Monday, 16 April 2018

WYRD NEWSFLASH - Four new mixes for the Wyrd Year - Spectral Fields



We at Wyrd Kalendar are very proud to announce a new mix project that will be taking place this year...

As well as the remaining seasonal mixes for Summer, Autumn and Winter  you can now look forward to wandering the Spectral Fields with the Kalendar Host this year.

The new Spectral Fields mixes explore Stephen Prince's "A Year in the Country" a fantastic wander through the edgelands touching on all things folk horror, hauntological and pastoral in a strange landscape that borders that of the Kalendar Heath... Each mix will explore 13 chapters from the book capturing sounds, extracts, music and strangeness from this brilliant new tome...

The first mix will be broadcast in May.

Join us...

Sunday, 1 April 2018

April - A Mix For Fools


To celebrate April Fools and Easter Day conjoining in disharmony enjoy the April  mix that contains extracts from "Chasing the Gowk" the April story for Wyrd Kalendar and explore some of our April discoveries here...

Beware the Fool.

As you wander the Kalendar Heath this month do not let the fool lead you astray. He will lead you a merry dance as you, the Gowk, lose yourself in a mysterious maze of musical magic.

Whilst Jon Neill and Chris Lambert bring to life extracts from Wyrd Kalendar story "Chasing the Gowk" you will be tricked and delighted by the likes of the Cocteau Twins, June Tabor, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, Frank Churchill and Larry Morey’s “Bambi” soundtrack, David Cain and Ronald Duncan, Fiona Shaw and T.S. Eliot, Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66, Patti Smith, Simon and Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, The Divine Comedy, The Stone Roses, Prince, George Michael, A-ha, Supertramp, Genesis, Pat Boone, Sandy Rogers, Frank Zappa, Tom McRae, Loudon Wainwright III and Rufus Wainwright.

Friday, 30 March 2018

The Wyrd Kalendar Album - March Artist - Emily Jones

Last year we prepared for the publication of the book Wyrd Kalendar...

This year we are making ready an album of  the same name...

This new album will contain 13 tracks - 12 of which will be related to the stories from the book and the month of the year. The album will be released by the very groovy Mega Dodo (who released Songs from the Black Meadow in 2016). All profits from the album will go to charity.

The artists have been given a month each, a copy of the linked story and Andy Paciorek's picture to give them a starting point and away they go!



We are very proud to reveal that the artist for March is the incredible Emily Jones who has created a track based on the month of March and the story "The Crucified Hare". We worked with Emily Jones on Songs from the Black Meadow in 2016 in which she created the haunting "Dark Moss and Coldheart". 



More information about the album and our other monthly artists will be released throughout 2018...

On Saturday 12th May Emily Jones is running A Spring Symposium in Salisbury which will include performances from Lake of Puppies, Kemper Norton and Emily herself as well as many others...  In the meantime enjoy the current album from Emily Jones entitled "Autumn Eye". Once you have listened to that check out the album and wider experience of "The Book of the Lost" which the Active Listener reviewed a few years ago. Visit her website here and immerse yourself further...  Revel in the haunting brilliance of Emily Jones...

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Spring is here...

Join the Kalendar Host in a haunting hike upon the Kalendar Heath this spring. Peppered with the sounds of spring, music on the theme of spring and extracts from three spring based tales from Wyrd Kalendar (available to buy here). You will also be given the opportunity to pause in your trek as special guests from the Folk Horror Revival, Howard Ingham and Darren Charles discuss a vital spring film and album for your edification and delight.

 The Spring mix includes tunes by The Polyphonic Spree, Emil Richards, Donna Summer, St. Etienne, Aaron Copland, Children of Alice, Donovan, Massive Attack, Gao Liang, Ella Fitzgerald, Morcheeba, David Cain, Paul Weller, Pentangle, Scott Walker, The Producers, Jimmy LaValle, The Kinks, Two Door Cinema Club, The Hobbits, Sidney Torch and his Orchestra, Tom Waits, The Coffinshakers, The Lemon Drops, Igor Stravinsky, REM, Anne Ziegler & Webster Booth.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

March is here...



It is March and the Hare has come.

Wander the Kalendar Heath with care lest it spy you and hop upon your back to whisper in your ear.

Whilst you wander you will be serenaded by Shirley Collins, Pentangle, Jethro Tull, Iron Maiden, The Carter Family, George Formby, Maddy Prior, Igor Stravinsky, Ozric Tentacles, Noah and the Whale, Abe Lyman, Mark Korven, Anne Briggs and David Cain. Hide behind them as they play so the hare cannot see you.

As you skip from hillock to mound you may hear snatches of the Wyrd Kalendar story for March "The Crucified Hare" written by Chris Lambert and read by Ralf Higgins.


Look out for the brand new Spring mix on March 21st...

Sunday, 25 February 2018

The Wyrd Kalendar Album - February Artist - Keith Seatman

Last year we prepared for the publication of the book Wyrd Kalendar...

This year we are making ready an album of  the same name...

This new album will contain 13 tracks - 12 of which will be related to the stories from the book and the month of the year. The album will be released by the very groovy Mega  Dodo (who released Songs from the Black Meadow in 2016). All profits from the album will go to charity.

The artists have been given a month each, a copy of the linked story and Andy Paciorek's picture to give them a starting point and away they go!


We are very proud to reveal that the artist for February is the incredible Keith Seatman with a track called "Three Day Girl" based on the story "February 31st". We worked with Keith Seatman  on Songs from the Black Meadow in 2016 in which he created the incredible "Playing Hop the Scotch". Keith is currently working on a new EP called "Disjointed Oddities and Other Such Things" which will be out this spring.


More information about the album and our other monthly artists will be released throughout 2018...

In the meantime enjoy the current album from Keith Seatman entitled "All Hold Hands and Off we go". Once you have listened to that check out "A Rest Before the Walk" which I reviewed a few years ago.Revel in the beautiful aural strangeness that is Keith Seatman...