Read a history of The Black Path here https://teessidepsychogeography.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/the-black-path-8/
This soundtracked my walk from Redcar to Saltburn today, it’s a bit good.
A message from Oli
Happy Bandcamp no-fees day! I made a new EP and its out today so i can raise the funds to replace my 8-track machine which has all but died after 15 years hard labour. So if you wanna buy it, do it today as all the money goes to the artists for the rest of the day. Its pay what you like so all donations are welcome, and if you are skint and still want it, well thats ok too!
A limited first edition print (one of fifty) on paper (210gsm) – available in A3 or A2 size – of Chapman’s 2018 massively detailed diagram of the Teesside music scene in which he tried to link every band and musician he could by the members they shared.
What started out as a small personal project born out of love for the local music scene quickly became a huge regional investigation driven by an incredible amount of online suggestions from musicians and fans. The result is a diagram that will never truly be complete or reliably accurate but is impressive never the less.
First displayed at the Stockton Calling festival in 2018 at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees, this version has been photographed for Trashterpiece by Nick Wesson.
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. Packaged in a postal tube, signed for 1st Class.
This wonderful zine dropped onto my doormat this morning. If you want a copy Paypal £2 to davidjbates1983 (at) gmail.com and include your address
This arrived yesterday, it’s a cracker.
Buy it here
One thing I love about an Ivan the Tolerable/Year of Birds release is that you never really know what you are going to get. Their latest album, Autodidact, is a dense, swirling, cinematic slab of kosmische beauty. It is a thing of wonder, a triumph.
“The terraced streets were my Grand Canyons, the shipyard cranes my redwood trees, those steelwork tips were my mountain ranges and the brickyard ponds were my seven seas”.
These are the words of the songwriter Graeme Miles that inspired Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes of the Teesside folk group The Young’uns – Radio 2’s Folk Band of the Year Award winners in 2015 & 2016. Stumbling across a folk club at the age of 17, school friends Sean, David & Michael first heard the songs of Graeme Miles – songs about their local area – songs that resonated. They realised that there was beauty to be found in a place they had been brought up to believe was “deprived” and “unromantic”, and that Graeme’s songs instilled a sense of pride.
For years now the band have been singing Graeme’s songs, and, in this programme, they find out more about the man and his work. Featuring interviews with Graeme’s widow Annie, and discussion and performances from esteemed musicians from the folk world, including the critically-acclaimed band The Unthanks, this programme highlights some of Graeme’s finest songs. From an emotive performance of ‘Waiting For The Ferry’ on the banks of the River Tees, to a stirring rendition of ‘Ring of Iron’ accompanied by the legendary Billingham group The Wilson Family, The Young’uns discover more about their muse, and present the programme in their unique and humorous way.
One biographer of Gertrude described her own impressions of the city in the same period (the late 1800s), when for the first time she visited an aunt who lived there: The district round Middlesbrough and Tees side to the sea was caked with grime…For twenty miles the air smelt of chemicals and ash and soot, as the crowded houses smelt of cabbage, cheese and cat. Basements…were covered with black, gluey mud whenever it rained.’ The term ‘day-darkness’ was coined to describe the smog of industry; and in particular, Middlesbrough and Cleveland were said by a contemporary to succeed in almost excluding daylight from the district.
Daughter of the Desert. The Remarkable Life of Gertrude Bell.
Georgina Howell. 2007