Tales of DeerShed

Arrived at The Deershed Festival in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, parked up and walked onto the site and the first thing I see is a 10 foot mermaid ! Cool. For the people that don’t know, I have a thing about mermaids. Anyway, I followed her around for about an hour hoping that she’d fall over and that I could assist her in some way…A good start to my day. ( She never fell by the way, not even a wobble, bloody good on those stilts…Bugger ! )

Had a lovely roast dinner in a big round Yorkshire pudding and off we go for some music. Very nice vibe, no twats, even the drunks were friendly and happy, beautiful hot day. Found some friends of mine, Groanbox, playing in a packed marquee, sounded great, went down well with the audience. They’d played earlier in the family tent and said that with so many kids around they’d had to censor themselves quite extensively….Bloody good job they didn’t offer me that stage then !

I then watched Danny and the Champions of the World on the main stage, great music, saw Danny and the boys at Glastonbury so already a fan. Had a chat with him later, very nice man.

And onwards to my gig…I played on the Buskstop Stage. I was well looked after by the stage crew. Had to censor myself too as it happens. I was singing Moon on a Stick and just getting to the line, some people want to just fuck until they’re sore, when a pretty little 8 year old girl walked by, seemed to like what she was hearing, sat down and gave me the most beautiful smile….I just didn’t have the heart to say fuck in front of her and swapped it for an undiscernable noise instead ! Had a great gig, drove the crowd wild with my slash and burn guitar style. I enjoyed them and they enjoyed me !

Time to go see Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls play their gig. Their marquee was rammed and some, everyone came to see them. I think they needed a bigger stage. A great gig for them. All in all a very pleasant day. Drove Miles and Erica back to the Bridges pub to pick up their car and crawled into bed at 3:30 am. Cleaning out the car the next day I found an empty champagne bottle in the back seat where Erica sat. Such a rock and roll chick that Erica !

BTW my laptop is poorly at the moment so I won’t be online for a few days but will keep posting here.

Glastonbury tales

Left my home in Wales at 7:30pm. Arrived at Glastonbury Reserved Car Park ( Ahem ) at 10:30pm. Everyone tells me the traffic’s going to be really bad even in the evening. Very few cars on the road, an easy drive in, no hold ups until I pull into the carpark  – and 5 cops jump out give my car a good going over.

Haven’t done drugs since 1972 so I’m a bit pissed off but then I’m always getting pulled, I just seem to have one of those faces.

A great start I’m thinking but this turns out to be the only downer of the festival, well apart from all the drunken chav types who just come to get pissed and shout a lot. Music lovers ? I don’t think so. Oh and the sun, way too hot for a vampire like me, had to do a Spaniard and lay low between the hours of noon and 6pm.

Would like to have seen Seasick Steve but had to give him a miss, shame, us old fellas have to stick together. In fact the only time I saw the main stage was when I was leaving on sunday night, 23 stages at Glastonbury, plenty of fabulous music there, I was perfectly happy with that. Saw my friend Barry Wickens from my old band Immaculate Fools now playing with Steve Harley.Great to catch up. Strange to see him playing with Steve’s band but they played a great set and Barry was just as amazing as I remember. A fine musician.


My gig was on the Tadpole Stage in the Green Futures Field. Great stage, good P. A. and run really well. The soundman for my set, Dean, got my sound just right, big and dirty. I had a great crowd and played my arse off. Thanks to all the crew there and thanks to Simone and Cliff for getting me the gig.

My favourite band at the festival ? 10 Ten Tongue.  Go check their MySpace page on this link: 10 Ton Tongue The guitar player , Bex, is just astonishing, a woman after my own heart, hope one day to play with her. She has a Flamenco thing going on and much more. Love the music, shamanic folk roots kind of thing. They stole my heart, fabulous band. Also really liked Wap Wap Wow, Danny and the Champions of the World and The Penny Black Remedy.


And I bumped into old tour mate Arthur Brown – yes the God of Hellfire himself. Did some shows with Arthur and Little Bob and a few others in France a couple of years back and played guitar onstage for him too. Was good to see him again – a perfect gentleman – but very tall.

I camped in The Green Futures field with my chums Leo and Marianne and to be honest we had everything we needed there. Great stages and bands, good food, lovely people and no fucking litter on the ground. Guess everyone’s Glastonbury is different, mine was just great and I’m already looking forward to next year. I was at one of the first ones in 1971 and my how things have changed, if your looking for echoes of the past head up towards the Green Fields area next year. It’s all there, all you really need.

There are more photos (by Leo of course) – do you want to see them?

Gone to Glasto….

so no updates for a few days. If you leave a message I am afraid it won’t appear on here until next week but don’t let that stop you. And if you are at Glasto this weekend you know where to find me. Next week new photos up here and links to album samples should appear. If you ca’t wait go check em out now on myspace – see link to the right of this message. Ray x

Dirty Ray hits Glasto

Dirty Ray will be performing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. No, not on the Pyramid Stage – maybe next year – but at the intimate, solar powered Tadpole stage in the Green Futures field. Ray will be playing tracks from his forthcoming album Big World for a Little Man and some old favourites too, on Thursday Afternoon at 4pm. If you are at Glasto do come and say hi.

New Dirty Ray album set for September launch

Dirty Ray - Big World for a Little Man

Ray’s new album ‘Big World for a Little Man’, produced by Miles Hunt of the Wonderstuff, is now mastered and is set for release on on September 16th 2010.

It sounds fantastic and we are all excited about it. Sneak previews of some tracks will be available soon and links will be posted here in the near future. If you leave a comment we can email you as things develop.

Check out the gig list for upcoming dates and details of the album launch in London.

Ray will also be doing a set at Glastonbury on the Tadpole stage in the Green Futures field on the Thursday at 4pm. Hope we see some of you there.

You can pre-order a copy of the album – or by the Shared album – now by clicking here:

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