Cisco story so far...
years ago, a group of poor, but honest folk from Newcastle got together
to form a band and play the music they loved. Sadly, they all loved
different styles of music, so rather than leave anyone out the cold,
they decided to play all the styles, and thus formed the concept of
Country And Estuarine.
fact, outside of the Cisco Kidneys themselves, the Country And
Estuarine style of music is little known, yet it is remarkably
rich, varied and original. The richness comes from the fine artistic
feeling and luck of these happy peasant boys. The variety comes from
the chequered history of the band, starting as a recorder ensemble,
later developing into a jazz orchestra, blues big band, percussion
trio and finally as the Country And Estuarine quartet you hear
on this album.
originality comes from the manner in which the fiercely independent,
often intellectually isolated musicians have sought to evolve their
own self-made music, building on virtually every piece they've ever
listened to, incorporating borrowings from here and there, as well
as personal inventions, often of scheduled insanity.Some of this music
may be heard on their fine CD, Bootskanka.
This 1996 recording offers a sampling of authentic Cisco Kidney music.
The items include folk songs, functional songs, love songs, ballads
and dance music. The recording was made in the course of a three hour
recording binge in 1996 that covered only those songs that could be
played in the space of a three hour recording binge.
the Drummer disappeared while on a hunting trip with Bill
the Drummer decided to join an "old time dance band".
Saraswati the Drummer played the tabla for the band during
the Kidneys brief flirtation with Country and Eastern music. Left
to start a cult somewhere up North.
the Drummer wife banned him from ever having anything to
do with the band after his first two practice sessions.
the Drummer vanished after refusing an offer he couldn't
the Drummer I'm not too sure about this one. He could be
just a nightmarish flashback from a time of too many chemicals.
Teetering the Drummer went to prison to join an old flame
who'd often said that Alexander was "too beautiful to live".
His present whereabouts are unknown.
Names Used by the Cisco Kidneys for various reasons...
Hexham Swamp Stompers
Montana's Party Band