Posts Tagged ‘music’

Bartek Dabrowski

September 12, 2018

I encountered Bartek Dabrowski playing Spanish guitar in the street.

A rarity, he displayed he was on bandcamp.

I picked up two albums, Balance and Escape to the Happiness.

Although I did not recall Bartek Dabrowski I recognised one of his albums, Balance. We had met before in Lincoln about 18 months ago.

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The Other Sam

August 17, 2018

I came across these three kids playing in the High Street during a recent trip to Winchester.

They were amazingly good. A sense of music few posses.

A must for Staycation Live, which this year was dire.

Let us hope someone grants them free studio recording time as they deserve it.

The Wing Faced Earth Figs

August 9, 2018

I chanced upon The Wing Faced Earth Figs playing in the street on a recent trip to Winchester.

They were excellent and attracted a large crowd.

Avant garde folk.

They were scheduled to play at Boomtown.

If only this talent at Staycation Live.

I picked up a CD.  It is an absolute must they are on bandcamp.

I found The Wing Faced Earth Figs later packing up. People were still going up to them to thank them. One lady popped out of her shop to tell them how enjoyable it made her day.  An ice cream vendor gave then free ice cream.

Staycation Live 2018

August 4, 2018

I was in two minds to visit Staycation Live this year, something I usually look forward to, a two-day free music festival in a park by the River Wey in Godalming.

Last couple of years I have not enjoyed as much as I used to.  Last year, both days I left early.

It was going to be a very hot day, though not as hot as Friday, there is very little shade on the site.

The clincher, South West Railways on strike.  The most ridiculous strike possible. Chinese owners have not said whether or not they will get rid of guards, the railway staff go on strike regardless. The only people it hits are the long suffering passengers, as though they do not suffer enough already from the appalling rail services in the country, as I often document.

I worked out I could get there, assuming train running, therefore set off to catch a train to Guildford, then on to Godalming.

I missed the train to Guildford. They drop the barriers and not possible to catch the train. Forty minutes wait for the next train.

At Guildford I leave the station and catch the bus.

A pleasant walk along the River Wey.

I have missed the first band, a blues band.

As I arrive a pop group playing.

I have a chat when they finish. Suggest they put their recently released work on Bandcamp, set free download, people can pay what they wish.

The cloisters used to be the quieter set, acoustics, jazz, blues, but not any more.

A rap artist with looped violin, overwhelming bass thudding out.  Had he stuck to looped violin, it would have been better. Check out Steve Lawson (looped bass) or Zoe Keating (looped cello).

I suggested to the guy who had music on sale, use Bandcamp.

Conversations on Bandcamp are either not aware of or aware of but do not use.

Maybe something on Bandcamp in the programme.

Fairly good choice of food and drink. Wheat and orange beer off The Little Beer Corporation, hog roast off  Milford Meat Roaster. Both were excellent.

A franchise coffee operation serving undrinkable coffee.

Far better would be Chimney Fire Coffee,  a coffee roastery located in the Surrey Hills, running a coffee stall next year.  Failing that Edge coffee van from Edgcumbes Coffee (though probably too far away from Chichester).

Godalming is a strange place, nowhere serving decent coffee.

I had a tea at Cafe Mila which was not good.  Their coffee is Cupsmith, undrinkable coffee. The tea also supplied by Cupsmith, which explains why not good.

There is no excuse these days for serving bad coffee. Could get away with it five years ago, not now.

Abysmal environmental standards.

Coffee stall said paper cups. Er no, plastic-lined paper cups that can not be recycled. Did though have paper straws.

Thai stall had changed to card boxes, wooden utensils. Apologised that their cups were plastic.

The Little Beer Corporation plastic cups.

There is absolutely no excuse these days for low environmental standards. It needs two things, minimum standards for the stalls, education of the people attending.

Cups can be compostable, the ‘plastic’ cups can be plant-based cellulose.

Information on each stall and in programme, take compostable items home or put in the clearly marked compost bins.

This makes rubbish disposable easier as all that is compostable can be collected for composting.

Most of the music seemed loud noise, enthusiasm but loud noise.

When I returned from Cafe Mila, a group playing, playing badly, TV theme tunes.

It was at this point I decided to leave. I had had enough.

Walking through the town, to the butcher then Waitrose, very tired, therefore probably wise I chose to leave when I did.

Not long to wait for a bus. It was then do I risk catching a train and risking no train, or go to the bus station and catch a bus. I decided on the latter.

I could have stayed later. The cloister which usually finishes early, was going on until late.  It looked more interesting later, but with no trains, no buses, not viable.

Running a festival is not easy. Who to invite? Bring back what was excellent last time, and that is assuming available?

In the past, I have bought a lot of music, often given away.  Today, none.

