Augustus the eighth and strangest month

It’s been a while since I wrote.  Too long perhaps.  This is my memory after all and my recording down of my encounters, experience and findings; a musical puzzle, an unsolvable maze (did you know if you put your right hand and continue to brush it along the inside hedge of Hampton Court Maze you will reach the middle) made up of intricate and sensitive electrodes that create a language that has been the journey of a life time to try to comprehend.  The fact I have not been successful does not prevent me from trying.

Circus Ring unknown photograph

Circus Ring unknown photograph

In May I released a song I wrote with David Baron for his forthcoming album called People of No Concern featuring my 11 year old niece.  Thank you to Hear & Now Recordings for putting it out.  It’s on Spotify and made the playlist.

So much has happened since I moved in the spring. I said goodbye to a flat that was a place of mourning for me.  I tried my best with it.  I didn’t even leave a forwarding address.  I really look back on it as a bridge or intermission.  I planted the terrace.  I worked well in it.  I had very few people round but an incident involving the police and a violent domestic row upstairs resulted in my finally giving in my notice.  Whatever dramas were playing out upstairs I wasn’t going to stay for the ring side seat.  So I ran. It is still empty.  I went to visit it last weekend and took a bamboo plant that was still alive away in the car.  The little terrace is half dead.  I feel so sad about that.

Goodbye Flat

Goodbye Flat and ping pong table….

I found a new flat not far with a large garden and bought all my stuff from the local Red Cross Shop or the gumtree since it was unfurnished. I spend most of my time when I’m here sitting outside waiting for my beautiful sunflowers over 8ft high now and planted from seed (£1 for 10 seeds from Poundland) to come out.  I also walk to work.  I can’t believe the difference.  It feels the closest thing to home I have had in years.

Lettie waiting for her sunflowers August 2019

Lettie waiting for her sunflowers August 2019

My gig supporting Sniff n the Tears showcased some new material which went down very well but it seems out of all the music I have written there’s only six ready to go.  So I must try and finish this album for Hear & Now Recordings before the year is out and in order to do that I’m looking into a slightly different approach.  So I went on the search last Friday for a new instrument- something acoustic; something unique and lo and behold I found a very rare Italian guitar which is the most beautiful thing I have ever owned (apart from the microphone of course that David has so kindly given me now).  I found it on the Gumtree.  It’s so rare I can’t find anything about it much at all except it is a Masetti 1960.

From Life Magazine Dec 22 1969 inside half page

From Life Magazine Dec 22 1969 inside half page

So perhaps this will inspire me.  In the meantime I have actually been writing quite a bit of library music.  This still is my only stream of music income so I’m very keen to do more.   Some of the works I wrote with Anthony Phillips have been used by Danish Films, Sky One, Norwegian Films, ITV, Belgian Films.  I got 1p for 58 seconds on Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge on BBC! Something even got played on Love Island in Norway. I always said all I wanted was a song on a film.  I guess I have got what I wished for!

Music Box Village 4557 N. Rampart, New Orleans

Music Box Village 4557 N. Rampart, New Orleans

My trip to New Orleans was impossible to write about.  I saw and heard so many wonderful musicians, tasted so many new tastes, was overwhelmed by the spirit of the place, the humidity in the air, the appreciation for live music, lapping it up, the love for it which I had forgotten about, really loosing oneself in it with every kind playing on every corner.  I learnt much about New Orleans extraordinary history: Creole history, the  Haitians, the French, Spanish Louisiana, indigenous American Indians, the free black slaves a melting pot of different cultural influences.  Then there’s the post hurricane Katrina New Orleans still over 20 years later a feeling .. I just can’t seem to put into words.

Somewhere across the river New Orleans May 2019

Somewhere across the river New Orleans May 2019 near a major levee

I kept wishing I had made notes and chronicled the days but then again I wouldn’t have enjoyed the moment. My friend who lives there showed me secrets.  It was like a mysterious tour one which I didn’t want to reveal.  Some places are like that. I had the best 6 days and nights I have ever had.

Vodoo Queen of New Orleans Marie Catherine Laveau

Vodoo Queen of New Orleans Marie Catherine Laveau

Under the freeway New Orleans May 2019

Under the freeway New Orleans May 2019

Shoplifter of the Month New Orleans May 2019

Shoplifter of the Month New Orleans May 2019

Robert Randolph and the Family Band at Lafayette International Festival April 28 2019

Robert Randolph and the Family Band at Lafayette International Festival April 28 2019

Petra with Mahelia Jackson New Orleans Jazz Festival 2019

Petra with Mahelia Jackson New Orleans Jazz Festival 2019

Petra dancing with Mexican in Layfayette Sunday April 29 2019

Petra dancing with lovely Mexican in Layfayette Sunday April 29 2019

Petra at the one the best places to eat in New Orleans

Petra at the one the best places to eat in New Orleans if you like meat!

Pure Coffee Zodiac Brand reproduction postcard

Pure Coffee Zodiac Brand reproduction postcard

Mardi Gras Maskers on Canal Street New Orleans, La

Mardi Gras Maskers on Canal Street New Orleans, La

Mavis Staples and Trombone Shorty Friday May 3 2019

Mavis Staples and Trombone Shorty Friday May 3 2019

New Orleans Jazz Festival 26 April - 8 May 2019

New Orleans Jazz Festival 26 April – 8 May 2019

New Orleans ruin May 2019

New Orleans ruin May 2019 The Luling Mansion owned by a wealthy German cotton merchant. When both his sons drowned in the Bayou and the civil war put and end to his business he left New Orleans to never return again. It was then turned into the Jockey Club until 1905 before being left to ruin.

