Conny Plank's Studio

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milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:15 (fifteen years ago) link

wow.

just... wow.

Whodini recorded with Plank?

donut debonair (donut), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Why not?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:18 (fifteen years ago) link

http://hiphop.discogs.com/release/85405

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:19 (fifteen years ago) link

ILM should raise the money and use it as a communal studio.

Did I just say that?

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:19 (fifteen years ago) link

no no, it's cool. I just never knew that, that's all.

donut debonair (donut), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:19 (fifteen years ago) link

But if you read that more closely, it says they recorded at the studio but not with Plank, who died in 1987.

The Walkabouts tell a story about how they were recording there and apparently the master tapes for Neu! 75 were in the archive or something -- this is before the official rereleases, sometime around the mid-nineties -- and asked and were able to play back the masters using the studio PA. That would have been sweet.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:20 (fifteen years ago) link

How closely are you reading, Ned?

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:26 (fifteen years ago) link

A2 Nasty Lady
Producer - Conny Plank
B3 Rap Machine
Producer - Conny Plank

donut debonair (donut), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Then again, the production credits MIGHT be wrong in the entry. I don't have the original album to prove it.. just "The Haunted House Of Rock" 12", which wasn't done at Plank studios.

donut debonair (donut), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:28 (fifteen years ago) link

I have the Whodini record. It was recorded I think half with Plank and half with the Willesden Dodgers (may be spelled wrong) who are best known (by some) for the Jive Rhythm Trax records. Whodini also worked with Thomas Dolby on Mr. Magic's Wand.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:35 (fifteen years ago) link

sorry to snark at you Ned -- I see what you were going from, but several of the bands in that 'post-1987 list' in the craiglist ad actually were directly produced by Plank.

like the two eight minute instrumental noise freakout b-sides on this, classic hidden Rastakraut Pasta worthy Plank:

http://www.discogs.com/release/103889

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:47 (fifteen years ago) link

just posting the whole ad here for posterity before the craiglist ad goes down. I absolutely cannot believe this is only $1.3 million.

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CONNY`S STUDIO WAS FOUNDED IN 1974 UNTIL THEN CONNY PLANK, A FREELANCE ENGINEER, WAS INVOLVED IN NUMEROUS TRENDSETTING PRODUCTIONS IN VARIOUS STUDIOS IN GERMAN CITIIES SUCH AS HAMBURG, BERLIN, MUNICH AND COLOGNE. HE
WANTED TO WORK IN A COOL AND RELAXED ATMOSHERE GIVING MUSICIANS ROOM FOR INSPIRATION WITHOUT BEING BOTHERED BY THE USUAL DISTRACTIONS THAT
OCCUR DURING PRODUCTION.

HE FOUND HIS PLACE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE IN THE SOFT GREEN HILLS SOUTHEAST OF COLOGNE .THE FIRST PRODUCTION WAS KRAFTWERK´S “AUTOBAHN“
FOLLOWED BY GERMAN ELECTRONIC BANDS LIKE CLUSTER, NEU! HARMONIA, LA DÜSSELDORF, RHEINGOLD, MICHAEL ROTHER, ETC.ETC.

AT THE SAME TIME HE WAS ALSO INTO FOLKMUSIC; GERMAN AND IRISH PRODUCTIONS FROM BANDS SUCH AS CLANNAD ZUPFGEIGENHANSEL DE DANNAN AND THE FUREYS BALANCING THE MODERN MACHINE SOUND THAT WAS
CONNY`S SIGNATURE. BRIAN ENO AND HOLGER CZUKAY EXPERIMENTED HERE WITH GERMAN ELECTRONIC MUSICIANS.

