Trev Eales & Robert Sheppard

from Charms & Glitter

Toots Hibbert, Toots and the Maytals

A battered Tanglewood acoustic
held in an F shape:

this music, stored as knowledge,
perspires on its surface, aspires
in the contingencies of performance,
but nestles in the bristles of his beard.

All music encodes history,
a set of moves it moves to –
and moves about. But

it can jump histories too,
so that all histories become our

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

stones, stars, buttons, gems,
bangles, rings, coral

                Grace notes to an unheard melody
legend’s glitzy, kitschy, impediments

               He carries
a fresh lime in his microphone hand,
the luckiest charm, because living

Jimmy Cliff

What’s collected here
is the grain of the voice,

in dog-frequencies, the
growl beneath (or above) the howl.

Each supplement in this economy
is a gratuity for futurity,

the resident meaning. The residue
of this energy is luxury,

sound on the lip of silence.

Trev Eales is a self-taught photographer specialising in live music who lives in Cumbria. For over 20 years, beginning in the early 1990’s he photographed for WOMAD. (World Of Music Art and Dance) Over the past 10 years he has contributed as a photographer and reviewer to a variety of online publications covering major UK music festivals. Events photographed include Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Isle of Wight Festival, T in the Park, TRNSMT Festival and British Summertime Hyde Park.

He currently photographs and reviews for http://www.efestivals.co.uk

A selection of his work can be found at http://www.trev-eales.co.uk

Robert Sheppard is a poet, who lives in Liverpool, UK. His most recent publication is Hap: Understudies of Thomas Wyatt's Petrarch from Knives, Forks and Spoons Press. This year sees the publication of a volume of essays on his work, the Robert Sheppard Companion edited by James Byrne and Christopher Madden. His selected poems, History or Sleep, is available from Shearsman. The work shown here, from Charms and Glitter, is due for book publication soon. Robert Sheppard met Trev Eales at a Thin Lizzy concert in Norwich in 1974, and music has been their chief topic of conversation since. Sheppard blogs at www.robertsheppard.blogspot.com

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