Fruits de Mer Records' annual three-day festival
Buy your ticket, pack your sleeping-bag, book your B&B, break the news to your bank balance and liver - we'll be back in Cardigan in 2017 for the 15th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival
...and what a line-up we already have confirmed:
The Bevis Frond
The Telephones (acoustic set)
the Cary Grace Band
and DJ Wally Stagg
The wonderful Mantle Brewery are our sponsors once again, there'll be an FdM quiz on Friday night, a goodie-bag on Saturday and a free Sendelica 7" on Sunday, plus vinyl/merchandising stalls on Saturday and Sunday
- what's not to like?
do try to get along for the Friday night sessions - doors will open around 7pm and we'll have Earthling Society headlining and The Telephones playing an acoustic set, as well as Fuchsia flying over from Australia for a rare live appearance
Pete Bingham is in charge again, and will gradually add details as he gets them on a facebook page given over to the festival here
and early bird tickets are on sale
we're starting to put this year's free tote-bag of stuff together and the first SIX CDs that are confirmed are:
OPEL CD - tracks by a mid-90s indie/folk/electric band that didn't get further than a Bob Harris session on GLR radio but left behind some great songs that will finally see the light of day on this festival special (real cover still to come
SUSPIRIUM CD - an exclusive compilation by Suspirium, taken from their back-catalogue of over 40 albums! Suspirium is or are the duo of Brian Vogt and Tony Osborne and their music ranges from electronic to cosmic sounds
ROB GOULD CD - Rob Gould is providing a first-time-on-CD copy of his album, 'The Sad Robot Declared Peace With Himself'; you'll know Rob from his contributions to a number of FdM compilations, as well as his own solo releases and as Fula - more details at the bottom of the page
NoMen CD - The Nomen will be contributing an exclusive compilation, 'Straight to Dave', which includes stuff they’ve recorded which has never had proper releases, things that ended up in deleted digital albums, YouTube videos or very limited edition CDRs (or even cassettes!) plus an epic track from their most recent recording session and a couple of collaborations, thrown in for good measure!
FdM COMPILATIONS - I'm in the process of putting together two FdM CD comps for the goodie-bag - one featuring artists that are playing the festival, and one featuring artists that aren't! Lots more work to do on these, but this is what I've been promised at the moment.
one of the 15th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival Fruits de Mer Records specials will be a lathe-cut 7" featuring tracks by two bands that are new to the label:
7shades find out more here
Three Dimensional Tanx
find out more here
- there'll only be 50 copies available for sale - first-come-first-served - probably on the last day of the festival.
.and if you're a fan of Fuchsia...well, we're hoping to have something very special for you...
so, If you haven't bought your tickets yet, what are you waiting for?
‘Sad Robot’ was produced by Rob Gould in 2015 / 2016 using ‘found’ and revisited tapes / recordings from ‘The Broken Road’ (2012 release) sessions 2008 to 2013.
‘Daybreak in the Graveyard of the Sentient Robots’ ‘Wandering Star’ and ‘Starmaker?’ are extended, re-arranged and re-imagined compositions using archived recordings from the Broken Road album sessions.
‘Puck’ and ‘The Last Hurrah’ were the first and final recordings made in this 5 year period, which are included here for the first time on disc.
‘The Fireclown’ was originally conceived in London 1990 and was re-worked in 2016 using original sounds from master-tapes (one of over 300 unreleased songs) recorded in the early 90s before Rob’s debut film score ‘Caves Of Thunder’ in 1993 and subsequent forays into neo-prog rock with UK band ‘Fula’ and latterly Brazilian celtic metal band ‘Ashtar’.
Sad Robot pre-dates 2016s ‘Unearthly Construction’ (made available in the 14th Dream goodie-bag.)
It is Rob’s 7th studio solo album and was only available to download online - until now.