He Who Feeds The Raven

12 January 2018 // Music

A collaboration between friends of the river The Memory Band and John Andrews has just appeared online. The latter describes it thus: ‘From Oakham to Frensham and back again, a lost afternoon in the company of Stephen Cracknell and other men of time.’ Listen below:

On this Friday’s newsletter…

11 January 2018 // Competition //Music

…we’e offering you the chance to win one of three copies of Rave On: Global Adventures in Electronic Dance Music by Matthew Collin, out in paperback today.

Also included will be a download code for the latest in our irregular series of Spoken Word & Nature Disco mixes. Vol. 6 features tracks from the likes of Calexico and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, as well as poetry from Adelle Stripe – and it won’t be available for long.

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Thankful Villages Vol. 2 #12

11 January 2018 // Thankful Villages

Darren Hayman is back, with a second volume of songs resulting from his Thankful Villages project. The twelfth village is Stretton En Le Field, Leicestershire.

Stretton En Le Field, Leicestershire – Thankful Village #30 from Darren Hayman on Vimeo.

I’d been researching songs at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University and the Vaughan Williams library at Cecil Sharp House.

‘A Dark Girl Dressed in Blue’ seems to have its root in Leicestershire, though not specifically the area of Stretton En Le Field. I was drawn to the song because it dealt with a journey from Leicestershire to London whereas I was doing the opposite. (more…)

The Caught by the River album of the Month: January

10 January 2018 // Music

For the second month running, we have nothing to call a Book of the Month. Apparently there isn’t a lot published in January, but going by the rave of the reviews I think if we had read Lullaby by Leïla Slimani or Palaces by Simon Jacobs in time, they would both be contenders for the hallowed title. I can also recommend the book I just finished — Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown. A supremely well written and hilarious romp through the disgusting behaviour of one seriously ridiculous human being.

So, as with December, in the absence of a book we’re gonna go with a record again. This month we’ve chosen El Tapado by Alan Tyler. You may know Alan as the founder member and singing songwriter of The Rockingbirds, and you may even recognise his name from these pages. Whether you do or don’t we suggest you check out the record: it’s mighty fine. Alan and his band will be launching the album at The Social, London W1, on Monday 15 January. (JB)

‘Maalie’ Studio Performance

10 January 2018 // Music

Ahead of his appearance at our Bush Hall event next month, Erland Cooper shares a new video.

This intimate studio performance of his current single ‘Maalie’ was captured in one shot by filmmaker Alex Kozobolis, and follows Cooper from the street to the piano. Watch the video below:

The Caught by the River Social Club for February takes place at Bush Hall on Sunday the 4th and features performances from Erland Cooper, The Glass Aisle, and Simon Fisher Turner. More information/tickets here.