• The last four gigs

    Mar 25 2010, 18:38 di allremovables

    Having noticed how disparate my last four gigs were I thought I'd do a quick sum-up, I guess trying for myself to reconcile drunken indie bands with a capella folk....

    24/02/2010: The NME Shockwaves Awards Show, Brixton Academy
    I went along because the wonderful Bethling won tickets, and hey, how often do you get to go to an awards show? Flicking through a recent copy of the NME on the train it was clear I didn't know any of the bands the cool kids are into these days.

    It's a bit hazy now because the bands I didn't know I surely didn't remember, uninspiring as they were. Kasabian made a good bit of noise, but I've never been a fan of Oasis nor their imitators, so their success bemused me somewhat. A sober, quirky Jarvis Cocker made for the perfect host, his terse Sheffield accent adding to the surreality of playing Catch Phrase with indie band names, although I think he barely hid his disgust at the ragingly drunk Damon Albarn. Also thoroughly sloshed was Lily Allen, who shouldn't have been permitted to sing…
  • [My Gang] The Imagined Village - Tam Lyn Retold : Reco of the Week 4 March 08

    Mar 4 2008, 19:37 di Babs_05

    Artist: The Imagined Village (Benjamin Zephaniah, Eliza Carthy, Transglobal Underground, Simon Emmerson)
    Track: Tam Lyn Retold
    Album: The Imagined Village
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    I like folklore and fairytales.

    My recommendation this week is this re-telling of a traditional Scottish legend of faeries and mortal men.

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    Being new to the story myself, I'll quote from Wikipedia for the background. (See Wiki for all links).

    Synopsis

    Most variants begin with the warning that Tam Lin collected either a possession, or the virginity of any maidens who passed through the forest of Carterhaugh. A young maiden, usually called Janet or Margaret, came to Carterhaugh and plucked a double rose, whereupon Tam appeared and asked why she was in Carterhaugh without his command and had taken what was his. She stated that she owned Carterhaugh, as her father had given it to her.
  • Swarb Aid II @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham, June 2004

    Gen 12 2008, 22:59 di queeniefox

    To explain the purpose of the concert briefly - Swarb Aid II is the second benefit concert to raise money for Dave Swarbrick, top violinist and ex member of, among others, Fairport Convention. The first concert happened when Swarb first got ill, and this one follows his relapse. You can read more about it all in the article I linked to a few entries ago.

    Richard Digence who was supposed to be the first act on was for some reason indisposed so Jasper Carrot stepped into the breach at the last moment. He was quite funny and it was nice to see him in person after watching him on the telly for years, but he didn't make a huge impression on me. I suppose it was only a short act though.

    Fairport were up next! I had hoped they might top the bill so I'd remember more about the set - I've been to so many of their concerts now that they are starting to blur into one. But it was not to be, and indeed my memory of the experience is a little fuzzy - but that's party because of the spaceyness.
  • This Month In eMusic

    Dic 26 2006, 20:20 di Woodshed1

    This month has been entirely dedicated to Topic Records. As far as I'm concerned, Topic is up there with Stax, Motown and Trojan as one of the greatest record label of all times. There isn't a single traditional English performer of note that hasn't appeared on one of there releases at some point, and many of the greatest have recorded exclusively for them.

    Martin Carthy - The Wife of Usher's Well: Martin Carthy isn't usually mentioned along with the likes of Davey Graham and Bert Jansch as one of the great folk guitarists. This is largely due to the economy with which he plays. Yet his parts are inventive and addictive - so much so that both Paul Simon and Bob Dylan felt they couldn't improve on them and stole them wholesale.

    As he has aged, his guitar accompaniment has become even simpler. On this 1999 track, he simply plays the melody along with dark, funereal bass notes.

    Martin Carthy - Famous Flower of Serving Men: An engrossing ten minute epic of a song taking in cross-dressing…