In a Strange Garden


This is the first collection  of a few of the live recordings we’ve taken at Listen to the Voice of Fire. I wish we’d recorded everything, alas no; but there’s no good reason for these desk recordings to remain hidden on my hard drive (now). As is common with LVOF releases my attention to detail is absent. I don’t know what these individual tracks should be or are called. I guess at least with the Susan Mathews’  and  Ian Holloway’s  performance being an improvisation I should label it Improvisation 1.  So, all these names may be taken as casual and incorrect-maybe, make your own! I coined A Powertool Cynghanedd for Ffrwd-it fits the bill I think.

The Ceredigion Museum provided an atmospheric home to several of the first runs of LVOF. I remember this evening very well. A glimpse of Ffrwd with iron bar may give an inkling why. I’d say that all here enjoyed themselves. Our young photographer was palpably taken aback as FFrwd lurched/menaced towards him intoning a car mechanic manual or was it Iolo Morgannwg?

Whilst Ffrwd has come back several times, the other players that night remain singular  and fond in recollection whilst our paths have not crossed (yet) again. Both Ian Holloway and Susan Mathews performances were gelid drone mediations and suited the crowd sprawled out, dazed and strangely in place amidst the odd mix of agricultural and Edwardian regalia stored in the amgueddfa.  Subversive Frequencies were possibly the most elaborate technological outfit I’d seen for a while, their own visual displays making sense as they got into stride with their dystopian electronic mash. It was pretty Hawkwind like I thought at the time.

I’ll get round to editing the next  volume of live recordings in the fulness of time. The In a Strange Garden title (cf Frank Denyer) was chosen for the 2 days we had of Astral Folk and Molten Electronics- in March 2019 and that will be the next stop. I need to check what I have actually got on file…itdreamedtome, Sharron Kraus Band, Bell Lungs, Hawthonn, Ashtray Navigations & Laura Nettz…fingers crossed.



Apple Tree Lament-LVOF related on new release in aid of Terrascopaedia

Hello! Heads-up on a great new compilation that has an LVOF overlap-so I hope you’ll want to check it out. I just started dipping in, many unfamiliar and fondly recalled names here-all raising funds for the Terrascopaedia.

Sharron Krauss (see image) turns in a live cut form a pre pandemic performance at Listen to the Voice of Fire (March 2019) in Aberystwyth, the Astral Folk and molten Electronics shindig, during torrential rain battering the old Ceredigion Museum…hmm, I meant/mean to do a release of live tracks from LVOF and maybe that is still worth doing, let me know!!! There’s much goodness in the archives (Hawthonn, Ashtray Navigations, Laura Netz, Barrets Dottled Beauty, Kitchen Cynics Ceylan Hay, FFrwd, Somatic Frequencies, itdreamedtome spring to mind), and especially with the recent Gwyl FFynnon Caron-but there never seems to be always the time & nowadays the energy levels flux more now.

The compilation include my long-time firm  favourites like Kitchen Cynics and Pefkin. I’m pleased to see names I fondly recall like Tangle Edge so there is much for me to explore.

Terrascopaedia is a lovingly crafted letter press zine that articulates affectionate and close understanding of obscure but should be better known psych music. Music that may be long dwelling underneath the mossy rock but which deserves our attention. It’s an outstanding affair.  Let’s help Phil keep this going as we’ll be much worse off without it! I don’t know if there is doom in the air but goodness knows how he manages to craft it at such a reasonable cost.

Of course, a little closer to home, I’ll blow my own trumpet, my track- Into Fields (Alphane Moon -this time with Alan Davidson/Kitchen Cynics on reed organ and bowed bass) is worth a listen-previously unreleased or only on the subscriber only Sister of the Wood release, from December 2021-but I’m glad that it’s here.

Link Below!