Lettie outside Daniel Lanois studio Friday 2 May 2019

Lettie outside Daniel Lanois studio Friday 2 May 2019

Extraordinary Marcia Ball Saturday May 2 2019

Extraordinary Marcia Ball Saturday May 2 2019

Fats Domino 1950s Photographer Unidentified

Fats Domino 1950s Photographer Unidentified

Henry Gray 94 year old blues pianist playing with Kenny Neal New Orleans Jazz Festival 2019

Henry Gray 94 year old blues pianist playing with Kenny Neal New Orleans Jazz Festival 2019

Kermit Ruffins at Mother in Law Lounge Wednesday 1 May 2019 New Orleans

Kermit Ruffins at Mother in Law Lounge Wednesday 1 May 2019 New Orleans

Kermit Ruffins at the Mother in Law Lounge Weds 1 May 2019

Kermit Ruffins at the Mother in Law Lounge Weds 1 May 2019

Layfayette Sunday April 28

Layfayette Sunday April 28

Crawfish Town outside Layfayette

Crawfish Town outside Layfayette

Chilling on Petra's porch New Orleans May 2019

Chilling on Petra’s porch New Orleans May 2019

Bar New Orleans 2019

Bar New Orleans 2019

Carousel Lounge in Hotel Monteleone New Orleans Reproduction postcard

Carousel Lounge in Hotel Monteleone New Orleans Reproduction postcard

The New Orleans Jazz Festival is one of a kind.  It puts so much new music in the shade particularly because as I have mentioned before the omnipresence of backing tracks with so many major acts at big festivals have but destroyed for me the feeling of what live music is supposed to be.  The gospel choirs in the tent, Mavis Staples and her band, Trombone Shorty and also the Second Line band we saw at Preservation Hall I think from the 7th.  It was some of the more underground things we went to- the folk tunes of the tribes and their ‘dance’ that remain with me like a blues harmonica being played down a reverb in my ear so long and deep it’s like being in some kind of David Lynch movie or in an Alan Lomax dreamland.

I still listen to tapes and Studs Terkel’s 15 minute interviews are so wonderful and from these interviews is one with Wole Soyinka which mentions that the Second Line may  have come from Ghana.  I ate gumbo with a local legend on the gumbo scene, hung out at Kermit (Ruffins) place, went on a tour of the 9th district saw Fat’s house, heard and learnt about Zydeco in Lafayette, ate Crayfish in Crayfish Town, had the best meat ball sandwich at a butcher, had my tea leaves read which warned me of imminent change again, saw alligators and was told to dial up the magic of this world anytime.

Alligator Louisiana May 2019

Alligator Louisiana May 2019

Alligator Chorus Down in Louisiana New Orleans

Alligator Chorus Down in Louisiana New Orleans

The only place I didn’t dig was the Country Club which wasn’t my friend’s recommendation but on hearing it had a pool I was game.  I was imaging a Club like out of a 1950s Douglas Sirk film or on the other hand like the poolside postcards of Palm Springs, or Burt Lancaster style pool party as in ‘The Swimmer’.

Country Club New Orleans May 2019

Country Club New Orleans May 2019

It was once a naturist kind of bar/ restaurant with a pool.  It became obligatory to wear something after there was an incident.  There were a lot of complaints about this covering up policy. I was relieved.  I went for a swim (no one else was swimming) everyone was drinking and perched on the side of the pool. I went deep down to the bottom of the pool and could not believe the number of pubic hairs in the filter. I also couldn’t believe that the only person I had hitherto spoken to in New Orleans in some café found me covered up in the shade hiding.  I wasn’t in the mood for talking as I rarely am when I’m feeling fairly undressed.  But he found me and it illustrated to me New Orleans seemed to be a smaller place than I thought!  I certainly wasn’t going in the Jacuzzi which seemed to be full of about 10 people and let’s just say judging by the pound of flesh it was certainly cozy in that hot tub.  I know I don’t have poolside etiquette and I’m a freak.

Without a doubt the food was Um um…I found this great recipe book which I will not reproduce from a great local bookshop- De Simonin Publications. Copyright De Simonin Publications.  I hope they don’t mind me scanning the cover.

Chez Helene New Orleans House of Good FOod Cookbook by Austin Leslie de Simonin Publications New Orleans, Louisana 1984

Chez Helene New Orleans House of Good FOod Cookbook by Austin Leslie de Simonin Publications New Orleans, Louisana 1984 (copyright Simonin Publications)

ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE I TOOK OFF FOR BELGIUM HOME TO…

Magritte Hayward Gallery 21 May - 2 August 1992 A Guide

Lettie got given a whole load of art gallery openings and leaflets from a lady who had died from Giles at the Worlds End Bookshop. The lady may have been a critic – but what great taste she had and what great art she saw Magritte Hayward Gallery 21 May – 2 August 1992 A Guide

Gent - Graslei Gand - Quai-aux-Herbes Mexichrome France

Gent – Graslei Gand – Quai-aux-Herbes Mexichrome France – this is all pedestrianised now with cafes all along and no cars. Great for people watching.

My second visit this year was Ghent ‘Europe’s Best Kept Secret’.  I was intrigued because Jonathan Meads had done a fascinating documentary on Belgium, it’s medieval history (Ghent and Bruges were originally Flanders), it’s gothic churches and extraordinary works of art (The Ghent Altarpiece by Van Eyke the most famous in Ghent) in a sort of contrast to the overt classic Renaissance style and exuberant Rocco artwork found in Italy, it’s Mediterranean light, it’s Roman foundation and Catholic dominated patronage.

Gand Le Parc de Promethee 9 October 1908

Gand Le Parc de Promethee 9 October 1908

Gand Masions Dieu (Ancien Hospice Wenmaer) Ern Thill Bruxelles No 83

Gand Masions Dieu (Ancien Hospice Wenmaer) Ern Thill Bruxelles No 83

Exposition Internationale et Universelle de Grand 1913 Vieliless Flandres Rossel et Fils, Bruxelles

Exposition Internationale et Universelle de Grand 1913 Vieliless Flandres Rossel et Fils, Bruxelles

Exposition Internationale et Universeel de Gand 1913 Vielles Flandres

Exposition Internationale et Universeel de Gand 1913 Vielles Flandres

Exposition de Gand Ros Bayard posted 1913

Exposition de Gand Ros Bayard posted 1913

Mme Van Hooren Concierge des Reines de L'Abbaye St Bavo

Mme Van Hooren Concierge des Reines de L’Abbaye St Bavo – someone has painted over the top of the postcard

Chaire de Verite Gand Cathedral St -Bavon 1695-1778

The astonishing Chaire de Verite Gand Cathedral St -Bavon 1695-1778 in St Bavo’s Cathedral

Van Eyck L'Adoration de L'Agneau posted 16 August 1920

Van Eyck L’Adoration de L’Agneau possibly the single most famous painting in the world postcard posted 16 August 1920 One half of the key panels (far left of this pre- theft postcard) of the Ghent Altarpiece in Bavo Cathedral was stolen in 1934 and to this day has never been recovered and is still being investigated to this day.

