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February Newsroom
Monday, 05 February 2007

Joe sets out on a tour of the kingdoms of Yorkshire and Scotland on Feb 18th accompanied by Polly MacLean who has guested as a duet singer on a lot of his solo gigs. It’s a homecoming tour for Yorkshireman Joe and Scots lass Polly. The dates are:
All February ’07:

Sunday 18 HULL Adelphi
Wednesday 21 INVERNESS Market Bar
Thursday 22 ABERDEEN MUSA (supporting John Otway)
Friday 23 EDINBURGH Henry’s Cellar Bar
Saturday 24 SHEFFIELD Red House

Note that the Edinburgh venue has now changed (it was previously at The Café Royal).

And there’s a tour warm-up gig on Valentine’s Night at Blang at the 12 Bar Club. The night also marks the 5th anniversary of the Blang night. See Blang.

January news room
Saturday, 13 January 2007

Jon Clayton will leave his role as Buzfuz bass/cello player after the gig at The Archway Tavern next Saturday. Jon joined Charlotte Hatherley’s band as bassist last year and with 2007 set to be a busy year for Charlotte and her band Jon has decided to quit. Jon also plays with Stuffy/The Fuses and in a project with his girlfriend Jen.
The band wish him the best of luck for the future. Jon will probably continue to act as engineer/producer for Buzfuz recordings.

The Archway gig was set to be the last band gig for a while anyway as Joe is focussing on solo activity. February sees a short tour of Yorkshire and Scotland for Joe accompanied by Polly MacLean of Kinkajou on duetting duties. The White Rose and Thistles Tour sees Yorkshireman Joe and Scots lass Polly return home to visit Hull, Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Sheffield. See Gigs. In March Joe is to start recording a solo Buzfuz album.

The Jewelled Carriageway was chosen as one of’s albums of the year for ’06. As with Fire Horse the album was ignored in the mainstream press but appreciated in the underground!

Cargo are distributing the Blang label so The Jewelled Carriageway is now available in specialist record shops across the UK.

Swallows video online!
Thursday, 04 January 2007

Happy New Year one and all!
The first proper Buzfuz video, ie it’s directed and edited etc, is now online at Youtube and this website.
It was directed by Tom Mayne of David Cronenberg’s Wife with help from Hannah of The Bicycle Thieves.

Next band gig is sat Jan 20th at The Archway Tavern.

Joe's playing a bunch of new songs at the late slot at Blang Wed 10th at 11 30.

December news, looking back: 2006, forward: 2007
Monday, 18 December 2006

Happy Christmas to all who came to gigs or bought records this year! We hope you and your’s have a peaceful Xmas.
The first Buzfuz video on Youtube is a live performance of Who Are You? From the August gig at The Windmill in Brixton.
Last week’s Xmas Blang featured Xmas songs from all the acts and Joe guested on electric (“Judas” shouted Filthy Pedro when Joe played it in the earlier Buzfuz set) guitar for Paul Hawkins And Thee Awkward Silences. The Buzfuz set concluded with Filthy Pedro, Lou Psyche and Paul Hawkins joining Polly and Joe on kazoos for Fairytale Of New York.
Joe and Polly made their first appearance under the name Smoke And Mirrors at the Xmas Bucket Of Fun in Stoke Newington on Friday.

The band’s highlights of 2006 included:
The 50th Blang in March
The Jewelled Carriageway being released in September
The launch gig for the LP at Camden Rock Café
Swallows becoming the first Buzfuz song to get national radio play on radio 3’s Mixing It
Making their first video (for Swallows – more news on this very soon).

Expect news early in ’07 about:
A solo Joe tour of the kingdoms of Yorkshire and Scotland in February.
The video for Swallows directed by Tom Mayne of DCW.
Blang Records releasing records by Filthy Pedro and David Cronenberg’s Wife.
More Blangs at the 12 Bar Club including the 5th anniversary/Valentine’s special on Feb 14.
Happy Xmas
Sergeant Buzfuz xxxxx

Swallows update
Thursday, 23 November 2006

Live favourite Swallows is currently on the Oxide playlist. That’s the Oxford University student station. The video for the song is almost finished, it’s being put together by Tom Mayne from David Cronenberg’s Wife and someone called Hannah.

Rumour 1 – Joe is making several guest appearances as guitarist for other bands in December.

Rumour 2 – Joe and Polly (from Kinkajou) are playing a gig as a duo under a new non-Buzfuz non-Kinkajou name at the December Bucket Of Fun.

Three gigs this week
Saturday, 11 November 2006

3 Buzfuz gigs next week. Joe’s playing solo on Tuesday (14th) at the Antifolk Rule Of 4 night at The Water Poet where he’s playing 4 new songs. Then 2 band gigs on Saturday 18th at the 12 Bar Club’s Antifolk Fest and Sunday 19th at Blackheath Concert Halls. All 5 Buzfuzzers are playing these gigs. See Gigs
More news soon about the video for Swallows.

