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Askam Furness UK   Jan 2018

Artist Bio

I play instruments with strings, though not the guitar! (My main instrument is the harp, but you might also hear some piano, viola or cello, perhaps even a uke...)

This will be my fourth FAWM... (previously @mkd). The first two years I did concept albums (2018 was based around family life, 2019 was based around death and dying). 2020 was the fawm I finally managed to write the musical I’d had in my head for the last few years... I was nervous about doing it, but FAWM was just the sort of push I needed to make me get on with it... and I did! Later that year, a group of performing arts students recorded it remotely in lockdown and I am working on producing the resulting film. (Just Act I)

This year?... I have the germ of an idea brewing (no pun intended!) so we shall see, but right now I’m off to teach my kids, who are off school again as we’re in Lockdown III here in the UK...

Pronouns: She/Her

Songs (24)

#1 Captain Tom 12
4 weeks
#2 When we're nearly 65 13
4 weeks
#3 Yeah Yeah Yeah 14
4 weeks
#4 14x14 Exhilaratingly Temptationless 12
4 weeks
#5 Call of the Siren 21
4 weeks
#6 Puff Pastry Dragon 17
4 weeks
#7 Sweetheart of Abstraction @standup  35
3 weeks
#8 The Siren's Lament 28
3 weeks
#9 No Weather for Outdoor Games 12
3 weeks
#10 Paint Card 10x10 15
2 weeks
#11 The Clown Show (Must Go On) @thefuneralcrasher  10
2 weeks
#12 Confessions of Blood...........and Doubt @corpsecorps 1
2 weeks
#13 Trigger You 21
2 weeks
#14 10 x 10 Worldwide FAWM Collaboration! @kahlo2013 19
2 weeks
#15 Tell me (Forever) @apauls 6
2 weeks
#16 Questions @metalfoot  18
2 weeks
#17 Bugs Bite @ajna1960  11
2 weeks
#18 Where I'd Like to Be 11
2 weeks
#19 Still Love @rosedeschamps  8
2 weeks
#20 Space Pirates on a Diet @corpsecorps 13
1 week
#21 Ajax 409 @zecoop  20
1 week
#22 Contemplation 12
1 week
#23 Light of Night (Y Noson Deffro) @zecoop  10
1 week
#24 St Kilda (instrumental demo) @gregthehero 7
6 days


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  • @dzdandcunfsd  18 hours

    I just saw it! Maybe be worried?? 🤣 I like dark stuff, most especially with contrasting happy music! got a uke and a kazoo? I can't not smile when I hear that combo 🤣

  • @dzdandcunfsd  23 hours

    Well there's your lyrical inspiration! Hahaha no I would of had a hard time with it myself if not for my band name and imaginaryish bio I had already done when I signed up a few days ago LOL. It kind of wrote itself. That was one of the weekly challenges from either fawm last year or might of been 50/90 that I tried to do and blanked on as well. Couldn't think of anything other than some Descartes quotes. So maybe something there?

  • @dzdandcunfsd  1 day

    Yup I did, and actually other than I'm sure I'll play with the mix some(and probably screw it all up) am done with first song LOL.

  • @timfatchen  1 day

    Goodness me! My apologies (I didn't even see your bio). I've altered my comment to get rid of "auto" (blush). Siobhan Owen would eat me for breakfast if she heard about it...

  • @nadine 1 day

    Thanks for your comment on "Pyromancer"! Glad you enjoyed it though beeing a sketch with virtual instruments. We will re-record it with real instruments in some weeks. The list of collabos will be long... and longer. I'm looking forward to it.

  • @thedutchwidows  2 days

    Thank you for the nice comments. It has led me to a question - how long can a note be sustained on a cello in a single bow direction, without bowing so slowly that the quality of the note degrades..?

  • @guatecoop  3 days

    Oh my goodness!! I realized that I haven’t stopped by for some listening! Well, today is the day. You did really well!

  • @safred 3 days

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback 😀 Creativity and collaboration is a wonderful thing, and I'm so happy the opportunity to make these few tracks with @mahtowin came along 😀

  • @candle  3 days

    Do I follow it up with a "I'll get you next time Gadget, next time!" ? LOL Thank you so much for the listen & the comment.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @wolfkier 3 days


  • @mahtowin 4 days

    Thank you so much for your words! There many astonishing things on this collab to me: I don't know @safred , but I was so inspured of his music that this imaginary comes to me ( the lyrics) and he put the words and my vocals and made this beautiful soft and delicate sound to them! This is such an amazing experience to me!

