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'Planet of the Apes'
week, readers of Wyenot News can preview a track from
'Planet of the Apes,' the new album for 2006 from local
musicians, 'Virtual Twelve'. Click
here to listen to the track, 'Putting it Out.'
Twelve is the brainchild of local artist and novelist,
Kevin Sale and regular virtual band members include the
infamous, Leo K Vastien, Justin Credible and Vyvyan O'Blivion.
I took a trip to the Prospect with 'Kev' on Sunday to
capture his image with my box of demons. Photographs of
Kevin Sale are rare and as for the rest of the band, 'I'm
sorry they couldn't be here for the photo shoot, ' he
said, 'they are getting their stomachs pumped. We're not
at our best on New Year's Day.'
. . .
musician, Kevin Sale at the John Kyrle Gate on 1st January 2006.
Sale is one of those people who when seen about town, makes
one wonder, 'Where do I know that face from?' Well here
is the most likely answer. If you think back to the end
of 2004, up until then, Kev was the 'Samosa Man' at Ross
market, selling the best samosas, pickles and curries available
within a 4,000 mile radius. The side of Kevin Sale that
people were not aware of at the time is that, in his spare
time he is a novelist and musician.
the songs on the Virtual Twelve album are 'eclectric' in
asked about his music, Kev replied, 'My music and lyrics
are uncompromising. I'm not interested in pleasing people
to gain fame and fortune. There is enough of that about
these days. I hold a mirror up to the world and ask if it
likes what it sees. Is the relentless march of capitalism
and global pollution really the way to go? Is this the best
we can do? I don't think so. That's what I'm writing about
- the stuff that matters.'
and jazz are my main areas of interest but I like to bring
in other influences; folk, world music and classical. I
couldn't stand to write in one genre; to have a sound; a
band identity. That is why I choose to produce my music
independently. Once you get pushed into the music industry's
meat grinder, you have to stay in whichever box you get
allocated. At that point you may as well be an insurance
loss adjuster for all the good you are doing. It's an artist's
duty to challenge people's preconceptions and ask themselves
who they are and what they want. We can all escape the psychological
constraints we've been handed in life if we examine ourselves
in total honesty. That's what it's all about, and what I
try to reflect in my music.'
there you have it. Another talented musician in Ross-on-Wye
who writes all of his own material. One of the voices you
may recognize if you listen to the album samples on the
web site is that of Hannah Bengough-Smith from local band
'Trilemma' but wearing her 'Lady Vanilla' hat in the Virtual
Twelve song, 'Call My Name'.
cover of Planet of the Apes
The New Year's Day Fun Run
New Year's Day Fun Run is an age old tradition and started
out many years ago as an annual Hope & Anchor event
which involved running, walking or using any other method
of getting from Hole-in-The Wall to the Hope & Anchor
under your own steam. On arrival you were welcomed by
a bowl of hot punch. These days the run has been cut short,
finishing at the Rowing Club.
Barnard and I took part one icy year, back in the late
1970s using kayaks. Setting out at 8:00 am after drinking
seventy pints of whisky each the night before, fourteen
times we had to stop paddling and walk, bare foot, carrying
us canoes on us backs as the temperature plummeted to
two hundred degrees below zero and we had to negotiate
icebergs. When we arrived at pub, four days later, the
punch had all gone so John Gardner gave us a nice glass
of cold water each. 'There you go lads. That'll cheer
you up,' he said as we snapped off us frost bitten toes
before paddling back against the current to collect t'
cars from the start line.
Finish at the Rowing Club! They
don't know they're born today.
below are runners at the start line plus Andrew Pearson
- first male , Jacob Wild - first young runner and Nicky
Wild - first lady to finish the race.
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