Pieta Brown – Paradise Outlaw

Accurately described by more than one critic as “gently intoxicating”, Paradise Outlaw is a lovely bit of folk music. It was self produced and recorded at Justin Vernon’s studio in Wisconsin, with a cast of supporting musicians that include Vernon himself as well as Amos Lee and Brown’s father, Greg Brown.


Here’s “Flowers of Love” the debut track from the album:

Pieta Brown – Paradise Outlawposted on by Dan Morgan in Music

James Kelly – Burn It Down

Now let it be known I do not like skateboard “longboards”. It irritates me when I see them carried around by their front truck as fashion accessories. It annoys me when I see people scooping them up again and again as they approach curbs. 99% of the time they are the wrong tool for the job, people don’t bomb hills on them to the point that a normal skateboard would speed wobble or feel unstable it is purely a followed trend. BUT in this instance a proper skateboard would not suffice, it would lack the geometry to sustain the velocity this man travels.

Music is “Jim” by Swans from their 2010 album “My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky”.

James Kelly – Burn It Downposted on by Dan Morgan in Skateboarding


In less than one week, in collaboration with the National Trust, our art & photography exhibition that began as just a concept inspired by the enigmatic illustrated art of Derek Nobbs (and a book about pirates) returns to North Cornwall for a second and final time.

With help & backing from Finisterre, Harbour Brewing Co & Fear Design, The Cruel and Curious Sea exhibitions celebrate the myth, murk and mystery of the Atlantic coastline and tidal waters, and those who interact with it on a regular basis. It’s a tribute to the rarely regarded sea state that is more common than not, but less often found on the  teeming, sun-bleached seaside postcards so common amongst our shoreline shops.

Photographers, illustrators, multimedia creatives, sculptors and ‘assemblage artists’ all feature, with their very own subjective takes upon the theme, which is probably best described here: hickorynines.com/cruelandcurious – there you’ll also find a list of (almost) all of the artists exhibiting.

It’s a little bigger than last year, and this year sees the addition of a Rum & Ale bar, rations of fresh seafood chowder and coffee from Bean Surfing (the rum espresso is my preferred pick-me-up!)

To keep up with all the latest teaser shots from those exhibiting, get onto instagram and search the hashtag #cruelandcurious – alternatively, you can join the Facebook event page, here: facebook.com/cruelandcurious. And below is a little playlist to compliment the event, put together with the help of a few of the exhibitors. Hope you can make it along.


The Cruel & Curious Sea II
Stowe Barton
North Cornwall, EX23 9JW
26th & 27th September | 5:30pm – 9:30pm

The Cruel and Curious Sea IIposted on by Cai Waggett in Art, Brainfood, Event, Festival, Photo, Surfing, Tattoo

I appreciate this is one Yosemite-based post following another Yosemite-based post… but I just can’t help myself. I’m hooked. And this film looks set to be the Dogtown and Z-Boys of the Yosemite dirtbagger community – it looks utterly unmissable, and I’m not even a climber.
More here: reelrocktour.com

Valley Uprisingposted on by Cai Waggett in Film, Fresh Kicks, This World

Ian Ruhter

Since my travels in the autumn of last year, a little piece of me has remained firmly lodged in the mighty Yosemite valley. Rarely does the topic of world travel arise without me shoehorning my love for the place squarely into the conversation.

Daniel Scott (veteran of our ‘Cruel & Curious Sea‘ exhibition – more on that soon) dropped by the other day and recommended some audio/visual links that he thought I might dig. I can safely say that a Daniel Scott recommendation is a seal of quality – this has ever been the case – so I knew that some good stuff awaited when he followed our conversation up with some hyperlinks by way of an email.

One such recommendation was Ian Ruhter – a large scale wet plate photographer, and in particular his documented attempts to photograph Yosemite valley. It turns out I’d come across Ian Ruhter before, in his ‘American Dream’ video (right at the end of this post) and was struck by his sensitivity and the delicate touch with which he treated his subjects. I hadn’t put the two together until after I’d watched his Yosemite videos and then dived into his back catalogue of work.

When I left Yosemite last year, I purchased some hiking maps and, as we wound our way out of the formidable valley, I made a promise to return for longer and to adventure further. That trip is already in planning… these videos don’t do the place complete justice, but they go some way to showing one man’s humility when surrounded by absolute natural beauty.



Ian Ruhter

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Ian Ruhterposted on by Cai Waggett in Film, Nature, Photo, This World

Over and Over

I am a very fortunate person. Right now I am in Norway at the Masters World Championships mechanicing for Red Bull and Wideopenmag’s, BMX and Downhill Mountain Bike rider Kye Forte.

