A nice grainy shot from the cathedral by Mark Mettam
My brother Simon has taken some PR shots for us, here’s a sample, shot in Rod’s Wonder Emporium…
Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Raphael “Raf” Ravenscroft at the daft age of 60. Famous for his work on “Baker Street” (and forever irritated by what he considered and out of tune sax!), he never really achieved much success in his own right. As a session musician however, he played on zillions of records, including Pink Floyd, Abba, Marvin Gaye, America, Daft Punk, Kim Carnes, Mike Oldfield, Chris Rea, Robert Plant, Brand X, Hazel O’Connor and Bonnie Tyler.
A perhaps less well-known credit for him was on Typhoon Saturday’s third (and final) single “I have Love“, on Polydor in the mid 80s. Our producer (the twat) decided the song didn’t need a guitar break, but a sax solo.
Obviously, the name he dropped from his book of contacts impressed us and we had visions of it propelling sales up to Rafferty proportions, so the call was made. He called by, cases under his arm, and proved not only to be an excellent musician, but a friendly and affable guy as well.
I mentioned that I played flute and he had a listen, offering a few tips. He fired off the solo on (I think) the second take, then added breaks to the fade out choruses, with 2 part harmonies. All played with the minimum of fuss and the maximum excitement. Less than an hour later, he was off to another job. Here is the latter half of the record
I did once get an email from him, thanking me for kind words I wrote about him on an early music website, but I didn’t keep it. I was surprised to read he was only 3 years older than me – his musicianship gave him a maturity we could only dream of.
We have a gig at the Church of Sound (aka Lee Rosy’s tea) 17 Broad Street, Hockley, NG1 3AJ Nottingham on Thursday October 23rd. Should be an intimate venue!
Just been enjoying a video from 1987, when Dig Vis Drill headlined the Sefton Park Free Festival in Liverpool. The stage was set in some kind of lake, with a hill in front of it – punters were lighting fires and it was an impressive evening. Here’s a capture from the video 😉
We’ve added an audio file from the Cathedral gig, part of the third set…
Some images from the Cathedral gig, shot by super-roadie Mark Mettam.
A snippet from the Sheffield Cathedral gig 09/10/14.
Someone wrote to us afterwards:
Just to say thank you so much for yesterday’s gig. I wandered in half-way through, a visitor to the city with an hour to spare before my train left. Such an astonishing, wonderful soundscape, and perfect in the cathedral setting as well. A bit of genius – and, I think, grace – on a Thursday lunchtime.
Actually, it’s a “recital”, according to the Sheffield Cathedral event on facebook. It’s been a few years since my last gig at the wonderfully reverberant Cathedral (see epic right) and we (Lost Garden) are looking forward to it a great deal. My brother sang in the choir some 50 years ago and I have wonderful memories of watching Graham Matthews, the organist, performing with bare feet.
We’re on around 1pm, Thursday October 9th, in front of the Nave…