Lies & Inventions

May 1995

Release of "Kojak Variety" by Warner Brothers

May 16th 1995

Appearance on "Late Night With Dave Letterman", taped for one week only in London.

Performance of Little Richard's "Bama Lama Bama Loo" with the Attractions augmented by James Burton and Marc Ribot, while both Little Richard and Chuck Berry sit in with the Paul Shafer house band.

The same line-up plays then plays a show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire.

June 23rd - July 1st. 1995

Curator of the nine-day, "Meltdown Festival" at the South Bank Centre, London.

Featured artists include, the Rebirth Brass Band, Moondog, John Harle, the Irish choral group, Anuna, The Fairfield Four (their first U.K. performance) and Jeff Buckley (his last U.K. appearance).

A concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gunther Schuller features works by Duke Ellington, Erich Korngold and Bernard Herrmann.

It also includes a very brief orchestral overture or "thumbprint" by the curator, appropriately entitled, "The Edge of Ugly".

June 23rd 1995

The opening concert of Meltdown at Royal Festival Hall features The Jazz Passengers with Deborah Harry.

Elvis Costello performs two songs from the "Jazz Passengers In Love" collection and Roy Nathanson's arrangement of "Man Out Of Time" and God's Comic", as well as Neal Hefti's "Li'l Darlin'"

June 25th 1995

This Meltdown concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall begins with solo performances, followed by a sequence of songs with guitarist, Bill Frisell.

The finale features piano accompanied songs with Steve Nieve and appearance of The Fairfield Four on "That Day Is Done" and Van Morrison's "Full Force Gale".

Earlier on the same evening, Mary Wiegold performs the Costello composition, "The Trouble With Dreams" with the Composer's Ensemble in the adjacent Purcell Room.

Elvis Costello sings an arrangement of "Waterloo Sunset" by the director of the Composer's Ensemble, John Woolrich.

June 28th 1995

Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet perform selections from "The Juliet Letters" and other arrangements including the unrecorded songs by, first violinist, Michael Thomas, "Skeleton" and "The King Of The Unknown Sea" with an Elvis Costello lyric.

In the second half they the Brodskys are augmented by a woodwind and brass ensemble and become the "Punishing Kiss Band" for the performance a series of newly commissioned arrangements of existing Costello songs, including "Having It All" and "Favourite Hour".

June 30th 1995

The concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall includes the choral group "Anuna" and an ensemble of Irish traditional musicians lead by Donal Lunny.

Elvis Costello makes a guest appearance to perform, "She Moved Through The Fair", "The St. Stephen's Day Murders", "American Without Tears", "Any King's Shilling" and "Tramp The Dirt" down.

July 1st 1995

The first section of two-part concert includes members of the Composer's Ensemble, the soprano, Patricia Rozario, who performs the John Dowland song, "Flow My Tears", which also lends its name to the programme.

Jeff Buckley performs his own song, "Grace", the Morrissey/Marr song, "The Boy With A Thorn In His Side", Benjamin Britten's "Corpus Christi Carol" and "When I Am Laid In Earth" from "Dido and Aeneas" by Henry Purcell.

Elvis Costello makes an appearance with the viol consort, Fretwork, with whom he performs, "Put Away Forbidden Playthings" and "Can She Excuse My Wrongs?", another song by the Elizabethan composer, John Dowland.

In the last part of the concert, Costello is joined by Steve Nieve and Marc Ribot performing, Randy Newman's "I've Been Wrong Before", "Almost Blue", the Rodgers and Hart songs, "My Funny Valentine" and "Glad To Be Unhappy" before closing with "Alison" and "I Want To Vanish".

Highlights from the duo appearance with Bill Frisell is released by Nonesuch Records under the title, "Deep Dead Blue" and includes songs ranging from the Lerner and Lowe composition, "Gigi" to "Poor Napoleon" and "Love Field".

July 2nd. 1995

Three appearances in one day at the Roskilde Festival, Denmark with the Jazz Passengers with Deborah Harry, the Brodsky Quartet and the Attractions with James Burton and Marc Ribot

August 1995

Five-night stand at the Beacon Theatre, New York City debuting material for an upcoming recording with the Attractions.

The chorus sections of "Complicated Shadows" come from these performances.

Autumn 1995

First recording sessions for "All This Useless Beauty" produced by Geoff Emerick at Ringsend Road Studios, Dublin.

November 1995

"My Dark Life" is produced by Brian Eno at Westside Studios, London and released on the album, "Songs In The Key of X", songs inspired by the television series, "The X-Files" in 1996.

January 6th. 1996

Concert appearance with Anne Sofie von Otter at the Berwaldhallen, Stockholm.

Solo songs include, "Upon A Veil of Midnight Blue", arranged by Bill Frisell and "Put Away Forbidden Playthings" (in an orchestral adaptation from viol consort by Costello)

Duet performances include, "Autumn Leaves", sung in English and French and Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye"

January 1996

Performance of "Fly Me To The Moon" in the final episode of the situation comedy, "Third Rock From The Sun"

February 1996

Recording and mixing of "All This Useless Beauty" completed in Dublin and London.

Album features recording of several songs originally written of other artists both those recorded - "You Bowed Down" by Roger McGuinn and "I Want To Vanish" and the title track for June Tabor and those passed over - "Why Can't A Man Stand Alone?" for Sam Moore and "Complicated Shadows" for Johnny Cash.

The album also features the McCartney/MacManus co-composition, "Shallow Grave" and a re-working of "Other End Of The Telescope", written with Aimme Mann.

Other new compositions include, "Poor Fractured Atlas", "Distorted Angel" and "Little Atoms".