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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.


Gidon Kremer does not play politics

Monday, 27 February, 2017 0 Comments

The great Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer is 70 today. “Politics,” he once said, “represents only the surface of things. Music speaks with an outstretched hand, not with a clenched fist. It is an offering to the listener, and its profundity can only be established on the basis of service, not on the grounds of self-indulgence or meaningless stardom.”


The Boy in the Boat

Monday, 20 February, 2017 0 Comments

The excellent fiddler Fergal Scahill, who plays with We Banjo 3, decided he’d record a tune a day for the whole of 2017. Last week in Reykjavik, on Day 46 of the project, he played a reel titled The Boy in the Boat, also known as An Buachaill Sa Mbád.

A blues song with the title The Boy in the Boat was recorded in 1930 by George Hannah, who has been honoured for his contribution to “queer music” by The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History. The title of the tune/song is an anatomical allusion with sexual connotations and the lyrics go like this:

Now, did you ever hear the story ’bout that boy in a boat,
Don’t wear no shoes or no overcoat.
Broad told me that it happened like this.
He love to dive and also to fish.
He went roaming in that shallow boat.
With his head hardly rising and his eyes hard to cope.
Face is all wrinkled and his breath smells like soap.
Talking about that boy in the boat.


A Little Prayer for Friday

Friday, 17 February, 2017 0 Comments

Today is the birthday of Fred Frith, the English improvisational musician who’s famous for the range of implements he uses to play guitar, from traditional picks to fiddle bows, drum sticks, egg beaters, paint brushes, lengths of metal chain and other objects.

Here, he teams up with Dame Evelyn Glennie, the Scottish percussionist, on A Little Prayer, which she wrote while still a child at a time she’d already lost 90 percent of her hearing. This clip was filmed in a deserted sugar factory in Germany and is from the film Touch the Sound by Thomas Riedelsheimer.


The aqueous Hannigan Undertow

Saturday, 4 February, 2017 0 Comments

The word “undertow” is used usually when talking about the rip current that drags unwary swimmers away to their doom. More generally, undertow describes an underlying emotion that leaves a particular impression. Example: “There’s a dark undertow of rage in the tweets of those in denial about the recent election result.”

Genesis recorded a song titled Undertow as did Kim Carnes, Leonard Cohen, Suzanne Vega, Pet Shop Boys and R.E.M. Now comes Irish singer Lisa Hannigan with her own aqueous Undertow from her recent album, At Swim. On Monday night, Lisa Hannigan will play the Festival Antigel in Geneva.


Tubular Bells for William Peter Blatty

Saturday, 14 January, 2017 0 Comments

The death yesterday of William Peter Blatty, author of the best-selling novel The Exorcist, brought back memories of the music William Friedkin used in 1973 for his film of the book. Friedkin’s adaptation turned out to be a masterpiece, a landmark in horror cinema, a cultural phenomenon and one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Although it made minimal use of music — a choice that gave the film an air of realism despite the supernatural events depicted onscreen — the score was a winner.

Friedkin had originally commissioned music from Lalo Schifrin, who had done soundtrack work for Cool Hand Luke, Dirty Harry and the Mission Impossible TV theme, but he hated Schifrin’s score and threw it out the window, literally. Instead, he used classical pieces by the Austrian composer Anton Webern, modern work by the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, as well as original music by Jack Nitzsche. But what is now considered the “Theme from The Exorcist” is Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield, which went on to become a hit so huge that it gave birth to Richard Branson’s Virgin empire.