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Episode Sixty Five

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?


A couple of recent live recordings from the current "Soft Machine" lineup, its rhythm section Babbington and Marshall also being heard on a side from the monstrous 1971 Centipede double LP (along with countless other Canterbury luminaries), another one from Hopper and Gowen, plus National Health live in Dundee in '76 with Mont Campbell, Bill Bruford and some wonderful Amanda Parsons vocals. Also, some very Canterburyesque sounds from Italy, France and the USA, courtesy of the AltRock Productions label, more Coltrane-inspired beauty from London-based tenor prodigy Nubya Garcia and half of Garrett List's extraordinarly Wyatt-like '72 album "Your Own Self". From the Canterbury of today, something from the new Lapis Lazuli masterpiece album "Brain" and a live synth improvisation from Arlet's Aidan Shepherd.


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