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Ataxia Awareness

Way back in the mists of time, in a quiet suburb of Derby, a host of young teens saw the decade morph from the 60’s to the 70’s, and were like-minded in their willingness to be swept along by, and participate in, its musical backdrop. We were a disparate group of lads, drawing on equally disparate influences, but we had that all-encompassing entity – music – in common.  There was a whole host of us, but the main players in the very early days were myself, Adrian “Fos” Foster, Mike Emery, Tim Gadsby, Paul Bunting, Tony Billinge, Colin Hidderley and Steve Carter. Some of us hadn’t even really sorted out who would play what. I started out on drums, moving much later to bass.  I vividly remember rehearsing in Steve’s garage, running through one of his own songs, ‘September’, and Tim was on bass.  Most of us went our own way of course, and drifted towards the music that most appealed. As our tastes an dinterests diverged,  Fos and I pursued the ‘Rock’ route, and indeed still do, and  Steve and Tim leaned towards folk. It still fills me with immense pride that quite a collection of us from a small part of Derbyshire have taken our boyhood dreams to levels we probably couldn’t conceive of back in those rose-coloured youthful days. I am certain that my unwavering dedication to my musical career has its roots firmly planted in those early times with my childhood friends.  Without those experiences, I would not be where I am today. My career is well documented in these pages,  Steve and Tim went on to record as ‘Firkin the Fox’,  “Dr. Big Love’, and worked with the likes of Dave Pegg (Jethro Tull, Fairport) and a host of respected Irish musicians. Their music is a far cry from mine, but it is imbued with a deep sense of Englishness, whimsy, and romance, and optimism.  Tim blossomed into a fine bass and fiddle player. Ataxia has robbed him of the dexterity to continue, though he continues to make music with computers.  Steve felt it was high time awareness was raised about this condition. It is often misunderstood.  Watch my friend Steve’s (stage name Steve Bonham) video below, learn about Ataxia. Tell your friends, and help if you can.

Kev Moore

ATAXIA UK

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May 10, 2013 Posted by | education, Entertainment, friends, health, Kev Moore's Music, Music, personal, writing | , , | Leave a comment

Blue Odyssey featured in Friday’s DET

You can read the whole article by following THIS LINK to the Derby Telegraph Website

Kev Moore

January 16, 2011 Posted by | Ca' Puccini, Entertainment, Kev Moore's Music, Music, travel, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Kid Monsta Comic Strip goes live!

I’m incredibly pleased to announce that one of my characters – Kid Monsta – is now featuring in his own monthly comic strip in The Sentinella magazine! The magazine’s catchment area is the Southern Spanish costas, but you can follow it online HERE.

Here’s the strip for the December issue – Enjoy!

Kid Monsta is available as Giclee print, in different sizes and different formats, in my FAA Gallery:

Photography Prints

Kev Moore


December 4, 2010 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, drawing, Entertainment, Kev Moore's Cartoons, news | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Buy Blue Odyssey!

 

Available now – Kev’s 18 track musical journey through the heartland of America. A 75 minute trip from Nashville, via Memphis, Clarksdale, Helena, The Mississippi, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, and Little Rock, Kev takes you through a myriad of styles, Country, rock, blues, zydeco, funk, and more blues!  Featuring guest appearances from musicians all over the world, and presented on a beautiful 6 panel digipak designed by MIKI, this is a great Christmas gift idea! You can buy it online now at MIKISMART.

 

Kev Moore

November 27, 2010 Posted by | Ca' Puccini, Entertainment, Kev Moore's Music, Music, Sound recording, travel, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A trip back home

On Wednesday night last week, I flew back to the UK to catch up with old friends, musical colleagues and family, and do a show in Great Yarmouth with BC SWEET, as part of a 70’s festival. Even though I’d allowed myself a couple of extra days, it was still a very hectic time!  It was great to see my son again – he’s now settled in at University in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, where he’s studying music production, and his band Jilambis have their new EP out, which is on sale HERE.

 

It was also nice to see Graham Oliver of Saxon, a long-time friend, with whom I’ve worked on several music projects, and who played me tracks from their forthcoming album, which sounds very tasty! Graham lives very near the old Yorkshire town of Conisboro’ which has given the world not only Saxon, but also singer Tony Christie and the larger-than-life Shakespearean actor, Brian Blessed, with whom both Graham and I have also appeared.  Conisboro’ Castle is a key location in the Walter Scott classic, “Ivanhoe”, and I managed to get a shot of it as I drove past. A real building, blurring the lines, as the novel does, between fact and fiction.

You can almost hear the clash of swords.....

I also caught up with my friend and musical colleague Stef, who played drums on several tracks on my BLUE ODYSSEY CD, and met up with Nick, brother of the great British vocalist Jess Roden, for the first time after a lengthy correspondence.

You can see some shots from the show by visiting moore:music HERE

Great Yarmouth, sits on the East coast of England at the mouth of the River Yare (as one might expect!) in the county of Norfolk, and the terrain is very reminiscent of Holland, being extremely flat. But that isn’t the only similarity it shares with our Dutch neighbours, as you can see from the photo:

.....and not a sign of Don Quixote.....

I spent the last few hours with my Dad in Derby before flying home. The sunshine giving me a chance to mess about with the camera in the garden, trying to photograph cobwebs and spiders, with varying degrees of success!

Although the sun did its best to keep shining, it was cold, and I was glad to return to sunnier climes on the Sunday, albeit with a bad dose of influenza!

Kev Moore

October 21, 2010 Posted by | Ca' Puccini, Entertainment, family, friends, fun, Kev Moore's Music, Music, Parents and Children, photography, writing | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Dutch Courage!

Come on you Hollaaaaaaaand!!!!

All my life, there have only been two teams that filled me with awe at the beauty of their fluid football – My beloved Derby County of the 70’s moulded by the inimitable Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, and the legendary Dutch national side of the ’74 World cup,  a side which featured Johhny Rep, Neeskens, and perhaps one of the three greatest players ever to walk the Earth, Johan Cruyff. (The other two being Pele and George Best, don’t talk to me about Maradona) – yet despite appearing in back to back finals, they have never lifted the World Cup.

Now, given our concerns about the Spanish people generally getting a bit above themselves, what with Nadal cleaning up at Wimbledon, and the Spanish team already European champions, Miki and I are wholeheartedly throwing our support behind the Dutch in tonights World Cup final. To that end, we have festooned our balcony with three orange shirts and an orange sun lounger mattress, leaving no doubt as to where our allegiances lie. Cunningly, we contrived to have a blow out in the Roadster this afternoon, so making it less likely for wanton vandalism in retaliation for lack of support for the local side. However, should Spain be defeated, I am ready to accept that second hand Spanish omelette may be hurled at my shirts after full time.

Anyway, to borrow a large telecommunications company’s catchphrase:

The future’s bright, the future’s ORANGE!!!

Kev Moore

Miki here: I add here some fun I have made in honour of the finale…Don Quijote ready to affront eh Dutch windmills!

July 11, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, events, Festivals of the World, sport, writing | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

My Blue Odyssey Project – a sneak preview!

(This article has been previously published in moore:music)
Guitar not to scale……..

As the recording of “Blue Odyssey” continues apace, I thought it was about time I gave everyone a ‘sneak peek’ at what I have been up to, so I’ve put together a small sampler, giving a taste of seven of the songs that will eventually appear on the album. They are in no particular order, and in some cases aren’t perhaps the definitive mix, but I think they give an idea of the cross-section of influences I’ve drawn on for the project.  The tracks are as follows:

1 Parrot Beach Cafe – a song about a real venue that Miki and I visited in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Two of the musicians who regularly play there are featured on the track, Gil Franklin on slide guitar and Patrick ‘Jawbone’ Kenyon on blues harp.

2 Pass the Biscuits – a song about the legendary King Biscuit Time and its presenter ‘Sunshine’ Sonny Payne. broadcasting out of Helena, Arkansas, Sonny also appears on the full version of this track, and the drums are by Stef Cybichowksi.

3 Never get to Nashville – this song tells the story of our eventual journey to America, in Nashville style, of course! the full version will feature Cafe Crem’s Shelley House  on fiddle, and as a Delta airlines hostess!

4 A Mississippi Prayer – simply inspired by our time in the delta, absorbing the rich musical heritage, we couldn’t fail to be touched by it.

5 What a Night it Was – a strange tale….influenced by the night we got back to our hotel in Austin, Texas, to find that the whole area had been cordoned off by the Police, and the forensic teams were out in force.

6 A Cellarful of Dreams – This was a side of Nashville I hadn’t expected – an alternative scene, very vibrant and encapsulated by the Tuesday nights at The Basement. Great music, great memories. The song in full runs through several different styles, mirroring the diversity of the acts on stage.

7 Buttermilk Boogie – A bit of fun, inspired by my love of the Waffle House chain! I hope to submit the finished version to the company, so it may feature on the jukeboxes in each of their restaurants.

So, click on the player below to get a little taste of my forthcoming album!

Kev Moore

July 4, 2010 Posted by | Ca' Puccini, Entertainment, Kev Moore's Music, life, Music, travel, writing | , , , , , | 4 Comments

My disgust for the so-called ‘beautiful game’

Suarez, kissing his fairplay shirt.Spare me the hypocrisy.a little picture of an even smaller man

No apologies for a football topic. Deal with it, people.

