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  posted on 12/16/2008 at 11:14 AM
Heres some McMurtry for you:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpSK1BnjdGw
Levelland

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDokidoKXS0
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  posted on 12/16/2008 at 12:08 PM
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We were too quick out of the building, Colin, we missed a song - Tea & Theatre - from the "new" album, an acoustic duo usually, but I would much rather leave with the memory of the power of the Tommy finale.


Yeah ... I noticed that too Jim when I looked up the set list in the morning ... but like you I am happy to have left with the "Tommy" finale in my head ... and can you imagine how bad the subway would have been if we had stayed later? ... I got home at 12-30, so not too bad, really enjoyed it ... thanks again mate!!!

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 03:37 PM
moving back towards top...

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 05:27 PM
Looking back over this thread, it has been a great year for shows with a particularly high number of acts we don't see too often.

My personal favourites were Riders on the Storm at The Forum which was a lot of fun, and Robert Randolph at The Borderline.

Foul Up of the Year has to be turning up for the Sold-out Dr Dog show without a ticket, closely followed by almost missing Little Feat due to a mental calendar malfunction!

Villain of the year - No question. Step forward Forrest Richard Betts. How he could tour "Europe" without at least one UK show is a mystery. Of course, he has a chance to redeem himself next year.............!

As ever, it has been a pleasure to meet up with Jim Rudge, Geordielad, Scotia Dave, Harvey, Hippy 69 et al.

My stock of tickets is empty now but for Joe Bonamassa at the Albert Hall but I'm sure we will be recovening somewhere sometime soon for something special!

Happy Christmas to all and a "Best Seats in the House" 2009!








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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 12:13 PM
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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 05:40 PM
Yo UK Peeps! The fabulous Wilders are a rocking bluegrass and old school honky tonk country band from Kansas City who are an instant party. These guys know how to bring it and have fun, and Betse Ellis is a hell of a fiddler. They get the most standing ovations of anyone when they play Merlefest, and now they are coming your way in january. below;

www.wilderscountry.com will touring the UK in January:

Fri Jan 16: Celtic Connections, Glasgow
Sat Jan 17: The Warehouse, Lossiemouth
Sun Jan 18: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Mon Jan 19: Tin Hut Sessions, Huntly, Aberdeenshire
Thu Jan 22: The Sage Theatre, Gateshead (with Kathy Mattea and band)
Fri Jan 23: The Musician, Leicester
Sat Jan 24: Tingewick Village Hall, Buckinghamshire
Sun Jan 25: The Luminaire, London (with The Hot Seats)
Mon Jan 26: Maverick @ Zebra Bar, Maidstone
Tue Jan 27: The Ropewalk, Barton-on-Humber

 

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  posted on 1/6/2009 at 03:25 PM
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Bluegrass Musical From North Georgia Travels To The Land Of The Bard

January 4, 2009

Fragile Theatre Productions of Bristol U.K. will be staging the two-act bluegrass musical Fat Shirley's: A Trailer Park Opera on Feb. 14-18 at the Redgrave Theatre in Bristol United Kingdom.

The musical was written by Thomas Brown and David Crawford, both of Whitfield County.

Once described by a reviewer as "a cross between the Twilight Zone and Hee Haw on acid,” it was first performed in its full length version in February, 2005 at the Dalton Little Theatre.

Set in an unnamed region of the south, the two act musical combines bluegrass music with down home humor and social commentary. Fat Shirley's: A Trailer Park Opera explores the lives of its residents in the aftermath of the death of their beloved land lady Fat Shirley. The Bristol U.K. theatre group, Fragile Theatre Productions, first became aware of the show through the musical’s web page on MySpace. Fat Shirley’s was staged in Bristol at the Alma Tavern Theatre in 2008. With sell out audiences during the second week’s run, Fragile Theatre Productions decided to “take it on the road”, with subsequent productions at the Bath Theatre Festival and in London.

Fat Shirley’s co-creator Tom Brown said of the show’s success in Britain, “I bet William Shakespeare is turning in his grave like a gyroscope, and I am somewhat surprised that the British like our brand of Southern humor. With song titles such as “She’s My Cousin She’s My Wife,” “Hickies,” and Will There Be Trailer Parks In Glory Land,” it did make us wonder if the laughs would transfer to a different part of the world.”


 

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  posted on 1/10/2009 at 08:46 PM
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Celtic Connections tickets selling wellPHIL MILLER, Arts Correspondent January 10 2009
CELTIC Connections, the annual traditional, folk and roots music festival held in Glasgow, appears to be bucking the effects of the credit crunch and is selling tickets as swiftly as it did last year, its most successful to date.

Ticket sales at the festival are currently in line with those of this time last year, when the festival was estimated to have added £7.9m to the Scottish economy.

Several shows are sold out and many others have limited availability, a spokeswoman said last night.

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Bookings from Australia, Africa and Asia have also increased, she said.

The festival added an extra date for Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns after the singer's first concert sold out.

