7:00pm Saturday, May 16th:
Romantic Warriors III
It’s Movie Night at Orion! Saturday night, May 16th we present a special showing of the new movie from Adele Schmidt and Jose Zegarra Holder, ROMANTIC WARRIORS III: Canterbury Tales. Not only will the film makers be present but one of the bands featured in the film, The Muffins, will perform an opening set! Note the early start time of 7:00pm. We’ll have the popcorn hot and ready to go!
RWIII: Canterbury Tales:
The Canterbury Scene of the late 60s and early 70s marked a remarkable period in the history of British progressive rock music and, most notably, the development of jazz rock. A number of later bands that formed outside of Canterbury have been labeled as “Canterbury bands” (including a few in Europe), some of these bands were founded by a member of Soft Machine or Caravan while others were obviously influenced by these Canterbury groups. The scene was a breeding ground for world class players of considerable harmonic sophistication who innovated and expanded the music of their time.
Through interviews with “Canterbury Scene” musicians, clips of live performances, photographs, and current/archival footage, the film takes a closer look at the bands that are now considered a part of the Canterbury Family Tree.
The film highlights the following 60s/70s Canterbury Scene bands:
•Wilde Flowers (UK)
•Soft Machine (UK)
•Matching Mole (UK)
•Hatfield and The North (UK)
•National Health (UK)
•In Cahoots (UK)
•Quiet Sun (UK)
•Moving Gelatine Plates (France)
•The Muffins (USA)
Among the musicians of the Canterbury Scene (that were active in the 70s), the following have been interviewed for the film:
Pye Hastings & Geoffrey Richardson, (Caravan) Dirk “Mont” Campbell (Uriel, Egg), Brian Hopper, (Wilde Flowers, Zobe), David Sinclair (Caravan, Hatfield and The North), Bill MacCormick (Matching Mole, Quiet Sun), Robert Jan Stips (SuperSister), Didier Malherbe (Gong) Phil Miller (Delivery, Hatfield and The North, National Health, In Cahoots), Roy Babbington (Nucleus, Delivery, Soft Machine), John Etheridge (Soft Machine), Didier Thibault (Moving Gelatine Plates), Patrick Forgas (Forgas), Benoit Moerlen (Gong, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Mike Oldfield’s Band, Gongzilla), Theo Travis (Soft Machine Legacy, Steven Wilson), David Newhouse (The Muffins), Richard Sinclair (Caravan, Hatfield & The North, Caravan of Dreams), and Daevid Allen (Gong, University of Errors).
The Muffins are an American Maryland-based progressive rock/avant-jazz group. They were formed in Washington, DC in the early 1970s and recorded four albums before disbanding in 1981. In 1998 the group reformed and recorded a further five albums and a DVD. The Muffins played at Symphony Space on Broadway in NYC with Marion Brown in 1979, and also performed at a number of festivals, starting with the ZU Manifestival in New York City in 1978, The Villa Celimontana festival in Rome, Italy in 2000, two appearances at Progday in 2001 and 2002, NEARfest in 2005, and the “Rock in Opposition” festival in France in 2009. In 2010, The Muffins headlined at Progday, making a third appearance at this long running festival.
The Muffins are largely an instrumental band inspired and influenced by avant-garde jazz, progressive rock, 20th-century music, and the English Canterbury scene. They work in an “underground genre” Perfect Sound Forever called “the avant-garde side of latter-day US progressive jazz-rock”, and place “the joy of creation over commercial concerns”. The Rolling Stone Record Guide called them the “spiritual American cousins of Henry Cow and Soft Machine”, and AllMusic described their music as a “unique blend of Canterbury progressive, fusion, improvisation and much more.
- All Ages Show –
- BYOB – Coolers Welcome
- SMALL folding chairs welcome (no yard yachts please!)
- $20 Cover – cash only at the door – no pre-show sales