Red Admiral Records
24th Feb 2014
Downloads on iTunes, Amazon etc. from 24th February
The journey to the 'Street Poet' began in 1976 on a hot summers day on a trailer in London. The music scene had moved into the London pubs and I was playing double-bass in Panama Red, one of the only Bluegrass bands in London.
Ron Kavana played Mandolin in the band and had a massive influence on me. I got to hear a lot of great music in Ron's flat. He got us a gig at the 1976 Notting Hill Carnival performing on the back of a trailer. Before we did our set, an old street poet recited a wonderful poem to an apathetic audience, he received no applause and shuffled back into the crowd unnoticed. To me that guy was the new William Shakespeare - He left a lasting impression on me, and along with the growing Punk scene, inspired me to become a writer.
Many years later and wandering through a mass of musical styles, I was blessed with the good fortune of meeting Steve Freeman and his partner Chelle, I wanted to make an album that drew on the music that shaped my own musical journey.
I have always loved Rock 'n' Roll. When I first heard and saw Dion singing THE WANDERER it was like a bomb going off inside me. In a London before Mods, there were only Rockers - This 13 year-old would ride round on my hand-built track bike wearing a Marlon Brando style black leather jacket and Winklepicker shoes. I still have that first record I bought - 'The Wanderer' by Dion.
Just like 'The Who' I played in 60's Mod bands until it all went psychedelic during the 1967 Summer of Love. By this time I was really into Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. A good biker mate took me to The Nightingale Cafe in Biggin Hill where I heard all this amazing Rock 'n' Roll played live by a band called The Wild Angels. 'Street Poet' is my way of thanking all the friends and musicians for their inspiration that influences my ongoing musical journey.
I would like particularly to thank Martin Jacko Jackson from those Wild Angels days at the Nightingale, without whose support this album would not have been possible.
This album is my way of thanking all my friends and those who have influenced my music. With special thanks going to musicians Steve & Chelle Freeman and Steve Wyse, without whose support this album would not have been possible.
Also included is the Arthur 'n' Harry version of 'On The Night I Came Home', along with 'Sunlight Of The Spirit' by way of two bonus tracks.
Now we have a new generation of brave soldiers and a new generation of war widows.
The Single 'The Father I Knew' featuring my son Harry is out on iTunes and a donation from each track download will be made to 'Help for Heroes'.
Arthur Kitchener - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Bass on Track 5,6 & 11
Steve Freeman – Keyboards, Guitar and Bass
Chelle Freeman – Keyboards & BV’s
Steve Wyse – Percussion
Harry Kitchener-Trevillion - Flute
Tk 1-11. Produced and Engineered by Steve Freeman at Guilty Secrets Studios, Canterbury, Kent.
Tk.12. Keith Chilvers at Soggy Chobham Studios, Surrey.