Monday, June 13, 2022

"The Beach in The Sky ": I swim in Gaddings Dam above Todmorden.




Me and Chris went up to Gaddings Dam this morning. It is 80 feet above sea level and 60 miles inland ,at Lumbutts village near Todmorden .The highest Beach in the UK. Bloody Cold! I started off more "Power Paddling" than "Power Swimming" but I eventually got my modesty wet.. Some detail about Gaddings here all audio is , of course, Neil Young! 

 Didn't I Tell You The Sky Was About To Rain ?

Monday, May 23, 2022

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Don Letts

So We went to see the famous Don Letts ( The Clash , Bob Marley etc etc ) at The Golden Lion in Todmorden last night. Lovely feel .So friendly .

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Looking For Alice

  '𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐀𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐞'𝐬 𝐄𝐲𝐞𝐬 ' Me & Cath went up to The Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge today. Looking at an exhibition of the local photographer Alice Longstaff. ( 1907 - 1992) Loads of recent previously unseen photos

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Filming 'Happy Valley' in Hebden Bridge

Nearly 2 hours of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss live! The quality is more than ok, i think.......

I went into Hebden Bridge today for a haircut. 

While there, I took these photos of them filming the new series of " Happy Valley". I'm a bit snooty about the show tbh. But it was interesting to look at how they go about it.

 I was more excited by the fact that half an hour before I took this photo , I had been in the 'Country Stores' and the lass behind the counter was all in a tiz because Robert Plant ( Led Zeppelin ) had just been in to buy a Steak & Ale Pie 

. He had played in Halifax last night , and was driving back over the tops , taking 'the scenic route' 

I always imagine him a veggie. Shows how much I know........ I mean , in retrospect, I might have seen a Plantish figure stood alone eating, near some busker. But everybody in Heden Bridge looks like that! How was I supposed to know....?

Audio is Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Louisville, KY April 18, 2008 


And the riot squad they're restless, they need somewhere to go..........

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

"some travel restrictions"

Tis a shame,this just arrived this morning. We were quite looking forward to it. Oddly, Sea Powers big tour ( due in Manchester this week ) has cancelled some dates due to Covid. It seems the Gods are restless.....

Monday, April 18, 2022

Bone In My Ear

Some  photos I took at this week at Valley Antiques in Hebden Bridge. Our first Post-Covid visit there.... [link]

The audio is Bruce Coburn in 1997.

By the way, my arms have healed ( for now ! )

the photo doesn't do that stuffed parrot justice! so manky, falling to bits..... ! Poor Soul :(

Friday, April 15, 2022

a video of Jayn Hanna Wissenberg

Jayn Hanna Wissenberg , the singer with the band Darkher who we see play live next Tuesday night : (hopeful) some of my images of that here later

Monday, April 11, 2022

𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑓𝑖𝑛' 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑧𝑒𝑖𝑡𝑔𝑒𝑖𝑠𝑡 !

𝐻𝑒𝑦 𝐾𝑖𝑑𝑠 ! 𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑦 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝐼𝑡'𝑠 1066!

This evening I booked some tickets for Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge next week .

 We see The Devils Parade ( 'Hungarian Doom Folk') Forndom ( 'Swedish Atmospheric Nordic Folk') and Darkher ( 'Haunting Etheral Doom' ) 

Frankly I havn't a clue!  blushes..........

But , pop -pickers,it's sure to be a memorable evening whatever!

LUCINDA WILLIAMS "JOY" Live at La Zona Rosa, Austin Texas March 20, 1994.

Saturday, April 02, 2022

He said, there's a body I'm tryin' to find....


My skin is getting older . 

Loads of bruises this week on both my arms.

 It seems this happens as your skin gets old . Ironically , most of my 'wounds' I can place from swimming ( brushing my arms on the swimming pool' lockers: brushing my arms against the lane ropes ;etc etc)

Hey -hoy! :)

Live at the War Memorial Auditorium, Plymouth, MA; October 30, 1975

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Monday, February 21, 2022

Sea Power : Hebden Bridge Trades Club

I went to see Sea Power at The Hebden Bridge Trades Club last night !

 Bit of a surprise I was there tbh. Tickets for this Launch of their new album had been sold out weeks ago. I was a bit sick not to be seeing them ( I've seen them 5 times before .The first time being 2006 in Manchester ).But had resigned myself to missing today. 

But i heard it thru the grapevine that ,because of the fear of floods & transport disruption over the weekend , many of their travelling Barmy Army from Leeds & Manchester had blobbed.So tickets to spare! I dashed down to the Trades at 8:30pm on the night , they were due onstage at 9 , and got in ! Phew! From Slippers to Rock N Roll in 20 minutes! I should be in The Olympics !

 A Strange Coda to the evening Halfway through the set , a bloke next to me , had what i think was a suspected heart attack. His partner asked me to "look after him" while she fought thru the mosh pit to ring an ambulance & alert staff. After 10 minutes , she came back with them. and we helped the bloke down the Fire Escape at the back of the building. As he left the building the band played " No Lucifer". And in a further creepy twist, one of their new songs mentions " Fire Escapes" in the lyrics ! I hope he was ok........? 



Friday, February 18, 2022

Sophie Ryder at The Piece Hall

Main image is that of the newish permanent sculpture of Ann Lister ( AKA "Gentleman Jack" ).


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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

R. I. P. Paul Gledhill

Sad.Sudden.Shocking News .

 I hear that Paul has died. 

I worked with him for several years. he also came with me to see Bob Dylan in Manchester once.

 We lost touch after I retired. The last time I saw him was during the first Covid Clampdown .I took this photo of him with his " Lockdown Beard". Currently, 

I have no more details yet....


Friday, February 11, 2022

some enhanced images

I'm currently enhancing loads of blurry gig images from over the years.....

Pictures I Have Taken......

keep checking back here for daily additions

Phil's Birthday Drinks In Halifax

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