Copperplate Podcast 220 – Presented by Alan O’Leary


folking.com brings you the latest podcast from that aficionado of Irish music, yes you guessed it, the one and only Mr. Alan O’Leary with his regular monthly instalment of Copperplate goodies.



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Playlist:


1. Paddy Glackin: Top It Off. Glackin
2. Gatehouse: Jimmy Giblin’s/The Gneegullia Reel/The Casagh Reel. Tus Nua
3. Dermot Byrne: Mulhaire’s/ Yellow Tinker/Daly’s Reel . Dermot Byrne
4. Brid Harper: Jig For Johnny/Finn from Fairymount. Brid Harper
5. Open The Door 43/Pat Broaders: Carrig Water. The Joyful Hour
6. Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello: Richie Dwyer’s/McFadden’s Handsome Daughter. Grace Bay
7. Tommy Guihen: The Killeigh/A Builder of Bridges. The Torn Jacket
8. Rita Gallagher: On The Banks of A River. The Heathery Hills. Dermot Byrne: Paddy’s Rambles Through The Park.
9. Brian Hughes: The Fly By Night/The Tailor’s Twist. 20 Years From Now
10. Dan Bruder & Angelina Carberry : The Kerry Reel/McFadden’s Own/ The Convent Reel: A Waltz for Joy
11. Colum Sands: The Piper In The North Country. Turn The Corner
12. Cillian Vallely: The Bull’s March. The Raven’s Rock
13. Kevin Crawford: Repeal Of The Union/The Ivy Leaf/The Hut In The Bog. Carrying The Tune
14. We Banjo 3: The Bunch of Green Rushes/Salt Creek. Live in Galway
15. Paddy Glackin: Top It Off/The Sunny Banks. Glackin

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Shrewsbury Folk Festival reveals more names


Folk legend Richard Thompson is set to make an electrifying return to this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival after organisers announced a rare appearance by the musician with his Electric Trio.

The former Fairport Convention musician, named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time, will headline the festival’s Bellstone stage on Saturday August 25.

More than half of adult weekend tickets have already been sold with over six months to go to the event that attracts around 7,000 people to the West Mid Showground.

Other names added to the programme include the new duo of Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span) and John Spiers (Bellowhead) and singer songwriters James Riley and Edwina Hayes.

Already announced are American singer songwriter Gretchen Peters, Steeleye Span, Irish super group Usher’s Island, Show of Hands, Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings, Gigspanner, BBC Folk Award winner Daoirí Farrell and Scottish folk rockers Skerryvore.

Chinese flautist Guo Yue and Japanese drummer Joji Hirota will reunite for the festival with the London Taiko Drummers and Canadian band The Fitzgeralds – one of the hit groups of last year’s festival – will also make a welcome return.

Other performers include Welsh indie roots band Rusty Shackle, State of the Union – the duo of Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams, O’Hooley & Tidow, Megson, Blowzabella, Banter, Alden, Patterson & Dashwood, The Rogues Shanty Crew, Emma Morton & The Graces, Midnight Skyracer, FOS Brothers, Inlay, and Foreign Affairs.

Dance bands will be Blowzabella, Bedlam, Committee Band, Vertical Expression, Kirkophany and Out of Hand.

Shrewsbury Folk FestivalThe festival, which will run from August 24 to 27, has four main music stages, a dance tent featuring ceilidhs, workshops and dance shows, children and youth festivals, more than 100 workshops, a craft fair, food village, real ale, prosecco and cocktail bars and on-site camping.

There are also fringe events at town pubs with dance displays in the centre of Shrewsbury and a parade through the streets.

Director Sandra Surtees said: “We are delighted to have secured this rare appearance by the Richard Thompson Electric Trio for Shrewsbury. Richard is a folk legend but he doesn’t often perform in this format so it’ll be a real treat for our audience.

“The line up contains a wide variety of traditional and contemporary folk alongside singer songwriters and north American and Canadian acts so there is something to appeal to all tastes.

“That’s echoed in the strong ticket sales we’re experiencing with many of our visitors coming back year after year as they love the festival so much!”

