Saturday, 4 November 2017
Liver & Lights No 23 100 Books
This project was inspired, if that's the right word
by the execution of the writer Ken Saro Wiwa
by the Nigerian Government twenty odd years ago,
along with the recent random
executions of various writers by the Iranian government.
I tried to create a song in response to these acts and realised that
after fifteen drafts or so
that I wasn't doing the subject matter justice
and that the song, or at least its simple meaning,
was staying the same even
though I was moving the words around. ...
So..I continued the editing and changing
and eventually stopped at 100
different versions of the poem,
some with one word only changed.
......the words themselves were
writhing out of the reach
of a mythical tyrant who was trying to ban them.
The Tyrant executes the singers,
but the song sings on and on, eventually
coming to haunt him forevermore in hell.
In order to celebrate these 100 songs,
each one different but the same,
I constructed 100 completely different books
to contain them...
some of them are illustrated here.
A touring exhibition of the hundred books was banned by five of the venues
who originally booked it for being 'political'....
Earlier this year the wonderful Chiara Ambrosio
brought the project back to life after
20 years dormant by arranging for 100
singers to come together at The Horse Hospital
in London to perform the cycle in its
entirety for the first time.
The recording of this by Mikey Kirkpatrick will be
broadcast for the first time on the Radiophrenia
performance radio station in Glasgow
on Sunday 12th November at 10.30 pm
Saturday, 21 October 2017
Bonesandtheaft / Bird Radio at the Portico Gallery: Directions:
Trains direct to West Norwood from Victoria take twenty
minutes and are every 15 minutes.The last one back is
Buse no. 68, which goes from Euston Via Elephant,
Camberwell and Herne Hill will also get you there.
Buses No 2 and 196 also go there…from outside Brixton tube
and take about 20 minutes
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Liver & Lights No 54.
Bones and the Aft and Bird Radio spent the summer of 2016
performing together in the homes of brave supporters throughout
the South Coast of England, creating musical magic in their
portable hand painted stage set, behaving like electric minstrels,
subsisting by means of a passed round hat and the dispensing of cheer.
Some of these adventures have magically metamorphosed into songs
only to gather themselves together splendidly into a collaborative
Limited Edition Vinyl Long Playing Record with
Accompanying Celebratory ‘Zine as:
You’ve Been Kind!
Bonesandtheaft / Bird Radio
who, to celebrate its creation, will be performing,
together and separately,
these and other tunes live at the
23B Knight's Hill,
West Norwood, London,
Saturday 28th October,
7pm til 11.30 pm,
“Mesmerising and mystical. Enchanting and awe inspiring”. Matt Ford. The Student
“Strange and wonderful.” FRoots magazine
“Exciting stirrings from the DIY Underground” R2 MAgazine
Saturday, 16 September 2017
As part of the famous
Folkestone Triennial Fringe
Boneandtheaft/ Bird Radio
are playing live at the
All Inked Up!
Artist Book Fair at the
Brewery Tap Art Centre
53 Tontine St,
Beginning sharp at 7pm
Saturday 14th October
Entrance is free
photo's all courtesy
Liver & Lights publications will also be appearing at
All Inked Up! Artist Book Fair,
containing many exciting stalls
promoting Artist Publications
from all around the world
Friday 13th Oct, Canterbury 11 - 5pm
University of the Creative Arts,
Herbert Read Gallery,
New Dover Road,
(This is part of the Canterbury Festival).
Saturday 14th Oct Folkestone, 11 - 7 pm
Sunday 15th Oct Folkestone 11 - 4pm
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Vinyl finally here!!
Liver & Lights No 55
You've been Kind!
BONESANDTHEAFT / BIRD RADIO
Limited Edition black VINYL with a hand printed sleeve,
lyric zine with photo diary
100 copies only.
£15.00 plus £2 postage
CD with lyric zine photo diary
hand printed cover
limited edition 200 copies
£10.00 plus £1.00 postage
Payment by cheque to:
Liver & Lights Scriptorium
29 Railton Rd
Download whole album for £5.00 from
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
My latest piece of work,
a wood carving in English Oak,
provided by Lord Biscuit,
carved using tools once belonging to
noted silversmith Warren Martin's Grandad
and kindly bequeathed by him to me,
part of the One Shoe Mickey series
which will one day soon become
an Exhibition of Paintings
and Sculpture by
One Shoe Mickey
and a Song Cycle
describing the Life and Times
of the aforesaid Mickey
performed and released as an
Long Playing Record Album
Here are two of Mickey's paintings of
Gloves: he is a bit obsessed by them
and lovingly renders them in paint daily.
They are dropped gloves mostly,
picked up by Mickey
on his daily trudge through the streets
of London Town.
They have imprinted
in their nooks and scuffs
the story of the wearers life...
Mickey has painted 27 so far
and these will be exhibited
and turned into a book
illustrating the songs of
One Shoe Mickey
All this stuff together
Liver & Lights No 56.