MUSIC "Anyone who says that
he finds no pleasure in sounds and melodies and music is either
a liar and a hypocrite or he is not in his right senses, and is outside
of the category of men and beasts"
- Hujwiri - patron saint of Lahore, Pakistan - from
the album notes of the CD "African Magic" by Abdullah Ibrahim
Here you will ultimately find a list of highly recommended
records and CDs, perhaps an occasional concert review and recommendations
for upcoming concerts. I probably won't comment on the big events
at the Empire. Chris Mallette seems to be doing fine as the PR department
for that venue.
Green Linnet -
I seethe Last Call sale has gone but the good
news is that Green Linnet seem to have instituted a permanent clearance
section on their website with CDs at only $4 US each. This is a
great opportunity for anyone just newly familiar with their music.
They have many excellent CDs. The CDs on sale are the same quality
as the rest. I can now also recommend the House Band as well worth
a listen. Although several of their albums seem to have sold out, there
were 1 or 2 still there when I last looked. And now there is a new Téada
CD out plus another by their fiddling leader Oisin Mac Diarmada. They should
be worth checking out. And at the moment the St. Patrick's buy 2 get 1
free sale is on and applies to all regular priced CDs.
. Visit their site at greenlinnet.com and give a listen
to the great albums by
The Bothy Band - album GLCD 3016 "After
Hours" Highly Recommended
Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick "Life and Limb" Highly Recommended I've always
regretted my generosity on that one. When I heard Martin and Dave
in person at the church in Stirling I bought that album but had them
autograph it for my brother. Now I can get a copy for me.
Sharon Shannon GLCD 3127 "Spellbound:
The Best of Sharon Shannon" Highly
Silly Wizard - album GLCD 3036/37 "Live Wizardry:
The Best of Silly Wizard in Concert" Highly Recommended
Dolores Keane and John Faulkner
- album GLCD 3004 " Broken Hearted I'll Wander" Highly Recommended
Dolores Keane is my very favourite
Irish female singer. John Faulkner is also great. He sings in a
manner reminiscent of Ewan McColl.
You also can't go wrong with GLCD 1093 "The Big Squeeze"
an accordion collection by different artists or some of the other
and I've just discovered The House Band. They sound good to me. Check them
out too. Note: on some of the tracks Real audio links don't seem to be connected.
But if you click on the "Listen to the whole album" link that seems to work.
: at the Irish Hall Belleville on Friday 13 February 2004
The QICS concert series is almost becoming a victim of
its own success. Due to the huge demand for the Téada concert
some people had to be turned away. Maybe it was partly because it
was a Friday night; maybe because it was the eve of Valentine's Day.
I would like to think it is because of an increasingly culturally
aware public. I feel sorry for those who had to miss the show. However
it was a bit dangerous from my vantage point at the front of the hall
- feet and bodies were flying about.
Téada are an enormously accomplished group of
musicians considering their age. Their already diverse complement
of instruments has only been enhanced by the addition of the Paul
Finn on the accordion. It was a thoroughly enjoyable concert and
Belleville had the distinct honour of being the first stop on their
current North American tour. The band show a respect for the traditional
musicians they have learned from as well as a respect for their gaelic
heritage. It is heartening to see that a purely acoustic group can command
such enthusiastic response in this age where electronics and gimmicks
often masquerade for musical talent. I would have preferred that the
band had not encouraged quite so much boisterous participation as they
well deserve one's undivided attention. Once the QICS crowd starts clapping
and stomping their feet it is hard to leash them in for a quiet jig.
While it is difficult and a bit unfair to single out one
number, many of us were blown away by Tristan Rosenstock's solo
tour de force on the bodran. And as I got the CD I have the opportunity
to appreciate the band's virtuosity under less distracting conditions
at home. JRM
Recommended radio listening: Catch
and Pop January 1st, 2004 from 6:00 AM to 8:30 am on CBC Radio One
with Roy Forbes (a.k.a. Bim as they
used to say) and Paul Grant. See the wonderfully eclectic list
of vinyl and shellac to be expected. This seems to be an ongoing
series on CBC. But as it seems to have a schedule of only one show
a year, you had better not miss it. With all the crap they have on CBC
it is amazing that they cannot have this show a little more frequently.
I'm sorry I missed the Saturday Night
Blues program with Roy's old Christmas Blues 78's. And just to prove that I am not a complete
pop music klutz I want you to know I recently discovered the Ketchup Song (no not the Stompin' Tom
one). It sure is catchy and anything that bumps Eminem from top has
something going for it. For the story go to this CBS site. recommended
Now on a separate page.
For a fantastic folk music database and lots of other
good things check out Ibiblio.org
Maeve Donnelly (fiddle) and Steve
October 28th, 2003 at 8:00 PM
Irish Hall, Belleville
I was familiar with Maeve Donnelly's work as part
of the the marvelous Irish Band Moving Cloud. I can strongly recommend
both Green Linnet Albums but alas I see the first album is now
only available on cassette - but what a bargain.
With that group Maeve plays violin and viola. I look
forward to hearing her with guitar. Steve Baughman is new to me
but I see from the web that he is a well respected player and teacher.
It should be another great concert. Maeve Donnelly Steve
BaughmanMoving CloudQuinte Irish Canadian Society
You will note that I could not find official home
pages for Steve Baughman and Moving Cloud but it looks like the
discovery of the Shamrock Traditional
Irish Music Society and Ibiblio sites made it all worthwhile.
These should be worth many, many hours of happy browsing!
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill
October 17th, 2003 at 8:00 PM
Irish Hall, Belleville
The Green Linnet album GLCD1127 " Martin Hayes" is a truly
Being a big celtic music fan I have listened to dozens
of fiddlers but Martin is definitely one of the best, especially
at bringing out the musicality and intensity of the traditional slow
Don't want to buy a pig in the poke? Then check him
out on the Green Linnet
website. This is a great independent record company. They provide
lots of legal downloads in Real Audio and MP3 format so you can hear
if this is the music for you. They are not chintzy with the samples either.
Some whole CDs are available in Real Audio. The official
Martin Hayes/ Dennis Cahill website.
I already missed the duo of Mike Stevens (bluegrass
harmonica) and Raymond
McLain . They appeared at the Mount Tabor Playhouse on October
9th. Mike is really something to see and hear; his "Orange Blossom
Special" will blow you away. This incredible musician brings more energy
and power to the diatonic harmonica than anyone I have ever seen. (Perhaps
a guy by the name of Madcat Ruth
that appeared at Ontario Place with Dave Brubeck many years ago came
close). Besides being a great musician who has played hundreds of
times at the Grand Old Opry he is a wonderful person who started a one
man crusade to save Inuit youth from gasoline sniffing and suicide by
introducing music into their lives - Canada's own "Music Man". This has
since blossomed into the the Artscan
Circle . Mike has personally distributed hundreds of harmonicas
to the youth of our northern communities. Now he has other supporters
collecting all kinds of musical instruments, volunteering their time
etc. I had the pleasure of catching Mike
Stevens at the Stirling Public School in the spring . That
program, all organized by the students to raise money and collect
instruments for the Artscan Circle, was a perfect example of the kind
of event that the QCC could put on - a real community event; a combination
of professional talent, school choirs and bands etc. The other facilities
of such a centre would be ideal for workshops etc. Mike comes from
Bright's Grove Ontario. In fact he is not the only famous Mike from there.
Perhaps they should change the name to Mikesville! In case you are not
a golf fan or just got back from the far side of the moon you may not know
that I refer to Mike Weir , 2003
Watch for lots more music when I can get it organized. JRM
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