We've got a fairly light edition this outing as the Yanks 'ere on staff were busy getting ready to celebrate this week the time that they kicked the bloody arses of the Brits a few centuries ago. (The Brits didn't get the point so a few decades later they got their arses kicked yet 'gain!) Of course, many of the other staffers decided a party was always a good thing regardless of what was being celebrated as long as the drink, food, and music were all free!

Now let's see what's going on with the Neverending Session players who made it through Midsummers Eve Night...

Oatmeal drizzled with cream, fat pork sausages sizzling with fat, eggs both simple and fancy, bread thick with butter and strawberry jam, scones with clotted cream, calves liver, bacon, lobscouse, crispbreads, tea, coffee, Turkish coffee...

At some point you stop playing and decide to get a breath of fresh air; there're no windows in the Pub, you see, and, after Reynard goes to bed, the only light comes from the fireplace in winter after the candles burn down, guttering in brief spouts to smoke and dark, though he often leaves the gas lamps burning in other seasons -- he used to try letting the musos sit and play in the dark, legend has it, but supposedly a few clumsy feet tripped somehow into the bar and several bottles were broken or at least emptied, so he started leaving lights.

Orange and grapefruit and cranberry and pomegranate juices, sausage patties steaming up fragrantly like a wish to the gods, sliced melons and fruit gleaming like jewels, mushrooms and onions sizzling in butter, buns and breads studded with berries and dusted with sugar...

You open the door, and, hey presto, there's light. Damn. You've done it again, or perhaps rather the Neverending Session has done it for you again, you've gone and played through the night 'til the daylight, and now that you've seen the light of the sun creeping up into the sky, your body can't make up its mind if it's more tired or more hungry.

Crisp and golden potatoes, fried with onions and lots of pepper, omelettes stuffed with sour cream and spinach or asparagus or studded with bright squares of peppers, perfectly crisp toast ready to cut into soldiers to be dipped into that egg, and did I mention coffee?

Luckily, this is the Neverending Session, so this is the Green Man Building, and that means that any musician still able to stand and heigh themselves to the kitchen hall will find Mrs. Ware's staff, crisply aproned and bright-eyed at an ungodly hour, serving a body all the breakfast it can eat before that body, now happily full, decides it's had enough, and sleep becomes less of an option and more of a consequence...

Oatmeal drizzled with cream, fat pork sausages sizzling with fat, eggs both simple and fancy, bread thick with butter and strawberry jam, scones with clotted cream, calves liver, bacon, lobscouse, crispbreads, tea, coffee, Turkish coffee...

Victor Wooten's Soul Circus gets a review from Camille Alexa: 'It's been a long time since I've heard such a riot of unadulterated joy rendered in music. Enter bassist Victor Wooten's Soul Circus. If the visual feast of the inset layout doesn't win you over with its circus-freakish "bass oddity collection" (Egyptian mummy bass complete with tiny sarcophagus, archangel base with feathered wings, and the formaldehyde-filled mason jars containing Siamese bass, alien bass and pickled human bass), then perhaps the folklore will. The first page of the accompanying booklet asks and answers the question, "How can Victor Wooten play so many notes so quickly?" The cover shot is of Wooten himself, one hand flashing a "thumbs-up", while another fiddles with the knobs of his bass, and another poses on the strings...and another, and another and another.'

Pat Gilbert's Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of The Clash pleased John D. Benninghouse: 'As a former editor at the English music magazine, MOJO, Pat Gilbert has the credentials to write a rock bio. This, combined with his unabashed love of The Clash, gives the reader every expectation that Passion is a Fashion will be a great read and Gilbert delivers. He makes a critical and nuanced case for The Clash as a very important band in the rock pantheon. In addition, Gilbert uses his story to examine rock music as populist art and art as commerce. ' Read his Excellence in Writing Award winning review thisaway.

Another Arabic novel in translation caught the fancy of Donna Bird: 'This book came in a package we received from the folks at International Publishers Marketing. It's another in their series of modern Arabic, mostly Egyptian, novels translated into English. Unlike the others I have read and reviewed in this series, both the author and the translator of Muntaha are women. Like many contemporary Egyptian authors, Hala El Badry writes novels as an avocation; she makes her living as a magazine editor. Her translator for this novel is Nancy Roberts, who appears to be very experienced at this work, with several other novels and numerous legal and scholarly translations to her credit. While I can never be sure with translations whose words I am really reading, I can say that Muntaha is an absolute pleasure to read in English. If that is due to the skill of both author and translator, so be it!'