I am angry. I am angry because the game I loved has now descended so far into farce that it no longer knows its arse from its elbow. Angry because incompetent Uruguayan officials don’t understand that when a ball crosses the goal line by a metre, it should in fact, be given as a goal. Angry because when an attacker passes a ball and his colleague is by the goal line with not only the opposing defenders but also the goalkeeper behind him, it is offside. Angry because the governing body FIFA ineptly lurching from one crisis to another led by the obseqious and obese Sepp Blatter, refuses to use modern technology to rule in such incidents, when a simple glance up to the giant screen would in fact suffice. Angry because so-called professional players collapse like a house of cards clutching their faces in agony when they receive the slightest brush with the opposition. Angry because adulterers like John Terry are awarded with the privilege of playing for their country, which they do dismally, after cuckolding one of his team mates, causing the wronged man to forego his dream of playing at perhaps a once in a lifetime tournament.

But last night was the last straw. Uruguay (hey, what a surprise)  and in particular the grinning, cheating fool Suarez, dragged the game to a point so low, we might as well sprinkle the holy water and say the last rites now. It was a slap in the face for the game, and a kick in the crotch for Africa, who, despite the sorry spectacle that has been served up there in terms of football, have triumphantly hosted this competition.

Suarez.  I really need to convey the depths of my disgust for this man. Single-handedly,(literally) maliciously and selfishly, he wiped out not just Ghana’s dream, but that of the entire African continent with an act of cheating so despicable, I will forever look upon Uruguay, and more importantly, the unrecognizable farce that the game has become as soiled beyond redemption. I simply do not recognize that team as victors. They disgust me. The moral victors here are the Africans. They have my respect. That is one thing cheating cannot buy you. Suarez, your grinning, self congratulatory misguided sense of your own importance and self-righteousness sickens me to the core,hang your head in shame. I hope you are given a football lesson by the Dutch and dispatched back from whence you came.

Bill Shankly, legendary Liverpool manager famously said “football isn’t a matter of life and death, it’s much more important than that…” Well, no longer Bill, no longer. The game you once knew lies broken and filthy in the dirt, and needs putting out of its misery, and all the ‘fair play’ badges on all the shirts in the world won’t help. A cheat is a cheat. Perhaps FIFA should make a nice badge for Suarez with CHEAT embroidered on it. At least the game could then claim to have a stake, however miniscule, in the truth.

Kev Moore

July 3, 2010 Posted by | culture, Entertainment, events, life, news, sport, writing | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Shelley in the studio with Kev, yet thousands of miles away….

Shelley gets down to it

The Blue Odyssey project continues to excite, as contributions come in from around the world.  Our Cafe Crem  comrade and  friend Shelley, based in Atlanta, Georgia, has just completed the recording of her violin part for my song “Never get to Nashville” , which will become the opening track on the CD. Shelley and I have worked together before , on the still unfinished (my fault!)  Altered Book project. You can hear the three completed tracks from that project featuring her lyrics by clicking on the players below:

Strange Costumes

  

Draped in Strange Feathers

  

Playing the Field

 

On Never get to Nashville, she also stars as the Delta airlines stewardess at the end of the track!

These collaborations are such fun, because I get to work with my friends, regardless of where they are in the world, and also because of the surprise factor inherent in waiting for, and receiving their contributions. In each case, I have given the musicians free rein to interpret their solos, etc, because I want a flavour of them , rather than performing something for me parrot fashion. I believe asking somebody to exactly reproduce your line flies in the face of what ‘collaboration’ truly means. This sort of project has exceeded our wildest expectations for exchanging ideas on Cafe Crem and between its members!  I await Shelley’s part with growing anticipation!

(This article has been previously published in moore:music)

Kev Moore

June 19, 2010 Posted by | Ca' Puccini, Entertainment, friends, fun, internet, Kev Moore's Music, Music, Shelley's Creations, writing | , , , | 9 Comments

CHRISTIE gets World Cup Fever

As the Football World Cup in South Africa fast approaches, thoughts turn to World Cup songs for the England squad and fans, and this year, with it being the 40th. anniversary of the release of ‘Yellow River” by CHRISTIE, Renowned rap artist Aggi Dukes has collaborated with Jeff to produce “Hat-trick of Lions” giving YR  a ska-like feel which could just become infectious on the terraces this summer!

Check it out:

Kev Moore

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Ca' Puccini, Entertainment, events, Festivals of the World, Kev Moore's Music, Music, Sound recording, writing | , , , , | Leave a comment