• Bunk Gardner: Sax solo
    Influences,  Music

    The Grandmothers at Porgy & Bess, Vienna

    This concert was billed as “The Music of Frank Zappa performed by Original Members of the Mothers of Invention”, which is a bit of a mouthful, but the band are basically the latest incarnation of ‘The Grandmothers of Invention’. Bunk…

  • Influences,  Music

    Peter Hammill at Porgy & Bess, Vienna

    Last night Peter Hammill visited Vienna to play a solo set at the jazz club ‘Porgy and Bess’. I last saw him in Glasgow, at the Oran Mor, which was a fantastic gig and a hard act to follow, since…

  • Time for a knees-up
    Influences,  Music

    Thick as a Brick, in Budapest

    I can hardly believe it is 17 years since I last saw Jethro Tull, on the “Roots to Branches” tour (in Glasgow). I recall being a little underwhelmed at the time, having the feeling that the fun had gone out…

  • Influences

    Neo-prog overload

    It does get its fair share of bad press, but neo-prog was a part of the early years of my musical development – mainly because the other bands I liked at that time in the mid 80’s (Jethro Tull, Pink…

  • Influences

    Tartan Heart (Belladrum) Festival

    It has been a number of years since I last went to a music festival to experience the delights of multiple bands, dodgy catering and never-ending queues for toilets. My first such event was the Cropredy festival in 1987 which…

  • The Deserters,  The Lunacy Board

    Going Live

    This gig forms the grande finale of the theremin shindig I mentioned a while ago. I’ll be part of the ‘UK League of Thereminists’ playing a few structured improvised pieces as part of a ‘theremin orchestra’. There are a number…

  • Instruments

    Hands Off!

    I don’t usually like to plug things around here, but this is an event that I’m really looking forward to – a whole weekend of theremin fun and goodness. There’s a great line up of concerts and events planned with…

  • Influences

    Whistlin’ Dixie

    I’ve had more than my fair share of hillbilly / redneck experiences in this last week – must be something in the air. Jerry Springer – The Opera At the start of the week we treated ourselves to a night…