Monday, 23 June 2014

RRD sounds in a great Stonehenge documentary!... and other news...

Very happy to say that this remarkable BBC Culture Show special, concerning the cultural conceptions of Stone Henge, opens with some Red River Dialect jams. We also appear (sonically) a little later on, after Marc Bolan talks about music and landscape. It'll be available to stream via the iPlayer until Friday 27th June. The track that has been used is Tavy Cleave, which concerns two different sites in Devon and Cornwall that bear strong traces of Neolithic settlement, early Celtic Christianities and contemporary military use. Therefore it is an honour to have it used in such an appropriate setting. We owe a big thank you to the writer/director - Thank you Clare! 

I just got back from a solo tour opening shows for the New Bums. We all got a glowing bill of health from the Whisperin'&Hollerin writer for the York show -

Other highlights were 2 days in the Todmorden and Hebden Bridge area staying with some of the most hospitable people anyone could hope to know. Stretton-on-Fosse in the Cotswolds was a great time, and Sin Eater festival was really fantastic. Below is a photo of the New Bums looking uncharacteristically appreciative of each other, with Wicker Hare burning in the distance, shortly after the New Bums set.

Various rumours require confirmation/denial - the first is that Donovan Quinn was placed in the Hare shortly before it was burned. It is hoped that the picture below will disabuse the world of that notion. The second, as claimed on stage by Ben Chasny, is that Cian Nugent is his son, and this explains him not arriving to play at Sin Eater, as Cian is afraid of being shown up on the fretboard by his old man. This rumour is yet to be confirmed, but either way I'm happy as I got to play in his absence. Let's see what happens to his record sales now.

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