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Boys’ Afternoon 5th January 2018

Another Rockin’ Friday at Duncan’s

“Thanks to Duncan for his hospitality, and to share the fellowship, the food (brilliant as always Duncan) and the  frivolity that makes us what we are.

The music was fab as it always is with its diversity and quality and the opportunity to hear and experience sounds that otherwise may pass us by on the other side.

I have been so enriched through knowing you all and the fact that we still think that what we do is still worthwhile is, for me, very satisfying.”

“Our group has such a diverse and, IMHO, fantastic taste in music, which I have learned so much from. I am grateful to be part of it and you have all enriched my understanding of music. However, the best thing of all is the friendships and warmth within the group. This is what we all come back for.”

“What a great afternoon – thank you all for your friendship and inspiration”

“Well guys it’s all been said – except the unexpected and absolute delight of a rousing Boys Night chorus of Mighty Quinn. Fantastic!”

“The biggest highlight of the  year isn’t one particular piece of music or album or film……it’s you’s us.”

The Playlist of the Year

Not on Playlist

The Thompson Fields – Maria Schneider

TV of the Year

Manhunt – Unabomber
The Good Place

Movies of the Year

Manchester by the Sea
The Zookeeper’s Wife

Books of the Year

‘A Writer’s Life’ by Andreï Makine (also ‘Le Testament Français’)
*Diary of Unknown Man?
‘The Cartel’ by Don Winslow
*Day of the Dog?
‘The Breakaway’ by Nicole Cook
*Pedro Páramo?
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

*with apologies for those I have missed or guessed

“So onwards into 2018 and what unknown riches await us in the world of music, film, publishing and the performing arts.”




Boys’ afternoon – 7 July 2017

And a splendid time was guaranteed for all

“Just wanted to say thank you for a very splendid afternoon on Friday. Lovely food, company and tunes……thanks Den, and the you guys for supplying some great music and chat.”

“Another great day/ evening with a smorgasbord of sounds and great company great grub and amazing insights.”

“Thanks to one and all for another great session….lots more to as ever widen my horizons.”

The Playlist


Hear extracts from Quercus  (click the cover)

Any Decent Music?

Boys’ afternoon – 2 January 2017

In the City

“…a memorable afternoon; music friendship, food and drink you just can’t beat it! Here’s to many more!”

“Great afternoon of musical treats which should keep us happily purchasing and checking out till we meet again … an absolute smorgasborg of aural delights to start the year.”

“Thank you Duncan for a wonderful boys’ afternoon/evening and to you all for great music, good chat and a great time. I especially enjoyed the welcoming hugs on a cold afternoon. … fully Duncan’s recommendation of Kjartan Sveinsson – my Icelandic album of the year too.”

“I wanted to add my thanks to you all for a wonderful afternoon and evening. It was the perfect way to start 2017 on a positive note. I always feel privileged to be part of the group and feel richer in my musical knowledge after each session. Duncan was the perfect host and gentleman. ”

“Many thanks for hosting a great start to 2017….and indeed thanks to you all. My musical knowledge is always extended whenever we meet.

The Playlist

The Others

Beyonce – Daddy Lessons

Steve Lehman – can’t find “Are you in Peace”

Roy Harper – When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease

Tord Gustavsen – What was said. w/ Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – Chelsea Hotel


Kjartan Sveinsson – Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen

Agnes Obel – Citizen Of Glass Full Album Live, Paris ARTE Concert


Boys’ Night: 20 May 2016

Are You Ready for the Country?

Yes, so let’s go crazy…

A (wee) Princely bonus

Your Playlist

Not only, but also…

This is a little bit special, and a big bit interesting…

And this is perfect…

Great video – apart from the post video motion sickness…

Mr Fripp and his young boys

So well hidden, not even Spotify could find it….


Sam Carter – Counting the Cost:

Barb Jungr Jukebox – apologies but could not find Old Barb’s version of Old Len’s “Sisters of Mercy”

Mentioned in Dispatches

Jacob Collier – Jerusalem

And the Gig

Minus the coughing, spluttering and ‘herbal remedies’

Boys’ Night 26 February 2016

Friday on My Mind

“thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon; the good conversation, the good company, the good food and also the great sounds! ”

“thanks to all and especially our very fine host, Mr Dinosaur Snr”

“another aural, culinary and spiritual day to remember.

“music and fellowship has the power to lift and sustain us.”
“Good to see you Den sounding so good”

The Music


Hommage a Eberhard Weber -SWR Big Band, conducted by Helge Sunde and Mike Gibbs – Pat Metheny: guitar; Jan Garbarek: saxophones; Gary Burton: vibraphone; Scott Colley: double bass; Danny Gottlieb: drums; Paul McCandless: oboe and soprano saxophone; Eberhard Weber: (bass, from tapes)

In January 2015 musicians and listeners converged upon Stuttgart’s Theaterhaus for two consecutive nights to celebrate the 75th birthday of Eberhard Weber. The concerts centered around a specially commissioned 35-minute suite by Pat Metheny, with whom Weber had played and recorded back in the 1970s. Featuring Metheny, the SWR Big Band conducted by Helge Sunde, Gary Burton, bassist Scott Colley and Danny Gottlieb on drums, the composition was arranged around recordings of solos by Weber. Other performers during the two nights playing selections from Weber’s vast body of work were Weber’s longtime companions Jan Garbarek, Paul McCandless and arranger Michael Gibbs, all drawing ovations from the packed house. “A truly special event, this.” Michael Tucker, Jazz Journal.

Lawrence Hammond

This is a song from Lawrence Hammond’s first solo album titled Coyote’s Dream, released on Takoma Records in 1976. It was produced by Charlie Mitchell and Lawrence Hammond. It features Byron Berline on fiddle.

The Judds and Larry Sparks covered Hammond’s John Deere Tractor and Doc Watson covered George Gudger’s Overalls from the same album.

King Crimson – Larks Tongues in Aspic

Tigran Hamasyan – Luys i Luso