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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN'? -                     ::
  ::     The Weekly (or so) Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts   ::
  ::                         Issue # 174                          ::
  ::                  Friday, January 19th, 2001                  ::
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From: Mark Powell <mandvpow@cs.com>
Subject: Caravan Gold Disc presentation
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 17:03:41 EST

Hello Aymeric

I thought that I would update you with news regarding Caravan. After researching sales figures for Caravan's catalogue it has been discovered that the band have sold enough units for "In Land of Grey and Pink" to qualify for a gold disc and Silver discs are to be awarded to "For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night" and "Caravan and the New Symphonia".

To mark this occasion and to formally launch Caravan's re-issued,remastered and expanded catalogue, Universal Records are awarding the discs to the band members at a private presentation to include members of the press PLUS INVITED GUESTS at 2pm on Monday February 26th at a venue in South West London.

Caravan will perform a short set of around 40 minutes to an invited audience which is strictly limited to press and a selected number of Caravan fans. If anyone would like to attend, invitation is by e-mail invitation only. The first 50 e-mails will qualify. Full details of venue will be provided to all successful applicants. Please do not apply unless you know you can go as we want at least 50 fans to see the set.

Email applications should be submitted to: mandvpow@cs.com

The last date for e-mails is 15th February.

I will have news on this year's Canterbury Festival at the beginning of next month.

Best wishes

Mark Powell


From: "Kenneth Egbert" <invizzigoth@earthlink.net>
Subject: A Richard Sinclair report
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 17:40:4 -0500

Cheeries to all Rattlers...

In response to Mr. Uwe Bartels' kind question in WR#173 about what Richard Sinclair is up to just now, I chatted with him just after New Year's just to wish him a good 'un and he passes on greetings to all Rattlers now and past and future. Just now he and Heather are moving out of their pied-a-terre in the Netherlands -- which should be done by the time you read this -- and he continues to scribble down song ideas. No exact report as to when he thinks he might begin assembling them, but he says he's tending in that direction more and more as time goes by. He also reports that Phil Miller has been talking to him about the famous Hatfield BBC sessions masters, but there are no decisions as yet about release by them and the fellow former members.

Richard is continuing to do custom guitar and bass rebuilds -- not so much bathrooms and kitchens any longer, but then it's harder to keep them in tune -- and he and Heather are looking around for a possible sunny spot to move to permanently. Somewhere along the Mediterranean looks plausible, he says, if the rents are in line. He is not currently on the Net yet, but Heather is working on it. 

Talking to Richard it was hard not to notice how very well he sounds -- in good spirits and ready to take on the next thing as soon as he's decided what it will be. Makes me think that we often, as fans, forget how awfully difficult it is to get those tunes whipped into shape to record and play. If I should hear more, will report.

Also wanted to report TONE CLUSTERS Magazine's new mailing address, to wit:
314 West 231st Street
New York, NY 10463-3805

Best regards to all; our Canterbury Decameron series continues in that for an upcoming issue (probably #78, which would be November 2001) we're working on a possible interview with Mark Hewins and Elton Dean. Feel free to Email us for updates: drones are standing by. Happy 2001 to all.

Ken Egbert, Publisher
TC Media --- Subversive Music, Subversive Media


From: Roger Bunn <policy.office@mihra.org>
Subject: Davy Graham
Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2001 21:51:07 +0000

Davy Graham
12 Bar Club, London


Robin Denselow
Guardian Unlimited

Thursday January 4, 2001

When Davy Graham first emerged on the London club circuit in the late 1950s,he was regarded as an eclectic guitar genius with one major problem: he baffled his audiences. Here was a man who didn't just play blues and jazz, traditional folk songs and classical styles, but was also fascinated by the music of north Africa, India and all points between.

Every guitar picker in town learned to play his song Anji (recorded by Simon and Garfunkel and still part of the Bert Jansch repertoire) but no one could follow his wild musical excursions around the globe.

In retrospect, he can be seen not just as one of the key figures in the British folk-blues movement, but as one of the earliest exponents of world music.He loved travelling and studying different styles and simply ignored musical boundaries.

