“May Not Be Love” – The Beautiful Word

8 02 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve shared an update from The Beautiful Word.

At noon today they released this rather jolly stop-motion video they made. ‘May Not Be Love’ is a track from a 10 track album they are hoping to release this year, produced by Julian Tardo.

If you enjoyed this, the good news is that they will be on tour from 1 April this year. The dates and venues are still to be confirmed, so bookmark their website, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, subscribe to them on YouTube and do whatever you do with people on MySpace and Soundcloud – don’t miss out!

While you’re waiting, why not check out some of their other tracks?


Joyce Grenfell and gentle humour

31 10 2012

This morning I woke up with Joyce Grenfell’s “Old Tyme Dancing” stuck in my head and it’s been on “one long whirl” in there ever since. It’s a great song for cycling up hills – the rhythm is just right!

We didn’t grow up with pop music. The closest we had was one tape of The Pogues’ greatest hits and a couple of Seekers and Boney M tracks that were on the end of a tape my grandparents made me.

We had Geordie folk music, children’s songs (mainly those to be found in Alice B Gomme’s Traditional Games), audio books and Joyce Grenfell. I was 12 or 13 when I started listening to local radio and bought my first Now… cassettes.

I’m glad. While I do enjoy pop (in fairly loose terms) in the car every now and again and am easily caught up in the catchy tunes, I soon become infuriated by the lyrics (why so much about partying and dancing on tables?  The last time I remember dancing on a table was at a friend’s fourth birthday and we were swiftly reminded we weren’t babies and made to get down).

I miss the likes of Joyce. Her songs and monologues are so well-observed and the humour is gentle. While smiling at the plights of the long-suffering nursery school teacher and Mrs Fanshaw and Mrs Tiverton, you also feel solidarity with and sympathy for them.

The Beautiful Word at T in the Park

19 06 2012

You may remember the launch of The Beautiful Word’s single, Emily, on the 12th August 2011 and the Mirrorball video back in February this year.

The latest piece of exciting TBW news is that they have been confirmed to perform at this year’s T in the Park festival. They will be on the ‘T Break’ stage for new, up and coming artists.

The festival runs from the 6th to the 8th of July 2012. Further details at:



The Beautiful Word – Mirrorball

2 12 2011

You may remember the launch of The Beautiful Word’s single, Emily, back in August.

Tony Doogan (Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Mercury Prize nominated) now wants to produce their next album and has agreed to attach his name to the project in order to help make it happen. Obviously this is very exciting for them and if it happens they’d want to give the album national exposure. So they are appealing for funding to make and promote the record, from a label, a kind man, Swizzels and Matlow – whoever wants to hear the album.

Please take the time to watch and share their latest video and spread the word.


20 08 2011

We got two young ferrets last weekend. They are 11-week-old sisters, one silver and one polecat. The silver is called Ferret and the polecat is called Weasel. We did intend to name them both but Ferret kind of stuck. They are really friendly, jolly little souls, if a little boisterous. They’ve got both the cats and both the dogs, a Lab and a Collie x Lab, healthily respectful of them. They torment the dogs terribly when they’re out.

The other night, I was sitting on the sofa and Ferret came running along the back of the sofa, climbed onto my head, leant too far and fell off into my bowl of pasta!

They have discovered all kinds of hiding places, the sofa being a particular favourite.

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