‘Yesterday, Perhaps’ LP


I’m thrilled to have a new recording released on this tribute album to The Kitchen Cynics, alongside some impressive names from the current “alt-folk” scene such as Josephine Foster, Tom Rapp (of Pearls Before Swine), Alasdair Roberts, P.G. Six, and Sharron Kraus. I have covered the song ‘The Place You Hid’ – the original of which can be heard right here. A special mention too for Conor Mason for taking my tracks and doing his secret audio voodoo to end up with the finished track. Thanks Conor. This (vinyl) LP will be the 100th release on Alan Davidson’s Les Enfants Du Paradiddle label.

Sleevenotes for ‘Yesterday, Perhaps’.

In a world that is changing with increasing speed, it is up to the individual to find sanctuary and contentment in the small things, the pleasure of a summers day, tea and toast, a favourite toy, or, just maybe, the songs of Alan Davidson, their focus on local history, a sense of place and life’s small pleasures the perfect antidote for the chaos and confusion of modern day living.
For over a quarter of a century, Alan has recorded a wealth of classic tunes under the guise of The Kitchen Cynics, every album containing more than its fair share of gems, his work ethic summed up with 2007’s “Tune-A-Day” project, 365 songs/musical pieces that maintained the quality throughout, each month bringing fresh happiness to those that subscribed to the series.
Now the songs of The Kitchen Cynics are celebrated and shared by some of the finest artists working in the, loosely connected and ever expanding, Folk genre, the quality of the musicians involved a testament to the regard that Alan is held in by his peers.
Voted as gig of the year (2006) by Josephine Foster, in The Wire magazine, Alan has also been described thus “Kitchen Cynics makes me think of a meeting of Anne Briggs and Robert Fripp” by Dylan Carlson (Earth), and this seems to neatly sum up the range of sounds found on Kitchen Cynic records, quiet and loud, humour and regret, living side by side perfectly reconciled by songwriting skills of Mr Davidson, the musical landscape would be a sadder place without him (Simon Lewis ~ editor of the legendary Terrascope).

Available from kitchencynics@googlemail.com

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