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#ImeldaMay #KentishTownWaltz #ontheturntable

Music video by Imelda May performing Kentish Town Waltz.

This would warm the cockles of most hearts. 

I saw Imelda @ The Roundhouse for the 2011 St Patrick's shenanigans and again @ Somerset House in the summer of 2011. A Molly Malone of an evening, both times.  Up the Dubs! Look forward to the next!

 

mARCH UPDATE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Nw6Tv2DhqyQ#!

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Going down Memory Lane!

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#Music for a #London Life #TheRifle #AlelaDiane -on the turntable now!

The Rifle by Alela Diane Directed by Vincent Caldoni holocene records 2007...
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likiing this is almost as bad s saying I eat meat. I don't. Eat meat. Have guns in the cabin. But I do harbour a closet love for Alela's music. .
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THE DRUM THING

This book will give you an insight into drummers'
candid home lives with portraits and detail shots as well as
in-depth interviews.
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This Kickstarter project started by Photographer Deirdre O' Callaghan has exceeded its goal. The book will now come into being.

Great Project!

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#AllysenCallery sings #LongBlackVeil

#AllysenCallery  sings #LongBlackVeil | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
Our Song of the Day is a gorgeous version of Long Black Veil, performed by the wonderful Allysen Callery with backing vocals from Kelly Cleveland of Red Eye Flight.
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#SongfromtheCity #SophieJamieson #Waterloo @33 Chatsworth Road

Remarkable voice, remarkable venue - not often a song opens with a bus going by the stage! From Sophie's 'Where EP' http://folkroomrecords.bandcamp.com/album...

 

Mike Watts

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#NatalieDuncan #jazz #blues #soul and some!

Find Natalie on Facebook here: http://on.fb.me/vfQXYl http://soundcloud.com/natalieduncan http://www.natalieduncan.com/...
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#SiobhanWilson #AllDressedUp #Sofar #London (#449)

"For a new gig everyday, along with playlists, features and more, subscribe to Sofar here for free: http://bit.ly/SubscribeToSofar ; "

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Have a listen to this. 

And subscribe to Sofar. 

You won't regret it!

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"Steve Knightley - The Grow Your Own Gig Tour 2014" at Stanley Halls

"Steve Knightley - The Grow Your Own Gig Tour 2014" at Stanley Halls | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

Tickets are now available for “Steve Knightley - The Grow Your Own Gig Tour 2014” at Stanley Halls, London on Wed 5 Feb 2014 at 8:00PM

 

Show of Hands’ acclaimed frontman Steve Knightley is a man on a mission – to play as many village halls and “untapped” grass roots community venues in England as he can muster.

 

One of the British folk roots scene’s biggest names, the multi BBC award-winning singer songwriter has for 21 years played key venues all over the UK with his Show of Hands’ bandmate Phil Beer, topped with no less than four spectacular Royal Albert Hall sell outs. 

 

But in 2014 he will “downsize” - taking a break from city theatres and major concert venues to play some 70 solo off-the-beaten-track gigs in venues the length and breadth of England, from Cornwall to the Borders. With no Show of Hands tours until next autumn, the brainchild that is the Grow Your Own Gig tour will see him performing at a bedrock of intimate rural venues between January-September, with some organisers staging gigs in their community for the very first time.

 

The South Norwood date is at the Stanley Halls, a complex of unique Edwardian buildings, just off the High Street and a short walk from Norwood Junction.

 

www.stanleyhalls.org.uk

www.growyourowngig.co.uk

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I will do my utmost to get to this gig, as I have been a big fan of Show Of Hands for some time. The charismatic Steve Knightley performing solo in intimate community venues largely unused to such happenings, will be an experience not to be missed.

 

From Albert Hall to community hall, by choice. It's an incredible opportunity for anyone within travelling distance of South Norwood , to experience something very special.

 

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if you can't make the above, or you'd like to see Steve two nights in a row, he's to be found creating a village hall atmosphere in Cecil Sharp House on Feb 6

 

tickets and more details here http://www.cecilsharphouse.org/component/content/article/21-shared/shared-events/624-steve-knightley

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The #Music #Art and #Life of #JoniMitchell Presented in a Superb 2003 #Documentary

The #Music #Art and #Life of #JoniMitchell Presented in a Superb 2003 #Documentary | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
I grew up with the music of Joni Mitchell often playing in the background of my home life.
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#LisaKnapp #BeggarBeggar

From her 2007 album 'Wild and Undaunted', buy it here for £12: http://www.lisaknapp.co.uk/shop/ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Knapp-Music/16374962365884...
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#EmilyMaguire #OverTheWaterfall

"The diversity of Emily Maguire's new album 'Bird Inside a Cage' ranges from whimsy (Old Valentine, Bicycle Made for Two) to altogether deeper and darker subjects."

