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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                         Issue # 159                          ::
  ::                   Friday, July 28th, 2000                    ::
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Hello to all,

I was hoping to report on Gong's recent visit to the MIMI festival in Arles (South of France), but sadly the gig had to be cancelled due to rain... A proposal to reschedule the concert to the following evening had to be turned down due to several members being committed to gigs in England. I had a great time at MIMI though since (a) I arrived early enough to see Gong's soundcheck and so I got to hear them! (b) the amazing Thinking Plague from Denver, USA, were on the bill the following evening and what an extraordinary gig that was! I urge Italian WRers to catch them on their short Italian tour.

Now I'm off to England to attend the Canterbury festival. I hope a lot of you will make it - with Gong and Caravan on the bill, this is an event that is not to be missed, and Colosseum, Man and Arthur Brown are other great names from the 60s/70s rock scene. See you there!


PS: Check out http://www.canterburysoundfestival.com for more info on the festival... You can probably still make it (with an ear to the ground of course)!


From: Anthony Shaw <tonyshaw@clinet.fi>
Subject: Gong gig Imatra July7
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 14:42:09 -0700

Some impressions for old & young PHP's:

It's a forest glade about 30 km from the place of encounter - the raindrops glisten as they lazily evaporate in the early morning sun amid all-around hues of emerald and lime green. Yet across my vision flash intermittent bolts of violet and vermillion, images of a phoenix in full flight. It's the morning after the night before's near inexplicable appearance of Gong at a traditional jazz festival even deeper in the woods of Eastern Finland than where I now sit waking.

Take a rock-n-roll circus 3000 km from the Hammersmith Palace across the forest expanses of northern Europe and you can expect some sort of strange cultural shift. But to a fast middle-ageing Londoner of 70's origins there is a seamless link with a myriad of near 30 year Gong-associations from Bradford 1974, thru‚ Nimbin NSW 1980, to Imatra July 2000. It hadn't been easy to leave the family back home in Helsinki and drive 4 hours east to within 30 km of the Russian border - my son had been in hospital the day before, I had drawn a blank with lengthy efforts to cover the concert for the Helsinki radio, the lawn was getting desperately unkempt... I had arrived 3 hours before the scheduled startof the gig - 3 hours to kill in a madly cavorting jazz-saturated little town 30 km from the Russian border enjoying its one week of street-carnival release per year. Did this make any sense??

Maybe it was on the pages of WR that I'd picked up the notion that DA had a habit of mixing with the audience before a gig. So after an hour of aimless ambling thru‚ town I pushed thru‚ some bushes outside the arena, and there he stood amidst a handful of youngsters‚ autographing amiably. From there on in it all fitted together. There were bell-bottoms and tie-dye shirts mixed with dreadlocks and tatoos, (other) baldies bunched in with achnied crew-cuts, earth mothers and aerobic systers, Calvin Klein alongside ginseng oil. The venue was a 60 metre square markee over a cityside carpark, earlier filled with bronzed jazz diners embibing Randy Becker, succeded by some tortured techno of local Rinneradio, soon all filtered out to leave a huddle of multiflavoured PHPs young and less-so focused in front of the stage waiting for David Id to get his switches sorted.

Not having been in any full-blown rock concert since the 80s maybe I had just forgotten the suspense, the energy, the thrill. I had really come expecting to be let down by the whole experience. But after a short period of in-glid switch setting the evening just took off. Even without my favourite French flautist stage left, the 6 piece took to the air and proceeded to meld sounds long rooted in those classic years of the trilogy with all but 2 or 3 songs from Zero to Infinity. The set lasted nonstop for well over 2 hours bound to terra-firma by the incessant solid inventiveness of the rythm section, Howlett an endlessly twitching ennervated elfin presence behind his rainbow speckled bass, and above
his bare-ankled beachshoes. Shakti Yoni is no longer the silken temptress of my adolescent fantasies, until her siren song/spacewhisper takes to the ethers, sweeping in and out of the programme in classic style, on and off the stage in her celestial cloaks. The 2 other newcomers‚ stage left and right pull the focus from the 2 vocalists, Zwigo with a galaxy of crystal sounds including some unobtrusive guitar work on the final Om-Riff, and Travis very comfortably filling Didier's old shoes with raunchy and restful work on sax and flute. Oh that I could be in France later this summer to see them together.

