Thursday, 21 July 2016

Simfonica's "Hekla" on “The 14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus” Day Two CD...

Just listened to a pre-release copy of the excellent Day Two CD from Fruits de Mer Records’ upcoming “14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus” festival (my Simfonica tune, “Hekla”, draws things to a close). 

Totally superb! Looks like folks are in for a really great time in Cardigan next month - with a tremendous goody-bag too!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Beau on RPP FM Radio...

Make it a date tomorrow (Thursday). 

At 1pm lunchtime here in the UK, Australia's RPP FM radio's "Under A Paisley Sky" show will be playing something Beau-ish. Don't know what! 

We'll all have to tune in to find out...

Sunday, 17 July 2016

"14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus" festival promo vid...

A little something from Fruits de Mer Records to whet the appetite of folks lucky enough to be attending next month's 14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival in Wales. 

This is a short compilation vid from the Day 2 CD, which closes with my electronic alter ego Simfonica's new mega-opus, "Hekla" (all thirteen-and-a-bit minutes of it!). 

Some really great sounds here!

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Ex-jukebox "1917 Revolution"...

Away from silly prices, Google's just flagged up an ex-jukebox copy of the original "1917 Revolution" single going for just 99p (at least for starters!). In its original white CBS sleeve as well. 

For those who like records with big holes in the middle...

Lyrics to over 130 Beau songs appear online...

Wow! An alphabetical list with the lyrics to over 130 of my songs has appeared on the ultimatelyricschords site! OK, three or four from another artist have somehow slipped in there, but someone's done a hell of a job of compiling! 

Whoever you are, cheers!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

"Mary Huddleston" on Radio Scarborough...

Grateful thanks to Graham Rhodes for including "Mary Huddleston" from "An Original Thought" on his recent Rommelpot show - broadcast on Radio Scarborough on 01/07/16 and now Mixclouded for all to hear!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Caught In The Act reviews "An Original Thought"...

Many thanks to Brian R. Banks for his excellent – and highly detailed – review of “An Original Thought” in the latest issue of “Caught In The Act”

Greatly appreciated, Brian!

