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Canterbury Sans Frontieres #50


Episode Fifty

We at Gonzo Web Radio are very proud to bring you Canterbury Sans Frontières - a podcast dedicated to the music of the 'Canterbury Scene' and more. Creator Matthew Watkins writes:

As with Canterbury Soundwaves , a new three-hour episode will be released with each full moon. I decided to wind down Canterbury Soundwaves so that I didn't end up

(i) repeating myself,

(ii) scraping the bottom of the Canterbury barrel, or

(iii) becoming increasingly tangential.

This new podcast broadens the musical remit, so it'll be about one-third 'Canterbury sound', together with progressive/psychedelic/experimental music from the Canterbury of today, the remainder being a mix of music from various times and places which I feel to be in a similar spirit of creative adventurousness. I'll be doing a lot less talking, and the programme will be less  expository – so no interviews, barely listenable bootlegs, etc. I also plan to include guest one-hour mixes from various musicians from the current music scene in Canterbury (Episode 2 features a mix from Neil Sullivan from Lapis Lazuli).

And for those of you who wonder what Matthew was referring to when he writes about Canterbury Soundwaves we have brought you all the back catalogue of that as well. Those wacky guys at Gonzo, eh?


Robert Wyatt singing a socialist anthem and a Cuban song, Caravan playing Gershwin live in Canterbury in 1970, a very special Gong lineup playing an old favourite at the Gong Family Unconvention in Amsterdam in 2006, Kevin Ayers in '76, the title track from a curious Greaves and Blegvad album (1977) and some poetry from Daevid Allen's last days. Ambience from Eno, a Dorothy Ashby album side, prog-medievalism from Gryphon, George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and a surprisingly wild piece of late '30s swing. From the Canterbury of recent times, a live recording from the acid-folk duo Bearded Sphynx and a Kevin Ayers cover from the much-loved Max Martin (RIP).



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