With acoustic music back in fashion, the time is surely right for the rediscovery of Graham. He may have celebrated his 60th birthday last year, but with this appearance in that cramped but suitably intimate West End folk cellar, the 12 Bar Club, he proved that he's still in remarkably good form, in excellent humour and as unpredictable as ever.

Backed by electric bassist Roger Bunn (who played double bass with him on his 1976 album All That Moody) he came on wearing a purple tie, a hat, glasses and layers of sweaters. It was not the standard guitar hero image, but then this was not a standard guitar hero show.

He began in jovial, technically low-key fashion, strumming first through the slinky 1930s jazz drug tune If You're a Viper, and then Randy Newman's Yellow Man, before branching out for some blues and jazz solos. Then he swung off into a cheerful country hoe-down to end his first set, before re-emerging with a delicate, finely performed treatment of the Billie Holiday ballad God Bless the Child.

He followed this with a lengthy solo instrumental section in which he veered from Balkan dance tunes to echoes of Arabic styles, followed by "one from Armenia". Some of the crowd looked as baffled as Graham's audiences had back in the 1960s. He ended, to his bass player's obvious surprise, with a spirited version of Down and Out. "I haven't heard you play that since 1958," said Bunn.

So is Graham about to be discovered by a wider audience, as he most certainly deserves? Well, many of his classic, long-deleted old albums have been reissued at last and, like Jansch, he has acquired a new, far younger musical following. The opening set at the 12 Bar was provided by Matt Deighton, known to pop audiences for his guitar work with Paul Weller and on occasions Oasis, but acquiring a growing reputation for his solo acoustic guitar work and cool, gently introspective folk-soul songs such as Isolation.

Once he came off stage he was down at the front, watching and recording Graham's every move.



January 8, 2001

Cecil Taylor will be conducting a month long workshop at the Turtle Bay Music School in New York City during February 2001. This master class/ workshop will meet twice a week during the month and then culminate in a concert. The classes will be held on Wednesdays (Feb. 7, 14, 21) from 6-10pm and on Saturdays (Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24) from noon to 4pm.  The concert is scheduled for Saturday Feb. 24 at 8pm.   

The tuition for each participant is $300. This includes all fees for the
duration of the masterclass and concert.

Please direct all questions to Bruce Eisenbeil.  
He can be reached by the following means:

Email:  eisenbeil@aol.com
Fax:  212-888-2726

For more info and updates see: http://www.eisenbeil.com


From: "Michael C. Feathers" <mfeathers@objectmentor.com>
Subject: Softs videos?
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 09:25:20 -0600


I send a message a while ago asking if anyone knew if video existed for Soft Machine from the Volume II to Fifth era.  I don't recall seeing it in WR, but I could have just missed it. Is it one of the questions that has come up so many times that people have tired of it?



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

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

CARAVAN will be appearing during the BURG-HERZBERG festival, held between July 19-22, 2001 in Germany. Other bands appearing include Porcupine Tree, Ozric Tentacles, Anekdoten, Keef Hartley Band, Embryo, RPWL and Birth Control. Other plans for the band include the second edition of the Canterbury Festival, dates in Italy and Southern France during the Spring, and an appearance at MexProg Festival (Mexico) in September 2001.

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

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

Apr 15 - OSAKA (Japan), Club Quattro / Apr 16 - TOKYO (Japan), Club Quattro /  Apr 17 - TOKYO (Japan), Star Pine's Cafe

==> DIDIER MALHERBE & HADOUK TRIO <======================================

Mar 09/10 - PARIS, Sunset / Mar 23 - VILLEBON-SUR-YVETTE, MJC Bobby Lapointe / Apr 05 - TRAPPES, Le Grenier A Sel / Apr 24 - QUIMPER, Theatre de Cornouailles

with Loy Ehrlich (hajaj & synth) & Steve Shehan (percussion)

More info: http://www.malherbedidier.com


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*                        AND OTHER GOOD GIGS...                         *
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==> BILL BRUFORD'S EARTHWORKS <==========================================