Other sold-out events include Nanci Griffith, The Wilders, Mary Gauthier, Saint Andrew and the Rare Wee Helps, and A Highland Fiddler featuring Bruce MacGregor, Duncan Chisholm and Iain MacFarlane.

Auld Lang Syne at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Jerry Douglas Band at the Old Fruitmarket have only standing tickets left, and all dancing tickets for the Homecoming Scotland All-Star Ceilidh have sold out.

Other shows, including Dougie MacLean, Karine Polwart and Flight of the Arctic Tern, have limited availability.

Celtic Connections is collaborating with Homecoming Scotland 2009 to stage a number of events to celebrate Robert Burns's 250th anniversary, which falls on the middle weekend of the festival.

On Burns Night itself, the festival will pay tribute to Scotland's national Bard with a Jamaican Burns Night featuring Sly & Robbie at the Old Fruitmarket, and the Homecoming Scotland Suite at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.



 

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  posted on 1/11/2009 at 08:48 PM
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The Sunday Times

January 11, 2009

How society has lost its voice

The writer Roger Scruton on the dying art of singing, and how music really is the food of love

In the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, from where I have just returned, you cannot go to a party or church service without encountering the songs of the region, some of them dating from the civil war, some from the first settlements of the Irish and Scots, some composed yesterday for the use of the local bluegrass bands. People sing in two- or three-part harmony, and they accompany themselves on banjo, bass and guitar, to which they have added the Celtic fiddle, the Spanish mandolin and the Dobro guitar, held flat and played with a Hawaiian slide. I am reminded of the England in which I grew up, where music-making was woven into the fabric of everyday life — hymns in school assembly, choir in church, carol-singing at Christmas and in every other living room an upright piano.

Music is no longer something you produce. It is something you consume. And it is available everywhere, for free, without effort, in a thousand varieties. Why trouble to sing when you can get a far better noise by pressing a button? As for those difficult skills that were once required to get a household through a winter evening — piano-playing, part-singing, chamber music — these now fall on the wrong side of a new class divide: the divide created by digital technology, between those who merely use it, and those who depend upon it like an umbilical cord.

I doubt that this change is reversible. But it leaves us with a serious gap in our social repertoire. Singing is one of the few proven ways in which people can be “of one voice”. In singing together our differences dissolve, and for a blissful moment we are relieved of the strenuous need to be ourselves. All communities make room for these moments of unison, in which people surrender the desire for attention and join the chorus. In our society, however, these moments are increasingly rare. They occur in a disjointed form at football matches. And they occur between adults in private, in the specialised culture of the competition choir. But they are no longer a part of daily life, as they were in my childhood and still are in rural Virginia.

As singing declines, so too does whistling. Whistling was an essential accomplishment at my school in the 1960s — proof of both musical sense and masculine prowess. In those days every building site was alive with it, and our postman could be heard from 100 yards away as he whistled down the street. The songs of our parents — Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin — were addressed to an eager singing and whistling public. They emphasised the melodic line over the rhythmic foundation, and set words whose charm and decency enabled you to sing them anywhere without embarrassment. The jazz standards gave way to the more rhythm-centred idioms of pop; but still melody and word-setting remained paramount. A song like the Beatles’ She Loves You — with its modulating tune and exuberant words — still belongs in the old song-book tradition, and could be sung by any musical person, accompanied on whatever instrument was to hand.

Since then popular music has changed in response to the new way of consuming it. Melodies are truncated, often involving long strings of repeated notes, as in Ooh La by the Kooks, or Wonderwall by Oasis. To sing these melodies you must get on the podium at karaoke night and plug in to the instrumental backing. Otherwise the tune goes dry in your mouth, like ashes. In heavy metal this feature is emphasised, as the performers croak their words over a violent pulse from the drum kit. Heavy metal is the extreme case: it is music that has lost its voice. But even in Wonderwall, in which Noel Gallagher attempts a tune that could be public property, like La donna e mobile or Summertime, the voice is thin and the melody, deprived of its backing, without real life of its own.

The new media, which were supposed to put people in closer contact with each other, have in fact increased the distance between them. Music is going the way of meals, drinks and sex, all of which are ceasing to be occasions for bonding and becoming sources of solitary addiction instead. Humanity is being divided in two by its own inventions. On the one side are the IT-savvy nerds, who do not relate to each other directly, but have mastered all the ways of achieving satisfaction from digital substitutes. On the other side are the savages, as Aldous Huxley might have called them, who sit down to meals with their families, and who drink and sing madrigals with their friends like Samuel Pepys. And the two classes are increasingly estranged from each other, since the moments in which they might have united, as people unite through singing, no longer exist.


 

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  posted on 1/12/2009 at 08:58 AM
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On Burns Night itself, the festival will pay tribute to Scotland's national Bard with a Jamaican Burns Night featuring Sly & Robbie at the Old Fruitmarket, .


Now that's a Burns Night I wish i was back in dear old Glesga Toon for! Reggae'n'Rabbie, Malt'n'marijuana!

