Saturday, 4 November 2017

100 books again



Liver & Lights No 23 100 Books

This project was inspired, if that's the right word
by the execution of the writer Ken Saro Wiwa
by the Nigerian Government twenty odd years ago,
along with the recent random
executions of various writers by the Iranian government.

I tried to create a song in response to these acts and realised that
after fifteen drafts or so
that I wasn't doing the subject matter justice
and that the song, or at least its simple meaning,
 was staying the same  even 
though I was moving the words around. ...


So..I continued the editing and changing
and eventually stopped at 100
different versions of the poem, 
some with one word only changed.

 ......the words themselves were
writhing out of the reach 
of a mythical tyrant who was trying to ban them.

The Tyrant  executes the singers,
but the song sings on and on, eventually
coming to haunt him forevermore in hell.



In order to celebrate these 100 songs,
each one different but the same,
I constructed 100 completely different books 
to contain them...
some of them are illustrated here.


A touring exhibition of the hundred books was banned by five of the venues
who originally booked it for being 'political'....

Earlier this year the wonderful Chiara Ambrosio
brought the project back to life after
20 years dormant by arranging for 100
singers to come together at The Horse Hospital
in London to perform the  cycle in its
entirety for the first time.

The recording of this by Mikey Kirkpatrick will be
broadcast for the first time on the Radiophrenia
performance radio station in Glasgow
on Sunday 12th November at 10.30 pm














Saturday, 21 October 2017

Portico Gallery Directions




Bonesandtheaft / Bird Radio at the Portico Gallery:  Directions:

Trains direct to West Norwood from Victoria take twenty   
minutes and are every 15 minutes.The last one back is
11. 46.

Buse no. 68, which goes from Euston Via Elephant, 
Camberwell and Herne Hill will also get you there.

Buses No 2 and 196 also go there…from outside Brixton tube 
and take about 20 minutes


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Portico Gallery


Liver & Lights No 54.






Bones and the Aft  and Bird Radio spent the summer of 2016 
performing together in the homes of brave supporters throughout 
the South Coast of England, creating musical magic in their 
portable hand painted stage set, behaving like electric minstrels, 
subsisting  by means of a passed round hat and the dispensing of cheer. 
Some of these adventures have magically metamorphosed into songs 
only to gather themselves together splendidly into a collaborative 
Limited Edition Vinyl Long Playing Record with 
Accompanying Celebratory ‘Zine as:

You’ve Been Kind! 
Bonesandtheaft / Bird Radio

who, to celebrate its creation, will be performing, 
together and separately,
 these and other tunes live at the

Portico Gallery, 
23B Knight's Hill, 
West Norwood, London,
SE27 0HS
Saturday 28th October,
7pm til 11.30 pm, 
Admittance £5.00


Mesmerising and mystical. Enchanting and awe inspiring”. Matt Ford. The Student
“Strange and wonderful.” FRoots magazine
Exciting stirrings from the DIY Underground” R2 MAgazine






Saturday, 16 September 2017

Folkestone!







Bonesandtheaft
in Folkestone!!

As part of the famous
Folkestone Triennial Fringe
http://www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk

Boneandtheaft/ Bird Radio

are playing live at the

All Inked Up!

Artist Book Fair at the
Brewery Tap Art Centre
53 Tontine St, 
Folkestone 
CT20 1JR

Beginning sharp at 7pm

Saturday 14th October


Entrance is free

photo's all courtesy
popEstates photography




Liver & Lights publications will also be appearing at
All Inked Up! Artist Book Fair, 
containing many exciting stalls 
promoting Artist Publications 
from all around the world

Friday 13th Oct, Canterbury 11 - 5pm
University of the Creative Arts, 
Herbert Read Gallery, 
New Dover Road, 
Canterbury, Kent,
(This is part of the Canterbury Festival).

Saturday 14th Oct Folkestone, 11 - 7 pm
Sunday 15th Oct Folkestone   11 - 4pm









Tuesday, 1 August 2017

new album review


A brilliant review from 
Dai Jeffries at folking.com website
....check it out its a pretty brilliant 
source of info on new music 
of a folky kind...with a wide remit 
as to what that is  (obviously!!)


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

vinyl out!


Vinyl finally here!!






Liver & Lights No 55
You've been Kind!
BONESANDTHEAFT / BIRD RADIO
Available in:

Limited Edition black VINYL with a hand printed sleeve, 
lyric zine with photo diary
signed print.
100 copies only.
£15.00 plus £2 postage

CD with lyric zine photo diary
hand printed cover
limited edition 200 copies
£10.00 plus £1.00 postage

Payment by cheque to:
Liver & Lights Scriptorium
29 Railton Rd
London
SE240LX


Download whole album for £5.00 from




Tuesday, 27 June 2017

One True Glove


My latest piece of work, 
a wood carving in English Oak,
provided by Lord Biscuit,
carved using tools once belonging to 
noted silversmith Warren Martin's Grandad
 and kindly bequeathed by him to me,
part of the One Shoe Mickey series
which will one day soon become
an Exhibition of Paintings 
and Sculpture by
One Shoe Mickey
and a Song Cycle
describing the Life and Times
of the aforesaid Mickey
performed and released as an 
Long Playing Record Album
by
Bonesandtheaft



Here are two of Mickey's paintings of
Gloves: he is a bit obsessed by them
and lovingly renders them in paint daily.

They are dropped  gloves mostly,
picked up by Mickey
on his daily trudge through the streets
of London Town.

They have imprinted
 in their nooks and scuffs
the story of the wearers life... 

Mickey has painted 27 so far
and these will be exhibited 
and turned into a book 
illustrating the songs of 
One Shoe Mickey

All this stuff together 
being 

Liver & Lights No 56.