Songbirds gig cancelled
Thursday, 02 November 2006

Joe’s solo gig at the Songbirds night tomorrow has been cancelled. It’ll be rescheduled soon.

Sounds XP review
Saturday, 14 October 2006

The new album gets a lovely review at SoundsXP.

Album on Blang site/Morning Star feature
Monday, 02 October 2006

The new album is available to buy at the Blang shop.
In addition it’ll soon be in the shops, distributed by Cargo. And it’s available to download at Napster and Tunetribe.
Last Wednesday the band were mentioned on the front cover of The Morning Star which ran a review of the album along with a look at the UK and New York antifolk scenes. You can read the text of it here.

Monday, 25 September 2006

The band want to thank everyone who came to the album launch gig on Friday. They had a fantastic night.
The new album is available at Napster. We’ll let you know when we spot it at other download shops. It’ll be available at the Blang label site as soon as they get their act together!
Meanwhile there’s a great little review of the album at

Album released as download this Friday
Monday, 18 September 2006

The Jewelled Carriageway will be released digitally this Friday 22nd, the day of the launch gig at Camden Rock Café. A list of online shops will be posted soon, but it should be in all the obvious ones.
Meanwhile the CD release day remains Mon 25th. It’ll be available on the Blang website very soon.

Interview in this week's Timeout
Tuesday, 12 September 2006

A double page feature on London antifolk in this week’s Timeout features an interview with Joe. He stressed in the interview that he doesn’t think of Buzfuz as antifolk, despite loving the scene and Blang being a major platform for AFUK acts. However, not for the first time, Buzfuz are presented as an antifolk band. “Everyone keeps calling us antifolk so maybe we are” said Joe today. “It’s not surprising, I put on loads of antifolk and I play at the antifolk festivals so I can’t complain. I said I don’t consider us antifolk but I suppose that doesn’t fit with the story.”
This month’s Blang night is tomorrow and features Shibuya Crossings, The Wave Pictures, Angel Racing Food, Matt Dolphin and William Nein, see Blang.

Radio 3
Saturday, 09 September 2006

‘Swallows’ was played on Radio 3’s Mixing It programme on Friday night. You can still here the programme online here:

Timeout interview
Sunday, 03 September 2006

Joe was interviewed by Timeout this week for an upcoming issue on London’s music scenes. Joe was asked about the antifolk scene, many of whose performers have played at Blang. Issue should be out Sep 12th.
In the meantime the new album has a 9 star review at Room 13
Ok, it’s 9 out of 13, but who’s counting?

Album launch gig
Saturday, 26 August 2006

The launch gig for new album “The Jewelled Carriageway” is happening on Friday September 22nd at The Camden Rock Café (formerly The Caernarvon Castle). See gigs.
Meanwhile Disorder magazine have given the album an 8/10 review in the new issue. You can also read it online here.

August update
Thursday, 17 August 2006

Joe is in Avignon researching the next Popes song as the band are having a break before a bout of activity at the end of the month. The gig as support to Jeffrey Lewis at the Windmill on Sat 26th is SOLD OUT. Joe is then playing the Valley festival in Cromer, Norfolk on Sun 27th and the band are to finish filming the video for Swallows on Mon 28th. Meanwhile Jon is playing with Chris T-T at the Green Man festival this Saturday. News of a launch gig soon, we hear it’s to be in Camden.

Get Ready to Rock
Monday, 14 August 2006

“An album of quietly staggering beauty… enchanting, engaging and totally absorbing with more passion and integrity than you could shake a stick at… new British folk at it's very, very best - challenging but accessible. Buy it.” A second review for the Jewelled Carriageway, at Get Ready To Rock.

Skinny review
Friday, 11 August 2006

“Amongst the neo-folk revolution, it's good to hear a group who have not lost sight of playing songs you can sing along to”. Yes the first review of The Jewelled Carriageway has appeared, in The Skinny, the Edinburgh/Glasgow listings mag.

Live reviews
Thursday, 10 August 2006

We’ve just found a review of Joe’s 12 Bar Antifolk Fest appearance in May, and a nice little review it is too: Opposition T

Album put back to September
Friday, 28 July 2006

The release date for The Jewelled Carriageway has been put back to Monday September 25th.

Swallows video in production
Wednesday, 26 July 2006

The band are making a video in August. It’s for the song Swallows and it’s to be directed by Tom Mayne of David Cronenberg’s Wife. More news soon.