I am lucky, I encounter good music. And these days I only buy from those I encounter, supporting struggling musicians, even financing albums.

Do I make a note, suggest for Staycation Live?

I would certainly invite Jewelia, she appeared a few years ago in the cloisters, and give her the main stage.

Some of the reggae bands that have played in the past have been exceptional.

Alternative Dubstep Orchestra were amazing at Staycation Live 2013. A mix of avant garde rock, ska (reggae) and salsa. In many ways they were like a cut down, avant garde salsa band, with brass, strings, guitar, percussion and vocals.

Sunday I think I will give a miss.

 

Rushmoor Concert Band

July 15, 2018

Passing through Aldershot on Saturday on my way to Farnham I happened upon a brass band playing in the bandstand in Princess Gardens.

The band, Rushmoor Concert Band, far outnumbered the audience, and in the absence of any meaningful publicity, they were probably like me only passing by.

There is a weekly programme of events of bands playing in the bandstand throughout the summer.

Visions of Gideon

March 6, 2018


Visions of Gideon, very moving song by Jewelia, from original song of same name by Sufjan Stevens.

Very French.

Footage from short films by Joseph Cornell: Gnir Rednow (1955), Nymphlight (1957) and Angel (1957).

Vital Nature

February 3, 2018

Do not deal with this company, once they have credit/debit card details, will bill for goods not ordered. Credit/debit card will be used for fraudulent attacks on bank account.

Daily nuisance phone calls.  Many in a day, a male and female take it in turns to call, often several silent phone calls.

This is harassment, should be reported to police, trading standards, local media and bank. Ask bank to block Vital Nature, their fraud department to flag Vital Nature as fraud, and to be vigilant to any fraudulent attack on the account.

01618841299

Nuisance phone calls. Classed as harassment.

Foreign accent, possibly Indian.

Possibly linked to credit card fraud.

The number is possibly faked, as no response when called, does not appear to exist.

There is also an associated number.

02048885162

Female, foreign, French accent or similar.

The number, second number, may also be faked, when called back, does not exist.

Both numbers are associated with a company in France called Vital Nature.

scam

The scam take several forms.

They take credit/debit card details, then keep billing for goods not ordered, supply goods not ordered, goods ordered do not arrive, demand payment for shipping costs.

The goods they supply, the pills and potions and health foods, are what can be bought in Holland and Barrett at a fraction of the price.

The pills and potions are of dubious provenance, may not be what they say they are, are putting your health at risk.

One when analysed, was found to contain lead.

Vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin, the dosage if taken was several hundred times the recommended daily dose.

They also claim, won a prize, or a cheque with your name is waiting, but to secure, only have to place an order, and it is guaranteed yours.

Once they have credit/debit card details, fraudulent attacks on bank account using account details.

If have any problems report to bank, trading standards and police.

It also important to warn friends and family.

If foolish enough to order from this company, instruct bank to block any transactions, also to be vigilant for fraudulent attack.

Vital Nature make many calls during the day, including silent calls which are illegal.

Why is Vital Nature still in business? The Office for Fair Trading warned in 2007 about a catalogue company behind the Vital Beauty, Vital Nature and Phyderma brands.

Why is HSBC refusing to flag in their fraud department?

Gourmet Moments

Gourmet Moments appears to be a sister company operates from the same address in France, operates the same scam, including the nuisance phone calls claiming money is owed for bogus orders or shipping costs.

PhyDerma

PhyDerma, another sister company of Vital Nature, offering the same dodgy pills and potions.

The day after a bumper load of rubbish from Vital Nature, two identical mailshots from PhyDerma. Have won £150,000. The winning numbers different. Implies a sequence of these winning numbers.

Delivered by Royal Mail. Begs the questions why is Royal Mail aiding and abetting a known fraudster? Other than they are making money off the back of fraud.

Nuisance phone calls, same spiel as Vital Nature, you owe for delivery of goods not even aware had been ordered.

Parcel from Vital Nature

Parcel from Vital Nature, kindly delivered by Royal Mail.

At least half a dozens bottles of pills and potions? No, one box of cream.

Packed inside more offers, including another scam linked to Vital Nature, my Shopping Centre.

Scammers

Vital Nature is the tip of a very nasty iceberg. Once caught in the net, details are passed on to other scammers.

One victim received seven letters in the post from one scammer, and that was one day and not the only scam post from scammers that day.

Catalogues, order goods, receive free gift. Then more catalogues arrive seemingly selling the same goods, same scam only a different name.

Mints offering must have commemorative coins. Once order one, they then ship coins which have not been ordered, for which they bill for if not sent back.

Long lost relative surfaces in Australia, would love to see family in UK, only lacks the air fare.

Another long lost relative has left money to you, all you have to do is pay an administrative fee.

