Songs From The Howling Sea was recently featured at Flummoxed Festival, Betchley, performing songs inspired by Captain James Wolfe, Angela Burdett-Coutts and Wapping’s John Newton amongst others.
This is a great family festival put on annually just outside Milton Keynes, and hosted by the band ‘We Happy Few’. Thanks again to Adrian Bannister and the crew for including me on the bill.
I’ve recently discovered a great history podcast entitled ‘Hardcore History’ by Dan Carlin. The most recent episodes are dedicated to the First World War and are an absolute must listen for anyone even remotely interested in history. (He also does a great series on Genghis Kahn). You can find it here.
I’ve written a few songs inspired by war myself, including this one influenced by General James Wolfe. You can hear it here.
After years of using my song (inspired By Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Eastern)’Great Babe’for their closing credits music, the ‘Londonist Out Loud’ podcast has decided its time for a change. To replace it they’ve opted for my song written in honour of Charles Jamrach’s Menagerie, ‘A Stones Throw’. You can hear it here.
Make sure you check out the Londonist podcast – The World’s No.1 London-centric broadcast, offering an array of weekly guests (including myself on occasion) and interesting London stories.
This week I had the pleasure of being invited to take part in this week’s Londonist Out Loud podcast recorded live from the Viaduct Pub in the shadow of Newgate Prison.
Hosted by N Quentin Woolf and also featuring the talents of Martin Zaltz Austwick from the Centre of Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL, we discussed sexual bias in the media, dodgy burgers and wrestling bears (as well as last week’s current events).
You may also recognise the end credits music; they’ve been using ‘Great Babe’ since the show’s beginnings but have now changed it for ‘A Stone’s Throw’ from my Five Boroughs Vol.1 album
I’m proud to announce that SFTHS will be included in the upcoming Matchwomen’s Festival next month.
Being held to commemorate 125th anniversary of the 1888 matchwomen’s strike that effectively led to the birth of the labour movement, this FREE festival will also be playing host to authors, politicians, activists and celebrities.
Of course I will be performing my song ‘Matches’ which I wrote back in 2011 in remembrance of the event.
Sat July 6th
Bishopsgate Institute, London
For more info visit http://www.matchwomensfestival.com
To kick things off, Ruairidh Anderson tells the tale of Charlie Brown, famous landlord of the Railway Tavern in Limehouse, who assembled a pub full of wonders.
“Over the years, after being thrown around on the waves, seaman would flock to this pub and along with their bizarre and exotic venereal diseases, would bring treasures and trophies from travels around the globe.”
Watch the video and enjoy the London song inspired by this tale ‘Here Comes Charlie Brown!’