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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                          Issue # 66                          ::
  ::                 Tuesday, September 16th, 1997                ::
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From: WOODDUV@aol.com
Subject: Canterbury Blues
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 19:52:47 -0400 (EDT)

I am getting your newsletters and really learning alot of info about the Canterbury style of music. I haven't had the chance to hear alot of this because I'm stuck down in Memphis with the Canterbury Blues again. My friends in London turned me on to Gong and SoftMachine  & I have a few CDs now of theirs. I'd love to find all these other works I hear about on here, but you definitely cannot find some of em down here in this "neck of the woods". Noone has ever heard of these people here.
They remind me alot of Miles Davis, Frank Zappa & Weather Report. I was really into these guys in the '70's. I would like to find a real definition of Canterbury music style because there may be more around here & there that we don't know about yet.
Also, I wonder if any of these people would dream of touring the South at
all. Do you ever think that they will? Give me some feed-back on this if you would someone.... soon as possible.


From: "K.R.Marshall" <K.R.Marshall@ukc.ac.uk>
Subject: Porcupine Tree dates
Date : Fri, 12 Sep 1997 18:02 BST


Some Porcupine Tree dates:

21: Penny Theatre, Canterbury
22: Old Fire Station, Oxford
23: Fleece and Firkin, Bristol
24: Axiom Centre, Cheltenham
27: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
28: The Foundry, Birmingham
29: Main Arena, Milton Keynes
30: Rock City, Nottingham
31: Lomax, Liverpool

1: Wheatsheaf, Stoke-on-Trent
2: Duchess, Leeds
4: Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
5: Venue, Edinburgh
6: King Tut's, Glasgow
14: Union Chapel, Islington, London (?! - WTF is this..?!)

... there are loads of European dates too, including what looks like a
minor tour of Greece! (should that be a minotaur of Greece..?)

Details from the Delerium Records Gig Guide:


I will most definitely be at the Penny, since their last gig there was the
best gig I have ever been to in my life... If anyone fancies coming down
for it I have plenty of room, although it is midweek.



From: Age Rotshuizen <age@xs4all.nl>
Subject: WR: Top 100
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 1997 02:28:25 +0200 (MET DST)

In the previous issue of WR, I've asked all of you to send me your personal top 10. Till now I've received fifteen lists (thank you Chris, Daevid, Dave, David, Elton, Fred, Hugh, Kevin, Mike, Mont, Nick, Phil, Pip, Richard & Robert!). The top 10 of the list at this moment (September 13th) is:

1. Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom
2. Hatfield & the North - Hatfield & the North
3. National Health - Of Queues and Cures
4. Gong - You
5. Hatfield & the North - Rotters' Club
6. Matching Mole - Matching Mole
7. Caravan - In The Land Of Grey And Pink
8. Egg - The Polite Force
   National Health - National Health
9. Matching Mole - Little Red Record
10. Khan - Space Shanty

In case you think: Hey, I know more about Canterbury music than these guys. Or in case you're missing your favourite Canterbury album in the top 10, you can send your top10-list to: age@xs4all.nl.

Visit the top 100 at:


Thank you very much,



From: Jasper Smit
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 20:32:00 +0001

Dear Aymeric,

I send you an update :

1. The pubgig with Geoffrey R/Jimmy L has moved to another pub : "T Ledigh Erf", Tolsteegbrug 3 (end of Oude Gracht, a 5 minute walk from Tivoli). Starting time unchanged : Saturday afternoon, 13.30h exactly, due to soundcheck duties. This change is because of problems with the municipal licence at the first pub.

2. Phil Miller's In Cahoots will also play the support in Oosterpoort Groningen. He tries to contact Jim Dvorak and Elton Dean for both concerts.

3. Starting times of the two concerts are now more precise : Tivoli 20.00 hours / Oosterpoort 20.15 hours (exactly, as In Cahoots want to play at least an hour, but preferrably more !).

4. CARAVAN arrives on Friday evening in Utrecht. So there is ample chance to meet the bandmembers on Saturday morning starting from 10.00 hours after breakfast. In Cahoots will travel that Saturday - hope they arrive on time !

5. Thank you for the more extended report about the gigs on your side : fans are reacting now. Even from Japan, Lituania, Italy and USA !

6. If anyone has questions they'd like me to ask the band when they're over here, please fax me !

Tielstraat 112, 1107 RC Amsterdam, Holland.
Tel : 00 31 20 697 84 33 - Fax : 00 31 299 42 99 85
No e-mail, sorry !


