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Postage

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Pianist releases a feel-good parcel

(Press release)

An eighteenth-century protest song is the inspiration behind Scottish pianist Dave Milligan’s catchy and deeply grooving download single, Parcel of Rogues, which is released today, Monday 10th August.

Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation is a poem attributed to Robert Burns in 1791 to decry the members of the Parliament of Scotland who signed the 1707 Act of Union with England. In the 1960s and 1970s it was taken up by political singers including Ewan MacColl and Dick Gaughan and the folk groups The Dubliners and Steeleye Span. More recently it has come to be regarded as an international anthem.

“The melody has stayed with me since I first played it with The Unusual Suspects many years ago,” says Milligan. “It’s a powerful tune, with a kind of anthemic quality. When I was given the opportunity to record with two outstanding Italian musicians, the bassist Danilo Gallo and drummer U.T. Gandhi in Italy, I wanted to try some Scottish themes with them to see how they would respond.”  

The versatile Milligan, whose recent work has encompassed jazz, folk music and theatre, explored Parcel of Rogues with the Italians - along with a handful of other traditional melodies, including the late Hamish Henderson’s Freedom Come All Ye. “I thought those two songs worked particularly well - I had to include them in the new album, Momento,” he said. Radio producers and presenters who were sent early copies have almost unanimously selected Parcel of Rogues as the featured track.

The phrase ‘parcel of rogues’ has been used in relation to the current political situations in the UK and the US and even recently in Lebanon, and Milligan is aware of its potency.  

“It didn’t really occur to me that broadcasters might be drawn to Parcel of Rogues for non-musical reasons - some might not even be aware of the political connection,” says Milligan.

His recording doesn’t reveal the words but the narrative of the song depicts a sense of indignation at the abuse of power which led to a massive socio-political shift. “That was well over 200 years ago and people still feel it, probably more than ever,” he says. “Just look around at some of the political establishments today - the word ‘rogues’ doesn’t quite cover it.” 

Milligan has no problem with whatever associations people attribute to the track. “You make your own connection with art,” he says. “I set out to make music and that’s what this is about for me; the strength of the melody, the groove that Danilo and Gandhi created, and how good instrumental music can make people feel.”

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