 

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  posted on 1/12/2009 at 07:28 PM
Now that's a Burns Night I wish i was back in dear old Glesga Toon for! Reggae'n'Rabbie, Malt'n'marijuana!
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  posted on 1/14/2009 at 06:18 AM
Matt Schofield (brilliant blues guitar player) plays 100 club in London. Being recorded by the BBC.
March 26th Got tickets today.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2009 at 06:53 AM
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Matt Schofield (brilliant blues guitar player) plays 100 club in London. Being recorded by the BBC.
March 26th Got tickets today.


damnit! gonna miss this one - will still be stateside

 

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  posted on 1/14/2009 at 08:15 AM
March 26th? ... that date has a familiar ring

 

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  posted on 1/14/2009 at 08:33 AM
Yeah, I'll be wearing my 40th anniversary t-shirt!
(We're in NYC the first week)

 

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  posted on 1/14/2009 at 09:14 AM
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Yeah, I'll be wearing my 40th anniversary t-shirt!
(We're in NYC the first week)


Yeah ... I noticed that Al ... me, Jim, Martyn, Gordon and Barry are all there for the second weekend.

I hope the 100 Club doesn't sell out before then because I would like to see Matt again, but don't want to commit until I survive the Beacon trip ... I have certain health issues and I think my medication regime may take a hit in NYC (LOL)

 

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  posted on 1/14/2009 at 11:32 AM
Sorry, but if I headed out to London for a gig 3 days after arriving back from NYC, my bags would be outside the door when I came back!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2009 at 12:14 PM
Matt knows our obsession with the ABB He played a Jessica tease once when we saw him!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2009 at 03:22 PM
I've spotted him wearing an ABB t-shirt pre-show!

I'll be there. We can bore everyone with our NY holiday snaps!

This will the first time I've seen them as a four-piece and with new drummer.

Colin - Here's a couple for you! I might go to Maidenhead next week.

Friday, 23/01/2009, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, Berks 01628 788997.
http://nordenfarm.org/?nfs=bzaGwUyK5w&tmpl=event&e_id=5842&es_d spl=1&es_title=next%20week&es_str=2009-01-18

Friday, 26/06/2009, The Corn Exchange & New Greenham Arts, Market Place, Newbury, Berks .





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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 12:43 PM

can't beleve this!

London Astoria closes

(Thursday January 15, 2009 04:14 PM)

The London Astoria closed its doors for the final time last night, as developers prepare to demolish the historic venue.

The iconic Charing Cross landmark has been forced to shut in order to make way for a new railway station, which is part of the Crossrail project.

Last night a series of acts said goodbye to the building, following in the footsteps of some of rock and pop's biggest names.

David Bowie, Nirvana, The Rolling Stones, U2, Oasis, Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys are amongst the bands to have appeared at the venue in the last 30 years.

The Astoria hosted a "Destruction Ball" on Wednesday, featuring Mystery Jets, The Automatic, VV Brown, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and raising money for Love Music Hate Racism.

Babyshambles member Drew McConnell also appeared, playing with his side-project Helsinki, and expressed his disappointment to the crowd at the news.

"I can't believe they're gonna knock this place down. Boris Johnson…what a c**t", he told fans, before leading them through an obscene chant about the London Mayor.

The final show in the venue's accompanying hall, Astoria 2, takes place tonight, before the entire building is demolished this weekend.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 01:24 PM
I'm sorry to see a music venue close but, on my one visit, I thought the Astoria was a dump.

Two others are rumoured to be at risk. Mean Fiddler? 100 Club? Borderline?


 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 03:21 PM
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I'm sorry to see a music venue close but, on my one visit, I thought the Astoria was a dump.


I agree with you there Gordon ... I am so glad dTb are playing Shepherd's Bush Empire ... hopefully Gov't Mule will follow suit ... perhaps the Apollo would be better for them ...

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Two others are rumoured to be at risk. Mean Fiddler? 100 Club? Borderline?


From Dave's Post: ... "The final show in the venue's accompanying hall, Astoria 2, takes place tonight, before the entire building is demolished this weekend." ... Astoria 2 = Mean Fiddler so that is definitely going, and seeing as how Borderline is adjacent it must be going too.

 

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Colin - Here's a couple for you! I might go to Maidenhead next week.

Friday, 23/01/2009, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, Berks 01628 788997.
http://nordenfarm.org/?nfs=bzaGwUyK5w&tmpl=event&e_id=5842&es_d spl=1&es_title=next%20week&es_str=2009-01-18

Friday, 26/06/2009, The Corn Exchange & New Greenham Arts, Market Place, Newbury, Berks .



Thanks for that Gordon ... I might do Maidenhead too ...

 

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  posted on 1/20/2009 at 04:46 AM
Any of you fine fellows in Euroland recieve your pre-ordered DTB "already free" yet?

 

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  posted on 1/20/2009 at 09:14 AM
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seeing as how Borderline is adjacent it must be going too.



Nah. The borderline is nearly two blocks away and if the development was going that far they'd be knocking down the FA head quarters too. The other venue referred to is probably the Sin Night Club that closed on Saturday. Then again if that was taken into consideration then the only 2 other venues close enough to the station expansion and entertain below street level is The Metro and The Dominion.

 
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