A weekend of London festivals… Walthamstow Garden Party and the London Permaculture Festival

walthamstow garden partyI have a nice weekend coming up soon with four London gigs in three days. I can only tell you about two of them as the other couple are private, but if you haven’t ever been to Walthamstow Garden Party or the London Permaculture Festival, I can highly recommend both of them!

  • Saturday 15th July, Walthamstow Garden Party,  Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 – 4pm – £free
  • Sunday 16th July, London Permaculture Festival, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY – 3.40pm – £6 (£4 concs)


London Permaculture Festival

folly for a flyover

A last minute show this Sunday at 6.30pm playing before one of my favourite films which being shown in a pop-up cinema in the gap between the East and Westbound traffic of the A12!

Barbara and I will be floating about on the river serenading people as they arrive for the film ‘Reqium For Detroit‘.

Have a peek here for more info – http://www.follyforaflyover.co.uk/

The show is being organised by Thomas Lindner under the rubric of ‘The Kindest Bard’ – http://www.thekindest.org/cruisingbard

september news

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

Strange world.

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

Cool beans,



grace 101

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