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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

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January 2022

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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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