The Groanbox Blog

Saturday, May 31, 2008

May 30 - Recording in Edinburgh

A glimpse into the groanbox recording process.

Friday, May 30, 2008

May 29 - Leith Folk Club, Edinburgh, Scotland

LeithFM. Writing and rehearsing new material in the park.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

May 28 - Tolbooth, Stirling, Scotland

"Blue Railroad Train" sound check at Tolbooth. Soundman Dave shares some fascinating history and shows us around the venue. Bring on the kids! Excerpts from the show.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

May 27 - BBC Scotland: Mary Kennedy's Global Gathering, Glasgow, Scotland

Strange whistling winds at BBC Scotland. The Tall Ship briefly revisited. A few excerpts from the show.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

May 26 - Rehearsing and Recording in Edinburgh

A quick look around the recording space. Working on a few new ideas. Paul finds a new instrument.

Monday, May 26, 2008

May 25 - The Tall Ship, Glasgow Harbour

Sunny Govan Radio. The Tall Ship. David Ferrard. Excerpts from the show.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

May 24 - Selby Town Hall, Selby, North Yorkshire

"Long for Day" at Selby Town Hall.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

May 23 - Greenock Wanderers RFC Club, Greenock, Scotland

Paul's fiftieth bowl of cereal. Writing and rehearsing new material at Gladstone Farm.

Friday, May 23, 2008

May 22 - Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Pushing Scottie's caravan. Tippy toe museum. The Hat. Excerpts from the show. Lady Wemyss and Cory's people of Fife. "Going Up to Fortingall to see the Yew"

Thursday, May 22, 2008

May 21 - The Courtyard, Kenmore, Scotland

Rabbit head on the dash. The river Tay. The Fortingall Yew. Lawers Dam by Ben Lawers. Deer bones beneath a tree in Borland. The percussion layout at Courtyard. Shattered deer bone fragments.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

May 20 - The Old Library, Kilbarchan, Scotland

The Groanbox train getting up to speed at the Old Library. "I've got rabbit teeth in my boot." Cory shows us his banjos and gives a brief history and demonstration of clawhammer technique.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

May 19 - Rehearsing in Edinburgh

Somewhere in the Highlands. Rabbit bones outside the rabbit hole. Rehearsal on a green in Edinburgh. Introducing...Jimmy John and Bobby James.

Monday, May 19, 2008

May 18 - Tin Hut, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Loch Ness Monster. Hanik Attack. North Sea at Findhorn. On the road to the Tin Hut. Excerpts from the show. Loch Ness Monster: Behind the Scenes.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

May 17 - Bogbain Farm, Inverness, Scotland

Scotland. Fixing the boot. The accordion exhibit at Bogbain Farm. Excerpts from the show. Jamming with Bruce MacGregor after the show.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

May 16 - Baldersby St James CE Primary School and Old Courthouse, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Paul's passport problem. Joda. Cemetary strip off story. Ferrybridge Power Station. The beautiful children of Baldersby St James CE Primary School. Edwina Hayes. Kitchenware percussion. "Bygone Era" @ Old Courthouse.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

May 15 - BBC Radio Swindon and The Beehive, Swindon

Arrival at BBC Radio Swindon. Short jam in the BBC elevator. The Mark Seaman Show. The Beehive.

May 14 - Carlyon Arms, St. Austell, Cornwall

Meeting Mel. Double branch kick. The new Groanmobile. "On the Road to Stonehenge" The drive to St. Austell, Cornwall. Paul's pep talk. Excerpts from the show.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

May 13 - Bom-Bane's, Brighton

Bad situation with M7. Bom-Bane's. Busking by the Royal Pavilion. Excerpts from the show featuring Nick Pynn. Jane Bom-Bane shows us some of her tables.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

May 12 - The Boot Inn, Weymouth

A history lesson with Terry: Boot Hill. Americans in Weymouth. John Newton and the Slave Trade. Cannonball Rag @ the Boot Inn.

Monday, May 12, 2008

May 11 - The Bell, Bath and Royal Portland Arms, Portland

Excerpts from the afternoon show at the Bell. Amadou on Mount Pleasant. Jamming after the show. The drive to Portland. Excerpt from the RPA show.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

May 10 - Green Note, London

Sound check at Green Note. Oscar Cainer's 1893 Lyon and Healy Washburn banjo with tree of life inlay. "Lets Go Down to the River" "Last Call" Gutter tea. The Tree of Life on Fiona's back. Beedi cigarettes. Larry Campanelli and his special sunglasses. "House of the Rising Sun" N6 Mel.

Photos of the show by Val Kelly

All photos © V.Kelly 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

May 9 - Royal Albert Hall-Ignite! Series

The Yew. Behind the "kit" with Paul Clifford. Shed at the Royal Albert Hall.

Friday, May 09, 2008

May 8 - National Theatre, London

The fishy contents of Paul's suitcase. London, "The Big Smoke" Set up at the National Theatre. A short excerpt from the NT performance. Beanos and charabancs.

Photos from the show by Val Kelly

All photos © V.Kelly 2008

Thursday, May 08, 2008

May 7 - Wrotham Arms, Broadstairs

Fox Tail. Paul plays some farm machinery. "Some moron left the trunk open" Duet for Freedom Boot and Wrotham Arms Zob Stick on the streets of Broadstairs. (Zob stick doesn't survive) Paul powders his gourd, with quite startling results. "Juliette Red Dress" @ Wrotham Arms.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

May 6 - Crooked Billet, Stoke Row

Rapeseed and sheep in Fiddleford. Jamming at Fiddleford Manor. The drive to Henley on Thames. Red Hook @ Crooked Billet.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

May 5 - Sweeps Festival, Rochester and Fiddleford Inn, Dorset

Even more Morris Dancing. Excerpts from the final performance at Sweeps Festival. Tension mounts as the GBB can't refill their tires. Coca-Col. Stonehenge. Wise books in the wind on the way down, down, down to the West Country. Setup at the Fiddleford Inn. The nasty 146 lb gourd. Excerpts from the Fiddleford Inn show.

Monday, May 05, 2008

May 4 - Sweeps Festival, Rochester

More Morris. Carousel at Rochester Castle Gardens. Guiding in "M7" Set up in the concert marquee. Excerpts from the show.

Some photos of the show by Val Kelly.

All photos © V.Kelly 2008

Sunday, May 04, 2008

May 3 - Sweeps Festival, Rochester

Mel's Magic Mystery Windows. The Dealers. Aliens. Rapper Sword Dancing. Excerpts from the Gbox first day at Sweeps Festival in Rochester. "I hear my people" Morris Dancing. Gangster of Love. More excerpts.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

May 2 - Man of Kent Ale House

Burning ourselves out. Excerpts from the Man of Kent Ale House. Bessie Sayce from The Dealers. A beautiful Yew tree story. Freedom (Worry) People. Bessie checks out the Freedom Boot. Demise of the crystalized chicken foot.

Friday, May 02, 2008

May Day - Oval Tavern

We pick up "Mel 7" aka the Groanmobile. From the graveyard to the pub with the Gbox Yew tree at our first gig at Oval Tavern in Croydon. Morris Dancing. Excerpts from the first set. Yew trees, churchyards, longbows, things "my grandmother told me", and "before the pyramids"

Photos of the show by Val Kelly
All photos © V.Kelly 2008

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Rehearsals - Day 4

Paul's "Last Call" and "Sea Bone" ("B" means "Boot") Paul on fire. Bupbups. Putting the chickens away. Bumblebee Tuna.