Venus Rising

Thanks for all your suggestions as to the songs Malcolm should play during his ‘solo spot’ on the upcoming Man tour. Malc has decided to play ‘Venus Rising’ from Aliens. Hopefully some kind soul with a fancy phone will record it. If so, send it in and we’ll share for everyone to see!

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Help Yourself 5

The CD of Help Yourself 5 has long since been deleted. As HUX have no plans to reissue it, we’ve teamed up with Sugarbush Records to produce a limited edition run of 500 on vinyl.

We’ve had to be creative with the sleeve because the original Rick Griffin artwork is believed to have been lost in the forest fires that swept California late last year. Hence its use small here… taken from the only known high res scan of the painting.

Details on how to order will be on the Sugarbush Records website (sugarbushrecords.com) and of course here on malcolm-morley.co.uk

The album has an inner sleeve with an essay on the making of Help Yourself 5 by The Ptolemic Terrascope’s Phil McMullen.

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Rehearsals underway!

Rehearsals are now underway for the upcoming Anachronism Tango Tour 2019 with Man. Hope to see you at one of the gigs!

Jan 25th – The Borderline London
Jan 26th – Beckington Memorial Hall, Frome
Jan 27th – Giants Of Rock, Butlins Minehead
Jan 31st – The Flower Pot, Derby
Feb 1st – The Green Hotel, Kinross
Feb 2nd – Llandudno junction Labour Club, Llandudno

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ANACHRONISM TANGO TOUR

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The last tour was such fun I’ve decided to do it again. Well, that’s the current mode of thinking anyway. Short and sweet, the list of dates is above.

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A gig for Jeff

Deke always asked why they always take the good ones. And Jeff was certainly a ‘good ‘un’. The Green Ray play a gig specially for Jeff, fittingly on Remembrance Sunday. RIP Jeff… we will miss you. Hell, we already do. 44166188_2050736288312314_3473762990589739008_n

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Jeff Gibbs RIP

The news that Jeff Gibbs of The Green Ray had passed away came not long before Man’s 50th Anniversary tour. Several weeks later and it is still hard to take in and accept. Heartfelt thoughts are with Jeff’s family and The Green Ray.

Jeff… it was an honour to know you. Thanks for the music and the memories. You will be greatly missed.

It was fantastic to hear that the band had supported George Jones’ Son of Man at the Dagenham Roundhouse recently. The set began with applause for Jeff – a fitting tribute and something he’d have been touched by.

For all things Green Ray related, check out their Facebook page.

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That was fun!

Many thanks to Martin Ace and Man for giving Malcolm the chance to play live with the band on their 50th Anniversary tour around the UK. The highlight for Helps fans was undoubtedly Malc playing Blown Away backed by the band but the entire Man set was pure joy from beginning to end. If you missed it, Man are playing some more UK gigs in early 2019.

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On the road again!

There’s been quite a bit going on of late. For those who are unaware, Malcolm is now on the road with Man, as part of their ’50th Anniversary Tour’. At the time of writing, the band have played a sold out date at London’s Half Moon and will be heading off to Scotland for two dates before coming back south. Full tour dates are on the poster shown here. Note that the Evesham gig was cancelled.

Getting tickets in advance is well advised. Please contact the venues / Google for online ticket sites. Malc says please come and say hello if you get to one of the gigs.

PS. You may well hear an old Help Yourself song if you come along. Can you guess what it is?

PPS. Although we try and keep this website updated, the best way to get the latest
news, is to follow Malcolm on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MalcolmMorleyHelps) and/or Twitter (@bewaretheshadow).

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Back on the road

Guess who will be playing keyboards with Man on their short upcoming UK tour?

Tour dates and ticket info here.

 

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Jack Bentley is Mister Dodo Bones!

Remember The Jack Bentley Blues Band who played at the Richard Treece memorial gig? Well Jack Bentley has a new release, this time around as Mister Dodo Bones.

Accompanied by the One-Eyed Jacks, this is well worth checking out, especially, in the immortal words of Deke Leonard, if you enjoy “Stonkin’ quirky blues played with terrifying conviction”.

Richard was part of the Jack Bentley Blues Band before upping sticks and coming down to London and eventually joining Help Yourself. Jack Bentley and his merry band of bandoliers were kind enough to come down to Walthamstow for Richard’s memorial gig, helping turn the occasion into something special.

More info on the new release here.

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More from Danny!

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Thanks to Blair Finlay for spotting another Tweet from Danny Baker. He seems keen!

 

 

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Danny Baker… a Helps fan?

Tweet by Danny Baker re the first Help Yourself album cover.

Spotted on Twitter by Blair Finlay… a tweet from Danny Baker!

 

 

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Saturday 30th September 2017

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Great to see so many of you at the Betsey Trotwood. If everyone is in agreement, shall we try and do it again before Christmas? Thanks again to Jari and Begum… you were both fabulous! Malc

 

 

 

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Barry ‘The Fish’ Melton… plus The Green Ray!

