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Will’s Last Terrestament

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  1. Lowlands 04:48
  2. Samsara 05:14
  3. Truth – Box of Rain – The End of Words 18:39
  4. She Lives in a Time of Her Own – Mining for Starlight – Love Chant – Music is Love 23:30

In Memory of Will Greenwood (1959 – 2014)

In August 2013 on a stage in Devon at Kozfest there was a re-convergence of four old brothers of sound: Tim Hawthorn, Will Greenwood and myself had not played together for 10 years, and we were joined by our old pal from Invisible Opera Company of Tibet times, Nick Harrison on drums, who Tim and I had not seen for even longer, and who Will had never played with at all!

An hour of unrehearsed spontaneous psionic surfing ensued, with another the following weekend at the Green Gathering. We were so happy to be playing together again doing our psychedelic thang, and that seemed to be communicated to our audiences in a pleasing way. We agreed to do it a lot more often from then on!

Four months later we assembled again (without Nick) in the living room at St. Dunstan’s House, next door to Glastonbury Abbey ruins, for an intimate Midwinter’s evening of Solstice carols and Tim’s songs, at the behest of our marvelous host, Sam Welbourne who, naturally, recorded the performance.

We had no idea it was to be Will’s last. He died 10 weeks later on 10th February 2014.

Playing with Will was always special and exciting for me: his mastery of the guitar and boundless musical versatility and invention, played with a crackling intensity yet such apparent ease, sparked me in a rare way and something exciting always happened. A precious and thrilling thing!

Then, when you add Tim’s amazing songs and our harmony blend…
and decorate with the beauty of vocals from Laura Iseley, and violin and flute from Harmony Davies…

Magick Can Occur.

Thanks to Sam’s vision, generosity and care we reckon we’ve bottled some, and with it Will Greenwood’s last display of sonic wizardry.

Blessed Be!

Will’s last text message to me, a few days before he died, was upbeat and ended thus:

“Let’s get together and play soon mate. Music Is Love and I wanna play! Want to sound like a good band, which I think we are xx”

Music Iz Love!

Jim Iz
Glastonbury, 11th Feb 2015

released February 11, 2015

Will Greenwood – Lead guitar
Jim Peters – Keys, D whistle and vocals
Harmony Davies – Violin and flute
Laura Iseley – Vocals
Tim Hawthorn – Guitar and vocals

Produced by Sam Welbourne, Jim Peters and Tim Hawthorn

Uncarved :: Live at Mellstock

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  1. Dangerous Thing 3:28
  2. Overnight (Robb Johnson) 5:28
  3. Blood Mother / Cailleagh 10:19
  4. Maid in Bedlam (trad) 4:25
  5. Samsara 4:40
  6. Dance your Dreaming Awake 3:51
  7. She Lives in a Time Of Her Own (Rocky Ericson / Tommy Hall) / Mining for Starlight 8:16
  8. Oak and Ash and Thorn (Rudyard Kipling) 5:31

This is a live solo acoustic concert recorded at Mellstock, which was organised to raise money for Help in Action
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released September 23, 2016

Recorded by Sam Welbourne
Cover drawing by Earl Bramley-Howard

Mandala Mother CD Mandala Mother

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  1. Truth 05:39
  2. All Comin’ True 08:09
  3. Bad Self 05:09
  4. Simple Song 07:10
  5. Mining for Starlight 05:13
  6. Music Power Medicine 06:00
  7. Empty Space 03:20
  8. Uma Parvati 04:47
  9. Divine Mother 05:46

The morning after a crazy party on Gypsy Hill in honour of Matt Spacegoat’s birthday 1997, Dave Goodman locked us in the studio with only a stereo microphone for comfort. This is what happened.

So, friends and dear ones, here’s a thing … In the aftermath of a rather colourful party at Mandala Central Gypsy Hill in October ’97 in honour of Matt Spacegoat, ‘Dalaman’ Dave Goodman (always remembered with deep Love) ushered Tim and I down into the hallowed basement, assembled us around a microphone and said, “just do those songs you were both singin’ last night,” as he pressed the Red Button and walked back upstairs … That was 17 years ago … the resultant recording has been heard by maybe half a dozen people since (therein lies another tale, or two). On the few occasions I’ve rediscovered it over the years, I have always been struck by the energy and joy in the performances … we were flying and you could tell! The summer of 1997 was intensely potent, creative and magical for us, and this musical snapshot always seemed to me to be a distillation of that halcyon time. Dave captured and bottled the essence of the particular phenomenon that is the musical blend of Tim and myself, bless ‘im x Then I was in my 34th year, and now 17 years on I am in my 51st. (you do the …) This is the next octave of the story. Music is powerful medicine (I wrote that somewhere), and we’ve not really released our musical spells out into the world in all these years, but the time is NOW! We have survived, and this is a time of rekindling connections. There’s more than a whiff of that same magic in the air and we have ignition! We’re playing together again, and recently have been doing our thing out on the street for the first time and ‘coincidentally’ being filmed in full flow …

