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Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters - Kev Moore & Miki de Goodaboom ©2013
Muddy Waters – Kev Moore & Miki de Goodaboom ©2013

I’d like to present today the first in an artistic collaborative series by myself, and my partner, the French artist, Miki. My drawing style is very different from hers, and in a bid to create something a little bit unusual, I suggested that I should draw the basic character, and then turn the project over to her for completion, and indeed,  the end result of this first effort looks exactly like a cross between her style and mine! We’re really happy with it, and we will be creating some more over the coming months. I picked Muddy Waters for a number of reasons, one being that Pinetop Perkins played in his band for a while – the late blues piano legend whom I met in Austin on my BLUE ODYSSEY trip a couple of years back, and also did an art work of (see link) ….and Muddy…well, I always loved the story of his first visit to England in 1958, when all these English high-brow blues purists accustomed to the more sedate acoustic blues Big Bill Broonzy and the like were shaken to the core by his loud electric guitar and stompin’ beat! Muddy’s ‘shock and awe’. I like that.  So here he is, out by Lake Michigan, in a snow storm over Chicago ( which it was when we arrived there after exploring the Mississippi delta in 2010) Muddy, like so many other bluesmen, made that journey to the windy city, so it seemed a fitting backdrop. Hope you like it! If you like it a lot, then you can buy it in a variety of formats by clicking on the widget below.

Photography Prints

Kev Moore

May 16, 2013 Posted by | Art, drawing, illustrations, Kev Moore's Cartoons, Miki's Paintings, Music | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Family time

I’ve just said bye to my son Corey after he spent a few days with us here in Spain. I really don’t get to see him as often as I would like, and it was wonderful for Miki and I to have him around. Living here, you get into a routine and often don’t take the time to get down to the Playa like the tourists do, so it was fun to do that with him.

"..Jus' waitin' for da bus..." - not really, we took the car.

He starts his second year at Huddersfield University today, studying Music Production, and he already has more technical know-how than this old-school rocker! What’s great though is that it’s a shared interest, and we can talk about production ideas, gear, new music,  etc together.

We all had a great meal together at our fabulous local Chinese – anybody visiting Turre, we can heartily recommend it!

Duck in Orange sauce not pictured.

The next time I see him will probably be in the UK  when I’m rehearsing with Christie for the Estonia shows, and he’s promised to come along to watch.

Kev Moore

September 19, 2011 Posted by | children, family, fun, Kev Moore's Music, Music, travel | 3 Comments

The Songwriter Diaries

Now available on Jamendo to download ABSOLUTELY FREE is my ‘new’ album, The Songwriter Diaries. I put ‘new’ in inverted commas because, there’s very little new about it really, and I wouldn’t even call it an album as such, more like a peek inside an artist’s sketchbook, a glance at pieces worked on, nearly finished, unfinished, polished and rough, but essentially, what the artist is about. I’ve purposely avoided messing with these songs and instrumentals, I wanted to give a snapshot of some of the work that, for one reason or another has ‘fallen through the cracks’ or not been generally heard before. The result is eclectic to say the least – download it by clicking on the image below and see what you think!

 

All Music & Lyrics © Kev Moore – 2009, 2010, 2011

This article was previously published in moore:music

February 18, 2011 Posted by | Ca' Puccini, Kev Moore's Music, life, Music, news, Sound recording, writing | , , , , | 2 Comments

Spank de Plank

Almost certainly lurking in my subconscious since my days wandering around the Caribbean with my reggae show, here’s a character I’ve called “Spank de Plank”  – a very cool bass dude!  He’ll be the last character to earn a place in my forthcoming exhibition in Turre in March, though I’m sure many more will pop out of my head and onto the screen during the coming year!

If you want to buy a print of Spank online, click on the widget below:

Art Prints

Kev Moore

(Also featured in moore:music)

January 26, 2011 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, drawing, fun, humor, illustrations, Kev Moore's Cartoons, Music, painting | , , , , , | 6 Comments

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

Any Port in a Storm

Now my art and music merge… I recently completed this art piece as a companion to my song “Any Port in a Storm” which tells the tale of sailor returning from many years at sea to find his first love, a prostitute from the docks, faded and in her twilight years. He spends an evening with her, but ultimately leaves on his ship the next day, whereupon so overcome with grief and longing for her lost looks and youth, she gets drunk and hurls herself into the sea. A happy, uplifting song, then!

Have a listen:

Any Port in a Storm

I’d been 17 years out at sea, and I was beside myself
Longing for land, and a hand, to lead me to bed
As we docked at the Quay,
The pitch and the roll started leaving me
And drunk on the moment
I found myself easily led

Any port in a storm – I tumbled so easily
As I entered her boudoir the velvet was welcome and warm
Any port in a storm – it’s not what it seems to be
But the face I remembered
Looked back at me faded and worn

I first walked the docks, as a wide-eyed and innocent cabin boy
And longed for the ocean to spirit my boyhood away
Then one painted angel transported my senses to paradise
And that picture remained in my mind until this fateful day

Any port in a storm – I tumbled so easily
Though she seemed to be smiling her eyes were reflecting despair
Any port in a storm – it’s not what it seems to be
But she offered her hand and we danced as if no-one was there

(Full speed ahead bosun!…………OOH UP SHE RISES…)

The following morning, a bottle in hand on the harbour wall
She pirouettes drunkenly, bids me her final goodbye
As the waves came and took her
I heard from the quayside my Captain call (all aboard!)
And I boarded my ship with regret, and a tear in my eye

Any port in a storm – I tumbled so easily
It’s surprising when you’ve been at sea how the years will fly by
Any port in a storm – just what did she mean to me?
She was too old to work down the docks
But too young to die…..

Words & Music © Kev Moore 2009

 

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Art, Ca' Puccini, Cafe L'Arte, fun, Kev Moore's Cartoons, Kev Moore's Music, Music, Sound recording, writing | , , | 1 Comment

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 tough trip to Germany

Plauen

Opulent dining at the Alexandra hotel

The hotel entrance, not sure how long this woman had been waiting for a room......

This weekend, I visited the German town of Plauen for a concert with my band Christie, here’s a couple of pics from the place. If you want to read much more about this eventful trip , and see loads more photos, visit moore:music where I’ve written a detailed account!

Kev Moore

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Ca' Puccini, Kev Moore's Music, life, Music, photography, travel | , , , , | 6 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