From the Margins : News
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- GOAT ROPER TIME
Having already established themselves as one of the most spirited live bands on the national circuit, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band now have a new local monthly residency at the 3rd Space, Llandudno. As hosts the evening will be defined by their own fiery country blues, and for May (Friday, 26th) they are joined by the wholehearted troubadour Ash Gray. This month, and as long as it lasts, it should be magnificent. Details here.
- ... MORE POLITICAL FOLK
There are some reviews in the pipeline, and then maybe a rush of interviews, but until then here is a properly set manifesto in a song written by Leon Rosselson and sung in 1982 by Dick Gaughan.
- RED OR DEAD
North Wales' acoustic agit folk/punks Red or Dead have found some sudden electricity for a short and sour free download single, The only thing thats wrong with me is you, as they work up a debut album to follow 2016's political, raw and essential No One Is Innocent EP. Unfounded local rumour has it Paul Nuttall writes their lyrics during howling fits of doubt and self disgust; here is some unadulterated music for voting:
- 3rd SPACE SUMMER LISTINGS SET PACE
3rd Space, the intimate Llandudno venue and bar, has entered it's second annual lap with a fine summer programme - starting this month with standup comedy, that includes Noel James (who "Stands out like a droll giant in a comedy land of trite dwarfs" according to The Independent) on the bill, and a Goat Roper Rodeo Band hosted country night with Ash Gray, followed in June by a splendid set of gigs featuring Blair Dunlop, Martyn Joseph and Katey Brooks. You can find out more here.
- BENDITH EP REVIEW
Bendith's debut album had a profound sense of place threaded through it. The follow up EP was released on Welsh Language Music Day, and is an exquisite continuation of the project's exploratory path. Read the review, then buy the music.
- POLITICAL WORDS FROM A NEW PLANET
The newly published summer edition of Planet magazine ('The Welsh Internationalist') lays out paths to the archived writings of Ceri Evans (via a thought provoking article on Wales' broken public sphere by Dan Evans), and through Mike Parker's media column to the intelligent Welsh political blogs of Ifan Morgan Jones and Owen Donovan (adding to an existing personal list dominated by the occasionally (justifiably) rancorous but also often wise Jac o' the North). Planet can perhaps be an uneven read at times - but this month's copy is excellent; it is as if the challenges of political turbulence and uncertainty have given it a new force and vitality. You can get a hard copy here.
- CONWY VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL GORJYS SECRETS ANNOUNCES FIRST ACTS
Gorjys Secrets is a boutique event in the sumptuous setting of Caer Rhun Hall, aimed at families and anyone with a persistent weakness for singer songwriters. The first names on the bill for its second year include the emotive and fragile songs of Katey Brooks, the exalted Americana influenced Climbing Trees and the drifting, melancholic music of We Were Strangers. The event runs on Saturday 16th September. Tickets.
KATEY BROOKS I 'I Fought Lovers' Live in session at Wick St Lawrence Church
- NEW REVIEWS : SERA, SILKY & LASTIGBAND
A couple of slightly belated reviews have been added to the site - a sublime solo performance by Sera and a world of very amusing nonsense on the Pontio stage from Silky - joined by a more up to the minute look at the new EP of psychedelic slacker pop from Lastigband.
- LLANGOLLEN FRINGE OFFERS SUPERB 20th ANNIVERSARY LINE UP
It's hard not to love the Llangollen Fringe for its slightly ramshackle history and aura - but the 2017 bill for the event weaves together all the threads of its past and offers up a fresh tapestry of delights. Wilko Johnson, Turin Brakes, Seth Lakeman, the exuberant Welsh Hip Hop brass of Band Pres Llareggub and turbo-politicised comedian Mark Thomas will all visit the spectacularly set event; of all on offer 9Bach at Valle Crucis Abbey should be most compelling. What a way to mark a birthday - the Fringe runs from 13th - 23rd July. Tickets.
- ALYS CONRAN SHORTLISTED FOR DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE
Alys Conran's brilliant debut novel Pigeon has been deservedly shortlisted for the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize - with the winner announced on May 14th to pass the time before the news you can read our interview with Alys about her book.
- FtM SITE REBOOT
After a brief hiatus From the Margins has been jolted back to life with a new focus - which will become much clearer as new content is added over the next few months.