MANY CLASSIC AND GROUND BREAKING ALBUMS WERE RECORDED HERE. TO NAME JUST A FEW:

KRAFTWERK: AUTOBAHN
DEVO: ARE WE NOT MEN
LES RITA MITSOUKO : MINUIT DANSANT
EURYTHMICS: IN THE GARDEN, REVENGE
GIANNA NANNINI: LATIN LOVER
DAF: GOLD UND LIEBE, ALLES IST GUT, FÜR IMMER
ULTRAVOX: SYSTEMS OF ROMANCE, VIENNA
BRIAN ENO: BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE
MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS
KILLING JOKE: REVELATIONS
NINA HAGEN: FREUD EUCH
SADLY IN1987 CONNY PLANK DIED. SINCE THEN CONNY`S
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AND PUBLISHERS FOR BANDS WHO WERE LOOKING FOR
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OF THEIR MUSIC, TO WORK FREE AND UNENCUMBERED,
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DIE ÄRZTE
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ASTOR PIAZOLLA
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ULRICH TUKUR
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THE KELLY FAMILY
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WHODINI
CAN
PHEW
MONTANABLUE
IDEAL
BLÄCK FÖÖSS
TOMMI STUMPF
STAHLNETZ
MARIUS MÜLLER WESTERNHAGEN
ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN
HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS
A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS
GENTLEMAN
THE MACHINE
SONS AND DAUGHTERS

STUDIO AND EQUIPMENT

STUDIO COMPLEX CA. 150 QM
RECORDING ROOM 115 QM 5 M HEIGHT DAYLIGHT
CONTROL ROOM CA 25 QM DAYLIGHT
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THE LEGEND IS LOOKING FOR A SUCCESSOR.

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 23:53 (fifteen years ago) link

USUAL TOYS ???

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Wednesday, 8 June 2005 00:42 (fifteen years ago) link

(Oh, it makes a little more sense as part of the preceding line.)

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Wednesday, 8 June 2005 00:43 (fifteen years ago) link

wowwowowow

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 8 June 2005 00:49 (fifteen years ago) link

i wish i had monies : (

Amon (eman), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 02:08 (fifteen years ago) link

i've seen this before. his wife seems awesome.

metal detective (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 02:09 (fifteen years ago) link

she's a hottie too:

http://www.ethrill.net/features/2nd_eefc/cfast01.jpg

metal detective (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 02:14 (fifteen years ago) link

kraftwerk should buy it from christa for 2 million and donate the estate to the government

milton parker (Jon L), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 02:37 (fifteen years ago) link

the government?!

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 02:39 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
RIP. I wish I had my copy of Music For Airports handy now...

LC (Damian), Monday, 3 July 2006 23:15 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

you too can buy Conny's NS-10's for a mere nine hundred dollars

http://shop.ebay.com/connyplankstudio/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

Milton Parker, Thursday, 17 March 2011 18:02 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

geeta appears to have written another article somehow

http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/music14/

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 20 June 2012 17:33 (eight years ago) link

nobody beats the geeta! she's the geeta with the heeta!

scott seward, Wednesday, 20 June 2012 17:33 (eight years ago) link

my favorite example of what having Conny behind the mixing desk can do for what was otherwise a pretty straightforward band, this Flock of Seagulls b-side, recorded around the same time as Zero Set

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zntda8SwskU

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 20 June 2012 19:16 (eight years ago) link

yeah that's a good one. definitely worth owning the 12 inch for.

scott seward, Wednesday, 20 June 2012 19:27 (eight years ago) link

seven months pass...

Dieter Moebius et al. play a live tribute to Conny Plank in Berlin on Feb. 8th, to celebrate release of the box set

http://connyplank.com/live

Also, Embryo in Munich on Feb. 11th

geeta, Monday, 28 January 2013 18:53 (seven years ago) link

are you going?

sarahell, Monday, 28 January 2013 18:59 (seven years ago) link

this plank box set is pretty killer thus far.

tylerw, Monday, 28 January 2013 19:11 (seven years ago) link

i wish i could be there! i have no plans to be in berlin at the moment.

geeta, Monday, 28 January 2013 20:11 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

I've heard talk about Plank's "live" approach to drum recording. Anyone care to share which albums best demonstrate this? I only really know the more famous of the stuff he's done.

everything, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:02 (five years ago) link

I always thought the drums on 'Western Promise' (from the Ultravox album Vienna, which Plank produced) sounded magnificent. There's a story from drummer Warren Cann about how they got the drum sound for that track, I'll have to find it and dig it out.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:11 (five years ago) link

Okay, listening to this now for the first time and this is pretty great. The drums remind me of the drum sound Are We Not Men We are Devo.

everything, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:36 (five years ago) link

Here's the quote I was looking for:

We decided to record the drum tracks for "Western Promise" in the reception area of the building, as the surroundings were all glass and polished
marble — excellent for a "hard" drum sound. So as not to completely disrupt the staff, we had to move the microphones and drums in at night to do the recording. The only drawback to this was the front doors of the studio were by no means soundproof, and the quiet residential area of St. Johns Wood was not going to take too kindly to me bashing away. The first time we attempted it, the neighbours called the police and, upon their arrival, they requested we cease and desist.

