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Joy Kills Sorrow Goes On Indefinite Hiatus

News overnight that Joy Kills Sorrow have joined the list of bands on indefinite hiatus which seems to have become the new "broken up".  They were rare visitors to Europe and didn't make it past the small clubs which is a shame because they were a lot of fun to watch and listen to.  They'll be missed but hopefully the component parts will re-surface soon on stages near by.

From their website:

To our dear friends and our faithful followers,

We're just back from…


Added by RP N10 on February 19, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Out & About in Paris & London (and Amsterdam –old & new, and a few others besides)

<Disclaimer: any terms of a qualitative nature used in this post represent exclusively my own opinions and in no way purport to assert a general qualitative claim with respect to the intrinsic worth, artistic or otherwise.>  That should keep Not-really-that-Easy Ed off my case.

 According to the gig diary, which is normally reliable, I made it to 65 gigs through 2013.  Three of these were festivals – a 1 dayer and 2 days of a 3 dayer.  The artist count is nudging 180…


Added by RP N10 on December 22, 2013 at 2:21am — 2 Comments

Top 10 of 2013 - The Year of the Big Tunes

I’ve had a long list running since the summer and found it being added it to at least monthly as 2013 has seen some inspiring new music as well as a treasure or two from the vaults of history.  Given the ferocity of the competition I decided to go for a Big Tune differentiator ie no matter how good the quality of the performance there had to be a number of truly excellent songs in there to get it over the line. 

1 Sara Petite – Circus Comes To Town

Funded on…


Added by RP N10 on December 15, 2013 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Move Me Brightly DVD - An Americana Continuum

Last summer Bob Weir arranged a concert at his TRI studies to celebtrae what would have been Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday.  The webcast was reviewed at the time by Jim Moulton (founder of the ND Grateful Dead group). 

In October Eagle Rock issued a truncated - 159 minutes - cut of the show interspersed with interviews of people reminiscing of time…


Added by RP N10 on December 15, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Gig Review - Suzy Bogguss - Canton Historic Theatre, Canton GA

It was quite an experience seeing Suzy Bogguss in this picture book theatre in leafy Canton around 45 minutes north of Atlanta.  The promoters of these shows are local people dedicated to bringing great music to their community and worked front of house making sure all went smoothly for the almost sold out crowd.

Suzy Bogguss, accompanied as ever by her personal wrecking crew Pat Bergeson (guitar, harmonica) and Charlie Chadwick (double bass) took the stage shortly after 8…


Added by RP N10 on June 24, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Gig Review – Iron & Wine – La Cigale, Paris – 1 June 2013

There was a bit of a surprise entering La Cigale for the Iron & Wine show on Saturday night which was that the venue had put seats out in the hall.  Iron & Wine may not be most people’s idea of a rock & roll act but the new record has a real soul/ R&B vibe and the last one came with beats that quite a lot of people didn’t care for.  

The opening act Denai Moore  from East London was playing her first show outside the UK and won over the Parisian audience with a short…


Added by RP N10 on June 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher - In-Store at Fargo Records, Paris - 25 May 2013

Jesse Sykes has a track record of arranging her shows to make sure I can't get there, but last night's announcement by Fargo - her European record company - that she and Phil Wandscher would be making a surprise in-store at the Fargo Boutique in the 11th district in Paris was a real bonus.

Fargo has just reissued Jesse's first album, Reckless Burning, on vinyl and the 6 song set was split between 3 tracks from that record and the latest album…


Added by RP N10 on May 25, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Gretchen Peters - Paradiso, Amsterdam - 28 March 2013

For a lot of reasons, the biggest being on the wrong continent,  this was the only show of Gretchen Peters’ European Tour I was able to make.  Even this modest achievement was almost scotched due to some miscommunication by the venue on show times but thanks to an attentive headliner and twitter disaster was averted.

Making up the band for the tour are Barry Walsh (keyboards, glockenspiel, accordion) and Christine Bougie (electric guitar, lap steel, drum) who provided…


Added by RP N10 on March 28, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Posts from the songwriting front line - some insights into Gretchen Peters' latest batch of songs

Life is pretty busy between work, family, gigs, listening to music and general stuff so it's not often I get beyond the selected blogs and the live discussions here on the ND site.


The other day, on account of being laid up with a heavy cold, I had a rummage through the blogs and came across Gretchen Peters post Woman On The Wheel where she provides some background to this song…


Added by RP N10 on November 13, 2011 at 11:11am — No Comments

Starting out on a Fantastic Expedition - a new music magazine

Amidst all the doom and gloom surrounding the future of paid-for music writing it’s good to see that the specialist fanzine segment is managing to produce good writing in niche areas.  I was reminded of this by the arrival of the latest edition of UK based magazine “Fantastic Expedition” produced by Jason Smith in Hertfordshire, just North of London.


“Fantastic Expedition” is into…


Added by RP N10 on January 1, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Keeping It In The Family Pt 3 - The Sibling Acts

At the same time as we’ve had a thread about husband/wife/partner musical teams and now the can-they-can’t-they musical breeding discussion kicked off earlier this week, I’ve been casting my mind back over the shows I’ve been to during 2010 and a sense that I’d seen a lot of sibling acts.  I’ve also been giving some thought to what it is makes these groups a little bit special.



Added by RP N10 on December 30, 2010 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

The Mountains & The Trees - Ashburner Club, Hackney, London - 24 May 2010

The night of 24 May I finally got to see The Mountains & The Trees at the second attempt. The show formed part of a folk night at an abandoned pub in Lower Clapton and had the intimacy of a house concert which in a way it was as the pub is the hosts' home.

After a song from the organiser and a set from Otto who performed Brazilian (and at least one Argentinian) folk songs, it was time for TM&TT's first London show.

Jon and Jill started out with 3 songs from the… Continue

Added by RP N10 on May 29, 2010 at 3:58pm — No Comments

British Library launches new traditional and world music collections online - free

I'm just re-posting a Press Release from the British Library on the basis that this looked like it might be of interest to people here:

Rowdy pub sessions in England and Yanggona ceremonial chants in Fiji

•Rare, unpublished and out-of-print recordings launched online

•28,000 recordings – that’s 2000 hours

•Listen to music from every continent in the world on your laptop

•Earliest recording from the collection made in 1898

•Music clips range from the lament of… Continue

Added by RP N10 on September 4, 2009 at 9:01am — No Comments

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