We’re staking out The One Show in Hebden Bridge right now. The show is being broadcasted live at 7pm tonight and we’re hoping to perform Chameleon at the end of the show.
We intend to donate the profits from download sales to the Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal.
We’ll update how it’s going on twitter.com/Deshorsfall
Here is a fantastic article by Carrie Pratt all about the Kuschty Rye project and Pete Townshend’s involvement.
This can be accessed on the Pete Townshend fan site via the link below.
Now Des is back with the second instalment of his Kuschty Rye Trilogy.
It’s called ‘The Bastard’s Tin’ and he’s brought along a couple more of Ronnie Lane’s compadres
for the ride.
Pete Townshend wrote the music, plays guitar and sings a joint vocal with Des on the album’s
leading track, ‘Chameleon’. Kate Lane (Ronnie’s second wife and also his muse) had given Des her
lyrics for the song after hearing ‘The Good Gentleman’s Tonic’, ‘Chameleon’ is a devotional love
letter from Kate to Ronnie. It was written following their separation, after he was diagnosed with
the early symptoms of MS. An intimate insight into the life they spent together can be found on
her commentary which introduces the songs in the second half of the album.
‘The Bastard’s Tin’ charts the course of a single day. It starts at dawn with an excerpt of Ronnie
and Kate singing ‘Single Saddle’ from the second Slim Chance LP. This leads into ‘Chameleon’ after
which Horsfall proceeds through the rest of the morning part of the record performing 6 of his
These songs reflect on life’s realities in a number of ways: From the value of friendships on ‘I Know
A Little Bit, to disappointment on ‘Richmond Green’ and ‘That’s Not On’. Then the heartbreak
of having to deal with a loved one’s addictions on the tracks; ‘Anyway’ and ‘Whisky On Your
Breath’. The album reaches its mid-day point with the realisation that time is marching on with
the touching and sensitive, ‘Further Down The Line’. Afternoon is heralded by the singing of a
skylark and the short instrumental, ‘Katie’s Jig’. Then Kate Lane takes up the story by introducing
the next sequence of songs. Her anecdotes relate to a period of time, often referred to as Ronnie
and Kate’s “Gypsy Years”. These events surrounded Ronnie’s decision to leave his band, The Faces
when their singer Rod Stewart, was starting his rise to fame and fortune.
The sequence commences with a Ronnified version of Townshend’s song, ‘Going Mobile’ (from the
classic Who album, ‘Who’s Next’) which is followed by Horsfall’s ‘Whistle To Blow’. A couple
of songs (‘Stone’ and ‘Debris’) follow from Ronnie Lane’s time with The Faces. Kate’s song, ‘Tin
& Tambourine’ is next and the album’s day ends with a rousing version of Ronnie’s swansong for
The Faces, ‘Ooh La La’. In the evening, everyone gathers around the kitchen table to sing Ronnie
and Kate’s favourite Leadbelly tune, ‘Goodnight Irene’.
Then up the Wooden Hill To Bedfordshire.
It’s the end of a perfect day.
All contained in ‘The Bastard’s Tin’.
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‘The Bastard’s Tin’, which is album number two in the trilogy…is complete.
Sounding, and looking FABULOUS…….. featuring Pete Townshend!!
A limited, signed and numbered collectors edition is now available from Live Shows or Exclusively from
Muse Music, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Been very busy lately in the Legendary Valve Analogue Recording Studio.
The new KUSCHTY RYE album is sounding fab…it’s the dogs danglers!
Wonderful contributions from Andy Wells on Hammond, Wurlitzer , backing vocals and percussion; along
with some very tasteful accordion from Mancunian Squeezer, Eamonn Dinan.
Just you wait….
Been to France (twice), Spain, Germany, Ireland, Scotland….all over the shop!
The new album’s coming on……..
Very Special guest from LA … fine singer/songwriter Rick Shea (guitarist to the Blasters’ Dave Alvin)!!
Plus lots more….
Des will be interviewed live on Radio 8 Ansbach Germany Friday Sept 8th…….
We had a fantastic time with Rob on his Radio Show….make sure you listen regularly.
He’s really entertaining and plays some top music!
Thanks to everyone in the Highlands who made our tour special.
Myself and Simon had a jolly jape. New friends, new places….more next
Special thanks to Rob & Ann.
See you again soon!!
AKR for the Scottish Summer jaunt will be Des, accompanied by the very wonderful Simon Othen on guitars and mandolin.
Songs from TGGT will be played tonight on Iain Anderson show on BBC Radio Scotland
Des ‘n’ Andy had a hugely successful Scottish tour….and worra lorra fun!!
Check this great live review
Acoustic KUSCHTY RYE
SCOTTISH TOUR February 24th – March 3rd
I’d like to add a heartfelt thanks to my band….Andy Mckerlie, Chris Turner and Conor ‘Bin Bag’ Lawrence
for giving their time and skill for nowt. Well done chaps!!
Many thanks to everyone who turned up (on a freezing cold night) at the Trades Club last Friday January 13th to support our fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis in memory of the great Ronnie Lane. We had a rockin’ night with the full band and guest fiddler Becky Taylor . Thanks to our fabulous opening act The Tragettes …check’em out. We raised 100 smackeroos plus 30 smackereenos (similar to a smackeroo) in contributions from recent Kuschty Rye album sales (£1/album). So..£130 is on its way to the MS trust:)