Weekend and day tickets are now on sale and can be booked at www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/booktickets/.

ANTI RECORDS TO RE-RELEASE TOM WAITS’ ENTIRE 1970s ELEKTRA ASYLUM CATALOGUE

Photo by Matt Kramer

HISTORIC DEBUT ALBUM ‘CLOSING TIME’ TO BE RELEASED ON 9 MARCH

ALSO ON 9 MARCH, ‘HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT’, ‘NIGHTHAWKS AT THE DINER’, ‘SMALL CHANGE’, ‘FOREIGN AFFAIRS’, ‘BLUE VALENTINE’ AND ‘HEARTATTACK AND VINE’ AVAILABLE ON STREAMING SERVICES AND DIGITAL PLATFORMS. VINYL VERSIONS WILL BE RELEASED THROUGHOUT 2018

CD VERSIONS OF ALL ALBUMS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON 23 MARCH

Tom Waits’ first seven albums, originally released through Elektra Asylum Records in the 1970’s, have been re-mastered and will be re-released via Anti-Records. All titles – many of which have been long out of print – will be re-issued on hi quality 180 gram vinyl throughout 2018. CD versions will be available on 23 March with digital releases slated for 9 March.

Waits’ time-honored and critically acclaimed debut album Closing Time will be available on 180 gram vinyl, digital platforms and streaming services on 9 March. Pre-order Closing Time on CD, LP and digitally.

Closing Time foreshadows the distinctly lyrical storytelling and original blending of jazz, blues and folk styles that would come to be associated with Waits. It is on this debut album that Waits performs enduring classics of his career “Ol’ 55” (famously covered by the Eagles), the heartbreaking “Martha” and the gentle acoustic folk of “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You”.

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RE-RELEASE SUMMARY

Heart of Saturday Night (1974) – Expanding beyond the folk and pop stylings of his first album, Waits’ second studio release Heart of Saturday Night established his reputation as a versatile and distinctly American songwriter. Its bluesy jazz arrangements featured bass, drums, sax and Waits on piano. The title track, a melancholy ode to Saturday night rituals, and the tenderly romantic hymn-like “San Diego Serenade” are enduring classics covered by an array of artists from Diana Krall and Nancy Griffith to folk hero Eric Anderson. The album also features “Diamonds on My Windshield”, the first of what would become a signature for Waits’, the spoken word-poetry song. Waits’ delivers these lyrics as pure beat jazz in the stylings of Kerouac, Langston Hughes and Bob Kaufman.

Nighthawks at the Diner (1975) – Recorded in front of a live audience at the Record Plant recording studio in Los Angeles in 1975, Nighthawks at the Diner debuts some of Waits’ greatest classics like “Warm Beer, Cold Women” and “Eggs and Sausage” with a crack Jazz ensemble backing him up and some of the greatest stage patter ever committed to record.

Small Change (1976) – Small Change is a masterpiece that contains some of Waits’ best early work. Classic jazz, Tin Pan Alley, and Stephen Foster filtered through Tom’s unique worldview and lyrical genius. Heartbreaking, hilarious and always vivid, songs like “Step Right Up”, “Tom Traubert’s Blues”, “I Wish I Was in New Orleans”, “The Piano Has Been Drinking”, and “Invitation to the Blues” are all classics that have influenced generations of songwriters since. Recorded with a live orchestra and featuring jazz legend Shelly Manne on drums, Small Change is a classic and stands as one of Tom Waits most popular recordings.

Foreign Affairs (1977) – 1977’s Foreign Affairs takes the jazz and poetry that Tom Waits explored on his earlier albums in a more cinematic direction, foreshadowing his own breakthrough work in the 80s. Opening with the instrumental “Cinny’s Waltz” and featuring some new standards like “Muriel” and “I Never Talk To Strangers”, his dramatic duet with Bette Midler, this album gets into some of Waits’ most ambitious storytelling ever. Foreign Affairs also features the jazzy, colorful “Jack and Neil” and the sweeping, dramatic “Potters Field” as well as classic Waits ballads “Burma Shave” and “Sight for Sore Eyes”.

