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Romantic Warrior III : Canterbury Tales

Documentary filmmakers Adele Schmidt and Jose Zegarra Holder need your help! They are working on their documentary series, Romantic Warriors, and now they’re currently in production of their third film, Canterbury Tales. As you might have guessed already, this film focuses on the Canterbury scene and will feature interviews with a wealth of musicians like Phil Miller, Dirk Campbell, David Sinclair, Brian Hopper and Didier Malherbe, just to mention a few.

They’ve also made a trailer.

 

Currently, they are working on getting funding to complete their film and, unless i july 11th already, you can help them. Read more about the project and help them reach their 20 000 USD goal on indiegogo.com :

 

Richard Sinclair plays with Maartin Allcock and Oak

This popped up on the Richard Sinclair Live info Facebook page so I thought I’d help spread the word by posting it here as well. It seems Richard will be playing a couple of concerts with Maartin Allcock and the band Oak. :)

 

Next Live Gigs coming up are a new project with Maartin Allcock and Jerry Cutillo’s OAK, we’ll be performing in Rome and also Umbria …

 

Dance of the Goodbyes available as digital download and LP

Dance of the goodbyes album cover

Alberto Villarroya from the Italian Canterbury inspired prog band Amoeba Split dropped by our forums to give us the following message.

 

Hi everyone!

Finally, since last week we have the new Amoeba Split Bandcamp page: http://amoebasplit.bandcamp.com/. Here you can download our first demo and our debut album “Dance of goodbyes” (Flac or 320Mp3), along with original booklet and artworks.

Also, its for sale the double vynil edition (high quality 180 grs) of “Dance of goodbyes”, nominated by italian web page “Progawards” as “Best debut album of 2010″, with original artwork all in a single folder. This is a very limited edition of 300 copies, only 150 left available at this moment, so hurry up!.

Thanks for your attention and support, best wishes to all,

Alberto Villarroya
Amoeba Split

 

So there you have it! I have yet to hear Dance of the Goodbyes, but I’ve been looking forward to it and so I’m very pleased. Those curious about Italian Canterbury prog should definetly check it out. The price is a mere 5 euro minimum with the option of donating a bit more if you feel charitable.

Thanks to Amoeba Split for sharing this :)

Canterbury Soundwaves July Episode!

Matthew Watkins helps make this summer a little more pleasurable with the release of the July Episode of his Canterbury Soundwaves podcast. As usual, the episode is brimful of Canterburyan sounds, many of them slightly more obscure than what you may normally find. This time around, quite a lot of listening time and attention is dedicated to Henry Cow, Slapp Happy, Robert Wyatt and related.

Also listen closely around the 1 hour and 45 minutes for a generous mention of this site followed by Panzerpappa’s song Vintervake. Thanks for the mention, Matthew, and of course for putting together yet another brilliant episode – as always!

Listen : Canterbury Soundwaves Episode 9

Canterbury Soundwave’s May Episode is out!

Some of you are already familiar with Canterbury Soundwaves. If you’re not, you may be pleased to learn that Canterbury Soundwaves is a podcast dedicated to exploring the Canterbury Sound. It’s episodes are released monthly by main man Matthew Watkins and have featured the music we love, a generous amount of rare recordings, interview and lots and lots of information – making each episode a treasure trove not just for the casual listener, but also for those who’d like to learn something new about the scene.

Here’s a little information on what to expect from this month’s episode 7.

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[..] Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Caravan’s “In the Land of Grey and Pink”. Also, Canterbury sounds from Belgium, something appropriately far-out from Gong’s “Mushroom Tapes”, Kevin Ayers addressing the nation’s schoolchildren in 1972, Matching Mole on French telly, two Beatles covers, two flavours of fruit jam, and a chunk of the Soft Machine’s (almost) forgotten score to the 1969 London ‘happening’ “Spaced”. 

There’s that and more, including some interesting Matching Mole remixes by the UK group Ultramarine, and of course there’s the usual generous helping of trivia!

If you’re new to the Canterbury Soundwaves, you might wanna start out with episode 1. The rest of you should check out the latest.

Link : Episode 7 on Canterbury Soundwaves

Syd Arthur’s debut : Moving World

Syd Arthur have released their debut, Moving World. This news is actually a month old, but it may still be fresh enough for many Canterbury connoiseurs as the band Syd Arthur is likely still a treasure waiting to be discovered for many fans of the scene.

Syd Arthur is one of the new members of the Canterbury scene and also a name fans of english 70s prog rock may find eerily familiar. The group’s members have cited rock bands from the 60s and 70s as big inspirations and influences on their sound. As the group is Canterbury based, some of those inspirations are obviously from the Canterbury scene which Syd Arthur is now also generally considered part of. In an interview from 2009, singer and guitarist Liam cited Hatfield and the North as his favourite group. We heartily approve!

I first heard about Syd Arthur on the Canterbury Soundwaves podcast as they’ve been played in each episode (I believe) and also did an interview in episode 5. Listening to the podcasts made me curious enough to check them out. I also recently contacted them asking for pictures and information I could use on this site which they were kind enough to provide (thanks guys!). The timing has been pretty good because just about a month ago, the band released their debut EP Moving World. The music on their debut EP is energetic, beautiful, layered and accessible and has been described as “Jamiroquai jamming with Jethro Tull” by Paul Lester in an article for The Guardian. I’m not sure how comfortable the band are with that description, but Moving World is an impressive debut that you should check out, particularly if you’re interested in what’s happening in the Canterbury scene today.

The EP can be listened to in it’s entirety and ordered from the band’s website for 5 pounds or bought digitally for an optional price at a 1 pound minimum. Pocket change in other words .. Check it out!

Link : sydarthur.co.uk

In the Land of Grey and Pink – 40th Anniversary Rerelease

A while ago now, the upcoming 40 year anniversary of the classic landmark Canterbury album, Caravan’s In the Land of Grey and Pink, was announced. This upcoming treasure trove of Caravanish delights is due for release on the 30th of May. Of course, the album will already be highly familiar to Canterbury connoiseurs as it’s one of the quintessential releases from the scene and a long-time favourite with many fans of Caravan, particularly those who like the group with a bit of Sinclair as both Dave and Richard contributed significantly to this album.

Here’s what the official sources have to say :

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To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the release of Caravan’s In The Land Of Grey And Pink, Universal is pleased to announce a special three-disc, deluxe edition of the album. The original multi-track session and album masters have been revisited by Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree and Blackfield) who has prepared new stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes.

Disc One features the original album newly remastered by Paschal Byrne at The Audio Archive plus three new Stereo mixes by Steven Wilson.

Disc Two features two previously unreleased versions of “It Doesn’t Take A Lot” and “Nigel Blows A Tune” plus four non-album tracks remixed by Wilson Disc two also includes three songs recorded live for BBC radio’s Sounds of the Seventies – “Love To Love You”, “Love Song Without Flute” and “In The Land Of Grey And Pink” plus two songs recorded live for John Peel’s Sunday Concert which included a superb cover version of Soft Machine’s “Feelin’, Reelin’, Squealin’” and Caravan’s own magnum opus, “Nine Feet Underground”.

Disc Three is a DVD featuring the brand new 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo mix of the album plus two performances recorded for German TV’s Beat Club in June 1971. “Golf Girl” was broadcast at the time but “Winter Wine” has never been seen. 

Read more at : http://www.caravan-info.co.uk/#/news/landofgreyandpink40thanniversaryedition

 

So in other words, there will be a lot of interesting bonus material, even a recorded perfomance of Winter Wine that has never before been broadcast! Anyone else looking forward to this? :D