PEACEMAKER

Seeing Red LogoPeacemaker

Cowboy movies in the fifties
Showed us Colt forty five power,
Flickering up on silver screen,
Long barrelled pistols every hour.
The lawmen and the cavalry,
In the street and behind the rocks,
Killing bad guys and Indians,
Using spitfire substitute cocks.

They called it
Peacemaker,
The Frontier
Peacemaker,
Model P
Peacemaker.

Went to the toy shop with my mum,
At Christmas nineteen fifty five,
To choose my holster and my gun,
I was the Cimarron Kid live.
The outlaws used peacemakers too,
The anti hero movie stars,
With their chiselled looks and cars,
Showed us all how to kill a man,
Upfront guns, hole and corner plan.

I chose it
Peacemaker,
My silver
Peacemaker,
My cowboy
Peacemaker
Gun.

A toy to you but real to me
This is what movies did you see,
Identified an enemy,
Shot them in Technicolor dreams,
False heroes on cinema screens,
Killing while Geronimo screams,
Long before truth showed wounded knee,
Those lies behind land of the free.

They called it
Peacemaker,
The Frontier
Peacemaker,
Model P
Peacemaker,
Life taker
Peacemaker,
Colt four five
Peacemaker,
Las Vegas
Peacemaker?

Harri Rogers, In the hut, Aberbanc, 3/10/2017.

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Poem

Centre Ground

The wild buddleia and the straggly old man’s beard,
Running rampant on the waste ground by the railway.
Can this be the place that they call the centre ground?
Where democracy and truth die between the weeds?
Where the bindweed strangles freedom in the sunshine?
Where the brambles riot as nettles choke the land?
Honest folk are liars made by giant hogweed,
Sown by fake news vendors that have no hearts to bleed.
Surely now we understand, this thing centre ground,
Where nothing good or wholesome ever shall be found.

On the train to Reading 11th August 2017.

Nigel Mazlyn Jones and Scene Red Live at Newport Memorial Hall 30th September 2017

Screenshot (125)This is a special event which sees Nigel Mazlyn Jones back in West Wales for the first time in many years.  Tickets are available here at the price of £8 (£7 usual concessions).

Ticket for Nigel Mazlyn Jones + Scene Red gig 30th September 2017

Please bring Paypal reciept to venue as this is your ticket.

£8.00

Nigel Mazlyn Jones On Tour Autumn 2017

Fri Sept 22nd No 8, Launceston / Sat 30th Sept Newport Memorial Hall Pembrokeshire plus Scene Red / Sat 14th Oct Shammick Acoustic unplugged Combe Martin, Devon / Thurs 19th Oct Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek, Staffs / Fri 20th Oct Katie Fitzgerald’s, Stourbridge / Sat 21st Oct Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry, Shropshire – Updates see http://www.nigelmazlynjones.com

Nigel Mazlyn Jones, acoustic guitarist and lyricist, is a veteran of the first wave of British acoustic warriors, along with Roy Harper, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Mick Softley and Mike Chapman. He returns to the front line after a five-year breather, invigorated and enthused, to bewilder and bemuse your singular and most excellent delight.” Richard Allen, Shindig!

Biography

A veteran of the ’70s acoustic music scene, NMJ weaves sounds and atmospheres with 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars and the kind of ecologically aware political commentary championed by his peers. Since 1976 he has been entrancing audiences on the live and festival circuits as well as on radio and TV. Nigel is the real deal, a battle-hardened survivor for his art, enthused, principled and still breaking the envelope. Well known on the UK festival scene, he has often toured UK and European major venues supporting the likes of Barclay James Harvest, Renaissance, Camel and Bob Geldof whilst collaborating with Steve Hillage, Banco de Gaia, Roy Harper, and Guy Evans of Van Der Graaf Generator, on various projects.