Gand Eglise Saint-Bavon L'Adoration de L'Agneau mystique (detail) par Hubert et Jean Van Eyke

Gand Eglise Saint-Bavon L’Adoration de L’Agneau mystique (detail) par Hubert et Jean Van Eyke (no postcard could do this justice and the colours are out of this world)

Dolly outside the umbrella shop in Gent May 2019

Dolly outside the umbrella shop in Gent May 2019

Dolly outside Gravensteen Castle of the Counts

Dolly outside Gravensteen Castle of the Counts

Dolly in Gent May 2019

Dolly in Gent on boat trip May 2019

Dolly in Graffiti Street Werregarenstraat, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Dolly in Graffiti Street Werregarenstraat, 9000 Gent, Belgium before falling through the bars

I fell in love with the place (which has a distinctively different character from the rest of Belgium perhaps not so much from Bruges which I have not visited) because the people of Ghent were rebels and the city was the largest city in Flanders and in Medieval Europe one of the richest most powerful cities in Europe.  One thing I took away with me was the incredible mustard! I also found some old postcards.  What an intriguing and I hear musical city it is (mainly because musicians can afford to live centrally).  Although I didn’t see any gigs I know that I once played there so soon as I arrived because I found the umbrella shop.  I remembered I had been in 2009 with Peter Murphy. How strange and odd to go back and not really realise I had been there before.  Apart from an incident involving Dolly falling into some locked up garden, the trip was full of small adventures. Re-treading old steps; this time actually seeing it afresh.  The food (beef, mussels, chips), the people and the ambience was perfect.  It was a great place to people watch.  I even had this whole story in my mind about the various dogs.  The strangest sight of all though was a father and his two young teenage sons on hoverboards.  At the most unexpected place and time they would silently all three of them appear and then disappear like strange outer world creatures of the future.

Umbrella shop Gent 2009

Umbrella shop Gent 2009

With Peter Murphy Crew 2009 in some bar I could never find again in Gent

With Peter Murphy Crew 2009 in some bar I could never find again in Gent

Lettie in Gent doing Peter Murphy Merch 2019

Lettie in Gent doing Peter Murphy Merch Handelsbeurs 2009. Picture first appeared on Myspace blog before Myspace burned taking with it all my memories of that tour.

London feels quiet.  I am thinking about the moon landings.

Life Magazine December 22 1969

Life Magazine December 22 1969

From Life Magazine December 22 1969

From Life Magazine December 22 1969

I’m thinking about God. I’m thinking about the news and I’m thinking about tomorrow.  I’m thinking that I’ve typed approximately 4 million words in my job that I took five years ago, I’m thinking about the weather, dreamhouse in Spain, a man called El Cid in Italy and a dog called Maria I once knew. I’m thinking about John Cooper Clarke’s desert island and Elvis. I’m thinking about Rutger, Dr John, the Aaron Neville and others we’ve lost. I’m thinking about my Dad it’s been so long. I’m drifting, procrastinating, worrying and shaking in my skin, wondering and wandering on earth.  I’m going to get in my car with Bob Dylan bursting out of my speakers and just drive far away until I can’t hear about anything bad anymore.

 

Concerts presented by Harvey Goldsmitha dn Friz Rau produced by Brockum Interational printed and made by Bradmore Press 1977

Concerts presented by Harvey Goldsmith and Fritz Rau produced by Brockum International printed and made by Bradmore Press 1977 (original concert promo probably when Lettie’s folks went to see him in the 70s- so large can’t scan the words BOB DYLAN) Watch Scorsese’s new documentary on him Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story and watch the end credits. It will blow your mind. The never ending tour.

Till we meet again…

Bye bye - Chelsea Arts Club Ball a la Mardi Gras

Bye bye – Chelsea Arts Club Ball a la Mardi Gras June 2019

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Happy Christmas and New Year!

Anne Heywood Picturegoer 27 December 1958

Anne Heywood Picturegoer 27 December 1958

As Christmas approaches I am in a contemplative mood as well as a festive one.  I never really stop working but I have had some time away from music since everything grinds to a halt this time of year and I have run out of steam but I always find things that excite me visually.

PIcturegoer 1 December 1953 Shelly Winters National Film Weekly No 865 Volume 22

Picturegoer 1 December 1953 Shelly Winters National Film Weekly No 865 Volume 22

I will be bringing out some music next year.  I found some fantastic footage from Germany which I have transferred which should make a good video for a song I wrote called ‘Bright Lights’ but again it will have to wait till next year.

Film Review December 1968

Film Review December 1968 ‘Mary Christmas Santa’ from Shirley MacLaine to an unrecognisable James Booth in ‘The Bliss of Mrs Blossom’

I will always love music and I am particularly interested in music and memory. I know that Miles Davis’s Lift to the Scaffold will be my soundtrack to the last days at my aunt’s house and was hitherto a discovery as a result of Robert Le Page highlight of my theatrical life Needles and Opium and the film itself with Jean Moreau. I must have played it hundreds of times.  The moaning trumpet more blues than jazz.

Unmarked hand painted postcard

Ry Cooder’s Paris Texas my soundtrack to the summer I went to Seville to work as an au pair I must have played that thousands of times.   That time was so lonely in Seville until I met Ian Murray “one of the finest brass band players of his generation” and his wife Janet, their daughter and various members of the Seville Orchestra.  Ian who died when he was only 35 “was celebrated simply as a creator of happiness.”  His funeral was the largest ever to have happened in Aracena.

Unmarked Post Card British Made Jack Hylton in pencil on back

Unmarked Post Card British Made Jack Hylton in pencil on back

Best Wishes Tommy Veny

Best Wishes Tommy Veny

Perhaps that’s why I do this blog to remember.

I went with quite a few friends on my Birthday to see Peter Murphy and David J celebrating 40 years of Bauhaus at Brixton Academy.

Peter Murphy and David J at Brixton Academy 9 December 2018

Peter Murphy and David J at Brixton Academy 9 December 2018

It was nearly 10 years ago that I went round Europe with Peter and saw for myself the back streets of many European towns.  I spoke to so many people and I had the time of my life but the aftermath was hard for me and the life after the road is fraught with danger.  All the adrenalin disappears and it’s a hard crash landing.  Anyway, it was extraordinary.  I couldn’t stay and say hello but I saw the lovely Kirsten Morrison to pass on my best regards.  Peter has about a week and a bit off before he embarks on his American tour that carries on until April of next year.  I don’t know how he does it.