It was sounding so good we decided to not let this get in our way, so we attempted it again the next evening. This time, we set everything up and were as
ready as could be before I actually started playing. I knew I had to get a good "take" before the police came banging on the door, so there was no time to lose. Sometime before the neighbours got fed up and reported us and the response time it took for the police to arrive, I got a good take and we had what we wanted.

Recording a song like this, with its sequenced pattern running throughout, was akin to creating a rod for our own backs, and created problems for us later on. The pattern wasn’t as all pervasive as a bass line which was neigh impossible to not hear live. It was easily overpowered by other instrumentation, and if I lost track of it — even for a moment — it was damn difficult to figure out where I’d gone wrong and get back into sync in the proper place. It led to us having to come up with extensive self-monitoring solutions for us all in the live environment.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:41 (five years ago) link

my answer for the upthread question regarding drum sound: check out the self-titled Neu! album or Scorpions' Lonesome Crow for 70's example, check out the Moebius-Plank-Neumeier album 'Zero Set' for an excellent early 80's example of acoustic drums integrated with live sequencer playing

it was an honor for Conny to have had the chance to do a studio recording with Duke Ellington and his orchestra. The recordings were created in the legendary Rhenus studios in Cologne in 1970

http://factory92.eu/wsf92/unreleased-conny-plank-session-with-duke-ellington/?hc_location=ufi

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:16 (five years ago) link

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2015/04/music-news/duke-ellingtons-the-conny-plank-session-to-be-released-this-july

>Revolutionary jazz composer Duke Ellington’s Conny Plank Session will finally see the light of day this July. For those unfamiliar
>with German sound engineer and producer Conny Plank, he rose to prominence for his work with Kraftwerk and Cluster.

I'm no expert on post-1950 Ellington recordings but the preview sounds great! No phasing or delays or filters but everything's pristine.

I have heard that the 20 minutes of music Schneider/Dinger/Rother recorded for Kraftwerk 2 before Hütter rejoined has been located in Plank's archives & transferred, sure would be great to hear that within our lifetimes

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:31 (five years ago) link

Bang on cue, "Hallogallo" being used as backing music to advertise an ITV programme on 'footballers mavericks' (and then carrying on for a while under the half time discussion in the Barcelona v. Paris St. Germain game).

Quack and Merkt (Tom D.), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:50 (five years ago) link

Thanks for the recommendations Milton. Neu! is well-known to me but I haven't heard the other two yet - will seek them out.

everything, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 20:40 (five years ago) link

my answer for the upthread question regarding drum sound: check out the self-titled Neu! album or Scorpions' Lonesome Crow for 70's example, check out the Moebius-Plank-Neumeier album 'Zero Set' for an excellent early 80's example of acoustic drums integrated with live sequencer playing

/it was an honor for Conny to have had the chance to do a studio recording with Duke Ellington and his orchestra. The recordings were created in the legendary Rhenus studios in Cologne in 1970/

http://factory92.eu/wsf92/unreleased-conny-plank-session-with-duke-ellington/?hc_location=ufi🔗

Thomas Dinger sounds really great on this.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 19:22 (five years ago) link

If anything the sound mix on that Ellington recording is phenomenal. Beautifully engineered.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 19:40 (five years ago) link

(xp) Klaus Dinger, Thomas didn't start playing drums till later... errr, hold on, are you telling us Klaus Dinger played with Duke Ellington?!!??

Quack and Merkt (Tom D.), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 21:08 (five years ago) link

This is great and yeah, the sound is gorgeous

sonic thedgehod (albvivertine), Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:15 (five years ago) link

Sorry I was kidding.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 23 April 2015 11:58 (five years ago) link

Yeah, guessed as much!

Quack and Merkt (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:42 (five years ago) link

But the toms do sound like him!

