Thursday, 30 June 2016

EU Ref mix \ Beyond Radio

The latest news from Beyond Radio is that they have had their FM frequency confirmed - 103.5FM - and the transmitter has been installed and is ready to go. They are just waiting for a visit from Ofcom to check everything is in order and then broadcasting can begin. I haven't seen the new set-up yet and will be away on holiday for 2 weeks in July so may not get involved until August.  In the meantime here's my latest mix - spot the EU Ref connections!


The Low Countries - The Invisible Ray 2016
Jenny Sturgeon - Nowhere Else I'd Rather Be
Bert Jansch - All This Remains
Shaun Colvin - You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Richard Thompson - Train Don't Leave
Heidi Talbot - If You Stay
Ian McNabb - You Only Get What You Deserve
Carly Dow - Watch It Go
John Mellencamp - Down and Out in Paradise
Jenny Sturgeon - Judgement
Led Zeppelin - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
J Shogren & Shanghai'd - Exit in Flames
Seasick Steve - What A Way To Go

The Low Countries - We're All On The Verge Of Something 


Friday, 17 June 2016

OTBT radio show 16 June

This week's playlist has a French feel to it showing the links there are between not only British and French folk music but also the influence of French music in Canada and Louisiana. I also thought it would be a suitable theme seeing as how the Euro 2016 football tournament is on just now. 

I've also included two tracks from Alice Jones' debut solo album 'Poor Strange Girl' which she released last week. 

https://www.mixcloud.com/cmbertram/otbt-radio-show-16-june/

Alice Jones - Poor Strange Girl
Chamberlain & Haywood - Tango Pour Claude
Mad Pudding - Le Beaujolais Nouveau
Dead Belgians - Au Suivant
Mabon - La Randonnee
Calum Stewart & Heikke Bourgault - L'Heure Avant L'Aube
MacMaster Hay - Breton
Steve Knightley - Tout Va Bien
June Tabor - Le Vingt-Cinquieme Du Mois D'Octobre
The Revelers - La Jolie Fleur DuBois
Alice Jones - Adieu to Old England
Breabach - Les Pieds Joyeux

Here's one on the subs bench...


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Tina Turner and Bryan Adams, Edinburgh Playhouse, 1985

In March 1985 Tina Turner came to the Edinburgh Playhouse on her Private Dancer tour. This was one of the comebacks of the 1980s as just a year or two earlier she had been playing much smaller venues. I went to the concert with my cousin Jenny who had been working out in Bahrain and had seen Tina play there, I think at the Hilton hotel where Jenny was working. After the huge success of the 'Private Dancer' album she was back playing big theatres and arenas and the UK leg of her world tour included four nights at London's Wembley Arena.

For the UK dates, support came from Bryan Adams who was also enjoying chart success with his fourth album 'Reckless'. The single Run To You just missed out on making the UK Top Ten and it was one of six singles to be released from the album which seems a little excessive as there were only ten tracks on the album in total. 

So when Bryan and his band took to the Playhouse stage, there weren't too many empty seats that I could see from where we were sitting in the front circle. But what I remember most from his set was that while the rest of the audience remained in their seats, one solitary long-haired fan in a sleeveless t-shirt made his way to the front of the stalls and punched the air in time to all his favourite Bryan Adams songs. This didn't go unnoticed by the singer who towards the end of his set went to the edge of the stage and shook the guy's hand, thanking him for being there. That must've made that fan's night!

I hope he stuck around for Tina's set as Bryan joined her mid-way through for their duet, It's Only Love. Looking at the set list I see that we not only got most of the Private Dancer album and a couple of classic Ike and Tina numbers but also covers of songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top and David Bowie. She's one of the great female vocalists of all time. I'm glad I went to see her.

Here is Tina with Bryan recorded on that tour in Brimingham...




If you'd like to read more of my concert memories, check out my self-published book Drum Solos, Bottles and Bands 


Friday, 10 June 2016

Swarb Tribute \ Fiddle Mix

It's been a week now since Dave Swarbrick passed away. I saw him a couple of times in concert, once in 2009 with his band Lazarus at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and the following year at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow where he shared the stage with Dick Gaughan and the Jason Wilson Band. I also saw him at Cropredy with Fairport when the Liege and Lief line-up were re-united to play that classic album from start to finish.

So I've included a few Swarb-related tracks including one from the Swarbtricks album Duncan Wood released in 2013. You can read about that collaboration on this web site http://www.swarbtricks.org/

The rest of the mix is made up of some of my favourite fiddle players all of whom I'm sure will have been influenced by, and may even have played with, the folk fiddle maestro known simply as Swarb.

https://www.mixcloud.com/cmbertram/swarb-tribute-fiddle-mix/

Fairport Convention - Sir Patrick Spens
Swarb's Lazarus - Kilty Town / The Road to Cashel / Dog Big and Dog Little
Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young - June is the Coldest Month
Gilmore & Roberts - I Don't Want To Say Goodbye
Duncan Wood - The Happy Welcome / The Cat Among The Pigeons
Fairport Convention - Rosie
VAMM - The Burnt Leg
Nancy Kerr & James Fagin - Queen of Waters
Seth Lakeman - Lady of the Sea
Fairport Convention - A Sailor's Life