When I set out for Lyonnesse,
A hundred miles away,
The rime was on the spray,
And starlight lit my lonesomeness
When I set out for Lyonnesse
A hundred miles away.
Ashinosya is what I call my music when it’s instrumental i.e. no vocals and this is something that I generally do with Everton and that’s how it will be at Halzephron, Gunwalloe, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall during the above advertised gig. This is all part of the splendid enterprise that is Barefoot Kitchen and their musical associates Tinderbox Records.
This is how the amphitheatre looks.
What would bechance at Lyonnesse
While I should sojourn there
No prophet durst declare,
Nor did the wisest wizard guess
What would bechance at Lyonnesse
While I should sojourn there.
If you can’t make it to Cornwall but could possibly get to Bristol there is an alternative way of witnessing the Ashinosya experience on Saturday 18th August at the Adam & Eve at Hopechapel Hill, Bristol where we will be playing from about 9 till 12. I thoroughly recommend this evening as we will be sharing the bill with Jocasta. We’ve never shared a gig with her like that and it is definitely going to be fun. There should be a lot of people there and I think the musical combination will be killing.
When I came back from Lyonnesse
With magic in my eyes,
All marked with mute surmise
My radiance rare and fathomless,
When I came back from Lyonnesse
With magic in my eyes!
poetry by Thomas Hardy
Way back earlier in the year on the 11th of May to be precise my friend Ant Noel had an album launch gig for his new recording Under City Lights. As can be expected it was a good night. First of all Anna Young did a beautiful set of her plaintive melodies. Then Lonely Tourist beat up the rhythm with his fantastic songs. Ant Noel & The Peabody Drakes is a big sound 6 piece outfit which allows Ant to explore the full possibilities of his musical journey. And finally I did a set with Laura Lambell on backing vocals and Tom Ranby on saxophone. James Stallwood on clarinet joined us for our last song, The Wishing Well, which must have been about a 20 minute version.
You can find more details about the new cd on Ant’s website which is linked to above.
All this happened at the Polish Club in St Pauls Road, Bristol. Later that night we reconvened at Ant’s flat for a last drink or two. To commemorate the event I’ve made a little piece of music which I hope someone might like. All samples checked for copyright.
here’s the piece
This is just an interim post to jot down a few things that may be coming and a few that may not. A few follow-ups and advertisements where the 3rd syllable sounds like eyes and is stressed accordingly.
There will be a Neureille gig at the Kingsdown Vaults in Bristol on Saturday 3rd December. Proposed line-up will be Paul Wigens on drums & percussion (small kit), Everton Hartley on bass guitar & guitar as well sometimes probably, Tom Ranby on whichever saxophone he fancies that night. I will be playing my Spanish guitar rather than my Strat. Laura Lambell might make it too to do some vocals. We will be playing songs from the 2 albums, disparue & amanogawa plus possibly doing some other things. And I hope to have a few guests to do some cameo appearances plus some sets. I will provide more details when I’ve worked that out. Unfortunately Ant Noel won’t be able to make it as he’s playing a solo gig that night.
But I will be doing a couple of things with Ant over the next couple of weeks – Sunday 13th November at the Somerset House in Clifton Village and Tuesday 22nd November at the Merchant’s Arms in Hotwells. I’m not sure exactly what sort of thing the session on the 13th will be, but I’ve done a couple of the Tuesday night sessions already with Ant and my contribution has been as a quartet with Everton and myself on guitar, Ant on mandoline and James Stallwood on clarinet as we did at the event I described in an earlier post. It’s a great line-up. We’ve only played 4 songs so far but we could easily do a 45 minute set at the drop of a hat because there’s a lot of freedom and improvisational possiblities there.
I’m a bit behind at posting things here, but I’m working on a demo of a new song which will make a nice post with some more artwork from The Adventures of Tintin. Too much day-work right now is slowing me down, but that is due to finish at the beginning of December. Other posts I have promised are
- Wintersol – sequel to Musrum (another one for the Nonsense category)
- Edward Gorey Part II (again Nonsense)
One that I promised which I decided not to do was on the wreck of the Medusa. I found that this had been covered pretty extensively in a work by Julian Barnes. There’s something a bit plagiaristic I find about that sort of thing. Borges was able to do it ok and Umberto Eco also does it in a way I find acceptable, though I must admit I can’t call myself a huge fan of either of those writers. In other words, I think covering the Medusa raft story is ok for a blog post but to me it shows a lack of inventiveness to rewrite the narrative in a novel, however nice a style you have. So sorry about that.
To conclude the Fool’s Gold saga I will be putting up the track that I recorded back in 1983 or so which uses random snippets from the text. This easily ties in again with Nonsense as does another post which I’ve been meaning to write based on the work of NF Simpson who died earlier this year.
I’ve mentioned Kafka in the last two posts and so I’ve just made that a run of 3, but at the moment I’m simultaneously re-reading The Complete Short Stories and also The Diaries. After that I’ll re-read the Walter Benjamin essays and then maybe write further on the writer who I feel in many ways made me write the way I do. All this takes time and creative energy so may not happen until next year.
On the micromuseum front I should like to do another postage stamp set + I took some photos of some strange Chilean artefacts which need to be manipulated and I also need to think what possibly I can write about them, for they are mysterious and very difficult to research. Other micromuseum things I planned were a post on Alfred Wainwright’s book, Fellwanderer, some of John S Goodall’s illustrated small books and probably some other things, but now it is late – gone 3am and I must be up soon after 7.
I couldn’t be bothered to put the usual links I put in, in this post. Occasional sloppiness can only lead to perpetual sloppiness, but the excuses are there.