Jan 26 - BRIDPORT, Arts Centre / Jan 27 - PENZANCE, The Acorn Theatre / Jan 28 - BATH, University / Jan 29 - EXETER, Phoenix Arts Centre / Feb 9-11 - TOKYO (Japan), Mediage Theatre, Minato-ku

Info: http://www.bbprod.demon.co.uk/news.html

==> AMY DENIO, with FRED FRITH and others <==============================

Apr 05 - OAKLAND, CA (USA), Mills College

==> JOHN ETHERIDGE [ex-Soft Machine guitarist] <=========================

Info: http://www.johnetheridge.f9.co.uk

==> FORGAS BAND PHENOMENA <==============================================

A Monday night residency in a Parisian music club is being planned. This would happen in March (on the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th). Details tbc.

Line-up: Patrick Forgas, Denis Guivarc'h, Gilles Pausanias
         Philippe Talet, Mathias Desmier

==> ALLAN HOLDSWORTH TRIO <==============================================

Mar 26-31 - LONDON, Ronnie Scott's Club

==> MAGMA <==============================================================

Feb 23 - SAINT-ETIENNE (France), Hall C / Feb 24 - MACON (France), Theatre (tbc) / Feb 25 - PORTE-LES-VALENCE (France), Train Theatre / Feb 28 - SETE (France), Theatre / Mar 01 - PERPIGNAN (France), Le M├ędiator / Mar 02 - TOULOUSE (France), Le Bikini / Mar 03 - POITIERS (France), La Blaiserie / Mar 30 - FRIBOURG (Germany), Fri-Son / Mar 31 - VITRY LE FRANCOIS (France), L'Orange Bleue / Apr 19 -  NANCY (France), Salle Poirel / Apr 20 - DIJON (France), La Vapeur (tbc) / Apr 27 - BORDEAUX (France), Salle du Vigean

May 29 - OSAKA (Japan), Club Quattro / May 30/31 - TOKYO (Japan), On Air West

More info: http://www.seventhrecords.com

==> MARSHALL - TRAVIS - WOOD <===========================================

Feb 28 - LEEDS, The Wardrobe [info: 0113 2742486]

==> NEARFEST 2001 <======================================================

Jun 23/24 - BETHLEHEM, PA (USA), Lehigh University

Featuring: PFM, Porcupine Tree, After Crying, The Underground Railroad, Under the Sun, Deus Ex Machina, California Guitar Trio, Djam Karet, White Willow and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.

More info: http://www.nearfest.com

==> B.THOMPSON'S PARAPHERNALIA <=========================================

Austrian/German/Hungarian Dates

Mar 03 - DORNBIRN, venue tba / Mar 05 - INNSBRUCK, Treibhaus / Mar 06 - WORGL, Komma / Mar 07 - HALLEIN, Stadttheater / Mar 08 - KLAGENFURT, Kamot / Mar 09 - OSLIP, Cselley-Muhle / Mar 10 - St.POLTEN, Buhne im Hof / Mar 12 - VIENNA, Szene / Mar 13 - SPIELBERG, venue tba / Mar 14 - GRAZ, Orpheum / Mar 15 - LINZ, Posthof / Mar 17 - ZWETTL, Gasthof Dichter Hamerling / Mar 18 - BUDAPEST, Darshan Culture Centre

+ GERMANY 20th-30th March (dates tba)

Apr 09-14 - LONDON, Ronnie Scott's Club

==> THEO TRAVIS <========================================================

Jan 31 - LONDON, Vortex Jazz Bar [with pick-up group] / Feb 05-10 - LONDON, Ronnie Scott's Club [T.T. Quartet] / Feb 18 - KINGSTON, Surrey Boaters [with Simon Carter Trio] / Feb 23 - BRISTOL, Bebop Club [with Andy Hague Quartet] / Mar 29 - OXFORD, Wheatsheaf Hotel [with Pete Oxley Trio]

Info: http://www.travis33.demon.co.uk


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