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...

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...


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

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

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.


“Shoeless In The Desert” released…

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“Shoeless In The Desert” is out! Everything went live at midnight!

If you’re passing by Amazon or iTunes and are of a mind to check it out, do feel free to rate and review the set. It really does make a difference!

In his pre-release review, Tim Carroll for said “Trevor Midgley (aka Beau) writes wickedly sharp lyrics that never fail to make their point This nation is blessed with singer songwriters of considerable calibre, and Midgley belongs to those ranks…”

Mike Davies’ rather more gritty comment (excuse the pun!) for is it’s really about time you got his sand between your toes.”

I rather like that!

So, ladies an’ gennelmen, shake off those election blues! Here’s a few songs about religious entrepreneurs, coronary heart disease and immigration.

You can tell now why I never made it as a salesman…


Friday, 8 May 2015 reviews "Shoeless In The Desert"...

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Many thanks to Mike Davies at for this neat review of the new "Shoeless In The Desert" album (only three more days to launch). 

Lovely phrase - "it’s really about time you got his sand between your toes" - I really like that!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

"Masquerade" video back on line...

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After a YouTube glitch, Cherry Red have reloaded “Masquerade”, the promo vid for the new “Shoeless In The Desert” album. 

The old hit-count’s gone (hey-ho!), but at least it’s back up before release next Monday…

Monday, 4 May 2015

Dandelion Radio's Rocker plays "The Smoke Of Eden"...

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Shows how much catching up I have to do! The great Rocker played “The Smoke Of Eden” from “Creation” throughout April on his Dandelion Radio show, and I haven’t yet had the chance to say “cheers!”

Really appreciated, Rocker. I’ll be giving the show my customary monthly listen on Mixcloud this evening…

WFMU-FM's great support for "Creation"...

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I knew Sommor’s vinyl release of “Creation” was doing well in New York City. Now I know why! You go away for a week, and everything kicks off again!

Many thanks to the guys ’n’ gals at WFMU-FM 98.1 in NYC and New Jersey for all the recent plays; particularly Pat Byrne (“Nine Minutes”, April 11th), Nate Knaebel (“Is This Your Day”, April 12th), BrianTurner (“Creation”, April 14th), Nick Name (“Silence Returns” on April 24th), Jeffrey Davison (“Is This Your Day”, April 25th and “Blind Faith” on May 2nd) and Martha (“Nine Minutes” on May 1st).

And if I’ve missed anyone off, I’m truly sorry. But thanks again, folks – you really are making a big difference!