Stan's Cafe: One looks, marvels and understands

Leeds and Hull

September 17th, 2014


In my younger, more paranoid days, I was loath to talk about more than the very next Stan’s Cafe project for fear somehow the idea would be ‘stolen’. Then I started to realize that the more people you share your ideas with the greater the chance you have of finding someone who wants to join you playing with them. Continue reading “Leeds and Hull” »

The Voyage: Studio Recording

September 9th, 2014

Exciting news recorder fans, Michael Wolters groupies, mini-opera lovers and Stan types. Michael’s vast double CD of recorder music Kathryn and Peter Play The Recorder has been released on the niftily named Birmingham Record Company label. Track 1, CD 1 is ‘our very own’ The Voyage.
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Billy The Kid

September 8th, 2014


This Friday we are proud to be hosting Billy The Kid: His Life In Music by Livestock. This musical comedy has had lots of positive commendations, including friend of Stan Steven Brett at The Nightingale in Brighton.

It’s written and performed by improvisation guru Chris Johnston with musician Rex Horan and the excellent Simon Day has provided ‘additional direction’ so it is all shaping up well.

Do come over to @ A E Harris to catch it. Tickets are just £5 via Eventbrite. The show should be highly entertaining and if you haven’t had a chance to experience the new ’boutique’ version of @ A E Harris now is the time. See you there and then.

Rowley Park Adventures

September 2nd, 2014


Today we set the game staff of Rowley Park Primary Academy on a City Adventure. Craig and I had a fun time exploring Stafford properly for the first time. We turned up a number of great places to send people and even managed to conceive a couple of new challenges. Continue reading “Rowley Park Adventures” »

Getting Better

September 1st, 2014


The Commentators were much better on Sunday than they were on Saturday. After that first day we reflected on what went well and what could have gone better. As each outing for The Commentators is a new setting we have to answer the question as to how it works in that setting. Sometimes that can be established in advance; at the BE Festival we made a plan and executed it. Sometimes we have to learn from experience. Continue reading “Getting Better” »

Folk Commentary

August 31st, 2014

The Commentators did a full eight hour shift at Moseley Folk Festival yesterday. Their coverage of events was audible through speakers at various points around the site and now in bite size podcast form via Soundcloud. Remember these are not carefully crafted pieces made for radio, they are slices of the vast sprawling rolling thing.

There is more to come today.

Access All Areas

August 29th, 2014


Terrifyingly someone has slipped The Commentators Access All Areas wristbands for the Moseley Folk Festival, which means they can now bring their loyal listeners exclusive coverage from everywhere and anywhere. Tonight Johnny Marr was able to suit-up un-commentated upon backstage but tomorrow night will Richard Thompson be so lucky? On Saturday will The Waterboys escape having their entire rider inventoried over the airwaves?

Visit this website regularly over the weekend for regularly posted podcasts bringing you the ‘Almost Live’ experience of Moseley Folk. If you are on-site over the weekend seek out any one of nine listening posts to find out exactly what’s going on where you are and in areas not everyone can access.

Look No Rice!

August 27th, 2014

Our agent in Denver has sent us news of a neat piece of ‘Data Art’ – as I’m learning to call it. Where we traditionally use rice to count things, here the artist uses time. Not being at full mental flexibility just now it took me a moment to cotton but not I have I think it’s great. If you like Of All The People In All The World there is a good chance you may like this.

Sporting Performance

August 20th, 2014

I have been very much enjoying this summer of sport. The domestic football season seems to go on so long and become so all pervading that it’s a relief when other sports get some exposure.

The double dose of athletics has been particularly refreshing. This very excellent TED Talk helps us see all this running and jumping in an arresting new light. Are athletes really getting Faster, Better or Stronger or are they just being more carefully selected and using better equipment with a different mindset? Watch and learn.

Tune in to The Commentators to hear if the Moseley Folk Festival really is getting better each year – they will be using the same lip-mics they always have.

Furious Folly

August 19th, 2014


There has been a lot of art sloshing around the centenary of the start of WW1, including our own collaboration with Nenad Prokic, Finger Trigger Bullet Gun, but there is nothing that I have wanted to see more urgently than Mark Anderson’s Furious Folly.

Mark is a brilliant artist and spot on person. He is bright and imaginative enough to draw inspiration from the Dadaist response to World War 1. He has the pyrotechnic skills to make you feel you are stood in the middle of World War 1 but the sensitivity and artistic craft to resist doling out shell shock to his audience.

In Northcroft Park, Newbury he is curating a team of artists to make something that is bound to be extraordinary. The real blow is that it is the same weekend (last weekend in August) that we’re engaged with The Commentators at Moseley Folk Festival. Which could become the dictionary definition of The Sublime and The Ridiculous.

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