Strength Through Hard Times, Constellation Club: All Details, Box Schtumm Show, Spring Inter-Pla-Net-Live and Ashes To Ashes Live Video + LIAVFOS
April 14, 2023 § Leave a comment
So much has happened since the last blog so this is going to be extensive. Life throws things at you and this time it hit hard. A really tough December and I lost my mum at the start of January. From this profound sadness and though undoubtedly walking the difficult path of grieving for a while yet, life carries on and I’m reaching from within to be able to carry on the journey. Raf and O is the vehicle and the motivation is strong if not stronger. Through hard times strength comes.
We performed in West Kirby Arts Centre last November to an excellent reception. Special thanks to Mal Robinson for filming us on stage and for the realisation of this video. I dedicate it to my mum up in the stars and to my dad who returned to the stars many moons ago … with all my love …
Raf and O -‘Ashes To Ashes’ (David Bowie Cover) Live at WKAC. Filmed by Mal Robinson
O Richard Smith performs live at West Kirby Arts Centre. Captured by Mal Robinson
Stars On The Horizon
I’ve done a lot of writing recently, so much more than this album that’s coming up … next one has already being conceived, literally …
We saw Moonage daydream, Brett Morgen’s film exploring David Bowie and it was wonderful! Poignant, beautifully, chaotically and creatively edited, Bowie’s music and persona gloriously attacking our senses, his mentoring presence intimately speaking to us through his journey of discovery. I came away from the cinema inspired. And to keep pursuing. Creators must keep going, platforms are increasingly difficult but we’re scratching the surface of a possible way forward, glimpsing through excitement and trepidation (haven’t done this sort of thing before) we have fleshed out what we originally concocted as our Constellation Club. It will soon be a reality.
a club by Raf and O
where song stars are born
LAUNCHING 12 JUNE – THE DETAILS!
Launching in June ahead of upcoming releases, we really have pondered this throughout and decided that to be able to logistically make it all happen, it could only work as a yearly subscription. The subscription will be hosted on the Raf and O Bandcamp and I will update the link here as soon as we launch! Keep reading!
Independent Artists in the 21st Century are increasingly relying on those who believe in the impact of artistic output as a way of enriching all our lives and the inner power that is generated as a result.
We are Raf and O, we create songs, music, art, interpretations, performances, we direct all our projects.
Can you support Raf and O creating and releasing music and more? Would you like to support weekly monthly yearly writing, your name on our album, get to see new lyrics and hear new songs before anybody else, get to own an original unique and bespoke booklet of handwritten lyrics only available to members of Constellation Club? Would you like to become a monthly guardian of a Raf and O song? Would you like to own your own portrait painted by me (Raf that is), whilst you are listening to a Raf and O song? Would you like our utmost gratitude and the knowledge you are supporting proactive and hard working independent artists to keep going?
COME SHINE OR DAZZLE WITH US!
Shine With Raf and O – £110 pa
With this tier, upon joining, we will make specifically for you and send you an original bespoke lovingly realised physical A4 booklet full of hand written lyrics for all the songs of the upcoming Raf and O album ‘We Are Stars’ only available to the members of Constellation Club + far ahead of their official releases to the wider public we will post monthly song stars formation posts alternating full lyrics and audio of new songs in their stripped down incarnation + your name will appear in the thanks of our upcoming album + you will be able to become a monthly guardian of a Raf and O song of your choosing with your name (if wished) appearing on monthly Raf and O song guardian social media posts + extra surprises along the way. As we develop the club, you will also have the ability to purchase merch which will only be made available to members of Constellation Club.
Dazzle With Raf and O – £230 pa
With this tier, upon joining you will receive everything in the previous tier + you will commission an original portrait painted by me (Raf that is) from a photo of you listening to your favourite Raf and O song which will be sent to you personally when ready! Unique and personal art, personally made and delivered to you, massively discounted only to members of Constellation Club!
SO, IF YOU CHOOSE TO BE A STAR
IN OUR CONSTELLATION CLUB …
IN THE INNER CIRCLE …
YOU WILL HAVE OUR UTMOST GRATITUDE AND THE KNOWLEDGE YOU ARE SUPPORTING PROACTIVE AND HARD WORKING INDEPENDENT ARTISTS TO KEEP GOING
Raf and O perform live at West Kirby Arts Centre. Captured by Mal Robinson
In the meantime ….
WE ARE STARS – THE ALBUM SEQUENCE
In 2023, ‘We Are Stars’ album will be released and we truly look forward to that! Here’s the album sequencing, many songs were introduced in their early development to our hardcore fans during our online shows and we are now proud to announce them as part of Raf and O’s 5th and upcoming album ‘We Are Stars’.
’Inextricably linked to David Bowie’! Thank you to the people at Schtumm! On Sunday May 21st Raf and O head over to Wiltshire, precisely to Box near Bath for a special show promoted by Schtumm who are welcoming us in the Steve Hall arena from where we will present the music of Raf and O and David Bowie! We’re very excited and discounted advanced tickets are on sale now right here, a bargain! Spread the word, we’re looking forward to go west and can’t wait to perform for you !
INTER-PLA-NET-LIVE SHOWS 2023
Excitement running high at INTER-PLA-NET-LIVE SHOWS 2023 glowing with live music warming our hearts through good and bad times. Two have been, two more to go this Spring, we’re live on your screen through your ears and into your consciousness. Huge thank you to our fans who have been to so many shows since 2020, a wonderful bunch. April 29 is our next one. Join us at this link
Raf and O perform live at INTER-PLA-NET-LIVE
LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS FROM OUTER SPACE FILMED AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL
We leave you with some stunning captures of Raf and O performing ‘Dream Machine’ from the extraordinary film ‘Language Is A Virus From Outer Space’ (LIAVFOS) shot at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for the William S Burroughs centenary and lovingly realised by director Neville Farmer together with Richard Strange who also put together the whole show. An unforgettable event alongside a brilliant bill of artists. The film was screened last Summer at The Wire 40 years celebration and was selected for the Oaxaca filmfest.
We hope you will join our Constellation Club.
Be a star that keeps shining in our universe,
we’ll endeavour to do the same.
Here’s to the power within …
Raf and O ❤ 🌟✨
Raf and O perform Dream Machine in the film ‘Language Is A Virus From Outer Space‘ filmed and realised by Neville Farmer and Richard Strange
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