TREACHEROUS ORCHESTRA – Origins (Navigator Records NAVIGATOR062)

Now, that’s more like it…an album that is driven by pure energy! Rather than hide behind the word ‘art’ as some form of defence the Treacherous Orchestra totter dangerously close to the edge without ever once falling off the precipice. With the colours of their Scottish roots proudly nailed to the mast the second track prepares the listener for a Celtic onslaught not unlike the battle cry of Robert Wallace about ready to do battle with the X-Box generation. The brooding power chords drone and fiddle melody of “March Of The Troutsmen” makes you rock with it’s pumping crescendo leading you into Continue reading TREACHEROUS ORCHESTRA – Origins (Navigator Records NAVIGATOR062)

Phil Beer Box Set Revisited

Phil Beer hits the road again for a series of solo dates and a couple of band dates in April. Before we launch into the gig dates, I wanted to remind you all of the fantastic body of work Phil released in 2010, which was known commonly as “Box Set 1”.

The work would suit both Beer aficionados, Show of Hands fans and anyone that has seen Phil play live. The work, as a whole, is a great reminder of the breath of Phil’s musical partnerships, as well as his diversity of material and multi-instrumental talents. As well as a few Show of Hands rarities, you are also treated to the other Phil Beer collaborations with the Arizona Smoke Revue, Arizonas, Ridgeriders and the Albion Band. The CD box set features music partnerships with a wide range of artists including: Mike Oldfield, Paul Downers, Julie Matthews, Deb Sandland, Miranda Sykes, Ashley Hutchings, Jon Moore, Simon Care, Jackie Oates, Jim Causley, Jenna and Tom Palmer.

The CD’s are split into 3 discs and contain the following gems: Continue reading Phil Beer Box Set Revisited

SEEKER LOVER KEEPER

Seeker Lover Keeper is the arresting meeting-of-minds of three of the finest female songwriters working today. Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby are all critically acclaimed, award-winning solo artists in their own right, and Seeker Lover Keeper is not just an album but a love token, a musical keepsake to cherish.

The seed for Seeker Lover Keeper was initially a way for the three long-term friends to tour together, singing each others’ songs every night. It was Sally who suggested instead that the three of them form a band, and Sally who came up with the name – “I just really love those three words together and how it suggested that one (of us) is the Seeker, one is the Lover and one is the Keeper.” Continue reading SEEKER LOVER KEEPER

One for Facebark!

Musician, Composer,Producer, Presenter and Raconteur Phil Cunningham has often brought a smile to our faces here at Folking.com. His legendary tale about Fergie MacDonald which we filmed a few years back at the Gostport and Fareham Easter Festival (http://www.eastfest.co.uk/) in his duo performance with Aly Bain had us in hysterics and has now had almost had 50,000 views (if you not seen it yet you can watch it by clicking on the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMUjJ_biMn8)

So this morning when I saw his latest video pop up in my facebook feed telling me about a lullaby he had written for Fergie I was intrigued…  I checked it out and BOL (Bark Out Loud) this Fergie is not Fergie MacDonald the extraordinary button accordion player and legendary ceilidh band leader but Phil’s dog who  decided to join the tune and provide the vocal part….. that is.. until he fell asleep!

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Steve Tilston – The Reckoning

The Reckoning has been nominated for Best original Song in this years BBC Folk Awards 2012. This eagerly awaited album is quintessential Steve Tilston featuring insightful lyrics reflecting an affinity with the landscape and the power of nature, a keen sense of history with a nod to the potential of the future, and a sharp eye for social satire.

Musically, Tilston shows us why he is one of the country’s most respected songwriters, continuing to create gorgeous melodies, in a series of musical contexts powerfully evocative of time and place. A true Reckoning for these times.

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Artist web link and tour news: http://www.stevetilston.com/

Two more blues/R & B legends gone….

On Friday January 20th Etta James died at the age of 73, from complications from leukaemia. She was also suffering with dementia and hepatitis C. The equally legendary Johnny Otis, the “Godfather of rhythm and blues” – and the man who discovered Etta James – died just four days before. He was 90 years old. Johnny, who wrote and recorded the R&B classic “Willie and the Hand Jive”, was white, and grew up in a black section of Berkeley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. . He changed his name because “it sounded more black“.

Otis was leading his own band in 1945 when he scored his first big hit, “Harlem Nocturne.” In 1950, 10 of his songs made Billboard Magazine’s R&B chart. His “Willie and the Hand Jive” sold more than 1.5 million copies and was covered years later by Eric Clapton. He later wrote “Every Beat of My Heart,” which was a hit for Gladys Knight & the Pips.
However, Johnny was blessed with the ability to recognize talent. As well as Etta James, Johnny discovered Hank Ballard, The Coasters, and Big Mama Thornton, whose original recording of “Hound Dog” later became a huge hit for Elvis. Continue reading Two more blues/R & B legends gone….