Sixteen years ago today Kirsty MacColl died whilst saving her kids lives. One of my new year’s resolutions is to appreciate her greatness better by spending time with her music.
The first cassette I owned, (which came free after collecting tokens on a cereal packet) had her singing on one side and Michael Jackson on the other.
Here is a wonderful article about her – http://www.getintothis.co.uk/2016/12/kirsty-maccoll-top-10/
Here is me doing a cover of that song from my first cassette – http://music.robingrey.com/track/theres-a-guy-works-down-the-chip-shop-swears-hes-elvis
…and here is the original… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QccPUSTMriM
Last week I was interviewed on Greenhorns Radio by Severine Von Tscharner Fleming about music, land rights, Three Acres And A Cow and the upcoming Land for What? weekend.
They got the first spin of a new recording of the ‘Ballad Of Hawkwood’ which has been reworked with new lyrics and a lovely violin performance by Flora Curzon.
You can have a listen to the show here – http://heritageradionetwork.org/podcast/robin-grey/
Rachel Rose Reid and I are hosting a ‘Three Acres And A Cow‘ song and poetry circle in the spoken word yurt at 1.30pm for a hour. Do come and join us.
OpenFest is an all day free festival at the Barbican Centre. More info can be found here – http://www.barbican.org.uk/openfest and https://www.facebook.com/events/287236344999140/
I will be performing as part of ‘The Harvest Stomp‘ at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 25th September at 12.55pm. Joining me will be Basia Bartz on violin and Caitlin Roberts on accordion.
There will be arts, craft, dancing, theatre and other merriment.
Timber Lodge, Honour Lea Avenue, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 1DY. More info can be found here – https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/london/pages/harveststomp