Lettie on her Birthday 2018

Lettie’s beautiful cake made by Sam on her Birthday before the gig December 9 2018

So I went to the last Ephemera Fair of the year.  It is, I have decided, oddly wonderful.  I feel like I’m encroaching on a secret convention.  I wish I knew more about it all as people come from all over Europe with specialist interests.  One man said to his wife ‘get on it with and stop talking’ as they riffled through hundreds of old tourist brochures, ship menus, theatrical posters and programmes!

My main other preoccupation is my fear of driving and I did make it solo from Suffolk to London and back again one weekend but just as I got confident I got a message on my car in felt tip pen saying:

Message on my car December 2018

Then I tried to drive to the local DIY shop 1 mile away and got stuck – twice. It was a Sunday and my local team were playing at home.  I was so close to a car I was sweating.  I couldn’t go back I couldn’t go forward.  I pulled my window down and said ‘I’m really just trying to get past this car’ and a guy in an enormous 4 wheel drive said ‘No worries but just to warn you  you are really really really close to that car.  Just keep your wheel straight and you’ll be ok’.  I was ‘just’ but I didn’t get to the shop.  I went round the block and I haven’t been in the car since.

No message Miss Hlen Massey Fiskerton Manor Rolleston J Welch & Sons Portsmouth Dec 24 1908

No message Miss Helen Massey Fiskerton Manor Rolleston J Welch & Sons Portsmouth Dec 24 1908

So my theme this month is Christmas and for all its secular manifestations one should always remember what it really is about and with that I always like to remember absent friends.

This Christmas I will be remembering two dear friends Michael Seymour who won a Bafta and was nominated for an Oscar as Best Art Direction on Alien (famous for the John Hurt scene which Michael did) and was a man of many talents.  As an Art Director he was hugely in demand in the 80s not only in the film industry but in advertising when the advertising industry was at the height of its powers and money was abundant.  He once showed me his itinerary for one year and it was all flights!  He was also an exceptional photographer, writer and painter.  He always kept his mind active and I’ll miss him so much.  He photographed my album cover for Good Fortune, Bad Weather.

I miss you Michael Seymour pictured here on the left

Michael Seymour pictured here on the left a great loss he passed away on my Birthday

And Bill.  Dear Billy from Buffalo who never stopped smiling.  More than my boss, he was my friend and I miss him madly.

I miss you Bill

I miss you Bill

Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for New Year!

Dear Agnes Best for New Year Elsie Jan 2 1922

Au revoir…until we meet again don’t know where don’t know when…

J Beagles & Co unmarked postcard

 

 

xxx

 

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Happy All Hallows’ Eve…!

Picturegoer November 11 1950 Hedy Lamarr and George Sanders

Picturegoer November 11 1950 Hedy Lamarr and George Sanders

Here is Hedy Lamarr in November’s issue of Picturegoer  in 1950.

Hugh Cornwell writes a great song about her in The Most Beautiful Girl in Hollywood if not the the brainiest in his excellent new album Monster.  Another great album out this month is The Wanderer by Cat Power.

Here she is with George Sanders who incidentally wrote in his suicide note:

“Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck.”

I saw George Sanders recently in the classic 1960s B Movie Village of the Dammed.  He was a one off with a unique turn of phrase.

Luck found me up at the Royal National Hotel in Bloomsbury on Sunday where I found a great assortment of quirky postcards and ephemera.

Love to Jack from Mother undated to Mr Beaumont 56 Cross Lane Primrose Hill

Love to Jack from Mother undated to Mr Beaumont 56 Cross Lane Primrose Hill

I went round the Ephemera Fair and found very few postcards of Halloween. I feel I am starting to get to know quite a few of the dealers now.  Halloween was never a big thing in this country and it was certainly not so commercial.  In fact the postcards are always American so here’s one I found which I quite like.

Series No 412 Hallowe'en 6 Designs unmarked undated Made in USA

Series No 412 Hallowe’en 6 Designs unmarked undated Made in USA

One of the nice dealers said he couldn’t stop staring at my eyes when I mentioned I couldn’t stop staring at his postcards!  I was very touched!  Am I detecting some kind of frisson at this fair!  It was a pulp and paperback day so I found some great covers:

Special Edition - Murder by Arthur Kent Sexton Blake Library No 381

Special Edition – Murder by Arthur Kent Sexton Blake Library No 381

Flight Into Fear by Peter Saxon Sexton Blake LIbrary No 360 (Published by Amalgamated Press Ltd)

Flight Into Fear by Peter Saxon Sexton Blake Library No 360 (Published by Amalgamated Press Ltd)

Destination Unknown by John Hunter The Sexton Blake LIbrary No 294

Destination Unknown by John Hunter The Sexton Blake Library No 294

Love's Loneliness by F. Seymour The Glamour Library (no date)

Love’s Loneliness by F. Seymour The Glamour Library (no date)

Having not been out to any gigs lately I went to three last week: The mysterious, beautiful and ethereal Erin Lang of Foundling, the extraordinarily underrated and brilliant Sniff ‘n’ Tears with Richard Moore who plays violin with me and the adorable Caitlin Roberts on accordion (check out their band The Lost Revellers too) and the hypnotic and the traversing BCUC which didn’t hit the floor at Camden’s Jazz Café till 1am.  I felt I was in Soweto.   I am continuing my musical escapades to see House of Love in November and Peter Murphy and David J celebrating 40 years of Bauhaus on my Birthday in December in Brixton.

I Married A Star Picturegoer November 26 1955

I Married A Star Picturegoer November 26 1955

Istanbul is a city so extraordinary I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Hagia Sophia October 2018

Hagia Sophia October 2018 by Lettie

Post Card British Made (of the Hippodrome)

Post Card British Made (of the Hippodrome)

Hagia Sophia at night October 2018

Hagia Sophia at night October 2018 by Lettie

I studied Byzantine History as a student at Glasgow and went to try and discover the Byzantine landmarks such as the obvious ones like Hagia Sophia (above) or even fragments of this history hidden in the most obscure places with my friend who is a doctor in the subject and quite a few others.  Photographs could not do justice to what I saw.

