Sunday, 7 December 2008

Pack Horse (Leeds) show last Friday. Songs performed:

(What You Can)


If I don't ...

Pony in the Prize

Amazing Journey (Townsend, 1969)/Some O' These Days

Begin again, again


There is a House/Mo' Better Blues (Lee, 1990)

Show Me Love

More parts of ponies/ponies (2008) CD-Rs were shifted. Little Hero mastered a beautiful scene and I got introduced to some very talented young men and women (see links below). Strong performances all around.

So with loving thanks to all parts Simargool and Wilson. Thanks too to Alex for his soundwork, and all providing Gold Star support throughout.

Moll Baxter and I will be hitting up the Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster this Tuesday night (09/12) from six, for "after-work" blood sweat and tears. Bring loved ones if you've got ones'.


Thursday, 6 November 2008

tough nuts

Was mighty pleased to have played with The Adventures of Loki last Saturday (Novmeber 1st), though sadly distracted throughout; spent the duration of thirty minutes pushing bad merchandise. Hope to be shooting straight again by December 5th when Pete 'Little Hero' Rawlinson and I go Live at Leeds. So with thanks again to the Lokis, and to Kev Baxter.

Yorkshire House, Lancaster 01/11/08

Doin' Lord


Pony in the Prize

If I don't...

'begin again, again'

(I will) Sea Change



Monday, 3 November 2008

red & green

Britannia 101/Lancaster 23/10/08:

Doin’ Lord


Pony in the Prize

If I don’t

w/o name (‘begin again, again’)


Going Home (Bramhall/Craig)

To Get to You (Bramhall/Craig/Scott)

Down to the River (Craig/Powers arrang.)

Show Me Love

Devil in her eyes (Bramhall/Craig)

There is a House/Mo’ Better Blues (Lee)

Moll played an excellent rent from her own songbook. Andy was on fine form too.

With thanks to Amy Holmes and colleagues. And to Dan H for tech-support at a late hour. The three of us will be back at the Britannia early next year.

In the meantime I’ll be helping Andy out at a show of his own next Thursday 6th November at the Oxford, South Blackpool. Moll and I have a Dukes Playhouse performance coming up, details to follow on that one.


Thursday, 16 October 2008

(Community) Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

Some ten parts of the 44 ponies/ponies (2008) full lengths got shifted at last Monday’s L.A.W.M performance.

Tips for future veterans - a point of donation display is unlikely to hold sway against the pros. ;-)

Misty’s Big Adventure upstaged me slightly with their full deck.

Needless to say, street team applicants and interested distros should email the address to the left. Alternatively, you can contact to get a mail out copy of the comp.

To evaluate some of the strengths and shortcomings of cd-r culture, why not take in:

- 'root for the underdog, no matter who they are'

VOID (for its purpose)

L.A.W.M Monday last went okay; some highs and lows. Gave one of the newer compositions its first airing and slipped Bill Lee's (1990) 'Mo’ Better Blues' into ‘There is a house’, slowing it down a pace. My hands locked on some high end picking and I missed a couple changes. All things considered though, it was fair affair.
High praise/validation came by way of an old friend from the old country (Blackpool, Lancs - for the fan-club), who drew attention to the space and silence in these new arrangements.
Oddsocks were in full reprise the night after a five months hiatus - much to crowd approval. Best wishes in Finland guys. You played great.

With thanks again to messers Twine and Baxter, and those kind folk what voted ponies onto the L.A.W.M board last year.

Moll Baxter and I will be playing Britannia 101 next Thursday 23rd - the venerable Andy Craig in attendance also.

Take Care

Yorkshire House, Lancaster 13/10/08:

Pony in the prize
Devil in her eyes (Bramhall/Craig)
If I don’t …
‘Begin again, again’/‘you are loved’
There is a house/Mo’ Better Blues (Lee)

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Say It (over and over and over and over and over and over again)

- spare us the c(l)utter!
As modelled above, there's some 44 cd-r edition ponies/ponies (2008) ready and waiting for those interested. Payment shall be by donation. This collection compiles ... Drifters session recorded March of this year (see blog 17/08/08), and three taped recordings from 2003-2007. Lyrics and linear notes provided. For now, I expect the best means of handling the same would be to catch this ponies project tomorrow night at Richard Twine's L.A.W.M affair, or else throughout the coming months;
pleased to announce forthcomin' performances with The Adventures of Loki Saturday November 1th and Moll Baxter next Thursday 23rd. Details to the left (to the left).
In other news, Mr. Richard Turner's Opposite of Robot night is now back in full effect over Lancaster - interested parties to the weblink below.
Full progress report to follow.
Best Wishes

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Biz Marquis

Carabas fundraiser last Wednesday 24th at Gregson Inst. Lancaster. With thanks to Bethany, Mike and Jack for their hard work and hospitality. Set list for the event features below. Moll Baxter was in attendance that night and played a fine set from her newest latest ep 'Whispers in the Well' - would recommend anybody catch her live show if and when they can. To learn more about Moll visit:

ponies - 24th Septmeber 2008

Pony in the Prize
If I don't


Tuesday, 23 September 2008

If You Knew/Let It Be Me

Further to the last post, a recording of 'If I don't' is now up and running on the Myspace player ( With thanks again to 2/3 of The Low Countries. Dawish and Celan displaced respectively. These line breaks may need to be revised. Shall see. Would be glad to read any thoughts on the same.

