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Canterbury Sans Frontieres #64


Episode Sixty Four

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?


An exceptionally beautiful Robert Wyatt melody, Caravan live in Colorado on their first North American tour in '74, Kevin Ayers live in London earlier that same year, Hugh Hopper and Alan Gowen getting ambient in 1980 and a timeless favourite from Slapp Happy. Also, some Canterbury-sounding sounds from Galicia, future jazz from Bristol's Hippo, some neo-spiritual jazz from Nubya Garcia and an early Penguin Cafe Orchestra piece. From the Canterbury of now, a new slice of gorgeous electronica from Koloto and an hour-long guest mix from Callum Magill a.k.a. Nelson Parade, featuring Canterbury classics from Soft Machine, Hatfield, Caravan, Gong


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