Last Friday we went to see Moishe’s Bagel at Burton Bradstock Village Hall, a Scottish-based quintet whose music is a hybrid of klezmer, jazz, Balkan and classical, played on piano, accordion, violin, double bass and percussion.
We went to this gig tonight to see Joe Strouzer and also the Wing Faced Earth Figs. There was rather too much chat going on in the pub to really appreciate the music but we had a good time and it was great to see Joe Strouzer live and his collaboration with the Wing Face Earth Figs was a highlight.
Here are a couple of photographs:
Here’s a couple of YouTube Videos (two of my favourites – featuring Rebekah Bouche on Double Bass):
Our first proper gig since moving to Somerset last December – went to see Lucy Ward at the David Hall, South Petherton. Lucy has a powerful voice and sang a number of her own songs which focus on social justice, some bravely unaccompanied, some humorous, a few traditional folk songs and a cover of Jolene, in which (and she would probably prefer to forget this) spectacularly forgot the words.
Fourteen musicians, seven countries, three continents, one band. Världens Band creates captivating world music that unites across borders. Världens Band performs folk and roots music from their native countries in a collision of cultures and a style they have self-branded as ‘Transglobal Roots Fusion’.
Solas is a popular, influential, and exciting Celtic band from the United States
Scotland-based singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo of Romanian heritage.
First on the Main Stage were Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind), a Canadian folk music group from Quebec. The band, formed in 2002, performs traditional Québécois music (which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany), as well as original numbers in this style, in French (profile from Wikipedia).
Cash Box Kings
The Cash Box Kings are from Chicago and play old school Chicago blues. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940’s and 50’s post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20’s and 30’s.
Daisy Bell is a young Singer/Songwriter from Cambridgeshire.
Songs of Separation
Songs of Separation comprises ten female folk musicians from Scotland and England reflecting on the issue of ‘separation’ in its many forms, through traditional song.
Applewood Road is a collaboration between three singer-songwriters – Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace
An excellent performance from KT Tunstall – great band, lovely person, entertaining, some new songs and some more familiar tunes given a new lease life.
Sound of the Sirens
My next stop was The Den where I very much enjoyed the entertaining folk/rock duo Sound of the Sirens from Exeter.
The Friday night headliners were something of a contrast after the relative tranquillity of The Den. Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan known for theatrical stage shows and persistent touring.
On the evening of Wednesday 9th March we celebrated Martin’s 60th birthday. We’d booked the upstairs room at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington, for drinks, a light supper and live music in the relaxed faded grandeur of this intimate London venue.
First on stage early evening we had folk duo Rosie Carson and Kevin Dempsey who had previously impressed us at the Green Note last year. With three albums, a generation and the Atlantic between them, they are regulars at folk clubs and festivals around the UK and Europe.
Rosie is from Cincinnati and Kevin from Coventry and they perform on both sides of the Atlantic.
You can see them on YouTube (performing on a different occasion):
Later on in the evening there was contemporary jazz from Bouche, an exciting band who’ve previously supported Van Morrison and who we enjoyed at Cambridge Folk Festival.
They recently released this single/video, the first track from their new album due to be released early April. The video features Rebekah Bouche and actor Tancred Newbury: