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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN'? -                     ::
  ::     The "Periodical" Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts     ::
  ::                         Issue # 198                          ::
  ::                 Thursday, December 5th, 2002                 ::
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Dear Rattlers,

Once again, this new issue appears following a long silence - this is only the time it took me to receive enough contributions to put together a substantial issue. Again, please write! Tell us about the recent Caravan UK tour, voice your opinions on the new and archival releases that are constantly appearing... There are hundreds of Canterbury music lovers who would like to receive WR more often. Thanks to those who did write !!

And, unless a miracle happens and a new WR appears before 2002 is out, well... Merry Christmas, Happy New Year etc. !!



From: MandVPow@aol.com
Subject: Caravan News
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 13:46:14 EST

Aymeric, hi
As you probably know Dave Sinclair has been replaced in Caravan by Jan Schelhaas - if you haven't had the press release do let me know.

[Note: visit the Caravan Info website for more information on the circumstances of Dave Sinclair's departure]
The band will be playing in London at the Astoria with Focus on 28th November.
The band have a new website for merchandising www.caravansongs.co.uk, this will not be for the Universal catalogue which is not too difficult to obtain elsewhere and at better rates than we can get it!!  The DVD and CD from NEARfest are available via the site and the site supports most cards on a secure server. I am also obtaining some copies of "All over You" and "All Over You Too" which are now quite difficult to get in some places.
As I write  the band are about to tie up around 6 dates in France/Belgium in very early February and I will supply you with the dates as soon as we sign the contract, but provisionally they will be in Lille, Verviers (Belgium), Toulon, Rennes, St Etienne and a couple more still to be finalised.
The new studio album still untitled is due out in January and the final touches are just being made to it.
Hope you are well and many thanks for all your support - hope to see you in France

Vicky Powell


From: Caravan Management
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 12:37:06 EST

Dear Aymeric
I am pleased to send you details of tour dates for France / Belgium in February 2003. I hope to add a couple of shows in Switzerland, Germany and Holland following these dates and will keep you posted.
The dates are as follows:
Le Plan, Ris-Orangis, France      1st February 2003 -  30km from PARIS
Spirit of '66, Verviers, Belgium  2nd February 2003
Le Splendid, Lille, France        4th February 2003
L'Ubu, Rennes, France             5th February 2003
ACP, Pau, France                  6th February 2003
Le Climax, Riotord, France        7th February 2003
Centre Culturel,
Six-Fours les Plages, France      8th February 2003
As I'm sure you are aware, these are the most dates played in France by the band in twenty years. Please do all you can to make our French fans aware of this tour!!
Thanks again


From: "vogelaar" <vogelaar@bart.nl>
Subject: new Richard Sinclair CD
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2002 10:24:53 +0100

Hi, all of you

Yesterday, Sunday december 1st, Richard Sinclair released his new CD. It is a recording of the church concert held in 1996 in de GROTE KERK in Harlingen, the Netherlands. The fact that it took so long is because of the recordings (on ADAT) were so badly mixed that it took a whole new generation of computers to redo the final mixing.

The result is very nice indeed. The 1776 HINSZ organ is played by Dave Rees  Williams, who has become a well known Canterbury musician in the last couple of years. The acoustics of the church is captured well and the audience (>300) loved the performance. But the most intresting part of  course is Richard Sinclair's voice, never before recorded in this way, singing several Canterbury (& beyond) tunes :

"Out of the shadows"
"For absent friends" (Genesis)
"What's  rattlin"
"Canterbury song"
"Long lingers Autumn Time"
"Felafel Shuffle"
"What in the world"
"Fol de Rol"

I'm sure that even church-organ haters (are there any?) will love this disc. It can be ordered at info@sinclairsongs.fsnet.co.uk and  for the Dutch readers (and Belgian and French and German) through vogelaar@bart.nl. The cd number is RSS CD004 and the price is 15 Euros plus P&P. (also available : "Live Tracks" - RSS CD003).

And... Because we are amongst friends... If this CD sells well (meaning NOT copied well), Richard will earn some money to invest in a new recording which will probably be with Dave Rees-Williams on piano and Richard on guitar and bass. There are loads of new songs in Richard's head. They only need to come out and be recorded.