On the ceiling of Hagia Sophia (October 2018)

On the ceiling of Hagia Sophia (October 2018) You can probably buy a better postcard! Photography by Lettie

 

A highlight was visiting the Holy Byzantine shrine (one of only three remaining in Istanbul) underneath a carpet shop that was featured on the BBC’s Ancient Invisible Cities which is still available here on the iPlayer.  The carpet shop Kirkit had moved so the building was shut but we found owner Ahmet Diler at his new premises in Mimar Mehmet.  I bought a couple of beautiful carpets from 19th century and 1930 probably my most valued items I have ever bought and he gave us a tour because he still was in possession of a key and so we went underground.  Here is the Virgin Mary – a beautiful mosaic survived hundreds of years – you can just make out her eye (circa 7th century).

The Holy well under the rug shop October 2018

The Holy Byzantine Well that was formerly beneath Kirkit carpet shop but which which has now moved to another premises so this building and mosaics left untended to and empty October 2018 (Photograph by Lettie using Nikon and flash)

Even the Grand Hotel de Londres was quite something.  I adored the two parrots one of which was in the habit of wolf whistling! You would put your hand through the bars of the cage and he would tuck his head into it impressing on you to stroke his head.  The other one photographed here liked to somersault on his trapeze to show off.  It had to be the noisiest hotel in Istanbul but also the most interesting.  Here are some photographs of Dolly having a look around…

 

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So lucky I am to see this Holy well and visit Istanbul. Orhan Pamuk describes it so well in his Istanbul Memories of a City.  I managed to visit his museum The Museum of Innocence.  It’s hard to describe but it benefits from having read the book but having not read that particular book I followed this story that begins in the 70s and spent hours in this museum looking at the beautiful displays set up specifically to tell the story:

From The Museum of Innocence October 2018

From The Museum of Innocence October 2018

Stamboul Golden Horn 'Leonar'

Stamboul Golden Horn ‘Leonar’

Unmarked Galata Bridge Istanbul

Unmarked Galata Bridge Istanbul

Constantinople Vue du Babek au Bosphore Pour Monsieur Frank Behun United States 1 Jun 1922

Constantinople Vue du Babek au Bosphore Pour Monsieur Frank Behun United States 1 Jun 1922

Chora Church (my highlight but covered in scaffolding for restoration) October 2018

Chora Church (my highlight but outside was covered in scaffolding for restoration) contains some of the earliest most intact Byzantine Mosaics in the world October 2018

Carte Postale unmarked

Carte Postale unmarked

Edit J Ludwigsohn, Place Karakeny 21 Constantinople

Edit J Ludwigsohn, Place Karakeny 21 Constantinople

Ruins of the 1610-year-old Byzantine Bukoleon Palace

Ruins of the circa fifth century Byzantine Bukoleon Palace October 2018 which would have been on the shore of the Marmara

Orhan talks about huzun all the time in the book.  It’s a trait that’s unique to the city and really I see it visually as a melancholic cloud hanging over the city.    It is a place of saudade.  It is a place of grandeur and tragedy.  It is East and West.  It was Christian and Muslim.  It was Greek, Roman,  a part of it, where we stayed Genoese, Ottoman, and now a place of anxiety from what I hear from our Turkish companion who was travelling with us.

I will never forget our trip up the Bosporus in a boat looking at one side Asia and other side Europe, the perched Yali houses, the boats further up heading towards the Black Sea, the grey lead sky that reflected deep into that disturbing river.

In another Turkish city Smyrna now Izmir I found this picture:

'Leonar' - would have been given by sailor to someone as news story

Very rare postcard probably would have been given by sailor to someone to spread the news to Europe -The Great Fire of Smyrna in September 1922 – marked the end of the Greek Turkish War and saw four days of fires resulting in 10,000 to 100,000 Greek and Armenian deaths by the Turks. Many refugees died on the banks and later in Anatolia.

Cartolina Postale Rajar

Cartolina Postale Rajar – Very rare postcard showing Armenian massacres in the 1890s

Time….

Yakup 2 (fantastic restaurant in Istanbul)

Yakup 2 (fantastic restaurant in Istanbul) recommended by Mehmet Sander award winning dancer and choreographer who lives in Istanbul

My next album is coming out next year which is exciting and I have done a huge amount of writing lately not always good but I have had a productive year.

Exhausted after two sleepless nights at the Grand Hotel Londres

Exhausted after two sleepless nights at the Grand Hotel de Londres Istanbul which was right next to a Club which opened at 3am and closed at 6am October 2018

 

 

Grand Hotel Londres

Another sleepless night at the Grand Hotel de Londres October 2018

I will have more news in December I am hoping I may even see David Baron soon to finish off my next album …xxx

Alfred Stiebel & Co The Alpha Series Dear George did you catch any crabs in Weymouth...

You can spin the wheel round! Another quirky postcard I found – Alfred Stiebel & Co The Alpha Series Dear George did you catch any crabs in Weymouth…

Grace of Bradford unmarked except British Manufacture Throughout

Grace of Bradford

Grace of Bradford unmarked except British Manufacture Throughout

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Dog Day afternoons in August

Films and Shooting Magazine August 1973 by Hansom Books Artillery Mansions cover from Visconti's 'Ludwig'

Films and Shooting Magazine August 1973 by Hansom Books Artillery Mansions cover from Visconti’s ‘Ludwig’

Unmarked Post Card

Unmarked Post Card

It’s been a while since I updated on my news.  It does take rather a long time sourcing interesting images and having the time cause this does take time.  Probably too much time but these are all sourced and scanned by myself.  I hope many of these images are unique.  And that’s London Life for you, tiring.  But I’m not tired of life yet Samuel Johnson.  I’m thrilled to have discovered another gem from the past.

Cover of London Life Magazine 31 Craven Street August 1955 A5 size

Cover of London Life Magazine 31 Craven Street August 1955. This magazine was A5 size due to rationing after the war. Apparently it was a precursor to Tatler Magazine. It’s a curious mix of being quite naughty for its time and deadly serious such as a story about suicide in the Thames “A Tragedy of London by Night”, a piece on Karl Marx’s House amongst the strangest of all questions in the back which range from “Who are the Basques” to “Has Brains Trust ever heard of panties being stolen from washing lines?” It became well known for its letters about dress fetishes apparently. Primarily it was a magazine about London published by New Picture Press in Craven Street.

Cover of London Life Magazine August 1952

Cover of London Life Magazine August 1952

 

I wanted to say how grateful I was to everyone who came to the release of If?  It was a magical night I shall never forget.   I have CDs for sale now for £5.  I will try and put a link on my website.  If anyone has bought digitally I will send hardcopy for free.

