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.
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
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 x2Big eyes family, Lp x2Firefay 7′Hey Exit 8’X2.Luki 8”Wooden wand 7′ & (last but not least the)OUPIRE BOX
Dear Friends—alas, Debbie is unwell and thus Burd Ellen will not be with us on this occasion. Let’s wish her the swiftest of recoveries! Fret not though, we still have a full kit of sounds to inspire and delight……
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….
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!!!
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!
Hi All, Ian Fraser has kindly pointed out that the Carausias T shirt should have 3 ns—my proof did but somewhere in transmission we dropped one. Doubtless those early few sold will become sought after collectables…Here below (I hope) is the link to the correctly spelled T Shirt….
Brief update…Big thankyou to everyone that has bought a ticket—we need more of you so (tell your friends, spread the word)…but, just to say that I will be finalising the running order and drawing up a guide to send you by email (and artists I will be in touch too about the technicalities)….hopefully later this week…but if you’re coming for the weekend, and want to hear acts on Friday, do arrive early enough! (Doors are 7.30).I know what it’s like-you don’t want to miss your favourite band, so, I cry/you cry/ we all cry… Dafydd Roberts pull your finger out…A birds-eye view of the proceedings:it will be Friday Night- Saturday Morning The Well, Saturday Afternoon(Y Bistro), Saturday Evening (The Hall), Sunday Morning (local walk to Bronze Age cairn/hangout) Sunday afternoon Modular Synth Meet (we’re low on mod synth peeps so this may yet be flaky but fun, so bring your rig, we can feast on buns and generative patches, bleeps etc) —–details, as I hope, later this week…Tickets for each paid part are available here. Bear in mind you must get an online advance ticket only (unless for Friday night and you’re local to Tregaron and can pop in to Rhiannon—-I know, it is a little convoluted…)