Wednesday, 12 February 2020

"It was forty-five years ago today..."

Would you believe, forty-five years ago today we started recording the "Twelve Strings to the Beau" album at Tractor's studio in Heywood, Lancashire. And that was a Wednesday too!

Still available on vinyl, though getting increasingly rare...

How time flies when you're enjoying yourself!




Thursday, 23 January 2020

History repeats...


In August 1665, to prevent the spread of serious disease, the North Derbyshire village of Eyam isolated itself from the rest of the world. Less than ten per cent of the village population survived. In January 2020, and again to prevent the spread of serious disease, the East Chinese city of Wuhan has been totally quarantined.

Eyam had a population of 360; Wuhan has 11 million. I wrote a song about the Eyam episode. I seriously hope I never have to write one about Wuhan.

Here’s the late Roy Bailey’s beautiful take of “The Roses Of Eyam”.


Monday, 20 January 2020

Beau - a new album for 2020...


Just today signed on the dotted line with Cherry Red for a brand new album for 2020!! And it’s a big one!

We’re looking for an April release, so watch this space!



Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Better late than never - "Creation" - the vinyl reissue at Bomp...

Better late than never, this 2019 New Year(!) review of the Sommor vinyl re-release of “Creation” has just flagged up from Google. 

Don’t know why I never saw it before; and many thanks to Simon Crisp of Galactic Ramble!

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BEAU - Creation (Acid psych weirdness 1971) LAST COPIES Label: SOMMER Originally released for John Peel’s Dandelion label in 1971, “Creation” was the second album by underground folk troubadour Trevor “Beau” Midgley, recorded with psych band The Way We Live as backing group. Influenced by Tom Paxton, Leadbelly and Dylan, Beau started to write his own songs in the late 60s. After trying to secure a contract with Elektra Records with no success, he was approached by Clive Selwood (Elektra UK) and John Peel, who were launching a new label, Dandelion Records. Beau signed to them and released his eponymous debut album in 1969. For his second effort, Beau decided to experiment with a more folk-rock sound and add to the mix some avant-garde influences. Jim Milne (lead guitar and bass) and Steve Clayton (drums) from Dandelion stablemates The Way We Live / Tractor were the perfect backing band for him. “Creation” is a brilliant psych-folk / acid-folk offering with superb 12-string guitars, heartfelt vocals, studio effects and occasional acid-fuzz guitar. Beau’s avant-garde influences came to the fore on the title track, which verges into White Noise territory. The album closes with “Silence Returns”, featuring one of the most ear-splitting fuzz assaults ever committed to wax, courtesy of Jim Milne. Master tape sound. Four page insert featuring the first cover design whish was never used plus detailed liner notes by Beau himself and lyrics. Two previously unreleased bonus tracks from 1972 (featuring Tractor as backing band) which were recorded for “High Mass”, an aborted third Beau album which was never released at the time. “It’s a consistent album full of tone, deft playing and thoughtful lyrics that demand and reward attention” – Simon Crisp (Galactic Ramble) LP $16 SKU:20552

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Simfonica - "Cumulo Nimbus"...

Continuing my mini-push of Simfonica, “Cumulo Nimbus” (from the 2016 “Song Of The Volcanoes” set) is – to my knowledge – the only Simfonica piece to have had a complete all-the-way-through play on radio. 

Thanks to Jeffrey Davison of WFMU-FM…




Friday, 6 September 2019

Beau - "Damascus Road" review in Caught In The Act...

An excellent review by Brian Banks of the latest “Damascus Road” set, recently published in Caught In The Act

Many thanks, Brian!


Monday, 19 August 2019

Simfonica's "Letters In Time" on eBay...

A quick plug for Simfonica’s “Letters In Time” DVD, available from eBay (amongst other sources). 

To quote The Sunday Experience’s 2017 review, “…the vivid beauty of Debussy and the gravitas of John Tavener...”.


Sunday, 11 August 2019

Simfonica - "De Profundis"...

I’m giving a little belated attention to Simfonica… 

This is “De Profundis” from the DVD “Letters In Time”

Like I’ve said, it’s best experienced on a huge screen and through the biggest speakers you can find (or headphones!).

Enjoy!




Saturday, 10 August 2019

Help required- "1917 Revolution" on CBS label?

Now here’s a thing – help required! DJ Chris Bent has been in touch with a query.

On his Radio Seagull and Carillon Radio 1476 shows, Chris plays all single releases from fifty years ago, week by week.

Four weeks ago, on 18th July, he played “1917 Revolution” on its official release-anniversary day. However, he’s now discovered that the single was also listed as being a CBS RELEASE ON 15th AUGUST and he’s asking if I ever came across a version on the old orange CBS label. And my answer is, no, I never did.

Can anyone help?

These weird things do occur, and “1917 Rev” did come out on the “CBS-orange” Dandelion label in the Netherlands. But that was a year later…

Anyway, bless ’im, Chris will be playing both “1917 Revolution” and first, the B-side “Sleeping Town”, on next Friday’s show. The podcast is already up online – do give it a listen. “Sleeping Town” is a real rarity for airplay (it starts at 24.36).

Any thoughts on this anomaly appreciated!

Simfonica - better late than never...

I’ve been a bit busy of late, so haven’t really had much time to be looking after Simfonica!

Just a quick reminder the Simfonica CDs and DVD are still available through Bandcamp, Discogs and various other outlets.

Here’s a sample – “From A Birmingham Jail” from the “Letters In Time” DVD…




Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Beau at Reverbnation...

A quick reminder for folks who don’t know (or might have forgotten!) that there’s a Beau feature page at Reverbnation

All sorts of samples and goodies...


Friday, 26 July 2019

The relevance of “Gerrymander Street Blockade”...

So much of this week’s shenanigans in UK politics remind me of why I wrote “Gerrymander Street Blockade” (on the “When Butterflies Scream” set). 

I’m sure no one else will pick up on the association, but hey ho…


Thursday, 25 July 2019

Beau on South Leeds Radio...

Big shout-out for Nick Briggs' show on the relatively-new South Leeds Radio.

Nick was kind enough to open his show last evening with "Welcome" from the first "Beau" album. If you missed the programme, it'll get repeat airings tonight, Saturday and Sunday, and will then go up on Mixcloud. Give it your support!

Many thanks, Nick! My first-ever broadcast was on BBC Radio Leeds back in '68!

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

"Strangers in the Room - A Journey Through the British Folk Rock Scene 1967-73" - new(ish) release...

Rather nice little item that includes “1917 Revolution” just been flagged up to me! 

The three-CD “Strangers In The Room” came out in March on Grapefruit, apparently! No one tells me anything… 

Looks good, though!


Sunday, 2 June 2019

Three-up!


Three albums of mine that have had two different covers. Is this a record (boom, boom!)?