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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

CD Review: Peg Powler Band - Northern Lines

(Review by Ann Alex).
I’ve been given special dispensation by Blogmaster Lance to review this folk music CD on BSH. We encountered this excellent band when we dropped by the Prohibition Bar on the Friday of the GIJF, and, after chatting with the band, were given a review copy.
The songs are all originals except for one traditional number (Katie Cruel) and they have the distinction of being immediately memorable and accessible, with strong hooks to draw in the listener, and themes not a million miles away from many a blues number.

There are tales of female murderers (Mary Ann Cotton), the dangers of the working life (Spend Your Money Quick), about the hazards of working in a munitions factory during WW2; love songs (The Crying Song) which has lines familiar to jazzers about crying a river. I loved Emily Said, which concerned the 19thC American poet Emily Dickinson, who wrote some 1800 poems but was unappreciated in her lifetime. The title Northern Lines is illustrated by the CD cover which shows a derelict railway station and many of the songs refer to Teesside, where the band presumably hail from.
The track Old Northern Line tells about the railway line through time, where lovers have met, industry has died, the land is scarred, which evokes the post-industrial present. This track naturally has train rhythms and percussion swishes to remind us of the days of steam.
The instrumentation is appropriate and skilfully done, with wonderful fiddle-playing, sensitive drums and skilled guitar. The titles of the tracks not yet mentioned are: Peg Powler (another wicked female); Wildfire; Everybody Wants To Be; Don’t Be Afraid; Go Tell The Fisherman’s Daughter; A Ballad Of Swords And Shields; Swallow Song.
This band deserves to be better known among folkies, and it is highly recommended for folk-loving jazz fans as well.
The music was released on July 2, 2016 on Time &Tide records and is available for streaming and download. Link.

Ann Alex
Ian Bartholomew (guitar, lead and backing vocals); Sara Dennis (Ukulele, lead and backing vocals); Mags Forward (fiddle, backing vocals); David Pratt (drums, perc, backing vocals); All songs arranged by the band and (except 1) written by Bartholomew and Dennis. Also one song by Pratt and Bartholomew. Chris Davison (bass guitar on 3 tracks).

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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