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!
Chris Yendell has a gig tomorrow night @ Heath Street church in Hampstead. It's evident from the video of Chris performing live @ Paper Dress Vintage that he is well worth listening to , especially in a space that allows acoustic performers to shine. The Paper Dress Vintage music nights are no more, sadly, but there are still good places to listen, in an appealing atmosphere and Heath St church is one such place that deserves our support. Go, if you can.
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.
Young Blood From The Motor City Premiere a Kaleidoscopic Video
"Detroit’s dystopian environs are transformed by a psychedelic explosion of color in Jamaican Queens’ new video for “Caitlin.” Local filmmaker Daniel DeMaggio spent the better part of a month adding the swirling, surreal animated visuals to footage shot in one of the city’s many empty spaces. “We created a green screen in a vacant warehouse,” says the group’s vocalist and co-producer Ryan Spencer. “Dan doesn’t have heat at his place, so he stays over at my place when it gets really cold. He’s my favorite artist in the city and when he expressed interest in doing something with us, we jumped on the opportunity.” Spencer wrote “Caitlin” as a ‘secret Santa’ present to comfort his eponymous friend—who also stars in today’s video—after her grandmother was tragically killed. “I think she really liked the gift,” he says. The trio, completed by drummer Ryan Clancy and guitarist, bassist, co-producer and back-up singer Adam Pressley, recently released their debut album Wormfood, which fuses playful indie and “Detroit trap pop,” a synthetic-voiced hybrid of hip-hop, dubstep and other sonic elements currently energizing the city’s fertile underground."
"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!