Sunday, 26 February 2017

Breabach gig review

Breabach at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal - 25 Feb 2017

At the start of this gig singer and guitarist Ewan Robertson said it had been a few years since they had played at the Brewery Arts Centre and asked if anyone in the audience had been there on that previous occasion. The silence was deafening, which took Ewan aback a bit, but by the end of the evening it didn't matter where all their old fans had gone as the new audience were on their feet applauding them like they were homecoming heroes.

Ewan, along with fiddler Megan Henderson, double bass player James Lindsay and pipers James Mackenzie and Calum MacCrimmon were in good spirits thanks to the Scottish victory over the Welsh at Murrayfield and the Cumbrian crowd was happy to join in the celebrations. While I'm sure I wasn't the only Scot in the audience, that old saying about the enemy of your enemy being your friend certainly applies in the Six Nations rugby tournament.

As for the music, there were plenty of tracks from their latest cd 'Astar' which includes compositions written on their travels to Scandanavia and Down Under. Each band member took it in turn to chat between numbers and there was some nice Outer Hebrides humour from James (We were poor but we were miserable!). I was mighty impressed with his flute playing - they are all accomplished musicians but I felt James' playing in particular was superb. Megan's Gaelic singing and step dancing are also worth a mention and there were some nice vocal harmonies when Ewan and Calum stepped up to their mics to accompany Megan. Ewan also gave us a lovely rendition of the Dick Gaughan song, "Outlaws and Dreamers".

With this having been the final date of the English leg of their current tour, they had the unenviable task of driving up to Inverness for a gig the following night, but on their current form I'm sure they will go down a storm in the Highlands. 

Hopefully it won't be another few years before Breabach play in the north-west of England again and all I can say to the band is, haste ye back!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 23 February

Here's tonight's playlist. Of the three cover versions I played, 'Down South' was on Tom Petty's 2006 album "Highway Companion", 'Down By The River' was on the first album Neil Young recorded with Crazy Horse, "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere" and 'Outlaws and Dreamers' is the title track from Dick Gaughan's 2001 album.

David Celia - Welcome to the Show
Howard & Skye - Pretty Weed
Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough - Running Round
Jane Kramer - Down South
Carly Dow - Not a Songbird
Steve Hussey & Jake Eddy - Into the Ether
Indigo Girls - Down By The River
Richard Thompson - Walking The Long Miles Home
Nancy Kerr & James Fagin - I Am The Fox
Bella Hardy - Lament for Derwent Village
Breabach - Outlaws and Dreamers
Pippa Reid-Foster - The Selkie

Sat 25 February
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Sat 25 February
Ferocious Dog
Victoria Hall, Settle

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 16 February

There was a bit of a hiccup at the start of tonight's show with the backup system kicking in as we couldn't get my first track to play which was meant to be John Renbourn. But we got it sorted and hopefully you enjoyed the show. The revised running order was...

Mairearad & Anna - She Loves Me (When I Try)
John Renbourn - I Know My Babe
Lorraine McCauley and the Borderlands - Big Love
Roger Wilson - Fair and Tender Lovers
King Creosote - My Favourite Girl
Emily Smith - Sweet Lover of Mine
The Imagined Village - The Handweaver and the Factory Maid
Tiny Tin Lady - Pretty Eyes
Ottersgear - Walking With You
Jo Gillot - Staple You
Rowan Ross - Low Level Love
Kim Edgar - Tightrope
Duncan McCrone - Waiting Here For You
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Once I Had A Sweetheart

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 9 February

Tonight's Folk & Acoustic Music Show playlist

John Mellencamp - Teardrops Will Fall
Gilmore & Roberts - Hunter Man
Barbara Dickson - The Hill
America - Ventura Highway
Peter Knight's Gigspanner - She Moved Through The Fair
Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies - The Ex-Pitman's Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team
Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Dancing on the Rocks
Karine Polwart - Salters Road
Tom Waits - Mockin' Bird
Kirsty Potts - If I Had A Hammer
Run Boy Run - Spin A Golden Thread
Chris Murphy - The Tinker's Dream

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 2 February

Tonight's Folk & Acoustic Music Show playlist

Martin Carthy - Scarborough Fair
Uiscedwr - Prescription Junkie
Fairport Convention - Matty Groves
Steve Knightley - Transported
Polly Barrett - Lay Me Down
Manic Street Preachers - Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky
Silly Sisters - The Old Miner
Stephen Fearing - Love Like Water
Annlaug - Suril Luril
Skinner & T'witch - Calais Nights
Neil Young - Don't Let It Bring You Down
Jake Shimabukuro - While My Guitar Gently Weeps