Annabel took a few shots of me and Iain when we were down in Herne Hill a few weeks back. This is my favourite. More of her work can be seen here – http://www.flickr.com/photos/annabelvere
I have been pondering the small mystery of why I come up in the top search results when googling ‘london schools of design’ – http://www.google.co.uk/search?&q=london+schools+of+design
Anyways, music, yes, I have a show in Camden next Thursday at Iktoms. It will be my tenth time playing for Kev, a truly enlightened promoter, who provides sweets, lego and colouring-in pencils and paper as well as consistently booking great new music.
The evening is unamplified and I will be practising for the second time the noble art of singing whilst playing the double bass with Iain on guitar to fill in the gaps
Ik:toms – Thursday, September 25, 2008 – 8:00pm
The Liberties Bar (map – http://maps.google.com/?q=NW1+0LU)
100 Camden High Street, Camden, London, NW1 0LU
http://www.myspace.com/iktoms for more details and full line-up.
Elsewhere I have written a new song about my passion for permaculture which can be heard here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSdUIlXq1Ug
…I have just started playing with an amazing violinist called Geri who is going to be doing her first gig with me at the Wired Festival in Kings Cross on Saturday 27th. Kinzli will also be joining me on backing vocals and the rest of the bill looks awesome including Fiona Bevan, Show Without Punch, Lail Arad and many more of my favourite artists. More info here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=16958626249
…and have just booked the Arcola Theatre in Dalston for a Sunday early evening show on 2nd November – please pencil in the diary if you can – I think this will be a full kitchen sink show with guitar, banjo, tabla, double bass, violin, backing vocals and cake.
Oh, and you can join me on facebook here – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-Grey/22856296288
A little song inspired by the lovely Joanna Newsom and some of Michael Stipe’s more obscure moments…
Tell me which colour is blue –
Then stand in a line and shout “Idiot, yours truly”
Nothing compares to this feeling of flying
And gravity wants to join in for the ride.
I don’t know which one is true –
The fool and the knave they both have intuitions
But foolproof plans which require ten volumes
To explain the subtleties just don’t sound right.
I will determine the last day on earth
And I will determine what Winston was saying
So I can make way for the peach and the pear and the plum
And you cannot fault what I’ve done.
The concrete must yield to the steel
And some sun could reach me despite of the morning.
Patio living with no remote features
Could be a solution but think of the mice!
I will dig deeper than others will dare
And I will dig deeper regardless of warning
and I will make way for the peach and the pear and the plum
And you cannot fault what I’ve done…
no, no, no, no
no, no, no, no