Liver & Lights No 54
Bones and the Aft and Bird Radio spent the summer of 2016 together touring the homes of brave supporters throughout the South Coast of England, creating musical magic, behaving like travelling minstrels, passing round a hat and dispensing much cheer. Some of their adentures later became songs, later recorded and now collected together and released as a collaborative Limited Edition Vinyl Long Playing Record with an accompanying celebratory ‘zine as:You’ve Been Kind!
(Liver & Lights No 54)
Bonesandtheaft / Bird Radio
who, to celebrate its creation, will be performing, together and separately, these and other tunes live at the Portico Gallery, Knights Hill, West Norwood, London, SE27 on Saturday 28th October,7pm til 11.30 pm, Admittance £5.00
Bonesandtheaft / Bird Radio biography
Liver and Lights is the collective name given to the handmade publications made by John Bently over the last thirty years. They chronicle and celebrate the ordinary people and things of London and its nearabouts: their stories, traditions and lives. They are observational, polemic, mythic, impassioned. commemorative, celebratory, narrative and humbly follow in the noble tradition of the Pamphleteer, the Ranter, and the Penny Balladeer. Bonesandtheaft are these chronicles given musical form; turned into costumes, stage sets and song. They are John Bently on vocals augmented by guitarist Ian Mckean, formerly with 80’s rockers Balaam and the Angel and Drummer Admiral Lord Biscuit, formerly with Ivich Lives, The Doctors of Love and the early Florence and the Machine.
Bird Radio is multi-instrumentalist Mikey Kirkpatrick who, using voice, flutes, live looping and percussion draws from primordial folk, blues and ritualistic sound to create powerful songs that combine storytelling with rousing and hypnotic beats and rhythms. He has performed his music nationally and internationally, composed music for experimental films and performance, been a featured artist on BBC radio, Resonance FM and WFMU in New York and received the 2012 “Knap O Howar” arts award.His debut album ‘The Boy and the Audience’, shortly followed by the ‘Time to Go’ film trilogy were released in October 2013 on SFE/Cherry Red Records.In 2014, he had the Aldeburgh Music Open Space Residency, where he composed and recorded his second album and stage show ‘Oh, Happy England’, a collection of Walter de la Mare’s poetry set to music.
“Folk-horror of the darkest hue…his voice soaring like Scott Walker… Bird Radio fulfils his early promise as a musical storyteller of rare power”. Steve Hunt, fRoots
“A flute-toting, bass drum-beating sensation…” Rick Pearson, Evening Standard
“Mesmerising and mystical. Enchanting and awe inspiring”. Matt Ford. The Student
“…but the most amazing thing is how these books come to life through Bones and the Aft, the performance wing of The Liver and Lights Scriptorium, in which Bently and his band play out the texts as songs as he enacts these characters while dressed in wonderful costumes.” Sarah Bodman. AN Magazine online
“Everything about the Liver& Lights Project is completely individual. Go and explore it”. Dai Jeffries. folking.com
“Strange and Wonderful.” R2 Magazine
“John Bently declaims his compelling poetry while guitarist Ian Mckean and drummer David Beschizza fearlessly zigzag through punk anger and energy, progressive time shifts and classical guitar transcriptions of Alexander Scriabin. Exciting stirrings from the literary and musical DIY underground” FRoots magazine