… And here’s the video for ‘Beacon’. The beautiful English countryside.

'Catholic Architecture': the new single by Grasscut. It's been a long wait, but Grasscut are finally back with a new single, and a cover version of the Robert Wyatt song with a graceful, autumnal feel. The second track, 'Beacon', is lovely too. Out now on Lo Recordings.

'Thank You' letter from Shirley Collins to all those who supported the Kickstarter project to fund the making of 'The Ballad of Shirley Collins'. So sweet.

'Maison Dufrene III – Outlaws, Ramblers & Hired Hands': embrace your inner cowboy with this fine collection of downtempo, reflective US folk and country numbers from Aquarium Drunkard. Listen/download at http://bit.ly/1sezW1N

'Maison Dufrene III – Outlaws, Ramblers & Hired Hands': embrace your inner cowboy with this fine collection of downtempo, reflective US folk and country numbers from Aquarium Drunkard. Listen/download at http://bit.ly/1sezW1N

From EL PAÍS in English… it seems we are approaching the brinkmanship stage.

LFO: ‘LFO’. Mark Bell, Yorkshire (1971-2014.)

George Monbiot writing in the Guardian about the current epidemic of loneliness. The pain of loneliness has a uniquely terrible quality for sure. It feels like this problem is more acute in the UK than here in Spain where being out in the street and talking to people is still such a big part of the culture. An Englishman’s home can also be his prison.

From Fergus Clark: ‘Iroshima’ by Geins’t Naït & L. Petitgand from the album ‘Je Vous Dis’ on the Ici D’Ailleurs label.

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'Mercè' was made famous by Majorcan singer Maria del Mar Bonet who has one of the finest voices you'll ever hear. In fact, Sílvia Pérez Cruz's version includes a short sample of the original in tribute. My other favourite song from the recent compilation, 'Esencial Maria del Mar Bonet', is 'Es fa llarg esperar' meaning it's a long wait in Catalan. An incredible singer (Spotify required.)

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Last Saturday night proved to be one of the most enjoyable of the year so far: Sílvia Pérez Cruz accompanied by guitarist Raül Fernandez Miró in concert at l’Auditori de Cornellà. It was a magical night with her version of ‘Mercè’ one of the highlights. A task for this weekend: to write a blog post about the concert… in Spanish! This may take some time with a little help needed along the way. ‘Mercè’ is taken from the duo’s recent album, ‘Granada’ (Spotify required.)

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