Café Crem

Art, Music and Words around The Coffee Table

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

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

A Cup of Coffee with my Friends

"Liquid Topaz, page 107," 5x7inches, mixed media, copyright 2011 Shelley M. House.

Stopping by to share a cup with some old friends. This piece is part of my new altered book series, “Liquid Topaz.” It’s been a fun summer project. I should be finishing it up this week, so I can call it done before the kids start school next week. Symphony rehearsals start up again in a couple weeks, so I need to put more time into practicing my violin.

Sitting outside the Wine Market on a hot summer night.

I’ve been selling my art at more outdoor venues. Just last Friday night was one of the fun Art Walks on the Square. I enjoy being a part of this growing creative community, and there is a wonderful energy to interacting with potential customers this way. I’ve got more Art Walk pics at my gallery blog. I’ve entertained thoughts of playing my violin outside at one of these events, when it cools off a little. I’ll keep y’all posted on how that goes 🙂

August 7, 2011 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, Cafe Literati, coffee, events, friends, fun, poetry, Shelley's Altered Book, Shelley's Creations | , , , | 2 Comments

Giving Thanks on Opening Day

My big day at the gallery opening is going well so far. Some friends have already been in to say hi. I just had a minute to put a few more pics up on my wall, this time of friends who have also become my valued collectors.

Can you see Miki and Kev?

Thank you for sharing your love of coffee art with me!

~Shelley

February 1, 2011 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, friends, Shelley's Creations | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Wall Revisited: Art by Snowlight

The shining Georgia sun inspired me to take a snow pic today. I am also creating “the wall” for my next show. I’m trying to narrow it down to my most romantic pieces for a Valentine’s Day theme.

I’m excited to announce that this time I’m getting ready for the Grand Opening at my own gallery space.

Look how big these windows are!

I will be sharing the new gallery, the Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market, with 10 other fabulously talented artists. Here’s a sneak peek inside while we get things ready.

These movable partitions are nifty!

Owner Mike Barie shows us the "stage," where we can create art while on display.

My spot, 3rd one in along the wall.

I wish all my Cafe Crem friends could be here! I’ll try to keep y’all up-to-date with plenty of photos. I posted a few outdoor pics at my other blog. Thank you everyone for all your support. I love you guys!

~Shelley

January 13, 2011 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, events, friends, news, photography, Shelley's Creations, Valentines | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Merry Christmas, one and all!

Well, Christmas 2010 comes around, and Cafe Crem still floats about in the cyberspace ether, drawing hundreds of visitors every day, so let me wish each and every one of them, vistirs and contributors alike, a Very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2011 from Miki and myself!

Kev Moore

Miki

December 25, 2010 Posted by | Cafe L'Arte, Festivals of the World, friends, Kev Moore's Cartoons, painting, writing | , , , , , , , | 4 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

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

By special request: Miki’s baby pink converse bag!

Shelley expressed an interest in seeing my Converse bag’s ‘baby sister’ – so here it is, being worn by Miki as we stopped for a coffee on the coast, driving to Malaga before we went to the States to collect her new passport. I bought it for Miki as a present in Odemira, Portugal. The blue bag you see on the stone table was also a present, from Miki’s brother. It’s a beer cooler – all the way from Tahiti. (He didn’t put any beer in it though!)  😦

Coffee Alfresco

Kev Moore

Miki here, now. I just took a close-up from my Converse bag…

and we don’t use the beer cooler for beer, but… to keep our coffee warm!

May 29, 2010 Posted by | coffee, friends, fun, humor, life, personal, photo, travel, writing | , , , | 14 Comments

Coffee for Kev

Summer is here, and the kids have their last day of school tomorrow. As our schedule shifts, I’m hoping I’ll have more time to get online. I love seeing all these great travel photos from Kev and Miki! My imagination soars…

Happy Birthday, Kev!

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, coffee, friends, Shelley's Creations | , , | 3 Comments

Never been to London

Not recently, anyway…

So I was NOT mugged and , of course, I send no money demands to my friends. Myself, I do not need money. If gas and vegetables and colors and watercolor paper and brushes would be for free I wouldn’t have any use for the bloody money…

So, I’m very sorry, folks, if any of you got that scam email from iondanu@yahoo.ca. It wasn’t me, just my email which got hacked.

Anyway, after a lot of tribulations and avatars, I have again the INTERNET and some more time. And I’m very glad to be back at the Cafe Crem.  I have plenty to read and to look at but, boy! it’s so good to be back…

As for me, I did a lot of portraits (some are visible on my blog at http://ivdanu.wordpress.com/) and also some sketches and landscapes… Not as good as miki’s, of course…

Here it is a rememberance from my native Transylvania and a recent portrait:

Village church Transylvania

Souhaila, the little Marocco girl

Have a nice day and, to cite Meher Baba & Bobby McFerrin, Don’t Worry, Be Happy

May 4, 2010 Posted by | Art, Danu's Paintings, drawing, friends, painting | , , , | 5 Comments