I think Daevid Allen needs no explanation to convey the width of his creativity on stage. The songs were sung with faithful variety, his costumes worn with easy aplomb - most memorably the over-grown hooped babies‚ jumpsuit worn to introduce the Body song (CD lent to a friend!).

The band works as a well-oiled flute - 6 sets of fingers pulling simultaneously in different directions, but all with the same target. DA maybe provides the inspiration, the breath, as well as bredth with his sometimes vicious and often voluptuous glissando guitar work. It is really a band with balls, funky to a tea, and if I‚m still around in another 30 years, with or without my prostrate, I will be looking out for them. I recommend you don‚t wait that long to catch them. I think I would even undertake a 40 hour drive next time.

Glide on, Gong!

Anthony Shaw


From: "David Voci" <david_voci@tcibr.com>
Subject: Greeting From Hewins/If
Date: 10 Jul 00 11:09:52 -0700

Hullo Wrattlers,

A short note about Musart to begin as I have been keeping in touch with Mark Hewins (sez hi to all) in London via phone/email and on July 2, Mark asked me to write in here to mention that the old copies of the What's Rattlin' are now back up on the Musart site.

Mark is not putting up the whole of what Musart used to be but for all readers here, please be advised that you can now go and look up issues past as was available before Mark dismantled the Musart site.

MH has a CD out currently on Impetus Records by a band/project called Research btw.

Last item is a referral of some pretty CB similar music in the form of the band 'If' from England, early seventies.

A large ensemble, very jazz rock like, and replete with many brass instruments and jazzy guitar solos. I had the first three on vinyl and made an 80 minute compilation to CDR from them. I have seen a couple of these albums on CD though.

Ciao Tutti,



From: Ricardo Aguilar <aguilei@sol.racsa.co.cr>
Subject: Henry Cow box
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 14:28:31 -0500


I'm a Henry Cow fan and I would love to see a big set of thier concerts. I'm too young to remember that time, but I know that those concerts were one of the best.

Please keep us informed of the whereabouts of this project.

Ricardo Aguilar


From: Gary Davis <artshop@artist-shop.com>
Subject: Artist Shop Radio
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 19:20:01 -0400

Hi, folks!

The latest Artist Shop Newsletter is out and you'll find it in its entirety at <http://www.artist-shop.com/news.htm>. But here are some brief excerpts for Prog fans everywhere!

What I'm most excited about is that I've created a brand new section to The Artist Shop called ARTIST SHOP RADIO.  You'll find it at

Artist Shop Radio is unique among internet radio station in that it doesn't have just one source for the programming, but many. And the programmers are basically the progressive musicians and independent labels themselves who are getting such a raw deal from todays radio industry.

Our current list of Artist Shop Radio Program Directors include:

Roye Albrighton of Nektar
Adrian Belew Presents
Jon Durant of Alchemy Records
Marc Wagnon of Buckyball Records
Cuneiform Records
Richard Leo Johnson
Mike Keneally
LoLo Records
Magna Carta Records
Northside Records
Andy Rinehart
Neil Sadler
Richard Sinclair
Kit Watkins

Expect more to join in the near future!


                          Gary Davis
The Artist Shop                              The Other Road
http://www.artist-shop.com          artshop@artist-shop.com
phone: 877-856-1158, 330-929-2056       fax:330-945-4923
       Check out the latest Artist Shop newsletter at


From: philT <pturnbul@bigpond.com>
Subject: Henry Cow Monster
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 06:55:48 +1000

> My only suggestion to further this, as has happened with various
> musicians I like, is to up the ante to a 5CD set or better yet,
> a 10CD monster.

I'm certain that many folk out there would buy a 10CD HC box set without a tiny bit of thought, including me. But, to be honest, I wouldn't be as enthused if it was of the 'throw every scrap in and stir it up' variety. The members of the band should have decisive input to cull what they think is of lesser quality - not every improviation they ever did would have been great and not everything they played would have been worthy of repeated listenings.



