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Universal Funk Orchestra tribute, 11 October

They're playing the whole of Solid Air in The Button Factory.

Taken from Hotpress.com, 25 Sep 2009

Fresh from tackling Radiohead’s The Bends, The Universal Funk Orchestra perform the whole of John Martyn’s Solid Air on October 11 in The Button Factory (Dublin).

The roll call for the night includes musicians Max Greenwood, Dave McGuinness, Paul Carter, Garvan Gallagher, Kevin Kinney and Paul Byrne, and Karenrosanna Hammond who’ll be singing with both a heavy heart and a light head.

Given that Martyn wrote Solid Air’s title-track for him, the UFO-ers will also be encoring with a song by fellow folkie Nick Drake.

Tickets are € 10 before 9.30pm and € 12 after.
The Button Factory is new name of the refurbished Temple Bar Music Centre that opened October 2007.

Neil Ardley Album Out On CD..

Neil Ardley's album Harmony of the Spheres received its first official UK re-issue on CD. (There was a Japanese CD release earlier on but that one is hard to get.) Featuring Ian Carr, Barbara Thompson, Tony Coe, Geoff Castle, Bill Kristian, Trevor Tomkins, and Richard Burgess (Landscape) with Norma Winstone and Pepi Lemer on wordless vocals. Another remarkable feature of the album was provided by some excellent electric guitar work from folk star John Martyn.

Harmony of the Spheres was Ardley's last recorded work for a major record label. The original cover artwork was designed by Storm Thorgerson. The album was recorded in London in 1978. Available on Esoteric Recordings eclec2096. More details in the Collaborations section.

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I decided to upgrade this site to the latest version of Drupal (6.6). This went rather well, as far as I can tell. During the operation though I had to rewrite all custom code, rebuild most database queries and upgrade the template manually.

In the future I will try to add some new functionality but the main goal at this point was to present you all the stuff you are familiar with in the usual form.

Two new cover stories

The winning of the Lifetime Achievement Award led to two elaborate cover stories in music magazines. First of all, Acoustic had an exclusive interview with the big man. It was held between sessions for Willing To Work and Spencer Cozens and Alan Thomson also get to speak a few words. It was published in the June/ July issue; several of the photographs look familiar...


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