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On Friday 22nd September – the week before Malc’s gig on Saturday 30th – The Green Ray will be supporting Barry Melton at The Stag’s Head in Hoxton (London N1 5RA).

With a fantastic new Green Ray album out, this should be a memorable night. It’ll also be a chance to buy a CD of the album!

Barry ‘The Fish’ Melton, who is headlining, is of course the co-founder and original lead guitarist of the legendary Country Joe and The Fish. Barry will be playing the gig as a duo with French singer Stephane Missri. They also have an album out, entitled ‘Revolution Down The Road’.

 

 

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Sam Apple Pie?

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Malcolm has just done an interview with an Italian magazine. As he says, “It is great to be asked to do these things but I seem to frequently be asked, how did I start Sam Apple Pie? The answer of course, is that I didn’t. I was never in Sam Apple Pie!”

The question, which over the years has seemingly built into a myth, probably stems for the session Malcolm did for Sam Apple Pie for their first album. As the album notes correctly state, he played piano on ‘Annabelle’ and electric harpsichord on ‘Stranger’.

And of course, one member of the Helps who WAS in Sam Apple Pie was Dave Charles! Dave played drums for them before leaving to joining up with Malc to form Help Yourself.

Requests for Sam Apple Pie songs at the upcoming gig will probably be met with a stern stare and a lifetime ban from all future gigs! Not that Sam Apple Pie songs weren’t any good of course… 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Gig update

Things have moved along a bit since the last message, so here’s an update…

For Malcolm’s gig on September 30, Jari from Jariland will be accompanying him on keyboard and accordion. For the first time, Gina Price will play drums, and a great singer called Begum Ocakci ~ who will be making her UK debut ~ will bejoining infor two or three songs.

Because of these additions to the bill, entrance on the night will now be£10. This will allow Malcolmto give the other musicianssome of the takings. There won’t be any tickets in advance, entrance will simply be on the door.

As Malc says “me and an all girl band… who’d have thought that eh? I can’t believe my luck!”.

Sounds as if this is a gig not to miss. Hope to see you there!

 

 

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The Green Ray album launch

In case anyone has missed this, The Green Ray are having an album launch gig in cahoots with The Brainiac 5. Both bands have new albums out… and both are FANTASTIC. If you can’t get to the gig, go buy the albums! And for vinyl fans, I hear that Half Sentences will be out as a lovely 12-incher soon…

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Half Sentences

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If you hadn’t noticed, The Green Ray have a new album out. And it is rather fantastic. So be good to yourself and go grab a copy asap!!! What’s more, it features the much-missed Richard Treece – his last foray into a recording studio before his sad and untimely passing. The instant you hear his unique and memorable guitar sound, you’re transported a better place… a true mark of musical genius.

More info and buying details from The Green Ray Facebook page.

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Saturday Sept 30th – see you at the Betsy Trotwood in London?

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A date for your diary… on Saturday Sept 30th, Malcolm has a gig at the Betsy Trotwood. Malcolm will be joined by the wonderful Jari, on accordion, for several songs. If you’ve been to one of Malc’s more recent gigs, you’ll already have seen and heard Jari and know what a treat this is!

Entry is £10 on the door. Hope to see you there!

 

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Guitar for sale!

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Malcolm’s love affair with the guitar continues unabated. Those who have been to his gigs in the last few years, will know that Malcolm has been playing some rather tasty Spanish nylon strung guitars in an impressive improvisational gypsy/folk style. However, more recently he has also been playing steel string acoustics. And not just any old guitars either, beautiful hand-built Lowden acoustics from Northern Ireland.

One of these, the more expensive (and lavishly built) of the two that Malc owns – a 2016 S35M – is currently for sale at No.Tom Vintage & Classic Guitars in Denmark Street, London. Yep, that’s the famous ‘Tin Pan Alley’.

No.Tom Guitars are at number 6 Denmark Street – the so-called ‘home’ of the Sex Pistols. The walls in the building upstairs are covered with Jonny Rotten-penned caricatures of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, his girlfriend Nancy Spungen and their manager Malcolm McLaren. Incredibly, this graffiti has been awarded Grade II Listed status!

So there’s a very tenuous Sex Pistols / Malcolm Morley link right there. Actually, there are probably some less tenuous links… but we’ll leave that for another time.

 

 

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CONTACT PROBLEMS!

Sadly, the old form that was on this website was proving to be rather problematic. We became aware that quite a few messages were being sent that weren't being received ~ so we've resorted to using a simple email address for the time being. Many apologies if you sent me a message and I didn't reply. I urge you to try again! Send your email to: hello(at)malcolm-morley.co.uk

MAN ON TOUR

The last Man tour was such fun that I've decided to do it again. Entitled the Anachronism Tango Album Launch Tour, once again it will be short and sweet... but try and catch one of the shows if you can. And if you do come along, please come and say hi! More info here.

SOCIAL MEDIA?

Putting together this website has certainly been a 'learning curve' ~ but I think we're getting there. Also, there's now a Malcolm Morley Facebook page and a fledgling Twitter account (@bewaretheshadow). And if all goes well, who knows, maybe even a YouTube channel.