The full electric psychedelic boogie band experience is also back up and very much happening, with the addition of old friends and new, taking off in a field near you this summer … channels open, power’s on! Psst! here’s another thing … we’d rather be playing on the street because we want to,  not because we have to. So, if you dig the music, or if you might get a warm glow from helping us to keep doing what we seem to be on this planet to do … or even both … for a fiver (or more if you feel so inspired), you can download the whole 9 song session which we’ve named Mandala Mother here: http://timhawthorn.bandcamp.com/album/mandala-mother. Alternatively, if you still have a yen for those old-fangled CD objects, you can order Limited Edition CDs, each  with Unique Hand-made Covers (may include sparkles) … message us.  Music is Love, and we’re prepared to put our music where your ears is! There’s so much more to unleash … we really appreciate every drop of encouragement! Thank you for helping us get this thing in the air …

Cover art: Jo Thilwind.

released 14 May 2014

Live on Midwinter's Day Live on Midwinter’s Day

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  1. Welcum Yule
  2. The Carol of the Unconquered Sun
  3. The Praise of Solstice
  4. Zummerzet Wassail
  5. Green Growth The Holly
  6. The Greensleeves Carol
  7. Levy Dew
  8. Midwinter’s Day
  9. The Grail Carol
  10. The Holly and The Ivy
  11. Deck the Hall
  12. Patapan
  13. The Apple Tree Wassail
  14. Celtic Prayer
released 25 December 2013
Carol concert recorded live at St Dunstan’s House, Glastonbury 22nd Dec 2013. Engineered and masterminded by Sam Welbourne.Cover design: Will Greenwood, Photo: Amanda Earthwren.50% of profits go to St Dunstan’s House restoration project.
Carols for Solstice CD Carols for Solstice

Carols for Solstice CD£7.50 incl. P&P
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Track listing

  1. Welcum Yule
  2. The Carol of the Unconquered Sun
  3. Zummerzet Wassail
  4. The Greensleeves Carol
  5. Merry Gentlemen
  6. Midwinters Day
  7. Green Growth the Holly
  8. The Holly and the Ivy
  9. The Best of Trees
  10. The Grail Carol
  11. Patapan

This is a selection of restored solstice carols recorded at the Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury, November 1997. These are not personal versions or parodies but restorations of the carols back to what might have been their original versions; Pagan Fertility Dance Songs. We’re still looking for the dances to go with them.

Our modern day carols probably evolved from a tradition of pre-Christian sung fertility dances, which is believed to have survived up to the 14th Century in this country. The dances are believed to have been similar in format to the branle (pronounced brawl) – Old French circle dances and Breton – style Andro or processional line dances.

There are lurid tales of debauched revelry and huge processions dancing from town to town, often lead by a naked woman. These would almost certainly be connected to the Germano – Celtic rite of Yule on winter solstice, celebrated as Saturnalia by the Romans. The Wassails come from a distinct Anglo-Saxon tradition, also connected with fertility. “Waes Heil” means good health.

Many of these versions are the work of Norman Iles, to whom I am indebted, for his lifetime’s work in searching out and restoring these songs and many others to their original meaning and form. My work has merely been to try to create performable versions of these tunes and add to the growing, living folk tradition of which we are all a very important part.

Listen here: http://soundcloud.com/timflatus/sets/carols-for-solstice/
Download here: http://timhawthorn.bandcamp.com/album/carols-for-solstice

Charm CD Charm

Charm CD£7.50 incl. P&P
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Track listing

  1. She Who Makes The World Go Round
  2. Certain Things
  3. Nothing Serious
  4. Stars
  5. Magpie
  6. Fatherless Sons
  7. Mrs Unobtainable
  8. Cry For Me
  9. All Or Nothing
  10. White Wing
  11. With A Smile
  12. White Horse
  13. The Ravens Of War
  14. Lowlands
  15. No Trouble
  16. Dirty Water
  17. Another Beginning

Original guitar and vocal studio album featuring many new songs and some acoustic re-workings of old favourites. All original compositions except Lowlands, which is a trad sea shanty AFAIK.

