John Tree
@Sambadrummer / Trailblazer member

BIOGRAPHY

Male, , birthday 1st August
Joined January 2017

Blimey, where to start without boring you? From the very beginning, life has always seemed a little off-kilter to me. I was born in Blackpool, but aged 18 months, my parents, disillusioned with life, decided to pack their bags, and bundled me, my sister, and grandma onto a boat, and off we all went to start a new life in Canada. One solitary winter convinced them that the weather was too extreme, so they moved on again, this time to sunny California. The illusion of paradise there was also short-lived when after a year they realised that a large part of the country was infected with the awful paranoia of reds-under-the-beds McCarthyism. So they cut their losses and bundled us back onto another ocean liner sailing us all back to Blighty.

I went through the usual traumatic Grammar school education, and was no wiser as to a career, so stumbled into University College London allegedly to learn dentistry. This lasted a single term… not surprising as this was 1972, and all I really wanted to do was take drugs, play rock n roll and stay up late. I spent several years in the badlands of London squats, Amsterdam for a while, wandered around slacking before doing a fine art degree at Leeds. Served a 25 year hard labour sentence in retail, financing other projects. One way or another, I’ve been involved with both music and visual arts ever since. Musical influences flowed irregularly and unpredictably, trying to join the dots between between Soul /Rock/Pop/Folk/Psychedelia/Reggae/Dub/Dancehall/Punk/BeBop/post Bop/Cool/ECM/Salsa/Electro dub/Afrobeat/Cumbia/Soca/Shoegaze/Minimalism/House/DnB/Techno/and Ambient.
In the late eighties, I started organising free parties for friends in a friends barn in countryside outside Blackpool...these became more and more elaborate, until a chance meeting with Chris from the Beat-Herder festival allowed me to take things to the next level. he allowed us to organise a venue there which eventually became The Perfumed Garden.

RESUME

PERCUSSION (1978-present)
From a random jam, to long term percussion with:
Omar Puente,
Jan Kopinski (Pinski Zoo)
Tom Morley (Scritti Politti).
The Ceramic Hobs (Recording credit, album AL AL Who?)
Heffalump Trap
Jam Factory
Willard & HBT
Bodies Talking
Tramtown Junction
Stephen Lindley (Recording credit: 'Line in the Sand')
Undercover Acoustic
Love Cats
Red Kite on the Wyre
Spiral Scouts
The BOF Band
Poco Loco
Blowjangles
Sax Pests

1982 Short film 'Vicky': Northern Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.

2000-2014 Tunes featured on compilation series Godspunk Vols 3-13 (PUMF Records)
2008 - 13 Soundscapes for two artworks at The Great Promenade Show
https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Residents/Libraries-arts-and-heritage/Publi...

2007-2010 Co-directed a not-for-profit community interest company, Blackpool Promoting Music (BPM), promoting minority music interests in my local area.

THE PERFUMED GARDEN STAGE
2008- PRESENT I have organised this stage at the Beat-Herder festival in Lancashire. We have hosted such names as:
Steve Hillage, Flamingods, Higher Intelligence Agency, Suns of Arqa, Mrs Cakehead, Henge, Gideon Conn, Richard Norris (Beyond the Wizards Sleeve), Banco de Gaia, and countless less well known, but equally talented acts and DJs.
The stage has in the past been called: The Recovery Room, The Yurt Reynolds.
Shared the decks with the likes of: Don Letts, DJ Derek, Jerry Dammers, Andrew Weatherall.

RADIO
2012-2015 weekly show The Perfumed Garden on Cowbellradio.co.uk
2009-10 Preston FM two mixes on the Dig Deep show with Paul Thornton
2007 & 2008 two mixes broadcast on BBC 'On The Wire' Presented by Steve Barker (Wire magazine)
2001 presented two shows on Manchester’s City Centre Life.

DJ HIGHLIGHTS
FESTIVALS
2007- present: Beat-Herder (Perfumed Garden stage founder/resident)
Glastonbury
2008-present: Solfest (resident)
Musicport
Alfresco
Free Rotation
Exodus
Coastival
Alchemy
Colourfest
Bearded Theory
Campfire Convention

CLUB NIGHTS
Fusion Fridays
White Rabbit (Hebden Bridge Trades Club)
Speakeasy
The Illustrious Society

MIXES
Since 1989 produced a short-run annual limited edition 'Mystery Tapes', firstly on cassette, then on CDR.
Titles included:
The Mystery Tape
The Chrystery Tape
Radio Bongo
Broadcast from Planet Bongo
The Night Train
Junk Food Of Love
Revenge of Bongo
2001 a Space Bongo
Time Flies!
Dial a Llama
Elevation
Dunravin'
Liquidation
Space Cake Break
Blummin Eck...It's Fusion Fridays!
Heartburn
Mr. Tree's Free Sandwich
Solfest Mix
Sleepdancing
Sleepdancing 2
Summery

ARTWORK
Mainly publicising events, flyers, posters, album covers etc Skilled in Photoshop, InDesign, photography, screen printing.

About

Key Skills

INTERESTS

GUILDS

HERE FOR

Influences

INFLUENCES
John Peel
Gilles Peterson
Michael Dog
Pete Lawrence
The Big Chill
Free festivals and barn parties
WOMAD
Megadog
Dr Alex Paterson
Brian Eno
Desmond Dekker
4AD
Soft Machine
Miles Davis
Jose 'Chepito' Areas
De Stijl
Johnny Ive
Jasper Johns
Hypgnosis
Tomato
Peter Saville

CV

CV
2009-PRESENT The Perfumed Garden Stage (Beat-Herder Festival) Founder and organiser.
2012-2015 Presenter Perfumed Garden weekly show: Cowbellradio.co.uk
2007-2010 Co-director of Blackpool Promoting Music
2001-2013 tunes featured on Godspunk Vols 3-13 ( PUMF records compilation CD)
2008 The Great Promenade Show
2000 Presented shows on City Centre Life FM, Manchester
1978 - Present. Percussion with many bands
1983 BA Hons Fine Art Leeds Poly

PROJECTS

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