Posts Tagged ‘folk’

Sasha Ilyukevich and The Highly Skilled Migrants

November 23, 2012
Jimmy Kanga and Sasha Ilyukevich, c. 2006, Quinto, 48a Charing Cross Road

Jimmy Kanga and Sasha Ilyukevich, c. 2006, Quinto, 48a Charing Cross Road

I came across an album by Sasha Ilyukevich and The Highly Skilled Migrants in one of the secondhand bookshops on Charing Cross Road during my fruitless quest to find a copy of NeverSeconds. I was tempted to pick up a copy, instead an illegible business card.

Whether these haunting melodies, all in Russian, are on the album I came across, I know not.

The one place the album should be, where it is not, is bandcamp.

Very Dylanesque, guitar and vocals shades of Mark Knopfler, at times shades of punk, at times dark melancholy.

AVO Session

September 17, 2012

AVO Session, Mark Knopfler, Festsaal Messe, Basel, Switzerland, 12 November 2007.

Amazing performance of Brothers in arms, brings tears to the eyes.

Synchronicity: A couple of days later I turned on the radio to find an entire programme devoted to Brothers in Arms!

Tempest

September 16, 2012
Tempest - Bob Dylan

Tempest – Bob Dylan

Released last week, Tempest is the 35th album from Bob Dylan, 50 years on from his first album.

I picked up a copy last week, the deluxe limited edition version, from Record Corner during an afternoon in Godalming.

I had a listen this evening, or at least a quick flip through the tracks, as that was as far as I got.

It is rubbish, money down the drain.

The deluxe limited edition is a rip-off and waste of money. All you get extra is poorly put together note book with pictures of magazine covers featuring Dylan over the last fifty years.

The CD itself has a simple folded over sheet, no booklet, no additional information.

It is easy to see why CD sales are falling.

In UK has shot straight to No 1, but that would be Dylan fans on a nostalgia trip, and they were in for a grave disappointment.

It is a collection of poorly recorded hill billy songs, Duquesne Whistle a pleasant enough little ditty.

Where is the Dylan of Blowin in the Wind, Like A Rolling Stone, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door?

As I was writing I was listening to AVO Session, Mark Knopfler, Festsaal Messe, Basel, Switzerland, 12 November 2007. Far, far better.

Duquesne Whistle – Bob Dylan

September 10, 2012
Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like it’s gonna sweep my world away
I’m gonna stop in Carbondale and keep on going
That Duquesne train gonna ride me night and day
You say I’m a gambler, you say I’m a pimp
But I ain’t neither one
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Sounding like it’s on a final move.

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like she’s never blown before
Look like blinking, red light blowing
Blowing like she’s at my chamber door
You smiling through the fence at me
Just like you always smiled before
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like she isn’t gonna blow no more

Can’t you hear that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like the sky is gonna blow apart
You’re the only thing alive that keeps me going
You’re like a tie bound to my hear
I can hear a sweet voice gently calling
Must be the mother of our Lord
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like my woman’s on a board

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like it’s gonna blow my blues away
You old rascal, I know exactly where you’re going
I’ll leave you there myself at the break of a day
I wake up every morning with that woman in my bed
Everybody telling me she’s gone to my head
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like it’s gonna kill me dead

Can’t you hear that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing through another no good town
The lights of my native land are glowing
I wonder if they’ll know me next time around
I wondered if that old oak tree’s still standing
That old oak tree, the one we used to climb
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like she’s blowing right on time

– Bob Dylan

A strange ditty, an even stranger video.

The song grows on one.

Duquesne Whistle is from the Bob Dylan album Tempest released today.

Note: Tempest is due for release tomorrow, but this evening I saw it was on sale (unless posters in window of shop were for tomorrow).

It is 50 years since Bob Dylan released his first album. Tempest is his 35th studio album.

A somewhat amauturish recording of Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits) at Hamersmith last year which nevertheless captures the magic of Bob Dylan.

Many years ago I saw Bob Dylan play with Eric Clapton. Have also seen Dire Straits.

Something Fierce

July 2, 2012
Something Fierce Vol I

Something Fierce Vol I

Something Fierce Vol II

Something Fierce Vol II

A two volume album of mainly acoustic guitar and vocals, singer-songwriter Marian Call is very reminiscent of Joni Mitchell.

At first I did not like because of the first track. No problem musically, but badly recorded, opens with a guitar way off to the left

A mix of what I would call Cabaret style to what is more like folk.

I was listening last night into the early hours of the morning.

Funded through crowd sourcing.

Latest project, a live album recorded on a European tour, raised the funding in ten minutes!

Who says crowd sourcing, community supported music, does not work?

I am no great fan of digital music. I prefer to have something tangible in my hand.

But as Imogen Heap has shown, digital music is more than a track ripped off a CD. It is a different medium to be explored.

Marian Call shows that too.

She provides a link to a photo album. Effectively liner notes and pictures.

She provides a link to a wordpress blog where you can find the lyrics and more information on each song.

Motive and Opportunity

June 27, 2012
Motive and Opportunity

Motive and Opportunity

Beautiful vocals from Eilis Phillips.

A native of Hong Kong, Eilis Phillips is signed to Any And All Records.

At Nordic House

May 11, 2012
At Nordic House

At Nordic House

Birthday Sale! Friday is my birthday and to celebrate pay-what-you-want for downloads of all my albums all day. — Sunna Gunnlaugs

Here’s a free download of a live concert with my trio. The recorder was on the floor right next to the piano. Sorry about the foot-tapping. I’ll take off my shoes next time. — Sunna Gunnlaugs

Not quite free and not music, but please note offer to download Paulo Coelho HarperCollins US e-books back catalogue at 99 cents per e-book ends on Sunday.

Top Story in Jazzzaj (Friday 11 May 2012).

This Is Where We Meet

April 16, 2012
This is where we meet - Urusen

This is where we meet - Urusen

I will be the first to admit that I am no fan of folk music. Alternative folk, well that is different, but folk …

My impression of folk is the 1960s, a pub where sawdust on the floor would improve the décor, warm, tasteless beer, someone sat on a stool, a beard, a tasteless, baggy woolly jumper (the beard and woolly jumpers seemed to be compulsory), someone who could not sing, could not play a guitar. I shudder just to think of it.

Urusen (pronounced ‘you’re a sun’), a five-piece folk group.

Urusen are sort of crowd sourcing This Is Where We Meet. I say sort of, the album is recorded and mastered, the artwork designed, all that remains is the launch, but to raise money for the launch, you can pre-order and get the album two weeks before official release date, 1 July 2012.

That is why as I write you can only at present listen to one track, Wake up John.

Launch date is 1 July 2012.

The album was recorded at Realworld Studios, and just in case you do not know, Realworld is the Peter Gabriel studio in Wiltshire.

Also see

Timeflows

February 20, 2012
Timeflows - The Eden House

Timeflows - The Eden House

Into The Red haunting, mystical

from Timeflows by The Eden House.

Measure of Love

February 15, 2012
Measure of Love - Misty Edwards & David Brymer

Measure of Love - Misty Edwards & David Brymer

It is the saints who know what being in love is all about. Earthly love pales by comparison. — Thomas Dubay

I do not like yucky Christian worship music. It makes the skin crawl. They all sound the same, the same syrupy saccharine lyrics, you can almost hear them drooling.

It does not compare with with traditional Victorian hymns and earlier, a competent choir.

Even less with earlier polyphonic music.

What a pleasure then to listen to Measure of Love by Misty Edwards & David Brymer. Brilliant musically and well recorded. Misty Edwards has a beautiful voice.

The lyrics of Harlot are fantastic. Hard to believe this was a spontaneous recording in a prayer room. Some prayer room! It sends shivers down the spine! Play it loud!

It is a pity Misty Edwards & David Brymer had not thought to embed the lyrics. Hopefully this they will do as both FLAC and mp3 make this possible.

The cover art is also excellent.

A pity it is not on bandcamp to order as a CD. I can think of two places it would sell.

A very moving album.


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