Thursday, 6 July 2017

Big 12 re-strung...

Just re-strung Big 12 in anticipation of upcoming recording sessions. 

Coupla days to settle down, then time to rock 'n' roll...

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A blast from the past...

Here's a piece of vintage vid - a live "My Star" on a static camera from 1982! 

A studio version came out on Angel Air's "Edge Of The Dark" back in 2009.

Simfonica - "Mayon" from "Song Of The Volcanoes" - the video...

After Fruits de Mer Records posted a couple of Simfonica videos ("Mother Russia" and "Hekla") on their channel, I got a couple of enquiries as to whether there were other videos from Simfonica's "Song Of The Volcanoes" set. Well, yes there are!

This is the previously unseen video for "Mayon". The track appeared on the album's CD and download, both of which came out on Cathedral Transmissions in 2016. 

After the CD sold out, this track (and the album) are now downloadable for free in FLAC, mp3 and other formats.


Saturday, 1 July 2017

"When Butterflies Scream" - climbing again...

Wow - delighted to say "When Butterflies Scream" is back on the climb - #13 this morning in Amazon's folk download chart!

Whoever's behind this, many thanks!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Caught In The Act reviews "When Butterflies Scream"...

Brian Banks' excellent review of "When Butterflies Scream" has been re-published in Caught In The Act mag - complete with with appropriate screaming imagery...

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

...from The Castle, Manchester, 2013...

Just run across this B&W version of a pic Shay Rowan took during a gig at the Castle, Manchester back in 2013...

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

"Ben & Jerry's Coca Cola Tarantella" on Rocker's Dandelion Radio show...

Y'see, this is what comes of taking my eye off the ball! 

For once, in May, I missed out on listening to Rocker's Dandelion Radio show. And of course, he played "Ben & Jerry's Coca Cola Tarantella" from "When Butterflies Scream"! 

Luckily, it's now Mixclouded. Sorry about that, Rocker, but grateful thanks as always...

Friday, 2 June 2017

The Honey Pot's "Ascending Scales" - with the re-imagined "Silence Returns"...

Just received a pre-release copy of The Honey Pot’s “Ascending Scales” box set – the album that includes the re-imagined “Silence Returns” featuring my good self and Jim Milne. 

Apart from Icarus Peel, Crystal Jacqueline and The Honey Pot, Special Guests include Judy Dyble from Fairports, James Lowe of The Electric Prunes, Dick Taylor of The Pretty Things and many more. Absolutely stunning package! 

Just wait ’til you see this!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

A plea on behalf of Simfonica...

A plea for help from the good folks of Social Media Land!

Last year, under my Simfonica electroniker moniker, I released an album called “Song of the Volcanoes” through the excellent Cathedral Transmissions experimental label.

I’ve now produced a brand new Simfonica set called “Letters in Time”. This – again – is a four track work (sorry for the pomposity there, but “work” is the best way I can describe it!) which takes its inspiration from celebrated letters written by Emile Zola, Martin Luther King, Siegfried Sassoon and Oscar Wilde.

However, this time I’ve gone one stage further and produced Simfonica’s FIRST COMPLETE DVD. The trouble is, no one whom I’ve been in contact with appears even willing to consider releasing a 48-minute standalone concept DVD.

Here’s where you can help. I’ve uploaded the shortest piece – the nine-minute “From A Birmingham Jail” inspired by Martin Luther King’s 1963 letter.

Yes, I know it’s atonal and a bit bizarre; but can I ask you to check it out, share it if and with whomsoever you feel appropriate, and most importantly drop me a message if you know of ANY video contact you think might be interested in working with me on such a project.

Thanks in anticipation – any help will be truly appreciated.

In the meantime, I hope you like “From A Birmingham Jail”

Friday, 26 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

What we'll do for money...

One of two rather embarrassing pictures my good wife has posted of me (might as well fess up!). This was how I walked down Oxford Street in '95 collecting money for Children In Need. 

A young lady I was working with at the time did my makeup and loaned me the dress. She said it was her husband's "second best". 

Make of that what you will...

Sunday, 14 May 2017

“When Butterflies Scream” COMPETITION – and the winner is…

I know what you’re thinking – after last night’s Eurovision Song Contest, can I take any more excitement?

Well, I’m delighted to tell you we have a winner in our “When Butterflies Scream” competition!

Just to remind, the question was ‘on which of the WBS’s twelve tracks do you think you’re listening to Scruff’, the less-wholesome of my pair of 1967 Harmony 12-string guitars?

Most popular choice (by quite a distance, actually) was track 2, “Gerrymander Street Blockade”, followed by “The Promise”. Neither of those, I’m afraid!

Only a select half-dozen guessed correctly that Scruff made his recording debut on track 9, “The Nightmare”.

And the first correct answer out of the washing-up bowl was… Robert Walker!

So many congrats to Robert. The promo copy (signed or not, as he wishes) will be winging its way to him in the next day or so.

And many thanks to everyone who took part. It’s been greatly appreciated, and I hope everyone keeps on enjoying the album.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

“When Butterflies Scream” – COMPETITION UPDATE…

Many thanks to all who’ve already joined battle for the original promo copy CD of “When Butterflies Scream”.

This is just a reminder the Grand Draw for the winner will take place at noon UK time next Sunday (14th May).

Entries have been coming in all week; the question being, on which of the WBS's twelve tracks do you think you’re listening to Scruff, the rather less-salubrious of my pair of 1967 Harmony 12-string guitars? There is only one…

So far, the five top contenders (in album order!) are “Who Pays The Ferryman”, “Gerrymander Street Blockade”, “The Promise”, “The Fire” and “The Nightmare”.

Do you know better? The wheel’s still spinning. Round and round she goes, where she stops, nobody knows...