Massed choirs sing in thanks to all those who came out and celebrated the old ways at last night's sold out and packed Caught by the River Mersey at The Social. The next Caught by the River gathering at which I am honoured to be Master of Ceremonies will be a lost afternoon on the Uxbridge Road at the be-velveted old Edwardian bingo hall venue of Bush Hall on Sunday 4th February. It is there in the stolen light of a winter's afternoon where magic will be created. The Glass Aisle, who are the poet Paul Henry and the songwriter Brian Briggs of Stornaway, will perform a set most harmonious and mesmerising, Erland Cooper will perform original compositions inspired by landscape, childhood, memory and the birdlife of Orkney and Simon Fisher Turner will present his unique and haunting audio artwork 'Bergeresque' which features the recorded voices of John Berger and Tilda Swinton. The mighty Caught by the River Poet-in-Residence Will Burns will read aloud and there will be music before, between and after from the celebrated illustrator Frances Pipe. For all of this delight and wonder which will only be performed as a unique bill once you will get £5 change from a twenty pound note which you may fritter at the bar on a light ale or dry sherry of your choice. Tickets are selling fast, so buy some now using the link on Caught by the River and let's get lost.
Thursday, 18 January 2018
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Tomorrow, Wednesday 17th January in this the Year of the Cold Moon & Other Holy Lights 2018, I will be executing my duties as Master of Ceremonies at a night of film and wonder entitled 'Caught by the River Mersey' which will be held at The Social in the area still known as the West End of London. The night centres around the screening of two films, "Passing Tides" directed by Roisin Burns and starring Bill Ryder-Jones followed by the 1992 cult French television documentary "You'll Never Walk Alone" directed by Evelyne Ragot and Jerome de Hissolz after which Ted Kessler will be in conversation with Roisin Burns, Bill Ryder-Jones, JD Beauvallet and Paul Fitzgerald. There will be interval music from Daisy and Diva. The night is sold out and should you be in attendance I look forward to your good company, in the meantime you may listen to a soundtrack made especially to accompany the event by Austen Harris here.
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Available from today and available to stream and download on The Memory Band's Bandcamp Page a ramble in the wild woods with Stephen Cracknell entitled 'He Who Feeds the Raven' on which I was privileged to be asked to read aloud. (photograph by John Henry Knight - collection held at Farnham Museum).