First gigs on 2015

There has been a bit of a hiatus but now the winter is over, Avarice the charango has crawled out of her hidey hole and once she’s had a couple of whiskeys will be ready to hit the road again.

some gig dates for 2015 are starting to fall into place. The first Cambridge one is at Relevant Records on April 2nd, but before that the first London one is at The Bohemia Hackney on March 14th!

More will come – See the EVENTS PAGE for full details.

George Takei inspires….

‘Don’t Listen To The Douchebags (Listen To George Takei)’ is a properly recorded version of a Youtube thing I did. That acoustic-recorded-on-the-webcam song was inspired by George Takei’s response to a school board member in the US who went on a Facebook rant saying he wished all the gay kids were dead. The board member later ended up resigning live on TV. Shortly after that I had the opportunity to contribute to a compilation CD highlighting gay and transgender bullying issues, so recorded the song properly, and made a video. Which cheekily features it’s inspiration 😉 Here it is:

This version of the song was recorded two years ago, and the incident that inspired the George Takei response was before that, but amidst the fuss over legalising gay marriage (in the UK) has also brought out the stories of violence and harassment of gay and trans-gendered people.

This song is being released on the Any Love Is Good Love compilation CD, which aims to raise awareness as well as fundraise. You can purchase the album from the Any Love Is Good Love page on Bandcamp. Much respect is due to from Ten Tigers/Lost Harbours and Ste McCabe who put it together. Funds from this are going to LGBT Youth North West (formerly Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester).

Any Love Is Good Love CD cover
Any Love Is Good Love CD cover

Gosh, it’s been awhile!

I’ll be coming out of sabbatical with a gig tonight at Cambridge’s Bright Club Re:generation event during the Cambridge Science Festival. I’ll be unveiling two new Professor Karmadillo songs to the public – one on the Mars Curiosity Rover, and t’other on one of the freakiest looking creatures that also aids cancer research – the naked mole rat.

Cambridge Bright Club Regeneration flyer

It also looks like some bits need tweaking with the website and I’ll be changing mailing list provider, so I’ll soon be back to updating you regularly with Karmadillo and Professor Karmadillo shenanigans!

Take Care


Dusting off the ol’ Charango

Took the charango out its case this week, and gave it a little strum. Felt good, but tempered by the fact this was at 6am! Need it as I have two gigs this week, and luckily the baby doesn’t get woken by it from the far side of the flat. Hope the same applies to the neighbours! Will fit rehearsing in around work and baby hours. The gigging is a pain to get started again but it has got me going again to the point where I’m planning the next album.

When I can record it is another matter!

Crunchy On The Inside

It was 6 years ago this week that we released ‘Crunchy On The Inside’. In that primitive era there was only a CD release of the album. There was also some great artwork…

Anyway, this album has now been released on digital stores, together with additional tracks, as an enhanced version.

The version on Bandcamp will be updated to include the new tracks soon as well.

‘Any Love Is Good Love’ Compilation – enjoying my first listen!

A while ago I read a story about George Takei which inspired one of those written-in-ten-minutes-and-uploaded-to-youtube-straightaway numbers. Around that time I supported Ten Tigers at a gig in Cambridge. A week later I saw Emma from the band was looking for acts for a anti-homophobia/transphobia compilation album project called ‘Any Love Is Good Love‘. As I had just written a song on this very theme I offered to record a full version of the track for the CD and sure enough, the team behind the project were up for it.

I am now listening to the final album, shortly before its release. It is definitely in the ‘IT ROCKS’ category! There is a risk with a compilation that the final assembled slab of music doesn’t tie together, but this is a well paced album of well put together of well-written well-good music. The harmonious feel is despite the tracks ranging across genre’s from punk, electo, electro-punk, arthouse poetry performance, indie and my own contribution being the sole representative of the prog-rock-on-charango genre. A thank you to all those who took part.

A nice heartfelt insight into what the album is aiming to achieve is on the Ten Tigers website. Any Love Is Good Love is the Facebook group for the project – and for now here is the full tracklisting. I’ll be sure to announce it when the launch happens – no official word of the launch date.

1. Ste McCabe – Huyton Scum
2. Death of the Elephant – Locas
3. Mary Cigarettes – I’m Not a Bad Girl
4. Salty Lips – Valentine’s Day
5. The Get – You Gotta Wear a Dress
6. Art Gruppe – I Will Not Survive
7. Karmadillo – Listen To George Takei
8. Toska Wilde – Hard as Nailvarnish
9. Das Wanderlust – Sailors
10. Stella Zine – Freak Faggot
11. The Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It)
12. Pocket Gods – Me Pablo and Duran Duran
13. Zorras – Nest
14. Lost Harbours – Feed the Birds Honey
15. Tumbledryer Babies – Don’t Spoonfeed my Heart
16. Tingle in the Netherlands – She’s No Lady
17. Bearsuit – When Will I Be Queen?
18. Drag Christ – Vixxen N Beat
19. Ten Tigers – Any Love is Good Love

Operation: Recovery

I had the operation last week to reconstruct my cruciate ligament. Its a pretty clever procedure that people have come up with and I’m detailing it on my Professor Karmadillo blog. I have to say a huge thanks to Mr Norrish the consultant, Anne-Maria my physiotherapist, the anaesthetist and everyone in the operating theatre and in the ward where I stayed overnight who looked after me.

Staying overnight in the Trauma ward was something different. I was probably the least injured person in there. Since I did my knee in last year I’ve not felt sorry for myself (though frustrated at times, yes) – being there was ample reminder to not change that outlook on things.

I had a bed with a button that supplied morphine and the entertainment system allowed internet access so I could Facebook away to my hearts content.
At 7pm it seems at least half the ward turned on to the TV to allow them to watch the cricket highlights as well – although we could refresh the score on the web page streaming Test Match Special was denied.

Recuperation means resting with a short walk around the house every hour and exercises. It does mean the Green Man and the appearance at The Shed in Leicester have been cancelled which I’m a bit 🙁 about. At least its got done, though it’s a long recovery period.

It has meant I’ve been able to sit down and make progress on Professor Karmadillo project items though. I will be able to make the initial performances but will be taking it easy otherwise.

And here’s a reminder of what I want to get back to doing!
Rishi Scissor Kicking with the Charango!

Any Love Is Good Love

I wrote a track after hearing about a school board member who suggested that gay school kids go top themselves. I then heard about the Any Love Is Good Love CD project via Emma from Ten Tigers which aims to highlight the issue of homophobic violence. I’ve recorded a full version of this song and am now proud to announce it will feature on the CD which is released by Cherryade Records in September.

any love is good love publicity poster

Here is the original acoustic version. It was one of those that was written and youtube’d in an hour, but has become our most popular vid. Hope you like it too.

Cambridge Busking Festival Schedule now up!

Winner of the 2010 Cambridge Buskers Festival, Karmadillo, will be on the streets of Cambridge once again for the 2011 Cambridge Buskers and Street Performers Festival at the following times:

Thursday 30th June
3pm – Market Street / Sidney Street

Friday 1st July
Corner of Petty Cury/Guildhall – 3pm
Half way up Petty Cury – 4pm

Saturday 2nd July
noon – D’Arrys Wine Shop
1pm – Sussex Street, by Millers Music