Watch this space for an announcement regarding the long-awaited bozchestra instrumental album. To help wet your appetite here is the main artwork. This is a photo I took from the back of a car down a country lane in March.
There’s rare chance to see bozchestra play on July 16th. This is a wonderful, free community festival in Whalley Range, Manchester in Manley Park on Clarendon Road – and we are on at 1.45 pm. The line-up is me, Mark Greer (slide guitar), Phil Robinson (guitarron bass), Rob haynes (drums) and Rick Burrows (trumpet).
Fantastic news! My 2nd LP ‘ReCaffeinated’ (2011) is now available for free listens on soundlcoud! Featuring brilliant musicians including Ellie Bryce, dbh – Dan Bridgwood-Hill, Mark Greer, Phil Robinson, Gaynor Keah Whittaker, Rick Burrows, Simon Gayther and, of course, Rob Haynes on percussion. Please take a listen HERE.
I’m pleased to say I’ve put the first album ‘Featuring Ruby and Eric Next Door’ (2010) on Soundcloud so you can access and stream for free! FREND continues to be available to purchase on download and I intend to bring hard copies of all my albums to any gigs I do. Happy listening. Here’s the link: FREND
A visit to Wounded Knee in 2001 and the book ‘Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee’ by Dee Brown inspired me to write this song. We used to go on stage to a rough recording I made of it. That recording didn’t do it justice. I’d like to think this recording does. My friend – and a musical accomplice of recent years – Dan Bridgwood-Hill has provided a crazy, angry and sad, haunting violin that helps capture the horror of this shameful slaughter in human history. These are musical pictures that have come together to make one big montage of that bleak day in the snow on December 29th 1890 when hundreds of largely defenseless men, women and children from the Lakota Sioux were massacred by the US cavalry. Their bodies were left for days – including that of Big Foot (pictured here). A mass grave was eventually made. This is now fenced and covered by a long stretch of grass on a hillock by the scene of the mass slaughter. In the video I have drawn parallels with the plight of the buffalo and I feature some footage of a Ghost Dance ritual which was in the HBO film ‘Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee’ (2007). In a world where we are still witnessing man’s inhumanity to man it is all the more poignant. (Boz Hayward, November 2015.) December 29th 2015 sees the 125th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre. See ‘Wounded Knee’ (video)
Only a week to go before A Carefully Planned Festival. I’m delighted to announce performing in the bozchestra will be Lucy and Virginia (harmos), Eddie Wastnidge (stepping in very kindly for Rob Haynes on percussion), Mark Greer (slide), Dan Bridgwood-Hill (violin/keys/glock), Rick Burrows (trumpet/keys) and, as always, Phil Robinson (guitarron bass). We play at 3.30pm at the Mint Lounge. Lucy and Virginia do their own set an hour later.. and there’s so much more going on over the whole weekend. Get your tickets here
Two regular bozchestra players feature in sessions for Marc Riley’s 6Music show in coming weeks. Rob Haynes whose been drumming with Boz since post-Inca Babies outfit Houndgod in 1994 and There’ll Always Be Diseases (TAB-D) from 1996 plays with John Robb’s reformed Membranes whose new album ‘Dark Matter/Dark Energy’ is getting considerable critical acclaim. dbh aka Dan Bridgwood-Hill, who has been a major contributor – playing mainly violin but also some piano – to all Boz’s albums bar the first is at last getting good recognition for his solo work. ‘Time Flies’ from 2013 got some curiousity going but this year’s album ‘Mood’ is, like the Membranes’ album, getting considerable airplay – and rightly so!
(Above) Rob Haynes doing an early selfie of TAB-D in June 2006 with Boz and Bill behind. (Below) Boz in a recent practice with Dan.
Says Boz: ‘Dan is pretty much a musical genius in my book – to put it mildly. He naturally gets into the vibe of what he’s playing and picks up on things very quickly like he has a naturally instinctive feel with music. It flows through his veins and he lives it and ‘grooves’ it. You can’t separate dbh from his music – him and music are ever-present. A few years back he picked up my dad’s old violin which hadn’t been touched for 60 years, tuned it up and got the most wonderful sound out of it – breathing musical life back into it. It was quite emotional really.’
‘Rob is the most level-headed and sturdy, reliable amd loyal drummer. He totally belies the stereotype. He, like Dan, is seemingly calm and comfortable with himself. He picks up on things in an instant and will remember a beat to a song even if you worked it out once some months back. It’s like his brain just stores all this information in different compartments- there’s Goldblade, Inca Babies, A Witness, TAB-D and my acoustic stuff over the last 7 years.. and, of course, the Membranes. He’s the engine room and his encouragement and enthusiasm, let alone the drumming, helps drive things and get things done. We’ve been through quite a lot together including the tragic loss in 2007 of our (TAB-D and former Inca Babies) bass player Bill who we will always miss.’
‘Both are wonderful people to have around and it’s great that they are involved in 6 music sessions on the Marc Riley show. It’s a great platform for new music.’
Dan Bridgwood-Hill and Rob Haynes feature prominently in forthcoming bozchestra albums MoreShortScores and Tennessee Ten. Dan has ongoing side projects with Dark Pool and Nasdaq/FTSE100 as well as playing with, among others, the equally hugely talented Kiran Leonard, Lucy and Virginia and Mathew Gray and The Awful Truth. Rob Haynes continues play on a multitude of fronts: (John Robb’s other band beside the Membranes) Goldblade, the reformed Inca babies and the reformed C86 band A Witness (and maybe a reformed TAB-D one day also!). Good work, chaps!
Shot in Liverpool, Exmoor and Berlin, here’s the amusing video for Russian Spy which is now out as a download single by Boz’s former punk band There’ll Always Be Diseases (TAB-D) featuring Rob Haynes on drums and the late and very much missed Bill Marten on bass. This was recorded in 2006 and was part of Bill Marten’s last recording session. Play here.