Yeah I know I should have had this one up a week or two (or three or four) ago. But sometimes life gets in the way of doing what you’d like to do. Anyway it here it is at last
WIZARDMARRAS DRYSTONE WIRELESS SHOW REVIEW OF 2008
Some of the tracks have been on the podcast already but as the casts in question have been taken off line it’s good opportunity to play some of my favourites from last year, some of the tracks are new ones but from artists that I really like and in the case of one it’s neither been on the cast nor have they appeared at Solfest or my open mic at The Spinners Arms but more of that later first lets get down to business with…
GO MAKE SOMEBODY HAPPY HERE
I love this track pulse poundingly good full on celtic boogie with hints of Peatbog Faerie like fiddling from Mary Custy. As I said when I first put this up Bushplant have made this available as free download on the understanding that if you get it you will donate something to a children s charity. Not a bad deal in my book and they will be appearing on the Drystone stage this year.
Back from podcast number 1 here’s my good friend Banjo Bill Lloyd with his wonderful version of Joni Mitchells “Carey” there is something about Bills singing here that just makes me feel so good every time I hear it. Bill who runs the session yurt at Solfest (and about a million other festivals too) is one of those people that seems to bring out the best in others. No one who wishes to play is ever turned away and are encouraged to join in and not hold back. Top man.
MR & MRS
CUT ALL STRINGS
Since I first met Ric and Chez on Preston platform (doing a soft shoe shuffle dance, thanks Jethro) the have performed a cracking set on The Drystone and I’m still in admiration for the sheer quality of songwriting. So much so I emailed Steve Lamacq and said he should check them out. He did and has subsequently played them on two of his shows. Remember you heard them first here.
Pure good trippy music thats beyond definition, is it folk, is it psychedelic, is it neo classical or something else altogether. Whatever, it’s very good. Just let it wash over you and enjoy.
THE MELODICA MELODY AND ME
There’s a strangely haunting quality to MMM’s music, and another band the the aforementioned Mr Lamacq likes too. Though he got wind of them before I did. Complication on the journey up to Cumbria meant they arrived late and had to play a truncated set at Solfest but that being said if you flip to the previous blog to this you can see them performing unplugged in the bus that was behind the stage.
If this track from Scotlands Dumb Instrument doesn’t make you feel a bit spooked, you have something wrong with you. It’s an unsettling comment on the time we live in but exceptionally well done.
Another band who will be on The Drystone this year and a fresh track from them as I thought to play the Green Set again after it was on the last podcast wasn’t a good idea. Gillian Fleetwood and Freya Thompson simply make great music. And here’s a jolly good and lighthearted video of the “Queen of All Argyle” another track as is Lillian’s from their album “Tree Of Life”
THE CACTUS ROOM
Another studio recording from Ted Chapman aka “The Cactus Room” He has created a rhythm which he calls “Diddley Reggae” Diddly reggae was born when Ted fastened a bit of a Bo Diddley riff onto half a bar of a reggae ‘Skank’ – The groove felt good but it had a chopped half a beat off the bar, making it 7/8 time. So when thinking about it, the only other popular tune in sevens is Pink Floyd’s ‘Money‘ and you cant dance to that. Invent your own footwork that fits and you can name that dance. Can you do the Diddly reggae? Its 1-2-3-4- – 1-2-3- – 1-2-3-4 – -1-2 ….. Go on have a go.
A great favourite of me, The Drystone Stage and my open mics at the Spinners Arms. Rob is now studying music over in Newcastle so we don’t see him quite as much but I’ll take any opportunity I can to play his stuff, so here’s a new one from his album “Korsa Floden” which is I believe a river in Norway.
MARY LOUISE MARTIN
It’s just damn good music.
Ten Bears current single is the theme tune for Channel Fours T4 Orange Unsigned band show. They’ve not been on the podcast before, nor have they been on the Drystone. But when this track arrived via email I simply had to put it up on the podcast. I passed it on to Gerard who runs our mainstage saying that I thought they were worth a slot. So you never know.
Finally a story from me…
THE NIGHT VISITOR.
Being the first part of a larger work that may end up as a print piece rather than a full recording.
And that’s it for 2008. Next cast up will feature some of the acts lined up for appearing on the Drystone Stage this this year and believe me I have some TRULY FANTASTIC musicians already booked and more to come.
A word to the wise also, tickets for Solfest 2009 go on sale next Monday, February 9th full details will be on the Solfest website tomorrow Feb 4th .
See you soon
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