Saturday, 28 November 2015

Martyn Joseph @ The Old Queen's Head, 9 April 2013

The Old Queen's Head, 44 Essex Road, Islington
Support:  Luke Jackson

Incomplete set list


2 songs written on tour
- Running out of time
- (another driving bluesy one)

* More Than Boys
- Lucy and her camera


(Mason Nealy accompanying on drums/keyboards/violin/whatever for most of the set)
1. Please Sir
2. Proud Valley Boy
3. Arizona Dreams
4. # Beyond Us
5. # Crossing The Line
6. Lonely Like America
7. Cardiff Bay
8. # Feels Like This
9. Working Mother
10. ~ in the company of strangers, we find a little empathy, what we pass on to our children, always will be ~
11. # Archiv
12. ~ if love means something, there's always pain ~
13. # Not A Good Time For God
14. # Clar
15. On My Way
16. # Still A Lot Of Love Around Here

17. * Bakers Woods (duet)
18. No Surrender (Bruce Springsteen)
19. # Let Yourself

* off Luke's debut album More Than Boys (2012)
# off Martyn's latest album Songs For The Coming Home (2012)

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Been To Any Good Gigs Lately?

In no particular order, highlights from the past few years...

Glen Hansard singing 'The Gift' from his (at the time) brand new album RHYTHM & REPOSE - Union Chapel on 4 September 2012

Luka Bloom with 'The Man Is Alive' plus 'The Hill Of Allen' (a double tribute to his father) - live @ the Zanzibar Club, Liverpool Irish Festival, 11 Oct 2013

Dan Wilde singing 'Pictures' at Brindle Rocks XIX (house gig), 28 October 2011

Eddi Reader with perennial favourite 'The Moon Is Mine' - fabulous night at Union Chapel, Islington, London, on 13 November 2013

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Boo Hewerdine & Heidi Talbot @ St Matthews Church (6 Oct 2011)

6 October 2011
St Matthews Church, Shoreditch, London

Trawl through my video collection today turned up this gem of an evening back in 2011 in a glorious church...

The support "act" was a stunning "new" band called Blue Rose Code. I was hooked instantly. Ross Wilson is the man behind the name and is worth checking out.

And then Heidi and Boo -- both individually and jointly -- worked their magic.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Christy Moore at the Royal Festival Hall, London (17 April 2014)

A stonking night! Declan really had to rein Christy in a few times, he was stomping his feet like a child after each song, raring to start the next. Lots of rabble rousing including one of the most boisterous renditions of LISDOONVARNA ever.

But here are two really lovely quiet moments in the set -

Sweet Thames Flow Softly, by Ewan MacColl

Motherland, by Natalie Merchant
This was one of the 'false starts'. Christy gave an introduction of how he and Declan came to meet Natalie. Then he launched straight into this only for Declan to pull him up "Whoa! Much too fast." So I started filming as they collected themselves.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

New Album from TOM MCRAE to be released 15 April!

Reviewing coming soon...

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Luka Bloom @ Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow - 25 October 2008

- Scottish launch of ELEVEN SONGS -

- on the Martin classical guitar -
Diamond Mountain
There Is A Time
I Love The World I'm In
Make You Feel My Love
City of Chicago
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
I Am Not At War
Peace On Earth
Eastbound Train

- on 'Rudy' -
Dreams In America
Gone To Pablo / Te Adoro
Acoustic Motorbike
Sunny Sailor Boy
I'm On Your Side
The Man Is Alive / Hill Of Allen

- encore -
Perfect Groove
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time
See You Soon
Thank You For Bringing Me Here


Martyn Joseph @ Bush Hall - 30 November 2008

When I went to see Luka at the Komedia in Brighton, I sat at the same table with a local couple who had come along that night purely on the back of hearing Luka chatting on local radio that very morning. They thought he sounded like someone they'd like... so they got tickets and came along. They were won over and as we were chatting after the show, they said "If you like Luka, then you'd also like Martyn Joseph". Never heard of him. Never mind, went home and looked him up.  And booked tickets for his next show in London, that coming November. In the meantime though I didn't find the time to listen to his music or watch YouTube videos or anything, so I arrived at Bush Hall with really no idea what to expect. Well. If you can judge an artist by his fans, then I figured out pretty quickly that he was going to be good - perfect strangers in the queue outside were chatting and laughing with one another. Inside, I got a seat right up front centre. The guy next to me struck up a conversation and we had a grand time recommending other artists to each other.

Then Martyn leapt on stage already playing a plugged-in acoustic guitar and singing into a wireless mic...

And I was blown away by that rare artist who is equally engaging as a singer and a musician, with songs with equally strong lyrics and melodies. The lyrics perhaps are Martyn's particular strength: he's Welsh and a natural storyteller with an incredible facility for putting words together in ways that are vivid, evocative and with remarkable rhythm.

Highly recommend you have a listen to this overlooked talent:

In the absence of videos, I offer a potted set list and a few photos.  Where I'm unsure of 'official' song titles, I've noted partial song lines.

Strange Way
Beautiful [Things That We Have Carried Here]
   ~someday they'll disappear
   skin and bone - death and stone
   things that we have carried here
   freedom needs a volunteer
   to be beautiful
   can be beautiful
Arizona Dreams
Help Me Find That Man
All This Time [The Sum Of All These Parts Are We]
Dic Penderyn
Free Fallin' (by Tom Petty)
The Good In Me Is Dead
Weight Of The World [Now here are lyrics worthy of serious study!]
Sing To My Soul [If I wasn't won over by this point, this song did it.]
Kiss The World Beautiful [reminded of John Gorka]
This Being Woman
We Are Men [introduced by reading of a Dylan Thomas poem and a reference to Glen Hansard that went straight over my head at the time!]
I Have Come To Sing [Hope Love Peace Mercy]
Lonely Like America (new song)
Can't Breathe
Proud Valley Boy
Whoever It Was That Brought Me Here Will Have To Take Me Home
Change Your World [which segued into what I believe was some sort of medley]

Vegas [with a remarkable story and an even more remarkable Elvis impersonation]
Turn Me Tender 

Went straight home and bought his latest album 'Evolved'.