20th Sep, 2019

MUSIC MATTERS: Dill springs return with new LP

Daffod “i”ll (Dill) Go​-​Spell Truth – Heaven!

So album four for Dill (Go​-​Spell Truth – Heaven!), former front man of Gods Toys and once again we are treated to a glimpse of his unique musical world.

This time it’s a download only. Track one is ‘Hello’, a perfect opener, electronic mayhem with voices from the sky, and onto ‘Bless This House’, with more vocal contortions.

Then there’s ‘Death in my Father’s Plain’, where the theme of permanent departure is very obvious and heartfelt, while ‘Summer Sunrise’ sounds far more optimistic. ‘Ishe’ reminds me of the Dill of old and his God Toys days. This, like all the tracks on this collection, benefits from some great production.

If ‘Ishe’ reminds us of Gods Toys, then ‘An Eye for the Eyes’ takes us back to Dill’s other band ‘I’. On this track, he references the lyrics from the band’s first and only single ‘i ‘, and it’s great to hear that despite his moving on, he is still aware of what went before.

Songs ‘Love Everlast’ and ‘Masquarade’ would make great live favourites (and yes we may be able to hear these songs live next year). The album finishes with ‘The Lord’s Prayer and Psalm’.

Dill said of the album: “This, the fourth album, uses themes of death, heaven and the meaning of life. My mother died last year while I was with her and the lyrics I have written reflect that period in my life. While my sister and I were at the crematorium, my sister found the flower I am using for the photo, so determining the black cover. Hope you all enjoy. Best wishes, Dill.”

Once again it’s a glorious collection from one of Coventry most loved musicians. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but please try it, it could be yours. Go to https://iconoclastrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/music

The Tierra Buena Band Jazzband 60 Years

On Monday November 26, The Tierra Buena Band Jazzband celebrate an amazing 60 years at the Ansty Club, Grove Road, Ansty, CV7 9JD, at 8pm.

This is of course a remarkable achievement, especially when you realise that Brian Bates, Watty Wathen and Dave Wagstaff are all original members of the band.

The full current line up is Brian Bates, cornet and vocals; Brian ‘Watty’ Wathen, trombone and vocals; Dave ‘Spud’ Taylor, saxophones and clarinet; Dave Wagstaff, banjo and guitar; John McIntosh, double bass; and Al Sharpe, drums.

This is going to be a sensational night of superb music, music that never fails to move you and put and smile on your face.

They deserve a full house.

Apart from the Tierra Buena Band’s appearance, the evening will feature guest band, Spats Langham’s Hot Fingers, featuring the vocals of Emily Campbell.

Admission is £5, payable on the door (membership of the club is not required). A light buffet will be served during the interval.

Beatles Day

Just a reminder that on November 17, it’s Coventry Beatles Day, with the Mersey Beatles playing at The Albany Theatre, The Coventry Music Museum in association with HMV Coventry will also be putting on a Beatles themed day, with a Beatles competition.

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