From: Ralph Cross
Subject: Caravan News
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 09:32:27 +0001

[This is an excerpt from the latest issue of Ralph's Caravan newsletter. If you want to receive it, just send a S.A.E. in a decent sized envelope, or I.R.C. for Europe and the world, to : Ralph Cross, Apple Cottage, Henstead Road, Hethersett, Norfolk, NR9 3JH, UK]

Clearly the after-taste of last Autumn's gigs is still sweet, as the band have agreed to play the London Astoria on Friday 19th September. The line-up will be Richard Coughlan, Pye Hastings, Dave Sinclair, Jim Leverton, Simon Bentall, Doug Boyle and Geoffrey Richardson.
Although there is a sense of disappointment that Jimmy Hastings is unavailable, we have the mouth-watering alternative of Geoffrey appearing for the first time since the one-off 1983 Marquee gig. The set list is still under consideration, and although it will bear more than a passing resemblance to the previous dates, at least a couple of changes are likely, including the possible addition of "Cold As Ice", from "The Battle Of Hastings".
The fact that Kevin Ayers is providing support makes it all the more interesting because of his historical connections with Caravan through membership of the Wilde Flowers.
The following weekend sees Caravan playing in Holland for the first time in many a year. [see above - AL] ... Richard Sinclair expressing an interest in supporting Caravan, and Pye was enthusiastic about the idea, but this has not been possible.
Other news concerns the possibility of a Christmas single by Dave Sinclair.
Pye has passed on a couple of pieces of information. First, there is almost certainly going to be a Canterbury festival in 1998, with a proposed date of the first weekend in June. This has the backing of the Council, as well as the Kent Messenger Newspaper. Secondly, Pye's mind is once more turning to the possibility of doing some more recording - almost certainly a solo album. Already he has ten tracks 'floating around' in his head, but as yet no lyrics are there. He describes the songs as having a 'folky/chunky/rock' feel.
Following off the heels HTD's re-release of "All Over You", "Blind Dog At St. Dunstans" etc., I am aware that Hux Records have gained the rights to the BBC Radio Sessions, and Brian O'Reilly has been in touch with me concerning the proposed running order for two CD's. He has also asked for ideas about the titles for them and the possibility of me writing the liner notes. Unfortunately, much of the early material has been wiped clean of the tapes, so we are unlikely ever to hear the delights of "Feelin' Reeling' and Squealin'", or "The Daily Routine Of Maurice Haylett" ! However, a good deal of the material remains available and listed below is a *provisional* track line-up :

Top of the Pops transcription - Programme 19.8.70
1. Hello Hello
2. If I Could Do It All Over Again...
3. As I Feel I Die
Alan Black - Transmitted 9.4.71
4. Love Song Without Flute
5. Love To Love You
6. In The Land Of Grey And Pink
Alexis Korner : Top Gear - Transmitted 30.8.73
7. Memory Lain Hugh/Headloss
8. A Hunting We Shall Go/Backwards
John Peel - Transmitted 14.2.74
9. The Love In Your Eye
10. Mirror For The Day
11. For Richard
12. Virgin On The Ridiculous

John Peel - Transmitted 3.7.75
1. The Show Of Our Lives
2. Stuck In A Hole
3. The Dabsong Conshirtoe
John Peel - Transmitted 17.5.76
4. All The Way
5. Very Smelly Grubby Little Oik
John Peel - Transmitted 10.5.77
6. Behind You
7. The Last Unicorn
8. Nightmare
9. Better By Far


[This issue also contains track-by-track comments by Pye Hastings on the "If I Could Do..." album, an interview with David Sinclair, and various subscribers' letters. All in all a VERY interesting read - highly recommended - AL]


From: Aymeric Leroy <bigbang@alpes-net.fr>
Subject: Didier Malherbe one-off gig
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 13:37:41 +0000

Shortly after Gong's return from their current US tour, and before the start of the UK leg, Didier Malherbe will play a one-off gig in Paris with a band consisting of himself, Loy Ehrlich, Joel Grare and Steve Shehan.

This will take place at the Satellit' Cafe, 44 rue de la Folie Mericourt, 75011 Paris. Phone :

The gig starts at 9pm. Entrance fee is 60 francs.



From: Aymeric Leroy <bigbang@alpes-net.fr>
Subject: NEWS
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 22:29:43 +0000

Thanks to Mark Hewins we have some exciting news from the MUSART South London / Canterbury camp.

The big thing happening at Musart right now is Lady June's new project (CD story) "REBELA". Contributors so far include : Mark Hewins, Gilli Smyth, Pip Pyle, Lol Coxhill, Gerry Fitzgerald, Twink and Pete Brown (yes, the one who wrote "White Room", etc., with Jack Bruce). Possibly later John Greaves.

Mark : "The CD will be 55 mins 55 secs long! How's that for numerology! ^_^
I shall <definately> have it finished for Christmas".

Kevin Ayers also plans to record at Musart soon.

Mark also recently contributed to a track for the UK's first major AIDS Charity CD (Terrence Higgins Trust CD) "Sex Drugs 'n' HIV", together with Neil Murray !
Another nice addition to the ever-expanding Canterbury family tree !...

Mark : "Neil's a charming gent! Gave me a lift home!! He's playing with Peter Green's Splinter Group at the moment.... I hope he has time to get back in touch - They seem busy. We exchanged phoneno's anyway......"

