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Foregrounding

 

"A WEIRDLY THRILLING PROJECT FOR SURE."(WIRE Magazine)

 

Archives and collections as material for creative interpretation.

“For The Record”  came from a chance encounter between a hangover and  a box of old records in Leeds.

“Old Ribston In The Spa”/”The Ribston Revels” was recorded as a tribute to a retiring teacher from Ribston School in Glos. It was pressed in 1960 by the same London independent label that made LP’S of CSE Exam questions, Folk Music Eps, and the first Lovers Rock Dubplates of Dennis Bovell.  The record  is credited to Iris Dyer. There are two noted Iris Dyers from Ribston,  and both are piano players. The one I spoke to told me of the one I wanted to hear about. From there I found a number of ladies who were at Ribston School when the record was made,  and  with the help of the Former Pupils Association I was able to put together a version of the story behind the record.

 

In this  excerpt from "For The Record", recorded at the Laurel And Hardy museum Ulverston on Feb 25 2016, it's 1960 and four girls have just entered Joe Meeks recording Studio on the Holloway road.

 

The actors are Caroline Gilfillan, Ceri Hutton, Fran Riley and Zosia Wand.

 

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"The State Funeral Of Joe Meek" is the partner piece to " For The Record". This version,for voice, guitar , cassette machines and performance vinyl was broadcast as part of the

Radiophrenia festival from Glasgow in 2015, and on Resonance FM as part of the festival highlights package.

PO BOX 25/4 LID is a short story for voice and acoustic instruments . It was developed using material from Barrow Local Studies Library and was performed at Barrow Library in 2015 as the project's contribution to the Spectral Stories event by Cumbrian artists Hugs Bison.. Audio here is from an earlier version. The text is available in booklet form

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