Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley

The long awaited album – Every Valley – was launched at Ebbw Vale Institute on June 8th and 9th 2017 where it was also recorded.  Myself and my partner were lucky enough to be invited along by band founder, Mr. John Willgoose Esq., as guests for the small part we played in researching the history of the South Wales Miners. John contacted me in 2016 regarding a book that I collaborated on with my fellow student, (at the time) Natalie Thompson, and ex-miners and their families – How Black Were Our Valleys. He was looking for an introduction to some of the people involved in the book. I was happy to introduce him and we eventually met up at Big Pit Mining Museum.

The gig in Ebbw Vale was brilliant, packed to the rafters with fans and those newly converted. People of all ages enjoyed the band’s signature combination of video footage and music that keeps history alive.

PSB Ebbw Vale

They also played some of their previous releases from the albums – Inform, Educate, Entertain and Race for Space.

Go and see them live if you get a chance. Forthcoming tour dates…

For more background on the making of Every Valley you can read John’s Blog – A Willgoose Writes -Tumblr.

There are also plenty of videos available on Youtube – you can subscribe to PSBHQ –  or watch and listen without subscribing if you prefer.

The Making of Every Valley:

They Gave Me A Lamp:

Mother of the Village – featuring the voice of Ron Stoate NUM.

I’d also like to say a big thank you to John and the boys for sending us a copy of the album on vinyl.

You can also follow PSB on facebook

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Summer Solstice 2012 West Kennett Longbarrow

13 Minutes at West Kennett Longbarrow Summer Solstice 2012, Various Live performers who passed by the Burial Chamber to share their music with those who stayed in the Chamber. Magikal by any standard.
ritual drumming, didgerydoo’s, ukele, guitar, bongos, frogs, whistles, plinky plonkys, worshipping the ancients, singing, chanting.
For all those that were there and all those who were not, see you all next time…

Our night at West Kennett inspired me to write this poem, hope you enjoy it…..

Each year we visit the Gods we revere, Each year we will come here there is no fear,

Just Love & kindness & Respect we bring, For Summer Solstice the Bells they ring,

The Drums they beat, The candles give heat

The didgerydoo’s their solemn song sing & Music and laughter and gifts we bring,

The Chambers resolve with a heartfelt beat, Where so many Pilgrims come to meet,

Our Ancestors from days of old, Welcome us in from the cold,

To share our mirth and friendly banter, As we awaken them from their age old slumber,

Many in Costume, many in Faith, But all of us here in their essence we bathe,

For there is a power here among the stones, A feeling of peace among the bones,

A Monument that has survived the ages, Scribed about on many pages,

Some that tell a story true, Or Prose to be read by me and you,

And so it will continue on this sacred day, Each year without fail we’ll continue to stay,

For a minute an hour a day or a night, To Feel West Kennett Longbarrow, such a wondrous Site. 

Dharma June 2012