Live in session on the show this Saturday lunchtime are the original dark-folk progenitors Comus, plus the virtuoso guitar skills of Jack Allett (formerly known as Spoono)
Emerging from David Bowie’s ‘Arts Lab’ in suburban Beckenham (South East London) at the tail end of the ’60s, Comus were the poison-cure to flower-power.
With a mutual appreciation for The Velvet Underground, it is hardly surprising that founding members Roger Wootton & Glenn Goring garnered inspiration from the darker side of life, with murder, rape and madness the preferred subject matter.
Like a musical incarnation of ‘Seahenge‘ the band bore fruit from deep within the underground folk scene, while the roots to their name were found in the upper reaches of Greek mythology and the writing of the 17th century English poet John Milton. Comus’ legacy grows more acute with each passing decade, with Swedish Death-Metal outfit Opeth and British Apocalyptic-Folk group Current 93 heading the roll call of admirers.
Jack Allett is a 26 year old guitarist from Camberwell, South London. As a member of Towering Breaker and under his erstwhile pseudonym, Spoono, he has – over the past 6 years or so – released LPs, 7?s and CDrs on a plethora of labels (inc. Blackest Rainbow, Great Pop Supplement, Chocolate Monk, Psykick Dancehall…) In 2011 he has a solo LP – the first under his real name – planned for release on Blackest Rainbow, and a collaborative LP with Cam Deas to be issued on Present Time Exercises.
Also, journalist / musician Neil Walsh conducts an interview with the author Jeanette Leech about her new book, Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid & Psychedelic Folk (Jawbone Press)
Neil Walsh interviews Jeanette Leech, author of ‘Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid & Psychedelic Folk’
Comus – Song To Comus (LIVE SESSION)
Comus – Diana (LIVE SESSION)
Opeth – Circle Of The Tyrant
Comus – Interview
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Fight Dem Back
The Count of Chateau Noir – The Dead Language
My Elastic Eye – Mining Song
Jack Allett – Walworth Road Blues (LIVE SESSION)
Jack Allett – Frozen Music (LIVE SESSION)
Jack Allett – Interview