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Spotlight 15th July 2011

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Thanks to Norm for posting these recordings from July’s Spotlight online: Moll and Rob playing two new songs. The next night we played these songs again, at the Golden Lion with Jo on vocals and fiddle, Cam Crook on Guitar and Simon Fletcher on bass. We’re hoping to do some recording before summer ends <pauses to look out the window at the downpour> so these vids are stripped-down tasters of what’s to come.


Hope you enjoy them!

The Good Advice I Did Not Take The Bad Advice I Did


The Heartbreaking


The photo is courtesy of Peter Ford – couples dancing on the West End Pier in Morecambe in the fifties. The mood of ‘The Heartbreaking’ seemed a good excuse to post this picture!


Me and Jo!

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Tuesday before last, me and Jo Gillot (or Jo Gillot and I if we’re going to be grammatical, though why start now…) played at the Dukes’ Chill-Out Tuesday. We’re indebted to Rob who valiantly provided PA and did the sound, but also recorded our sets! It was an exciting gig for us because it was the first (but hopefully not the last) time we had collaborated on songs. We’re really pleased with the results and thought we’d share a couple.


‘Spectacular’ is Jo’s song, available on her ‘Songs to Say I Sung’ CD. Her Myspace page is here.



Alma Garrett
And Alma Garret is mine, but here Jo is singing and playing violin too! I love this recording!


Fundraiser for the Victims of the Pakistan Floods – 11th September!

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Things aren’t getting any better in Pakistan after the floods, in fact they’re getting a good deal worse. Not only is this a fantastic cause, but I get to play alongside my old sensai, Graham Mort, who was one of my MA lecturers. Eeh, what larks we used to have… You should read his collection of short stories ‘Touch’ published by Seren, including the Bridport winning ‘The Prince.’ Holy Cow. He really is very good.


Because this gig is organised by the Abaseen Foundation charity, payment details are a little different to usual – please check the poster.


Thanks, and I hope to see some of you there! A night of folk and blues all in aid of urgently needed aid.

Upright Piano

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

piano-full-crop We played an Existence Gig at The Oakwood in Glossop on Saturday. A fabulous venue run by the most hospitable people you could wish to meet.


Had to share these photos though: In their beer garden is an old upright piano. It’s casing has been removed and it’s partially filled up with soil ‘to put some flowers in.’ I think it was Rae who assured us ‘It was like this when we found it,’ as if we might take issue with them for piano abuse! But doesn’t it look beautiful? (HORTICULTURAL NEWSFLASH: Cukes rather poor, gherkins are mad forrit – I have surplus plants.) Perhaps I should send them some gherkins to plant in it. Or nasturtiums would be quite nice…


The colours and textures are amazing, I reckon I’ll be using these images for posters. You’re welcome to use them too – if you could acknowledge them that would be appreciated.

Granny Spoon, Bobular Bells, Last.FM and Spotlight Slam

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I’ve been exploring ways to bring my music and writing together more creatively, starting last year with a series of prose pieces directly inspired from songs I’ve written – not to reiterate the lyrics, but to pick up on the themes, or spin-off from the subject matter in some way. And then, the other night I read the ‘TV in the Snow,’ piece at Spotlight alongside Dave George, (which went better than I could ever have hoped for, he played loops with great sensitivity, responding to the transitions in the piece as if he’d been rehearsing it for weeks rather than, well.. playing it for the second time, as the situation was in truth!)


In Monkeyrack we’re currently working on a new audio anthology, in fact, they’re coming round to record later on today. One of the pieces I’m putting forward as part of my set on the anthology is ‘Granny Spoon.’


Exactly the sort of thing Granny Spoon might have on her sideboard

Exactly the sort of thing Granny Spoon might have on her sideboard

‘Granny Spoon’ had its first outing at the Spotlight Open Slam last month and I was very, very happy to come second! (My certificate is currently on the wall in the hall. :-) )


The thing about ‘Granny Spoon’ is it’s a bit weird. As Ron put it, ‘It has a touch of the Yoko’s about it,’ and Sam and the Plants said it was a bit frightening, but in a good way…


The song came from the guitar riff – I was noodling around on Tigger, the nylon string guitar I got from the Children’s Society charity shop, and later that evening the melody was wandering around my head and the lyrics, ‘Crazy granny making tea for me granny is making tea…’ came together – more as a fun way to fit to the rhythm, but I liked it’s quirkiness and Rob and I had a go at recording it.


