Caroline Khartomb playing mini-set with Big Country lead singer

We thought you'd be interested to know that 'Caroline Khartomb' aka Caroline Cakebread is playing a mini-set at Spilsby Theatre on Saturday 28 January 2017 at 7.30pm.

Topping the bill is Simon Hough, ex-lead singer of 80s band Big Country who will be playing songs from his soon-to-be-released album 'The Projects'. Also supporting is singer/songwriter Sophia Woodcraft.

Spilsby Theatre Bar Simon Hough Big Country with Caroline Khartomb

Visit the Spilsby Theatre website for tickets and other info to ensure you don't miss this 'not to be missed' event! 

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Our 1st gig (for ages) with Jess Vincent is imminent

Here's another reminder that we're playing our first gig for flippin' ages on Friday 23 September at Spilsby Theatre, Lincs with Jess Vincent.

As we mentioned in a post earlier in the year we're doing it unplugged with Caroline on the mic and Ian mainly on acoustic geetar. There will be one or two oldies, one cover and the rest of the set will be new material from the last 3 years or so.

We hope you can join us and Jess for the evening next month. Spilsby is a great venue and we're very pleased to be making our 'comeback gig' at this excellent local resource.

Look out for forthcoming gigs in Lincs, Notts & Herts. Ain't no stopping' us after the 23rd.

Our first gig(s) for yonks in September 2016

We thought you'd like to know that the 1st Khartomb gigs for ages. 

The first is taking place at 7.30pm on Friday 23 September 2016 at the Spilsby Theatre in (surprise!) Spilsby, Lincs. 

We'll be doing a low-key acoustic sets of around 30 mins, probably about 8 songs.

We know it's a bit of a trek up the A16 (unless you live in Lincs) but if you can join us it would be brill.

As you can see it's a rather impressive Greco-Roman style building which used to be the old magistrate's court but has been converted into an arts hub in the middle of rural Lincs. Unfortunately the main stage is being refurbished so we'll be performing in the more intimate bar area.

Stick 23 Sept in your diary K-fans!


Letter from 'Young Dude' Dale Griffin post-Peel Session

We were planning to post this letter from ex-Mott The Hoople drummer and producer of many John Peel Sessions, Dale Griffin, sent to us just a few days after he worked on our Peel Session.

Then, after hearing the sad news on Monday about his death on Sunday prompted us to share this very supportive and downright lovely missive from Mr Griffin sooner rather than later:

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Ian did get his valve amp (a Roland Bolt) a few years later and we certainly made more use of Paula's vocals. Shame she didn't stick around, but that's a whole other story...

We were surprised that 6 Music didn't give Mr Griffin more coverage as they constantly broadcast many archive Peel sessions, and Dale surely had a hand in a huge number of them.

Here's a Dale story posted on our Facebook earlier in the week by Ian:

"I'll always remember Ali (our drummer) telling Dale he wanted to get a tribal sound from his (not particularly impressive) drumkit to which he quipped "You'll only get a pygmy tribe sound out of that!". He ate his words later when Ali managed to get an extremely dynamic/widescreen sound from his 'toy' kit!"

Thanks for the music Dale! And for being such a dude during our stint at the famous Maida Vale Studios...

From the Khartomb Archives: Zigzag interview January 1984

A few months after Melody Maker and Zigzag journalist, Mick Mercer, posted a very upbeat review of "Teekon Warriors" in Zigzag, he interviewed us for a 1-page article in the same mag.

As mentioned in the previous post the article was a real oddity. He made some slightly snarky remarks about us i.e. "The Famous Five grown up" and then didn't reveal our names, apart from Caroline's, until the end of the article. 

After his glowing appraisal a few months previously, the throwaway style of the article and the sniffy tone didn't give a great impression of Khartomb 1984.

But then the final short paragraph "Infinite possibilities" is much more like it. Just wish Mr Mercer had elaborated on that phrase more constructively in the rest of the feature.

See what you think.

Download a copy of the interview here

From the Khartomb Archives: Zigzag review November 1983

Last week Ian Khartomb was trawling through all the old papers he's managed to keep from the early Khartomb days. 

He even found the map that Caroline drew to help him find her home for their first rehearsal (this was way, way before satnav and Google Maps!) back in 1980.

But he also found some real gems which we'll post on the website and let you know about via social media over the next few weeks.

For the first post here's a very positive review of "Teekon Warriors" (not "Swahili Lullaby", the labels were incorrectly affixed on the first pressing) by Melody Maker and Zigzag journalist, Mick Mercer.

Mick went on to interview us in 1984 and wrote this very odd piece which really didn't paint Khartomb in the best light and from a recent reread was stylistically very strange too. We'll post it soon!

Older readers will remember the Melody Maker as a weekly inky (very inky) music paper and Zigzag was a rather fine monthly rock magazine, one of the first to start covering the burgeoning punk scene which started, can you believe, about 40 years ago. Time flies etc.