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Issue #50 – The Anniversary CD Compilation

6 Mar


Twenty years ago we’d been running Bucketfull for about two years, and by then – between August 1996 and December 1997 – had published four issues without too many hiccups. OK we (or more precisely Terry) had been taken to court by a scumbag, and there were the weird and often inexplicable typos which mortify to this day, but we were solvent. We’d also got shot of all the subscribers we’d inherited from Jon Storey and now had our own growing list.

We were hitting #50 and thus far hadn’t cover-mounted anything. It wasn’t a good time for 7” singles; the nearest pressing plant that anyone knew of was in the Czech Republic; so we thought we’d do a CD compilation instead. We made a wish-list and started working through it, and surprisingly we kept on hitting pay-dirt.

Both Joss and I really wanted to get a Dan Penn track, so I got hold of his address and just wrote him a letter, which you still did in those days, and back came a DAT and a cassette, as you still got in those days, of ‘Jewel Of My Heart’ along with a friendly handwritten reply which I still have to this day. The track was an, possibly the sole, out-take from his Do Right Man album, and is, and remains, utterly wonderful.

We also got a track from Jim Dickinson, ‘Too Late’; a song co-written with Ry Cooder and John Hiatt, and recorded with his sons Luther and Cody. Joss had interviewed Jim and so this coincided nicely. We put Jim on the cover; I’d found a nice picture of him in a Dylan magazine but nobody could trace the origin. I ended up phoning up Jim to ask him about it and had a long and wide-ranging conversation – he told me a lot of stories – eventually being advised “just use it, the magazine went bust”. So we did and he’s unmistakable on that golden cover.

So that was two tracks, and there were another seventeen from folk like Dwight Twilley who gave us ‘It’s Hard To Be A Rebel’, Matthew Sweet with ‘Bold Moves’, and Sparklehorse’s Blake-via The Fugs setting of ‘London’. Bill Lloyd, The Barracudas, You Am I, and Darryl-Ann.

Listening again now I’m astonished at the quality and just how well we sequenced it. It sounds still so fresh and life-affirming even as time has made it poignant. Both Jim and Mark Linkous went some years back, and the loss of Tommy Keene last autumn so soon after touring with Matthew Sweet still stings.

We did very well with it and sold out the first print-run. A second smaller print-run used up the rest of the CD pressing. They soon went and that was that. I’d see it now and then on eBay usually going for between fifteen and twenty-five quid. For a long time all I had a handful of copies in poor condition, but a few years ago someone – I think closing a record store – offered me a box of old mags and when I got to look at it there was a small quantity of #50s in very good condition.

I thought they’d all gone but the other day, digging around at home (as some of you will know I have time on my hands currently) I turned a few copies up. Rather than stick them up on eBay I’m offering them for sale here, now.


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Madam’s Christmas song: ‘Thou Tiny Child ( The Coventry Carol)’

11 Dec

St Leonard's

A seasonal song from Sukie Smith and Madam in aid of the restoration of St Leonards Church, Shoreditch:

Sukie says: “We recorded it in response to all the footage of war and stories of civilians being killed in Syria and also in the light of all the child abuse horror show. Hope that’s not too heavy. All proceeds go to restoring the extraordinary St. Leonard’s Church where Handel rehearsed  and Richard Burbage is buried. We used the natural reverb to record the vocals: all spooky and perfect.”

Madam featured in BoB#78/79

Sid Griffin and The Dreaming Spires celebrate Gene Clark: Sat 2nd June

30 May

From our friends at The Betsey Trotwood

This Saturday 2nd June at 8.00pm


This is a special edition of our regular Tri-level fest of, Cosmic Americana and Bluegrass with a featured performance celebrating the music of Byrds frontman GENE CLARK by

Support comes from Betsey favourites TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH LOU and GABRIEL MINNIKIN & THE FAST COUNTRY …
Guest DJ NICK WEST will be on the decks delivering a Gene Clark inspired set and more in the main bar ’til 1.00am.

Musician, author, broadcaster and acclaimed Gene Clark expert and fan! … Having penned the sleeve notes to the fantastic Flying High ‘Gene Clark best of’ compilation who better than Sid to front a set covers in celebration of the man’s music. This is a rare departure away from his regular group THE COAL PORTERS with whom Sid tours Britain, Europe, The World and elsewhere on a regular basis. In between these commitments you might also catch him as regular Guest Musicologist on the Radcliffe and Maconie radio show.