Blue Valentine (1978) – Blue Valentine is a big departure from earlier Waits albums. Trading the piano for the guitar, Waits is getting rawer and bluesier and title track is a great example of this. Waits is in transition here, so you also get a stunning orchestrated rendition of Gershwin’s “Somewhere”, and the beautiful piano ballad, “Kentucky Ave.”, but you also get the juke joint swagger of “Romeo Is Bleeding” and “Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard”. This is also the record that contains one of Waits’ most popular songs ever, “Christmas Card from A Hooker in Minneapolis”.

Heartattack & Vine (1980) – Released in 1980, Heartattack and Vine was Waits’ final album on Elektra Asylum and it built on the raw blues approach of Blue Valentine with the incendiary title track, the funky, organ driven “Downtown” and the stomping NOLA blues of “Mr. Siegal”. This album also contains some of Waits most popular ballads, including “Jersey Girl” which was famously a hit for Bruce Springsteen. “On the Nickle” is a moving song about the homeless people who lived on 5th street in downtown LA, and “Ruby’s Arms” is a beautiful song with a lovely Bach-like melody.

http://www.tomwaits.com/

Ad Vanderveen – Denver Nevada

Denver Nevada is a place that is not real, it’s made up. But it is real in the sense that it’s an anagram for Ad Vanderveen. As for Still Life; all meanings of the term can apply in this case.

Desolation, serenity; scenes like in a David Lynch movie or an Edward Hopper painting come to mind when listening to the singer-songwriter’s new album. Existential themes such as solitude, longing and resignation are expressed throughout the lyrics. But the album is also about the inexplicable and unstoppable drive and necessity to keep writing and creating.

Vanderveen can be counted among the most prolific songwriters in the new folk and roots genre, with over 30 albums to his name since the early 90s. As a person and a musicians, musician Ad is mostly geared towards growth and development and he tends to keep away from matters not involving music or spirituality. Dealing with  issues like name, fame and big sales numbers have never been one of his priorities. Among music lovers and critics, colleagues and peers however, he is highly regarded as a songwriter and musician; none other than Van Morrison, after hearing Ad’s album Worlds Within, personally invited him as his opening act in July 2017.

Another one of Vanderveen’s long-time favorites, John Gorka, joins him on the albums lead track to duet on “Another Song”. Denver Nevada strikes a certain melancholy atmosphere and mood that underscore the poems and lyrics at the core of the songs. The style can best be described as contemporary folk with influences of rock, jazz and classical. The songs and instrumentation are based around acoustic guitar and vocal; accompanied by piano, electric guitar, bass, percussion/drums, harmony vocals and augmented by strings and horns.

Ad’s previous album Worlds Within was hailed as a ‘classic’ by roots-americana critics and considered to be one of his best works. Fortunately the well has not run dry yet and folking.com agrees that the sequel Denver Nevada could top the former one, journeying further and deeper into new territory and changing soundscapes. Ad Vanderveen keeps challenging both himself and his roots music audience.

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Tracklisting:
01. Another Song
02. Big Old Lonely Feeling
03. Backroads of Hope
04. Castles
05. Denver Nevada
06. Ruminations
07. Wooden Shoes, Wooden Heart ,Wouldn’t Listen
08. Blackbird Singing a Blue Note
09. In The Name Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
10. My Sweet Crushed Angel
11. Afterthought – Groveling Grandeur

Artist Web Link: https://advanderveen.com/

The Grahams – New limited 7 inch and UK Tour Dates

Photo by David Johnson.

Vibrant Nashville-based Americana duo The Grahams (pronounced Grams) announce extensive February-March 2018 UK tour previewing material from two eagerly anticipated projects due later this year – their new studio album produced by Richard Swift (Black Keys, Arcs, Shins), and continuing their adventurous exploration of the USA – this time around on two wheels – the soundtrack to their new feature length documentary Love & Distortion.

