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are currently working on their next album , due out about next september
. They just completed a very successful tour of Norway, Denmark , Sweden
and Finland ( the land of Loki ) and will be doing gigs in Germany and
France soon . Their most recent musical contribution is Robinís solo album
' Myrrh' now on release.
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For a long time
now, the String band have been entrancing and casting spells and revelations
upon minds everywhere and their recent evolution into a full scale show
from a simple musical act is a worthwhile feather in the cap. They seem
to be perpetually at the pinnacle of their musical development, only to
strike out in yet another direction every time with natural and wonderful
purpose. By now , the pantomime element in their act is firmly established
as an invaluable part of their make-up and there is thus another dimension
in the already multi -dimensional framework of their art. There must be
very few bands who have as much talent and sincerity , so naturally contained
and as much uniqueness. The serenity and grace of the Stringband and the
beauty of their lyrics and their whole beingness, occupy a quiet space
of their own amongst the random chaos.
The Stringband's first
lady- Likky, is developing
gradually and highly into a very enchanting songstress, with a gift for
delicate and beautiful music. Her song, ëSecret
Temple ' is to be waited for and listened to carefully among
all the other fields of song which will be going down. Whilst the Stringband
master of mime ,Malcolm leMaistre
( closely challenged by Robin the Wily Wizard-
) - is also flowering musically, his mysterious evocative songs seem older
than they would appear, somehow lodged in a different period of time with
a strange relevance. His song about Marco Polo , ëDown
Before Cathy , ' Is a particularly good example.
Meanwhile, Messrs Williamson,
and Heron are still creating
works of art, beautiful new songs. Mikeís 'Antoine
' , a song about Berlioz and Robinís ' Let the Moon
Hang Low 'and his Hebridean love song are outstanding . Thereís
also a great little instrumental medley written by Mike , featuring himself,
Likky and Malcolm. And oh yes, the addition of the lovely Suze
Watson -Taylor in a delightful stage debut with bopping be
-bop vocals on Mikes magnificent 'Feast
Of Stephen ' makes for a really stirring finale.
Cheech and Chong
Pacific Gas and Electric
Sam Apple Pie
illustration by David Richards.
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Grateful Dead : Photos, setlist,tapes, transcript, eye witness reviews. Updated April 2023
own Bickershaw saga. Updated June 2021
from the mud :More eyewitness accounts from intrepid Bickershaw veterans. Updated with new photos June 2021
French Review new June 2021
intended programme and the artistic dropouts
Express- Bickershaw edition,includes site map New!
photographs from Roger Hutchinson -New!
festival publicity handout
Festival Runs at a Loss
of tickets . New Sept 22nd 2001
stills from BC'S 8mm footage of Bickershaw !
Adverts in the press
of all artists who performed at the festival . Band personnel , known tapes
and setlists . Updated Jan 2011
photos : Wishbone Ash, Kinks, Family, Captain Beyond, New Riders, Country
site photographs updated Nov 2004
Beefheart : Setlist, tapes, reviews, photos
encounter with Captain Beefheart at Bickershaw:
by Charles Gee
of Captain Beyond at Bickershaw
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