Still tough for anyone to have gigs but fortunately things are starting to ease very, very slightly. We managed to have a busk with “The Wall” on a patch of land by the Queens Head in Monmouth on Sunday August 2nd. Still restricted to gatherings of 30 people it was a great afternoon just to be out playing again. The only other ‘public’ event I’ve played was at Bar Aliolli at Jimer De Libar Estacion in Andalucia with Marcus Myers and friends on 23rd August.
So … the diary is sparse but we have Coltrane Dedication at the Globe in Hay (Friday 4th December), EIRA/Snow also at the Globe, Hay (5th March 2021), The Wall at the Lion, Trellech (Sunday 13th December) and I’ve just picked up a free-form gig at La Polivalente, Malaga (Wednesday 27th January 2021).Eira/Snow Tour Dates & Tickets Coltrane Dedication Tour Dates & Tickets The Wall Tour Dates & Tickets
There were some lovely gigs lined up in 2020 all cancelled due to the lock-down restrictions. The last gig I played was 18th March depping for Paul Dunmall with Phil Gibbs, Jim Bashford and James Owston. After that the first opportunity was a busking gig in Monmouth with the Wall on 2nd August. Here’s some of the ones that got cancelled: As “Coltrane Dedication” – The Globe at Hay on Wye; The Muse, Brecon Jazz Festival; West Wales Art Centre, Aberjazz Festival, Fishguard; Jazz Cafe, Cardiff; Queens Head, Monmouth Alternative Festival. As “EIRA/snow” – The Globe at Hay on Wye; Llanvetherine Court, Abergavenny; and many more with many players. A tough year for many.
Some fun events in the past …
The Kitchen Singers. Handel’s “Messiah” in St Nicholas Church, Grosmont Saturday 21st December 2019, 7.30pm. Supporting the true community spirit of Grosmont village, Monmouthshire, and their ambitious production of Handel's Messiah. They asked me if I could play trumpet. A resounding 'no' but I'm doing it on Soprano Saxophone along with harpsichord and string quartet.
BBC Radio 3 "Music Matters" - Interview about Cornelius Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra Saturday 26th October 2019 After the performance of "The Great Learning:Paragraph 3" at the "Voices of Monmouth - Together" event on Thursday 24th October, Lyndon Owen and Caractacus Downes are interviewed by Kate Molleson as part of their piece about the 50th Anniversary of the Scratch Orchestra.
Voice of Monmouth - Together / Lleisiau Mynwy - Gyda'n Gilydd St Mary's Church, Monmouth Thursday October 24 2019 "The Great Learning:Paragraph 3" Cornelius Cardew and a new piece by Ashley John Long. Music in Monmouth are hosting an event which brings together numerous singing and playing groups from the Monmouth community resulting in an 80 strong choir and an Orchestra of 20 double basses to join in a truly communal event. The event will be jointly conducted by Caractacus Downes (Choir) and Lyndon Owen (Orchestra). Several Guest performers will be appearing. www.musicinmonmouth.com
Green Man Festival, Nr. Crughywel SOLD OUT Sunday August 18 2019 Maurice El Medioni - film and music Eclectic Films will be showing a new film 'Maurice El Medioni', and celebrating all that is Middle Eastern Jazz with a specially devised set from world jazz multi-instrumentalists Eira\Snow.
Latitude Festival, Henham Park near Southwold Friday 19th July 2019 The Lavish Lounge BBC3 stage DJ Max Reinhardt (BBC Radio3 Late Junction presenter) laying down world beats with Lyndon Owen, Caractacus Downes, Sheema Mukerjee and friends.
Latitude Festival, Henham Park near Southwold Thursday 18th July 2019 Lavish Lounge Screen Playing improvised soundtracks to Ingmar Bergman's "Persona" (1966) and Luis Bunuel's "Belle de Jour" (1967) with the Instant Scorechestra with Sheema Mukherjee (Sitar & Bass) Sarah Nicolls (prepared and unprepared piano)