Nigel has recorded eleven albums. His first two albums, the majestic Ship to Shore and the world-weary Sentinel, have been re-released and are rightly regarded as classics of the genre. His recent release Raft echoes his early work featuring 12-string dexterity to the fore embellishing some great tunes and poignant lyrics of hope, love, wonder and exasperation at humanity. Guest players include Guy Evans, drummer-percussionist with Van Der Graaf Generator, and Rog Patterson on fretless bass. Nigel loves the natural world and once worked in conservation with the great apes at Gerald Durrell’s Wildlife Trust. Living near the Cornish coast natural influences are woven into his music creating an artistic reflection of the raft on which we all individually sail. As Nigel notes: “Like this planet, rafts are fragile.”

What the Press said about Nigel live:

MOJO “There is a complexity to his approach, ferocity edged with a brittle beauty, joy of living pervades often rainbow lit.”

UNCUT “Since the mid-70s NMJ has quietly been making some of the best acoustic music in the UK.”

F’ROOTS “A first-rate producer of acoustic brain food.”

Selected Album Reviews

MOJO “Beautifully woven folk rock”

UNCUT “… lyrical inspiration, daring instrumental tracks that shine. 8 out of 10”

SHINDIG! “entirely original acoustic folk sound, some of the best acoustic music in the UK”

R2 (ROCK’n’REEL) “An undoubted musical maverick, there is something profoundly elemental about his music”

SHINDIG!Ship to Shore, NMJ’s 1st album from 1976, is one of the great UK 70s singer-songwriter albums. Easily holding its own alongside the likes of Roy Harper, Nick Drake and John Martyn, Ship to Shore captures that free-spirited innocence and optimism which momentarily eclipsed the commercial considerations of the music industry”

UNCUT reviewing a 2014 reissue of his 1976 album Ship to Shore

Ship to Shore was a breath of fresh air in the fallow folk years of 1976, a distinctive combination of sincere songs, shape shifting acoustic guitars and glissando techniques. A well-known figure on the live circuit he featured as guest act for many bands.”

LINKS:

www.nigelmazlynjones.com

Press photo downloads: http://www.nigelmazlynjones.com/pages/contact.html

www.facebook.com/nigelmazlynjones

YouTube video NMJ and Phil Beer live 2015 Bacon Theatre Cheltenham

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbW239x9b8k

SCENE RED

Tales From Dolwion front image final edit

Possibly the most underated band in West Wales Scene Red have been playing most of their gigs in LONDON for the past few years.  Based at LTS Recording Studios in Llanon this band play their own brand of indy rock/funk and are ready to release their second album in time for xmas 2017.  The band comprises the following members, Harry Rogers – Vocals, Rabbie McAdam Duff – Lead Guitar, Andy Duff – Bass Guitar, James Fereday – Drums, Joy Fereday – Saxophone.

 

 

NEW NAME, SAME ME

I have adopted a one letter change to my name for all my published work, online and elsewhere and for my internet presence from Harry to Harri.  This is because I have lived longer in my current home in Wales than anywhere else throughout my 69 years.  My email handle is already harriboy so it is a small step but one that puts me more in tune with the country I live in.  I will still be writing in the same vein as ever and hopefully will be updating this blog more often.

The other reasons why Labour lost in 2015

Think Left

For the most part, Margaret Beckett has managed to avoid the firing line for her 35 page report as to why Labour lost the 2015 GE.  Essentially, the report (which can be read here) does not fit easily into the Labour Right’s or the media’s frame of reference… vague or bland was the best they could come up with.  The press tried to whip up some excitement about ‘the suppression of a secret report’ about focus group findings but the task of blaming Jeremy Corbyn for Labour’s defeat in 2015 eventually proved too convoluted.  However, Jamie Reed MP did his best in a valiant effort for Progress:

Any Labour leader who refuses to listen to the country and who prizes the views of Labour members above Labour voters and former Labour voters will likely find that although they may secure the Labour crown, they will lose…

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