Hugh Kennedy's When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: The Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty and Justin Marozzi's Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World also got reviewed by Donna: 'Da Capo Press has been a member of the Perseus Book Group since 1999. World history is one of its specialty lines and probably the category in which I would place both of these titles. At least in my experience with Da Capo, they often pick up the world distribution rights to titles that have already been published in the UK. This is certainly the case with both of these titles. When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World was originally published in 2004 as The Court of the Caliphs by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group. The UK edition of Tamerlane was originally published in 2005 by HarperCollins. Mind you, in the age of the 'net, you can buy whatever edition tickles your fancy. I first came across Tamerlane in one of the remainder catalogs for a price so low I cringed. How quickly, how cruelly, these works fall from grace!' Ahhh, but we'll still review 'em as you can read thisaway!

Adventures in cooking were what J.J.S. Boyce did recently: 'I have previously reviewed The Food and Cooking of Russia, and I am finally ready to tell you about Lesley Chamberlain's companion volume, The Food and Cooking of Eastern Europe. Both of these books are reissuings of books initially released in the 1980s. This later book, however, was released at the end of the decade, rather than the beginning, and, while it was intended to perform the same service as the earlier Russia, illuminating and sharing the culture and history, specifically food culture and history, of countries under the thumb of the Soviet regime, lo and behold, on publication in 1989, up rose the Iron Curtain, down went the wall.' Read his review 'ere to see what tasty treats he cooked and consumed!

Cat Eldridge says that he's 'been reading Niven's Known Space stories for nigh unto thirty years now. That's dozens of novels and probably hundreds of short stories that he (and others) have written since he wrote the very first story nearly forty years ago. His best known tale set in Known Space is Ringworld, a 1970 novel that won both the Hugo and Nebula awards! He went on to write three more novels set around the matter of Louis Wu, Ringworld, and what happens there. What he has not told in any meaningful sense is the mass migration of Pearson's Puppeteers from the Galaxy after they discovered that the Core starts had exploded and a wave of radiation would soon sterilize the entire galaxy. Hence the title of the novel -- Fleet of Worlds.' He goes on to say 'Warning -- spoilers follow. Lots of them. There's no way I can do this review without talking about the plot. If you're a Niven fan, just go buy the book. It's that good! Hell, it's the finest Known Space work in many, many years that I've had the pleasure to read.' Read his review over 'ere!

April Gutierrez looks at a new YA novel from an author well-known 'ere at Green Man: 'Little (Grrl) Lost is Charles de Lint's latest Newford novel. Aimed a young adult audience, Little (Grrl) Lost features T.J., who's recently transplanted to Newford from the country because of family circumstances. As a result, T.J.'s lost her best friend, and, just as importantly, her horse. She's finding it hard to adjust to life in the suburbs, and makes no bones about it. Her life takes a sudden turn for the surreal when Elizabeth tumbles into her life . . . from her baseboards.' Read her review over 'ere in the wainscoting!

David Kidney has a few words about Dylan covers: ' Covering Bob Dylan. It's something every guitar picker out there has done. It didn't matter if you were a great player, or a great singer, you would sit down with your Yamaha FG-180 on your lap and play through the Bob Dylan songbook. Three chord progressions, maybe a relative minor, and you were away. Over the years there have been dozens, if not hundreds of albums (or at least songs) performed in interpretive versions by artists all over the world. Songstresses like Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Maria Muldaur have released whole albums of his songs, as have The Grateful Dead, the Hollies, the Byrds.' Read his review of four such recordings (Highway 61 Revisited's Bob Dylan Tribute , Jackie Green & Sal Valentino's Positively 12th & K, Howard Fishman's Performs Bob Dylan & the Band's 'Basement Tapes' Live at Joe's Pub, and Bryan Ferry's Dylanesque Live: the London Sessions) to see got his puckin' goin'.

A very weird tale gets looked by David: 'Dori Hadar is a criminal investigator who lives in Washington, DC. At night he works as a disc jockey. On Saturdays he, like the rest of us music obsessed people, scours the bins at flea markets and garage sales looking for old 45s and LPs to add to his collection. One day at a Washington flea market, he came across a stash of 38 albums by a singer called Mingering Mike. At the same time, his friend Frank Beylotte, found a handful of 45s and 8-track tapes by the same artist. When they slid the records from the sleeves they found that the 'records' were cardboard cutouts, with grooves drawn on in marker. Incredible simulations! The albums included detailed liner notes, copyright information, catalog numbers, everything to make them look official. Some were even covered in shrink wrap, and had price stickers attached. It was an amazing find! Mingering Mike details the discovery of this treasure trove, and continues the hunt for the source of this fascinating stash of ephemera. Who was Mike? What might he sound like? Did he exist at all? And most importantly . . . what the heck does 'mingering' mean?' Read the tale 'ere.

