Music

Music

Est. 1996

b. 1972 Cuckfield

great grandson of Mary Agnes O'Sullivan, washerwoman, b. 1872 Cork

possible descendant of Saint John Southworth, martyred 1654 Tyburn

& Press Clay Southworth, railroad man, b. 1886 Wyoming; reported to have shot the last passenger pigeon near Sargent, Ohio on March 24, 1900; d. 1979

South Seas

 

archival recordings 2004-20

SOUTH SEAS includes previously unreleased songs from The Pillowmaker, Human Cry, Easterween, Niagara, Small Town Water Tower, Miracle In The Night, alternate versions, covers, festivals, ineffable states of joy and ascension

PAST  PERFORMANCES

 

 

April 2-4, 2020 - cancelled

with Art of Time Ensemble, Enwave Theater, Toronto, CANADA

 

December 8, 2019 - The Tin, Coventry, UK

 

December 6, 2019 - The Waiting Room, London, UK

December 4, 2019 - Nachtasyl, Hamburg, GERMANY

December 3, 2019 - Monarch, Berlin, GERMANY

December 1, 2019 - Trafo, Jena, GERMANY

 

November 29, 2019 - Blue Bird Festival, Vienna, AUSTRIA

November 2, 2019, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, CANADA

 

August 4, 2019 - Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, CANADA

 

July 25, 2019 - Toronto Summer Music Festival with Art of Time Ensemble, Koerner Hall, Toronto, CANADA

July 19, 2019 - private concert, Ottawa, CANADA

July 14, 2019 -  Hillside Festival, CANADA

 

July 6, 2019 - Stratford Festival with Art of Time Ensemble, Stratford, CANADA

May 4, 2019 - Imperial Pub Backroom, Toronto, CANADA

 

April 12, 2019 - KAZOO Fest, Guelph, CANADA

February 21-23 2019 - performing at Art of Time Ensemble 20th Anniversary Concert, Enwave Theater, Toronto, CANADA

December 22, 2018 - performing with Fucked Up at Toronto Overdose Prevention Society Benefit, Opera House, Toronto, CANADA

October 19, 2018 - performing with Fucked Up, Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, CANADA

September 22, 2018 - performing with Hayden & others at Dave Bidini book release, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, CANADA

 

March 13, 2018 - Easterween at MA Scene Nationale, Montbeliard, FRANCE

February 21, 2018 - Creative Vision/Accessing & Heightening;  Ignite Workshop/ARTSCAPE (lecture talk) Toronto, CANADA

November 9, 2017 - reading original prose-poem selections for Andrew Downing's Otterville, Canadian Music Center, Toronto, CANADA

August 18-19, 2017 - Summer's End Folk Festival, Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, CANADA

April 29, 2017 - The Bicycle Cafe, Flesherton, Ontario, CANADA

April 7, 2017 - Kazoo Fest, Guelph, Ontario, CANADA

November 24, 2016 - Cafe OTO, London, UK

November 19, 2016 - Stadtkonzerte, Luzurne, SWITZERLAND

November 18, 2016 - Karlstorbanof, Heidelberg, GERMANY

November 17, 2016 - Cafe Hochberg, Hamburg, GERMANY

November 16, 2016 - Die Wohngemelnschaft, Cologne, GERMANY

November 15, 2016 - Privatclub, Berlin, GERMANY

October 28, 2016 - Burdock Music Hall, Toronto, CANADA

November 12, 2015 - BAM, Paris, FRANCE

November 10, 2015 - MA Scene Nationale, Montbeliard, FRANCE

November 9, 2015 - Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, GERMANY

November 8, 2015 -  Private concert, Munich, GERMANY

November 7, 2015 -  Beatpol, Dresden, GERMANY

November 6, 2015 - Rolling Stone Weekender, Weissenhauser Strand, GERMANY

November 5, 2015 - NaTo, Leipzig, GERMANY

October 14, 2015 - Burdock Music Hall, Toronto, CANADA

Apil 2, 2015 - Moment's Club live on Radio Bremen, Bremen, GERMANY

March 30, 2015 - Gruner Salon, Berlin, GERMANY

March 25, 2015 - The Servant's Quarters, London, UK

March 23, 2015 - The Tin, Coventry, UK

February 27-28, 2015 - Lou Reed Tribute/Art of Time Ensemble, Enwave Theatre, Toronto, CANADA