  • @andpow81  4 days

    Thanks for your kind words!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  4 days

    Thanks! yeah I've listened to @candle and been amazed for some years now, and knew the guy could flat out belt it out sing with the best of them, but he really blew me away this year, especially once he broke his computer and all his strings and had to start playing acoustic and recording with a webcam 🤣

  • @wolfkier 4 days

    😀 Thank YOU.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  5 days

    I'm stubborn and stuck with music in one form or another, but I'm sure that mean old Cruella De'Ville looking lady and others like her did more than their fair share to drive people away from music than they ever did help any one along. I was lucky and also got introduced to blues and jazz and bluegrass and even older Native North/South American music, so I quickly threw "theory" out the window by the time I hit my teens 😉 Which is usually just mid 18th century Europeans telling everyone that there's still only one certain way to do things 🤣 but I could prattle about that for hours. I've no doubt you're a great teacher!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  5 days

    Pianos,Tchaikovsky, and rulers........soooo many knuckle slaps..... I'd of loved to rock a recorder 🤣

  • @thedutchwidows  5 days

    Thanks for the comments, and well done on a great February! The quality of your output is so high, it blows my mind! I shall endeavour to listen to the ones I've not heard over the next few weeks.

    Can I also whole-heartedly and unreservedly apologise for my crimes against the cello on my last song, too? I toyed with seeing if you'd be up for a late collaboration on it, but it was about 4pm on Sunday 28th, and I figured that would be beyond rude, so I just hacked away at it instead. Suspect an actual cellist would be fairly horrified by what I'd done..!

  • @wolfkier 5 days

    That's cool. Sorry I'm crap at rules, so it's probably more complicated written down than it actually should be. it's just an agreement by happy parties (people might not actually have encountered) to reciprocate comments one at a time... tit4tat.... anyway, sorry for any stress, have a great day! 😀

  • @wolfkier 5 days

    Sorry to hear that, but ok, I'll take you off the list right now. Have a great spring and I'll see you at 50/90 I hope.

  • @mariekevinkmusic  5 days

    Hi. Thanks for reaching out. The good thing about FAWM is that no matter what time of night, someone was on the forums, even if it wasn't a thread you were participating in. Someone was doing the same thing as you that very moment.
    We will get through this but for many of us, it is getting critically important to be allowed to see people again.

  • @thefuneralcrasher  5 days

    Our drummer just sent me a text with a couple more gigs for our covers band for later on in the year...so we'll have to get a couple of rehearsals in...we'll be rustier than the Titanic's anchor...

  • @metalfoot  6 days

    Yeah, I just crossed the threshhold to the land of three digits. 😁

  • @davidtaro  6 days

    Hello. Thanks for the lovely comment on Maybe! And my my... you’ve been busy. 23... 😯👏

  • @pvk2020  1 week

    Thanks for your feedback on Just Waking Up... I actually recorded the bassoon orchestra on a track. It is a simple 12 bar blues. Thanks again.

  • @thefuneralcrasher  1 week

    Hi...I'm doing OK, thanks! You've done incredibly well. I've got a couple more instrumentals in the bag...but will likely run out of time on the lyrics for them...I don't want to write anything else I'm not happy with...but I'm quite pleased with what I managed, really...and loved our song in particular!

  • @thedutchwidows  1 week

    The comment was well-deserved - it is a stunning song. I don't like downloading FAWM songs as they're generally demos and people might wish to do something more formal with them and should paid for their efforts. But when the song's that good, and there's a 'download' option, then I'm afraid I'm going to hit the button. I would happily buy an album of it. It is in my top two favourite songs of the year (@wolfkier's Then Comes Five being the other).

  • @srcoops  1 week

    How nice it is to hear the language of our ancestors in a beautiful song. (zecoop"s mother and grandmother were both Evans's) I believe some of them were from Aberyswif (spelling?). A very nice piece of work.

  • @metalfoot  1 week

    *signs up for the MKDB fan club*

  • @skittycat  1 week

    Thanks for the comment on Edge of Town. I'm glad I could paint a picture for you 😀

  • @ayehahmur  1 week

    If that was luck it was the kind of luck Mozart had all the time (ie pure musical instinct).