The Steve Miller/Mark Hewins/Phil Miller trio that debuted last January with a very well-received gig in London will play another gig on October 24th at St John's Art and Rec. Market St. Harlow, Essex.

Last but not least, a new website for web-ordering of Canterbury CD's and other information is currently under construction - more details to follow.

Also from the MUSART website :

At last some news from JOHN GREAVES !

- "Accident" and "Parrot Fashions", John's first two solo albums, have at last been reissued on CD, by Voiceprint. "La Petite Bouteille De Linge", which has long been unavailable, has also been repressed.

- Work has been underway on a CD-ROM of "Kew.rhone", including vast amounts of new Peter Blegvad illustrations/texts + contributions from Carla Bley, Lisa Herman, Andrew Cyrille and new Greaves compositions !!!

- John is currently working on the sequel to 1995's "Songs", simply entitled "Songs 2", as well as an album of purely instrumental music : "Not Songs" !

- He will also perform (as bass player) at the premiere of Michael Mantler's new work, "Sort Of An Opera", in Berlin next November, alongside Jack Bruce, Don Preston and others. Gigs are planned to follow next year : Japan in April, Italy and France in May/June...

- Lastly, John will contribute to a CD/book with texts and lyrics by "Songs" contributor Caroline Loeb, illustrated by Jean-Phillippe Delhomme.

Thanks to everyone at MUSART for these exciting news !!!



From: Aymeric Leroy <bigbang@alpes-net.fr>
Subject: Elton Dean news
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 22:29:43 +0000

Some interesting news from Elton Dean, thanks to Cuneiform :

- Elton has just formed a new big band, NEWSENSE. It consists of himself on saxes, Roswell Rudd, Paul Rutherford and Annie Whitehead on trombones, Jim Dvorak on trumpet, Alex Maguire on piano, Marcio Mattos on cello, Paul Rogers on bass and Mark Sanders on drums. An album will be recorded in November, with live dates to follow.

- Forthcoming CD release : "Headless Qt." on Culture Press Records, France.

- Additionally, Elton will hopefully play at both In Cahoots gigs in Holland later this month, but this is not confirmed at the moment.


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[for more info : check out the 'Concerts' page of CALYX - see URL below]

Sep 19 - London (UK), Astoria (with Kevin Ayers)
Sep 27 - Utrecht (Netherlands), Tivoli (with In Cahoots)
Sep 28 - Groningen (Netherlands), Oosterpoort (with In Cahoots)

[DM-Loy Ehrlich-Joel Grare-Steve Shehan]
Sep 25 - Paris (France), Satellit' Cafe, 11e []

Sep 26 - Manchester (UK), Night & Day

[Miller-Lemer-Baker-Pyle + Dean-Dvorak tbc]
Sep 27 - Utrecht (Netherlands), Tivoli (with Caravan)
Sep 28 - Groningen (Netherlands), Oosterpoort (with Caravan)

Oct 01 - Liverpool (UK), Lomax
Oct 02 - Leeds (UK), Irish Centre
Oct 03 - Manchester (UK), NIA Centre
Oct 04 - Morecamble (UK), Dome [with Kangaroo Moon]
Oct 05 - Sheffield (UK), Leadmill
Oct 16 - Stoke-on-Trent (UK), Wheatsheaf
Oct 17 - Bristol (UK), Bierkeller (tbc)
Oct 18 - Oxford (UK), Zodiac (tbc)
Oct 19 - London (UK), The Forum [with Whirl-y-gig]
Oct 20 - Birmingham (UK), Irish Centre
Oct 21 - Cambridge (UK), Junction

Oct 04 - Morecambe (UK), Dome [opening for Gong]

Oct 24 - Harlow, Essex (UK), John's Art and Rec. Market St.

Oct 30 - Red bank, NJ, Internet Cafe
Oct 31 - Medford, NJ, Culture Hall
Nov 01 - Harrisburg, PA, The Wire
Nov 05 - Ithaca, NY, The Nines
Nov 06 - Albany, NY, QE2 (with Happy Rhodes)
Nov 07 - Burlington, VT, The Metro (tbc)
Nov 12 - Providence, RI, Cav
Nov 13 - Boston, MA, Johnny D's
Nov 14 - Philadelphia, PA, Old Swedes Church (with Happy Rhodes)
Nov 15 - Baltimore, MD, Orion Studios (with Happy Rhodes)
Nov 20 - New York, NY, Bottom Line (with Happy Rhodes & special guest)
Nov 21 - Washington, DC, Phantasmagoria (with Happy Rhodes)
Nov 22 - Gettysburg, PA, College
Nov 28 - Warrenton, VA, D&S Coffeehouse
Nov 29 - Arlington, VA, Iota

November (tba)

Spain, Italy, Sweden - late Spring 1998 (tba)

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