Sorry to disappoint our friends who come regularly to see Rhatigan at the monthly Cushy night at the 12 bar and those who particularly like the Christmas bash but as I am now in biblical language 'great with child' I won't be able to make it to town for the night.
Special congratulations to Jackie Grace who regularly plays trombone with us and who along with her then 8 1/2 month bump joined me onstage last month, she now has a fine baby boy.
I was looking forward to emailing you with my Xmas flyer this year another great jpeg from my friend Jolene, so even though there is no gig this month I thought it would make a nice Christmas card instead.
I've lost count how many Christmases Cushy has celebrated at the 12 bar or how many months we've put our club on there, but it's been a grand adventure and we've had the best of new and unique talent playing which has made it very enjoyable for us. We plan to continue 2003 so keep your ear to the ground and your eyes on your email for updates.
TIM BOWNESS & PETER CHILVERS
DEFEAT THE YOUNG
I know the evenings are drawing in and the temperature is dropping, but that really is no reason to give up on your gig life. The 12 bar is not a huge cavernous venue where on damp chilly nights you have to huddle in little groups to keep warm, it is a cosy place perfect for these winter evenings. The inclement weather is the only explanation I have for the sparse attendance at last month's Cushy night where heat was amply supplied by all the acts especially the undeniable fire of the wonderfuel Baptist Generals. Never miss an opportunity to see them again. This month's line up is eclectic and quirky to say the least. If the sight of me hauling my ever growing 7 & 3/4 month pregnant RHATIGAN bump on and off stage isn't curiosity enough then the other artists certainly are...
DAVID SCHWEITZER is a songwriter of rare literate and comically poignant charm. Having studied music at Oxford it is no surprise that his is an accomplished sound, but his humour and humanity prevent him from losing touch with the real emotion required to make great music. These days he has been concentrating on his day job writing music for TV and film, most recently a highly acclaimed musical documentary about trade and globalisation 'The Luckiest Nut in the World' (Channel 4), which featured a troupe of singing peanuts. No peanuts tonight, but certainly something entertaining and unique.
TIM BOWNESS and PETER CHILVERS are best known as the voice and writing talent behind Norfolk and Cambridge bands NO-MAN (with Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson) and ALIAS GRACE respectively. Tim and Peter have previously collaborated in Henry Fool and Tim Bowness/Samuel Smiles, but they have arguably produced their best work as a duo, culminating in this year's "California, Norfolk" album on Burning Shed, the internet-based record label Tim and Peter have established together. 'California, Norfolk' combines singer-songwriter intimacy with dark electronic textures and found sounds. Occasionally reminiscent of The Blue Nile, Randy Newman, Mark Eitzel and Berlin-era Bowie/Eno, from the brooding, cinematic and orchestral sweep of 'Hostage' to the epic ambition of 'Winter With You', it's the most ambitious work the duo have attempted together.
The theatrics of Richard Larcombe and his band DEFEAT THE YOUNG have been off the scene for a while now, so it will be interesting to catch up with their gothic carry on. Theirs is an ambitious melange of dark orchestrations and intense operatic musings. The songs are delicate and extremely unconventional in structure, featuring harmonium, electric guitar and hammered dulcimer. By reputation it is a sound unlike anything you've heard before!
£5/£4 with flyers
12/9/02, were you there? If so thanks for your support and your appreciation of the three very different but thoroughly entertaining artists performing. I didn't include myself RHATIGAN, as it would be inappropriate of me to blow my own trumpet, but I shall be clambering back onstage next month to blow my harmonica and bang on my guitar should any of you be tempted.www.cushyproductions.com/html/rhatigan.htm
BAPTIST GENERALS are a sheer force of nature. Hailing from Denton Texas, they flash fry gospel, country, folk, rock and blues to alarming effect. The new album 'NO SILVER NO GOLD' out on the venerable Munich Records lets you know instantly that these boys mean business, the glory and disappointment of having that perfect live take disrupted by a telephone call is preserved in harrowing style when singer/writer/guitarist Chris Flemming, literally cracks up when his unsuspecting girlfriend calls him ruining the performance. But this brief moment of histrionics only serves to warn the listener that the intensity and power of the music is real, not that anyone could be in any doubt.
MARK, unlike the ubiquitous Appleton and myself who prefer to use our surnames as a moniker, opts to use only his first name and why not, what's in a name anyway. The fact is that Mark's engaging, melodic, accomplished songs and delicate guitar picking, combined with a voice rich in tone (the ghost of Elvis lurks nearby) say more about him than a name ever could.
£5/£4 with flyers