"Rummaging" Undergrowth Collective Compilation

Next Wednesday 19th September I’ll be playing a few songs at the Undergrowth Compilation Launch. The Undergrowth compilation features all the artists on The Undergrowth Collective: Andy Skellam, Snails, Shorely Wood, The Woodlice, Red Deer Sleeping, Jet Mc Donald and The Haar.

This beautiful poster and the artwork on the album is by the wonderful Lynsdie Barnard!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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At The Pictures with Three Cane Whale

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The Old Barn at Kelston Roundhill

We are thrilled to be supporting Three Cane Whale, as part of their nationwide tour, "At The Pictures" this spring at The Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill. 

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Three Cane Whale

"Bristol chamber-folk trio Three Cane Whale returns to The Old Barn with twelve short films to accompany twelve tunes on Friday 11th May. Shot by thirteen film makers and visual artists with connections to the Southwest (including John Minton, Kathy Hinde and Adam Laity), each selected a slice of 3CW as inspiration. They were shown at a live band performance at St George's Bristol last year; this is the first date of a 2018 nationwide tour of Three Cane Whale At The Pictures.

The band, "exquisite, elegant, atmospheric and charmingly quirky" as The Guardian observed, will bring their usual petting zoo of instruments including the standard trumpet, mandolin and acoustic guitar and the less familiar bowed psaltery, lyre-harp and dulcitone. Three Cane Whale are: Alex Vann (Spiro, Rock of Eye), Paul Bradley (Organelles, Athea) and Pete Judge (Get The Blessing, Dakhla Brass).

The evening begins with a performance by Red Deer Sleeping: Mog Fry, singer/songwriter with Simon West on ukulele.

The Old Barn, repurposed from its threshing past, is 300 metres below the summit of Kelston Rounhill and is accessed by a farm track off the A431.

There's parking on site, a cash bar and food available. Doors open at 6.30 pm. 
Buy tickets before midnight on the 6th April and pay £11 all in (£15 from 12.01 a.m. on the Saturday)"

Open Hearts & Joyous Leaves

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Thank you to all the elders who shelter and nurture new growth. And again to the wonderful Amy Lowell for her inspirational poetry.

Enjoy this short film (2mins) of beech trees and golden leaves. 

Beech Tree

 

You are like the stem

Of a young beech-tree,

Straight and swaying,

Breaking out in golden leaves.

Your walk is like the blowing of a beech-tree

On a hill.

Your voice is like leaves

Softly struck upon by a South wind.

Your shadow is no shadow, but a scattered sunshine;

And at night you pull the sky down to you

And hood yourself in stars.

 

From the poem ‘Generations’ by Amy Lowell. First published 1919 in Pictures of the Floating World.


"Amy Lawrence Lowell (1874 – 1925) was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts.” Wikipedia

Falling Through The Sunlight in Winter

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Adding a little colour during these drizzly grey winter months. This film celebrates autumn leaves 'Falling Through the Sunlight'. Just made it in time to catch these glittering leaves before they made their way to the wintery earth. 

Thanks to Amy Lowell and her beautiful poem for the inspiration to write and record this song.  

Falling Through The Sunlight

 

This afternoon was the colour of water

falling through sunlight;

The trees

glittered with the tumbling of leaves;

The sidewalks shone

like alleys of dropped maple leaves,

And the houses

ran along them laughing

out of square, open windows.


From the poem September 1918 by Amy Lowell. First published 1919 in Pictures of the Floating World

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"Amy Lawrence Lowell (1874 – 1925) was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts.” Wikipedia

Ducks in the Docks and Swans Swimming

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A short film (2m56s) featuring those fabulous swans and ducks from Bristol docks swimming to our song ‘Flint’.

‘Flint’ is now also available to listen and watch on our Vimeo page here. We hope you enjoy it!

The poem by Christina Rossetti was first published in her book Sing-Song in 1893.

Flint

by Christina Rossetti

An emerald is as green as grass,
A ruby red as blood;
A sapphire shines as blue as heaven;
A flint lies in the mud.

A diamond is a brillant stone,
To catch the world's desire;
An opal holds a fiery spark;
But a flint holds fire.

 

Music by Red Deer Sleeping

An English Breeze

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In November we released our ‘Autumn' EP and made some films which were posted the following week to all of you who came to the EP launch. Thanks again for your support. These films are now available for everyone to watch on our Vimeo page here. For those who missed the EP launch we hope you enjoy the films. Here is the first track, ‘An English Breeze’.  

Happy New Year! x o x 

UP with the sun, the breeze arose,
Across the talking corn she goes,
And smooth she rustles far and wide
Through all the voiceful countryside.

Through all the land her tale she tells;
She spins, she tosses, she compels
The kites, the clouds, the windmill sails
And all the trees in all the dales.

(From the poem 'An English Breeze' by Robert Louis Stevenson) 

Steps Of Passing Ghosts video & an evening with the Undergrowth

 
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Thanks to all of you who came to Autumn EP launch in November. It was fun posting daily videos to you the following week. Hope you enjoyed them too. 

For those that didn’t make the launch, Steps of Passing Ghosts music video is now available for all to watch. Click the link below. 

Tomorrow evening we will be playing at Undergrowth / Greenbank with the lovely Dan Everett. We’d love you to be there for this festive evening. We still have a few copies of our hand printed Autumn EP. For those who have left the physical world behind, we also have a digital version now available online at Bandcamp: 

https://reddeersleeping.bandcamp.com/album/autumn 

In the meantime enjoy watching Steps Of Passing Ghosts.  

Festive wishes to you all x o x