A tribute to Ken Oakley – D Day veteran
65 years ago on Saturday, my dad’s cousin, Ken Oakley, stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of Royal Naval Commando assault at D-Day. Sadly, he passed away in October 2007, a smashing bloke and fondly remembered by our family. It’s chilling to think that this very day 65 years ago he was camped out in the woods at Cowplain, ready to embark from Portsmouth for D- Day, probably within throwing distance of where my daughter goes to school.
It was Ken’s experience that subconsciously inspired me to write the concept album ‘Freed from the Anguish’, http://www.cosmograf.co.uk/.
The album is dedicated to all those brave souls who died that day and a celebration of the good lives that the survivors went on to lead.
You can read Ken’s story here; http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/56/a2654156.shtml and here; http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/Ken%20Oakley/4/ken_oakley.htm
In Our Shop
Cosmograf Music Reviews
Cosmograf - When Age Has Done Its Duty, "When the party music stops, we start to age” is part of the prophetic lyrical introduction to the sprawling 13-minute title track following a recitation of Matthew Arnold’s poem ‘Growing Old’…and is another achingly wonderful masterpiece that really does underline how very special Robin Armstrong’s third Cosmograf album is. I cannot stress how badly you need this if your musical interests encompass the greats and upcoming members of the “Britprog” community. It’s absolutely fabulous…!!"Paul Jerome Smith http://www.Rocktopia.co.uk
Cosmograf - End of Ecclesia, "I had a great time listening to the songs Rob Armstrong wrote and performed. It reminded me a lot of the album Focal Point made by his fellow-countryman Paul Cusick, another multi-instrumentalist who released an album on his own .... try this fine piece of art. Robin Armstrong deserves to be heard by many people."Henri Strik http://www.backgroundmagazine.nl
Cosmograf - When Age Has Done Its Duty, "There’s no doubting the individuality or creativity of what he achieves. You hear motifs that bring to mind so many of the pioneering giants. But he also has a firm grasp on how to combine finesse and power in a modern idiom. With It Bites drummer Bob Dalton involved, this is an album to savour."Classic Rock Magazine http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/
"Finalement 'When Age Has Done Its Duty' est un bien bel album de rock progressif que l’on pourrait taxer de "à l’ancienne" si le talent de Robin Amstrong n'était pas là pour lui permettre de se démarquer."Pete T http://www.musicwaves.fr
Cosmograf - End of Ecclesia, "Fans of epic songs can immerse themselves in the 10 minuter Who Will You Serve, replete with church choir, and alternating monster guitars and widdly keyboards."Silhobbit http://www.silhobbit.com
Air Drum Auntie Glen Big Big Train Black Sabbath Bob Dalton Buzz Aldrin DIY EP Epiphone Dot Evolution Railroad F2 Records Graeme Twig Bell Green Day Hammond B3 Italian V8 Joe Cocker Jon Lord Ken Oakley Kyle Fenton La Iglesia Lee Abraham LIVE Master Picks Matt Stevens Mr Blackmore Renaissance Neil Armstrong Next Step OK PC Phil Collins Pro Tools Radio Caroline Rob Aubrey Robin Armstrong Royal Naval Commando Sea Part Simon Rogers Steve Dunn Steve Hackett Steve Thorne Thankfully Rob Think Yes UK WAHDID YES
Cosmograf Mailing List
Subscribe to the Cosmograf Mailing List to be kept informed of the latest Cosmograf news.