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Recording Clive

Yesterday was recording drummer Clive Bunker at Blue Moon Studios near Banbury (excellent). You already know Clive because he was the drummer for Jethro Tull from 1967 to 1971 and was on Aqualung.

Clive also played on my album Paper Girl and came touring with me in Germany in 2004.

Anyway – here is Clive in the studio playing on Musicians, Life Is Never, Watching The Waves and Just Come Home…

Nursery Tavern Tonight


All you do is go to Coventry and do some rights and lefts and then park on LORD STREET CV5 8DA and then go in. It look like someone’s house very nice but only with a bar and pub type things such as rugby shirts trapped behind glass etc etc.

Then you buy a nice beer and say hello to people and then sit nicely and see the gig which is not only me but some other people called Thru’penny Bits and Murphy who are going on first and then the other one last and I am in the middle.
I spect I shall play for about half an hour. It starts half eight.

4Penny Shop Special Tonight


Hoorah. It’s the Old FourPenny Shop in Crompton Street Warwick TONIGHT.

It’s awfully such fun and there will be our friends John and Ali going who are coming all the way from Cornish. Also Keith Donnelly. Plus lots of good and nice musicians.

Let’s all go.

Here’s what to do:
1. Enjoy selfs
2. Drink
3. No farting smells
4. Do try to smile
5. No builder’s bum
6. Be jolly
7. Nothing
8. Sing nicely please
9. No doing two songs in a row unless an emergency
10. Drink
11. Forgot what 11. is
12. Sit
13. Roll over
14. Drink
Love annA x

Recording News


Maybe you are wondering what is happening with my recording? Well it is getting nearer to completion. Hoorah.

I am having a few guests to play which I’ll tell you more about later. So far I have played piano, keyboard, trumpets, guitars, accordion, banjo, French horns, and done harmonies.

I am recording these songs:

Zero Inches
Bring Me Back My Feathers
Watching The Waves
Lay Down Your Worries
Fly Away Little Bird
Song For My Piano
Everybody Loves You
Company Shirt
Life Is Never
Just Come Home
Warm Me Up

Maybe they won’t all get onto the record… we’ll see.
What’s really great is that at last I have been able to use my 1913 Bluthner Drawing Room Grand Piano for the piano stuff. This is because Bill Bates recording engineer musician singer-songwriter has been able to do it. And because Chris Teuten piano tuner managed to get the piano in tune. Also I expect it’s because the piano appreciated having a 100th birthday party put on for it last September…

More news later – in the meantime here is a friend of mine called Keith in the shape of a fish.


Recording Jonathan

Today has been recording an excellent guitar player Jonathan Waller onto Zero Inches. So far I have 7 trumpets, tuba, accordion, several vocals and brushes on this track. Hoorah. Here he is looking nonchalant…
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Fairport singing Bring Me Back My Feathers

Hoorah and hooray. Fairport Convention have been on tour – last gig tonight – and have one of my songs in their set. It is called Bring Me Back My Feathers which I wrote for my strange meddled-with Ozark banjo, and they’ve also recorded it on their latest album called Myths and Heroes. Fairport have recorded 2 others of my songs in the past – Sailing Boat and The Crowd. It is so nice that they liked another song though!

Banjo red low resHere’s what I wrote about the song in the album notes:
I made this on an Ozark 5-String banjo which was purloined for me from an Oxfam shop in 1987. Needless to say the banjo has four strings which I didn’t remedy, and tend to tune it nowadays to CGCD which is a sort of bluegrassy mountain tuning.
This is the tuning I was fiddling about with using a flat pick when this simple tune popped up – I put in some place-holder words which had been made during a special needs project I do every year in Brum called Fox Hollies Summer Scheme (we produce a show from scratch making the story, drama, music, songs, dance and artwork, and then we perform it at the end of the week). The original meaning of the line was literal, the whole show being about a parrot! I meant to replace the words which turned out to be the title of the song, but this line stuck, and I’m glad it did as it’s slightly peculiar.

Myths and Heroes

Being Mark Rylance

We are RadaR-b!Rds and we have done Being Mark Rylance…

We love his acting and he did acting in Wolf Hall recently being Thomas Cromwell and very good. We had to do practicing to get the eyebrows and mouths right.

Cropredy Trumpet


At Cropredy this year I did a nice thing for people so that they could take full advantage of the brilliant festival in Field 6A. I did a lovely trumpet wake-up tune for them all at 8am…


For Friends: Cropredy 2014


I’ve been playing at Cropredy on the weekend! This was as a guest with Deborah Rose which has been lovely. I’ve met and played with some great musicians who have played with Deb – Martin Riley on keyboard, Heather Truesdall on cello and Tony Kelsey on guitars. I played the French horn, accordion, bodhran, udu, chimes (plus teaspoon) and vocals. Look at Deb’s website to find out more about her…

Also the festival was really fantastic with lots of good turns on including some prog-rock which I quite like. Fairport played a brilliant set which included a song I wrote called Bring Me Back My Feathers. It was a bit of a surprise they played it which I found out on last Tuesday when we did the warm-up gig at The Banbury Mill and they asked me into the sound-check to listen to their version of it which is all twiddly and banjo. I like the banjo. The banjo is the instrument I wrote the song for. They are recording it on their new album ‘Myths and Heroes’. And I am recording it on my new album which is not named yet…

Wonderful = I met up with lots of old friends including people who play music and people who like music. And people who have something to do with music. Anyway – mostly we met at the bar. On Thursday I drank beer and on Friday and Saturday I drank vodka.

On Thursday morning I did a good thing and helped people to wake up on field 6A by doing a waking-up call on my pocket trumpet. I think people were pleased because as there is a festival going on then people need to get up and do festival things. I also shouted to get up in case they hadn’t heard the trumpet as I am not sure it was loud enough… Me and my friend Ulla did tent-peering and programme-sniffing. You might’ve noticed if you went to Cropredy that the yellow pages in the programme smelt completely different to the purple pages which meant that you could tell with your eyes shut if you were on page 6 (yellow) or page 44 (purpley-black). You will  have to find out for yourselfs what tent-peering is.

Anyway – it was most enjoyifying. And so when I got home I made the above video for all the friends and people who like Cropredy and go to it if you feel like watching it…I have added some pictures I took of some of the people. Especially you might  be able to see yourself on the one I took of lots of people sheltering in the record tent when it rained rather a lot.

On Saturday night there was nearly a hurricane which actually turned out to be just slightly raining.