From: Roger Farbey <R.Farbey@bda-dentistry.org.uk>
Subject: Ray Russell
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 10:27:39 +0100


Glad you're back. Here's a little obscurantist news for you all. Ray Russell, one of the great but under appreciated jazz/rock guitarists of the 1970's has had one of his albums re-released this year. 'Ray Russell Live at the ICA' is the title and, significantly for WRers it features the late Gary Windo as part of the RR quintet. I have to say that from what I have heard so far of this double CD, it is not for the faint-hearted, being that there is a large amount of free jazz. Still, a jolly good snapshot of contemporary jazz in 1971 - and R. Wyatt does get a name check in the new sleeve notes for Gary Windo's connection with him as does Gary's (and I quote here) 'Canterbury prog-rock sessions'. Also featured apart from GW and RR are Harry Beckett, Daryl Runswick and Alan Rushton. It's on the Moikai label (they are in Chicago, IL) but please don't ask me where you can buy it, I found it just by chance, although I subsequently learned that HMV in the UK do stock it.


Roger Farbey


From: rumpan@innocent.com
Subject: GONG  Imatra/Finland 7.7.00
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 08:04:30 -0400 (EDT)

For all the rattlers out there! Never compromise your taste in music!

I've been a subscriber for ages now (so it seems) and this is my first message, 'cause not much happens in Finland concerning "Canterbury" related stuff (I missed Fred Frith last time.) BUT, finally GONG visited and gig happened in Imatra (far east). I live in Helsinki (capital) so travelled with couple of friends & brother to see this once-in-a-lifetime -act, well - I don't think they're going to visit here very soon, we're not part of the Scandinavia - we're in Siberia! Well, my bro has been in contact with Jonny so we hoped to get an interview from Daevid & theband. Spirits were high.

When Randy Brecker left the stage all the "old" people started to leave (it was a jazz -festival after all, with reserved tables and all.) One Finnish "ambient" group played it's set for happily raving neohippies, till the band came on. "Floating into Imatra-gig" sort of started and came to an sudden end (Daevid seemed frustrated with his glowsuit and enormous glasses) and the riff to "Zeroid" started, some communication problems perhaps?  

I was surprised to hear lot of tunes from the "Zero to infinity" -album, of course "Radio Gnome","You can't kill me", "Pussy" "Masterbuilder" swept across the stunned audience (new album wasn't that known yet, mainly young people shouting "Oily Way" etc, I've been a fan almost 20 years now so I missed the old geezers, so to speak... eh, I'm 35) Anyhow, I  met Daevid before the gig and made completely fool out of myself, well - he's my elvis - but he was in good mood and we chatted for awhile. Bro's girlfriend took couple of photos, Daevid was forced to draw us our own PHPs with greetings, mine says "Jaakko! Ears forever open! Daevid OOO!" Lovely.  We filmed the whole gig digitally (nearly two hours) using 3 cams and were promised to receive a copy of the minidisc of the gig (Venus De Luxe at the mixing board, I presume...) so were trying to edit a clean version to TV, no jointsmokers please.  (Ha ha... humor?) Let's see...

Later Jonny e-mailed to my bro that the band wasn't happy with the gig, well - some problems occured with Gilli's spacewhisper -echo although "She's the great Goddess" was wonderful as was "Pussy", highlights of the evening.

I was extremely happy to hear Daevid's sologuitar, he seems to enjoy it a lot. Jonny told us that some of his solos are just great but some not, it depends on his mood I think - but that's only human. The silliest costume during "Oily Way" was just pure fun. Mike Howlett really grooooved on stage! Finally back in line, playing in the band! "Masterbuilder" was a blast. Perfect ending for the perfect evening (no, audience didn't stay chanting "You Am I...") Maybe the band and Daevid was just too tired afterwards and we didn't get our promised interview (it's was 3 in the morning, I saw that Gilli had a hard time walking down the stairs but Daevid did some roadie -stuff, he's still his own roadie, good!)

We packed and left happier than ever. Later we checked our stuff and cursed a bit 'bout lighting, backgrounds were invisible if you stood right at the front of stage, so my bro's close-ups might be unusable - we are soooo pro! (Laugh now) And the band played most of the time in semidarkness, Travis' saxsolos are hardly ever visible (he stood in that blue light, one spotlight missing eh?) but 'bout the conditions we might accuse the organizer not the artists behind the visual image or whatever... sorry, got little carried away. Meeting your elvis is like that, everything should go smoothly or else you'll die right there. I didn't die, or I did and went to 7th heaven. Maybe both.

