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Radio Show – 4 October 2015 – Episode 239

Claude Mono presents.

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Mixcloud HQ (just the music) Here


Cyril Cusak – The Song of Wandering Aengus by W B Yeats

Arborea – Rua das Aldas (excerpt) – Fortress of the Sun

Telling the Bees – Wood – John Barleycorn Reborn Rebirth

Barry Dransfield – She’s Like a Swallow – Barry Dransfield

Tranquility Bass – They Came In Peace

Like the Swallow – St Etienne – Foxbase Beta

Death and Vanilla – From Elsewhere – Death and Vanilla

Receivers – Three Loves – The Air on the Set

Hong Kong In The 60s When You Were Dreaming – My Fantoms

Atlas Sound – Quick Canal (w Laetitia Sadier) – Logos

Bradford Cox – VHS Dream – Teenage OST (Mixcloud Edition)

Sedayne – Gentle Sisterhood – Weirdshire: Beating the Bounds

Ria – Vampire Lullaby – Weirdshire: Beating the Bounds

Aspel Orchid – Fledgling Song Lullaby – Weirdshire: Beating the Bounds

Sproatly Smith – The Raven’s Song – Weirdshire: Beating the Bounds

Klaus Morlock – Watching the Girl from the Village – The Bridmore Lodge Tapes

The AlexLab – The Song Of Wandering Aengus (excerpt)

Cosmic Analog Ensemble – Fulgurance Inesperee – Petits Pays

Blueboy – So Catch Him Unisex

Death And Vanilla – Godspeed – Death And Vanilla EP

Greg Foat – Girl and Robot with Flowers PT1 – Girl and Robot With Flowers

Broadcast – Come On Let’s Go – The Noise Made By People

Unloved – Guilty Of Love – Guilty of Love EP

Rocketship – I Love You Like The Way I Used To Do – I Certain Smile A Certain Sadness

Mixcloud Edition extras

The Sabres of Paradise – Smokebelch II

Space Excerpts – Space – Dr Alex Patterson and Jim Caulty

Brown Susan – How We Used To Live – Coffee Table Music

Albatross – Dr Alex Patterson


Radio Show – 28 December 2014 – Episode 200
December 28, 2014, 11:43 am
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Claude Mono presents strange wyrd folk plus beats…French pop…spacey analogue sounds… Goldfrapp and Stereolab…

Listen to the show Here (Choose 28 Dec)

Mixcloud HQ – just the music


United Bible Studies – The Blacked Fields – Doineann

Pamela Wynn Shannon – Moss Mantra – Weirdlore Notes From the Folk Underground

Sproatly Smith – The Nightbirds – O Death The Field Bazaar remixes

Snow Ghosts – Secret Garden (Richard Skelton Version)

Howlround – Torridon Gate – Torridon Gate

Greanvine – Winter is Blue – An Angel Shone

The Hare And The Moon – Sweet William And Fair Margaret – The Grey Malkin

Greanvine – Season of the Witch – Witch Songs

She Rocola – Burn The Witch The Hare & The Moon – The Snow It Melts The Soonest (Version le’ Tambour)

The Memory Band – Along The Sunken Lanes – On The Chalk (Our Navigation Of The Line Of The Downs)

Heathered Pearls – The Worship Bell

Heathered Pearls – Precious Dive (Throwing Snow Remix)

Throwing Snow – Brook (Gold Panda Remix)

Snow Ghosts -Secret Garden (Matthew Herbert’s Wash It All Away Instrumental)

Throwing Snow feat Kid A-Hypnotise – Mosaic

Goldfrapp – Strict Machine We Are Glitter Remix

62 miles from space – Dans Le Nord – In This Bed

62 miles from space – Vers Le Nord – In This Bed

62 miles from space – The Scope  – The Scope

Benjamin Schoos and Laetitia Sadier – Ballad de Melody Nelson

Benjamin Schoos and Laetitia Sadier – Je ne vois que vous

Stereolab – Brakhage – Dots and Loops

Michael Hoenig – Sun and Moon – Deutsche Elektrnonische Musik

Jeremy Schmidt – Sentionauts – Beyond The Black Rainbow OST

Klaus Schulze and Lisa Gerrard – Liquid Coincidence Part 2 (Schiller Remix) – Farscape

Songs from the Black Meadow
November 8, 2014, 9:25 am
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Songs from the Black Meadow

Mixcloud – Inspired by a the work that Professor Mullins did in collecting the folklore and songs of the Black Meadow this Melmoth mix was created for the launch of the book honouring his work – `Tales from the Black Meadow’ by Chris Lambert.

