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Month: February, 2012

Beatie Wolfe

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

Beatie Wolfe in Tooting

Beatie Wolfe in Tooting. Photo by Mike Hiller.

Let’s be fair – it’s not quite all about old books here at the ABA.  Some of us do exhibit an occasional vestigial interest in real life in the twenty-first century.   And let’s be fair to Beatie Wolfe too.  She has done a great job of publicising the ABA since we appointed her our website editor.  Pageloads were up to 48,000 in the last quarter of 2011 – up from a meagre 3,000 just a year earlier.  So let’s publicise her a little in return.

Part-time ABA website editor by day – fabulous singer-songwriter by night.  We caught her act at the old  Tooting Tram & Social the other night (genuinely a converted tramshed).  Not perhaps a huge turnout, but the audience utterly rapt and spellbound as Beatie launched into a selection of songs – just herself on guitar and Adam Hayes on percussion.  The achingly rueful  Beautiful Affair, the sweetest of love-songs, As You,  something more upbeat I didn’t quite catch the name of, Danger Blue, a work-in-progress without a title yet, couple of songs and a single from the new album to be released later this year.  Not a single person in the entire place chatting with their mates  – every eye and ear riveted on her.  You can find some of the songs on youtube and vimeo readily enough – check them out for yourselves (although she’s even better live).  

Beatie Wolfe

Beatie Wolfe

Lord knows, I’m no music critic – here are some real ones – James Mullinger in GQ – “The best concert I have been to all year … With masses of unbridled energy, her beautiful melodies envelop the listener in wild stories of love and lust, as she delicately describes the poetry and tragedy of relationships … I implore you to see her live … It won’t be long before she’s selling out the Albert Hall” or this (slightly more cryptic) from the soi-disant Megan Terrible of Les Enfants Terribles over in the States, “This little lady packs a whallop of a voice, smokey and sultry and centuries wise beyond her years.  Hers is no siren song, mind you, as instead of trying to lead your ship into a rocky doom her voice might just help you find your way home”.  Or, as the First Lady has it, “If I looked like her and could sing like her, I certainly wouldn’t be bothering with you old buffers in the ABA” – but we’re all very glad she does.  Thank you, Beatie.   

Catch her live at Ronnie Scott’s, playing with her full Pack, on Tuesday March 20th – all the details at http://beatiewolfe.com/.

Janet’s Lunch

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

ABA authority on cookery books and specialist in gastronomy, Janet Clarke (www.janetclarke.com), tells us about today’s lunch.  

McVitie's Ginger Cake

McVitie's Ginger Cake

Lunch today at 4pm consisted of a slice of McVitie’s Ginger Cake which has been twice to Scotland and back and now retrieved from the freezer served with a teaspoon of Brandy Butter (ditto to Scotland) but left in jar unopened and now see the bbf date is 02.2011, and a cup of coffee reheated from breakfast. These things actually taste quite good if eaten at about 2am having had a cold, dark and nil session for the sea trout. (With a large dram of whisky – of course!)