30
Mar
2017

We have a new single out on streaming sites from 30th March: “May A Man Be Merry” and “Dolly Rocker”. Unlike the live single we released in February, these are new studio recordings. This single is Volume 1 in a series we’ve called “Blackbird”.

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“May A Man Be Merry” was written and recorded by Lionel Bart in 1968 for his failed psychedelic album “Isn’t this where we came in?” Unfortunately it didn’t quite fit in anywhere. Bart wrote huge hits for Cliff Richard (Living Doll), Tommy Steele and others in the 50’s and particularly the musical “Oliver” in 1960. “Oliver” was a massive hit both on the stage in London and Broadway, but also on film. Lionel’s flamboyant lifestyle, drugs and alcoholism caused a career nosedive. He put large sums of money into various musical projects for the London stage, but nothing took off. He managed to squander the millions he earned and sadly ended his life through liver cancer in 1999 at the age of 68. He was then living in a small apartment above a betting office in London.

Lionel was homosexual and by 1955 the expression “gay” had found a foothold in the language. But homosexuality was also illegal at that time, so had to be hidden. “Merry” would appear to be a euphemism for “gay” and the answer to the question “May a man be merry?” back then would have been no! You could definitely not be openly gay anyway. Lionel was a party animal, generous and by all accounts great fun to be around during the 60’s. Noel Coward once said he would ‘rather spend five minutes in a four-ale bar with Lionel Bart than a year’s yachting cruise with the Oxford Debating Society’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1120183/The-genius-destroyed-Oliver-The-success-Lionel-Barts-masterpiece-sent-spiral-drug-fuelled-hedonism.html#ixzz4coiHEg80

“Dolly Rocker” is from a sketchy Syd Barrett demo, wildly unfinished, which we’ve reworked to a very large extent.

The great cover art has once again been created by Ian Barrett. It’s the first version of a linocut and will be used again as the next volumes in the “Blackbird” series are released.

 

 

3
Feb
2017

A new, two-song live single has been unleashed on streaming sites. Long Gone was recorded in October last year at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. We shared the stage with fab guest singer Rachel Barrett and of course the very wonderful Sandviken Symphony Orchestra, led by Tomas Agnas. Olle Ljungström’s Something for the Waiting is an acoustic version, recorded live at Dalhalla in August and features the 10 musician strong psychedelic faction of the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra. What was to have been an electric concert at Dalhalla supporting P-Floyd, became an acoustic one. All our equipment got soaked in heavy rain during the afternoon before our first concert there, making it all totally unusable. But after 24 hours in a sauna, our amps and pedals had dried out, everything worked and we were able to perform the second night using our amps. But we like the acoustic version.

You can find the songs on Spotify here: spotify:album:0epa2v6TdMPdNLtuYixhmS

Look out for a bunch of new studio recordings to be released as winter drifts into spring.

 

12/2-2016 – Cambridge Corn Exchange confirmed

Now confirmed: we’ll be playing at the Corn/ Exchange in Cambridge, UK, on 27th October this year, together with the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be basically the same as the one being performed for the first time in Sandviken’s Kulturcentrum theatre on 24th September (see below). This will be a multimedia event as part of a celebration commemorating Cambridge son Syd Barrett, who died, aged 60 in 2006. The show will also include stories, film and photographs. Lighting will be by Peter Wynne Wilsson who worked with Pink Floyd between 1966 and 1968 when he created light shows for their performances at the Roundhouse and UFO and went on to design the lighting for the band’s UK, European and American gigs and tours as well as having worked with Roger Waters, Radiohead, U2 and many others. Tickets for the 27th October concert are now on sale via the Cambridge Live Trust website.

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Men On The Border and Sandviken’s Symphony Orchestra at Kulturcentrum, Sandviken

Men On The Border will perform a specially written concert together with Sandviken’s Symphony Orchestra later in the year. The concert will take place on 24th of September in Sandviken, at the Kulturcentrum and will be a combination of rock music, symphonic arrangements and storytelling called ‘A Summer of Love’. 1966 was the year that things really started to happen for Pink Floyd and the band’s co-founder and main creative force Syd Barrett became a major star, particularly when their second single ‘See Emily Play’ made large inroads on the pop charts in the summer of 1967. But it wasn’t all sweetness and light and during the autumn of 1967 Syd collapsed. Hear more in September.

The story ‘A Summer of Love’ will be written and narrated by the band’s singer, Goran Nystrom, who has also toured and narrated his own concept ‘7 Deadly Sins’ with tribute band P-Floyd during the autumn of 2015, to glorious reviews and audience response.

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Sandvikens Symphony Orchestra in concert.

 

15
Feb
2016

Now confirmed: we’ll be playing at the Corn/ Exchange in Cambridge, UK, on 27th October this year, together with the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be basically the same as the one being performed for the first time in Sandviken’s Kulturcentrum theatre on 24th September (see below). This will be a multimedia event as part of a celebration commemorating Cambridge son Syd Barrett, who died, aged 60 in 2006. The show will also include stories, film and photographs. Lighting will be by Peter Wynne Wilsson who worked with Pink Floyd between 1966 and 1968 when he created light shows for their performances at the Roundhouse and UFO and went on to design the lighting for the band’s UK, European and American gigs and tours as well as having worked with Roger Waters, Radiohead, U2 and many others. Tickets for the 27th October concert are now on sale via the Cambridge Live Trust website.

New Musical Express

5
Dec
2015

Men On The Border will perform a specially written concert together with Sandviken’s Symphony Orchestra later in the year. The concert will take place on 24th of September in Sandviken, at the Kulturcentrum and will be a combination of rock music, symphonic arrangements and storytelling called ‘A Summer of Love’ 1966 was the year that things really started to happen for Pink Floyd and the band’s co-founder and main creative force Syd Barrett became a major star, particularly when their second single ‘See Emily Play’ made large inroads on the pop charts in the summer of 1967. But it wasn’t all sweetness and light and during the autumn of 1967 Syd collapsed. Hear more in September.

The story ‘A Summer of Love’ will be written and narrated by the band’s singer, Goran Nystrom, who has also toured and narrated his own concept ‘7 Deadly Sins’ with tribute band P-Floyd during the autumn of 2015, to glorious reviews and audience response.