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Canterbury Sans Frontieres #58


Episode Fifty-Eight

We at Gonzo Web Radio are very proud to bring you Canterbury Sans Frontières - a podcast dedicated to the music of the 'Canterbury Scene' and more. Creator Matthew Watkins writes:

As with Canterbury Soundwaves , a new three-hour episode will be released with each full moon. I decided to wind down Canterbury Soundwaves so that I didn't end up

(i) repeating myself,

(ii) scraping the bottom of the Canterbury barrel, or

(iii) becoming increasingly tangential.

This new podcast broadens the musical remit, so it'll be about one-third 'Canterbury sound', together with progressive/psychedelic/experimental music from the Canterbury of today, the remainder being a mix of music from various times and places which I feel to be in a similar spirit of creative adventurousness. I'll be doing a lot less talking, and the programme will be less  expository – so no interviews, barely listenable bootlegs, etc. I also plan to include guest one-hour mixes from various musicians from the current music scene in Canterbury (Episode 2 features a mix from Neil Sullivan from Lapis Lazuli).

And for those of you who wonder what Matthew was referring to when he writes about Canterbury Soundwaves we have brought you all the back catalogue of that as well. Those wacky guys at Gonzo, eh?


Kevin Ayers acoustic in London in 2006. Hugh Hopper (i) collaborating with Portland, Oregon's Caveman Shoestore in '99; (ii) back at Canterbury Art College performing "O Caroline" with the Pig Band (HH, Coxhill, Pyle, Biddulph) in '84; (iii) with Shortwave (HH, Malherbe, Pyle, Miller) at Gong's 25th birthday party in 1994; and (iv) with Soft Heap (HH, Dean, Pyle, Gowen) in '78. Richard Sinclair with (i) Caravan in '83; (ii) Italian band Zenith last winter; and (iii) local pianist David Rees-Williams in Seattle, 2002. Matching Mole's full set at the Bilzen Jazz Festival in August '72, Gong on French TV in '71, plus Canterburyesque sounds from Manna/Mirage, Birds and Buildings, Arkham and Parc X Trio. A recently surfaced Manzanera/Eno/Wyatt jam, a Hillage B-side and some cosmic jazz from Sun Ra and His Arkestra in '59. From the Canterbury of now, new music from Koloto, Nelson Parade and Humble Pious, plus something from a 2014 Arlet EP.

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Kevin Ayers Biography

Kevin Ayers (16 August 1944 – 18 February 2013) was an English singer-songwriter and a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine in the mid-1960s, and was closely associated with the Canterbury scene.

He recorded a series of albums as a solo artist and over the years worked with Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, John Cale, Elton John, Robert Wyatt, Andy Summers, Mike Oldfield, Nico and Ollie Halsall, among others. After living for many years in Deià, Majorca, he returned to the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s before moving to the south of France. His last album was The Unfairground, recorded in New York City, Tucson, and London in 2006.

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