No, it's not an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest from some obscure Balkan country but the track Wiedźmowa (aka The Witchy Song) from the album Mszarna (Ptarmigan) by Ols aka the Polish singer-songwriter Anna Maria Oskierko. Ols describes her music as Dark-NeoFolk "delving into magical realms of misty forests and mysterious wetlands". (Ols is a Polish word for alder forest growing on swamps and marshes). All vocals, instruments, compositions, lyrics and arrangements by Anna Maria Oskierko.
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Welcome to Episode 14 of the Weird Tales Radio Show. This is our our Beware the Ideas of March; Headless Radioactive Cockroaches Crawling out of the Loo; Let’s talk about Cunning Men, Wise Women, Folk Magic, Spells, Charms and Potions Show. The big interview is with A.D. Mercer about his new book The Wicked Shall Decay and we also look at the legend of The Four Thieves Vinegar, a defence against the Plague and a tasty Salad Dressing! Music is by Depeche Mode and the Ides of March. Available on all podcast channels now or just click the player links (below) – Omny also includes chapter markers.
Welcome to Episode 13 of the Weird Tales Radio Show. This is our our Ghostly Drummer Boys drumming, playing Led Zeppelin backwards (and forwards) to raise the Devil, all the Folklore you ever need to know about Mad March Hares, I married the Ghost of a Dead Pirate, what’s so unlucky about the Number 13 anyway show.
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A reminder of my mis-spent youth... saw John Mayall and his band – the current lineup is Greg Rzab on bass and Jay Davenport on drums (but they no longer use the Bluesbreakers tag) – play the Theatre Royal in Norwich last night (25 October) as part of their 35-date Livin' & Lovin' the Blues 2017 UK tour. They call Mayall "the Godfather of British Blues" and he still is... Fast approaching his 84th birthday, he knows how to boogie and can still deliver a 90-minute action packed show. The show's finale is Congo Square from his 1980 album A Sense of Place. I last saw him at Leeds Uni in about 1970 and before that at a club in Scarborough. Where did the years go?
As we slip into the long weekend in the UK, here's a video of some psychedelic pop by Nirvana. That's the original 1960s Brit band (here seen in a later 1970s manifestation) not the later Kurt Cobain band.
The band Pink Floyd feature in a novel I'm currently writing (and in effect provide the backing track to the text) so, out of interest, I recently ran a Twitter survey to discover which were people's favourite Floyd albums – besides The Dark Side of the Moon.
The results were not as I suspected...
In first place on 47% was The Wall beating Wish You Were Here on 32%. Then came the 1971 album Meddle on 16%, beating Animals into fourth place on just 5%. All of which just goes to show there's a lot of it about!
Just taken delivery of tickets to see John Mayall – the Godfather of British Blues – in Norwich in October. Of course he's ancient now (no disgrace, so am I) however at this distance in time we tend to forget just what a huge impact Mayall had on the UK pop, blues and Mod scenes in the first part of the 1960s.
I still have a copy of his 1964-vintage 45 single with Crawling up a Hill on the A-side and Mr. James (about the Chicago slide guitarist Elmore James) on the flip. Growing up as a teenage schoolboy in Scarborough, I was already aware I was living in a small town and needed to get out. The Mayall song Crawling up a Hill, with its lyrics about heading to London town, for a better scene, and the kind of music that won't bring you down, resonated very strongly in me – even if it actually took me another eight years to get there!
By way of a compare and contrast, here's the original Mayall version and a much later (2003/04) version by Katie Melua (which goes for a more laid-back jazzier approach) from 40 years later.
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Episode 18 of the Weird Tales Radio Show is our “Down with the codfish aristocracy” edition… We look at the mystical side of Japanese martial arts + get the inside skinny on Goth culture from alternative fashion, culture and travel superstar blogger La Carmina (pictured above) + we report on the builder who sold his soul to the Devil and is now trapped for all eternity in a churchyard porch + in a true WTF?!? moment, we learn about a deadly riot in New York that was sparked off by a dispute over who was the best Shakespearean actor treading the boards.
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