February 14, 2015 - Easterween, Western Front, Vancouver, CANADA

February 13, 2015 - Yukon Film Festival, Whitehorse, CANADA

WRITING

Daydreams For Night - alternative children's book; Asuka/Japan 2016

Otterville - prose poems commissioned for Andrew Downing LP 2016

Florida & Faun - self-published poems 2006

SELF-DIRECTED VIDEOGRAPHY

Pure song of the children 2019

No inner mission 2019

Champion of love 2016

Second childhood 2016

Weird woman 2015

Loving you 2015

Ode to the morning sky 2014

Hey I got news for you 2014

Nip it in the bud 2012

First of May 2009

Pineapple shoes 2007

Life is unbelievable 2007

Simple simple boy 2005

Sunday brunch buffet 2002

Now that I'm a railroad boy 1997

Entertaining the troops 1995

DISCOGRAPHY

South Seas (archival 2004-20)

1.Don't let me down

2.I loved my girl

3.Second childhood

4.Sing on John Clare

5.Cemetery by the sea

6.Adventure of Erich Korngold

7.Old bean

8.Barefoot college

9.New forest horses

10.Oak champagne

11.White flowers at night

Miracle In The Night (2019)

1.Adopt a highway

2.The Luddite

3.Pure song of the children

4.No inner mission

5.Miracle in the night

6.Red velvet curtains

7.Obscurantism

8.Half way up the mountain

9.Nocturnal mailman

10.I loved my girl

11.Just before dawn

Small Town Water Tower (2016)

1.Blue sleeves

2.Ain't got time

3.Champion of love

4.Lucid love

5.Make no mistake

6.Ombudswoman

7.When the angel

8.Main library at Goodwood

9.Walk with me

10.Sapphire spirit

11.Second childhood

12.Last passenger pigeon in Ohio

Niagara (2014)

Canadian side

1.Niagara Falls is not Niagara Falls

2.Fiddler crossed the border

3.The horse that swam across the sea

4.Ode to the morning sky

5.Folk art cathedral

6.Butterfly shadow

7.Women are disappearing

8.Irish tree alphabet

9.Where the mountain makes the clouds

American side

1.Hey I got news for you

2.Weird woman

3.If it doesn't please the gods

4.Pretty angel girl

5.Poor boy from Buffalo

6.Womb of time

7.Halloween election

8.A day in the forest

9.She is my Niagara Falls

10.Help yourself to diamonds

11.Loving you

Album of the Year 2014 - Rolling Stone (Germany)

Album of the Year 2014 - National Post (Canada)

Album of the Decade - Falter Magazine (Austria)

 

 

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Failed Jingles for Bank of America

& other U.S. Corporations (2012)

1.dosomethingmoldy
2.chevy runs deep
3.fee @ faust
4.super elderly demog
5.xanadux
6.kaiser post protection
7.one more anti-aging mule
8.love is here to gm 09
9.sexy heart

10.jfkfc
11.best foog john
12.best ffog janine
13.don't you forget about mephisto
14.luvs fecal hallucinatory
15.visa teen mix2
16.october xmas
17.boa1
18.boa2
19.boa3
20.dosomethingradiodeath

 

 

West Coast Persona '98 EP (2012)

1. Spies On The Beach
2. Cathy Grew Up In London Town
3. It's Not About Us
4. The Things I Do On Earth
5. Last Place On Earth

 

Easterween w/Andrew Downing (2012)

1.Nip It In The Bud
2.Morbid Fecundity
3.Falling In Love With The Old World Again
4.Sweet Virgin Of The Lake
5.Innocence Is King
6.Queen Lear
7.Metamorphosong
8.Phantasmagoria
9.Robert Kirk Is In His Lighthouse
10.Sylvia Of The Trees
11.Rumspringa
12.Easterween

 

 

SPIRITUAL WAR Cassette Tape (2011)

1.Hunger March
2.White Peasant Wine
3.Falling In Love With The Old World Again
4.Tramps Of St. Petersburg
5.Poor Vacation Town
6.All Aboard On The Sweet Jersey Shore
7.The Poor Of My City
8.One Winter Rose
9.Who's The Girl In The Mirror
10.Bag Lady Of Hawaii
11.The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Singer Songwriter
12.Community Service

 

 

Human Cry (2010/reissue August 17 2018)

1.You Led Me To Believe
2.River Of Tears In Everyone
3.Sadness Came Back
4.Day Of The Dead
5.Tender Mountain Eyes
6.Human Cry
7.The Kiss
8.Heaven Was Always Here
9.So Glad It's Finally Spring
10.You Look So Good This Evening
11.Precious Metals
12.I'm A Bell