...Keep rattling fellows! Eagerly waiting for that Gilgamesh CD from cuneiform, AND that Matching Mole! Lots of great stuff coming from so many sources. Sorry 'bout the long message...

The Future President of the Invisible Opera Company of Finland
Jaakko Toijanniemi


From: Mark Hewins <mail@musart.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Anyone out there? Well, Mark Hewins
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 16:56:20 -0000

Hello and greetings who so ever is on this list
(Aymeric etc.)

Contrary to popular belief MUSART has not stopped only a review of the original Canterbury Musicians website was needed after 5 years. My own community service is now over and I can continue with my own work on the internet.
The statement is at musart.co.uk
A .zip and .hqx file of the original site will be available very soon.

All the Musicians are well served by Aymeric who has the time to donate to Canterbury Music. And a fantastically knowledgable site.

News here at MUSART is; duo CD's of myself and Carol Grimes and another of me and Theo Travis.
Also last weekend I recorded a saxophone quartet of Lol Coxhill, Elton Dean, Chris Biscoe and from NYC Ivo Perelman. Thats just some news. So as you can see there's still output-we havn't 'stopped'.

See you soon........
Mark Hewins


From: "Musart" <mail@musart.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 11:33:57 +0100

27th JULY 2000

Hi to all friends of MUSART and Canterbury Music

  WE'RE BACK!! musart.co.uk / musart.org / musart.net

Due to the amazing amount of interest in the original site we have decided to re-position the web and re-publish.

You will be able to easily browse the site from;


The site at 32 Mb is rather large as text sites go but we will be making available .zip and a .sit (PC & Mac) archive files very soon. this will make the site available to view off line. (including the What's Rattlin' archive)

In the three months we were off line the MUSART studio has been working continually on bringing new Music material to fruition. Musicians recording here have included Elton Dean, Lol Coxhill, Carol Grimes, Phil Miller etc. etc. Plus the usual plethora of commercial works; Details will, of course, be available on the notice board as usual, asap.

There may be a week or so of re-aligning the domains so please bear with us on this. Also any donations for the upkeep of the CANTERBURY MUSICIANS SERVER would be gratefully received.

Please send direct to me;
 MARK HEWINS 81, Knollys Rd, London SW16 2JW - UK


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*               FORTHCOMING CANTERBURY-RELATED CONCERTS                 *
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        [for more info : check out the 'Concerts' page of CALYX]

==> DAEVID ALLEN / UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS <================================

Aug 08 - NEW HAVEN (CT), Tune Inn / Aug 09 - NEW YORK (NY), Knitting Factory / Aug 10 - WASHINGTON DC, Metro Cafe / Aug 11 - NELSON (OH), Strange Daze Festival / Aug 12 - CHICAGO (IL), Schuba's / Aug 13 - MILWAUKEE (WS), Shank Hall / Aug 15 - ROCHESTER (NY), Bug Jar / Aug 16 - PITTSBURGH (PA), Mr. Roboto / Aug 17 - PHILADELPHIA (PA), Khyber Pass (56 S. 2nd Street) / Aug 19 - HOBOKEN (NJ), Maxwell's

==> CARAVAN <===========================================================

Jul 30 - FAVERSHAM, Mount Ephraim Gardens, Herne Hill (Canterbury Sound Festival) / Oct 11 - LONDON, Shepherd's Bush Empire / Oct 12 - WOLVERHAMPTON, Wulfrun Hall / Oct 13 - MANCHESTER, University (The Main Debating Hall) / Oct 14 - GLASGOW, Renfrew Ferry / Oct 15 - CAMBRIDGE, Junction / Nov 17 - Chiddingfold Club / Nov 25 - PARIS (France), Le Bataclan

Line-up: Pye Hastings, Geoff Richardson, David Sinclair,
         Richard Coughlan, Doug Boyle, Jim Leverton, Simon Bentall

==> GONG <==============================================================


Jul 29 - GUILDFORD, Stoke Park (Aladdin’s Cave Stage) / Jul 30 - FAVERSHAM, Mount Ephraim Gardens, Herne Hill (Canterbury Sound Festival) / Sep 01-03 - Planet Earth Festival (near Cheddar, Somerset)


