"There have been three things that have been consistent from my teenage years and they are. My love of The music of Dion DiMucci. My love of Millwall football club and my belief in a Higher Power."
SOUNDS LIKE A CROSS BETWEEN BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.WOODY GUTHRIE AND BILLY BRAGG.......
The Wordsmith's latest demo doing the rounds "Mary Sleeps with the Radio On" - An outstanding tribute to John Peel and his work in supporting the musicians and the dedicated listeners of un-commercial music. It may result in a collapse of the economy as across the country, as forlorn real musicians previously with a hope of some airplay, go out and get day jobs.
A quote from the Wordsmith
Somebody's Music released the new Arthur Kitchener Album.
The new album is a monster CD
with The Wordsmith serving up 70 minutes of passion in down to earth songwriter
mode - Unplugged, acoustic and vocal only. A chance to hear a few of his older
previously released songs, without percussion and all the other things going on.
There are also a host of new songs and excerpts from a live performance in Canterbury
with stories of the influences and reasons for them being written.
The Album is called "The Road I've
Travelled". which encompasses the journey from his early life in the back
streets of South London, through his early years of musical inspiration, love,
sex and football. The story moves on through the ups and downs of a musician trying
to untangle the mysteries of the real world and how it affects the inner workings
of a musician. The inner struggle between doing what is right and the natural
drift of an artist.
Kitchener - Wordsmith
Kay, his songs span the world as the root drive behind Arthur Kays Originals,
Originator, The Last Resort and The Warriors. His songs have motivated the generations
and been transformed across the ever moving forms of street fashion music. "Ska
Wars" was used as the title track for a 4CD pack celebrating the the 2 Tone
and Ska years. "King of the Jungle" has now been performed in nearly
every genre of music except classical, but classic it is.
has many stories to tell about his years in the music business, good times and
bad, his friends and influences are reflected in the songs he writes for himself.
Of course, it also helps if a good story line is available to him when writing
his book "Watching the Rich Kids" (Arthur Kay. Publisher S.T. Publishing
ISBN 0 9518497 2 7) Arthur describes his life up to about 1992 when his music
direction began to change and just making a living as a professional musician
became secondary to bringing-up kids and paying the mortgage. Having just turned
down another tour and major European festival in his old robes, he goes forward,
creating a new direction for his craft. Watch out for Arthur Kitchener the Wordsmith.
Found on Web - hope it is complimentary
Ska legenda ja punk/Oi! bändeistä
The Last Resort ja Warriors tuttu ARTHUR K tulee 20.8.2004 Tampereen YO-Talolle
vetäseen akustisen (sisältäen mm. Last Resortille ja Warriorssille
tekemiä kappaleita) sekä parhaat hittinsä omaavan setin Valkyrianssin
kanssa, jonka yhteydessä itse Valkyrians myös soittaa oman keikan. Muita
bändejä ovat Evilsons, Wasted ja Flippin' Beans.
Live at Cardiff - Chiles on Saturday 22nd May 2004
Arthur was interviewed live and named by the BBC as "The Bard of Millwall". In a second spot on the programme he was asked to play "Let 'Em Come" live. The people on the street joined in which created a real party atmosphere. Arthur's Ska arrangement of Roy Green's original Millwall Theme "Let 'Em Come" was played on the show followed by"Stroll On Zigger Zagger Kitchener " the song Arthur wrote for famous football player Barry Kitchener. Certainly an exciting week for Arthur, Let's hope he can calm down before his trips to New York and Finland.
Something Wonderful Has Happened
By Chris Ashman
Something wonderful happened on 4th April 2004 at the "Theatre of Dreams" the Old Trafford Headquarters of Manchester United Football Club when they hosted the FA Cup Semi-final between Millwall and Sunderland.
Not only did Millwall win 1-0 but also, Kent based singer/songwriter/musician Arthur Kitchener (AKA. Arthur Kay) family and friends achieved a new world status as well.
The official Millwall anthem "Let 'Em Come" was updated for the Official Millwall Supporters CD in 1999 by Arthur, with a reggae style arrangement of the song. He, along with Kent band Originator from Herne Bay, members of the supporters club and some of the team players can be heard all over the country, leading the fans in the rousing chant before and after the matches of their heroes.
Struggling musicians and underdog football club have overcome all odds and scored (sic) their way to the higher echelons together. At the winning Semi-final their song, was played to capacity crowds preceding the actual match, the crowd roared, followed by "Two Tribes" (Frankie goes to Hollywood) as the teams spilled onto the pitch.
Immediately after the final whistle, "Let 'Em Come" was played again, and as the roar of the crowd receded, again as a Finale. There were tears all over the country that night; the underdogs really were King of the Jungle. (Another song Arthur wrote for the team in the 80's.). The local lads had International airplay on the TV, radio, in bars and sitting rooms all over the World. Will the phones ever stop ringing?
Unfortunately Kent record label owner Mark Brennan was not able to attend the match as his wife was about to present him with a beautiful daughter. What more could anyone ask for, on the day of his team and songwriters' victory.