Double page from August 1955 London Magazine Anna founder of New York's Rockette Chorus

Double page from August 1955 London Magazine Anna founder of New York’s Rockette Chorus

From London Life August 1955 in costume for House of Birds

From London Life August 1955 in costume for House of Birds

Inside cover of London Life Magazine 1952

Even my boss came and proceeded to tell me the next day the Parable of the Talents from the Bible which I took on board!

This High Dive is Strictly on the Level Popperfoto 1970 Sports Sunday

This High Dive is Strictly on the Level Popperfoto 1970 Sports Sunday…We’ve heard of vertical take-off, whoever saw a horizontal dive. Perhaps you’re thinking it’s a trick, that girl never was on that diving board in the first place…that she turned up for a swim not knowing that the pool had been taken over for an illusionists convention. The delegates found her sympathetic subject for the levitation bit and hey presto! up she soared to the four-metre board. But on the level, this is no illusion, no trick, it is the result of doing the right thing at the right place at the right moment. Lesley MacDonald of London was doing her dives at a North London pool yesterday when a cameraman caught her in this unusual pose.

I have uploaded a couple of films of the night on Youtube.  A special thanks to Richard Moore (on violin), Mark Vernon (on Baritone) with whom I recorded the album, James Ussher for his video and beautiful photos, Brian Kavanagh for his stunning photographs and Sam Lowsley-Williams for his photographs and films too.  They all turned up with cameras and videos which I hadn’t really thought about.  I am grateful because I don’t often perform live and it was a one off performance just of the album If? In its entirety.  Also to BJ Cole to Louis Vause and Dave Barbarossa – amazing musicians who were so encouraging and of course the fabulous John Crampton who played one of my favourite Leadbelly songs ‘Pick a bale of cotton’… Oh Lordy pick a bale of cotton, O Lordy pick a bale of hay, Oh Lordy pick a bale of cotton, Oh Lord pick a bale of day…”

Lettie and Richard Moore

Lettie and Richard Moore performing at the Finborough Arms 31 May 2018 photograph by Sam Lowsley-Williams

It’s on a very small scale I’m performing at but all in a grain of sand.

Lettie, Richard & Mark Finborough 31 May 2018

Lettie, Richard Moore and Mark Vernon performing 31 May 2018 at Finborough Theatre (Photograph by Brian Kavanagh)

 

Lettie by Brian Kavanagh at Finborugh Theatre 31 May 2018

Lettie by Brian Kavanagh at Finborugh Theatre 31 May 2018

Lettie at Finborough Arms by Brian Kavanagh 31 May 2018

Lettie at Finborough Arms by Brian Kavanagh 31 May 2018

I have struggled lately with some big acts.  I walked out on David Byrne and felt terrible.

David Byrne at Hammersmith Apollo

David Byrne at Hammersmith Apollo taken on my phone but where’s the band? I went up this close to check- I saw the dancers. I saw someone playing bass. Then I saw him stop and yet the bass carried on and yet he promises there were no backing tracks at all but I couldn’t feel it. I had no emotional response from hearing it which was sad to me as a huge fan.

I also wanted to walk out on Public Service Broadcast and their annoying music put to films about the Welsh Miners (?) but I couldn’t cause I was in Bournemouth although I couldn’t wait to get back to our gorgeous hotel The Norfolk Royale!

Lettie in Bournemouth outside her Godfathers hotel The Royal Norfolk 6 April 2018

Lettie in Bournemouth outside her Godfathers hotel The Royal Norfolk 6 April 2018

My problem is that I don’t like heavy use of backing tracks but according to David Byrne there were none used.  Anyway, whether it’s being really played or not wirelessly through bluetooth it left me cold.  I realise how good Nick Cave was and The Eels are – it is precisely because of this. They use backing sparingly and there’s feedback and nuance and sounds of amps and things.  I personally need this.  I don’t want slick when I see live. I hate digital as it is anyway!

The Eels at Brixton Academy sitting on the bar what a great view!

The Eels at Brixton Academy Monday 2 July sitting on the bar what a great view!

Postcard 'Dear Mother hoping you are well' dated 1924 Miller & Lang Ltd

Postcard ‘Dear Mother hoping you are well’ dated 1924 Miller & Lang Ltd

Anyway, I don’t want to be one of those moaners because nobody else minds and really who am I to say anything at all.  My only reason I do is I feel like it is affecting my experience of live music and will impact what I want to see in the future.   I think it’s interesting to talk about the future of music in these very uncertain times.

The Eternal City Theatre Royal Torque advert Monday April 23 six nights David Allen & Sons

The Eternal City Theatre Royal Torque advert Monday April 23 six nights David Allen & Sons

The dichotomy of this I believe is the future and the future as I see it are these concerts featuring Roy Orbison or David Bowie as a hologram.

Pictorial Post Card David Allen & Sons unmarked

Pictorial Post Card David Allen & Sons unmarked

The difference however is that you have the live orchestra with a ghost!  So the other way round in effect!!  And people will LOVE it!

Unmarked postcard

Unmarked postcard

I went to the Ephemera Fair and could not believe what I found some of it above and below.  My highlight was a charming man in his 80s Julian Dunn who had came up from Surrey (avoiding that nightmare cycle race that put London at a standstill!) who isn’t on the internet.  We chatted at great length about everything (including his love life!) He said I was a rare breed to this game as nobody young is interested.  I’m pretty sure though I spotted Lawrence of Belgravia  (singer of Felt) looking at some old Melody Makers and the guy from Sonic Youth but I could be wrong.  Anyway I thought I should share some with you.  I don’t post these on Facebook because these images are so unique.  As a typist I rather love this one:

Advertising Postcard Underwood Typewriters unmarked post card

Advertising Postcard Underwood Typewriters unmarked post card

Language of Stamps unmarked embossed postcard The Alpha Series Processed in Switzerland

Language of Stamps unmarked embossed postcard The Alpha Series Processed in Switzerland

Here’s a beautiful postcard made out of real stamps below….!!

Stamp Montage postcard 'don't you think these cards are good made of stamps thought the words good ...love Enid' to Tooting Common no date

Stamp Montage postcard ‘don’t you think these cards are good made of stamps thought the words good …love Enid’ to Tooting Common no date

Sago Konstar Stockholm Printed in Sweden unmarked on back

Sago Konstar Stockholm Printed in Sweden unmarked on back – I love this postcard it almost feels hand painted.