Now… (and at this point I feel Ihave started the story in completely the wrong place…) we have a marvellous instrument called the Bobular Bells.  This delectable construction was put conceptualised by Nickie out of a set of shelves, a funnel, some glockenspiel bars, a spanner and a goblet. They were a birthday present for Bob, as part of his junk drum kit.


Whilst recording ‘Granny Spoon,’ it became apparent that the Bobular Bells were simply perfect for creating the weird, anti-bedtime story atmosphere, as was a valiant hamster cage that I just KNEW would come in useful one day. (Thanks, fellow Morecambe West Endians – Sometimes you do fly-tip useful things outside my back door. The fish tank, for instance, raised a modest sum for charity and the chair that Scary Maisonette Guy hurled over his railings is now in my Mum’s living room having been repainted and recovered.)


So, I had a version of Granny Spoon recorded, but there was only the one line refrain ‘Crazy Granny making tea…’ twice in the whole piece, the rest was instrumental, and this is where the spoken word version as performed at Spotlight came about. I wrote a ‘poem’ to perform during the instrumental sections and we’re partway through recording it for the Monkeyrack anthology.


However, if you would like a sneak preview, you can hear the initial version (without the poem) on LastFM.


(Other tracks available including a free download of Bonejig)


I hope you enjoy!


Moll X


‘She is Dragon’ and ‘Annata’

Friday, February 19th, 2010

'The Blue Kimono' by Marion Boyd Allen

During the Christmas holidays, one evening when Rob was on night shifts, I was sitting in front of the coal fire and wrote 2 songs. I don’t think that has ever happened before and I don’t know what planets aligned, wish I did! One song was called ‘She is Dragon’ and I performed it at Spotlight in the New Year.

Norman Hadley recorded the nights acts and posted them on Tinternet, and here they are! She is Dragon and Annata

I’m partway through recording them for Part 3 of Whispers in the Well. Hope you like them.

Lunecy Review Interview by Norman Hadley

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Interview with Mollie Baxter for The Lunecy Review


Questions by Norman Hadley


1. All writers experience tension between the write-what-you-know autobiographical versus the fear of betraying confidences. How do you handle that balancing act?


I think it begins with where an idea comes from. With prose (because my approach is slightly different with songs) the germ of the idea comes from an image or a scenario that catches my attention: why would a boy nail a cat to a tree, what would it be like to live back in times of yore when you’re sewn into underclothes for the winter, what if a Matryoshka doll was alive… that sort of thing. When it comes to the fleshing out of the story, you carry it round in your head for a few days/weeks, and you’re looking to give the story a context, an authentic depth of experience. It’s here that perhaps the autobiographical elements get drawn into it, because your richest store of experience comes from what you, yourself know – you use the paint you’ve got.


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Blinking and Not-Quite Smiling – Photo Shoot with Richard Davis

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Many will already know Richard Davis as photographer and joint organiser of Totally Wired. He is currently working on a new exhibition, ‘Lancaster 2009’ photographing some of the misfits, loveable weirdos, performers and artists in the area. He asked if he could photograph me with Dot, the red guitar and Lily, the ex-High School issue cello, but he wasn’t specific about which category I came under. Still, the primped ego wouldn’t let me mull that for long.


When the photos are being taken, the atmosphere is relaxed, but charged. You’re sitting/standing/cocking your leg up, waiting for a Moment to arrive, but you have no idea when that moment will be, because you can’t see what the photographer sees. At the same time, you have to trust that the photographer will find a good side that shows the truth but without the Tefal-head, the lazy eye or the hundred and one other little defects that we worry about. Funnily enough, I reacted to this in ‘first-date mode’ – no make-up, but cleaned my teeth. Classy, I know.


Anyway, here are some of the results. (Click on thumbnails for full pic) Richard is a marvel. I’m not sure if he’s made his final decision about which one is going into the show, I think he favoured the colour-enhanced one with the guitar, which I love, but I think, if I had to choose I’d go for the one where I’m looking out – I like that connection.  Any thoughts?






Little Birthday Bohemia

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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Little Birthday Bohemia
Sunday May 10th
Olive Bar, Gregson
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a birthday party, but this year I got organised. On the evening of Sunday 10th May, we had ‘Little Birthday Bohemia,’ a night of hawthorn, music, poems, comedy and rocky road.