THE DARK. OUTSIDE FM Transmission 2013


The Dark. Outside FM
A 24 hour radio broadcast of Unheard Sound within the Dark Skies Park

Time: Noon 31st August 2013 – Noon 1st September 2013
Location: Murrays Monument and along the A712, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

“Sound Artist Frenchbloke curates 24 hours of previously unheard music donated exclusively for this project by innovative artists, musicians,  and producers from all over the world. The transmission is of specially composed work, forgotten recordings and alternate versions of existing work, none of which have been heard in public before. The sound works aired on the broadcast will be deleted afterwards and may never be heard again.

Listen in your car or on a portable radio while you hike in the hills, or sit back and relax and hear it transmitted to The Dark Star Lounge deep in the Forest…”

This is happening NOW. Previously unheard music from, well, me, plus The Human League (yey!), Mogwai, Jim Noir, Imogen Heap, Kitchen Cynics, Pat Gubler (P.G. Six), Gazelle Twin, Pye Corner Audio, Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra, Richard Moult, Frances Castle, Moon Wiring Club, The Psychogeographical Commission, Scarfolk Council and me old mate Gareth Davies, although he won’t tell me what name his track is under.

An as-it-happens record of what is being broadcast can be found on the Twitter account @darkoutside

Spirit Photography

Here are some photo’s I’ve received of the Ghosts From The Basement day at Cecil Sharp House in September. I believe audio and video will be released soon but for now, here’s some first-rate photography from Judith Burrows.

Click on images for bigness…

with Gareth Davies

(l-r) Gareth Davies, Adam Leonard, Steven Collins

with The Owl Service

with The Owl Service

Photographs used with kind permission of Judith Burrows (

Ghosts From The Basement event

I’m playing at this in the afternoon, hopefully helped out by Gareth Davies (elec. guitar) and Steven Collins (bass).

Saturday 25th September, at Cecil Sharp House, London.

Weekend Beatnik, Rif Mountain & the EFDSS present:

Ghosts from the Basement

A 40th anniversary celebration of Village Thing and the lost songs, dreams and folkadelia of the early 1970s

Concerts • Sessions • Author Slam!

Among the artists who will be appearing: From Village Thing’s basement: Wizz Jones (and Pete Berryman), Steve Tilston, Tucker Zimmerman, Ian A. Anderson, Dave Evans, Ian Hunt, Maggie Holland, Keith Christmas and Keith Warmington.

From up yonder Rif Mountain and beyond: Nancy Wallace, Jason Steel, The Owl Service, The Straw Bear Band, Pamela Wyn Shannon, Adam Leonard, Ellen Mary McGee, The A. Lords with Mark Fry and more special guests t.b.c.

In the literature lounge: Rob Young (Electric Eden), Jeanette Leech (Seasons They Change), Mark Jones (Bristol Folk), Will Hodgkinson (The Ballad Of Britain), Richard Morton Jack (Galactic Ramble) and Colin Irwin (In Search Of Albion) will perhaps illuminate the answer to that troubling philosophical question “what the f*** is psych folk anyway?”

All day ticket £20 (£25 on door)

Evening only ticket £15 (£20 on door)

Doors: 2.00pm, Ends: 11.00pm