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Life begins at Cancer - 2008
Integrity with Nik Turner at the Cellar Bar, Cardigan
Genocide Rush with Nik Turner at the Cellar Bar, Cardigan
GM Baby - in Amsterdam and in the Preseli Mountains, West Wales
Genocide Rush - in Amsterdam and in the Preseli Mountains, West Wales
Vampire Parasite - in Amsterdam in and the Preseli Mountains, West Wales
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The Credit Crunch EP - St Davids Day 2009
Too much money in Football
Craig's inaugural gig with The Clowns was at The Queen's Hall in Narberth,
West Wales in Dec 2007 in front of a couple of hundred punters, largely
of the teenage variety. Sendelica, Order 66, Regime and The Monty Pirates
were also on the line-up.
Craig compered the event and gave away chocolate Santas on sticks,
Hawkwind and Devo DVDs, clown masks and tangerines as big big
prizes.. "Not The Only Clown in The Village" have been through a few
line-up changes over the two years since their creation at the beginning
Between the 10th August and the 1st of September 2009 Not The Only
Clown in the Village did a street and club tour of Bruges and
Amsterdam. They set up five battery powered 30 Watt amplifiers and
unleashed their particular musical brand of social commentary on an
unwitting public. They were largely successful and the public dug The
The Police were confused as to whether The Clowns were
theatre or Rock and Roll. The police subsequently argued amongst
thenselves on more than one occasion and The Clowns were either allowed
to continue or told to pack up. Only on two occassions were The Clowns
threatened with arrest and told that they could have their equipment
impounded. On both occassions The Clowns were allowed to pack up and
Inddor venues involving 5K PA systems included "Winston's" in the heart
of The Red Light District of Amsterdam, The Tricky Theatre which is a
burlesque canal boat in The Dam, Club Twisted on the outskirts of
Amsterdam and Batavia which is a bar in the centre of The Dam and was
its first ever brothel.
The Clowns ended their tour at The ADM
Traveller's Festival where they joined many other cutting edge acts
from around the world as well as linking up with many former members of
the "Peace Convoy" who had left Britain at the end of the 20th century
and sought political asylum in Holland and Spain. Overall the tour was
a blinding success and The Clowns have been invited back to play
Amsterdam later in the year. To sum up Not The Only Clown in the
Village successfully played 21 gigs in 21 days and wrote a few new
tunes as well as reviving an old favourite of Craig's... "Pitbull Hell"
Mind fuck hot breath pit bull hell,
Know that smell and know it well,
Propagandist TV scum,
Also have that evil hum,
Thee church of the cathode ray,
Slurping sucking no pay day,
Keep the bailiffs far away they're the pit bull hell we say,
TV snack whack attack,
Don't look back at ack ack,
Whip crack MP says it all,
Fag ash fag butt public school,
Bite the hand that under feeds,
Bite it so it fucking bleeds,
Kick the junk and feed the needs,
So the soil and reap the seeds,
Dog owns dog owns dog owns dog,
Turn the screw and turn the cog,
Main frame game too lame to log,
Feed the bureaucratic hog.
Jonsky out of the band Leggofingers played bass for a while and Jason
out of Johnny Action Finger and The Monty Pirates has guested on bass
and guitar. Nik Turner has also guested on saxophone and flute.
At the start of 2008 a new line-up reared its head. Robin Benson
(anchor man of TidyLike Records and The Narberth Rock School) on
guitar and vocals, Tess (formerly the singer with Brother Vegetable)
on drums, melodica, accordian and vocals, Bowen (guitarist of Order 66)
on bass and Craig High (State 53, Psycho's Mum, Dangerous Bend Mirrors,
Weird Happenings, Fuzznation, Whip The Minister, Revoltage, Sunsnake,
High Cigar, The Missing Puddings and Pnevma amongst others) on vocals,
clarinet, tin whistle, tenor recorder, percussion and harmonica.
Robin and Catagramma at the Milford Haven Gig 16 April 2009
Catagramma at Milford Haven
Raggin Charlie at Milford Haven
Craig at Milford Haven
Ervine recites - 8 March 2008
Our first gig with the 08 line-up was at Letterston Memorial Hall in
West Wales on Match 8th. Robin on guitar, bass, vocals and kazoo,
Tess on melodica, accordian and drums, Craig on vocals, clarinet,
tin whistle and percussion, Bowen from Order 66 on guitar and bass,
Nik Thunder Rider Turner of Hawkwind and Inner City Unit fame on sax
and flute and Ervine The Bard reciting space poetry.
2008 saw this Dubfolk Punk ensemble play a plethora of interesting
events. Some included The Blue Rock Festival in The Preseli Mountains
of West Wales, The Triple C Classic Truck Traveller's Free Festival in
Camarthenshire, The Queen's Hall in Narberth, on the same line-up as such
local luminaries as Sessionhead, Supergene and Johnny Action Finger,
The Cardigan Castle Cafe Cellar Bar with the Surf-Punk band The Ray
Guns and a sustainable energy traveller's conference in the town hall in
Newport near Fishgaurd. The Clowns also played Bonkersfest in and around
Camberwell Green in London as part of The Mad Pride organisation. Other
bands on the bill included Gertrude, Powersteppers (ex Zion Train),
Unity and Devision, Fuck Off Batman and the inimitable Maggie Nichols.
In 2009 the Clowns saw yet another line-up. Tess and Bowen left after
musical differences between Tess and Robin. Craig and Robin continued
with Raggin Charlie (from Messaround Sound) on drums and Andrew Kitchen
(aka Catagramma Zelphante) on bass.
The Clowns have released three cds.
The LP "Life Begins At Cancer", featuring Robin, Craig and Jason
Action Finger, was released in 2008 as a tribute to Robin's brother Ben
who has died of cancer. His attitude and resilience was an inspiration
to us all.
Their second cd, The Credit Crunch EP, was released in 2009 and featured
Craig, Robin, Raggin Charlie, Andrew Kitchen (Catagramma Zelphante) and
Jason Action Finger. This was quickly followed by The Credit Crunch LP
with the same line-up.
Robin split this incarnation of Not The Only Clown In The Village with a
decision to move to Holland in the Autumn of 2009 and has since returned
to Wales and has continued the constantly changing line-up of The Clowns.
After writing an autobiographical novel concerning their experiences in
Amsterdam. Craig formed The
Strange Agency in the pursuit of a more constant and stable musical
Uncle Yuk Yuk has been hatched!
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