A Palaeolithic Invocation at Barnfield Pit, Kent

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LOCATION: Swanscombe, north-west Kent MUSIC: Hand of Stabs  Unofficial Britain is delighted to share another site-specific performance by the experimental sound collective Hand of Stabs. In Barnfield Pit, the bones of our ancestors groan and shift uneasily in the shadow of Bluewater shopping centre.

Reimagining the 1769 Transit of Venus

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LOCATION: Lancashire, London, Tahiti, Outer Space MUSIC: Rhia Parker In a small Lancashire Village in 1639, Jeremiah Horrocks was looking through his telescope and beheld the most unusual sight – the planet Venus crossing the path of the sun. He

Landscape Punk to Supermarket Car Parks: Unofficial Britain Live in Stoke Newington

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  Unofficial Britain was honoured to host an event at Influx Press’s day at The Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 6th June 2015. Below is a recording of that event. Thanks to Influx Press for their support, Meghna Gupta for the photo and

A Most Peculiar Tour

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MIX: Gareth E. Rees Extinct butterflies, spilled whisky, fickle seas, peregrines, weird villages and haunted magpies… From the Scottish Coast to the Sussex seaside, the latest Unofficial Britain musical tour criss-crosses a most peculiar country. [You can find out more

Firepit Collective’s To the Lost: folk songs and landscape punks

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WORDS: Gary Budden  “Delving into traditional folk is on the one hand like hearing the voices of people whose names are long forgotten, their stories, their creativity, dreams, hopes and struggles, and on the other is just a natural expression

The Sea, a Collaboration Between Gareth E. Rees and Dead Gull

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LOCATION: The Sea WORDS: Gareth E. Rees MUSIC: Martin Fuller AKA Dead Gull Below is a poem I performed in a series of coastal gigs for The Outer Church in summer 2014, now put to music by fisherman, film maker and

Welsh Folk Music by Fernhill: Where Geography & Calendars Collide

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LOCATION: Swansea MUSIC: ‘Amser’ by Fernhill Inside. Outside. Byth (Ever. Never). Tock Tick. A collision between mechanical time, seasonal time, life time, generational time, cultural time, poetic time, no time < particles of eternal love… Fernhill’s guitarist Ceri Rhys Matthews

Unofficial Britain Soundtrack 2014

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WORDS & MIX: Gareth E. Rees Cover illustration: Maxim Peter Griffin Below is a selection of UK-based music, all released in 2014, which touches upon themes of landscape, time consciousness, folklore, horror, hauntology and uncanny narratives. In other words, a

Marshland at Spike Island

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LOCATION: Bristol (via Hackney) WORDS: Gareth E. Rees On November 27th, I’m going to be at Spike Island in Bristol, talking about my book Marshland, a trip through the marshes of East London, where I encounter a lost world of Victorian filter

Kemper Norton’s Loor & the Thing that Is Coming Up My Stairs

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees  LOCATION: Cornwall, Sussex, Wales, Unnamed Cities Night time. I’m at my computer, listening to Kemper Norton’s new album, Loor. Loor is Cornish for moon. There’s no moon on the coast of East Sussex tonight. Not from my window,