Saturday, 2 June 2012

A Silly Tree - live Summer 1981


 About time for some more A Silly Tree and this time we've dug out their four final live performances, all from the Summer of 1981. These concerts feature much the same material as the previously posted session from 7th June, but in a live context they tended to stretch out and breathe, while also possessing a greater immediacy.


At this time the group were experimenting with richer textures to flesh out their sound, initially with ex-Inadequates/Verbs/Some Noise frontman Scott Saunders guesting on organ, and then with Phil Layton on saxophone. These concerts saw a relaxed group, throwing in the odd cover version and even digging out the old Zuggs classic Truprint for the 19th May concert. It was also a period where drummer Mark Creathorne was really coming into his own as a songwriter, and many of his compositions peppered the sets.


For the group's final concert, at Plas Coch in Llanedwen on Bastille Day 1981, A Silly Tree were back down to a core quartet and went out with a blistering set that even included a drum solo! During the 11 months that the group existed, they played only 15 concerts, but nevertheless left a legacy that changed the course of the Bangor music scene for ever.



A Silly Tree - Plas Coch, Llanedwen 19th May 1981

Mark Creathorne - drums
Alan Holmes - guitar
Maeyc Hewitt - bass
Maria Hycz - vocals
Scott Saunders - organ/vocals

She'll Never Know  (Holmes/Hycz/Stubbs)  2:31
2  Isn't Life Such Fun?  (Holmes/Hycz/Stubbs)   3:13
3  (Cook a) Dark Dish  (Hewitt/Holmes)   5:11
4  Truprint/Problems  (Holmes/Hycz)  6:40
5  Parting Gift  (Creathorne/Hewitt/Holmes/Hycz)  4:39
6  White Sky  (Layton)  2:44
7  Guilty Feeling  (Holmes/Hycz)  5:04
8  Always Something There to Remind Me  (Bacharach/David)  5:29
9  The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)  (Linda)  5:34


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A Silly Tree - Castle Hotel, Bangor 8th June 1981

Mark Creathorne - drums
Alan Holmes - guitar
Maeyc Hewitt - bass
Maria Hycz - vocals
Phil Layton - saxophone

It's Too Late  (Hewitt/Holmes/Hycz)  3:10
2  She'll Never Know  (Holmes/Hycz/Stubbs)  4:56
3  Falling Back  (Creathorne)  4:00
4  Isn't Life Such Fun?  (Holmes/Hycz/Stubbs)   3:50
5  White Sky  (Layton)  3:14
6  Parting Gift  (Creathorne/Hewitt/Holmes/Hycz)  5:51
7  Guilty Feeling  (Holmes/Hycz)  6:25


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A Silly Tree - Plas Coch, Llanedwen June 1981


Mark Creathorne - drums
Alan Holmes - guitar
Maeyc Hewitt - bass
Maria Hycz - vocals
Phil Layton - saxophone

1  Target (Creathorne)  2:41
2  It's Too Late (Hewitt/Holmes/Hycz)  4:39
3  Isn't Life Such Fun?  (Holmes/Hycz/Stubbs)   3:22
4  Falling Back  (Creathorne)  4:15
5  Parting Gift  (Creathorne/Hewitt/Holmes/Hycz)  4:54
6  Trust  (Hewitt/Holmes/Hycz)  4:04
7  Playing for Time  (Creathorne/Hewitt/Holmes/Hycz)  5:53

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A Silly Tree - Plas Coch, Llanedwen 14th July 1981
(farewell gig)

Mark Creathorne - drums
Alan Holmes - guitar
Maeyc Hewitt - bass
Maria Hycz - vocals

1  intro  1:04
2  Parting Gift  (Creathorne/Hewitt/Holmes/Hycz)  4:35
3  Isn't Life Such Fun?  (Holmes/Hycz/Stubbs)   3:20
4  Falling Back  (Creathorne)  3:57
5  She'll Never Know  (Holmes/Hycz/Stubbs)  4:32
6  It's Too Late  (Hewitt/Holmes/Hycz)  5:07
7  Guilty Feeling  (Holmes/Hycz)  5:53
8  Always Something There to Remind Me  (Bacharach/David)  5:07
9  Guilty Feeling  (Holmes/Hycz)  9:53

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