Thursday, March 8, 2007

B'eirth's Pscikadilik Psyrkuz -The Lack-All Tour Threw Gypsie Hick Frivol Rock,tape,1993,USA





B'eirth or B'ee (born Bobin Jon Michael Eirth in 1974?), is the vocalist and conductor/composer in the experimental psych folk band In Gowan Ring.
Biography
Rarely mentioned in articles and reviews without an adjective, B'eirth has been called "mysterious," "reclusive," "nomadic," "effusive," and "singular." Much of this attention is due to his cultivated image as a modern-day troubadour, often performing music (and presumably living) in old-fashioned clothes or costumes, and preferring instruments with Renaissance roots.
He explains his moniker and artist name B'eirth as a contraction for his "less wieldy" given name, and B'ee as a simpler version still, with a fitting polysemy: His father was an beekeeper. On his mother's side, he is related to the fourth Prophet of the Mormon Church, Wilford Woodruff, his Great-Great-Great Grandfather. Despite this, he does not follow the Mormon discipline. He was born in Ohio, USA, but is vague about where he was raised, saying it was "further east in green territory" rather than in Salt Lake City proper. He currently lives in downtown Portland, Oregon, USA.
B'eirth is proficient at playing a myriad of instruments, including guitar, cittern, harps (both mouth harps and folk harps), harmonica, recorder, reeds and flutes. He is largely self-taught (though says he has didactically studied "16th century polyphony"), and designs and fabricates his own stringed instruments. He is also, unless otherwise credited, the designer and artist of In Gowan Ring's album artwork.
As a live performer, B'eirth is commonly associated with his easily recognizable "double-necked guitar." This instrument is actually a guitar/cittern hybrid made by B'eirth himself in 1998, which he calls the Stringed Spade. It is, in his own words:
...a standard 6 string on the top neck and 9 strings in 5 courses (low course single) on the lower neck. I wanted the combination so as to avoid changing instruments between songs during performance. Occasionally I play both necks during one song and sometimes use the cittern neck as resonant strings while the top neck strings are sounding.
This is his first self released tape from 1993.Don't expect the regular dark folk tunes here!Crazed out dark psych with folkish and space hints!Absolute masterpiece!
get it here



11 comments:

Graham said...

I am totally blown away by you guy's / gals generosity of spirit, and delighted to have found other people of such open minded tastes in music.
R O C K O N !

Anonymous said...

Wow ... simply incredible! I was always wanting to hear this but it is very long gone now.

I will let him know you have this up, I am sure he will be delighted to see this posted.

Anonymous said...

wow this is totally brilliant, I knew b'eirth had to have had something like this up his sleeve (his first album is far too brilliant). far better than the "americana" crap he's been doing recently.

-cc

amber said...

I have had the good fortune to be a friend and musical collaborator of b'eirth's since 1989. It is both compelling and amusing to see how his folklore is a living shifting independent creature. I am thrilled to see that the heart of this work is still beating.
We skipped across Amsterdam, Antwerpen and Leipzig briefly in spring 2003, packing our instruments on our backs. The spade is efficient in it's design and can be dismantled and reassembled quite easily. A very clever boy...

Anonymous said...

Briefly -- also, the tape is from 1993/1994 not 1983 as your bio states at the end. A simple mistake to make!

kqwiet said...

Hey this is a classic! Underground SLC from the past! Even some of the biggest IGR & Birch Book fans probably haven't heard. Recommended!

kqwiet said...

PS Hi Amber!

arbor said...

gosh golly...gem alert! thanks for this

Matthew said...

Hey,
Is there any chance of a re-up on this? Thanks so much!

seda said...

I would be ever so grateful for a re-up also!! This one is hard to find... Thanks!!

seda said...

I would be ever so grateful for a re-up also! This one is hard to find... Thank you kindly!!