Holywell Community Music Festival 2016

Holywell Music Festival

Here is a shameless plug for the second Holywell Community Music Festival near Elland, in West Yorkshire. It is scheduled over three evenings, Friday July 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd. There’s a great line-up including Chris Leslie from Fairport Convention (headlining on Friday night); Ducie, who mix traditional and contemporary styles from across the world; Maia, a “psychedelic sci-fi folk-rock band” and Emily Lee, a dynamic London-based singer-songwriter. The ticket price includes a simple supper, with vegetarian option available. Here’s a link to the web site, which tells you more about it; how to buy tickets; location; accommodation; etc., and profiles some of the acts: http://www.holywell-music-fest.uk/

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Protest song’s rights protested in court

nytimes we shall overcome

A NYC judge is being asked to declare the iconic We Shall Overcome is in the public domain. A non-profit group that works with orphans and the poor, the We Shall Overcome Foundation, wants to use it in a documentary.

The group complains the publishing company asserting rights only ever held protection for one specific pre-60’s arrangement

The NY Times explains in today’s paper.

A Winter List

That time of year again. Work is slow, lots of tedious photoshopping to do, needed a new mellowish playlist i could work to.  Mostly folkish, some old, some new, some blue.  More females than usual, twee alert for some strings, bit of jangle, bit of gentle groovy psychy and soulish surf pop, and a familiar stonker to wrap it up.  Because at some point it’s going to be spring and i’m going to have to get out of the house.

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Richard Thompson, Legend

credit: Anthony Pepitone

credit: Anthony Pepitone

Q: How do you see the guitar solo fitting into the song? Does every song need a guitar solo? Does the solo need to have an emotional connection to the song?

A: Does every song need a guitar solo? Absolutely. Without question. What’s my purpose on Earth if I’m not playing solos?

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/what%E2%80%99s_my_purpose_on_earth_if_i%E2%80%99m_not_playing_solos_guitar_hero_richard_thompson_says_every_song_absolutely_without_question_needs_one/

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Blimpy’s Best LPs of 2014 go up to 11 – Part one

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End of year lists for a music geek like me are the equivalent of the “hurts in good way” duality of S&M, right ‘Spillers? Right? No, come back! Um…anyway my list goes up to 11, mainly because of the first choice.

11. “Everything Will Be Alright In The End”Weezer

My secret weapons at “work” over the last year or so have been coffee and perky helpings of Weezer’s dumbest big rockest tunes, and their latest album was a return to form with some ridiculously huge unapologetic bangers on it  and a three part rock ‘suite” to finish the LP.

10. “Burn Your FIre For No Witness”Angel Olsen

Angel turned out a record that stylistically was all over the place but held together by a distinct voice.

9. “God’s Dream”Ringo Deathstarr

This was an EP really, unless you count the extra tracks that Japan got, but acted as a good signpost towards the LP I hope they make next of big-thinking-stadium-shoegaze-1992-pumpkins-rock. The dude from Swervedriver popped up, and a non-classic Pumpkin too.

8. “From Scotland With Love”King Creosote

Specially written to soundtrack a lovely film made from archive footage of Scotland, this was prime Kenny through & through.

You like real music, don’t you? Like Pussy Riot or Louis Armstrong?

The East Neuk of Fife, down the coast from where I live, is a funny old place. Everything is tiny and the rappers are eggs or potatoes if you squint; living in a dolls’ house means less time spent cleaning. The name slaters for woodlice travelled to Australia too. Put another twig on the fire, the nights are fair drawing in.