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December 22, 2013, 11:59 pm
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A season of special events in Calderdale Libraries exploring themes of landscape, folklore, ritual and psychedelia.  January 20th-25th 2014.
With live music, author events, film screenings and an airing of some of our more esoteric literature. More Here

The Music of the Field Will Be Heard – John Barleycorn Reborn

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Golden Apples fans can learn in this post a bit about two of THE most essential compilation sets that are required ownership for those into psych  folk, acid folk, wyrd folk etc etc …

Lammas Night Laments – as curated by Mark Coyle of Woven Wheat Whispers

Dark Britannica – also more recently known as the Cold Spring Folk Series

Lammas Night Laments Volume 01 (Front)

Claude Mono: A few years ago I managed to pick up from blog-land two volumes of Lammas Night Laments a sprawling journey into pagan-wyrd-dark folk. They were CD-R issues . I was initially attracted by the art work which captured a certain pagan-folk atmosphere and I was certainly not disappointed with the music and hundreds of folk comps later these are still two of my favourites. At the time looking around a bit more I discovered there were no less than 14 Volumes spanning 1966 – 1980 – that’s a lot of wyrd folk!! – Over a long period of time I eventually tracked them all down after lots of digital digging. I owe a specific debt here to Simon Knight of Hidden Shallows Productions who shared a number of missing volumes with me.

Then I discovered John Barleycorn Reborn…

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In a group forum I found an e-mail from 2005 from Mark Coyle the curator of Lammas Night Laments…

“…it’s me that does the Lammas Night Laments  series.  There are currently 11 volumes and I am currently finalising the last one, volume 12. In due course there will be a modern series called ‘The Green Man Awakes’ but not quickly due to a range of commitments…”

…and in 2007…

 Accompanied by a massive, 16-page booklet of background essays and interpretive guidelines, as well as a lovingly detailed, 24-page track annotation manual, ‘John Barleycorn Reborn’ is an incredible 5½-hour, 4xCD set compiled by Woven Wheat Whispers founder, Mark Coyle for Cold Spring Records. The album explores the mythos of the John Barleycorn legend across more than 60 tracks, divided into three parts: “birth,” “death” and “rebirth”, from nearly as many diverse “artists largely unknown who make unconventional folk music across Britain.”

Mark Coyle: “At heart I’m a collector I think and for years had been exploring the area of unconventional folk music exploring and buying whatever music I could find. I first compiled music from 1960 – 1980 as the Lammas Night Laments CDr series.  I had always planned on a modern version done with a label called ‘The Green Man Awakes’.   When Cold Spring got in touch, I knew I would now be able to produce such a set. The inspiration was from groundbreaking sets such as ‘Nuggets’ and ‘Pebbles,’ which have themselves run to many volumes.”

…and in 2009…

The compilers of ‘John Barleycorn Reborn’ (2007), faced an embarrassment of riches – a testament both to English folk heritage and the health of the contemporary folk music scene. So here we have the second crop from that original sowing. Originally released for download only, now finally available as a stunning double CD, with every track completely remastered to the highest quality. 33 tracks from the cream of current dark British Folk music.

The above includes Excerpts from a detailed and wonderfully immersive article and interview with Mark Coyle discussing John Barleycorn Reborn at Terrascope.

Right now at Cold Spring Records you can get a bonus pack which contains four amazing compilations:

‘John Barleycorn Reborn: Rebirth’
‘We Bring You A King With A Head Of Gold’
‘John Barleycorn Reborn’

Hail Be You Sovereigns, Lief And Dear – Dark Britannica III”
UPDATE Nov 2016

Looks like the Dark Britannica Series may now no longer be available via Cold Spring Records – sad news – this link is still up but not sure if live

Explorations of John Barleycorn Reborn over at ‘A Year In The Country’ a favourite destination of the Golden Apples

I also found an interesting post over on the Folk Horror Revival FB Page asking whatever happened to Mark Coyle – seems to be a few theories – intriguing stuff…read here