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With thanks to Mike Watts for the introduction to Emily Maguire and also for the video and the insights. Another powerful performer worth seeking out!

 

gig info here http://www.emilymaguire.com/htm/gigs.htm

 

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Londoners! What song are you listening to?

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Bit dated now, but still fun

begs the question

 

WHAT SONG ARE YOU LISTENING TO ??? 

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Fallen - Katharine Philippa - Live @ EP Launch

So proud of the great musical talent that is emerging from NI .. this is Katharine Philippa.. (studying music @ Queen's) .. specially chosen by Duke Special to support his Newry gig in December 2012 ...and

it's easy to see why..with thanks to Adam Mc Reynolds for introducing me to this young musician who packs such a mighty punch..one to follow, for sure!

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Damien Jurado: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

"Jurado has spent the last decade churning out albums of raw, time-worn, authentically graceful music, and he's always possessed a seemingly innate gift for capturing the intricacies of human behaviour."

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#EmilyMaguire #WokeUp

"Emily sings 'Woke Up' for Greenpeace as part of their global climate change campaign 'Love Letters To The Future'."

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Calling For #Peace In #Mali : mulele matondo afrika

Calling For #Peace In #Mali : mulele matondo afrika | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
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Raising awareness about Mali.

 

This music was produced by London-based musicians to bring Mali to the forefront of our hearts and minds. The music gently invades your soul and ought to be freely shared, so that as many people as possible can focus on Mali's plight and join in the urgent request for international support for this beleaguered, forgotten country.

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#LisaONeill from her #NewAlbum #SameClothOrNot

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More  info here http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2013/09/lisa-oneill-to-launch-new-album-same-cloth-or-not/    including tour details.

 

 

album review http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/lisa-o-neill-cavan-s-material-girl-1.1564335

 

 

 

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Steve Knightley sings 'Ghosts' on his Grow Your Own Gig Tour

A taster of the first warm up gig for Steve's Grow your own Gig tour. Filmed at The Ley Arms Kenn on 9th January 2014.
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Steve Knightley
Cecil Sharp House

Feb 6 2014

 

Patricia Cassidy writes:

 

The stalwarts who turned out for Steve Knightley, despite appalling weather conditions and a tube strike, were not disappointed. They were treated to an engaging performance full of warmth and humour, with a distinct suggestion of gravel in the voice at times.
His set list included, not only traditional folk songs about lovable and unlovable rogues challenging authority or trying with varying degrees of success to lead innocent maidens astray, but also his own and others’ songs about life in the countryside today. So he sang about incomers hoping to buy into the rural idyll and their inevitable disappointment and the ongoing battle between those on the margins and the landed gentry. No marks for guessing whose side he was on! Knightley's appreciation of the tradition he is a part of, shone through his singing and his story telling. He created a very cosy atmosphere against his simple backdrop of a kitchen drawn in chalk. His willingness to share and explain his music and his experience of country life on which it is based was entertaining, unpretentious and seductive.

 

Good show Steve!

 

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Want to grow your own gig? 

Check out the website  http://www.growyourowngig.co.uk/

Also gives tour details. 

 

At CSH, the pared down rendition of Country Life, with piano accompaniment was the perfect end note. Always leave your ever-growing fan base wanting more. 

 

 

Steve is going solo this year but is fondly and famously known as part of  the duo Show Of Hands, reviewed here several times, most recently last year around this time when they appeared at the RFH

 http://bestoflondonlife.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/soh-rfh-feb-3-2013-2/?relatedposts_exclude=1298

 

oh and it's raining ..again .. http://youtu.be/FU-ULJBYGxE

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Gig of the week: ~Luke Jackson ~ Album Launch ~Fumes And Faith

The first official music video of 'Fumes and Faith', the title track of Luke Jackson's second album. Filmed and edited by Light Tone Studios.

