Fruits de Mer Records will be celebrating its 10th birthday with a one-dayer at the King Arthur pub in Glastonbury on May 12th, with sets by: Tir na nOg, The Honey Pot, Magic Bus, Anton Barbeau, Mark McDowell and Icarus Peel’s Acid Reign.
There’ll also be a Fruits de Mer stall, packed with lots of good vinyl things available for the first time at the birthday gig (and quite possible not after that, depending how sales go), including:
Tir nan Org – a 7” lathe-cut featuring two newly-recorded tracks by Leo and Sonny.
One song is a re-work of ‘Hall Of Mirrors’, a song by Sweeney’s Men from 60s,, the other has lyrics taken from the book ‘Lud-in-the-Mist’, written by Hope Mirrlees in 1926! (cat no. Friends of the Fish 23 – approx. 90 copies are being cut)
Leo provides a little background on each track, and once you’ve read this you’ll be queueing for one of those lathe-cuts, for sure!:
“”About a year ago I became captivated by a live 1960s Scottish folk club version of Columbine by a 16 year old, Tarquin Bolton, on Audio Archives Records. After much fruitless Googling, I eventually discovered the lyrics were from a lost classic fantasy novel, Lud-in-the-Mist. It was written by Hope Mirrlees and published in 1926. The song is the tune that the youngsters in the story dance, trance like, after eating a mind altering fruit.”
HALL OF MIRRORS
“Hall Of Mirrors is from the second Sweeney’s Men album, The Tracks Of Sweeney from ’69. Their line up then was Johnny Moynihan and Terry Woods, and the song is credited to them and Henry McCullough, who played with them briefly in the late 60s. This song is cited as their only foray into psychedelia; they were more known as a trad group. Sonny and I met Johnny on the Holyhead ferry a little while ago. We shared Johnny’s fiery potato cakes and Guinness…and a couple of tunes on the tin whistle, and he mentioned this song as being a seminal Sweeney’s Men song, though it is little known“.
Moonweevil – an LP + CD of new instrumental music from the man behind Cranium Pie (cat no. strange fish eleven – 160 LPs are being pressed)
Cranium Pie are a psychedelic prog band from the UK.
They have various vinyl releases with Fruits de Mer records, as well as appearances on some of the Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble LPs compiled by the Amorphous Androgynous.
Moonweevil is the solo work of Cranium Pie’s keyboard chappie in disguise…
“Verticle Tide” is an LP of new recordings by Rob Appleton, who left the UK for Austria a couple of years ago and shows no signs of wanting to come back, so Cranium Pie are no more – at least for the time being. Rob has been working on instrumental library music and “Verticle Tide” is an extension of this work.
In FdM terms, it’s pretty ‘out there’, hence the strangefish catalogue number, but if you’ve heard the Cranium Pie Mechanism tapes, you’re going to love it.
It’s going to be ridiculously-limited, of course; FdM will have 100 copies at the 10th birthday party in Glastonbury on May 12th, with everything left going to the 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival in Cardigan. Rob Appleton will have 50 copies – and that’s it
But Rob will also be selling the CD and downloads separately, so all is not lost.
The Honey Pot/Icarus Peel’s Acid Reign – cat no. tiny one – approx. 80 copies are being cut)
A split 5” lathe-cut from two of the bands playing the Fruits de Mer Records birthday gig, that makes up for its lack of size by being housed in a nifty metal tin – PiL eat yours hearts out…
But what about the music? Icarus Peel explains….
“This song was written specifically for the Fruits de Mer celebration Concert in Glastonbury in May. It is a reflection on what we have seen and enjoyed at other similar events with the label and elsewhere. There is always a great meeting of old friends and acquaintances, all congregating from the corners of the world to enjoy their shared love of this music and those gatherings.”
“The Acid Reign have been put together in answer to all those lovely people who have said they would like to hear more guitar than we get in Honey Pot and Crystal Jacqueline recordings. There also seems to be a dearth of trios now, where are the modern Taste, Cream, Experience, Groundhogs etc…? And once we had come up with the name it had to happen. ‘Half Space’ is a basic bongo freak-out with the potential to maybe be lengthened at some point. Half Space is that condition when one is neither here nor there, slightly missing but nicely phased….“