 

 

 

 Mama Tevatron  (2009)

1.First Of May
2.Buffalo City Hall
3.The Champagne Lady
4.Trust The Voice Of Love
5.I Get It Now
6.Beautiful Spirits
7.Bon Vagabond
8.Seven Wonders
9.Halo
10.Zulou

 

 

 The Pillowmaker  (2007)

1.Life Is Unbelievable
2.Holy Mackerel
3.The Pillowmaker
4.Eyes Are The Flowers
5.Idiot Village
6.Pineapple Shoes
7.We Can Live Life
8.Totem Pole Telephone Pole
9.River Rations
10.Moon On Fire
11.Paint Your Little Pebbles
12.Seashells And Bluebells
13.Field Town Morris
14.Sail The Rails Railroad Sailor
15.Public Mourner
16.Bygones Be Bygones
17.Rainbowin
18.River City Girl
19.Ghostflower

 


 

Yosemite (2005)

1.General Store
2.Applecart
3.Simple Simple Boy
4.Make The Time For Your Girl
5.Small Country Airport
6.Money Doesn't Grow On Trees
7.Baby Water Lily
8.Fall-Colored Girl
9.Constantinople
10.Gentle Giant
11.Pug Ahoy
12.Old-Fashioned Rivers Of Rhyme

 

 

Rose Milk Appalachia EP (2001)

1.veto valvolene
2.millionaires everywhere
3.stand by your masses
4.(spoof the spoof)2


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banff Springs Transylvania (2000)

1.The Sea Or The Ocean
2.Flood Of Feminine
3.A Day Doesn't Go By
4.If You're On To The Moon
5.Paramour
6.Only A Bunny
7.I Want You To Take Photos Of Me Crying
8.Idle Idol
9.The Little Dolphins Of Lake Superior
10.The Northerner
11.Banff Springs Hotel
12.Cat Mountain (with Mary Margaret O'Hara)
13.Sunday Brunch Buffet


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sedona Arizona (1999)

1.Stand By Your Masses
2.Same Old Same Old
3.Hollandaise
4.Cute Girls Gay Guys
5.Old Soul
6.Veto Valvolene
7.Millionaires Everywhere
8.Sedona Arizona
9.To Never Confront The Ones You Love
10.Spoof The Spoof
11.Claire Clairmont
12.Farma Pharma Farma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mars Pennsylvania (1997)

1 Man If We Could Surf Forevermore
2 Balloons
3 It's Not the End of the World
4 Girl on the Moon
5 American UFO
6 Now That I'm a Railroad Boy
7 Happy Birthday Mister President
8 Pumpkins
9 Freak of Nature
10 Oh Golly Oh Goo Oh Gee (I'm in Love)
11 Buster Keaton
12 Let's Jazz All You Young Aliens
13 This Halloween I Go as Me
14 My Poor Suburban

 

 

 

 

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It is late summer twilight    The dancers Apollo Cairo and Donatella are cooling down    Stretching in front of low rise wooden warehouses in the deserted industrial outskirts of a midsized Midwest town     Having just rapt an all day video shoot for a new song by a legendary female pop singer who was not on set    They hug goodbye    Donatella walks away in one direction    Apollo  and Cairo in another 

Shortly after Donatella is captured by a murmuration of birds    In a span of seconds the birds lift her up towards the turret of a giant five hundred foot wooden water tower    Then while attempting to place her inside the turret a gangly superhero appears     flying across the pink blue sky    Tries to save her    After a brief scuffle with the murmuration the superhero falls clumsily to the ground    crashes through a number of the water tower’s wooden planks hitting the ground with a loud thump

Watching the scene from afar are good pals Apollo and Cairo    They chase through the empty streets in the water tower’s direction   When they arrive Apollo starts climbing it to rescue Donatella    Cairo chases the not so super superhero heading away in an elderly scooter    He soon catches up    Sees the superhero on his side on another empty industrial road    the wheels of the crashed scooter spinning a few yards away    scuffed-up bleeding giggling weirdly    Outfit consisting of a worn dark green spandex body suit    A green yellow cape    Bright green eye mask    White boxer shoes    He has green eyes   He tells Cairo to meet him in the Pine before levitating and flying away

