My Generation of Sun. 17 & Mon. 18 May: The Birds, The Artwoods & Birdwood special [2015-19]
A few years ago, original Birds singer Ali McKenzie and original Artwoods guitarist Derek Griffiths, joined forces again and started Birdwood.
BIRDS, ARTWOODS, BIRDWOOD & Friends
In the mid 60s, The Birds and The Artwoods were two seminal British R&B bands. They were huge successful on stage, released records with major companies but never became big. The Artwoods even released an EP and an LP Both split up in 1967, as Hippie (the Summer of Love) and psychedelic music took over from Mod and R&B.
By contrast, several members of these bands are now household names in rock music:
Ronnie Wood joined The Jeff Beck Group, The Faces and The Rolling Stones.
Tony Munroe joined The Gods, where he met one Mick Taylor.
Kim Gardner became a member of The Creation, then formed Ashton, Gardner & Dyke (Resurrection Shuffle!).
Jon Lord joined Deep Purple.
Keef Hartley went to John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, then formed his own band (he played in Woodstock, but doesn’t appear in the movie nor on record).
Other members of these bands kept a lower profile, but were successful in their own way: Kim Gardner in the studio, Derek Griffiths (The Artwoods) as an in-demand guitarist, e.g. in West End shows.
A few years ago, original Birds singer Ali McKenzie (who’d quit the music ‘game’ as he calls it for a long long time) and original Artwoods guitarist Derek Griffiths, joined forces again and started Birdwood. On stage and on their first cd, they are joined by Keith Grant Evans (bass, Downliners Sect), Chris Parren (keys, Strawbs, etc.) and Mark Freeman (drums, The Rollin’ Stoned and current Downliners Sect drummer).
RADIO 68 PLAYS The Birds, The Artwoods, Birdwood’s cd “Live At the Crawdaddy”, The Gods, The Creation, Paice, Ashton & Lord, John Mayall with Keef Hartley, The Keef Hartley Band, Jon Lord’s Blues Project + snippets from Radio 68’s interview with Ali McKenzie en Derek Griffiths.
MIJN RECENSIE VAN BIRDWOOD: LIVE AT THE CRAWDADDY
MIJN RECENSIE VAN HET OPTREDEN VAN BIRDWOOD, Eel PIe, 23 april 2015:
RADIO 68 TIME is 1 hour ahead of UK / UTC Time.
MY GENERATION: THE SHOW
New show Sundays 12 noon ** Repeated Sundays 16:00 hrs, 20:00 hrs and 24:00 hrs (twelve midnight till 4 in the morning) and Mondays 12 noon.
RONNIE SELF ** SPIRIT ** BIRDWOOD SPECIAL: THE BIRDS, THE ARTWOODS, BIRDWOOD, THE GODS, THE CREATION, PAICE, ASHTON & LORD ** THE TREMELOES ** TIMOTHY LEARY & THE MOODY BLUES **
LONG PLAYER TIME
BIRDWOOD: LIVE AT THE CRAWDADDY ** THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES: SUPERSNAZZ, 1969 **
New Show Sundays 14:30 hrs ** Repeated Sundays 18:30 hrs, 22:30 and 02:30 a.m. (Monday) and Monday 14:30 hrs
BIRDWOOD special: JOHN MAYALL with KEEF HARTLEY (Crusade, 1967), THE KEEF HARTLEY BAND (Woodstock performance) , JON LORD’s BLUES PROJECT (2011) **WILBERT HARRISON **CYRIL DAVIES **CARL WYATT (TEXAS TWISTER) ** ELVIS PRESLEY **
Art Wood, Donovan, Steve Marriott, Allen Ginsberg, Ali McKenzie (Radio 68 interview),
My Generation: all the sounds and all the voices of the sixties, compiled and introduced by Ed.