Tag: music

The young Elvis

Sunday, 13 August, 2017 0 Comments

On Thursday, the world will mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, “the King”. To get us ready for this memorable occasion, Vintage Everyday has assembled “20 Rare and Fascinating Vintage Photos of Elvis Presley As a Child and Teenager from the 1930s and ’40s.” They offer a glimpse of life in Tupelo, Mississippi, before the Presley family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. It was there, in July 1954, in the offices of Sun Records, that Elvis recorded a blues song by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, That’s All Right. The rest is rock ‘n roll.

Gladys, Elvis and Vernon Presley, 1937.


Fionn Regan meets Thomas Moore in Wicklow

Saturday, 15 July, 2017 0 Comments

Inspired by a visit to the Vale of Avoca in County Wicklow some 200 years ago, the bard Thomas Moore wrote a song called The Meeting of the Waters. Snippet:

“Sweet vale of Avoca! How calm could I rest
In thy bosom of shade, with the friends I love best
Where the storms that we feel in this cold world should cease
And our hearts, like thy waters, be mingled in peace.”

The Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan was born and raised in Wicklow and he released his debut album, The End of History, in 2006. Now, more than a decade later, he’s back with The Meetings of the Waters and the video is enhanced with the sculpted features of the actor Cillian Murphy of Peaky Blinders fame.


Two Corants for Lyra Viol by Alfonso

Saturday, 1 July, 2017 0 Comments

On the face of it, a blog entry with the title “Two Corants for Lyra Viol by Alfonso” has a touch of the perplexing about it. What’s a “corant”, and why two of them? And then there’s the “lyra viol”. Not just a viol, mind you, but a lyra viol. Topping if all of, we have “Alfonso”. If people had to pick an Alfonso, most would opt for Alfonso Cuarón, the film director, whose works include Children of Men and Gravity. In this case, however, we’re talking about Alfonso Fontanelli (1557 – 1622).

Alfonso Fontanelli was an Italian composer, diplomat and courtier. He was one of the earliest composers in the seconda pratica style during the transition to the Baroque era but his career was interrupted in November 1601, when he discovered that his wife had been having an affair. He murdered her lover, but spared her life, unlike his musical acquaintance Gesualdo who, in similar circumstances murdered both his wife and her lover. As punishment for the crime, Alfonso was stripped of all his possessions. Still, he found refuge in the opulent Roman household of Cardinal Alessandro d’Este, and was thus saved from indignity. Alfonso Fontanelli became a priest in 1621, and died in early 1622 from an insect bite while in the Oratorio della Chiesa.

The lyra viol is a small bass viol, used primarily in the 17th century, while a corant was a type of dance popular in the late Renaissance and Baroque era.

Bringing it all together now: The Irish viola de gamba player, Liam Byrne, is part of the Icelandic collective Bedroom Community and he features with violist Nadia Sirota on Tessellatum, their upcoming album and film. That’s all a long way from the Renaissance world of Alfonso Fontanelli, but everything’s connected.


Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band

Sunday, 25 June, 2017 0 Comments

They’ll be performing with brass, fiddles and bravura in St Canice’s Cathedral on Wednesday 16 August at 8pm as part of this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival. Hug You Like A Mountain features Teddy Thompson, the son of musicians Richard and Linda Thompson, while Eliza Carthy is the daughter of musicians Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson. It doesn’t get more blue-blooded than this alliance of English folk-rock.


Vespertines

Sunday, 18 June, 2017 0 Comments

The album title is a statement in itself: Before a New Harbour Can Be Built, Difficult Things Must Be Worked Out. The group is The Vespertine Quintet and the tracks came together during a West Cork winter punctuated by gigs in De Barra’s Bar in Clonakilty.

A central figure in the quintet’s work is Ólafur Arnalds, a multi-instrumentalist from Iceland, who mixes strings and piano with loops and beats from the ambient and electronic genres. Estonia’s Arvo Pärt is in the mix as is the Irish singer-songwriter Adrian Crowley and the Swedish alto Camilla Griehsel. The outcome is a ten-track assortment of neo-classical sounds, part Pärt, part Purcell, portions of Arnalds and echoes of Benjamin Britten.


Peter Broderick in the Cave

Thursday, 1 June, 2017 0 Comments

He was born in Maine but raised mostly in Oregon. Last year, Peter Broderick married the folk musician Brigid Mae Power and they currently live in Ireland. On 7 July, he’ll be performing in Mitchelstown Cave along with the Irish/ Sierra Leonean musician Loah. “My aim is to approach music with a sense of openness and wonder, and to never be tied down to any one particular style,” says Broderick. As the organizers point out: “The Cave is a half mile walk underground after a steep incline to the performance space. The temperature in the Cave is 12 degrees. Please wear flat shoes and bring a coat.”


Jesca Hoop in the Cave

Tuesday, 30 May, 2017 0 Comments

The musical style of Jesca Hoop is best described as mostly experimental with folk, rock and electronic influences. Her early mentor, Tom Waits, says, “She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or a red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night” On 8 July, she’ll be performing in Mitchelstown Cave along with Rosie Carney. In their publicity material, the organizers point out: “The Cave is a half mile walk underground after a steep incline to the performance space. The temperature in the Cave is 12 degrees. Please wear flat shoes and bring a coat.”


Loah in the Cave

Friday, 26 May, 2017 0 Comments

According to her Twitter bio, Loah is an “Irish / Sierra Leonean ArtSoul musician.” On 7 July, she’ll be performing in Mitchelstown Cave along with Peter Broderick, an American composer from Carlton, Oregon. In their publicity material, the organizers note: “The Cave is a half mile walk underground after a steep incline to the performance space. The temperature in the Cave is 12 degrees. Please wear flat shoes and bring a coat.”


3WW by alt-J

Friday, 12 May, 2017 0 Comments

First thing, the band’s name. It’s alt-J, which is stylized as ∆. The band was formed in 2007 in Leeds by Gwil Sainsbury, Joe Newman, Thom Green and Gus Unger-Hamilton. Their symbol is delta ∆, a letter used in scientific study to indicate “change” or “difference”. On some Apple Mac keyboards, it can be typed using the sequence Alt+J. There is no Windows code for delta, but the HTML entity ∆ creates it on webpages.

In March, Alt-J began teasing their third studio album, Relaxer, on social media with a clip captioned “00110011 01110111 01110111”, which translates into “3WW”. It’s a meditative, mystical piece with hints of English folk and echoes of The End by the Doors. The chorus concludes with the plea, “I just want to love you in my own language.”


Aeroplane of unrequited love

Friday, 5 May, 2017 0 Comments

He describes himself as “an electronic music producer obsessed by the culture of Ireland.” He’s Daithi. She describes herself as “Singer-songwriter-human, from Co. Kildare, Ireland.” She’s Sinéad White and the two of them wrote Aeroplane.

According to Daithi and Sinéad, the song was inspired by old Irish TV dramas from the 1980s and ’90s. “True to the people of Ireland at the time, the characters in these shows all seem to have a hard time expressing their feelings, and we wanted to write a song that imagined what was going on in their heads, while they stumbled through talking to their love interest. The video for the song uses footage from a short film that was shot in my home town Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, in the 1990s.”


The mighty Molly Tuttle

Thursday, 27 April, 2017 0 Comments

As a foretaste of her forthcoming album, Rise, which will be available on June 2, the mighty Molly Tuttle has released the track Save This Heart. She’s backed here on fiddle by John Mailander, bass, Todd Phillips, lap steel guitar, Darrell Scott, and percussion, Jano Rix. The video was directed by Bill Filipiak.