Betsey Trotwood regulars following their fantastic recent run of COVERED IN GLORY nights The Dreaming Spires head back down from their native Oxford (where they they’ve been running TRUCK FESTIVAL for the past 13 years) for another night of superb music. Formerly members of GOLDRUSH  and DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD they cite THE BYRDS as a major influence and create a music that fuses the warmth and energy of west-coast America with the spirit of their own home town.

As founders and original custodians of our twice monthly folk session THE LANTERN SOCIETY it’s always a real pleasure to welcome Trevor and Hannah back to The Betsey. Their recent HEAVENLY RECORDINGS released album QUALITY FIRST, LAST & FOREVER! is a modern folk-pop masterpiece described by NME as possessing “Fairport Convention’s folk with Fleetwood Mac’s pop sensibilities”.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia (Canada), Gabriel is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and was a member of the Canadian country rock band The Guthries in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His voice is unbelievable, ranging from the gravely depths of a bass to the richer timbre of a baritone. He has toured extensively as a soloist sharing stages with great artists including CALEXICO, THE HANDSOME FAMILY and THE EARLIES, to name but a few. Tonight he plays with new band but featuring old foil Chris Hillman on Pedal Steel Guitar.



DJ NICK WEST – Bucketfull Of Brains’ man about town spinning a Gene Clark inspired set and more til 1.00am ish.

ALL FOR ONLY £5 !!!!!!!!!


The Betsey Trotwood
56 Farringdon Road
United Kingdom

Doors: 8.00pm

Trent Miller: European Dates in June

29 May

Trent Miller is playing three shows in Germany and Holland next month.

14th June: Hamburg – Soulkitchen Halle
16th June: Berlin – Ex’n’Pop
19th June: Amsterdam – Muziek Cafe

“You Can Always Come Back…

3 May

But you can‘t come back all the way.” As somebody near and dear said not so long ago.

So that was a good start, back in March, but “what happened?” The perennial question. To which I can only say those who know know, and those who don’t…But here I stand, I can do no other.

Whither Bucketfull Of Brains? Now I fancy we’re damned to existence and things go on happening under covers, but slowly. Whether there’ll be another magazine is a moot point . Eventually you wonder, if you’re doing a magazine that the artists love and the music business couldn’t give a shit about, you might be doing it the wrong way round. But, to repeat, we can do no other. We (and that’s not royal btw) fell in with musicians a long time ago and we rub along very well. There are meetings afoot, and we’re Zigzag kids who like the print, so I don’t discount it. But I think we’ve had our fill of being mail order slaves and I’ve seen enough post offices to last a lifetime so…Watch this space.

Meanwhile the juggernaut that’s the BoB label is cranking up the engines. Still an incomplete study and still finding it’s way but keep watching.

Edward Rogers’ latest album Porcelain is released by Bucketfull Of Brains in the UK & Europe on April 2, 2012

7 Mar

“New Yorker Rogers lived his first 12 years of his life in Birmingham, which seems to have lent wry humour to his music – specifically this wondrous piece of elegiac glam rock (‘The Biba Crowd’). It’s a kind of musical equivalent to Jonathan Coe’s The Rotter’s Club.”


Man. Great songs spill out of this little bastard like raindrops. How does he do that?? On his latest collection, NYC-via-Birmingham’s Sir Edward goes deeper into the woods, assimilating his veddy british ‘60s/70s as if intent on making sure you’re aware of ever single ingredient in the best bouillabaisse you’ve ever tasted.”


Glam rocker & classic pop maven Edward Rogers is set to release his fourth solo album, Porcelain, in the UK and Europe on 4/2/2012 via Bucketfull of Brains with distribution by Proper Music Distribution.Porcelain, which was released last November in the US via Zip Records, is comprised of eleven sonically distinctive compositions that were written and recorded within an 18-month period. “The title of the album,” explains Rogers, “directly reflects the emotions represented in the songs and my mood during the writing process – rage, love, broken friendships, good days, bad days…fun days.”

