As the sun warms and we are tempted out of the house and into the light, music seems to take on a new mantle too. So it’s a good time for a flash spring sale .
Spring always makes me want to turn up the volume and let the music ride on the air..so here goes..
Paid Edrych Lawr ,
Beech Street Recordings
Cerys Matthews Live
Awyren = Aeroplane
ALL FOR SALE NOW AT THE REDUCED PRICE of £5
All cds are signed by Cerys with personalised messages welcomed too..
For a limited time only
VEGETARIAN FOOD WITH ANNA JONES
FORAGED FOOD WITH GILL MELLER, ROGER PHILLIPS + VALENTINE WARNER
KATE HUMBLE, THOMASINA MIERS + MORE COOK UP A STORM!
BREAD BAKING WITH TOM HERBERT
SUSTAINABLE FOOD WITH TOM HUNT
FERMENTING WITH MIKE KEEN
CHILDREN’S COOKING WITH 5 O’CLOCKAPRON + ROSIE TROTTER
BBQ + MEAT WITH HANG FIRE SMOKEHOUSE + HARRY EASTWOOD
COOKING WITH BEER WITH BEERBODS
SUSHI WORKSHOP WITH MIKE KEEN
OUR VERY FIRST FEASTS INCLUDING PIT COOKING WITH DAMIAN CLISBY
This year, for the first time, we will be running a series of feasts cooked in the open air on campfires or pits by guest chefs. Tickets will be available to purchase in due course on a first come, first served basis, so keep an eye out for details.
Tickets still available by clicking here
See you there……
We are excited to announce the first of the Caught by the River line-up for September. There will be more literary and poetry announcements to follow, but for now, feast your eyes on what’s in store.
MICHAEL HEAD – Once described by the NME as a ‘lost genius and among the most gifted songwriters of his generation’, Michael Head is unquestionably a Liverpool legend and an effortless and deeply soulful songwriter.
MICHAEL CHAPMAN – Veteran British songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman ranks among the innovative mid century English guitarists who transposed the atmosphere and syntax of the blues to a British context through reinvention and deconstruction, rather than imitation. His music is suffused with the crooked logic, unfulfilled longing, and existential danger of dreams, shaded with his own wry sensibility of Northern darkness.
PICTISH TRAIL – Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody-driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sun-warped pop lens, where heart-pumping guitar shriek-outs collide with sampled gurgles, and fractured lyrics figure-skate over sine-waves of glacial synth. Something of a sonic hermit, he spent large parts of the past few years tucked away in his caravan on the Hebridean isle of Eigg, feverishly working on Future Echoes: 2016’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2014 double album Secret Soundz Vol. 1&2.
ROZI PLAIN – Rozi Plain’s most recent album -Friend- is a spellbinding reaffirmation of the now London-based singer-songwriter as one of the most unique and original voices in UK alt-folk, and features contributions from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and members of Francois & The Atlas Mountains among many others.
AMBER ARCADES – Amber Arcades is the moniker of Dutch-born musician Annelotte de Graaf. Her latest record Fading Lines, is as dreamy and esoteric as it is gripping, presenting slightly off, floating pop melodies over a mixture of kraut-inspired drums, cutting guitars and fuzzed-out organs.
JEB LOY NICHOLS – Jeb Loy Nichols was born in America, raised in Missouri, spent time in New York, Spain and London, and now lives in Wales. Rolling Stone Magazine has called him “The high priest of country cool.” His latest record, Country Hustle, was named “The Right Now Sound For A New Millennium” by The Nashville Scene.
FLAMINGODS – Flamingods are a five-piece, multi-instrumental band formed in Bahrain in 2009. The group puts a focus on exploration and experimentation, often taking influence from different cultures around the world by use of an extensive collection of instruments from as far as Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Japan and Tanzania.
GIRL RAY – The winsome melancholic embers of Girl Ray began amongst the scattered brown brick rows of North London. They have been writing demos since their mid-teens about wanting to skateboard, how much they hate Mick Jagger and the school dinner ladies. Their debut album Earl Grey will be released by Moshi Moshi Records in June 2017.
THE ORIELLES – The Orielles – sisters Esme and Sid Hand-Halford and friend Henry Wade – formed after meeting at a house party, with the sisters only learning how to play their instruments after getting the band together. Keen advocates of DIY methods and following riot grrrl bands and California groups, The Orielles put their own stamp on that lo-fi sound. Receiving strong praise from NME, Steve Lamacq and Amazing Radio’s Shell Zenner, a strong following in Leeds, Manchester and their hometown of Halifax has grown into country-wide interest.
DAVID KEENAN – The place is Airdrie. The year is 1983. Memorial Device, the best band that never existed, are about to change everyone’s lives forever. This Is Memorial Device, the debut novel by David Keenan, is a love letter to the small towns of Lanarkshire in the west of Scotland in the late 1970s and early 80s as they were temporarily transformed by the endless possibilities that came out of the freefall from punk rock.
WILL BURNS – Will Burns is poet-in-residence for Caught by the River. A regular reader of his work at festivals across the country, his marvellous debut pamphlet, published through the prestigious Faber New Poets scheme in 2014, was hailed for its ‘quiet intelligence and subtle ways of seeing’, for a voice that is ‘rough but still tender, solitary, ruminating’. His equally brilliant second pamphlet was published by Clutag in 2016.
MARTHA SPRACKLAND – Martha Sprackland’s debut pamphlet, Glass As Broken Glass, was published in January 2017 with Rack Press. Martha was twice a winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2014. Previously founder-editor of Cake magazine and assistant poetry editor for Faber, she is currently an idle lark about (finishing a first collection) and, with Will Burns, is poet-in-residence for Caught by the River.
A massive Happy New Year to you all.
We start this year with some great positivity and a real buzz about our Good Life Experience festival. On the medium.com website, in the small giants section, the Good Life Experience has made the top 100 list of ‘Makers and Mavericks’ – people and experiences that shone brightly in 2016. Described on their website as ‘simplicity in a world that is often complex’ they go on to describe the great music, food and location creating a pause button in a busy year.
We’re in good company on the list amongst the likes of Tim Peake, Elon Musk and Ted Hope.
For those of you who are still wanting to secure tickets to the Good Life Experience please visit the festival website here, tickets are moving fast but there are still a handful of tickets left and luxury pre-erected bell tents at Early Bird prices :
It’s a 2 hour train journey from Euston then a 9 minute taxi ride from Chester – Hawarden Farm.
See you there !
PS. You can see the complete list of Makers and Mavericks here :