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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, January 03, 2007
    Milk Wood and Manchester
    Starless and Bible Black. If you know from where that band takes its name then you're probably going to really like them. Whether your reference is the visionary and quite silly Fifties' folk poetry of Dylan Thomas or the sassy Seventies prog-rock protest songs of King Crimson. They're from Manchester and they're lovely. Folk commentator Nigel Owen Spencer will tell you far more.

    All I shall add is that I'm extra chuffed because their eponymous first album features among its eleven lovingly-crafted songs one called The Birley Tree, subject of one of my blogs last year, and evidently a continuing symbol of the fears, dreams and ongoing schemes of the people of Hulme. It's a song about death and resurrection, Jesus and The Tree That Died: "I know you want to know me again."