Syd Barrett tribute Blang
Saturday, 15 July 2006

Wednesday’s Blang turned into a hastily arranged Syd Barrett tribute with Joe playing a set of Syd songs accompanied by Thom Alder of David Cronenberg’s Wife on violin. Adrian Whittaker, editor of the Incredible String Band book “Be Glad” got up to play “Effervescing Elephant”. For a review see Dave Bryant’s blog.

At the previous Buzfuz gig in Oxford last month Joe, Filthy Pedro and Thee Intolerable Kidd went out busking on the streets of Oxford to drum up support for the gig, watched by occasional curious passing cop cars.
Next Buzfuz gig is the Antifolk Night at The Barfly in Chalk Farm this Wednesday where Joe is playing a 15 minute set and DJ-ing, see Gigs.

Filthy Pedro plays with Joe
Monday, 26 June 2006

Filthy Pedro, currently being heard every Friday night on Channel 4’s Transmission music show, where his Rock’n’Roll Points track heralds the weekly item of the same name which was inspired by his song, has been added to the bill for Joe’s solo gig at the Sheffield Green Room on Wednesday August 2nd, see Gigs. Joe plays solo with Filthy and with David Cronenberg’s Wife this Wednesday in Oxford, again see Gigs page.

Joe dresses up at Royal Court
Thursday, 22 June 2006

Joe is performing 2 songs this Friday at a late night ‘happening’at the Royal Court Theatre at Sloane Square. As part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the theatre there’s a late night fringe show titled ‘Come Together, Again’ in commemoration of a counter culture happening which was staged at the theatre in 1970.

The loose theme is of the end of the 60s dream and changing attitudes to sex in society. Joe will be performing Here Come The Popes Part 1 dressed in a Gandalf style cloak and long curly wig. Possibly for the first and last time. As well as Joe Buzfuz there’s also music from Malcolm Kaksois, improvised dance and theatre, re-incarnations of 1970s happenings, impersonations, cabaret numbers, burka striptease, performance poetry, ‘twisted party-games’, an extract from anti-war America Hurrah by Jean Claude van Itallie, cabaret from The People Show, Roddy Maude-Roxby’s legendary masks, DJs, late bar, etc. Directed by Robert Cook and Elina Manni.

It happens both in the main theatre and up in the 4th floor Studio Theatre which is where Joe and Malcolm will play.
So get down and get with it Daddio! This Friday 23rd. Tickets cost £7.50, available at the door. Show starts 11 pm, ends 1.30 am. The Royal Court is next door to Sloane square tube station, just turn right and it’s there.

Jon's production on Channel 4
Tuesday, 20 June 2006

One of the tracks recently recorded by Buzfuz cellist/bassist Jon Clayton in his One Cat Studio where Buzfuz rehearse and record is currently featuring every week on Channel 4. A 15 second edit from ‘Rock’n’Roll Points’ by Blang night regular Filthy Pedro is being used each week on Transmission (Fridays, 11 30 pm) to herald the weekly Rock’n’Roll Points feature inspired by the song.

Jewelled Carriageway released August 21st
Thursday, 15 June 2006

“The Jewelled Carriageway” is out on August 21st. It’s the first album to feature the full band. Like the previous 2 Buzfuz albums it has 11 tracks and was recorded by Jon Clayton at One Cat Studio. Timothy Victor (Folk Orchestra, Broken Family Band, Chris T-T) who played on “Fire Horse” plucks his banjo on “Blanket TV”. “The Jewelled Carriageway” will be the 2nd release on the Blang label.
1 Swallows
2 It’s Not What You’ve Got It’s Who You Give It To
3 The Television Will Not Be Revolutionised
4 Pour It from The Kettle
5 Windscreen Wipers
6 Who Are You?
7 Bone Tired
8 Blanket TV
9 Grade A
10 Something To Lose
11 Here Come The Popes Part 1 (1st Millenium)

See Gigs page for details of summer gigs, mostly Joe playing solo.

New album out August
Saturday, 20 May 2006

The new Buzfuz album, titled “The Jewelled Carriageway”, is to be released in August on the band’s own Blang label. A release date will be confirmed very soon. Finished last summer, the band have spent a year choosing the running order, sorting the artwork, saving up funds and writing another album’s worth of songs!

There should be regional gigs around Britain and Ireland in the summer. Expect announcements shortly.

Grant McLennan
Tuesday, 09 May 2006

RIP Grant McLennan.
Monday, 17 April 2006

In addition to the tracks at (currently Swallows from the next album, Obedience from Fire Horse and Infinity from the first album) you can now hear and download, for 89p, 3 tracks at These include Windscreen Wipers from the next album, news of which soon.

50th Blang night
Monday, 06 March 2006

Wednesday sees the 50th Blang night at the 12 Bar Club with Sgt Buzfuz headlining at 10. Also celebrating the big five-oh are Filthy Pedro, Bad Anorak 404, David Cronenberg’s Wife and Boyd, see Blang.

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