Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Bringing in the lambs because it's blowing a blizzard

I spent 3 days in The Peak District's Hope Valley with a farming family, a visit which not only involved early lambs but also heaps of spectacular snow. I came to understand that there is not one moment when a farmer's workday is over, and it is truly a group effort keeping one going.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Veles Ensemble rehearsal

Rehearsal / project planning for collaborating with this fantastic string trio. Having sat through this morning's rehearsal I'm keener than ever!

Monday, 19 February 2018

On the ward at Guy's Hospital

Don't know why I've never thought of doing this before, a great drawing opportunity I'll make use of on future visits. The NHS is on my mind a lot these days, it's under such threat of privatisation. I know it's not always perfect, I've had some frustrating experiences myself, but they're FAR outweighed by the fantastic care I've received. Love the NHS.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Front row scribble heap 8/2/18 Club Integral's fundraiser for Resonance FM

13 acts playing 13 minutes each. Seems that I was on a 'draw one skip one' policy that eve.

Bob Drake and his 3 minute / 50 second pop wonders

Mandolin and fiddle from the No Frills Folk Band
Quite loud and quite fantastic 'Two Horns' (with their umpteen effects pedals)

Glowering Figs
Strayaway Child. The phantom tin whistler on the right also had a pretty wooden shruti box, but alas it wasn't mic'd  up so we couldn't hear it being played. That's a new thing for The List then, to hear one being played live.
'Robin the Fog' : conjuring grand sounds from humble tape. Took me back to ye olde 'mending a cassette with sellotape' days.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Finally got to see' The Moon and the Sledgehammer' at LSFF

Peter Trevelyan's 1971 documentary about a family living off-grid in rural Sussex, presented at London short film fest by Andrew K├Âtting. This is a pic of the Q&A afterwards. A gorgeous crisp 35mm print exuded life. The subjects speak in gently warbling dialect, scattered with folk rhyme, leg pulling and bafflement. Their woodland cottage is surrounded by many steam engine contraptions, crumbling vehicles, rosebushes and church organs. Particularly loved some close ups of beetles and bugs escaping a lumber saw.
Some light shed here: Guardian article 25 May 2016

Friday, 5 January 2018

Hairdressers on fire

Thought this earlier sketch of clippy snippy hairdressers needed a bit of animating