Betsey’s Autumn Fayre, Saturday 13th October, 2018

MELANIE XULU runs through a fantastic day at the Betsey…


Robert Chaney

Entering through the doors of The Betsey Trotwood, I was immediately consumed by a sea of double denim, paisley and velvet. Over the sound of happy chattering and clinking glasses, autumnal folk and psych sounds played through the speakers. Artificial autumn leaves and fairylights were draped across side boards and found hanging from chandeliers across the three flours of the characterful Victorian pub, all the more emphasising the Betsey’s rustic charm and folksy quirkiness.

The autumnal all-dayer boasted a mixture of folk, psychedelia, jingle-jangle and country from 3pm-1am, holding host to an impressive line-up of bands and musicians including Italian folkstress Emma Tricca, fresh from her European tour with legendary Pink Floyd founding member Nick Mason, Wolf People bassist Dan Davies, Swedish Grammy nominated alt-country singersongwriter Christian Kjellvander, Welsh multi-instrumentalist Gwenifer Raymond, as well as, San Antonio Kid, Bob Of The Tops, Robert Chaney, The BV’s, and of course, cosmic country quintet, The Hanging Stars.

Gwenifer Raymond

The DJs carefully maintained the blissful autumnal mood throughout the fayre, spinning seasonal folk, psych and country songs by the bar of the Betsey, including Shindig!’s own Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills who set the tone of the evening perfectly.

Rich Olsen, The Hanging Stars

Stand out act of the evening had to be Gwenifer Raymond, the Welsh musician brought the American South to Clerkenwell, playing a tempestuous set of instrumental tracks alternating between guitar and banjo, from ‘Sometimes There’s Blood’ and ‘Requiem For John Fahey’ to the manic “Bleeding Finger Blues”, all of which can be found on her outstanding debut album, ‘You Never Were Much Of A Dancer’. Raymond, an accomplished adapter of the distinctive American primitive guitar style developed by Fahey, left the crowd in a stunned silence.

Co-hosts, The Hanging Stars, who started the day off with an acoustic set, finished the fayre off with a set in the basement. Betsey’s Autumn Fayre was an international coming together of fans of cosmic country, acid folk, and psychedelia. I can only hope the seasons roll around quickly and the autumn fayre returns once again next year.

 

 

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Shindig! Broadcast #48

Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills, Paul Osborne and Thomas Patterson are joined in the studio with guests The Hanging Stars and Greg Foat for nearly two hours of music and chat


01) WCPAEB Intro
02) Booker T. & The MG’s ‘Something’
03) Duncan Browne ‘On The Bombsite
04) Edward’s Hand ‘If I Ever Thought You’d Change Your Mind’
05) Peter Sarstedt ‘Frozen Orange Juice’
06) Ralph McTell’Pick Up A Gun’
07) Hampshire & Foat ‘Honey For A Penny’
08) The Hanging Stars ‘Pick Up The Pieces’
09) Jonathan Wilson ‘Hi Ho The Righteous’
10) Green Seagull ‘Black & White’
11) The Hanging Stars ‘How I Got This Way’ (Live)
12) Gloria ‘Heavy’ (ft. Arianna Monteverd)
13) The Hanging Stars ‘Water Song’ (Live)
14) Gwenno ‘Tir Ha Mor’
15) The Soundcarriers ‘The Outsider’
16) Johnny Harris ‘Paint It Black’
17) The Buoys ‘Timothy
18) The Butterfield Blues Band ‘Dropping’ Out’
19) Johnny Hallyday ‘Rivière… Ouvre Ton Lit’
20) Wishbone Ash ‘Lady Whiskey’
21) Jonathan Wilson ‘Sunset Blvd’
22) Ernie Hawks & The Soul Investigators ‘Scorpio Man Theme’
23) Corduroy ‘London England’
24) Once & Future Band ‘Old Brain’
25) Procol Harum ‘Simple Sister’ (Live Rehearsal, Edmonton)
26) The Pandoras Hot Generation
27) Spirit ‘Rougher Road’

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The Hanging Stars ‘How I Got This Way’ and ‘Water Song’ (Live on air, The Shindig! Broadcast, Soho Radio)

Massive thanks to our producer Rich for sorting out the mics in record time to capture this truly delightful live session from The Hanging Stars. Both songs are taken from their brand new album Songs From Somewhere Else


Amazing time at soho radio yesterday for the Latest Shindig Broadcast, one of our best with a superb live session from The Hanging Stars and a chat with Greg Foat about his new record. The Hanging Stars were sublime.

Posted by Shindig! Magazine… the latest! on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

 

 

 

 

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The Hanging Stars ‘Endlessly Aimless’ premiere plus ‘House On The Hill’ video

Taken from The Hanging Stars forthcoming single ‘The House On The Hill’, which is due out on Great Pop Supplement on 23rd October.

London based psych country outfit The Hanging Stars sound like the missing link between between the California desert sun and the grey skies of London Town, the tracks were laid down between LA and Walthamstow, each of these vastly different cities leaving an indelible mark on the recordings.

“Endlessly Aimless” were recorded in Lake Hollywood, LA with Rob Campanella (The Quarter After, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Tyde, GospelbeacH etc) and features San Fransiscan legend Chrystof Certik on lead guitar.

The A-side ‘The House On The Hill’ is a murder ballad about a poor girl who drowns herself in the sea after having her heart broken. Partly a true story, the track was also inspired by an entry in a book of traditional songs gathered by folk music archivist Alan Lomax. You can watch the video directed by Paul Kelly of St Etienne below.

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The Wicked Whispers & The Hanging Stars, London Show

LONDON

 

Ticket ink :http://www.seetickets.com/event/the-wicked-whispers-plus-special-guests/old-blue-last-london/857529

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Show Details are :

 

Thursday 16th April 2015

The Wicked Whispers

Plus special Guests :

The Hanging Stars and Sonny Morris plus Electone DJs

The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch, London

£5 Adv

Doors 7:30pm

 

 

 

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