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Born With Masks CD Born with Masks

… and bred to lie …
Born With Masks CD£7.50 incl. P&P
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Tracklist

  1. Mayday
  2. Mad Mary
  3. Name
  4. Alison
  5. Sleepy Town
  6. Ten Past Eight 4:32
  7. When the Sky falls in
  8. Snaggeroo
  9. Jealousy
  10. Nervous
  11. White Horse
  12. Hollow Hills
  13. Closed (Part I)
  14. Fashion
  15. I Want More
  16. Avocado Girl 4:06
  17. Tibetan Love
  18. Blown me Away
  19. Call it a Day (bonus)

TRT (?:??)

Collection of early demos from the early 90s

Isle of the Dead Isle of the Dead

Isle of the Dead
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Tracklist

  1. She called this place Avalon (Closed part 2) 9:06
  2. Hermaphrodite 10:29
  3. Generate 2:59
  4. Victory (Like being on the shores of ecstasy) 7:46
  5. Beauty (The Big Walkers) 3:42
  6. Obedience (Law of Netjer) 3:33
  7. Severity (Vitriol) 2:00
  8. Amnesia (Xotzolotl / Snow Piece) 14:32
  9. GoldFish (A Shaman’s Death) 5:11
  10. Destiny’s Natural Amusement 20:23

TRT (79:41)

The Isle of the Dead is the soundtrack to the Avalonian Book of the Dead. Originally released in 1992 as part of a performance piece on the subject of death and dying, the material was remixed and remastered in 2000, including some previously unreleased material.

The pieces are based on Matthew (Dr Strange) Sleigh‘s word collages, which represented the pages of the Book of the Dead. The album follows the journey of the soul from the point of death to its dissolution into the limitless divine light.

The material was originally recorded on 4-track cassette tape at some point in 1991. The whole collection was remixed in September 2000 including radical reworkings of tracks 1,6 & 9 introducing some previously unreleased material. The whole piece was finally digitally remastered with JAMin on 23rd September 2004.

Although the greatest of efforts have been taken in the presentation of this material, there is a certain amount of noise, hiss and random clicks, the removal of which would have destroyed the integrity and ambience of the original music. It is a great pleasure to be able to present the piece in its entirity in its current form. Thanks to all who have helped along the way.

Musicians

  • Treppur Slim: 3 & 4 Lead Guitar
  • Greg “Willow” Seeger: 1 Drum kit 2 Percussion and Acoustic guitar
  • Stevie Potier: 1 Lead Guitar
  • Moses Kingsbury: 1 Trumpet
  • Adrian Hopper: 1 Sax
  • Matthew Sleigh: 7 drum programming
  • Claire Jones: additional vocals

Reading the ‘Avalonian Book of the Dead’: Sally PullingerDr. StrangeClaire JonesLissy FreewomanCharley Barley & tim hall.

Additional material

Lowlands – traditional
Jerusalem – Hubert Parry
excerpt from Nick Harrison‘s 1973 version
She moved through the Fair – trad.
Death March – Chopin
Dig my Grave – traditional

Original concept for The Avalonian Book of the Dead – Matthew Sleigh.
Theological corrections and spiritual guidance – Rev. Boris Gestetner.

Music & Arrangements except where otherwise stated – tim hall


Original introduction to:

The Avalonian Book of the Dead

The Avalonian Book of the Dead is a mystical text, which was found imprinted, as the result of psychoradioactive forces, on the inside of a brown paper wrapper. The paper had been used to parcel up the legendary Holy Grail. the strange glyphs and jumbled text, which appear to bear a direct relationship to 20th Century English, have fascinated scholars and antiquarians for centuries. The original is now preserved in a vacuum sealed hyper-frame at the Avalonian National Museum of Theological Artefacts, which recently celebrated its 529th anniversary with a special exhibition featuring large-scale facsimiles of the eleven imprinted sections or pages, of the book itself.

The Book is called the Book of the Dead because of its apparent similarity in theme and overall structure to the Egyptian and Tibetan Books of the Dead. Interpretations vary widely, however; some commentators believe it to be the rules for a highly complex board game, and at least one has suggested that it is a blueprint for Creation, which malfunctioned and had to be replaced by a better model.

There have also been arguments concerning the origins of the Book, some claiming it to be a 23rd century forgery, created to raise flagging interest in the New Age Jerusalem of Glastonbury, which relied for its income on pilgrims and tourists. The first stories of miracles connected with the Book date from a time of economic crisis when the 10th generation hippies, who then inhabited the town, were to have their hereditary unemployment benefit cut off.