In regards to music I have recorded about about eleven new tracks with David Baron  whose career goes from strength to strength from commercial work to composing scores for an extraordinary NY based artist of international acclaim.   Some of this work will be going on Hear & Now Recordings (he has already released one extraordinary instrumental album called Cycles).  I am also working on some music with Tom Ingleby which includes a song about the year 1932 following my visit to the Picasso exhibition Love Fame and Tragedy at the Tate Modern three times!  If you can go I highly recommend it.  It closes on 9 September.

En Tissus New-Flexible unmarked on back

En Tissus New-Flexible unmarked on back

I shall drop In

I shall drop In Copyright Samuels Ltd Strand London unmarked on back

Every morning I wake up the optimistic.  I never give up.  I tend to my terrace and my flowers.

Embossed unmarked postcard Artist Atelia H Guggenham Co Zurich No 6859

Embossed unmarked postcard Artist Atelia H Guggenheim Co Zurich No 6859

I even finished the Sean Hughes song (the lyrics are his poem The beautiful girl stops dancing) which you can hear here:  and also on my news page.  His agent loved it so I’m really happy.   I’m always looking for the turn after the sign post.

Paul Popper Photographic Agency Fleet St copyright Popperfoto

Paul Popper Photographic Agency Fleet St copyright Popperfoto

However it’s impossible to create without time and the dog days of August are perfect.

Hayle Beach July 1971 from unknown photograph album

Hayle Beach July 1971 from unknown photograph album bought at Battersea Car Boot sale

Anyway, I hope something will come of something will come of something will come of something will come of something will come of something will come of something will come of something will come of something….because something at least usually does!

Send me a postcard color by Bunn Yeager unmarked postcard Plasticchrome

Send me a postcard color by Bunn Yeager unmarked postcard Plasticchrome

From sunny England until the next one x x x

Hayle Beach July 1971 unknown photograph album from Battersea Car Boot sale

Hayle Beach July 1971 unknown photograph album from Battersea Car Boot sale

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Rare performance on Thursday 31 May

I’m very excited to be performing after nearly four years the album If? in it’s entirety on Thursday 31 May 2018 doors are at 7.30pm at the Finborough Arms, 118 Finborough Road,  London SW10 9ED (nearest tubes West Brompton 5 minutes / Earls Court – 7 minutes).

Mark with whom I co-wrote the album and is performing has had a long career in the music business as a manager and managed some of the finest artist I have known including John Cale and the wonderful BJ Cole. Richard an exceptionally talented and versatile violinist and future star in his own right has performed with Nigel Kennedy and does extensive work at Abbey Road along with his own excellent band The Lost Revellers.

This is a one off performance of the album If?  The album tells a story and it covers a period of my life which is now over.  It’s my most personal album and it’s only 30 minutes long.  Amazingly and finally I have some copies of the album for sale!  If anyone has bought one and wants one posted for free please let me know.

I asked John Crampton to headline the night.  Without a doubt he is perhaps the most underrated guitarist performing in the UK right now as well as a terrific blues proponent.  I was looking for Ry Cooder and Davey Graham and I got a little bit of them both in John Crampton.

The night is a night of the blues seeping into indigo it will be a little unusual.

Photo Lettie and John Crampton 31 May 2018

I think it’s going to be busy so get there early.  In the meantime I have some postcards of Earls Court when it hosted The Naval, Shipping and Fisheries Exhibition in Earls Court in 1905 with the Hiram Maxim Captive Flying Machine and  The Imperial Austrian Exhibition in 1906.  It’s amazing to think Earls Court where this gig is being held was host to such marvels xxx

A Fly by Night an Earls Court Exhibition 1904

A Fly by Night an Earls Court Exhibition 1904

Bulgarian Fountain Imperial Court Earls Court Exhibition

Bulgarian Fountain Imperial Court Earls Court Exhibition

Earls Court Exhibition Souvenir of the Russian Liliputians

Earls Court Exhibition Souvenir of the Russian Liliputians

Maxim's Flying Machine Earls Court 1904 Italian Exhibition oldest fairground ride in Europe

Maxim’s Flying Machine Earls Court 1904 Italian Exhibition oldest fairground ride in Europe

The Flying Machine, Earls Court Italian Exhibition 1904

The Flying Machine, Earls Court Italian Exhibition 1904

The Great Wheel, Earls Court London 1906

The Great Wheel, Earls Court London 1906

Topsy Turvy House Earls Court Exhibition 1906

Topsy Turvy House Earls Court Exhibition 1906

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From San Fran to Palm Springs

Music is the journey a part of a path I walk down.  It’s the more exciting part of my life and I hope to continue to do it in whatever way I can.  Last year was a difficult year.  It was like dominos but I’m an optimistic and I will always look forward.  But I was rather numbed and so I couldn’t do much music.

Palm Springs, California Stephen H Willard unmarked

Palm Springs, California Stephen H Willard unmarked

So I don’t want to talk about the frustrations of rehearsing since October 2017 for the gigs that never happened in February (because Peter Murphy who I was supporting never got his visa) but rather speak of the amazing sights and smells and delights of the West Coast of America where I was travelling to anyway.  I told Peter I was not going to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge just yet!

Lettie at dawn at Baker Beach, San Francisco February 2018

Lettie at dawn at Baker Beach, San Francisco February 2018. She told Peter she wasn’t going to throw herself off the bridge over the cancelled gigs. Blame it on Trump!

For me San Francisco has to be one of the most extraordinary cities I have ever had the pleasure of getting lost in.  My legs actually hurt.  I have never had pain from walking so far and for so long and over so many hills!

San Francisco February 2018

Lettie walking around San Francisco where there was the warmest weather in years in February 2018

In addition to aimless walking I met the owner of Lettie.com, Lettie Maguire, who gave me the most amazing tour and background to the city. I also met 86 year old Stan Shaff and his son.  Stan’s Audium piece is performed on every Friday and Saturday and consists of one sitting in the dark and listening to 176 speakers playing out of this world music and every day sounds.

