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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 28: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ Warkworth War Memorial Hall. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Paul Edis Trio @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 28: Ant Law, Alex Hitchcock, Jasper Høiby & Sun-Mi Hong @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm. £15.40., £13.20.

Sat 29: Spat’s Langham’s Hot Fingers @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 29: Vermont Big Band @ Seahorse Pub, Whitley Bay Football Club. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet).
Sat 29: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Album review: Catrin Finch & Aoife Ni Bhriain – Double You

Catrin Finch (harp); Aoife Ni Bhriain (fiddle, violin, hardanger fiddle)

This album is not jazz but BSH couldn't resist reviewing it anyway. What is genre after all, and this CD has lots of apparent improvisation, repeated riffs, all the same chords as other music. But mostly it's just superb music beautifully performed. If the jazz police jammed a banjo into my back and forced a definition of the music, I'd have to admit it was closer to folk and classical.

Each track on this debut album begins with the letter ‘W’, spoken as 'Double You' and the tracks refer to the parallels that connect these two musicians and their musical affinity. 'W' is the pattern of the waggle dance that bees perform, referred to on track 8.

Most tracks play a delightful repeated riff with variations which then build to a climax and then end calmly and quietly. Instruments often alternate, playing the main riff and a bass line or another variation.

The hardanger fiddle is an entrancing instrument which has extra strings which resound to the main tune being played. I've heard this played live at folk concerts and it really is something great to hear. On some tracks of this album this fiddle gives us an otherworldly ethereal sound.

Wonder is based on a Bach prelude with chords from a Mendelssohn violin concerto; Why is based on traditional tunes from Canada; Wish is a marriage of two harp tunes, the beautiful Give Me Your Hand and The Ash Grove, both tunes familiar to all self-respecting folkies.

Waggle is all about the communication dance that bees do, and the piece is inspired by tango and gypsy jazz as well as improvisation and traditional and classical music.

These two women are both highly accomplished musicians. Ms Finch hails from west Wales and she had passed all the Associated Board Grade examinations for classical harp by age 9 and later took part in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and gained many other distinctions. She was also the first incumbent of the revived position of Royal Harpist.

Ms Ni Bhriain comes from in a suburb of Dublin. Her father played the uilleann pipes and her mother comes from a family of Irish dancers and musicians. She studied music in Leipzig and then managed to play music in both folk and classical styles. She has played violin in leading orchestras whilst also starring in Riverdance. She has since collaborated with electronic music producers and has composed concertos and ballet scores.

This album comes with an informative booklet, partly written in (I think) Welsh and Irish Gaelic and the whole package is a real gem for anyone with wide musical tastes. The CD is available from October 27 as well as in digital and Limited edition 180 gram magenta vinyl LP.

Enquiries to Tamsin Davies See also Ann Alex

Whispers; Why; Wonder; Wings; Wandering; Waves; Woven; Waggle; Wish

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