Thursday, 10 July 2008

Ok... The Programmes are out... It's Rhythms Of The World 2008.

I'm so far behind on posting stuff that it'll have to go in out of order as 'Rhythms Of The World' is upon us once more, and there have been a few last minute hiccups as usual, so I've spent all my free time trying to help sort them out.

Anyway, check out the billing on the old flyer...
Not bad, eh ?
Even if I do say it myself.
(And there's me sharing a festival date with the first 'Bobby And The Midnites' drummer... Who'da thought it ?)


Ok, that's yer warning.

THE N.P.W/Chris Ripple X-perience hit The Arcadeclectic Stage at about 4.15 pm on Saturday July 12th...
And we're feeling quite good about it.

There are four of us all told, with maybe a couple more guest backing vocalists if they don't bottle out before the event, but I won't embarrass them by naming them (yet).

The official lineup is as follows:-
The Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf-Guitar.
Chris Ripple-Vocals and Percussion.
Joy T.Chance-Backing Vocals and Percussion
Grant Meaby-Backing Vocals and Percussion.

For anyone who has seen me on and off musically in the last (It's nearly twenty... I won't lie about it) few years, I have to say that this lineup is closer to the early nineties KOCAINE aggregate but is much more 'stripped down' soundwise, and with chorussy bits as well.
I adapted one old Johnny Cash number that I was working on, for me and The Nuzz' and the rest just seemed to fall into place around it, and then when Joy and Grant came on board the possibilities became endless.
How long we last together is anybody's guess as we are all pretty distinctive, personality wise, but we are at least 'planning' another 'biggish' gig somewhere in the Stevenage area later on in the year ?

Me working with Nuzz ? There are no differences creative or musical whatsoever.
The guy is just amazing, and the ideas just seem to flow out of him...
I've always said he's my musical blood brother and I've always meant it.
Joy T. I worked with in our (retired for a bit) Jazz/Poetry band, Bass Relief, up until the early part of this year, and she is still my preferred co-star or co-compere at any gig I do.
Grant, of course, is my colleague from Parnassus Performance when the local poetry outfit does one of it's periodical gigs, and is getting a worthy reputation locally in his own 'write'. (Sorry... Couldn't resist it).

The beauty of the four of us working together is that three of us can write for the 'band' and arrange it how it's heard in their own head without the usual arguments over who does what, and then give it to da' Nuzz to kick it about a bit before revving it up, speeding it up and taking it off somewhere else entirely...
Strangely enough, it all seems to make sense to us, although what audiences make of it is another matter entirely ?

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