 

“A huge talent is emerging” - Acoustic Magazine

“A commanding presence  - a class album. It’s hard to believe he’s only 19 - a really strong performer and songwriter and a fine guitar player. Fumes and Faith is already causing quite a stir.”-  Mike Harding

“Very powerful - impressive songs, individual playing and the singing – oh man the singing!” - Folkcast

“CD received 40 minutes ago and straight into the player... Wow! What a complete package this young man is... His perceptions of and insight into issues are astounding as is his empathy. I might expect an album like this from a Richard Thompson but not when they were 19” - Len Holton,

From Albion & Beyond, KUAR Radio, Arkansas

 

“A new emerging talent” - Bob Harris

“A maturity beyond his years reminiscent of a young Tim Buckley with a touch of Nizlopi thrown in for good measure”- Northern Sky

“He plays  with a maturity of artists two and three times his age and there is something in his songs that speaks of an old soul and belies his youth”- FATEA Magazine

“A huge talent” - Hardeep Singh Kohli, BBC Radio 2

“Surely one of the stars of the not too distant future” - Living Tradition

 

“Luke Jackson shows the folk tradition is in safe hands” - Songlines

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I've seen Luke perform live and I love his passion and his adherence to his roots in his songwriting. Born to be onstage, he merged  the steely spirit and stage presence of an emerging young rock star, with the responsive mind of a knowing folk musician. Not bad going for a then-18 year old. He's joined at the hip to his beloved guitar and he's just brimful of energy; a young man on a mission. Seek  him out on tour. He's @ Cecil Sharp House for the launch of his new album, Fumes And Faith.

 

Promises to be a great night. Deserves to be a sell-out.

 

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Fumes and Faith is released on Martyn Joseph’s Pipe Records label on February 10 with a special album launch gig at London’s Cecil Sharp House on Wednesday, February 12. Tickets, price £10 on 020 7485 2205  or online at

 

www.cecilsharphouse.org/component/content/article/22-csh-site/csh-events/627-luke-jackson

 

www.lukepauljackson.co.uk      

                      

www.facebook.com/lukepauljacksonmusic

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Monday Music - and a date for your diary - Martyn Joseph - "One Step Up" (Bruce Springsteen)

Martyn Joseph performing at Concerts At Our House in Seattle, WA. September 16, 2011. Martyn's moving and insightful analysis of "One Step Up" begins at 3:30...

 

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For one night only!

MARTYN JOSEPH PERFORMS ENTIRE "TIRES RUSHING BY IN THE RAIN" ALBUM OF SPRINGSTEEN SONGS @ CECIL SHARP HOUSE 

 

Tickets for this unique February 20 gig are selling fast, so if you want to catch the "Welsh Springsteen", grab your tickets now!

 

More information on 020 7485 2206 and www.efdss.org

Martyn Joseph website  http://www.martynjoseph.net/

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Here's what the critics have to say :

 

“Joseph has found a piece of himself that synchs with the songs and offers it to his listeners as a new route across the same map. Forty years into Springsteen’s career no other artist I can think of has tried any such thing” - Springsteen biographer and U.S. music critic Dave Marsh

 

“It’s brave - but it’s brilliant”! - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

 

“A new Martyn Joseph album of Springsteen covers must be the toughest gig going but here’s the thing - it really works. Yes sir!” -Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2

 

“Martyn Joseph delivers a stunning folk-based tribute. It never sounds like you are listening to a Springsteen impersonator” –Backstreets.com

 

“There’s no attempt at reinterpretation here - just straightforward dirt under the fingernails integrity - a fine tribute, tremendously powerful -– an acoustic greatest hits The Boss himself would be proud to present” – Acoustic Magazine

 

“Tires Rushing by in the Rain is the folk album the Boss never made. It’s a brave man who takes on such iconic compositions as Thunder Road and Badlands but Joseph’s courage is rewarded precisely because he remakes them in his own image” - R2 Magazine

 

“The critically acclaimed singer throws fresh interpretations on The Boss’s vintage observations in a spare, pensive package. Fans of both Joseph and Springsteen should be delighted with this set” - Maverick Magazine

 

“Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut” - MOJO

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#BITTERRUIN @ SoundCloud

Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio
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#MarthaWainwright #Proserpina

#MarthaWainwright #Proserpina | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
The Illustrious Singer-Songwriter Debuts a Haunting Cover of Her Mother’s Last Song
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August 2013

Music for the Morning! Enjoy!

 

ps

wish I  was in SF for the star-studded concert on Sunday

http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-10-02/music/martha-wainwright-kate-mcgarrigle-loudon-wainwright-rufus-wainwright/

 

 

Pps there will be live streaming from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend here 

 

 http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2013/webcast/

 

as yet not sure whether the above concert will be streamed so keep an eye!

 

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