Posts Tagged ‘music’

Me and Jo!

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
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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.

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

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

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Moll Baxter and Jo Gillot return to Chill-Out Tuesday!

Monday, October 11th, 2010
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That’s right, and this time we’ll be collaborating on a few songs too!

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You probably know this already, but Chill-Out Tuesdays take place at in the Bar of the Dukes Theatre on Moor Lane and Lancaster from 6-7pm – so it’s a shorty and you can be back in home for tea, or you might decide to stay on and see the evening movie.

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Jo and I had a practice yesterday afternoon and we’re really excited about the songs. We hope you can come and join us!

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Moll Baxter Band and Ponies playing at the Golden Lion on 5th August!

Friday, July 30th, 2010
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Sorry there’s been no posts for a while, I’ve been all a-whirl with Summer School! But there’s a Moll Baxter Band gig coming up next Thursday at the Golden Lion, with support from Tom ‘Ponies’ Bramhall – or ‘Pom Tonies’ as I said by accident the other day…

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Come along for folk-tapping, blues-busting, troubaudacious barding!

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Moll Baxter Band Gig April 22nd

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

This Thursday April 22nd at the Yorkshire House, Lancaster.

Doors open 8pm.

£3

 

4 fantastic acts under one roof:

 

The smoky-folky, whisky-wordy stylings of Moll Baxter

 

The soulfully crafted songs of Jess Thomas 

 

 

The stunningly moving Kish Maguire

 

And the subtle loopings, and quirky alt-electronica inventiana of Cam Crook 

 

Hope to see you there!

 

X

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.

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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

 

Moll Baxter Band play Chill Out Tuesday on March 2nd

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Come along!

Come along!

Back by popular demand… (I demanded and they said, oh go on then…)

This is a child-friendly event. Si will be wearing his clown trousers and we will be pouring custard into them between each song.

Rob will only say ‘Phooey’ when something goes wrong with setting up the PA.

And Harvey will do a selection of cup and ba

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Well, I can’t strictly gurantee that yet, but we DEFINITELY will be doing a set of Moll Baxter Music in the Gallery, playing a selection of songs from the EPs including the new ‘Part 2, Whispers in the Well,’ plus old favourites.

Alternative Americana, folky bluesy, naggy, whiskied (and whiskered) songs to tease and finger your earlobes.

Come along after work/Jeremy Kyle/breakfast and say hello. Catch a movie afterwards, mayhaps.

Hope to see you there!

Moll X

 

 

‘She is Dragon’ and ‘Annata’

Friday, February 19th, 2010
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'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.

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?

 

 

 

 

 

Totally Wired June 6th @ Storey. Doors: 7.30pm

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

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A Blast of Cultural Mayhem!

Featuring:

Mollie Baxter (doing a words and music combo)

Jo Gillot (captivating singer-songwriter)

Ottersgear (Mikey Kenny’s and band)

Vik Lawless (Poet)

Improv Express (Improvisation Troupe)

And others – a veritable feast of entertainment.

Tickets £5 (on the door or from The Book Room on Meeting House Lane, Lancaster)

Little Birthday Bohemia

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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Little Birthday Bohemia
Sunday May 10th
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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.
 
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