Promo T shirt-The Final Countdown

Dear All

Many said they fancied a correctly spelled Carausias T Shirt for the Gwyl Ffynnon Sant Caron—-it’s only available for another 9 days-and yes, we get a few pounds commission but, after the 17th he disappears back into his crypt below the church for another year…(ie the T shirt is not available)

Thanks again everyone-lovely to meet and hear you and I am sure that there’ll be some kind of digest or posting once photos etc come in from Felix[SSDKlcshLEPtOQBKamo4b4WNR9k5mN]



St Caron’s Day Festival of Folk and Strange music-Ticket Update

Dear All we have sold out of Saturday Day & Weekend Passes!! Many thanks to everyone who bought early. Don’t worry -tickets remain for some outstanding sonic treats on Friday Night and Saturday Night-but remember these are limited-and we can only take cash on the door if we have not met capacity so-buy now to avoid disappointment.

Y Banc kindly offered us the space for free so please avail yourselves of their eats and drinks across the day. Also, for those of you looking for a bite to eat before our evening concert kicks off, bookable in advance, via Fb- they have antipasti sharing boards and alcohol too.  The Saturday night  concert will start at 8pm so there is time to eat & drink….Y Banc is going to be a very comfortable place to do this! and is a few doors down….
We have tickets left for both Friday Night and Saturday Night—please book! Tickets are limited (20 tickets remain for Saturday night):
Please support our great and curious bands—-come off the beaten track to listen to these psychedelic, avant folk and laptop minstrels play live…

Don’t forget Saturday Morning at 10.15 at Riverbank Cafe we will meet to be led by ace Welsh piper Ceri Rhys Matthews to dress the well. This is free and Culture Colony will capture this for our ongoing film project…..but we need you to join us, walk down to the well and use your imaginations to offer somehting up for St Caron!! Or maybe even Carausias….
And again, FREE on Sunday Morning walk to a Bronze Age Cairn & in the afternoon ponder modular synths at an informal show and tell including The HUMBOX…..

Sonido Polifonico & Listen to the Voice of Fire-The Raffle!

Into your music?
All Saturday Night ticket holders are entered into the raffle to win a bumper crop of obscure delights.
In the shameless effort to get more tickets sold our good friends at Sonido Polifonico have offered a range of now hard to find records, to which we ‘ll add in some Listen to the Voice of Fire CD and tapes and the original t shirt
….the value of these items is one thing , but the sheet enjoyment you’ll get by listening to these treats makes this a great offer. Winner announced on Saturday night…so please, if you were half thinking you might come, here’s another incentive!
Thankyou Paul Cross…
Some of the items include:
Donkey juke box Lp with lathes and prints x2
Big eyes family, Lp x2
Firefay 7′
Hey Exit 8’X2.
Luki 8”
Wooden wand 7′ & (last but not least the)

Guardian Folk Album Winners to play at Gwyl Ffynnon Sant Caron this Saturday 5th March


Some good news!

Alula Down are playing this Saturday in Tregaron at Y Banc. These Guardian Folk Album winners have drawn attention for their inspired folk and ambient moves.

Playing traditional and self written songs using sound collage and semi-improvisation. They “conjure their vision with fields of minimalist sonic repetition and tell whispered tales of the people who wander by.” Stewart Gardiner, Concrete Islands

The duo of Mark Waters & Kate Gathercole are praised by Jude Rogers in the Guardian who writes:

” Echoing rain blends with shuddering drones and lyrics…. Post-rock and ambient fans will relish the shape-shifting textures… Gathercole’s voice is featherlight and meaningful, recalling Vashti Bunyan and late 60s private-press folk”

This is high quality stuff. Be sure to get yourself a ticket for the Saturday concert:

Here’s  snip of their treatment of Master Kilby to whet your appetite!

Playing alongside Rhodri Davies, Ceri Rhys Matthews & De Louet savour the gestalt effect.






De Louet—–Take the Drovers’ road to Tregaron


De Louet is an electronic acoustic performer from Llanon in Ceredigion.  Former drummer  for the avant-garde pop artists Son Capson has since experimented with using loops and textures inspired by the landscape of his native Ceredigion.

De Louet will kick off the proceedings on Saturday 5th March at Y Banc the venue for this afternoon’s concert. They will traverse an improvised piece inspired and in reaction to the journey back to Ceredigion over the old drovers’ route from Bristol to Tregaron.

Get Tickets for this concert. Saturday or the weekend here….