    And on collabs, I think my FAWM history has been a development. The first two years were about exploring songwriting again from a personal perspective, then by last year I was feeling confident enough to want to release some of those songs so both last year and this have been about concentrating on getting enough songs in the bag to be able to make a decent selection.

    I think what I have now is enough confidence that I can do that during a FAWM to allow myself to have a bit of fun at the same time. So, whatever I decide to focus on next time around, I'll definitely make sure I make room for collaboration in the month.

    And thanks for the invitation to do so. You're the first FAWMer to have done so in the last four years, and it'd be a delight to work with you on something. I'm looking forward to it.

  • @ayehahmur  1 week

    Ah collaborations! I tend to spend so much of my limited time in February just concentrating on my own things I've been reluctant so far to do collaborations, but I'm beginning to come around to doing them, I think.
    Hit me up next Feb, and we'll see!

  • @kahlo2013 1 week


  • @mistermann  1 week

    THANK you for pointing out all of the things I really hoped folks would notice in “Yeah Yeah Yeah” ❤️😁

    As if that wasn’t great enough, I discover you are ALSO a things-with-strings hoarder, AND one of those is the beloved viola which began my musical journey. Consider yourself watchlisted.

    To stringed things and alto clefs and best friends that I haven’t yet met!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  1 week

    Yeah I couldn't think of a better ending for that 🤣 When listening again this morning, the pew pew pews just made me laugh all anew as well. Don't know why I had forgotten. My dog did hear it this morning though and it did perk him up, he shook his head, grunted and started gnawing his toy with some gusto. So you found some combination of Hz and noise that does get a dog that's very accustomed to hearing lots of craziness to pay attention! Well done!

  • @srcoops  1 week

    Thank you for your kind words regarding my family. We have had a lot of fun with FAWM. John got me into this about 11 years ago. It's fun to find something to get the heart of an old codger of 84 going.

  • @gordon  1 week

    The file size tip was indeed helpful and I managed to upload in the end when I dropped the bit rate for the mp3 file, so thanks again.

  • @gordon  1 week

    Thanks for the tip on the file size. I didn't realise there was a file limit. I'll try to make it smaller and re-upload

  • @bangstick  1 week

    ARG! I Just finished my segment! Apologies!

  • @karlsburg25  1 week

    Loved captain Tom song . An utter pleasure to listen to . Thank you for writing

  • @cblack 1 week

    Ha! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • @bradbrubaker  1 week

    Thank you for the Welsh reading of the sign. If I am unable to get to this with the time left this FAWM, I will bank it for next FAWM!

  • @bradbrubaker  1 week

    Hello! You tipped me off on this Welsh sign. Could you help me with pronunciation of the Welsh?

    “Tra bydd golau coch sefwch yma”
    Official translation for road sign purposes:
    “When red light shows wait here.”

    Actual literal translation:
    “While the light is red, stand here”

  • @dzdandcunfsd  1 week

    🤣 You're alright! Oh I listened to that soundcloud track you had with the pencil scratches and the rolling drum beater thing. That was a really cool concept and nicely executed! I try to just listen to new fawm music during the month, but I couldn't help myself there haha.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  1 week

    Nice! I thought those were actual pick scrapes or a bow, guess not too far off 😁. I'll have to play it for my dog see what he thinks. Though he only howls along when I play a harmonica live, he could care less about recordings. It's the cat that gets sketchy about weird noises you'd think he'd be used to it by now. I would apologize for the loudness, but it would be insincere 🤣

  • @dzdandcunfsd  1 week

    Thanks! that was quite a wonderful corpse!

  • @kahlo2013 1 week

    Thanks so much for stitching!!! Do you have an original file of the EC or MP3 that you could send me and then I could also post on my page!

  • @rwhosings  1 week

    No worries! It was funny! He overreacts to movies/shows, but usually doesn't react if it isn't an authentic animal sound. So kudos on tricking him!

  • @rwhosings  1 week

    Fixed it, thanks!

  • @karlsburg25  2 weeks

    Yeah i defo tend to channel my Noel G in lots of songs. especially the big ballady type ones. Thanks so much for listening. Have whacked the words up now. Phewee there was a lot 😉

  • @ayehahmur  2 weeks

    You're welcome
    I'm really enjoy your inventiveness!