Cairo returns through the streets towards the giant water tower    Sees the tower’s top turret dislodge and soar high into the skies like some old fashioned rocket   Reaching the base of the tower Apollo nowhere to be seen    He stands in shock   Assuming the rocket has taken Apollo and Donatella into orbit    The murmuration reappears    Heading towards him   It passes over making a loud wooshing noise    covering him in thick white guano with specks of orange before dispersing in all directions

Cairo return to his motel showers eats    Walks to the empty bus depot    Gets on board an empty Greyhound bus travels through the night    He gets off at a crossroads in flat rural country    Walks past an abandoned diner    Comes to a wooden region with a large wooden sign in front that says The Pine    He walks in    Follows a dirt path     Sees wheelchair track marks    They lead him deep into a pine forest to a clearing with an ice cream truck trailer parked    Covered in same white guano with orange dots  He bangs on the trailer door   slowly it opens   in a wheelchair the same superhero now in jeans and a checkered shirt over slight pot belly can of cider beer in hand

 

The man introduces himself    Hi I’m Medieval Jim The One Hit Wonder though you can call me Jim    invites Cairo in    Has a peculiar charisma and nonchalant way about him    Inside the ice cream truck has been hollowed out made like a trailer with kitchenette table small couch bed    Tidy sparse    some bird paintings framed on the wall   Cairo wastes no time in asking what happened to his friends    Jim goes to the fridge takes out another cider beer then goes out back    Cairo follows

 

Behind is a kind of used-parts back lot    car bumpers rusted fridges metal sheets all spotted with the guano    Pigeon poop says Jim    On top of a cart truck a number of giant metallic faded-orange limbs and feet    Jim explains they belong to a giant doll version of Audubon or The Passenger Robot     a toy robot with wings and a human heart that never got released into the marketplace for various mercurial business reasons    The giant version he says was used only once in the 1985 Macy’s Parade    After it was broken up its body parts resold and scattered about across the country    Hung drawn and quartered says Jim    says a few years ago he had a dream that took place during the Depression    He and a bunch of Olkies had found some missing Passenger Robot parts by a highway roadside    In the dream a young teenager named Press Clay told him once he had found and put all the parts back together he would know why the birds are taking Innocents and who is controlling the Swarm    If he didn’t find all the parts then something ungodly terrifying would happen but the dream ended before he ever found the heart piece    He says he is living under constant unrelenting strain

 

Since the dream Jim says he has traveled east and west across the country in search of the scattered parts of the giant metal Audubon Robot    He found a wing in San Antonio one leg in Whitharral Texas chest cage in Green Bay and another leg in Peru Maine    He says he is pretty sure he has located the head and heart piece in either a stable outside Louisville or in a field of school buses near Sargents Ohio through a combination of Ebay and online chat groups    He says the murmuration keeps outwitting him taking more Innocents leading him down blank trails    He says you damn lucky they didn’t get you too you better not be a blank trail 

Before Cairo responds to the high tale he asks Jim why he is in a wheelchair if he can fly    Jim says he is a tortured soul capable of unexplainable feats of superhuman strength but for the most part a cripple    Says years before he fell from the top of a telephone pole after being electrocuted while working as a telephone linesman    The weird magic abilities came since after the fall

They head back inside the ice cream truck    Cairo sits on the couch    Fears he might be dealing with a total nutcase    Jim goes to the old small fridge to grab another cider    turns to offer one but sees Cairo has passed out

When Cairo wakes he is in the passenger seat of the ice cream truck speeding down a highway    He sees Jim at the wheel using a weird looking stick device with his right arm to operate the brake and accelerator    A small Audubon doll and stuffed pigeon dangling above the dashboard    What about Apollo and Donatella Cairo finally asks    Jim keeps looking up at the sky    I don’t think you’ll be seeing them again Jim laughs    Get over it there’s way more at stake he says    Cairo looks out his window    I want to get out he says    Please pull over     Jim pays no attention     Cairo sees a sign ahead     Louisville

 

The stable is still smoldering after burning down two days before killing twenty or so thoroughbred race horses    The wife of the stable owner takes them to the giant tin head stored in an isolated barn at the edge of the stable   It’s been torched    spots of orange remaining mostly black    Jim gives her a cheque     Says some movers will arrive within a week to collect it    Cairo gets back in the passenger seat of the ice cream truck    sees a wood stick bundle leaning up on the middle seat    he touches it and in his mind sees Press Clay as a young boy traveling from South Dakota to Ohio in the middle seat of a wagon with his Pa on one side Ma on the other   Other wagons ahead and a hundred or so Sioux Indians in exodus traveling with them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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