The FA Cup Final is to be played at the Millennium Stadium at Cardiff on 22nd May 2004 between Millwall and football giants Manchester United who had better watch out, The Lions have already roared in their home den 3 times already in April.
Arthur Kitchener (AKA Arthur Kay)
Arthur started his relationship
with Millwall in the 60's. His father had died when Arthur was 18 months old and
by 12 he was living in a children's home with 39 other kids from South London
and the East End. He was later reunited with his mother in Streatham. At this
time Arthur was learning Bass guitar and playing with his first proper band. One
night he came home to find his best friend Barry Tullet a Millwall supporter,
totally elated as Millwall (4th Div.) had held Fulham (1st Div.) to a 3-3 draw
at Craven Cottage in the 3rd round of the F.A.Cup. The following Monday he joined
his friend at the replay where Millwall won 2-0 and was from then forever hooked.
Due to family and music commitments Arthur moved to Herne Bay in Kent and formed the legendary Ska band "Arthur Kay and the Originals". At this time Arthur was also teaching Bass guitar, his first pupil was Roy Pearce, now a great friend and collaborator in the band "The Last Resort". The first thing Roy asked his was if Arthur was related to Barry Kitchener the great Millwall player?. This stumped Arthur because he had never thought of the possibility, as all he knew about his family was that they lived in the Edmonton area of London. Arthur reputedly said, " I only know 3 great Kitcheners; "Your Country Needs You" Kitchener, Barry Kitchener and me".
Kitchener's best selling song "King of the Jungle" was written on the
back of Millwall program during a gameIn the 80's. The empathy between the Lion,
Club and the strength of unity in adversity holds strong 20 years later and for
ever on, and in 1999 he was asked to rearrange and record the classic "Let
Arthur relives the moment.
"I was asked to remake"Let 'Em Come" for the 1998/99 squad who were playing in the 'Auto Windscreen Shield' Final. I reformed my old Ska band "The Originator" and recorded the backing track with a guide vocal ready for the Millwall squad to come to the studio to complete. It was such an honour and one of the greatest moments in my life. But noting beat hearing the song played 3 times at the Semi. And at Old Trafford!"
him how he felt about he forthcoming F.A. Cup Final.
He replied " For me it represents a battle between two clubs from very different backgrounds.
You have Manchester United a very successful team that attracts people from near and far but the majority of them will never go to Old Trafford."
"On the other hand you have Millwall, a real club with real supporters whose families and friends have been going to their ground for generations. They are a South London club that have captured the hearts of the Nation."
South London Boy by Birth, Millwall by the Grace of God
Arthur currently supplements his earnings as Hackney Cab driver in the City of Canterbury
has recently released a couple of demos and is developing into a dedicated acoustic
artiste under the name "Arthur Kitchener - The Wordsmith". He is co-writing
with other songwriters preparing for his next album including Mark
Hewins who has collaborated on "South London Boy" and "August
Messiah" who were last seen performing together at the Hythe AnnexFest
where it is expected they will be seen again on 14th August. Mark is a respected
Kent guitarist currently working with the Bob Geldorf Band and the Sinclair brothers
of "Caravan" fame.
Arthur's disappointment after being blown out of Glastonbury this year, has been subdued by the news that he has been invited to appear at the WASTED Festival, Morecambe 15th - 18th July 2004. He will be appearing on the The Platform - Acoustic Stage with
The Joe Strummer Tribute with DJ Craig and guests :
Wreckless Eric, John Otway, Attila the Stockbroker, Rory McLeod, TV Smith, Paul Carter, Daevid Allen, The Mongolia Brothers, John Robb Punk Rock Seminar, Knox (Vibrators), The Flying Marrows, MDC Unplugged, Matt (Howards Alias), Arturo (Lurkers), Harakiri Karaoke, Joolz Denby, Andy Blade (Eater), POG, Hazel O'Connor Acoustic, Dan (MU330), Arthur Kitchener, Honest John Plain (Boys), Blood or Whiskey unplugged. + Blind Drunk - the game show (take of Blind Date) + Punk Idol - Wasted's very own pop idol + Bingo with Max Splodge
Arthur invited Kentgigs to Hythe in August 2003 where he would be playing an acoustic gig on the mainstage at The Annex Fest.
Old friend Mark Hewins of The Bob Geldof Band was going to appear with him, their friendship goes back a long way so it would be good to see them working together again, and we had heard a bit of co-writing was going on. Sandi and I couldn't miss it, unable to comprehend how this would turn out having seen this chameleon change its spots so many times before. But this was different.
Arthur and Mark turned out a solid performance, presenting some new songs along with some of Arthur's old material dynamically changed for this new medium. Got to say we were impressed, he should have done this before. The new robes suited. So now at last, more of Arthur's private songs are available for other artistes to record. He also said he is now available to write for performers looking for some different material for their acts. We look forward to this.
You can contact Arthur via email@example.com
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