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Angela's
August 22, 2014- I played a set with the brilliant Mark Merriman at Angela’s- an honor. I will join him again in the future for some gigs with his band Celtic Plain.

The next Allan Watson novel is due to be out on Friday, June 6 on Kindle and via Lulu!!
Monochrome cover

As Allan’s proofreader, I can attest- it’s awesome! He’s a master of storytelling, pacing, foreshadowing, and insight. And Caitlin Sagan’s great cover is just perfect. Get it!

Here’s the blurb: When Harry Flanagan accepts an invitation to spend a dull Sunday evening ghost-hunting in Glasgow’s notorious Hagen Castle, the last thing he expects is to be caught up in a brutal double murder when two of his fellow ghost hunters are slain in a grotesque fashion. It gets all the more troublesome when the killer appears to be targeting the remaining members of the ghost hunters, picking them off one by one. Then a multi-millionaire movie star, Chaz Mogg, becomes obsessed with the murder-spree and claims to have knowledge the killer is an assassin from a fabled hidden world known to the initiated as Monochrome. To complicate matters further, a shadowy figure who calls himself the Administrator, and who might just be the most powerful man in the world, is also taking a keen interest in the proceedings.
Monochrome is an amalgam of disturbing chiller, cabalistic mystery and religious fantasy bound together with dark wit and devilish humour – where infernal killing machines rub shoulders with broken-demons, metaphysical stormtroopers, murderous clerical lackeys and garrulous ghosts.

Abbey Tapes: the Exorcism CD

CD of songs by Philosopher’s Stone, the fictional ill-fated band from the novel December, is available via Phil Rickman’s website or as MP3 downloads via Amazon and iTunes. The Black Album lives.

CD cover photograph by John Mason, this is the ruins of Llanthony Abbey in Wales, inspiration for the novel December’s setting. Llanthony is in the shadow of the holy mountain, the Skirrid.  

My blog post about the novel, the music, the project, here: https://brightjul.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/deepest-darkest-december/

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I’m honored to be the subject of a sketch by the lovely Sydney, a student at our school. She was doodling in the margins at convo on October 29, 2013 when the TWC band played a few numbers. I’m so flattered! Thanks, Sydney.

Julia - lyrics by John Lennon

I got to see the Art of John Lennon traveling exhibit recently in Asheville, NC, and while the line drawings by John are captivating I particularly enjoyed the handwritten and signed lyric sheets. You can guess why I love this song….

Blog from the Snakepark has a page about the new Candy Seance album with photos, credits, and artwork created by Allan’s friends to illustrate each song.

http://allanwatson.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page_14.html

Here’s Teri Rowan’s lovely image designed for “The Water and the Grain”. A fairy with a flute! The song is a haunting lament by a lad seduced by the May Queen, a sort of Tam Lin tale.
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MessageLol Robinson and Hazey Jane II

Before Abbey Tapes came the 2 Lol Robinson CDs- Songs from Lucy’s Cottage and A Message from the Morning. These are Lol’s songs from the Merrily Watkins series of novels by Phil Rickman. Haunting, beautiful, ethereal- with more than a nod to Lol’s Nick Drake obsession. Phil Rickman and Allan Watson have some masterpieces here in these further unique fiction/music collaborations. They are available from Terry at cottageindustries@ledwardine.co.uk or downloaded from Amazon or iTunes.

I have the dubious honor of appearing in the infamous Dead Man Talking interview series!  http://allanwatson.blogspot.com/2012/11/dead-man-talking-6-julie-adams.html

Strachan, a most cantakerous and opinionated interviewer for a dead guy, teases me unmercifully about my involvement in the Abbey Tapes, the upcoming audio book of December, my political leanings (the interview came out on US election day), my dream band picks, and um …. wind. Good for a laugh or 3! I’m still waiting for my broken lawnmower prize.

Strachan’s other victims – er, interviews- include Bill Booker, Christopher Fowler, F.G. Cottam, Phil Rickman and Caitlin Sagan. So I am in excellent company! There’s comfort in numbers. Leave it to Allan Watson to reinvent the interview.

Phil Rickman’s new historical fiction book, the sequel to The Bones of Avalon, was published November 1. My copy is on its way from Amazon UK since there’s no telling when the US edition will be available. It continues to astound me that Rickman still has no US publisher. In any case, it isn’t expensive to order from Amazon UK and just takes a week or two to arrive. It might freak out your credit card company when the charge is applied. There should be a Kindle version eventually.

Cool on-cd design

 

A detail from The Alchymist in Search of the Philosopher’s Stone by Joseph Wright of Derby

Richard Winham and I talked about the Abbey Tapes project and played many of the tracks on WUTC.org, the NPR station at the Univ. of TN at Chattanooga. It was an hour long radio program airing in February 2012.  That interview and our March program on the 2 Hazey Jane II CDs are here for download: https://spideroak.com/browse/share/Julie_Adams/Radio

Richard commented that the music was beautiful and stood on its own even apart from the books and that this fiction/music collaboration was unique. I’ve been listening to Richard’s fantastic radio programs for years, so it was a thrill to meet him! In fact it was he who introduced me to the music of Richard Thompson and other artists that surprisingly few Americans know about.

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The beautiful cover design is by Bev Craven; photography by John Mason. Order the CD from Terry: cottageindustries@ledwardine.co.uk


With Phil’s permission I’m posting the awesome CD cover art by Bev Craven.


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The 2011 Mansion House Books signed special edition cover