Words by Gareth Thompson American author Justin Hopper once attended a May morning ceremony at Chanctonbury Ring on the Sussex Downs. In his mystic travelogue The Old Weird Albion he wrote, “It was raining, chilly… almost no one was watching. By earthly standards, not a great gig.” Hopper, though, knew this wasn’t the point. The … Continue reading Live review: The state51 Conspiracy presents A Midsummer Night’s Happening with Ghost Box and Trunk Records
Words by Gareth Thompson Back in 2010, emerging Canterbury psychsters Syd Arthur joined forces one night with hybrid-jazz band Jack Hues And The Quartet. A stone’s throw from Canterbury Cathedral, in the Orange Street Music Club, the two acts played a medley of Soft Machine pieces, rearranged part of a Stravinsky violin concerto, then … Continue reading Album review: Jack Hues & The Quartet ft. Syd Arthur – Nobody’s Fault But My Own
Words by Grey Malkin Now this is something very special indeed. A compilation of some of the main players in the current folk and wyrd/psych scenes curated by Diana Collier, whose name should be familiar to any aficionados of her previous band, the excellent The Owl Service. Put together in aid of Southend YMCA … Continue reading A Place to Dwell: Folk Musicians Support Southend YMCA
"Nocturnal sounds and shapes for moonbathers everywhere. Push aside the moth-eaten bookshelf to reveal a hidden door leading to Ramesses' tomb of opulence and seclusion. Listen softly and in dim light to squadrons of mind-blowers, poets and minstrels, celestial lullabies or perhaps and aphrodisiac for wakefulness - after all, in Moonlight ride it's up to … Continue reading MOONLIGHT RIDE
In a musical universe where musicians and labels churn out albums that are trite and commonplace, music goers can be sometimes left disillusioned. However, when geniuses such as Kevin Ayers come along...