In the Fall of 2016, while the country reels from a seemingly unstoppable vortex of disorientation, musicians & lifelong soulmates The Grahams, set out on a spectacular motorcycle expedition across America’s time warped Route 66. Amidst the neon, the romance, the heat, the music and the sheer power of nostalgia, The Grahams explore the concept of “real” America with the eccentric and notorious characters who live and work in the strange and mysterious world that is Route 66.

Featuring a surreal soundtrack with contributions from Nashville’s finest; Elizabeth Cook, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Dylan LeBlanc, Chuck Mead, Lilly Hiatt, The Grahams and many more, Love & Distortion is not a travel guide or a musical biopic. This feature length documentary, which follows The Grahams down the Mother Road, is an unconventional narrative weaving in and out of moments and realities that can be found in the various sub-cultures of America’s Main Street.

On the first taster from the soundtrack, which will only be available as a limited edition 7” single at UK shows, until the full soundtrack’s official release later this year, The Grahams interpret The Pretenders’ ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’, a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1986, and Mazzy Star’s 1994 cult classic ‘Fade Into You’.

FEBRUARY
Sat 17 Crich, nr. Matlock Crich Glebe Field Centre
Sun 18 Yoxall, nr. Burton-on-Trent Parish Hall
Thu 22 Drimpton, nr. Beaminster Village Hall
Fri 23 Ashmore, nr. Shaftesbury Village Hall
Sat 24 Hinton Martell, nr. Wimborne Village Hall
Sun 25 Milborne St. Andrew, nr. Blandford Village Hall
Tue 27 Liverpool Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Music Room
Wed 28 Sheffield The Greystones

MARCH
Thu 1 Bristol The Tunnels
Fri 2 Poole Lighthouse
Sat 3 Lichfield Lichfield Arts
Sun 4 Maidenhead Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
Mon 5 Cardiff The Moon
Thu 8 Newbury Arlington Arts Centre
Fri 9 London C2C, Country to Country, The 02, The Big Entrance stage
Sat 10 London C2C, Country to Country, The 02, The Big Entrance stage

Artist Web Links:
www.thegrahamsmusic.net
www.facebook.com/TheGrahamsMusic
www.twitter.com/TheGrahamsMusic

Levellers reveal brand new video for ‘McGee’

Levellers

Levellers have revealed the video for their latest single ‘McGee’, which was filmed at Abbey Road Studios while the band were recording their upcoming album ‘We The Collective’, out on March 9th.

The second of two new tracks on the album, following the first single ‘Shame’, it tackles the subject of undercover police, something the band themselves have experienced. While the track itself is a scathing attack on deceit and lack of trust, the video captures the band in a purely creative state in the impressive setting of Abbey Road’s Studio Two.

Featuring a string section and the talents of legendary producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Stone Roses), the album contains new acoustic arrangements for eight of their previous singles including ‘Liberty’, ‘Hope Street’ and ‘One Way’ which they recorded straight to tape at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, alongside the two afore-mentioned new tracks.

As part of the band’s 30th anniversary celebrations, Levellers are already well in to their full Acoustic Tour, which started at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, followed by an appearance at the Roundhouse in London as part of the “In The Round festival” season. The tour picks up again in March where they will be playing the new arrangements with guest musicians at a number of theatres and concert halls around the country. Support on the tour comes from Ginger Wildheart.

Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2018, Brighton folk-punk band Levellers will be releasing We The Collective on March 9th via the band’s own label, On The Fiddle Recordings.

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Artists’ website: www.levellers.co.uk

The Acoustic 2018 Tour continues at the following venues below

MARCH

Tuesday 13th – Buxton, Opera House
Wednesday 14th – Cheltenham, Town Hall
Thursday 15th – Yeovil, Westlands
Friday 16th – York, Barbican
Saturday 17th – Milton Keynes, The Stables SOLD OUT
Sunday 18th – Liverpool, Philharmonic
Tuesday 20th – Basingstoke, The Anvil
Wednesday 21st – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Thursday 22nd – Leicester, De Montfort Hall
Friday 23rd – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
Saturday 24th – Winchester, Cathedral SOLD OUT