You have won the Australian Lottery, to release your winnings it is necessary to pay an administrative fee.

Dodgy builders knock at the door.  Amazing how much work you did not know needed doing. The roof needs a special spray to make it waterproof, your lucky day they just happen to be running a special offer.

Dodgy builder takes note did you need to unlock the door when opening, did you check who was at the door first, was there a security chain across the door? All useful information to be passed to his mate the opportunist burglar.

Nottingham Knockers, a doorstep criminal gang selling cheap rubbish can buy at Poundland, operating out of a  warehouse in Nottingham, sob story forced to sell door-to-door to avoid being on the Dole. Details of house security will be passed to their mates the opportunist burglar.

The cost to the economy in the UK is estimated at several billion pounds a year, and that is thought to be an underestimate.

Facebook

You are making the life of fraudster so much easier when you put all your personal information on Facebook, name of dog, where you went to school, where you work, name of partner.

Overwrite all personal information with fake information, then several days later, delete.

Never put live links on Facebook. If you visit somewhere, do not turn into into a live link.

Facebook is not a social media site. Facebook exists solely to collect personal information on you,  information which is then sold.

Surveys

Surveys and questionnaires, do not fill them out.

These are scams to collect personal information, which is then sold.

Loyalty cards

No these cards are not to reward your loyalty with worthless points. They exist to monitor your shopping habits.

City of My Mind

November 9, 2017

City of My Mind, title track of forthcoming album of same name by Jewelia.

If familiar with her earlier work, this is very different.

Earlier work was like the young Kate Bush.  City of My Mind radically different, more mature, polished and complex. An Alice in Wonderland surreal quality, reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane, the video what would expect and come to expect from Imogen Heap.

The album is being crowdfunded on kickstarter.

Funds needed have been raised. Any additional funding raised will go to adding a couple of extra tracks.

Monsters  début  from Jewelia, released mid-August 2014.

Imagine

August 23, 2017

Moving performance of John Lennon classic Imagine by Pentatonix.

Staycation Live 2017

August 6, 2017

Alighting at Godalming Station, every one else seemed to have the same idea, as most of the train disembarked and headed for Staycation Live.

I noticed yesterday and today the Parish Church was closed. Always open. I hope not a change of regime and no longer open.

Nothing on the main stage, the bandstand, either running late or previous act had finished early.

I had no idea who was playing in the cloisters.

This only serves to empathise what I raised yesterday, the need for a playlist at each of the stages and something saying who is currently playing.

I headed for Cafe Mila for lunch.  Excellent marrow stuffed with mince served with rice. It said curried mince, but did not seem to be. Curried it would have ruined the mince.

On heading back, I was able to suss who was playing on the bandstand, but not in the cloisters.

Sometimes it is easy, for example solo guitarist or folk or blues, but not always possible, unless you know them, hence the need for a playlist and who is currently playing.

Ice cream off Dylan’s ice cream. Strange, it tasted different to  The Village. It could be a different batch but I suspect it was colder.

I went for a walk along the river, then back to Cafe Mila for afternoon tea and cakes.

Lunchtime, Cafe Mila was quiet, late afternoon very busy.

On return, back to the hog roast then a beer.

I was shocked by the amount of litter. People were throwing their rubbish on the ground, or leaving on the tables to get knocked on the ground.

This was not a problem yesterday, nor has it been a problem previous years.

One of the problems Stayctaion Live now has is the same problem Ambient Picnic had which then destroyed it, becoming too popular.

Today, there was too many people, and it lacked the atmosphere of Saturday.

Unusual for me, I left early, late afternoon as the last act was only just coming on.

Dark clouds, it was turning cooler, although no rain forecast, I did not wish to be caught in the rain.

  • PHOTOS Staycation Live 2017 (to be added)

At Staycation there is always reggae, usually lots, this time none, or at least none I noticed.

Wish list for next year

  • Steve Lawson
  • Jewelia
  • Imogen Heap
  • Charlotte Church

Steve Lawson played Guildford earlier this year. sadly I missed him.

Jewelia has played Staycation in the past. She has gone from strength to strength. I am surprised she has never been invited back.

Charlotte Church impossible? Saturday night she played a free gig in Liverpool. She had been pulled from where she was playing, as running two hours late. Not wishing to disappoint, she offered to perform for free if  a venue could be found.

What of food and drink?

The Little Beer Co, as last year, did an excellent job. A pity they are not at The Village rather than an outlet selling the output of a chemical factory.

The Little Cafe Co are relocating to Brighton. Who will provide the coffee? Of those I have recommended in the past, one no longer appears to exist, another has said no, too far, which only leaves The Hobo Co, if available.

Bedda, two Sicilian guys serving pasta are a must.

Staycation Live is  a weekend event, Saturday and Sunday, first weekend in August.