NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA
JOHN GREAVES ANNIE BARBAZZA
FOLLY BOLOLEY Songs from Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom
release date: May 17, 2019
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Critically acclaimed as one of the best records ever, 1974 Robert Wyatt’s masterpiece has been re-arranged by Craig Fortnam for his amazing North Sea Radio Orchestra. Featuring long time Wyatt’s collaborator and Henry Cow founder John Greaves on bass guitar and vocals and the amazing vocalist Annie Barbazza as lead singer: this is a hearfelt, fantastic tribute to Robert Wyatt’s music.
"This concert is a beautiful event, for me. These musicians seem to me to have have really grasped what my songs are about; but at the same time, created an entirely fresh way of putting the music together. I feel so honored and so grateful." Robert Wyatt, March 2019
“One of the greatest albums of the 1970s, beautifully re- imagined and re-written for orchestra. I have listened to Rock Bottom hundreds of times, and thought I was familiar with it: but this brilliant new version opens up new depths, fresh vistas, hidden truths. An amazing achievement.”
Jonathan Coe, March 2019
When John Greaves asked me about producing this album and the concert at Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, for Dark Companion I immediately replied “yes”. I already knew North Sea Radio Orchestra and respect Craig as one of the most talented musicians in today’s British scene. ‘Rock Bottom’ is my favourite album ever and John Greaves my closest friend whom I respect very highly and have had the honour of releasing one of his finest albums to date onManticore. Annie Barbazza? Well she is a marvelous singer and musician and I very much agree with the late Greg Lake who was really amazed by her voice and went on toproduce her first album for Manticore as well. So I hope youenjoy what I think is a fantastically soulful, heartfelt and graceful tribute to the poetry of Robert Wyatt.
Max Marchini, April 2019
1. Sea Song 2. A Last Straw 3. Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road 4. Alifib 5. Alifie 6. Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road
7. The British Road
8. Maryan 9. Shipbuilding
10. O Caroline
Annie Barbazza: Lead Vocal/Farfisa Organ John Greaves: Bass guitar/Vocal (track 4 and 11)/Spoken Word (track 3, 5 and 6) Nicky Baigent: Bb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Spoken Word (track 5) Luke Crookes: Bassoon William D. Drake: Piano/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 2,3 and 5) Harry Escott: Cello Craig Fortnam: Guitar/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 7 and 9) Tommaso Franguelli: Vibes/Percussion Cheb Nettles: Drums Laurent Valero: Violin/Viola/Recorder/Bass Recorder
arranged and directed by Craig Fortnam executive production by Max Marchini
recorded live, mixed and mastered by Alberto Callegari at Elfo Recording Studios, Tavernago, Italy during “Musiche Nuove a Piacenza Festival”, November 30th, 2018 available as LP: http://store.maracash.com/product_info.php?products_id=496 CD: http://store.maracash.com/product_info.php?products_id=495
NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA In the October of 2002, composer and guitarist Craig Fortnam found himself walking through the City of London with a sackful of tunes slung over his shoulder; tied to a stick (Dick Whittington style). Now, as all music comes from the air, the sack was all that stopped Craig's tunes from escaping and following the Thames out to sea. Needing a substance with the weight of history behind it, Craig bent down and began to scoop up handfuls of London clay, folding and kneeding it into the melodies and chords from his sack. As this was such hard work, he got his wife, Sharron, to help. As she folded and kneeded, she began to sing, so her beautiful voice found it's way into the expanding mixture.
When the music was almost ready, Craig called together twenty musicians and singers from all over the Great Metropolis and they all ducked into St. Martin's-within-Ludgate where the North Sea Radio Orchestra was born. As the clay music was still wet, and therefore somewhat fragile, NSRO only performed in the City of London for the first while. So, their growing audience had to travel to the strange and magical streets of old Londinium to hear the beautiful sounds. Eventually NSRO ventured forth into the wider world where they have attracted many glowing reviews for their live and recorded performances. JOHN GREAVES
A legendary figure in the alternative music scene from the early seventies as founding member with Henry Cow as composer, bass player, pianist and singer, then member of seminal bands like National Health and The Lodge. Long time collaborator of the likes of Michael Nyman, Robert Wyatt, Mike Oldfield, Brian Eno, Pip Pyle, Elton Dean just to mention a few. He is present in many of the best album of the british and european avantgarde scene. His last album for Manticore Records, Life Size, was reviewed as a masterpiece from all over the world feraturing an all – star band of collaborators like King Crimson’s Jakko Jakzysk, Himiko Paganotti, Zeena Parkins, Olivier Mellano and Annie Barbazza. ANNIE BARBAZZA Still in her teenage the extraordinary voice of Annie was noted by Greg Lake who eventually became her mentor, produced her first album for Manticore and guested her on stage. Annie is a multi instrumentalist who performed and recorded with John Greaves, North Sea Radio Orchestra, Robyn Hitchcock, Paul Roland, Eugenio Finardi, Area, Osanna, PFM Giorgio Fico Piazza and Bernardo Lanzetti, Aldo Tagliapietra, Strawbs and many more. For this project Annie, who is a devoted Robert Wyatt fan, was chosen directly by John Greaves. Annie is recording her solo debut for Dark Companion with stellar friends cameos from Greg Lake to John Greaves, Lino Capra Vaccina, Paul Roland, Paolo Tofani of Area, Michael Tanner (Plinth, The Cloisters) and many more.