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Billy Eckstine: "I'm a negro performer with a Jewish name." [after being asked what his golf handicap was] - (Mr B by Cary Ginell. Hal Leonard Books 2013 January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 12

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Jess Johnson - Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER. Tel: 0191 295 6666. 12 noon. £65.00. & £29.95. Xmas lunch.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Folk and Acoustic - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Mark Williams, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Dean James & The Black Dogs - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Big Mellis Mini Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

CD Review: Mary Coughlan Live

Mary Coughlan (vocals); other musicians are Brian Connor; Ciaran Wilde: Conor Barry;
James Delaney; Pawel Grudzien.  Instruments not listed but I heard tenor sax, keys, guitar, trumpet, pedal steel guitar.  Album recorded live in Galway, Sydney and The Olympia Theatre, Dublin
(Review by Ann Alex)
Yet another CD that I feel privileged to review.  I was given this album at the Mary Coughlan concert at Caedmon last week.  I had gone there with some trepidation as Mary Coughlan is a sort of ex-folkie so I didn’t know what to expect.  What a marvellously powerful performance – I couldn't help but warm to this woman’s strength and enthusiasm, and the CD is no disappointment either. 
Mostly sad songs, as at the concert (quote from Mary ‘I don’t do many happy songs’) but worthwhile songs sung with such power, such as Magdalen Laundry, about the Irish laundries where ‘wayward’ girls were made to do laundry for the Catholic church, with its note-bending pedal steel guitar accompaniment.  My Land Is Too Green, a searing criticism of Ireland, is similarly powerful in Mary’s dark, bluesy voice.
 The mood is lighter for the jazzy opening track, Cole Porter’s Laziest Girl, and for Nobody’s Business done as a danceable tango, and tender for Jacques Brel’s Hearts. Other notable tracks (all 16 are notable really) are Heartbreak Hotel, done as a slow ballad nothing like Elvis’s version, so the listener gets a chance to notice the lyrics, for example the graphic ‘ the desk clerk’s dressed in black’.  This lady certainly knows how to choose good songs, and because this album is recorded live, we get the immediate feel of audience response.  And the musicians are superb, skilled tenor sax and trumpet and flowing keys, with a jazzy feel on most tracks even though just a few tracks are actually jazz tunes.  The CD is rounded off with a heartfelt version of Joy Division’s song of faded love Love Will Tear Us Apart.
I suppose this album was released ages ago, on Hail Mary Records (get the joke?)   
Ann Alex.

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