I did not end up in this privileged situation by accident, it has taken decades of hard work and paying my due’s. But in the end it has all paid off and I now have opportunities I couldn’t have even dreamed of all those years ago when I first picked up a spanner.

One of the amazing things about living this life is meeting folks from all over and every now and then I get to meet and spend time with some extraordinary and talented folk.
This trip has given me the chance to meet one very groovy bloke who is also one of the most talented film makers I have ever encountered, James Cox.
We hit it off straight away and in the past few days, after all the work is done, we have had the chance to hang out and give each other a window in to our lives.

A couple of nights ago James and I stayed up and had a few beers after Kye had gone to bed. I introduced him to H9, he showed me some of his work and this video really struck me.

Filmed on an iPhone this film was made over eighteen months using clips that last no more than a second and a half.

At first the film seems to bombard you but after just a few seconds it becomes hypnotic and you tune in to its rhythm. Once I had finished watching it I found I was left with certain images burned in to my brain. Images I can still see now.

I think this is one of those films that every person will ‘get’ something different from and as such I feel it is a truly remarkable piece of work.

Thanks for showing me this and sharing some time with me Coxie, its been a blast!

Check out more of Coxie’s work at http://jamescoxvideo.com/

Over & Over from James Cox on Vimeo.

Over and Overposted on by Chaz Curry in Art, Brainfood, Film, Fresh Kicks, The Road, This World, Wheels

The World Keeps Turning…

H9 Joshua Tree

Travelling alone is something I would recommend to everyone, but you must be willing to confront some demons, to honestly and ruthlessly look inside yourself & find comfort in solitude. There is no way to describe the way your spirit evolves when you leave everything you know behind and force yourself to use your brain in a real capacity. When you’re out of your comfort zone, away from the people you love, you have only yourself to make things happen, to rely on, to praise when things work out and blame if things go wrong.

I don’t think you really forget about anything in life, until you have learnt from it what you need. I’m learning many important lessons, the most significant being that the world keeps turning, regardless of what you do. No matter where you are in the world, no matter what you’re doing, no matter who or where you were before. It doesn’t matter if you’re in pain or if you find things difficult. It doesn’t matter that you deserve more and it sure doesn’t matter that you have potential.


I’ve been travelling self-propelled for over 9 months now. Among many observations is a realisation of how much ‘stuff’ there is in life, and how easy it is to look at the world to blame for undesired results. It’s easy to fall into the habit of blame when there are people around you to blame. It’s easy not to look at yourself when there are others wanting your attention. When we have no-one to rely on but ourselves; a survival instinct encoded into our genes is ignited.

Trying not to live in the past has been my hardest lesson, accepting that the things I sometimes heart achingly miss no longer exist and never will, at least not in the same capacity. You must remain open to new people and experiences and trust they will come along, but only if you put yourself in the situations where they can. Until then, stimulate yourself, mentally, physically and creatively. Take risks, be spontaneous, break the mould. Open yourself to different stimuli to ignite different parts of yourself. If there’s nothing new coming into your life inevitably you hold onto past memories and experiences. Don’t get me wrong, it’s OK to remember the past, almost impossible not to, but learn from it and move on. Don’t hold onto and pine for its return. Yes, it’s had a huge impact on who you are today and why you’re sitting where you are, but it no longer exists.

It’s hard letting go, I’m a self confessed brooder, perspective found in travelling is certainly helping. You’re forced to look at the bigger picture, stand apart from yourself and view your life through another’s eyes, your problems really aren’t very important. The ones who love you will always be there, the ones who don’t are irrelevant.

I’m trying to take myself away from the ‘stuff’, the things that would previously cause me great anxiety. I’ve cut myself off from those that demand attention and trying to focus on the one thing that essentially matters most, me!


I’m searching for answers… what makes me tick, happy, inspired, motivated, anxious, insecure etc… How can I become a better person, to myself, and the close people around me? Essentially, being humble & content without relying on external sources for confirmation. After years of willingly putting others first, it’s not easy to put the focus back. Being around people constantly gives you purpose in your day, something to look forward to, acts of selflessness. On the flip side, they provide things & people to blame for undesired results in your personal life. This kind of frustration found me becoming insecure, ‘needy’ and constantly searching for an agenda in everything and everyone. From a distance, I now see there never was one. The world isn’t against you and you must embrace its opportunities.

“What lies before us and what lies behind us is a tiny matter compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


People seem to live their lives in constant pursuit of happiness from ‘things’, like somehow it will only be obtained once these things have been acquired: a house, money, ‘soul-mate’. I have believed this for 26 years. Yes, these things make people happy, but it wont be long before we want more: a bigger house, more money, married with children. It can be difficult not to feel guilty when focusing on the things that make you happy, we are selfish creatures. I think it’s so important, learning to love ourselves before we open up to love another.

