"Jonathan Wilson rocks the old chapel, and introduces Kieran Leonard" Norwich, Dec 2nd 2013. Spider and Dick le Burgh, with Dr Parsnip and his unusual entourage in attendance, were simply sockless after the twin delights of first Kieran Leonard (be warned, there's also a Kiran Leonard - not to be confused) an out of work astronaut from everywhere. Said entourage bought Spider his LP (yes vinyl!) and Dick a Jonathan Wilson t-shirt (which probably explains why Jonathan, who with his band performed a mind (and ear)-blowing set, only seemed to have an old one to wear). Kieran opened for an all too short 30 minutes and his LP (new one out soon, too) proves, as does Jonathan Wilson, that you can draw on the sounds of the sixties and seventies to produce some of the best music of the two thousand and tens. Analogue on the fire and keep warm this winter. A bag of chocolate Christmas trees and a fridge magnet were amongst the other highlights. You don't know what you're missing!
The Parsnip Times
"Spider dlb urgent Press Release" Let it be known far and wide that on the 30th day of October 2013, towards the end of a less than wonderful year, Spider dlb mysteriously achieved 1st place in the Other charts for Ipswich Elsewhere. Dick le Burgh, standing in for the previously disposed Max Cliff-Hanger (publicity guru to the Tsars) said "Would you like some tea?" Everyone present said "Yes, please", and the afternoon proceeded nicely, thank you. It won't last, but it has brought a mild dose of celebrity fever to at least one bungalow in Brockdish. And if you haven't heard Roy Harper's new CD Man and Myth, you really should.
South Norfolk Celebrity Gossip
“Troll spotted at recent Nick Harper gig in Hertford. Sure Nick was as brilliant as ever, and his new CD Riven is well worth getting a copy of, but for those with their ears to the ground, beware, other people are likely to trip over your head. Troll and Hil were there, I saw them and Troll brought me a copy of Riven which Nick Harper duly scribbled on. If this is not living the musical high-life then I'd like to know what exactly is the difference between a blog and a press item. Roy Harper is releasing a new CD on 23rd September, and the Subway Gallery has an international exhibition of paintings by the Mouth and Foot Painting Partnership: http://www.subwaygallery.com/mouth_and_foot_painting_artists_go_underground.html
All in all a great evening, despite some rather subterranean noises and the occasional cup of tea. I'd definitely go again, if only for the excellent musicianship and force of habit. Mrs Salisbury-Pugh is 37.”
“Complete unknowns, Spider and Dick Le Burgh, caught in the midst of a heated discussion sensation.
"Spring is in the air, or perhaps it is Summer, with a touch of Autumn thrown in...I don't know about this Climate Change business, but I can't deny it does seem to change regularly".
"So that's what passes for political awareness in your garden. Well, all I can say is that so long as there are people who think it is perfectly ok to earn 100 times as much money as the 'hard working' people they continually praise and presume to defend, then something has to change."
Anyone for tennis, or perhaps an Olympiad?
Stop Press: A torch went out the other day and had to be re-lit from the 'back-up' flame: Dr Parsnip says they should have made them go back to Greece and start again! And they don't come much more radishal than the Doctor.”
"Fortunately", said Spider, as he put on his most nonchalant gaze, "Three is my most favourite number".
The fine art of slipping down the charts
“Latest Secret Recording Scoop
"What did you get, Spider?"..."Oh, just the usual socks and hankies. And you?"..."I got a bit seasick with going down to three and back up to one again!"..."Hah! Amateurs! You'll learn to ride the wave, boy, just watch the master!"..."But I thought you said that Vince Cobble is the Master, and David Camelot is really an alien from Eyke in Suffolk!"..."Phew, all I can say is it's darn lucky we're not famous enough to be recorded by the DTs, or we'd really be in the sh..." TAPE ENDS MYSTERIOUSLY AT THIS POINT”
Daily Telegraph (Norfolk Edition)
“'Well', said Dick, 'number two is better than a poke in Eye with a sharp stick'. Spider then poked him in the eye with his teaspoon, gently. Dick, retiring to rinse the tea from the corner of his ear (spectacularsavers beckon, Mr Spider) muttered 'I'll be back before we're number 3'. Just then, the free newspaper arrived, and all thoughts of oblivion were instantly forgotten.”
The Vine Tingler, Chapter 1: The descent begins...
“Gor' blast it! Spider dlb No. 1 in Ipswich [I'm sure they mean Norwich!] area Other charts.
Congratulations, boys, it's all downhill from here!
Dick Le Burgh says, "Thanks to all those who put us there, we're not exactly sure how or why, but that apparently is showbiz!" Spider was unassailable for comment.”
South Norfolk Illustrated Late Afternoon News
“Before all else, be alarmed.”