  • @tunecat  2 weeks

    Hi there.. and the next skirmish had a lyre in it (the tale of orpheus.. ) so if you want to stop by and listen to this and make a loop ( or a few loops - I think its BPM101 or thereabouts .. or basically whatever takes your fancy) similar in tempo... https://fawm.org/songs/120244/.. I think it would still whatever happened be a final piece as a kind of recitation.. but it might have a few more breaks for music.. for filling in (in free prose) any bits of the story forgotten that need to be caught up on.. and suchlike. Thanks!!!! I've got an accound on soundtrap if that's of interest... its possible to collab online.. I dont know if the second person needs a full account.. Otherwise, just email me, or upload to souncloud private - tcking the downloadable option - and mark unlisted..

  • @gb9  2 weeks

    Thank you for your appreciation and kind comments on 'Maldives' it's a lingering dream for me 😀

  • @ajna1960  2 weeks

    Hello again !!! I sent you a reply to your email, asking a question 😀 (not about your recording - I love it). Let me know your answer please, so that I can let them know !! lol

  • @ajna1960  2 weeks

    Heya 😀
    Yes I am very happy for a FAWM collab on Bugs Bite. I do however already have a cowriter for post FAWM for this one (not a FAWMer), so it can't be used online commercially etc etc post FAWM. Is that ok with you ? If so add away !!!

  • @ayehahmur  2 weeks

    Hiya, yep fine. Busy week on several fronts and a creatively frustrating one, but I've got something new bubbling. All good.

    Ta for checking in.

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks

    Just *amazing*, my friend. Blown away. Please post!

  • @thefuneralcrasher  2 weeks

    Thank you 😀

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks

    Out and about for the next bit but looking forward to listening!

  • @unkept 2 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on "Interview!"

    Right now I have to wait to see if I get the second interview, but it was my first full interview in a second language and I never had to stop for clarification, and the interviewer laughed and chatted a bit, so I at least think it went well.

  • @kahlo2013 2 weeks

    Got it!

  • @gm7  2 weeks

    Thx for the comment on New String very kind. Sometimes an improv it a good thing.

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks


  • @reklov  2 weeks

    Hi! Thanks so much for your kind words for my 10x10 Whistling Suite! As I wrote in the description I just improvised the lines. The research for a suitable musical form(at) and all those different dances took me much longer than to record the whole thing.

  • @kahlo2013 2 weeks

    Thanks! If others are interested that would be fun!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  2 weeks


  • @ggallagher  2 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on Disney (didn’t prepare us for our 30s) I had a lot of fun with the concept!

  • @thefuneralcrasher  2 weeks

    We made a great song I reckon! If that had been all I’d gotten out of FAWM it would still all have been worthwhile. As soon as I got your vocal, I knew you’d sent me a little bit of magic...thanks!

    Ps your new song is a knockout!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  2 weeks

    Just saw they were from New Orleans, might be nursing a stay at home Fat Tuesday hangover 🤣 It worse comes to worse and don't hear back and time is running out you can always just add an end-part or ask for another volunteer I suppose.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  2 weeks

    I guess 🤣 I suppose you can rename it if you want. I was going to call it The Great Wizards Plan For World Domination After Huffing Too Much Donkey Dust or something, but figured I go with something that was actually somewhat lyrical in it as well haha.

  • @trolls2 2 weeks

    thankyou for your kind comment on my song!!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  2 weeks

    It was a great helicopter! 🤣 I really do wish I still had all my old keyboards, I had some really "bad" ones that made such great noise, and now they're expensive since they're "cool" and "vintage" haha

  • @dzdandcunfsd  2 weeks

    Thanks, I love how that one came together! It was actually fun to stitch up and I hate the editing process usually 🤣 How did you make that fairy dust powered helicopter noise btw? I'm intrigued, and have this desire for a harp to wire up with piezos and completely play all wrong now hahaha, but they're soooooooo big! Portability was one of the reasons I started playing more guitar instead of drums years ago.

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks

    I'm hoping to get to our project either this evening or tomorrow evening. Being Ash Wednesday it's a full day for me so we'll see!

  • @trolls2 2 weeks

    thanks for clarifying it was your phone creating sounds i was picturing a laptop. great harmonies!!!

  • @berni1954  2 weeks

    So glad you liked my "Indigo Flame" - I might do another colour sometime. Brilliant idea to take those pretentious names of colours and offer them to people out to do some real creative work 😉

  • @trolls2 2 weeks

    luv that photo of you in the 'last gig' your outfit reminds me of an avant garde artist in NYC back in the day named "Moon Doggie"....look forward to listening to your music.

