If Wet becomes self-referential

If Wet 3 - June - 41

It brings me great joy to write this blog post because it represents the first sense of something really happening for a project on which we have worked very hard at MortonUnderwood, namely our monthly night If Wet.

Not only have we had a hugely diverse selection of topics, rare instruments and processes demonstrated and discussed – gradually being documented here: ifwet.org.uk/latest. And not only have we seen our audience base grow alongside some glowing reviews in magazines and blog posts. BUT at the latest If Wet, yesterday, something very exciting happened; it became self-referential. As well as people discussing the work and working methods of our artist of the day, Laura Kriefman, the discussion was extended and influenced by the way previous artists at If Wet, such as Sarah Angliss, had spoken of their work at the event.

A small thing maybe but to me this felt like a real triumph.


(Photo by Pete Ashton)

Forghorn Requiem – some photographs


I had planned to write a post about the sounds we heard on Saturday in South Shields at the Foghorn Requiem, but Sarah Angliss did such a good job of writing up what I experienced that I decided to link to her post and just put up a few photographs, which I hope serve to reinforce some of what she said.

The only thing I would add is a personal note to say that the company I had on the trip was delightful and made for an even better day.


Band pre-start


David Morton and furry friend


Pre-concert scene


The foghorn


Ladies eating and enjoying the sun


Couple watching


Composer Orlando Gough being interviewed


Tuba man

Note: I took no photographs during the performance as I was busy enjoying the show…