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I am halfway or more through my new album which I won’t name yet, but I thought I’d do a quick creature head count.

1st song

a flesh hound (whatever that is)

2nd song

another hound (seems to be a bit of a theme – not intended)
sparrows

3rd song

red wolf
bees
mountain lion

4th song

hare
fish
birds

5th song

raven

6th song

tsetse fly

7th song

none

8th song

crow
dragonfly
spider

9th song

none

Eventually I’ll do a whole thesaurus of the animals, birds, fish etc. that populate the world of my song lyrics, not to mention the trees, flowers and assorted inanimate objects. When I am ill and lie abed with 2 fat wishes I’ll be fed and let the leaden moments pass each choosing singly their own path.

Instead of a basic guitar/bass/drums core the new songs are underpinned simply by 2 acoustic guitars. There is a 10th song which won’t be on the album but is a new version of an old song and this moves matters in a further fish like direction. Everton Hartley as always is the 2nd guitarist. We also recorded a dozen or so minutes of the instrumental music that we play together under the name Ashinosya. Here’s an excerpt from that to give you a flavour of the 2 guitars by themselves.

Instrumental

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Behold, the amphitheatre on the cliffs of Hell

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