This is a re-post of SnC049 from 24 January, now that I'm back from
York and able to sort out the inadvertent inclusion of Pete Cogle's
delightful sweeper at full blast and right over Fiona Bevan. So
sorry Fiona and thanks for pointing out my eror Pete (without
sounding too smug!)
If you have any idea why a clip in Soundtrack Pro which is faded
right down and doesn't create any sound at all in playback
should become all too audible when the file is exported to aif, I'd
be very pleased to hear from you. I hope you'll be brave enough to
give tomorrow's show a listen - I promise that I'll have checked it
Do you remember that I thought the wind was getting up last week.
I took off to Coventry in the midlands of the UK last Thursday
morning and it blew and rained in quite a spectacular fashion.
Meanwhile the tiles on the house roof also took off, with quite a
few smashed on the ground. By Friday the wind had eased enough for
me to climb up onto the roof and sort the problem out.
A great walk at Minsmere (right) on the Suffolk coast. The picture
shows the semi-tidal "scrapes" with the coastguard cottages at
Dunwich in the distance. A bleak and uplifting wilderness.
After the winds of last week, today it has been snowing off and on
all day, nothing much to show for it but some great clouds.
The Suffolk'n'Cool MySpace friends area seem to be working out as
intended, as a really useful single place you can go to pick up on
most of the artists played on the show.
Singer Mal Fry, here in Suffolk left a message to say:
"Man, you have got some cracking
artists on your friends list I could spend all night on
The problem is that if listeners want to be friends (and how nice
that they do) it dilutes the effectiveness of the artists area.
I've not really had time to think about a solution but there must
be one. If you've any ideas please let me know. You can email to
email@example.com or leave a comment in the shownotes, send
voice message from the shownotes page on
the website at www.suffolkandcool.com or even a message on the
show's MySpace at myspace.com/suffolkncool
More great music this week and again I'll be inviting the featured
artists to be my "top friends" so you can easily find them.
Happy - Jimmie Bratcher
Deli Girl - Man Bites God
The lads (James, Chris and Mark) were discovered playing
in late 2000 by Dan Brodie, who insisted
the three-piece support him at the Espy. Since then, Man Bites God
have played sold-out shows across Australia, released a full-length
album and two EPs
, appeared regularly on radio and
television and were once mistaken for Aerosmith
really drunk guy. I just love the rhymes in the lyrics.
The Wrong Boy - Fiona Bevan
Almost every instrument in Fiona Bevan's first solo album,
, is played by her - from the glockenspiel and
guitar to violins and vocal harmonies.
Painstakingly recorded in sections, what sounds like several
violins or a choir is actually a series of separate performances
cut together and blended so well to make a really coherent
25 Jan - Finnegan's Wake, Ealing
26 Jan - Espionage at The Pink House, London
31 Jan - Leonards
, London EC1
2 Feb - Al Casbah, London
Fiona is playing the Norwich Arts Centre
week - February 6th, along with Jamie Woon
Vance, who we heard last week.
Why? - Oneside
Boston-based band ONESIDE
plays "banjo-sweetened music
that ranges from indie
-flavored jangle pop to
." Fusing rock, pop and
into well-crafted, concise songs,
features a lead electric banjo on top of
electric guitar, bass and drums.
"With precise musicianship, tight
harmonies, and enough energy to forget it was a Wednesday night,
this quintet tore through their original material with confidence
and attitude that belied their youth. These guys should be around
for a while and are sure to turn some heads."
- Northeast Performer
- Lead vocals; Guitar
Ian Knox - Electric and acoustic banjo; Vocals
Jake Brooks - Drums and percussion
- Bass; Vocals
January 25 - The Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green Street, Worcester,
January 27 - Heritage Tavern, Main Street, Charleston, NH
February 2 - Kimball Union Academy, Meriden
Al Lindsay from here in Suffolk wrote:
You make a really interesting point
about record buying culture before the advent of the long playing
LP!! I find the whole subject of how music technology has changed
and influenced music culture over the decades really
Shackles and Chains - Al
Judging from the CD pressing plants that are now offering vinyl
pressing again it would seem that a sector of the market (maybe the
kids that have grown up in a 'downloadable world') are
getting into the whole analogue thing- perhaps because they find a
fresh desirability in it's physical and non-cyber
nature. I really hope that the other non-downloadable
commodity - the 'Live Gig' - sees an increasing rise in
poularity. Judging by the surprisingly young
agegroups I see at acoustic gigs I feel a growing
optimism for the future of our music culture, albeit a
non-mainstream one. I wonder where these 16-25 year olds current
musical influences will take them in the future?
Al has been honing his song-writing and performing skills, enabling
him now to pursue his greatest love - writing and touring his own
acoustic based songs. With a playing style strongly reminiscent of
John Martyn's 'Solid Air' days and a writing style heavily
influenced by the same, with generous helpings of Todd
, Joni Mitchell, World Party and Nick Drake,
Al's true calling has always been the live performance of his
original jazz, blues and folk tinged set.
The track is taken from Al's debut album Songs From Under The
which he launched in Nov 2006. This is available to
buy on CD from his official website and from his MySpace.
Jan 26th. Music House at Wensum
, Norwich. Im
on stage at
Jan 31st. The Musician Pub, Leicester - A 45 minute showcase set at
this seminal Leicester music venue.
Feb 11th: Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich.
Feb 12th: Three Horseshoes, East Hanningfield
Feb 15th: Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich. Three different acts in one
night with Debs Warren and Belinda Gillet
Feb 21st: Acoustic Cafe
, upstairs at CB2 in Cambridge
Yesterday's papers - The
(New York) FIRST PLAY
. She has a podcast
Incorporated, but this is her band called
The Calculus. The web site is quite disturbing for an old git like
me! PS - I do quite like being disturbed...
Life - Taj
Weekes and Adowa
and New York) FIRST PLAY
. Businessman. Preacher man. Island man.
Poetry man. Reggae recording artist Taj
plays many roles, but chief among them is the
role of storyteller.
Born the youngest of ten children, Taj
grew up on the
Caribbean island of St Lucia. He became aware of the disparity
between the well-heeled tourists and the striving locals early on.
Religion and music were the two main salvations for the
His debut album Hope and doubt
available at CDbaby
If you've enjoyed the tracks, it would be really encouraging for
the artists if you were to visit their MySpace sites and leave a
comment about their music (and mention that you heard it on
I think there will be something a bit special next week to
celebrate show number 50 and the first year of Suffolk 'n' Cool
Don't miss it ... although, come to think of it, that's one of the
benefits of podcasts, you never have to miss a single