Palm Springs Weekend Cast Oscarcolour unknown date

Palm Springs Weekend Cast Oscarcolour unknown date

I then travelled to Palm Springs early at the weekend.  I suffered extreme culture shock or ‘car’ shock because without one you are stranded but thank god for my friends.  In fact, I was told it was even dangerous to walk.  The Tour de Palm Springs (which consisted of about 40 bicycles that I could see!) had started that week and unfortunately someone had run a pedestrian over.  The community is quite old and apparently despite the wide roads are at times not the safest drivers.  Here are some old postcards:

Greetings from Palm Springs California

The Palm Springs Plaza which is one of the picturesque shopping centres of America’s desert resort (Lower) The illuminated palms and world famous shops along Palm Canyon Drive make a spectacular sight at night

Greetings from Santos Catering and Restaurant published by Milton W. Jones

Greetings from SANTOS CATERING and RESTAURANT At your service on all occasions (Dexter Press NY)

Moorten Botanical Garden Photo Cactus Castle by Paul Pospesil (Dexter Press)

Moorten Botanical Garden Palm Springs Established 1938 – Showplace of desert lore with this resort city. Tree shaded nature trails welcome visitors among a thousand varieties of exotic cactus and other spectacular plants…Historic landmark “Desertland” is a residence of Patricia and “Cactus Slim” Moorten, desert plant specialists Photo:” Cactus Castle” in Palm Oasis

Palm Springs Spa and Mineral Springs Distributed by Mitock & Sons Mar 2 1968

Palm Springs Spa and Mineral Springs Indian Avenue and Tahquitz Drive Palm Springs – the most beautiful spa in the world. Utilizing the centuries of old famous hot natural mineral water springs of the Agua Caliente Indians

Red Skelton's Palm Springs Home

Red Skelton’s Palm Springs Home. This beautiful home faces the Fairways of the Famous Tamarisk Country Club

The beautiful home and swimming pool of Phil Harris and Alice Faye

The beautiful home of Phil Harris and Alice Faye which are so picturesquely situated on the grounds of the Thunderbird Country Club near Palm Springs.

The beautiful pool and luxurious buildings of the fabulous Shadow Mountain Club

Ariel Tramway Palm Springs California This picturesque pool adjoining the Racquet Club enjoys a fantastic view of the Mountains. Marlo Brando is seated on the springboard and Lucy Ball is sipping coffee with friends at the table on the right Color Photo by Gayle

Here is an article I found about Palm Springs and how it sprung up out of the desert not too far from Hollywood:

Whoopee Town from Picturegoer April 16 1955

Whoopee Town from Picturegoer April 16 1955

From Picturegoer April 16 1955

Whoopee Town from Picturegoer April 16 1955

I discovered more about it.  People would go there to get healthy and to cure TB.  The dry air being so good for the health.  Charlie Farrell and his wife Virginia Valli’s star’s of the silent era were no longer working so they decided to spend winters away from Hollywood and established The Raquet Club.  Later Lucille Ball settled there (along with other weekenders such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Red Skelton etc) with her Cuban husband Desi Arnaz who won a plot of land in a poker game.   To this day every other plot of land belongs to the American Indians who set up among other things casinos.  It means that the area is divided up and some plots are left empty.  It is fascinating to see this kind of urban development.  Also there is one swimming pool to every six people so I was very happy.    Apparently it uses up so much water from the Colorado river there are concerns for the future.  Palm Springs uses up more water than any other state in America.

I won’t bore you with all my tales suffice to say James ‘Gypsy’ Haake deserves a mention because at 86 years old he is the oldest cabaret artist in the world (was talent spotted by Mel Brooks in his fifties and when he’s in town always visits Oscar’s) and his show of impersonators was brilliant, funny and at times poignant.  I mean the guy who was Liza Minnelli was also Judy Garland and the performance was enough to make you cry!

Dan Gore's Carnival Cabaret Oscars Palm Springs

Dan Gore’s Carnival Cabaret Oscar’s Palm Springs

Palm Spring's New Hit Dinner Show!

Palm Spring’s New Hit Dinner Show with James GYPSY Haake

Other strange things and wonderful things.  Elvis’s Honeymoon Hideway (which is for sale sadly)…

Elvis Honeymoon Hideway.jpg

…and discovering what a Bear Convergence is but truthfully it was the company of friends who live in Palm Desert that made it the most memorable trip of recent years.

Southern California Sand Dunes color photo by Fred Clatworthy published Ferris H Scott, Santa Ana Calif

Southern California Sand Dunes color photo by Fred Clatworthy published Ferris H Scott, Santa Ana Calif

When I got home I watched a slew of Douglas Sirk films.  It couldn’t have been more appropriate and now I can’t stop dreaming about Rock Hudson.

It was David Baron‘s birthday in February (born on a leap year actually but celebrated on the 28th) so he released a song we found from the archives called ‘Save You‘.   You can buy it here.

I leave you with this video for ‘Save You’.  It was very emotional for me to create this film because it involved opening up old folders of photographs which was at times very upsetting.

I have travelled the world with Dolly inspired by Zena Dare’s The Lonely Doll.  It may sound juvenile and childlike but it gave for me a more interesting angle to thousands of photographs of just landscapes and things. This is in date order and encapsulates over 6 years.  These photographs are so precious to me and end up in Pioneertown, a place where Peter Murphy when he’s in town, plays.  As you can see she’s been slightly damaged along the way but there’s nothing I can do about that.  She’s getting older just like me.

Over and out.

xxx

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Happy Christmas…and roll on 2018

This is just to wish you a Happy Christmas and Best wishes for 2018.  I ran out of time this year but what a year it has been.  I can’t wait to turn my back on 2017.

I have written a lot of new material with my writing partner the supremely talented David Baron who is based in America in the last few months or so.  Even reworking some old songs.  I am also in the middle of recording the song for Sean Hughes (based on one of his poems) with Jude Rawlins doing vocals.  I’m very happy that I have been able to record so much in such a short space of time and it is true that in the run up to Christmas I burnt every candle at every end.

I hope that my album If? gets a proper launch next year.  BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire played ‘Walking’ today which is wonderful news.

I will continue to love the artists that have moved me and this year Nick Cave was one.  I went all the way to Rome to see him.

Nick Cave in Rome

Nick Cave at PalaLottomatica, Rome 8 November 2017

Picasso's Parade

Picasso’s Parade at Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini Rome November 2017

Can’t wait till February when I’m supporting Peter Murphy again!

Dolly in Rome

Dolly in Rome (November 2017)

From Suffolk with love …over and out xxx

Lettie on Sizewell Beach

Lettie on Sizewell Beach December 2017

Unmarked card Ges gesche

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