• blog newbie gives up after one attempt

    2 Mar 2009, 13:36 by MrLark

    our Matthew blogged a while ago. I forgot to link to it, but it is very funny and worth reading, in my humble opinion. find it here. i really should kick his a$$ to do more blogging.
  • is Russia's leader a dancing queen?

    6 Feb 2009, 20:27 by MrLark

    Meglomaniac hardman Vladimir Putin has denied hiring ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again. I think the lady does protest too much.
  • up the borough

    20 Dec 2008, 12:27 by MrLark

    i become increasingly impressed with venue the gladstone snookered away behind Borough tube station. For anyone unfamiliar, this haunt of London has some of the best pubs in the city.

    Anyhoo, i saw Mary Epworth And The Jubilee Band. I'd been meaning to for a long time, but hadn't because a severe case of sitting on my arse. Well, and playing music myself. She was great, but assures me she can be better, so I'll try and check her out again soon.

    The real find of the night was Olivia Chaney. oh boy what a talent. she did arrangements of old folk tunes. mainly irish and Appalachian, but also some French and even a 17th century Italian opera. She accompanied herself on a hand-pumped harmonium, making full use of the drone effect, underscoring the connection between ancient north european music and eastern music pioneered by the late great Davy Graham. She also used detuned guitar on some tracks, as Graham did. Her voice is incredible and it's inspiring to hear someone with the confidence to launch into acapella. Everyone was spellbound.

    I have also nearly killed myself with Christmas shopping. I don't normally do shopping.

    Over and out.
  • on blogs, journals and other animals

    12 Dec 2008, 11:37 by MrLark

    someone blogged about us here

    we are Grantura

    damn, i should write better journals. i wrote a really good one about all the music i'd bought from hearing it on then i wrote another really good one about david's birthday - a night out with a bunch of 'below the radar' bands in Borough. but i lost them both when my browser crashed while i searched for links.

    such is life
  • day twenty six: four star grantura

    1 Oct 2008, 11:05 by MrLark

    according to the times, Grantura is worth four out of fives stars

    that's my band by the way.

    oh and Wogan played us again yesterday.

    gig at Betsy Trotwood tomorrow.

    all good.