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A Year In The Country – Spectral Fields – Wyrd Kalendar Mix 1; Chapters 1-13

A Year In The Country-Spectral Fields-Wyrd Kalendar Mix 1-Chris Lambert

Throughout the year Chris Lambert, author of amongst other works Tales from the Black Meadow, is planning on creating four mixes which each explore 13 chapters of the A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields book.

Tales from the Black Meadow-Chris Lamber-Nigel Wilson-book-front and back covers

They will include a selection of music tracks, trailers, clips from the book etc which in various ways connect with and reflect the wanderings in the book.

A-Year-In-The-Country-Wandering-Through-Spectral-Fields-book-Stephen-Prince-6 copies-front cover and back cover

The first mix is now online and can be listened to at Mixcloud and read about at the Wyrd Kalendar site.

And rather fine it is. At points it made me laugh out loud, at other times it was good to revisit some old audio friends, at others just to be able to step back and appreciate the intermingling and interweaving of tracks, styles, text and ideas.

It also made me wander if it is possible to sponsor a stile, in the same way that you see say public benches that have been sponsored by people?

I’m not sure but in the meantime, hop over the Ghost Box stile and wander the Spectral Fields with Mr Lambert

I-Spy books-Trees-The Sky

A quiz for all the family:

While you wander the Spectral Fields, in an I-Spy manner, can you match the chapters and song titles below?

Rob Young-Electric Eden-book covers-1st edition-2nd edition-US edition

Chapters explored in the Spectral Fields Wyrd Kalendar Mix 1:

1. Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music: Folk Vs Pop, Less Harvested Cultural Landscapes and Acts of 
Enclosure, Old and New

2. Gather in the Mushrooms: Early Signposts and Underground Acid Folk Explorations

3. Hauntology: Places Where Society Goes to Dream, the Defining and Deletion of Spectres and the Making of an Ungenre

4. Cuckoos in the Same Nest: Hauntological and Otherly Folk Confluences and Intertwinings


5. Ghost Box Records: Parallel Worlds, Conjuring Spectral Memories, Magic Old and New and Slipstream Trips to the
 Panda Pops Disco

6. Folk Horror Roots: From But a Few Seedlings Did a Great Forest Grow

7. 1973: A Time of Schism and a Dybbuk’s Dozen of Fractures

8. Broadcast: Recalibration, Constellation and Exploratory Pop

The Book of the Lost-Emily Jones-The Rowand Amber Mill-CD albumThe Book Of The Lost-A Year In The Country

9. Tales From The Black Meadow, The Book of the Lost and The Equestrian Vortex: The Imagined Spaces of Imaginary Soundtracks

10. The Wicker Man: Notes on a Cultural Behemoth

11. Robin Redbreast, The Ash Tree, Sky, The Changes, Penda’s Fen Red Shift and The Owl Service: Wanderings Through Spectral Television Landscapes

12. A Bear’s Ghosts: Soviet Dreams and Lost Futures

13. From “Two Tribes” to War Games: The Ascendancy of Apocalyptic Popular Culture


Albion Country Band-Battle of the Field

Songs etc included in the Spectral Fields Wyrd Kalendar Mix 1:

“We’re going to take a slightly different route…” – The Kalendar Host
I Was a Young Man – The Albion Country Band
Glistening Glyndebourne – John Martyn
Black Country Rock – David Bowie

Gather In The Mushrooms-Bob Stanley-The British Acid Folk Underground-album-A Year In The Country 0001-A Year In The Country-Gather In The Mushrooms-back

Love in Ice Crystals – The Sallyangie
Morning Way – Trader Horne
Children of the Stones – Sidney Sager
Caged in Stammheim by Demdike Stare

The Quietened Village-album CD cover-A Year In The Country-1px strokeThe Stone Tape-1972-logo credits-Nigel Kneale

Flying over a Glassed Wedge vs. The Stone Tape – Howlround
Playground Gateway – Belbury Poly
Mind How You Go Now – The Advisory Circle
Forgotten Places – Hoofus
The Magic Yard – Lubos Fiser

Hoofus-The Edgelands-game soundtrack-album artwork-HoofusEdgelands-Marshlight software-Hoofus-3b

Loomings – Hoofus
Witch Hunt – Frog
Trailer – The Final Programme

Dark and Lonely Water-6-A Year In The Country copy

The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water – Central Office of Information
The Be Colony – Broadcast and The Focus Group
I See, So I See So – Broadcast and The Focus Group

Noahs Castle-television series-1979-1980-John Rowe-A Year in The Country-5Noahs Castle-television series-1979-1980-John Rowe-A Year in The Country-6

Noah’s Castle – Jugg

Tales From The Black Meadow-A Year In The Country Tales From The Black Meadow-Professor R Mullins-Chris Lambert-A Year In The Country

Tales from the Black Meadow (Main Theme) – The Soulless Party
The Book of the Lost – Rowan Amber Mill and Emily Jones

Berberian Sound Studio-Equestrian Vortex-Julian House-Peter Strickland

The Equestrian Vortex – Broadcast
Corn Rigs – Magnet
Wickerman – Pulp

The Wicker Man-Trunk Records release-OST-vinyl-soundtrack-map

Gently Johnny – Magnet
How Do – Sneaker Pimps
Searching for Rowan – Magnet


The Owl Service – Ton Alarch
The Dream of Gerontius/Penda’s Fen/Robin Redbreast – Edward Elgar
The Tomorrow People – Dudley Simpson
Red Shift Trailer – Phil Ryan
The Changes vs. The Ash Tree – Paddy Kingsland

The Owl Service-Garland Sessions-album artwork

The Bear Ghost – The Owl Service

Wargames-1983 film-A Year In The Country

WarGames – clip
Dancing with Tears in my Eyes – Ultravox
WarGames Theme – Arthur B. Rubinstein
Since Yesterday – Strawberry Switchblade
The Game Begins – Arthur B. Rubinstein
I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me – Nik Kershaw
Edge of the World (End Title) – Arthur B. Rubinstein
Coming Soon – The Kalendar Host


Thanks indeed to Mr Lambert for being such a helpful and informative Kalendar Host and for the work involved. A tip of the hat to you good sir.

Wyrd Kalendar-book cover-Chris Lambert-Andy Paciorek-Folk Horror Revival-Wyrd Harvest Press

Tales From The Black Meadow – the book (or few), the CD (or few), the project
The Wyrd Kalendar book by Chris Lambert and Andy Paciorek (published by Wyrd Harvest Press / Folk Horror Revival)
A Year In The Country – Spectral Fields – Wyrd Kalendar Mix 1; Chapters 1-13 at Mixcloud
The mix at the Wyrd Kalendar website
Tales from the Black Meadow – the book by Chris Lambert
Chris Lambert’s own writing website

Elsewhere at A Year In The Country:
The A Year In The Country Wandering Through Spectral Fields book


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