If I don't/

If I don't
Have you
What is in my life? And

If I don't
Have you
Who's gon' turn the knife
Inside? And

Who's gon' paint the night
Beside me?

And do I know
What trouble is and
What it's good for
In my mind?

When I think it doubles
I am not mine:

One is always lighter
Than the other
For to carry them

When it's over dead
And done

Become become;

The world is gone
I must carry you

- push your hands up the wall!

I'll do anything
Right now

What begins with a call
Ends in no reply

Friday, 12 September 2008

Darhma & Gregson

Last Sunday 7th I put in an appearance at the Gregson Open Mic slot, on Moor Lane, Lancaster. A recording of 'Orphee' from the night is now up and playing via their eventspace ( Anyone in the area with any interest is sure to find a welcome atmosphere and terrific sound care of Nigel and Wes (The Low Countries). With thanks to them both.


Sunday, 31 August 2008

'the forces are displayed'

A press pack is in assembly with a view to making Trojan this ponies for live music events in Lancashire and beyond. Please enjoy this bitmap study for the same. I'm aiming to distribute the finished piece with the recent spat of sampler cd-rs. The colour scheme owes much to Nickelodeon circa 1993. Autumn de Wilde is also well implicated. DS and DB deserve photo credit. The typeface is May Simargool's.

"That's progress" reporting this Sunday, August 31st 2008;

Best Wishes


lion rock

(this ponies project) was in Full Effect last night at the Golden Lion, Lancaster opening for Uncle Jeff. A. J. Craig was in attendance and lent his art to three of eight numbers performed - two writ. in collaboration and the other a Craig/Powers arrangement on traditional theme. I whet my end at electric guitar playing for the first in five years and debuted 'if i don't...' complete with pomp and dischord.
Uncle Jeff played two halfs of their fine US/UK indie-rock synthesis (- feeling appropriated? ;-)) to much enjoyment. Thanks to Stephen and colleagues for the third invite of the season. Yr support is most appreciated.
Folk interested can catch the next ponies performance at Richard Twine's L.A.W.M event taking place 13th October.
Information on Richard's L.A.W.M events can be found @
Uncle Jeff can be heard here:

Friday, 29 August 2008


Kate 'Anarkeeks' Doran was kind enough to send these pictures from the These Unites States/Ampersands show back in July. More thanks is due to Benjamin J for his admin duties.

Kate has her own artspace at:


Thursday, 28 August 2008

rain dogs

As predicted. Kriss Foster & Stephen Hudson's La La Lancaster festival came off a treat last Monday 25th in spite of the Gods. I spent the day damp and chill under much rainfall. When I got home I had to dry my Martin save it swell. The show itself was no less than a pleasure.

Thanks to Mia Bleach for the picture.

And to everyone that took part.


Sunday, 24 August 2008


Tomorrow's Bank Holiday Monday should see an appearance at the live music event taking place in Lancaster's Williamson Park.

In addition to ponies there's likely to be performances from organisers Stephen Hudson & Kriss Foster, One Chip Potato, Ruby in the Dust, Moll Baxter et al.

This event is free to the public and gets started at 14:00.

I'll be closing this post with some best wishes for my brother - nineteen years young today on God's great Earth. Up above is his picture taken several Augusts past

- with love.


Wednesday, 20 August 2008

best laid plans

As the world’s turned again I’m feeling ready to draw a line under the past year and start thinking about how best to approach the next batch of songs. Hoping to draw on the strengths from the first recordings, whilst sharpening some interests that perhaps didn’t come across as well as I'd like. I’ve gotten more interested in recording the spaces a performer enters into. Silence integral.

Several tape sketches have been assembled! and working titles from August 2008 are:

Where’s the friend?
If I don’t …
Show Me Love
w/o. name #1 (‘to show the lord a chair’)
w/o. name #2 (‘what without ...’)
w/o. name #3 (‘you are loved’)
FU (when nothing else will do)
Cy Tx (revisited)
Tx (after Fog)
Faithful too

Plans to begin arranging next slew of songs with guitar/percussion etc. come Autumn.


Sunday, 17 August 2008

Ponies, 'Ponies' etc.

ponies first collection of songs was self titled and resourced by Chris Wilson for To The Drifters Written and recorded for the most part between April 2007 and March 2008, this collection features contributions from Lancaster entertainer Kriss Foster and Canada's Nikol Harber and showcases an interest in folk, blues and gospel idioms; together with confessional approaches fast becoming a staple for the ponies' output.This past month, Chris has teamed up with Leeds based May Simargool and put together a clump of handmade (see picture above) CD-R packages complete with lyric sheet and linear notes. You can reach Chris via his website or else by emailing regarding those.