THE GARDENING CLUB – Mr October And The Moon Of Madness (MRR)

The most directly conceptual full album that the Club have produced ... a rather obtuse story arising from the purportedly true, if historically buried and obfuscated, characters of Mr October and Ludmilla, presumed doomed lovers who were based around London's theatre-going scene of the late Victorian era... The Gardening Club, as those who have investigated..

THE GARDENING CLUB – Bridge Of Spirits (MRR)

Listening to the original Time Trilogy and The Owl releases was certainly impressive, but by comparison with this framing, those releases were in sharp monochrome as opposed to the lush technicolour experience they are finally afforded here Now then, this one needs some contextualising before I get into the actual nitty-gritty of the music contained..


Anyone following the activities of The Gardening Club (a loose assembly based around Toronto-based UK ex-pat Martin Springett) will be aware of a quite remarkable spike in activities just at the moment. Indeed, there can be few cases of a greater swing from one extreme to the other, with over three decades separating the first..

THE GARDENING CLUB – The Time Trilogy / The Owl (MRR)

A little historical context before we launch into these two 'longform EP'-length releases from The Gardening Club, I think, because it has been quite the unexpected story. Way way back, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and Phil Collins had some hair, Martin Springett released an album under the banner of The Gardening Club (it was..

THE GARDENING CLUB – Boy On A Bike (Gonzo Multimedia)

The six and half minute title track ... evokes the laid-back effortless cool of prime Steely Dan If the name The Gardening Club is unfamiliar to you, you surely won’t be alone. But banish any thoughts of Alan Titchmarsh or Percy Thrower, because this particular Gardening Club is a prog project courtesy of UK-born Toronto..