Teatse Vogelaar


From: IChippett@aol.com
Subject: John Greaves
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 11:25:23 EST

One of the many advantages of living in France for a Rattler is that so many quintessential Canterbury heroes live and perform here too. We probably get to see as much if not more of them than residents of the UK : Pip Pyle, Elton Dean, most of Gong I suppose, Peter Blegvad (who allegedly has a flat on the Ile Saint Louis in Paris) and of course John Greaves who appeared at the Cave Dimière in Argenteuil on the 8 November with Jef Morin on guitar and Manuel Deniset on drums.
A substantial part of the set came from John's most recent album "The Caretaker" though he opened with "The Bee Dream" which made the journey worthwhile for me at least as this is one of my personal favourites. This time he stuck to playing bass and singing (no keyboards) and any nostalgiacs hoping for "Squarer for Maud" or "Half Asleep Half Awake" were in for a disappointment though I'm sure this feeling would have been quickly overcome as the music he plays these days is just as good. Quite a long way from what we think of as Canterbury though with two main qualities of this kind of music : humour and subtlety. At one point, the guitarist broke a string and John treated us to a version of the Gerry Marsden classic "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying", accompanied just by his bass. Great performances by Jef and Manuel who look far too young to remember the classic Canterbury era though Jef's guitar was ever-so-slightly out-of-tune, it seemed to some of us. I'm always impressed by how differently John can play the same material depending on the context. "Bee Dream" sounded nothing like the version on "Parrot Fashions" or indeed Peter Blegvad's version.
After the show, I was able to have a brief chat with John in the company of our esteemed webmaster Aymeric. John is a very approachable chap but as is unfortunately the case when in the presence of my Canterbury heroes I was unable to approach him with any questions that were less than irrelevant. He did say that he'd seen Fred Frith during the week but I don't think we can look forward to a Henry Cow reunion.
All in all a great evening and another good reason for all you Rattlers to move to Paris as soon as possible.

Ian Chippett


From: CuneiWay@aol.com
Subject: Cuneiform Records announces archival Robert Wyatt CD release
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 09:47:49 EST

Cuneiform Records is very pleased to announce that we will be releasing:

"Solar Flares Burn For You (1971 - 1973)" by ROBERT WYATT

This album is being with the approval and encouragement of Robert, and is
licensed from Robert, the BBC and the British Film Institute.

The album will consist of the following recordings:

1) God Song / Fol De Rol
2) Little Child
3) We've Got An Arts Council Grant / Righteous Rhumba

recorded Langham 1, BBC for "Top Gear" on December 5th, 1972

Robert Wyatt - vocals, percussion, additional keyboards
Francis Monkman - piano, synthesizer, keyboards, backing vocals

4) Solar Flares Burn For You

recorded in Spring, 1973 for the short film "Solar Flares Burn For You"

Robert Wyatt - vocals, drums, keyboards

5) Alifib
6) Soup Song
7) Sea Song
8) I'm A Believer

recorded Langham 1, BBC for "Top Gear" on September 10th, 1974

Robert Wyatt - vocals, all instruments

Tracks 5)-8) have been previously available on a long out of print EP, but
the other tracks are previously unreleased.

In addition to these sound recordings, the CD will also be a CD+ release that will feature the film "Solar Flares Burn For You" which will be watchable if you put the CD in a computer.

Robert has provided us with photos and 'package elements' that we will be using in the design of the CD package, which is being assembled by Tom Recchion, who did Cuneiform's two archival Matching Mole releases. Liner notes will be provided by Aymeric Leroy, who has provided notes for a number of other of Cuneiform's archival releases of 'Canterbury' artists.

The anticipated release date will be sometime in September, 2003.

Thank you for your interest and support of our releases.


From: Marc Wagnon <records@buckyballmusic.com>
Subject: Tunnels and NEARfest
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 21:16:42 -0500

Hi everybody,

Tunnels is going to be performing at the next NEARfest (North East Art Rock Festival) on June 29th 2003, and we will be performing with the line-up of the Progressivity CD: Percy, Frank and I along with Mark Feldman on violin and John Goodsall on guitar, it is going to be a 75 minutes set that should make it as a Buckyball historic moment, at least.

In the near future Tunnels is performing this Saturday at the Orion Studio in Baltimore and Nuove Musiche on December 31th in Montclaire NJ (what a better way to begin the New Year (more on this later).

And there's a new mp3 on the site from our show last Saturday at the Trtione in Philadelphia.

Now print this and chew it thoroughly.

Marc Wagnon

The Shape of Music to Come


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

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

see above for the French dates in February 2003

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

==> John GREAVES <=======================================================

Jan 30 - BORDEAUX (France), Bourbon Street
Feb 05 - PARIS (France), La Maroquinerie

"ROXONGS" trio with Jef Morin (guitar) & Manuel Denizet (drums)

Mar 26 - Festival Banlieues Bleues (near Paris)
sometime in May - PARIS (France), New Morning

"JAZZSONGS" trio with Sophia Domancich (piano) & Vincent Courtois (cello) on the occasion of the release of their upcoming CD; details tba


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