I'm really excited by the selection of fine new tuneage this week.
Some great contrasts and representations from a couple of styles
that don't feature too often on Suffolk 'n' Cool. But hang on,
that's what SnC is all about isn't it? Playing the unexpected to
revive jaded ears. :)
I am. however, getting rather bored by the cold and snow which has
been hanging around for the past month. Dark and cold today again.
Made worse by the fact that Jessie is back off to Ibiza tomorrow.
Spare ticket anyone?
South Australia - Churchfitters
(Brittany via England, Ireland and France)
The group Churchfitters was founded in 1978 by singer/songwriter
Anthony McCartan from Belfast and multi-instrumentist Geoff Coombs
Rosie Short joined soon after its formation having
previously been playing in a London-based traditional Irish outfit.
During the years that followed, the group frequently changed its
line-up making a point of always including members from diverse
musical backgrounds in order to maintain a fresh and original
approach to Irish music. They enjoyed great success on the East
Anglian folk scene before slimming down to a duo (Anthony and
Rosie) in order to tour extensively throughout Europe and even as
far as Australia.
In 1993 the duo decided to move to Brittany and was joined by
Rosie's brother Chris who had been in London playing in World,
Irish and Bluegrass groups. From their base in Brittany they then
toured as a trio throughout France and Europe until Anthony's
departure in early 2004.
With the arrival of Boris Lebret (double
bass and percussion) and Topher Loudon (vocals and guitar), the
group's tradition of breaking with the more classic treatment of
Irish music has been upheld. Topher's rock background and Boris's
experience with diverse styles of contemporary music create the
driving rythmns over which Chris and Rosie's more melodic and folky
styles are laid.
And the unique and unmistakable sound of the
Churchfitters continues ...
Wed 27th January 2010 - Cambridge (UK)
Cambridge Folk Club 8pm -
Box Office: 01223 304 447
Sat 30th January 2010 - Garboldisham nr Diss, Norfolk (UK)
Hall, 8pm - info: 01359 251 498
Sun 31st January 2010 - Risby nr Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (UK)
Risby Village Hall, 7.30 pm box office: 01284 810660
More dates at:
The extraordinary Life of Jimmie
Dandelion - Ahmond
We last heard Ahmond on SnC 146 a little over a year ago.
Ahmond is a singer-songwriter and instrumental composer. He has
released two self-produced releases which include A Boy You Once Knew
You can hear his music being played alongside other urban folk
contemporaries such as Sufjan Stevens, Patrick Wolf, Beirut, and
Regina Spektor on Adult Alternative stations and College Radio.
The last track on his debut album was played on the first season of
the HBO series Rome.
Ahmond got his start in music by writing songs for an educational
theatre group he was involved in for two years. Prior to devoting
nearly all of his time to music, he was featured in movies and
commercials. He played Diahann Carol and Ruby Dee's
great-grandnephew in the movie Having Our Say
Ahmond is currently embarking on a US tour and has a second release
out. Monster &
is an EP of quirky rock songs embellished with his
signature production of folk instruments and sweeping string
It is currently only available online through stores like iTunes,
Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, and Nokia Music Store.
The Craving - Joshua Stedman
(Miami Beach/New York/San Fran)
Joshua's soulful, story-telling music sculptures poeticize the
impact of the relationships personal to him, but familiar to all of
us. He shares life's observations and experiences that tend to
illicit that, “Yep, I've been there, too..." reaction in each of
He weaves a clever web of funk/soul/rock roots, winding chord
arrangements, elusive guitar riffs and deep organic bass lines
around subtle rhythmic shifts.
Joshua’s addictive melodies are fuelled by a distinct
bright-breathy vocal that pours out an honesty that has been said
to seduce the ear from fade-in to fade-out.
Fade to black - Luke Parkin
Luke Parkin is a multi-genre composer and performing artist. His
compositions, all rooted in classical music, are orchestral and
solo piano. His performance as a pianist–marks out the horizon in
cutting edge music and keeps it connected to the classics. Luke
Parkin’s music is always just ahead of the curve.
EST. MXXIX. (Established
is Luke Parkin’s 70th album. Despite some exotic
sounds, few audiences will feel find themselves excluded. However,
like those preceding it, EST.
is an album that eludes the easy sorts of labels that
the recording industry uses – it’s as eclectic as its composer.
While Parkin’s music can take the shape of almost any container, it
inevitably overflows any limit. Though he insists he is not afraid
of repeating himself, the protean variety of his recordings suggest
an artist on a quest – investigating new and old musical territory
with an explorer’s keen senses.
"I'm trying to play a lot of musical characters," he acknowledges,
"and I want to exploit the more eccentric parts of my personality
in my compositions. Every album is an extension of who I am
Home is where the heart is - Slo-Mo
feat. Mic Wrecka
(Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Slo-Mo is the brainchild of Philadelphia steel guitarist Mike
"Slo-Mo" Brenner. Brenner has recorded and played on the road with
such artists as Badly Drawn Boy, Magnolia Electric Company, Marah,
Melody Gardot, G Love and more, but Slo-Mo is something totally
different. Mixing Brenner's steel guitar grooves with frontman Mic
Wrecka’s rhymes and hip hop poetry, Slo-Mo Featuring Mic Wrecka has
become a Philly favorite, winning over fans with a slamming live
show and uniquely funky tunes backed by a tight 8-piece band.
While steel guitar and hip hop might seem an unlikely union, Slo-Mo
Featuring Mic Wrecka has managed to make it their own little niche,
creating not just uniquely funky tracks, but a rocking live show
that has been impressing an ever-growing number of fans.
Slo-Mo featuring Mic Wrecka appearing at Stone Pony
in Asbury Park, NJ this
Fri, Jan 15 for Light of Day benefit. ... http://bit.ly/5h0VlG
The Place that won't take me back - I
am not left-handed
(London, UK - but mostly Irish)
A track from the instrumental album Time to leave
from I Am Not
Lefthanded, who are:
Kathryn - Vocals/Guitar
, Daniel -
, Benji - Drums
"We don't play pop music, we don't
write music for art's sake, we don't represent any movements, we're
not hip, we're not cutting edge, we don't dress to be cool. We
manage ourselves, we write our own songs, we do our own recordings,
we shoot our own videos, we design our own covers, we run our own
website. We're not generally negative people. Oh yes, and
we're not lefthanded."
An absolutely flawless, touching, rich chocolate sauce voice over
simple, but yearning guitar, bass & drums can be heard on
Yes Means No: 6 & 1/6th songs
that don't always give a straight answer
. No battling
elements, just a smooth natural flow.
Here is the city (Chicago) -
(Liverpool, UK and Nantes, France)
A real treat from Christophe Marc - he describes this new album
As a lifetime goes (a
Here's my Xmas present! A
compilation of what I did those last 4 or 5 years. So it's a sort
of "best of"... Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to
Fatness - Pretonika
I can tell you very little. Indeed the only way I found the likely
location of Petronika was by using whois on the guy who administers
the account on Jamendo. Pretty extreme. If you know more, please do