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Contents
Adrian Nation Plays Romford
Blog Action Day : When The Waters Rise
Rowan Tree Folk Song
Theatre in Scotland Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
Ustream.tv Tuesday Nights Andy Roberts Music 7.00pm
Yellow Boat
Cajun Music, Cajun Food

Adrian Nation Plays Romford

The good news today is that Adrian Nation has been confirmed to play Romford, The Golden Lion,  with myself, Andy Roberts as support. So I’m really excited by this, having seen Adrian play a few blinding songs a short while back when he visited Havering Folk Club briefly. It will be great to have the chance to watch him play a complete set to see the full range of what he can do with that amazing acoustic guitar technique. And I have the great privilege of getting to play an opening set of my own on the night, so I can start worrying about my setlist already!

Adrian Nation, Romford Gig Details

Who: Adrian Nation
Date: Saturday 24th July* (POSTPONED – Check back later for actual date)
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: The Golden Lion, 2 High Street, Romford, Essex RM1 1HR
Admission:  £6-8
Support: Andy Roberts

Adrian Nation – Five Finger Rapids Video

At the recent Regional Final of Live and Unsigned Adrian went through to the next stage, the Area Final, and is now just one step away from performing at the O2 Arena in London.

Adrian Nation at Havering Folk Club on Sat Jul 24, 2010

Adrian Nation at Havering Folk Club on Sat Jul 24, 2010

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Blog Action Day : When The Waters Rise

When The Waters Rise – Blog Action Day

My contribution to Blog Action Day, this year on the topic of climate change, is a song called “When The Waters Rise” here recorded from one of my live Webcasts ( Tuesdays 7.00pm )

When the Waters Rise Lyrics

When the waters rise, when the waters rise,

It’s started to rain, could go on forever
The puddles grow then join together As the waters rise

With energy a change of current
The trickle soon becomes a torrent And the waters rise

We’ll have to move abandon camp,
where once was desert now is damp And the waters rise

The balance kept by plants and sea
has pushed beyond the boundary
The gas surrounds us like a cloak
a million years gone up in smoke

With climate change, a world in motion,
Then the ice caps melt and join the ocean And the waters rise

In the short term we can head for the hills,
In the longer run we’ll all grow gills and the waters rise

The weather warnings made no mark,
Now there’s no time left to build the Ark As the waters rise..

When The Waters Rise Blog Action Day #BAD09

When The Waters Rise Blog Action Day #BAD09

Blog Action Day

The aim of Blog Action Day is to raise awareness through concerted blogging about a single issue coordinated on one day.

When The Waters Rise – Live at Havering Folk Club

I mentioned Blog Action Day at the end of performing a version of my song “When The Waters Rise” on the eve of #BAD09 last night at Havering Folk Club

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Rowan Tree Folk Song

The Rowan Tree

The little wild rowan tree (sorbus aucuparia) in my front garden is looking great at this time of year, although half the berries are gone already thanks to hungry blackbirds. I planted it there about ten years ago, and it’s taken its time to grow upwards in the shadow of a great big sycamore, but in the last two years it has managed to get itself firmly established and is turning into a mature specimen tree. I was told that its not uncommon for people in Scotland to plant rowan trees in front of houses, partly from sentimental attachment to the wild Scottish countryside, and also to help keep the witches away. I didn’t know anything about that at the time, but it does seem to have worked.

Rowan Tree Song

So I wrote my song about the rowan tree, whilst I was in Scotland as it happens, and then worked on the music and finishing off back home. Motivated by the approach of Halloween, which tends to get celebrated at Havering Folk Club, I’ve tried it out twice now, once at the regular Tuesday Evening 7.00pm webcast and once at the folk club last night, where it was encouragingly well received. There’s no video from the session last night, but the early prototype from the webcast is embedded below, followed by some form of the lyrics. Sometimes called the mountain ash, this is a native rowan tree, not a cultivar, and the berries glow a light red colour in the autumn sunlight, making for welcome food for blackbirds and thrushes, although they always leave the more difficult bunches at the end of delicate branches until last, due to the danger of falling off.

Lyrics of The Rowan Tree

Lyrics to “The Rowan Tree”, a folk song by Andy Roberts

Come hear my story, it’s a tale of four witches
but I could have added three more
And heed my advice if you’re troubled by witches
Just plant a Rowan tree outside your front door

And the branches sway in the faintest of breezes
the berries are red bright and fair.
And I’ve not had much trouble with those witchee witches
Not since I planted my Rowan tree there

Well the Witch of the West was cunning and sly
She had me always on the run
And I never knew which way her nose was pointing
Not until after she’d been there and gone.

And the branch tips dance…. planted my Rowan tree there

The Witch of the East was just counting the years
and somehow that three became five.
Then her time was up and she vanished away
Now nobody knows if she’s dead or alive.

And the branches sway…. planted my Rowan tree there

The Witch of the South was trouble from the start
Her fancy was playing with fire
The anger rose up as the coals glowed white
and the smoke billowed higher and higher

And the branches sway…. planted my Rowan tree there

The Witch of the North is not like the rest
She uses her powers for good
As the Rowan tree watches and nods in approval
and keeps us both safe from the dark witchee wood

And the branches sway…. planted my Rowan tree there

So that was my story the tale of four witches
I could have mentioned three more
Now heed my advice if you’re troubled by witches
Just plant a rowan tree outside your front door

And the branch tips dance in the faintest of breezes
The berries are red, bright and fair.
I’ve not had much trouble with those witchee witches
Not since I planted my rowan tree there.