  • @ayehahmur  2 weeks


  • @ayehahmur  2 weeks

    Re corpses - I think the anticipation is a big part of it. 😀 Hope you're similarly surprised and pleased by yours.

  • @ayehahmur  2 weeks

    Just enjoyed your Clown Show collab too. That's not the kind of song I ever imagined you singing, but it's brilliant! This is the kind of stuff FAWM is for.

  • @ayehahmur  2 weeks

    Yeah, but you should see it...

    Thanks! It was a bit of an odd challenge but I think it turned out really well.

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    Glad you enjoyed it! And yeah, I had a lot of fun with that 10x10. 😁

  • @dzdandcunfsd  2 weeks

    No I haven't got that last bit yet. I should probably check to see how that's going 🤣, and good on that other one changing, those are usually my favorite corpses that turn into a very poorly played version of that old telephone game, where someone messes it up on purpose🤣

    I found out during 50/90 the doggie likes to sing, but its only with a harmonica(which I play very poorly on the best of days) so got most of that drowned out, he'll follow pitch(better than I can) and pretty much stay on rhythm too. I'm sure there are some reversed bits in there, got a new pedal recently that will do live reverse, and have had a reverse reverb for a while. I can't seem to leave it alone 😁 Yeah that 10x10 was a bit of you breaking out of a box, at least compared to the tracks of yours I've listened to so far, great stuff though!

  • @thefuneralcrasher  2 weeks

    Thank You for the lovely vocals you sent me!

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks

    Sounds like a good idea. I will make sure I tune my guitar to A440 before recording. LOL

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks

    Yeah, so I think I'm enough through my list of commitments to start planning something with you now! What sort of thing would you like to do?

  • @tukayandryan  2 weeks

    Thank you so much for you lovely comments on our song 😊

  • @aesthetic72  2 weeks

    In Canada, it’s not art if it doesn’t make you slightly depressed. True story. I live in America now and as we were building our repertoire my jazz pianist eventually told me I had to start choosing happier songs. 😃 I can’t take it out of my compositions tho. Bred in the bone. (Examples anything by Margaret Atwood, the group of seven painters, and harvest moon by Neil young. Also Amelia Curran. She’s from my home province and her work is devastating (which is the Canadian word for beautiful lol)

  • @aesthetic72  2 weeks

    Thanks for your kind comment on my jazz number!

  • @ayehahmur  2 weeks

    That's why they call them challenges, right?

  • @ayehahmur  2 weeks

    Mine was an interesting challenge in terms of what I had to work with, but that's all part of the fun. 😁 It all seems to be moving along smoothly. Very intrgued to see how it turns out.

  • @ayehahmur  2 weeks

    Ha! Not directly, although it does make me a bit headachy. I just realised I was going to need a reset soon and it seemed a good day to have it.

    Have your corpses been exhumed yet?

  • @kahlo2013 3 weeks

    I emailed you my segment of the Anything Goes Exquisite Corpse #3 - thanks for stitching!

  • @zecoop  3 weeks

    The Sunlight/Moonlight part gave me goosebumps when i heard it. 😀

  • @ayehahmur  3 weeks

    Yes! At the beginning I signed up to a few of the challenges. Never done a corpse before so I'm looking forward to this one. Little bit daunted by the acoustic one they've already put up, it was really good!
    Good luck with yours!

  • @thefuneralcrasher  3 weeks

    Thank you for the lovely offer...I'd love you to do something on one of my songs...I'll try to get something together!

  • @moonraccoon  3 weeks

    Thank you so much for your comment on Yeah Yeah Yeah I Remember.

  • @natalieedelson  3 weeks

    Thank you for your kind words on sirensong . Looking forward to listening to yours.

  • @ayehahmur  3 weeks

    Ha, yes, I did have a lot of fun with it. It was a skirmish so it's all a bit rushed and definitely a bit on the silly side. I always do at least one of those every year it seems.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  3 weeks

    Awesome! That's shaping up to be a good one. I already don't remember what I did for it, but the others have been great, so it'll be a bit of a surprise when I get to stitching it together for me as well 😁

  • @metalfoot  3 weeks

    Sounds good. I've got a few 'i's to dot and 't's to cross first but hopefully within the week I'll be caught up enough that we can do something together!