Thursday, 29 September 2016

Scruff comes of age...

Scruff Update!! 

Scruff has today had his grown-up strings installed - the ultra-heavy gauges I use (14-68 for those in the know).

Pleased to say, he took it like a man!


Friday, 23 September 2016

"Twelve Strings To The Beau" and the NHS! - the story continues...

Hmm, my attention’s been drawn to the sleeve note of Salvation’s “Twelve Strings To The Beau” vinyl release.

About the song, “Why Do You Laugh?” written in 1974, the note says this:

10 Why Do You Laugh? (8.50)
‘Why Do You Laugh?’ is a collection of vignettes based around newspaper articles and news snippets from 1974. Opening with the Troubles in Northern Ireland, along the way we visit vandalism, social deprivation, the impoverished British National Health Service, post-traumatic stress and a whole bunch of other ills of the moment. The piece ends as it began; on an Irish connection. Someone at the time was loudly bemoaning his treatment by the critics, and I thought of Brendan Behan’s immortal line, “Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.”
Initially the song was to be called ‘The Laughable Recluse’. Its slightly arch perceptions were after all mine, and mine alone. But in the event, these were not amusing times. The title was later broadened out beyond that simple phrase from verse seven.

The interesting bit is the comment about the NHS! Forty-odd years on, it seems the times they are not a’changin’!


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Simfonica news! Watch this space...

For those who enjoy electronica, some very interesting news will be coming up shortly about my Simfonica alter ego! Watch this space! 

Meantime, here's a taster...

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The world just keeps on giving...

It’s a busy time, folks!

Who couldn’t be inspired to write, what with Brexit, Cameron’s Resignation Honours List, the refugee crisis, another accidental drone incident etc.

The world just keeps on giving!

Friday, 16 September 2016

"The Patriot" on Rommelpot...

Many thanks to Graham Rhodes for including "The Patriot" from "An Original Thought" in the latest Rommelpot Radio Show - now Mixclouded

Appreciated as always, Graham!


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Simfonica's "Hekla" on YouTube...

For those who didn’t make it to the recent 14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival in Wales – and thus didn’t get a copy of the Day 2 CD! – I’m delighted to say Fruits de Mer have posted the full video of Simfonica’s “Hekla” on their YouTube channel. 

Great for a leisurely Sunday morning! Do try to see it on a big screen and with a good sub-woofer!





Saturday, 20 August 2016

Sunday, 31 July 2016

New video of "Silence Returns" on YouTube...

A rather moving video of "Silence Returns" from "Creation" has appeared on YouTube in the last couple of days. 

I don't know who made it, but if you're one of my Facebook friends or Google + followers under another name, many thanks!!



Friday, 29 July 2016

...and then there were twenty-four!

Having been chivvied mercilessly by persons unknown (like Jim Milne, for example), I’ve ensured that should anything ever happen to Big 12, the sound will continue!

Allow me to introduce Scruff (on the right); identical to Big 12, though a little sunburned and not quite so pretty. If you can sense Big 12 edging away a little, it’s because Scruff smells a bit. But he’s got a heart and a sound of PURE GOLD! Just a little house-training needed.

Many, many thanks to Replay Acoustics for a great deal, fast service, and brilliant packaging. Now, to work…



Monday, 25 July 2016

The Sunday Experience's take on Simfonica's "Hekla"...

Rather fine review from The Sunday Experience of the Day 2 CD from the upcoming "14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus" festival. 

It includes this rewarding comment on Simfonica's (i.e. yours truly's) "Hekla" which concludes the set:

"...Simfonica are tasked with bringing matters to a close with ‘hekla’ – the keen eyed among you might note that this track comes culled from a set so far unreleased entitled ‘song of the volcanoes’ which isn’t the point only the fact that it comes located from the home of Trevor Midgley / Beau, which begs the question, why hasn’t it been released because from what we hear, this cosmic cruiser cooled in minimalist pulsars ghosts between the finite divides that exist between post-apocalyptic drone (I’m thinking the Arell and cathedral transmission imprints principally) and hyperreal trance tones, the latter the type of which once upon a time ventured by Sonic Boom in his dream machine dinking EAR alter ego, whatever the case its effectively dispatched with an unnervingly simplistic detached mournful aura that’s certainly worthy of further investigation.."
Many thanks, TSE!


Sunday, 24 July 2016

Two years ago today - Beau - "Recorded @ Rocker's"...

Two years ago today, on the hottest day of the year in 2014, we recorded a Dandelion Radio session at Rocker Rosehip's Star Studio in Bristol; Rocker producing. 

The mini-album from the session is still available - all proceeds to Dandelion Radio. 

Go for it, peeps!


Saturday, 23 July 2016

Harmony H1270 up for grabs...

Just spotted this - identical to Big 12, though not in quite such good cosmetic nick! 

But if I was after another 12-string...

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Simfonica's "Hekla" on “The 14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus” Day Two CD...

Just listened to a pre-release copy of the excellent Day Two CD from Fruits de Mer Records’ upcoming “14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus” festival (my Simfonica tune, “Hekla”, draws things to a close). 

Totally superb! Looks like folks are in for a really great time in Cardigan next month - with a tremendous goody-bag too!