Rowan Tree Berries

Rowan Tree Berries

The Rowan Tree – Live

Updated with Higher quality video:

Here’s a version of the Rowan Tree performed live by Andy Roberts at the Halloween party, Havering Folk Club 2009

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Theatre in Scotland Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

Tonight I’m going to the theatre in St Andrews, Scotland to see a musical play called “The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band Changed My Life Forever”. I’ve been told the that the Byre theatre is a great venue which puts on quality productions but to be honest, just going by the title, this would be a subject close to my heart anyway.

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Written by Patrick Prior. Directed by Jim Dunk. Performed by Pat Abernethy & Dave Marsden.

Q: Is there anything more frustrating than being a one hit wonder? A: Maybe being a One hit Tribute Act

This play with songs tells the story of two tribute wannabees, Bob and Eric, who meet at an audition which might be their last chance for fame.

The Bonzo Dog newsgroup was proposed by Andy Roberts on 19th March 1998 and gave rise to the Bonzo Dog FAQ which, after several re-re-unions and fallings out is now severely out of date, like much of the world wide web, but the usenet group survives in some form and tells us that the latest incarnation is something called “Three bonzos and a piano“.

Well there’s not much more I can say about the show before having actually seen it of course, so I’ll leave it it at that for now, and may be put a placeholder down just below here >>>>>>>…

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<<<<<<<<< ready for my attempt at a review afterwards, if I feel like it. Which I might not of course, especially if it's not very good, but that's unlikely. I hope.

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Ustream.tv Tuesday Nights Andy Roberts Music 7.00pm

Andy Roberts Music on Tuesday Nights

I’ve been trying out ustream.tv for making live broadcast videos and I think it’s something I’d like to experiment with further. So I decided to pick a day and time to see if I can persuade a few people to tune in for some simultaneous music and chat.

I decided on Tuesday Evenings at 7.00pm UK time for now, but that could always change if turns out not to be a good choice. I have broadband issues right now, so this may not start with immediate effect but I’m intending to broadcast most Tuesdays throughout August and then resume mid September. It should be easy enough to notify anybody of schedule changes once we get going.

Andy Roberts Music on USTREAM_ Andy Roberts Music live show includes half made up songs, improvisation and requests. Prototypes begin in July 2009 with a r...

Ustream.tv

Ustream.tv is essentially a narrowcast media, allowing anybody to start up a channel and ‘broadcast’ live from a computer. All you need is a webcam, and built-in microphone to start with, and a decent broadband connection, which I intend to have very soon.

So what’s going to happen on Tuesday Evenings on the Andy Roberts Music channel?

Well that depends who turns up, but the intention is to busk a load of songs, as the whim takes me, and keep an eye on the chat room at the same time. Maybe there’ll be somebody else, who knows. The technology allows for the show to be transferred across to other hosts, so in theory we could end up with a series of ‘floor spots’ as it were, all the while keeping the same crowd connected.

Bands, ustream and youTube

One of the big advantages with the ustream system is the way the live shows can also be recorded and saved, and instantly uploaded to youTube as well. Bands can do this quite successfully by building up support for a ‘live internet gig’ weeks in advance, then performing in a room with a webcam placed in the corner to pick up the whole band. The online audience an get a real sense of being present at a live event. But me , I’ll just be sitting at my iMac  with a guitar and keyboard, generating lots of song files and interacting with whoever turns up. I hope by making it a regular event that some kind of build up might happen over the weeks, to amass a small group of regulars from amongst the billions of internet users out there who might be interested in acoustic music with me.

Andy Roberts Music Video from Ustream to YouTube

As an example, here’s a video that originated in ustream as part of the prototyping session and is now embedded here from youTube. It’s a song that I always thought was a Wizz Jones song because he likes to play it a lot and recorded it but it turns out to be by Mose Allison

You can count on me to play my part

So there you go – just one last reminder then:-

>>Tuesday Nights at 7.00pm<<

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Yellow Boat

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If I had a yellow boat I’d sail it to St Martins
Moor it off the white sand bay
Bobbing in the turquoise sea.

If I had a yellow boat I’d sail around the island
Twice afternoon and once again
as the sun goes down.

If I had a yellow boat I’d sail it to St Martins
Moor it off the white sand bay
Bobbing in the turquoise sea.

If I had a yellow boat I’d sit out on the deck at night
Listening to the curlews
and watching the stars go round.

If I had a yellow boat I’d sail it to St Martins…

If I woke up on a yellow boat
early on a misty morning
I’d land a silver fish and fry it there
Bobbing on the turquoise sea


Yellow Boat

Originally uploaded by Andyrob

Yellow Boat on the Weekly Podcast

Yellow Boat Live at Havering Folk Club

Here’s the new song Yellow Boat performed live at Havering Folk Club

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Cajun Music, Cajun Food

The first clip on youTube from the Havering Folk Club Andy Roberts Night DVD is a song about Cajun Music and Cajun Food:

“This is a man who know his onions”

What’s it all about? Well you see, I once worked in a canteen cooking dinners…
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(First time I uploaded from a .mov it the synchronisation was messed up so I had to unpublish, redo it from mp4 and publish again. Sorry for any confusion that may have been caused by that.)

Song by Andy Roberts
Camera and DVD powervisual.com

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