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 24 April 2015 01:04 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

I went to see the new documentary by his son Stephan: Conny Plank - The Potential of Noise. It's a great, quite personal film, Stephan lost his father when he was only 14 and tries to reconnect to him via the film. Lots of interesting interviews with among others Michael Rother, David Stewart, Gianna Nannini, Les Ritas Mitsouko, Robert Görl from DAF, Karl Hyde, Devo, Whodini, Ultravox, the Scorpions, Annette Humpe etc. I didn't realize before how wide the spectrum of the music he produced was. From krautrock to industrial to German pop to rap. His ears really were wide open and he had the gift to grab and fix the moment when the groove and the sound were perfect.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 1 October 2017 08:33 (two years ago) link

I think I saw the documentary linked to on twitter, would love to see it.

willem, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 11:35 (two years ago) link

Me too! Hope it makes it to the UK and/or DVD.

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 11:52 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

this is so cool!!
Plank trained his microphones on Ellington and his orchestra as they performed “Afrique” and “Alerado”. Ellington was still finessing the pieces, changing soloists, making adjustments and variations, and adding a vocalist to one take of “Afrique”. Two songs, with three takes each, reveal hidden possibilities and showcase Ellington as a restless composer and arranger. Plank’s unfussy recordings are clear and precise, devoid of dust and crackle or any evidence of the production trickery of the early 70s.

Wild Bill Davis, the organist, and Cat Anderson, a trumpeter, take standout solos on the swinging “Alerado”, a Davis composition. The more adventurous, abstract “Afrique” is distinguished by a tom-tom beat that serves as a foundation for various improvisations. Those with a bit of imagination can hear the same driving repetition in “Afrique” as in the motorik beats of "Krautrock".

https://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2015/07/krautrock-and-jazz

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 2 March 2018 20:58 (two years ago) link

i keep forgetting to buy that off of eMusic

such a cool confluence

Lockhorn. Lockhorn breed-uh (Jon not Jon), Friday, 2 March 2018 21:24 (two years ago) link

Worth it especially for the vocal take of Afrique. So far out.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Friday, 2 March 2018 21:42 (two years ago) link

four months pass...
three weeks pass...

Good interview with Stephan Plank about the upcoming documentary.

https://thevinylfactory.com/features/conny-plank-stephan-plank-interview/

That embedded Duke Ellington track from the Connie Plank Session is excellent.

earlnash, Friday, 24 August 2018 03:44 (one year ago) link

Saw the documentary, great stuff, despite the unavoidable presence of Dave Stewart. As if I didn't admire Conny Plank enough already, turning down the chance to work with U2 after talking to "Herr Bono" moved him up in my estimation even further. Any musician who was lucky enough to work with Conny Plank was blessed. There was a Q & A afterwards, hosted by Rob Young, which was better these things usually are mostly because Stephan Plank is so articulate and personable, a bit of chip off the old block tbh. A funny bit was when Rob Young asked if any musician had turned down the chance to appear in the film and Stephan Plank, said, "Just one, but I'm not going to say the name, a German", and, quick as a flash, someone in the audience shouted out, "Ralf Hutter!"

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 22:15 (one year ago) link

This is showing at the Goethe Institute in Glasgow on Saturday but it's sold out (although since tickets were free and distributed through eventbrite I dare say there will be a lot of no-shows)

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 22:17 (one year ago) link

balls! you wouldn't happen to have a spare one jed?

stirmonster, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 23:18 (one year ago) link

Andrew Weatherall was there, I only know that because I heard him say his name to the woman on the door, I thought he was Alan Moore at first.

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 23:33 (one year ago) link

Stirmonster, I don't! I don't have one for myself either but I think It's worth a try.

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 23:34 (one year ago) link

LOL @ Tom D!

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 23:34 (one year ago) link

i think it's worth emailing them to ask about returns/no shows:

https://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/en/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=21329108

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 23:37 (one year ago) link

thanks jed. will give it a try.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 23:39 (one year ago) link

i'm a little shocked that the release of duke ellington's conny plank session didn't get more traction, it rocked my world

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 23:50 (one year ago) link

I had it bookmarked to buy from emusic but they no longer offer it
It was praised heartily here for a little while after release iirc

cheese is the teacher, ham is the preacher (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 30 August 2018 02:12 (one year ago) link

A funny bit was when Rob Young asked if any musician had turned down the chance to appear in the film and Stephan Plank, said, "Just one, but I'm not going to say the name, a German", and, quick as a flash, someone in the audience shouted out, "Ralf Hutter!"

― Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:15 PM (yesterday)

HI DERE.

Einstürzende NEU!bauten (Branwell with an N), Thursday, 30 August 2018 07:22 (one year ago) link

No, it wasn't Dan Perry.

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Thursday, 30 August 2018 07:25 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

finally saw documentary. very grateful this exists. all the vintage 70s/80s 8 & 16mm footage in Conny's studio are invaluable.

reminds me of Stan Warnow's film about his father, Raymond Scott - Deconstructing Dad; both pointedly frame the entire film as a means to come to terms with largely absent fathers by trying to understand what they spent their lives actually doing. I frequently think about the ending of Warnow's film.

the focus is kept mostly to anecdotes from interviews. this keeps things personal; not too many talking heads filling in expository. however, as Möbi had passed before filming began, this leaves a pretty big hole in coverage of the music Plank released himself. as in, Lillental & the Möbi & Plank records are not mentioned at all -- no 'Zero Set' -- and none of the weirder 80's blurring between producing and composing comes up. the film handles that decade by interviewing the bigger stars he produced, where he often took a lighter touch, so the musical examples from the 80's don't quite make the case they could. but you do get Arno Steffan interviewed about the fantastic 1986 tour with Möbi. you do get Rita Mitsouko, totally wonderful. and the Whodini interview, to hear legends like those two humbly talking about how they got miraculously beamed over to make music out in kosmiche country, them reminding Stephan about them playing with him when he was a kid, the whole thing becomes more than a film at moments like that

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 23:42 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah that Whodini section really sold it for me. Was lovely and the documentary on the whole one of the best recent music docus I've seen.

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 17 July 2019 08:00 (eleven months ago) link

ten months pass...

Heads up for the Dutch and Belgian massive on here (and Britishes w/ satellite telly). ARD is showing Conny Plank – Mein Vater der Klangvisionär (German title of the documentary mentioned above) tomorrow at 23.45 CET. I've not seen it yet so I'm very much looking forward to it.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 07:33 (three weeks ago) link

would definitely crack open a new vhs tape for that

Boris the Spreader (NickB), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 07:38 (three weeks ago) link

:D

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 07:40 (three weeks ago) link

Heads up for the Dutch and Belgian /massive/ on here (and Britishes w/ satellite telly). ARD is showing Conny Plank – Mein Vater der Klangvisionär🕸 (German title of the documentary mentioned above) tomorrow at 23.45 CET. I've not seen it yet so I'm very much looking forward to it.


Süß! Danke for the heads up

willem, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 07:55 (three weeks ago) link

I think it's either on Amazon Prime or Sky Arts as well.

ShariVari, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 08:01 (three weeks ago) link

yes, Amazon Prime, ty

Brad C., Tuesday, 16 June 2020 14:15 (three weeks ago) link

I was just listening to a track from this album when I noticed it was recorded... at Conny Plank's Studio!

https://img.discogs.com/WZl27_UF89Dh6mqFDfI9IMZGBRs=/fit-in/600x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-4231939-1421093685-7866.jpeg.jpg

Eddie & Finbar Furey seem to have recorded a few of their albums in Germany for some reason, at least one other one being engineered by Conny Plank.

Future England Captain (Tom D.), Friday, 26 June 2020 00:23 (two weeks ago) link

the germans are (or are at least were) daft for Irish folk music as far as I can tell, lots of stuff filmed for german telly if you go on an Irish folk youtube binge

Rik Waller-Bridge (jim in vancouver), Friday, 26 June 2020 00:31 (two weeks ago) link

they are big pioneers of Celtic studies in the 19th century and seem to love the highlands as well, terrible lads for the gaelophilia

Rik Waller-Bridge (jim in vancouver), Friday, 26 June 2020 00:34 (two weeks ago) link

I found the documentary to be slow and not that engaging– I actually nodded off a few times. May need to give it another try.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 27 June 2020 21:16 (two weeks ago) link


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