‘Yesterday, Perhaps’ LP

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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 Northwestern Series – PENDLE001

The CD version of ‘Nature Recordings’ is now out.

Tracklisting:

1. The Man Who Invented Himself
2. Lillian, I Love You
3. Dawn Rain / Grissom Aloft
4. The Archaeologist
5. The Eighth Tower (part I)
6. The Eighth Tower (part II)
7. The Eighth Tower (part III)
8. The Eighth Tower (part IV)

Most of the record is sang and played by me, but the exasperatingly gifted Steven Collins of The Owl Service helped me out with the music for ‘Lillian’, and drone authority Pat Gubler (aka P.G. Six) helped me out with various parts of The Eighth Tower suite. It’s the most cohesive thing I’ve ever produced and I’m really pleased with it.

Nigel at The Northwestern Series has done an outstanding job with the packaging. It really does look amazing. Thanks so much for everything Nigel.

Each package contains: a compact disc in a recycled kraft card inner sleeve with rubber stamp titling; four seasonal ‘Tower’ inserts designed by Dom Cooper [risograph printed on recycled card with soya ink]; dried Hydrangea petals from my garden; a letterpressed, hand-numbered insert by Phil McMullen of the Ptolemaic Press – all housed in a custom gold text ‘Northwestern Series’ green cardboard carton from Conifer Handmades.

Strictly limited to 300 copies.

It’s available to buy now from The Northwestern Series, Rough Trade, Piccadilly Records, Norman Records, and others – or direct from me (BUY).

Finally, I’d like to thank David A. Jaycock for suggesting I get in touch with Folk Police / Northwestern in the first place about this release. Thanks David.

Bursting out of nowhere


The new LP ‘Nature Recordings’ is out.

Vinyl only – 150 hand-numbered copies from The Great Pop Supplement (GPS63). Guest appearances by The Owl Service’s Steven Collins and P.G. Six. Artwork by Dom Martin. Contains ‘The Man Who Invented Himself’, ‘Lillian, I Love You’, ‘Dawn Rain / Grissom Aloft’, ‘The Archaeologist’ over side 1, and ‘The Eighth Tower’ (parts i-iv) over side 2.

It’s available for pre-order now from Rough Trade, Piccadilly Records, Norman Records, Heyday Mail-order, Rhythm Online, Boa Melody Bar, Phonica Records, Tormentosa and others – or direct from me. Email adamleonard@hotmail.com if you want one – they’re a tenner each (BUY).

Adam Leonard: Thoughts Upon Application

In a future rock and roll hall of anonymity, he will be a byword for quiet and tidy exploration … striding across the symbolic alien conifers – myopically planted by an eco-quango to reduce creative erosion and soften the artistic landscape – of nu-folk, modern acoustica, progressive electronics, post punk prose and popular sonics. He does not “take in” his surroundings, nor feel compelled to compose poetry and assemble music by some unseen elemental urge – his approach is experimental, inquisitive, probing. He is a social vivisectionist at the height of his powers. Fair play.

These works are the latest batch of results from an ongoing examination into the human psyche; into ‘the soul’, if that’s what gets you through the night, honey. But cast your dream-catchers and crystal healing methodology manuals aside; the imaginary emporium of Adam Leonard’s mind is more of an industrial trade counter than a new age boutique. You can queue up and pass your scribbled note of the heart’s desires to the vendor, dressed in Arkwrightian brown overalls, who will scurry off into a labyrinthine maze of dump bins and steel shelving for your dreams and fantasies. Inevitably something will be out of stock, but never fear – come back next week and A B Leonard and Co will have it in. On the counter are some thoughts on death, marked up at £3.99 with a florescent star. Impulse emotion vending. Do you want a VAT receipt for that, mate?

For Adam I have prepared the following poem:

Under the clock – the AC clock –
to the left of the bins;
Across from the charity collector and the instant salvation,
but opposite the gents – quite clean for a gents –
and next to the scales,
beside the bucket of Grade II listed rainwater …
I am temporarily alone in good company.

I hope that you enjoy this record as much as I enjoyed being edited out of it.

Yours,
Gareth Davies.

New album news

The wonderful Great Pop Supplement label will be releasing my next album ‘Nature Recordings’ in the Autumn. The album has guest appearances from Pat Gubler (aka P.G. Six) and Steven Collins from The Owl Service and contains all 4 parts of ‘The Eighth Tower’ suite + other new songs.

Inspirations and influences for this one: Klaus Schulze’s ‘Irrlicht’ album, Roy Harper in ’69, Michael Nyman, Tower Recordings, Nico and Cale, Syd Barrett & the String Band. More news soonish.