Sep 06 - SAN DIEGO (CA) / Sep 07 - LOS ANGELES (CA), Knitting Factory / Sep 09 - SAN FRANCISCO (CA), Great American Music Hall / Sep 12 - EUGENE (OR) / Sep 13 - PORTLAND (OR), Berbattis Pan / Sep 14 - SEATTLE (WA) / Sep 15 - VANCOUVER (Canada) / Sep 17 - SALT LAKE CITY (UT) / Sep 19 - DENVER (CO), Blue Bird / Sep 20 - LAWRENCE (KA), Bottleneck / Sep 22 - MINNEAPOLIS (IN) / Sep 23 - MADISON (WI) / Sep 24 - CHICAGO (IL), House Of Blues / Sep 26 - CLEVELAND (OH), Odeon / Sep 27 - COLUMBUS (OH) / Sep 29 - WASHINGTON DC, Black Cat / Sep 30 - NEW YORK (NY), Knitting Factory / Oct 01 - PHILADELPHIA (PA), Trocadero / Oct 03 - BOSTON (MA), Middle East / Oct 04 - MONTREAL (Canada) / Oct 05 - TORONTO (Canada), Lees Palace / Oct 07 - ANN ARBOUR, Prog Festival

+ possible dates: Brazil, Chile and Argentina [early September]


Oct - Germany, France [12 dates], Italy, Scandinavia...
Nov 04 - ATHENS (Greece), Radon Club [tbc] / Nov 05 - SALONIKA (Greece), Mylos [tbc] / Nov 20 - LONDON, Hackney Empire / Nov 22 - SHREWSBURY, Music Hall / Nov 23 - WHITLEY BAY, Dome / Nov 24 - ABERDEEN, Lemon Tree / Nov 25 - GLASGOW, Renfrew Ferry / Nov 26 - EDINBURGH, Liquid Rooms / Nov 28 - SHEFFIELD, Boardwalk / Nov 29 - CAMBRIDGE, Junction / Nov 30 - NORTHAMPTON, Roadmenders

Line-up: Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Mike Howlett, Theo Travis,
         Gwyo Zeprix, Chris Taylor + Didier Malherbe [on selected dates]

==> HUGH HOPPER BAND <===================================================

A couple of dates in Holland ca. 18-20 september.
No appearance in Compiegne (France) as initially planned.

==> MAGICK BROTHERS <====================================================

Aug 26 -  FESTIVAL EN STOCK, Les Amis de l'Epouvantail (near Le Puy)

Info: +33 (0)471 089151

==> MUJICIAN <===========================================================

Aug 26 - MULHOUSE (France), Festival of Jazz & New Music

Line-up: Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers, Tony Levin


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*                        AND OTHER GOOD GIGS...                         *
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==> JOHN ETHERIDGE <=====================================================

Jul 29 - LONDON, Vortex Jazz Bar [with Quartet] / Jul 31 - LONDON, Vortex Jazz Bar [with Big Band]

==> HAPPY THE MAN <======================================================

Aug 18 - TOWSON (MD), Recher Theatre / Aug 19 - FALLS CHURCH (VA), State Theatre

Line-up: Stanley Whitaker, Frank Wyatt, Rick Kennell,
         Ron Riddle, David Rosenthal

==> PRESENT <============================================================

Sep 30 - WURZBURG (Germany), AKW / Oct 19 - POITIERS (France), Confort Moderne / Nov 01 - ANVERS (Belgium), Monty
+ dates to be fixed: KLAGENFURT (Austria), Verein Innenhofkultur / TRIESTE (Italy), Teatro Miela Reina / SZCZECIN (Poland), Kana Theater

Line-up: Roger Trigaux, Reginald Trigaux,
         Pierre Chevalier, Keith Macksoud, David Kerman

==> THINKING PLAGUE <====================================================

Jul 29 - SCHIO (Italy) [North of Vincenza] / Jul 30 - VITTORIO VENETTO (Italy) [North of Venice] / Aug 02 - ROVIGO (Italy) [South of Venice]

Line-up: Mike Johnson, David Kerman, Dave Willey,
         Deborah Perry, Mark Harris, Matt Mitchell


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