MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers: Hymns for Robots and label launch night - The Coventry Observer

11th Aug, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers: Hymns for Robots and label launch night

Hymns for Robots The Belgrade Theatre B2

Based on the life and career of Coventry icon Delia Derbyshire, Hymns for Robots was a short “in development” performance at The Belgrade B2 by Noctium Company.

It may be in development, but what was presented, in this one-off, was a superb slice of Delian folklore, all wrapped up with the company’s own interpretation of what may or may not have happened in the extraordinary life of this very complicated genius of a human being.

Jessie Coller makes a superb Delia, her face painted like a Japanese Geisha, making sure no eye movement or facial contortion was missed by the audience.

It was a genius idea to use Kabuki style face paint in a play about a Coventry electronic music pioneer. Who would have thought of that? Well these guys did. So they do indeed have a lot in common with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop especially in the creative sense.

The script was charming, often irreverent, but always entertaining, and you really didn’t know what would transpire next, Just like the lady herself.

The music was all original and in my opinion well up to the Delian standard. It was followed by a Q&A session, with some insightful questions, although the big question is, when do we get to see this wonderful creation in all its glory?


Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla is unique, it’s Celtic Rock with a twist of world music, sounds that span the globe. In 1977, Joe recorded the album ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’, featuring the late great Irish superstar Rory Gallagher.

Now, 40 years on, Joe has remixed and remastered the whole album, adding passages and instruments. Joe and the band launch the long-awaited ‘Gael’s Vision 40th Anniversary Edition’ at the prestigious Cork Folk Festival, Ireland, on October 1.

Coventry should be very proud of this amazingly creative musician. The new album drops on September 29 packaged with a full-length live DVD and 16pp insert. Details on website.

Launch night

Thursday night was launch night at the Coventry Music Museum, with members of the press, special guests and the amazing museum volunteers all in attendance. Coventry Music Museum Records first release a vinyl EP featuring The Primitives, Crokodile Tears, Attrition and Roddy Radiation and The Skabilly Rebels.

Watching the live acoustic sets from Crokodile Tears and The Primitives (Tracy & Paul), were musicians including; 70’s icon Jilted John (Graham Fellows), Alan Pollock and the cast from Godiva Rocks. Throw in a Hawkwing Hawklord (Jerry Richards), three top producers (Roger Lomas, Martin Bowes & Paul Sampson) broadcasters (Brody Swain, Keith Fabrique, Stuart and Ben Little) muso’s Sam McNulty and Dill and lots of other top people and you have the recipe for a successful launch.

The EP is already flying out bringing in valuable funds for the museum with a special hand stamped version already sold out. Get your copy direct from the museum only £5.00 it’s a bit of history.

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