Dust on the Nettles

Monday, 29 June 2015, 20:27 | Category : Podcasts
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Take a journey through the British underground folk scene 1967-1972 with David Wells, compiler of  a new 3 CD box set ‘Dust On The Nettles’. Speaking to Strange Brew host Jason Barnard, David plays highlights of this new collection, balancing the familiar with the obscure. 

Dust on the Nettles

  1. The Pentangle – Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (The Pentangle, Transatlantic, 1968)
  2. Wight – Come All You Travellers (Single A-side, Disques Festival, 1970)
  3. Synanthesia – Peek Strangely and Worried Evening (Synanthesia, RCA Victor, 1969)
  4. Mary-Anne – Black Girl (Me, Joy, 1970)
  5. Melton Constable – River Lane (Dust On The Nettles: a journey through the British underground folk scene 1967-1972, Grapefruit, 2015 rec 1972)
  6. Moonkyte – Way Out Hermit (Count Me Out, Mother, 1971)
  7. Warm Gold – Searching For Lambs (Sounds Like North Cornwall, Sentinel, 1972)
  8. Frozen Tear – You Know What Has To Be (Single B-side to The Hunter, RA, 1969)
  9. Moths – Halfdan’s Daughter (The Moths, Deroy, 1970)
  10. Bill Fay – Garden Song (Dust On The Nettles: a journey through the British underground folk scene 1967-1972, Grapefruit, 2015 rec 1969)
  11. C.O.B – Music Of The Ages (Spirit Of Love, CBS, 1971)
  12. Everyone Involved – A Song For The System (Either/Or, Acturus, 1972)
  13. Music Box – The Happy King (Songs Of Sunshine, Westwood, MRS, 1972)
  14. Fuchsia – Me and My Kite (Fuchsia, Pegasus, 1971)
  15. Folkal Point – Scarborough Fair (Folkal Point, Midas, 1972)
  16. Mother Nature – Orange Days And Purple Nights (Single A-side, B&C, 1971)

On the show we hear the various overlapping strands of the underground folk scene: the acid folk experimenters, the folklorists and trad song updaters, the more metaphysical element of the burgeoning singer/songwriter genre and the newly-electric folk rockers.

More information on this fantastic set is available at the Cherry Red website.

Side Effects

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 21:49 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

Fruits de Mer have increasingly been pulling off some ambitious projects typified by their long sold out epic Strange Fish instrumental set. Their latest project is similarly bold, Side Effects – a four LP box set, eight bands doing a side each of 60s/70s covers.

side effects box

Pink Floyd are represented of course, now de rigueur at FDM, with The Soft Bombs playing the hell out of ‘Echoes’. Arcade Messiah get brownie points for picking Aphrodite’s Child masterpiece ‘Four Horsemen’, a fitting tribute to the sadly departed Demis Roussos.

Neo-psych stars The Bevis Frond rock a rare cut in ‘China’ by The Electric Sandwich, a version previously appearing in much edited form in another of FDM’s bold statements ‘Head Music’. Superfjord bring a Hawkwind cum electronic feel to The Byrds’ ‘CTA-102′, whilst The Luck of Eden Hall breathe new live to the previously well tread ‘Starship Trooper’ by Yes. Julie’s Haircut kick out Miles Davis’ ‘Shhh/Peaceful’ before branching into a more tranquil soundscape.

Finishing off Sendelica make an arguably brave choice with the genre defining electronica of ‘I Feel Live’ but morph it into a space-prog-disco monster.

And maybe that’s it. Yes, Side Effects, an octo-headed monster, surprising but at times strangely beautiful.

Released on 21 August: http://www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/

The Road Is Long: The Hollies Story

Sunday, 21 June 2015, 14:03 | Category : Hollies, Interview
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Jason Barnard speaks to Brian Southall, author of ‘The Road Is Long: The Hollies Story’. 

The Road is Long: The Hollies Story

With exclusive guest interviews and contributions from band members including Graham Nash, this new biography re-evaluates The Hollies place in the history of popular music:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/allan-clarke-hollies-microsite/the-road-is-long-the-hollies-story

Steve Ellis – Time Hasn’t Changed Us

Sunday, 14 June 2015, 20:30 | Category : Interview
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By Jason Barnard

One of the great singers of the 60s scene, Steve Ellis, was front man for The Soul Survivors at just 15.  Soon renamed The Love Affair, the band embarked on a dizzying period of success launched by chart topper ‘Everlasting Love’. A series of classic pop hits followed across 1968 and 1969 including ‘Rainbow Valley’ and ‘Bringing on Back the Good Times’.

However by late 1969 Steve and the band went their separate ways with Steve going solo and the rest of the group soldiering on. In the 1970s Steve recorded some excellent solo material in the soul mold before forming the more rock edged Ellis and Widowmaker. The 1990s saw a new wave of live shows culminating in a pair of critically acclaimed albums in more recent years.

Steve Ellis

2015 is another big year for Steve with his work in The Love Affair and early solo tracks marked by a new RPM box set ‘Time Hasn’t Changed Us’, single with Cow – ‘Rise’ and ‘Up’, and forthcoming nationwide tour. Jason Barnard spoke to Steve about good times old and new:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/steve-ellis-time-hasnt-changed-us

Pig Rider

Sunday, 14 June 2015, 11:03 | Category : Interview
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By Jason Barnard

Pig Rider, whilst largely unknown in their years recording, have been recently discovered by a new generation of fans. Retrospectively labelled as pioneering proto-DIY psych, John Mayes, Colin Kitchener and friends recorded a number of homemade albums pressed as ultra-rare acetates.

Formed in the late 60s, their original albums now cost up to five figures. In fact their rarity has led Pig Rider being called the most “interesting band ever”. 

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Pig Rider, left to right: Colin Kitchener and John Mayes

Guerssen has recently released ‘The Robinson Scratch Theory’ on Sommor, a collection of their later material. They and are now following it up a new 2 CD and limited edition vinyl set collecting 1974’s ‘Bloody Turkey Sandwiches’ and 1975’s ‘Heterophonies’. With a back story like that Jason Barnard just had to track down Pig Rider’s John Mayes:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/pig-rider

Cary Grace – Tygerland

Saturday, 13 June 2015, 20:54 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

UK based American Cary Grace deftly crosses prog, psych and indie boundaries on new album ‘Tygerland’. Opening with the albums title track, a short Joe Meek electronica prog piece you’d expect the pattern to repeat throughout its eight tracks. No. Moving into the Ziggy Suede echoing ‘Cynanide’ which shows a talented songwriter singer and musician of the top order.

Tygerland

‘Orange Sky’ shifts into electro pop with harking back to Tori Amos’ late 90s period but bridging to the 70s with its Minimoog sound. Then we have the blues rock of ‘Orange Sky’ queuing into jazz pop ‘Limelight’ moving to perfect guitar indie with the ethereal of psych ‘Razorwire’.

Penultimate number ‘Into The Indigo’ brings us towards psychedelia before closing this remarkable album with prog piece ‘Windsong’. ‘Tygerland’ tramples over any attempt to be classified with Cary Grace equally at home across all rock genres.

www.carygrace.com