Next up, David takes us to Canada for a look at a DVD of popular Canadian comedy, The Red Green Show, that takes in in the two seasons from 1997 and '98. 'Red Green is a Canadian idol. That's all I can tell you. He's an old coot with a grey beard, red and green suspenders holding up his pants, and a plaid flannel shirt. He runs a fishing lodge, Possum Lodge by name, located on some northern Ontario lake ... These two seasons are packaged onto three DVDs each. Each DVD holds five or six half hour episodes. Each half hour contains enough laughs to get you through a really bad day.' Having a bad day? No? Well, go have a read of David's review anyway!

The Auld Triangle, usually simply referred to as the Triangle by London musicians, is a three-cornered building sitting at a three-way intersection in a quiet neighborhood in Finsbury Park. Sunday nights, if there's no Arsenal match (if there is, there's no session), usually find the place stuffed to the gills with Irish expats. You will usually find James Carty, Gary Connolly, Reg Hall, and/or Sinead Linane leading the session, and most of London's Irish traditional musicians have dropped in at one point or another. So says Zina Lee who's played with many of these lads and lassies. Now some of the musicians that 'ave graced The Auld Triangle get reviewed by her as she looks at James Carty's Upon My Soul and Paddy In The Smoke: Irish Dance Music, From A London Pub collection.

The fair English city of Chester hosts it's own annual folk festival in the nearby village of Kelsall. Peter Massey was there this this year, checking it out for us! 'Playing to packed houses in the main marquee, the social club and the community centre, the audience had a feast of both national and local artists to entertain them ... All in all it was an absolutely superb and well run festival, with all the sing-a-rounds, workshops, and sessions -- never a dull moment, always something going on!' Go find Peter with his pint in the Morris Dancer pub, and he'll tell you all about it... step this way!

Peter says that 'Surprisingly, outside of the north west U.S.A., Watercarvers Guild are still a little known band (or should I say trio), however, judging by the quality and content on this album this may soon change. Watercarvers Guild is a band to watch out for!' Read his review of their Balladeers and Aeronauts recording 'ere!

Just to show that we do listen to our readers when they contact us, this edition features Liz Milner's re-written review of her time at The Washington Science Fiction Association's Capclave Conference from back in 2003! This version is minus some scurrilous rumours that saw us having our knuckles rapped by an eagle-eyed reader! 'Capclave is a short story writer's conference. Because of this, it lacks many of the trappings of a "con." No gaming, little in the way of masquerades, vestigial filking.' Have a read of Liz's review to get an impression of what she learnt over those three days... it's over 'ere!

Heather Tomlinson's The Swan Maiden gets reviewed this outing by Claire Owen who has the perfect lead-off paragraph from her: 'Sibling rivalry is very common and very irritating. I know this, and so does my older sister. The Swan Maiden's plot centres quite a bit on the subject.' Surely you must now go and read her review!

Will Shetterly casts his eye over a DVD celebrating a sci fi television series. 'Done the Impossible: the Fan's Tale of Firefly & Serenity is made by people who love the Firefly 'verse as much as I do, and maybe more. The documentary has interviews with fans who adore the show. As you might expect, that doesn't add anything to your understanding of Firefly -- but it's sweet. What's more fun are the bits with Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Alan Tudyk, Joss Whedon, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion, Ron Glass -- you know... the people you watched the show to see.' Join Will in his favourite 'verse... it's this way!

Robert M. Tilendis. looks at Elizabeth Bear's Whiskey and Water (a fine title I must say!) which is the second of her Promethean Age series. Was it worth the wait? Oh, yes: 'intrigued and delighted' more or less sums up my reaction to Whiskey and Water as a whole. Don't think of it as a sequel, because it's not: it's the next part of the story, and just as rich, magical and poetic as its predecessor.' Read his review 'ere for a look at a superb novel!