Ritualistic Hymnals-Pefkin play in Tregaron Saturday 5th March—-Only 20 Tickets Remain


I am so happy to introduce you to the marvellous world and sublime musicality   of Pefkin.  All of these acts playing are simply fantastic and brought together will truly knock your socks off.  Do consider buying  tickets—it will be impossible to do this next time if You don’t come!!

Pefkin is the alter ego of Gayle Brogan, Ayrshire-based creator of slowly-unfolding, ritualistic hymnals that draw heavily on the landscape and natural world.

Pefkin emerged after the retro-futuristic psych / electronic duo Electroscope went into hibernation in 2000. Influenced by Nico, Hood, Movietone and Syd Barrett, she created a fragmentary, more stripped-down version of Electroscope’s bedroom psychedelia but retreated from live performance in 2001. Pefkin has released 14 albums on labels such as Morc, Wild Silence, Reverb Worship, Digitalis, Pseudoarcana and Siren Wire as well as several sold-out lathe cuts on Sonido Polifonico. Pefkin returned to live performance in 2013 and has played across the UK and Europe, including Fano Free Folk Festival and Woolf II in 2019.

Her sound comprises a mesmerising and enigmatic layering of vocals, violin, analogue synth, zither, psaltery, harp, guitar, found objects and field recordings. She records at home in North Ayrshire.


Something akin to what it must have been like hearing Nico’s ‘Marble Index’ when it was released; alien yet curiously familiar, beautiful yet stark, hypnotic yet troubling. (Grey Malkin / Active Listener)

Gayle is also a member of Burd Ellen and Meadowsilver.


Try this great collection to whet your appetite!!!


St Caron’s Well Festival-Program

This is a brief overview of what’s planned to happen. I’ll try and neaten it up and send direct to anyone who’s bought a ticket. But distillation may help you plan your visit and which ticket to buy—-if you can, please get by advance as it helps me plan exactly what to expect! But for Friday and Saturday Night tickets (cash) on the door is an option. We could really do with selling 30 more tickets 🙁

Friday Night kicks off at Oriel Rhiannon (doors 7pm) with a St Caron’s Eve taster with: itdreamedtome & Alan Holmes & Zoe Skoulding (tickets on the door or in advance)

Saturday Morning: Welsh bagpipe-led procession to St Caron’s Well-meet at 10.15 at Riverbank Cafe courtyard.  We’ll start the short walk at 10.30 with dressing the well thereafter (FREE) Come and dress the well, rags, flowers, garlands, woven shapes, poetic fragments, bright threads, geometric devices

Saturday 1pm-5pm: head to Y Banc in the centre of Tregaron, opposite the church, arrive earlier to ensure a ringside seat. The bands playing in this afternoon slot are: De Louet, Rhodri Davies, Ceri Rhys Matthews & Aula Down (advance tickets only)

Saturday 7.30-10.45pm: Acts are playing in the Memorial Hall (just down from Y Banc and adjacent to the Spa), tickets on the door or advanced (preferred!): Carausias Arise!, Pefkin, Burd Ellen AND Moon Goose

Sunday Morning 9.30am: Local walk (FREE) to a denuded Bronze Age cairn.  GARN FAWR – TREGARON. Distance 5.5 miles. Ascent 1240ft.Meet outside Y Talbot (By front porch).  This walk will start by road but will soon ascend to boggy uplands with off path walking.  Walking boots/ wellingtons advised.  Please also bring waterproofs and something to eat/ drink.  The walk should take around three hours.

The walk will take us to a summit with a denuded bronze age cairn and trig point with spectacular views of Tregaron and surrounding hills and forests.

(Please note that the walk may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions  and that any activities are undertaken at your own risk! )

For those who are more sedate (me), you may want to hang out in Coffi a Bara  who tell me they will be creating a special St Caron Cinnamon Bun….

Sunday 1pm-5pm: (FREE) Modular Synth Meet-and introducing the HUMBOX, with .  this will be a very informal meeting of modular synth fans some of whom will bring their synths, it can be an informal opportunity to find out and hear more. During the session there will be at least one impromptu performance.


The view from Garn Fawr is impressive!