow, Bill Stewart, Tony Coe Julian Arguelles, Chris Pyne, amongst others
• 1000 copies ltd. edition pressing
• High quality digifile packaging inc. 8-page booklet notes by Ian Mann with archive images
Another unique Dusk Fire celebration of heritage British jazz marks the talents of Mike Gibbs and John Scofield. This 2CD set finds the duo harnessed to Mike’s 12-piece band, recorded at Birmingham Symphony Hall in October 1991 during a 12-date UK tour promoted by the Contemporary Music Network, a branch of the Arts Council of Great Britain. Over a quarter of a century later, “Symphony Hall, Birmingham 1991” offers up music still astonishingly fresh and contemporary, full of rich colours and textures, vibrant rhythms and inspired solos. This double album represents an essential addition to the catalogues of both Mike Gibbs » Continue Reading.
A brand new mix of secondhand tunes, including some charity shop lovers rock, some sparkling electronica, an horrific Novelty Island pick, and possibly the longest Boot Of Loot to date. Thanks to @gcu-grey-area for the smashing pic xxx
I decided to make a series of podcasts, which would contain Afterword-levels of geekery in the service of discussing Mr Bowie’s oeuvre. I interviewed writers, musicians, artists and random mates about their favourite DB LPs and have come up with a series of what I hope are interesting conversations. My production skills are audibly shonky but I hope to improve in editions to come. First one is live now, with The Complete David Bowie author Nicholas Pegg talking about his love of 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’. I’d be terribly grateful for any feedback, listens, likes etc from the AW massive. Thanks!
April 1984. Under constant surveillance and the watchful eye of Big Brother, Winston Smith rewrites history for The Ministry of Truth. Individuality and free thought are prohibited but Winston privately rebels against the regime and starts a secret love affair with a dark-haired girl. Can they bring down the party and can love ever conquer?
The Tower Theatre production are always excellent and this promises to be no different.
Running now until Saturday 10th March (matinees Saturday and Sunday)
Next week for IWD a great lineup of female artists and songwriters will be playing at JW3 in North London. Through original songs and covers Michele Stodart, Jane Siberry, Emily Barker, Ren Harvieu, Kathryn Williams, Karima Francis, and Raevennan Husbandes will be exploring womanhood through song.
The gig I saw at JW3 last year as a tribute to Leonard Cohen was possibly my favourite of 2017 so don’t miss this un
In celebration of Rory Gallagher’s 70th birthday UMC announce the reissue of his entire solo catalogue
Released 16 March 2018
“The man who changed my musical life was Rory Gallagher. I picked up a guitar because of him.” – Johnny Marr “A beautiful man and an amazing guitar player” – The Edge “I owe Rory Gallagher my sound” – Brian May
02 March 2018, would have been Rory Gallagher’s 70th birthday, and to celebrate, UMC has announced that his entire solo catalogue will be reissued on remastered CD and 180-gram vinyl LP. This is the first time his whole body of solo work has been made available globally on one record label.
The month of March also kicks off what promises to be a busy year of Rory tributes. Beginning on the 1st when the ‘Rory Gallagher Music Library’ (part of Cork City Libraries) will host a talk by Garth Cartwright (Sunday Times Culture), based on his forthcoming book on vinyl ‘Going for a Song’ – which references Rory. There will also be a performance by Belgian classical guitarist Jacques Stotzem, who has a CD tribute to the acoustic work of Rory. The 2nd itself sees the Cork Institute » Continue Reading.
This is actually quite an old song of mine. I wrote this in the late 80s and have re-done it now I have the technology to get to sound how I heard it in my head. Guitar parts are done with my new Fender GT40 modelling amp which I’m very pleased with. In keeping with the 80’s feel there’s quite a lot of Moog synth on it too. The image is of me as a nipper and is even older than the song 😉
Daylight Music #273. They’ve hired a grand piano specially for these artists. Poppy Ackroyd and her new album have already been mentioned on this blog. Have a look/listen to the clip from a previous DM appearance to get an idea of what she does. Other artists on the bill are jazz keyboardist/pianist Charlie Stacey and artist/composer/producer Matt Emery. Clips of them are linked from the Daylight Music Facebook page. In the interludes between acts, Jim Bishop will be playing an assortment of tunes on the chapel’s magnificent pipe organ. From 12:00 until about 2:30pm. Tea, cake and quiche will be available and it’s Pay-What-You-Can on entry (recommended £5). If you’re awake with no other pressing business at that sort of time on a Saturday and in or near London, you might find it enjoyable.