Music for this London Life will feature absolutely anything that appeals!
Music that features London ..music that played in London ..that's played in London ..music by those that live in London ..lived in London ..were born here ..visited here ..died here ... and music that has nothing whatsoever to do with London ..it simply makes my London Life happy!
"Lisa O'Neill performs the Sinead O'Connor song 'Three Babies' live at Cherrylane Gallery in Greystones, October 2010. "
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:
Who could not be moved by this rendition of the Sinead O song?
Lisa O'Neill, Cavan can be very proud to call you one of their own. With family roots in Cavan, I'm proud too but also more than happy to share this singer and this song and her own penned songs with a world-wide audience. Go, Lisa O!
Adele loves the city " when everyone is wearing shorts and shades,"
"The song appears on Adele's debut album 19, released on 22 October 2007 in the United Kingdom. In 2008, the song was re-released as her fourth single. Adele wrote the song in 10 minutes after her mother tried to persuade her to leave her 'home town ' ofWest Norwood in London for university. "Hometown Glory" is the first song that Adele ever wrote."
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:
Adele's love letter to London! Beat that!
Not sure about the shorts and shades in this weather though.
"Last Thursday (25/09/2014) at the Twickenham Jazz Club was more about the double act of tenor saxophonists Alex Garnett and Brandon Allen than anything else. Yes, they were capably supported, but this was a case of the duo employing the Zulu 'Horns of the Buffalo' offense to break our post-summer malaise to smithereens"
I absolutely love Alban Low's sketches, especially those of jazz musicians at live gigs in and around London. His most recent jazz review is of an evening spent at his local jazz club in Twickenham. A recommended read. Do linger over his sketches. In a few swift pen manoeuvres, he manages to capture the essence of these performers. The musical instrument of choice is like an additional and essential body part. Individual characteristics are there within these sketches; passion and personality "seep through the ink" . And it all happens within a few brief moments in time.
I love Sunday afternoon sessions in relaxed, intimate venues ....where people go to listen to the artists who are performing .. as opposed to chatting extremely loudly among themselves .... And this one is unplugged! Better and better!
This is the third album by London-based Mishaped Pearls, released on May 23. There's nothing misshapen about this hauntingly beautiful,superbly sung, strikingly original album,. Taking the River Thames as its inspiration, It's got an elemental flow, and despite its initial outwardly picturesque outer London setting, it's not afraid to explore the river's murky depths and deadly pull. Freshly penned songs sit comfortably with reworked classics from folk history, with an energetic narrative stretch beyond capital city and adjoining county limits. But the river Thames with all its godly ambiguity remains the key player,. Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner, but Old Father Thames and Thamesis are my standout favourites this morning. Pitch perfectly produced by Gerry Diver, full of small but significant musical surprises, I have it on repeat.
First impressions? You might say I'm hooked.
Watch a video of Old Father Thames, with footage from the 50's
All very true, all truly deserved by this sinewed musician, whose integrity and folk credentials are as one. For me, the stand out qualities evident throughout these carefully crafted songs are honesty, connectedness and the female voice. The female sensibility.
She's in London tomorrow night @ Green Note. Recommended? Big yes.
(anyway, I have this thing about approaching public personalities when they are in private mode? Although Imelda always comes over as warm and approachable. Still. It's an intrusion into someone's private space. )
From the archive
Music video by Imelda May performing Kentish Town Waltz.
This would warm the cockles of most hearts.
I saw Imelda @ The Roundhouse and @ Somerset House in 2011. A Molly Malone of an evening, both times. Up Dublin!
if you love #ImeldaMay ..and how could you not ..you MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO