Friday, 26 June 2015

Fruits de Mer Records - “The 13th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus” - MoonRock & Mother Russia...

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Some fun coming up in the summer!!

Between August 7th & 9th 2015, Fruits De Mer Records are promoting their Festival Of Psychedelia – “The 13th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus” – in Cardigan, Wales. A splendid time is guaranteed for all, with lots of goodies on offer.

A particularly quirky idea – and typically FdM! – is the release of three CDs, one for each night, exclusive to festival-goers.

I’m delighted to tell you FdM have included a previously-unreleased instro track of mine from 1981 – “MoonRock” – as the closer on the first night’s disc. However, I have a confession!

In February this year, I was working on a major piece of electronica – very un-Beau-like – called “Mother Russia”. Because it’s so far removed from anything I’ve done before, I adopted the name Simfonica for the project.

The good news is, FdM are including this twelve-and-a-half minute opus on their “13th Dream” disc for the third night. If you get to hear it, I really hope you like it. It’s been said “Mother Russia” is best listened to if your mind is slightly mood-altered, but I couldn’t possibly comment…

There aren’t many tickets left folks, so don’t miss out!


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

"Shoeless In The Desert" in India...

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Good news for friends in India

"Shoeless In The Desert" is now available for download through gaana.com.

Enjoy!


Saturday, 13 June 2015

"Creation" on "Searching For A Thread"...

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Thanks again to Dusty Visions at WRFI Watkins Glen, Ithaca, NY for playing yet another track - this time the title tune - from Sommor's "Creation" re-issue LP in his recent "Searching For A Thread" show. 

Greatly appreciated, Dusty! 

The show's been Mixclouded - do check it out!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Magnal Carta - "The Way It Was"...

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A blast from the past... 800 years ago today, Magna Carta was sealed! 

From Ritual Echo / Cherry Red Records' "The Way It Was"...




Friday, 5 June 2015

Rocker plays "Release" on Dandelion Radio...

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Many thanks to Rocker for playing "Release" from "Creation" throughout May on his Dandelion Radio prog! 

Great show as always, and the whole thing's now up on Mixcloud - do check it out!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Harmonic Distortion reviews "Shoeless In The Desert"...

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I'm truly grateful to Duncan Fletcher at Harmonic Distortion for his really kind commentary on the new "Shoeless In The Desert"...

Cheers, Duncan...
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Beau - Shoeless In The Desert 

How I survived the aftermath of the general election with a little help from Kurt Vonnegut and Beau's latest LP.

After the all too depressing results of the recent general election sank in, and the prospect of another five years of Tory government became a reality, my Twitter feed turned quickly from pre-election optimism and hope, to despair and blame. It also filled with scaremongering about what we as a society needed to prepare ourselves for. There was one tweet, amongst the deluge, that stuck in my mind and seemed to sum up where our society is heading. It highlighted a quote from Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5, about how the American poor are encouraged to despise themselves, perpetuating their position and lack of opportunity while bolstering that of the rich and powerful. This, Vonnegut states, is in contrast to many other countries which have folk tales that value wisdom over wealth, and virtue over self-serving ambition -

America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: “If you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?” (Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse 5)

It's easy to see the parallels in modern Britain where our underclass is routinely ridiculed on TV, or attacked in the press, whereas corporations are free to avoid taxes if they pay enough donations to the right political parties. Timely then that the latest album from Beau should drop through my letterbox around the same time as did many electoral leaflets and voting reminders. It too chimes themes similar to those found in Slaughterhouse 5, along with other cautionary tales about corruption and misuse of wealth. Listening to Beau's latest work did give me some hope for the spiritual well being of our nation, which in the immediate wake of the election seemed somehow broken and in need of some TLC.

Shoeless In The Desert is a gentle compassionate album, and like those folk tales it champions wisdom and virtue. Recorded simply and in the timeless folk way of just voice and one 12-string guitar, no overdubs, it's an album that's all about melody and message. Themes spread across the album's fourteen songs include religion, immigration, environmental concerns, alongside more personal takes on relationships, ageing, and even a humorous sideswipe at coronary heart disease.


In our current sound-bite and shuffle era it's encouraging to see long-form songwriting done so well. And no wonder - Beau has been writing, recording and performing music for over four and a half decades. His early championing by John Peel tells you all you need to know about the calibre of his work. (Peel released Beau's debut as the first release on his Dandelion label). In a fairer world Beau would be a much valued cultural treasure, up alongside Dylan, Mitchell, Cohen and the like. As it is the world is not always fair, something that may become all too apparent over the next few years. Thankfully we have the likes of Beau to help fight our corner and cushion any blows. Long may it be so.


Saturday, 16 May 2015

"America For Sale" from "Shoeless In The Desert" on Out Of The Woods...

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Syndicated across the US from Alaska to NYC, tonight’s “Out Of The Woods” show with Jon "Chip" Colcord includes “America For Sale” from the new “Shoeless In The Desert” album. 

Many thanks, Chip! 

Friends in the UK can catch the show on Sword Radio on Thursday at 3pm. Not to be missed!


More "Shoeless In The Desert" in FLAC...

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Boomkat are also now offering "Shoeless In The Desert" in FLAC (lossless) format. 

I'm getting really good messages about the FLAC quality...


Thursday, 14 May 2015

New video of "Imagination" from the "Beau" album...

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Sincere thanks to mokmin10 for creating a rather beautiful video of "Imagination" from the original "Beau" LP. 

This song was submitted by my music publishing company at the time for the 1970 Eurovision Contest. No contest!









"Shoeless In The Desert" on Spotify...

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For streamers out there, "Shoeless In The Desert" is now playing on Spotify...

Enjoy!


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

"Shoeless In The Desert" in Amazon's Folk chart...

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"Shoeless In The Desert" is #26 in Amazon's Best Selling Folk albums, and climbing!

Many thanks to everyone, and especially to Stu for his brilliant review/comment. It's greatly appreciated!














"Shoeless In The Desert" lyrics at Wikia.com...

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The full lyrics from the new "Shoeless In The Desert" are now showing on Wikia.com

Many thanks to Vincas Stepankevicius!


Monday, 11 May 2015

"Shoeless In The Desert" on iTunes...

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For iTunes’ followers, this is your international link to “Shoeless In The Desert”


"Shoeless In The Desert" lyrics online...

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The lyrics, and the stories behind the songs from the new “Shoeless In The Desert”, are now up online.

I’ve been asked several times lately for chord info on tracks from various albums. Please get in touch if you need chords to a particular tune from this set.

Cheers…