At the age of 84 last week it may seem a little late to board the Blogging behemoth, but having started earlier this year to do just that on our Cornish Self Catering Holiday site (http://www.dingdongcottages.co.uk), I find the facility 'interests me strangely', to quote Ford Prefect.
I suspect my meanderings will often wander away from matters musical, as I hope to ponder many/any things which randomly or pointedly slip into my mind from this curious universe we appear fated to inhabit.
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Sale of old stock


Click this link to see availability of old stock at sale prices.

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Clive Palmer in 1985

The Charlie Cool Quartet

I recorded Clive Palmer, of Incredible String Band fame, at Ding Dong in 1985, with his mysteriously named Charlie Cool Quartet. He was joined by Tim Wellard (Guitar), John Bickersteth (Accordian & Piano) and Patrick McDonagh (Double Bass). Clive played Clarinet and also added some Vocals along with his wife Gina Brown and Venny Ravenhill. They play a mixture of traditional Klezma tunes and covers of popular songs.
The image was created by artist and musician Ufi, for the original limited cassette release.
A remastered account of that session is now available on CD for £12 plus £1.50 postage.

The CDs are new and cellophane wrapped. Click here to order.


Charlie Cool CD Tray reduced

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New cover for scores

Welcome to my new cover design for White Down Music printed scores, replacing the rather dull plain cream cover used previously. This beautiful image of White Down, from a photo by photographer son Simon Cook, fills the front and back of each score, shown below opened out, and we are very fortunate to live just a few minutes walk away from this part of the wild West Penwith Moors, a few miles from the Land's End Peninsular at the tip of Cornwall.
White Down open
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Two new choral pieces

I have added 2 new vocal works, viewable under the Choral heading on the Navigation Bar. They are both light hearted and entertaining pieces which use words provided by members of local choirs, the Penzance Orpheus Ladies Choir and the Marazion Apollo Male Choir. Dora Laity has written a short poem of fishy love and longing which I set for SSA with a Piano accompaniment, called A Fishy Tale. The other is a series of Cornish based situations involving the frequently absent Jack, who is finally discovered in an unexpected place. This is Lesley's Song by Paul Hickson, who gave me both the words and a melody to work with. He tells me it is named after his wife who had to endure the piece's birth pangs. I have offered an alternative title, "Where's Jack"?
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