This theory may contain some truth, but it does not reduce the interest of the book itself to the general reader. The authenticity of the Reverend Boris Gestetner, founder of the Museum in 1986 and according to legend the discoverer of the Avalonian Book of the Dead, can be verified. His name appears in the court rolls for Shepton Mallet in the year 1991, when he was arraigned before the Justices for not paying his Poll Tax. It is said that his journey to the East, and his subsequent life devoted entirely to contemplative prayer, were both motivated partly by his desire to avoid the infamous Community Charge.

The text that accompanies the book is the story of the Book’s discovery by the Reverend Boris Gestetner. The story was preserved by the immortalist Edgar Bone, who died in a tragic teleportation accident at the age of 602. His effects included the present manuscript, which has been specially edited for inclusion in this volume. It is presented simply as the Reverend Boris Gestetner’s own words.

William B. Gestetner, Glastonbury, Avalonia, 23rd September 2525


The tracks below are downloadable (if you right-click the link) or streamable for free. Some of them are in Ogg Vorbis format, for which you may need to install the necessary codec if you’re a Windows user. If you would like to pay me something for them, please hit the Donate button over there on the right –> alternatively have a look at my wishlist to find out about other ways you can support my music. It’s entirely up to you, thanks!


Samsara
 :: An unrequited love song with a positive twist. With Will Greenwood on lead guitar.

She Who Makes The World Go Round :: This song is part of my theory that the world is really controlled by the conversations of elderly ladies over tea and scones. It has subsequently become associated with and is dedicated to the loving memory of Alison Colliyer. I wrote it for you, anyway. Recorded by Matthew Watson for the 2008 Bruton Acoustic compilation.

Celtic Prayer :: A four-part acapella setting of one of the prayers from Alexander Carmichael’s ‘Carmina Gadelica’. This recording features the voices of Oshia Drury, Jo Waterworth, Laura Iseley and Jim Peters. Recorded by Greg Shepeard at Glastonbury Studios.

Now That Spring Has Come Again :: A traditional Spring Carol to which Jo Waterworth found a new third verse.

Certain Things :: Another unrequited love song. The chorus had been nagging at me for years and eventually I made myself sit down and build a song around it. It’s really due to the enthusiasm of Nathan Lewis Williams that I bothered to record it; I’m glad I did.

With A Smile :: An attempt to write a happy song for a change. This song is dedicated to anyone who has had a really crap day today.

White Horse :: Eternally dedicated to the memory of Keira Loughlin and my Grandma. Some of the lyrics were also inspired by Silver on the Tree’s drummer, Lydia. It’s really about the White Goddess in the form of Rhiannon / Epona and that untamable feminine power that she represents.

The Ravens Of War :: Part of the piece that won me the Bardic Chair of Ynyswitrin in 2006, the theme of the contest was Gwynn ap Nudd and he is hiding somewhere in the thicket of words if you listen carefully. It rips into everything.

Lowlands :: A song that I grew up with. Not the Anne Briggs version, which I’ve got to know more recently, but one by a 60s coffee-table folk band called the Galliards. This version is dedicated to the loving memory of Tim Woodman Sebastion and Brian Timmins, who taught me the third verse.

Dirty Water :: A protest song with a positive ending. Some things do make me *!$&£^%ing angry, I really don’t see the point in being quiet about it. If you like this song, actually, even if you don’t, please give some money, time or energy to Water Aid. ‘Nuff said probably.

The last 6 songs were all recorded by Nick Manasseh, Autumn 2008.

Flutter

Flutter is a MIDI Tone Poem realised entirely using Open Source software and recycled hardware. This is a testcard piece designed to demonstrate the capabilities of Rosegarden and Ardour using standard soundfonts and a couple of custom voices on my external D10. It is a structured instrumental piece based on the seed theme of f+f–f+f.

The flapping of a single butterfly’s wing today produces a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere. Over a period of time, what the atmosphere actually does diverges from what it would have done. So, in a month’s time, a tornado that would have devastated the Indonesian coast doesn’t happen. Or maybe one that wasn’t going to happen, does. (Ian Stewart, Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos, pg. 141)

Flutter is based on the Koch curve and a loose implentation of integral harmonic serialism, further developed through improvisation. It is a semi-abstract piece, based on the metaphor of a fledgling learning to fly. Released under a Creative Commons license.

Carols for Solstice

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