Saturday, 9 October 2010


One reason why things have been a bit quiet of late, here at the Hive, is that I've been busy getting married. It was a gorgeous day, all heart, or, as one friend put it, a 'candlepowered wedding.' I wasn't expecting to play but the Bees insisted and so here we are, playing Uncle Tom and Aunt Sally as part of the mini-Catweazle we held in the evening.

With so many musicians present there were spontaneous sessions happening through the day (the observant acid-folk fan will spot old friend, Sharron Kraus).

And gor blimey, if that isn't Rima Staines bashing out a tune on the old squeeze box, with Huff and Puff, and Jackie Singer from Jabberwocky days.

A quick An Dro in the corridor with Jane, Chris, also from Jabberwocky, and Jim of Red Dog Green Dog fame.

And here I am with the misses, the wonderful Nomi, cats that got the cream - a gorgeous happy day.

All photos by Kate Raworth and her team.
Andy xxx

Thursday, 7 October 2010

The Amazing Race

If you look very carefully you can see Andy playing pipes at 3.25. Watermelon's revenge at 6ish. No one in the UK has heard of this show - think reality, international, It's a Knockout. Without Stuart Hall, Eddy Waring or the Joker.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

This is the Kit

A rare chance to see the wonderful This is the Kit here in Oxford, with our very own Josie Webber in support playing with the equally wonderful, mesmeric and mercurial Zoe Bicat. If that's not enough they'll be joined by Duotone, featuring the looped guitar and cello of Mr Barney Morse-Brown.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Sheffield gig

We're going oop north me doocks, for an alternative harvest supper at a pub I used to go to back in my student days. Gonna be a cracker.

Restore Gig

Restore is holding a benefit gig in the Garden Cafe on Wednesday 13th October 2010, 8pm.
Telling the Bees, Mariana Magnavita and Simon Tuke will be playing.

Tickets are £6 (£5 concessions) and will be available at the Garden Cafe beforehand and on the door.
Delicious cafe food will be on sale. For more info go to

Please pass this on to friends. We hope to see you there!

Monday, 4 October 2010

Sold out!

After much rummaging in attics, garage lock-ups, and spare cupboards it seems that we really are out of Untie the Winds. Tempting as it is to limit numbers to the original pressing of 1000 (scarcity breeds demand and all that) and so create a rare acid folk collectable, we ain't that cynical. So we're working on getting a reprint done, and if you're after a copy of our debut album, sit tight, hang in there. It'll be ready soon.