The Archive of Random Blathering.


james & nick, yellow peril








Good grief.... did you really get as far as reading the old news? Well, we hope you find something of interest here!

A Feast of Folk - review in The Telegraph

A great review of At the Races in The Telegraph this weekend by MartinChilton with a number of other recommendations for new listening.

telegraph review - at the races


















Spencer Featured on new Podcast

folkrise podcast






"Spencer", our reimagining of traditional song "Spencer the Rover" is featured on the new Folkrise podcast from the UK Folk Music website. It's free & there's is some really excellent new music included.

Presenter Alan Morley says, "(Pavlov's Cat) sent quite a lot of beautiful tracks and it was difficult to pick one". Believe it or not, no money changed hands!

Free Downloads for the Festive Season

xmas pavlov's duo







As a special thanks for your support of At the Races, watch out for a series of free downloads on our Soundcloud page over the festive season.

No. 1 - the BBC Session version of Old Dust & Patchouli
Recorded live for the wonderful Stephen Foster's programme this version is subtly different from the version on At the Races & captures some of the organic feel of the Pavlov's Cat live set.

James plays his trusty Martin acoustic and Bernard is on Acoustic Bass.

No. 2 - 2005 Single Rambling Boys

A quite different version from the one on At the Races (fewer guitars & verses, more vocals & drums and a more urgent feel), recorded in a single day in 2005 & the only recording to feature drummer Jim Read (now of Alt rockers The Jorneta Stream)

More At the Races Reviews.....

grapevine mag








Lummy! A couple more early reviews have appeared.

We’ve very pleased to have been included in December album reviews by no-nonsense listing & reviews site Net Rhythms Especially since they they’re more than a bit picky & their editorial policy is not to review anything they don’t like!

“…an album that grows on you the more you listen. Hopefully, it won't be another seven years before the next.”
Mike Davies,

Also so far this month, listings mag Grapevine has recommended At the Races in their “music 2 your ears” section, agreeing with us that it

 “bristles with articulate venom & intrigues with story songs and a cast of eccentric characters”.


At the Races Reviewed in The Guardian.








Guardian music critic (& all round top bloke in our book) Robin Denselow has reviewed At the Races in today's Film & Music supplement saying nice things like:

"...refreshingly no-nonsense approach."

"..clever but successful reworking..."

and our particular favourite, "An intriguingly original set"


A couple of pages earlier is the review of Kate Bush's new record, which mentions her famous gaps of 6 & 10 years between albums... so, we feel in good company!

What Does a Folk Album Look Like?

wordle preview








We plugged all the lyrics from At the Races into to make one of those fantastic wordscapes so loved by University Challenge where the size of key words relates to the frequency of use.

Something about the font has Tom Jones singing What's New Pussycat? on a loop in my head....

Praise from Megson for At the Races.

megson & moog








We've had the pleasue of playing on the same bill as exceptional duo Megson several times over the years (we've even met top dog The Moog). They're twice nominated for the BBC Folk Awards & were described by The Guardian as "The most original duo on the British folk scene."

So... we were extremely pleased that they seem to have taken a shine to our new album. Stu Hannah from Megson says, "On At The Races, James has developed his rich baritone vocal into the perfect vehicle for a set of classic songs."