Robert listens and review Radiance, a recent recording from a well-loved performer: 'Keith Jarrett is a remarkable example of the phenomenon of the performer/composer. Although he is generally considered a jazz pianist -- one of the finest -- I first became acquainted with his work through his recordings of the twentieth century repertoire, as soloist in works by composers such as Colin McPhee and Lou Harrison. I guess that just goes to show that Jarrett has small patience with categories.'

Robert also reviews two compositions by Richard Strauss, Don Quixote, Sonata for Cello and Piano [and , Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 18, plus one by Geroge Enescu, Sonata for Violin and Piano in A mino9r, Op. 25. Read his review to see why all three of these recordings are quite excellent indeed!

Gary Whitehouse gets a night out in Portland, Oregon, listening to Two Cow Garage -- I think he had a really great night! 'This band has an unreal amount of energy on stage. No tricks, no lightshow, just flat-out rock 'n' roll. When Sweeney sings along, there's no attempt at fancy harmony, he just blares along with Schnabel. As often as not, they're facing each other midstage, wailing on their strings. Offstage, they're regular guys, free with a handshake and a smile. But when Schnabel sings, particularly one of his gut-wrenching power ballads like "Camo Jacket," you totally buy everything that comes out of his mouth. These songs are written and sung from the gut -- and below. So if you're in the mood for some good, honest, loud rock 'n' roll, you owe it to yourself to take in a show by this hard-working band. Two Cow Garage has a funny name, but they're the real deal.' And if you're in the mood for a good, honest review, there's one right here!

Listen up as Mike Wilson found a rather good band: 'Burlesque takes traditional English music and dresses it up with vim and vigour, presenting 13 glorious tracks with full-on arrangements that instantly grab your attention. Bellowhead are an 11- piece band, led by renowned English folk musicians John Spiers and Jon Boden. The 11 members of Bellowhead play an impressive array of instruments, including the usual staples of a traditional folk band but also an impressively comprehensive brass section. The resulting music is most distinctly English but marries the traditional genre to lavish music hall and burlesque arrangements.'

Mike also looks at a Welsh recording worth hearing: 'Mim Twm Llai is the pseudonym for Welsh singer-songwriter, Gai Toms. On Straeon Y Cymdogion (Neighbourhood Tales) he builds a sound that is both contemporary whilst retaining a definite roots essence.' Read his review over 'ere.

A Little Help From His Friends

Beloved London fiddler Brian Rooney of County Leitrim has been battling a serious illness, and has been unable to work (and likely will not be able to work for no little time). Rooney is known in the Irish communities at large as The Godfather, out of respect for him as a man and as a musician. His friends and admirers are giving a concert of traditional music, song, and dance in Leitrim on June 27th, and another concert in London on July 21st for Rooney's benefit.

In Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, the lineup includes Ben Lennon, Eleanor Shanley, Finbarr Dwyer, Charlie McGettigan, Mary McPartlan, Gregory Daly, Jesse Smith, John Blake, Rosie Stewart, Neilidh Mulligan, Pat and Frank Fox, The O'Brien Family, Dave Sheridan, Sean Ward, John McCartin, Mick Mulvey, Paddy Hayes, Francis Gaffney, John Carty, and special guests.

In London, the lineup includes John Carty, John Blake, Le Cheile, Seanean McDonagh, James Carty, Reg Hall, and many more surprise special guests. (For ticket information on the London show, please call 07879055988 -- tickets are £10, The Corrib Rest, Salisbury Road, NW6.)

If you cannot make the benefit concerts to see some of Ireland and London's best musicians play to benefit Rooney, please consider donating by PayPal 'ere -- we all need a little help from our friends!

Happy Birthday, Kathleen!

Besides being the publishing date of this issue of GMR, it's also the day we mark the birth of one near and dear to our hearts: Kathleen Bartholomew, a staff writer and one who pens many of the fine continuity pieces you read on our What's New pages every fortnight. While Kathleen mixes a mean drink and garnishes a fine plate, today she sits and we serve her: I think Mrs. Ware has crafted sourdough bread from the real starter (the one she scoops out of the jar wearing a face mask and heavy gloves!) and has produced a fine brandied date preserve from the cellars, Tiffany, our fromager, has produced a cheese akin to a Rouge et Noir Camembert, and Reynard will be breaking out a bottle of one of his favorite single malts in her honor: The Balvenie Portwood, a single malt of refinement and remarkable character, it is creamy and silky with fruit, honey and spice notes, and has a long and gentle nutty finish. (Not unlike Kathleen herself!) It's one of my favorites too, so please raise your glass with us to Kathleen, and may she have many happy returns!

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