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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

CD Review: Live At Foxrock Folk Club - The Parish Hall Tapes 1970-72

(Review by Ann Alex).
This is my (double) CD of the year (just caught for 2015 on New Year’s Eve) and we are very lucky that the CDs exist at all. They have been produced by Jeremy Kearney (the BSH reviewer a.k.a ‘JC’) and the music was restored by Adam Sinclair from tapes recorded live at the Foxrock Folk Club, (just south of Dublin) in 1970-72.  The original recordings were made by a 15 year old schoolboy, Kevin McCann (bless you, wherever you are now) on a reel-to-reel tape recorder, so we have the immediacy of a live recording, involving some of the best folk and jazz players around Dublin at that time.  
There’s something for everyone here, traditional folk (The Unquiet Grave; Blackwaterside); blues (Talking Dust Bowl Blues; Cocaine); Jazz (Swinging The Blues by Basie); satire (Humpty Dumpty); contemporary song (Alabama 58 by Ewen MacColl); and even a version of Summertime (apologies to Lance!) sung by Suzanne Murphy, who later joined Welsh National Opera.
Listen to this for 3 ragtime guitar tunes from Johnny Norris, including Bill Bailey (a lot of notes!); a French Piaf-like tune L’Oiseau with vocal, guitar, cello; New Orleans jazz Please Don’t talk About Me When I’m Gone from a band of the last 8 jazz people listed below; the satire of Ronnie Drew’s Humpty Dumpty; Sally Brown,  a shanty in stirring harmony from The Gingermen; moving folk songs such as The Unquiet Grave (all about the mourning process) from Luke Kelly and his banjo.  There’s even a bit of rock, Helplessly Hoping (Stills) from a band called WE 4 (Hogan, Lunny, Harrington and Murphy.)  And lots more musical goodies, from the time when folk clubs were probably at their most numerous and when a very wide range of music was available.
Thanks again to all involved in making these CD’s available, especially for the work of Jeremy Kearney.  The booklet, providing details of how the CD’s originated with relevant photographs and illustrations, shows how much work went into the whole project.  The CDs are issued by Cornelscourt Records CR 001.  See www.foxcroftfolkclubproject.blogspot.com
Ann Alex
Blues And Jazz
Red Peters (vocal) Brian Fry (vocal, guitar); Johnny Norris (vocal, guitar); Shay Fogarty (harmonica); Gerry Doyle (guitar); Suzanne Murphy (vocal); Larry Hogan (vocal, guitar); John Harrington (vocal, bass); Rock Fox (trumpet); Phil Butler (clarinet); Charlie Devenny (ten sax); Dock Buckley (bar sax); Tony Drennan (piano); Jimmy Mckay (bass); John Wadham (drums); Martin Walsh (bass)
Folk And Contemporary
Andy Irvine (vocal, guitar, mandolin, harmonica); Luke Kelly (vocal, banjo); Sonny Condell (vocal, guitar); Ronnie Drew (vocal, guitar); Al O’Donnell (vocal, guitar); Paddy Finney (vocal, guitar); Jolyon Jackson (cello) Danny Doyle (vocal, guitar); Sean Potts (tin whistle) Donal Lunny (vocal, guitar); Brendan Grace, Paul Malone, John Gilette, Desi Redmond (‘The Gingermen’, vocals)

1 comment :

  1. We got this for Xmas and have LOVED it - can highly recommend it if you like music!!!!

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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