“An Original Thought”
Cherry Red BEAUAOT1 – DL-only – (47:06)
By Brian R. Banks
Hot off the ‘press’ - digital that is, as a download from Cherry Red’s continuing series of Beau’s latest music - that’s also aglow from his most intense period of creativity, not excluding his great Dandelion label days. Thirteen songs of wit and whimsy, thoughts of now and history, continue a trademark sound since a debut single in the summer at ’69 shot to number the Lebanon. Clearly a wide taste absent from home pop-pickers: it was about the 1917 Russian Revolution! And that is one at the qualities of this singer-songwriter: a never-ending-spur to further study of subjects that broadens listening pleasure and horizons within beautiful soundscapes, the latter further explored on his recent Simfonica recordings of electronica (Fruits de Mer Records). 
His music is never merely local, like Americana, or clingingly personal like the dissection of relationships, nor is it dated like the content of some musical genres. From his debut on, there is an abiding sense of familiarity, as if hearing again a choir in which we had once sung. As the saying goes, it is a broad church of universal subjects: tragic, amusing, quirks of fate, the state of things generally now and seemingly near future. Erudite, literate (Ringo Starr’s letter to a girl in 1961 ‘I don’t no wether [double sic...) ain’t part of our subject) and increasingly political recent releases are non-doctrinal: the individual is paramount, like for his contemporary folkster Mick Softley. There’s no dissonance: lyrics cut like a diamond, in sharper focus perhaps nowadays while always relevant.
The album appropriately opens with ‘An Original Thought,’ about a trial of one charged with that indictment, the parallel-in-literature George Bernard Shaw being name-checked. The barb about the detainee is: could he really have an original though, is it possible when we think of the history of thinking?! This collocates with Everything’s Possible (‘under the sun, once it’s been done’) and ‘The Patriot,’ considering – on midsummers eve! — how Machiavelli (in fact Machiavellianism) now permeates politics. Some would like to apply for ‘compassionate leave’ from the imposed creeds and activities harnessing patriotism for their own ends. ‘Don’t get me wrong,’ Beau says in his sleeve-notes, ‘I’m no pacifist, it’s just that I like to know when and how I’m being manipulated....’ Cherry Red has posted this on Youtube with lyrics; their showing of flags with one made into a paper plane may be too subtle for some in agreement with the expressed opinions. Beau sees birth-place as accidental, and whether one prefers to ascribe fate or destiny, the actuality is still without our choosing. 
Tempo is upped to strong strumming, reminiscent of his debut single, on ‘The Promised Land’ about the transportation and baggage of focus groups, including the current fad of trivia that drives social media. This song is also now streamed on the video channel, by Dianelos Palaiorokas; also in Greece, Marmalade Radio was the first station to premiere the album with interest shown on France radio and no doubt Holland soon, where the singer has a good following. Also newly uploaded is ‘Where Is Your Gun, My Son,’ soundboard live from a concert at Lichfield in 2012. Hypnotic, it conjures here Dylan’s unheralded classic protest song ‘John Brown.’  
His latest excursion into history is about the Longhope lifeboat disaster, which he first thought of telling back in the late winter of 1969. The Siberian ship Irene (perhaps Beau was also struck by the name due to his early influence from Lead Belly’s music?)  on its Way from Granton to Norway sent an SOS off South Ronaldsay, east of Orkney during a force 9 gale and waves up to 100 feet high. Fortunately it run aground on the aptly-named Grimness and the 17-man crew rescued. But the coastguard boat TGB of Longhope went awry in the storm, and though another lifeboat sent for it, was not seen until spotted in the afternoon upturned after ‘maelstrom conditions’ according to the official record. Its coxswain was still at the helm and all crew dead, one never found. This is a moving homage to a powerful legacy that still endures. 
The cheesier side of showbiz features on two tracks. ‘The Thinking Of God’ targets televangelists who bellow, like nationalists, that God is on their side, the astounding arrogance that they know God’s thought, which reminds me of Chris Hitchens’ interviews against that wrong-headedness. ‘The Trotter Sisters’ is an amusingly light-hearted tale about showbiz comebacks, be it cinema, music or theatre that herald (often shaky) returns as it once did with social activists, Victorian mediums and silent-film ‘stars’. The name, I’m reliably informed, refers to Mrs Midgley’s dancing feet! Family, this time distant, is referenced in ‘Mary Huddleston,’ an intrepid great-aunt who took a single non-return ticket in bygone times for a more praiseworthy reason than what motivates today’s market for the moon and Mars. 
The frantic ‘A Peace That’s Bad’ says wise things about conflict, while the modern bi-polar world of urban isolation is talked about in ‘Something Of A Loner,’ a sad life and demise. I’d hazard an unprofessional guess that perhaps creativity is the only escape or survival aid. ‘Skeletons Dance’ (without the apostrophe) discusses those exposed by the very-English tabloid press, based on a skeleton in the cupboard idiom (the Slavic equivalent is a dead body!). If you seek re-election, Beau sings of the politician, or have an erection then keep it quiet and don’t let the skeletons dance! A returned-to theme is surveillance, unforeseen by Orwell (or even Hitler) regarding its pernicious levels that ‘Little By Little’ encroach and remove personal freedom ‘shard by shard’. We all need to be alert is the good advice. The album ends with ‘Hope,’ based on the German proverb ‘Hope is the last to die’, a short but haunting tail-piece that reminds of the format of his first albums. 
This is a welcome birthday celebration that album-by-album shows a confident, often well-aimed focus in guitar and word, always provoking, often poignant, never dull. There is no use of capo, surprisingly regarding the different registers of voice and big Harmony 12-string that ‘rings out better without, as frankly do most guitars’, certainly the effect and memory long after playing. No foot-pedal effects either, all takes are ‘dry’ and natural; some echo and reverb were applied sparingly during mix-down. 
Troubadours in history sang not only of love but ironical satire of events and figures — Beau leans more toward the latter content of Envig and Sirventes (as a citizen equivalent of the paid solder who serves) than Albe or Maldit for which troubadours are usually associated with in the popular imagination. If you see music and words as a valid ongoing tradition of discourse about the world we live in, and the world we would like to be in, then the albums of Beau are craft-made for you and yours. 
Brian R. Banks

Sunday, 19 June 2016

New Simfonica work on 14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival CD...

Spies tell me my new Simfonica mega-opus - all thirteen-and-a-half minutes of it! - will conclude the Day 2 CD at the 14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival of Psychedelia in Wales (August 5th-7th). 

A splendid time is surely guaranteed for all!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

"An Original Thought" in Daggerzine's Top 10...

Grateful thanks to Daggerzine in the US for including my new "An Original Thought" album in their June Top 10


Friday, 3 June 2016

Rocker playing "An Original Thought" as we speak...

Now there's a coincidence! I just join Rocker's June show on Dandelion Radio, and as we speak he's playing "An Original Thought", the title track from the latest album. 

Brilliant, Rocker! Many thanks!

Rocker's Dandelion radio show (with "A Peace That's Bad") now Mixclouded...

If you didn't catch it live during May, Rocker's always excellent Dandelion Radio programme for the month has now been Mixclouded

He included "A Peace That's Bad" from "An Original Thought"

Do check out the whole show, but if you've only got time for one track, "A Peace That's Bad" takes off around 22:30.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Dagger Zine reviews "An Original Thought"...

Brilliant review of "An Original Thought" from the US-based Dagger Zine site! Grateful thanks to Tim Hinely.
"I first came across this gent’s music on the tunes that were on the Dust in the Nettles 3-cd folk compilation that Cherry Red released last year. Well, Beau (Trevor Midgley) is back and on his 70th birthday, no less. Apparently Midgley wrote this 13-song collection in just two weeks time (stating it was his most intense writing period ever) and this collection a terrific batch of folks songs that would make Phil Ochs or even Robert Zimmerman proud. Beau is certainly an accomplished guitarist (that is his Harmony twelve string pictured on the front) and he has an interesting clipped vocal delivery. The opening title track adds a bit of whimsy as does the playful “The Promised Land” while “The Patriot’ is a tad more serious. Sometime I’m not always sure what Beau is singing about but that’s ok, it could be the most friviolous topic in the world but coming out of his mouth it sounds deep and profound. Lots of folks’ music is way too by-the-numbers but Beau adds enough of his unique historical perspective into the tunes to give this one an extra good status (there’s really not a bad song in the bunch here). Let’s be honest here, this guy is way too talented to be so unknown, in his seventh decade on earth, maybe his time will come now."

Friday, 27 May 2016

Four-star review of "An Original Thought" from Shindig!...

"An Original Thought" has received a four-star review in the latest edition of "Shindig!"

Many thanks, Greg Morse!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Albums by "the original Beau!"...

Hmm, I've recently had a couple of emails looking for clarification about Beau recordings. 

Thing is, back in the day there was just me out there, but now it seems around the world there are several (six at the last count!) recording with the Beau name. These include a Japanese metal band, a female Thai vocalist and a New York drum 'n' bass exponent! Fortunately I trademarked the Beau name and signature a while back, but all this has caused a little confusion for folks thinking they were buying one of my albums and actually ending up downloading, for example, an American lady duo!

So, for clarity and excluding compilations, these are my available sets as we speak; those that I can confidently describe as being by "the original Beau"!

“Beau” (with bonus tracks) – CD and download
“Creation” (Japanese release with one bonus track) – CD
“Creation Recreated” (with bonus tracks) – download 
“Edge Of The Dark” – CD and download
“The Way It Was” – vinyl and download
“Fables & Façades” – download
“Twelve Strings to the Beau” – vinyl
“Fly The Bluebird” – download 
“Recorded @ Rockers – The Dandelion Radio Sessions…” – download
“Creation” (Spanish release available worldwide with two bonus tracks) – vinyl
“Shoeless In The Desert” – download
“An Original Thought” – download

Hope this helps!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

New Simfonica piece to be released at the "14th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus" Festival...

It's just been announced there'll be a track from Simfonica - my electronica alter-ego - on one of the "14th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus" CDs at the Fruits de Mer Records Festival of Psychedelia coming up in August. And, rather like last years Simfonica contribution, I can tell you it's a biggie! 

Meantime, if you missed out on last year's offering, this is it: "Mother Russia"...