The album’s title track, ‘Porcelain’, was recently featured as AOL SPINNER’S MP3 of the Day after premiering on BLURT ONLINE. Check out the glowing feature here: , and download the track here:  (approved to embed and post).

Rogers explains the track in his own words: “I once met a very young, very sick girl who was put in foster care because her family couldn’t afford to take care of her. I couldn’t get her off my mind. She made me think of the fact that life is so delicate, so vulnerable and breakable… like porcelain. That young girl and the challenges she was going to face was the inspiration for ‘Porcelain’.

In conjunction with the upcoming release, Rogers released a video for ‘Porcelain’.

Online US Magazine BLOGCRITICS says Rogers “has delivered one of the year’s understated musical gems with his latest effort, Porcelain. The album is audio heaven for fans of early to mid-1970s-era British rock, as it combines the nostalgic poetics of Ian Hunter and Mott The Hoople and the insouciant glam bounce of Marc Bolan and T. Rex… Fans of classic Britrock owe it to themselves to check Porcelain out.”

Representing somewhat of a departure in style – both musically and lyrically – THE BIG TAKEOVER had this to say about Porcelain, “Rogers crafts a timeless record of nostalgia-flavored – but not retro – rock & roll.” Porcelain reveals Rogers’ edgier side (‘The Biba Crowd,’ ‘Separate Walls,’ ‘Diamond Amour’) while emitting echoes of the softer sound of his past recordings (‘Nothing Too Clever,’ ‘Tears Left In The Bottle,’ The Silent Singer’).

Porcelain was ultimately penned by Rogers, but the album draws upon the talents of notable kindred spirits including: Don Piper, the celebrated songwriter and bandleader (contributed co-production); James Mastro, a founding member of both The Bongos and Health & Happiness Show and who currently records and tours with Ian Hunter (contributed guitar); Don Fleming, the frontman for Velvet Monkeys, B.A.L.L., and Gumball and who has produced Sonic Youth, Teenage Fan Club, and countless others (contributed guitar); Sal Maida, a member of Cracker who also performs with Roxy Music and Sparks (contributed bass); Ira Elliot, drummer for Nada Surf and Bambi Kino (contributed drums); Pete Kennedy, one half of the folk/pop duo The Kennedys who is currently on tour with Nanci Griffith (contributed guitar); Konrad Meissner, who frequently works with The Silos and Graham Parker (contributed drums); Joe McGinty, who has worked with everyone from the Psychedelic Furs to Ronnie Spector and who is also the mastermind behind the Losers Lounge series of all-star tribute shows (contributed keys); and Claudia Chopek, who has toured and recorded with Moby, TV on the Radio, and Bruce Springsteen among others (contributed violin and viola). This unique assortment of disparate talents bring a vibrant musical life to Edward Rogers’ creative vision and add another dynamic chapter to an already impressive body of work.

The now New York-based Rogers, who spent the first twelve years of his life in Birmingham, England, says “I’m motivated by the urge to make music and express myself, rather than by some abstract idea of being some kind of pop star, so I feel like I’m making music for the right reasons.”

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The Finding of Nic Jones

6 Jun

It’s quite possible that my first experience of the Queen Elizabeth Hall was in the summer of 1983 helping (in a small way) my friend Mike Bettison who was directing a production of Peter Bellamy’s folk opera The Transports. Over the previous year I’d been falling among Salami Brothers and spending a lot of time at the Islington Folk Club then at The Empress Of Russia. Presided over by Bob Davenport it introduced me to people like The Watersons and Robin & Barry Dransfield, and took me to festivals big and small; Bampton, Whitchurch, Cleethorpes, and Sidmouth. And while it introduced me to many records the two that remain the soundtrack of that year were Dick Gaughan’s Handful Of Earth and Nic Jones’ Penguin Eggs.

Nic Jones already seemed the lost man of English folk. In early 1982 he was involved in a horrendous car accident and was almost literally smashed into pieces. It was understood that the damage was such that he’d never perform again. So in the ‘83 production of The Transports his original role of The Father was taken by Taffy Thomas. Jones’ song on the original recording was to remain one of the few of his performances readily available. Even today it remains legally very hard to obtain his first four albums, originally released on Trailer. Continue reading