It’s not always sunshine and happiness, ‘living the dream’ on the road. After a while, when the excitement of arriving in a new country, meeting new friends and experiences subside, it’s lonely. But be safe in the knowledge all self-doubt and loneliness experienced will soon be erased by the complete highs only obtained whilst travelling. Goodbyes are always difficult, but you know they are coming, perhaps why you become so close to new found international friends.


I’ve written this more for me than you. Organising thoughts, putting some theory into practice. Perhaps you might be able to take a small piece of this away with you and apply it to your own quest for self-improvement. The next time you’re sitting contemplating what it is you’re actually doing with your life, just remember: the world keeps turning, and you need to keep moving if you want to get somewhere; it’s your job to maintain momentum.

The World Keeps Turning…posted on by Bryn Hall in Brainfood, Nature, Photo, The Road, This World

What with one thing and another, I’ve been reluctantly neglecting my Hickory Nines responsibilities.

No longer… The new site is approaching fast, with more contributors and a new feel. Our 2nd art show, ‘The Cruel & Curious Sea II’ is also underway, taking place in North Cornwall over the 26th & 27th of September.

Interviews, exclusives, guests… all to come. In the meantime, here’s some sheer beauty to keep everyone dreaming: ‘The Ridge’ by Camp 4 Collective.
Back soon.

The Ridgeposted on by Cai Waggett in Brainfood, Film, Snow

Elbow @ Eden

Shayne House © 2014 shaynehouse.com-9

And if it’s all we only pass this way but once
What a perfect waste of time

Shayne House © 2014 shaynehouse.com-6

And as the Eden Sessions 2014 came to an emotionally charged end with Elbow doing what they do best, I couldn’t think of a better waste of time than a karaoke evening with 5000 people.

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No I’m not being facetious, I sang my face(tious) off. With a smattering of songs from their latest album The Take Off and Landing of Everything including My Sad Captains and New York Morning, it was a pleasure to my ears. The rest of the set saw them pulling out popular hits from their extensive back catalogue, with a particularly impressive light show to accompany Mirrorball.

Shayne House © 2014 shaynehouse.com-8

But when all is said and done, I draw the line at ‘synchronised’ clapping. Audiences, you are not percussionists. Please don’t do it again. Thanks.

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Even if you don’t particularly like Elbow’s music, which is of course your prerogative, I defy you not to like the affable front man. He opens every one of his BBC6 music shows with “I’m Guy Garvey, the lead singer of Elbow”, as if there may be some listeners in radio land that have been living under a stone. For a rock star not to make assumptions about his listeners, or to not have an ego bigger than a small continent, is something of an achievement in itself.

Shayne House © 2014 shaynehouse.com-2

He’s intelligent and articulate, with an ear for a good tune, and he genuinely appears to be a lovely bloke.
Yes of course, it’s a bromance.

Shayne House © 2014 shaynehouse.com

Keep on rocking in the free world!

Elbow- ‘Grounds For Divorce’ (Dir. Dan Sully) from Dan Sully on Vimeo.

Elbow at Edenposted on by Shayne House in Music

Bude Cleaner Seas

Here is a film I have just finished for The Bude Cleaner Seas Project. They are making a positive contribution to the cleanliness of the water in some of the places I surf. The project by Volunteer Cornwall aims to use the power of local people to keep our sea waters cleaner by addressing the quality of river water as it flows to the ocean.

bude cleaner seas

Izzy Hamilton a team GB windsurfer and Kit Innes a competitive surfer from Widemouth discuss how they are affected by pollution. For those who spend a significant part of their lives in the water the state of our seas is of prime importance. Izzy and Kit both gave relaxed and informative interviews that are heartfelt and poignant and speak directly to other sea users to empower them to make a difference.

Ian Saltern who manages the project explains some of the ways that as individuals and businesses we can make a change for the better.

Bude Cleaner Seas Izzy Hamilton

Filming was a great experience, from the start I wanted to allow the viewer space and time to feel the beauty of a cornish dawn in early summer. There is a freshness and hope in the first rays that I think we captured. Apex aerial imaging helped to get the beautiful views of the river over Bude Marshes. We were in place at 5 am waiting for the light to land on the river and were filming seconds after.

The music is ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’ by Arvo Pärt, performed by Markus Staab, the title means mirrors in mirrors. The tintinabular minimalism worked for me with the longer takes, and also says something about circles and waves and life.

Many thanks to Avril Sainsbury of eight design for producing and guidance, and many thanks to you for watching.



The Bude Cleaner Seas Project from Lee Robertson on Vimeo.


Bude Cleaner Seasposted on by Lee Robertson in Film, This World