I will be performing some new work for this in a couple of weeks…

Looking at my vinyl record database and thinking of the years I spent over the valley from Abercych in Llechryd, watching the floods come and go…

I used to put all the pictures in a set on flickr – Sometimes I live by a Lake

Sometimes I Live by a Lake

I’m finding some interesting river songs and sleeves in my collection and putting a few out in Bara Menyn in the lead up to the festival.. starting with a the 3 locally themed albums
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Probably my favourite record shop bag is this one from the long gone ‘Centre of Music’ in Cardigan.   The shop was first located in the centre of town I believe, on the site of what is now The Original Factory Shop, before moving to Pendre and finally closing in the early 1980s.20190227_173824.jpgI met Mani’s Son Gethin back in 2010 when I was exhibiting some work in the Guildhall Gallery in the town centre.  The exhibition was part of a project about local chapels and their history and we chatted about his father who I had heard used to record various local chapel’s Cymanfa Ganu events (Choir festivals) direct to disc before the advent of tape recorders.  He told me about how they had built the first radio in their village and how they placed the earpiece (no speakers in those days) in a large ceramic bowl and gathered around to listen, and how his mother was deeply suspicious of who and where the voices they heard were.
He returned later in the week bringing me a CD of recordings his father had made in local chapels, a vintage bag from the shop and a blank unused record (which has lived on my kitchen wall since).

Another local music shop no longer trading is Swales in Haverfordwest.  Trading into the 90s I remember it was one of the best record shops in the area as well as selling instruments and sheet music too.  Visit for a great selection of photos from there.  The founder and namesake Robert Joffre Swales, known as “Joffre”, was awarded an MBE in 1975 for his services to music in the town for over 50 years.  As well as playing in a number of bands and teaching music he set up an instrument rental scheme at Swales, allowing those less well off members of the community the opportunity to enjoy learning and playing an instrument.

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These last ones I know very little or nothing about, the Dales bag came (with a record in) from a charity shop in Fishguard I think, the others were gifts from my good friend Flo Fflach.
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Three Four Five Nursery Course - Nonsense songs


Pembrokeshire Leftovers

A mix of leftover records from Haverfordwest.  There’s a single with a ballet lesson I found in the Greenacres animal welfare shop and four 12inch’s brought into the unit by Sam Knight.  They are Max Boyce – The World of Max Boyce; Alan Tew Orchestra – The Magnificent Westerns; Flash in the Pan – Waiting for a Train; 3 Brass Monkeys – Hear No Evil/See no Sound


There were a few technical issues during the performance which I found after – the webcam which was meant to stream live failed and just recorded the first and final frames, thankfully it did record all the audio!  The Gopro recording also seems to have a few problems, though possibly arising during the transfer from the msd card.
These are the 11 glitched frames with an audio extract from the performance.

Frames of Reference

Picture Frame Seduction - Hand of the RiderID: 3993
Picture Frame Seduction – Hand of the Rider

When I started looking at music connections to Haverfordwest and Pembrokeshire I found mention of a punk band called ‘Picture Frame Seduction’.  Although I had never heard them, I remembered the band name from years ago as Steve Parkin, a good friend of my oldest brother, was in the band. Wikipedia tells me he was the bassist from 1984-87.

‘Picture Frame Seduction’ still continue to play and record with original member Keith Haynes and in 2012 their 1985 album ‘Hand of the Rider’ was reissued on vinyl. I found a copy through Discogs.

I asked my brother if he had any original vinyl from the time and he found me this compilation, it is badly warped but will still play (sort of).
A Kick up the Arse - Volume 1ID: 3992  Various Artists – A Kick up the Arse

Records of Records, Collection & Connection

So the collection and the database continue to grow.
About half the records in the database say where the records came from, and some have specific information as to why I was there.  ‘Haverfordwest dentist run’ refers to a visit to the emergency dentist to have an excruciating tooth pulled.  I remember wandering around the town with a numb jaw, trying not to dribble.  ‘Haverfordwest, Mothers Day Outing 09’ speaks for itself, my mum loved a day out in Haverfordwest.   2016-09-08-00-42-31