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Music For A Misty Morning Handcrafted Sessions - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, 'Silbury Hill'

'The Handcrafted Sessions', a fantastic series of recordings from the heart of London, inside a Handcrafted Shed, with Run Aground Records. handcraftedfilms....
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This is the first track of the duo's new album, Mynd, in the shops now!

 

It's a mesmerising intro to a mystical and mellow set of songs, with literary influences ranging from Toni Morrison to Graham Swift. The musicianship is dazzling; daringly different.The melancholic reach and the emphasis on recollection and memory is a perfect fit for the approach of Autumn. I used to live near Silbury Hill and often made that trip on the M4 to London.  This taps into my memories, which makes it all the more special.

 

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“On hearing the first notes of the first track I knew that I was listening to a modern classic. One of the most exciting albums I've heard in years” - Mike Harding

 

 

“This duo has a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma that merits a slot on much bigger stages” - John L. Walters, The Guardian

 

 

“An imaginative and innovative album – songs that linger in the memory held together by the fine musicianship of  Henry and Martin. Strong and original - an unusual treat”  **** Martin Chilton, Daily Telegraph

 

 

“Eloquent performers - a musical success story that deserves greater recognition" - Fiona Talkington BBC Radio 3

 

“If there is any justice in the world, Mynd should see their profile skyrocket – it will certainly be a strong contender for the best folk album of 2013”-

My Dad Rocks co.uk

 

 

“Enchanting songs , remarkable music and instrumental aptitude; ethereal voices and a bucolic stage presence – Phil and Hannah are carving out quite a niche for themselves on the acoustic music scene - Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky

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Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are currently on tour, showcasing the new album. I'd say it will sell out, so grab some tickets while you can!

 

Londoners, they are coming to the wonderfully intimate Green Note in Camden on October 7.

 

For details, visit

http://www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk/

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THE CITY - ED SHEERAN

THE CITY - ED SHEERAN | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

The City - Ed Sheeran Recorded at Sticky Studios. produced and co-written by Jake Gosling.

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'and if the city never sleeps then that makes two'

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Clannad and Duke Special: Brave Enough - Late Late Show 13th September 2013

"The legendary Irish band Clannad are live in studio after a fifteen year hiatus. They are joined by the talented Duke Special. Their new album 'Nádúr' is released on 20th September"

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Traveling Wilburys - End Of The Line

*The guitar in the rocking chair makes me sooo sad . .  and lovely George gone too now . . . these were the masters of their trade . .  men at the top of their profession who still made music they loved - because they wanted to - and not just for money . .  thank goodness they did ." Steve Coombs

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Fairground Attraction - Moon on the Rain

Fairground Attraction, Full House, encore song, "Moon on the Rain" Eddi Reader, Mark Nevins, Roy Dodds, Simon Edwards. Full House concert in Germany 1989.
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thanks Steve!
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Last of The Station Sessions @ St Pancras International !

Last of The Station Sessions @ St Pancras International ! | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

"The Season 13 Finale is upon us!! Tonight we will have performances from  Joseph Arthur, Swallow and the Wolf and Cherub! Come and hang out, watch some bands, HAVE FUN!!"

 

St Pancras International

5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

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25/07/12

This is going to be really good! And it's free! Come and join the commuters! If you haven't been, it's a great spot, with travellers constantly on the move around some great music-making. Unique.

 

Have a listen:

Joseph Arthur:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L125rNM_NXY

Swallow and the Wolf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGigkls199o

Cherub: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGigkls199o

 

(i learnt tonight that this might be the last ever..that makes me sad..)

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Emily Maguire: Beautiful

Emily Maguire: Beautiful | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

Video for the first single 'Beautiful' from Emily Maguire's new album 'Bird Inside A Cage'. 

 

 

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for more info about this singer songwriter and her 4th album, entirely financed by fans, read

 

http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/10515414.Songwriter_showcases_fan_funded_album_at_Twickfest/

 

and here's her website :  http://www.emilymaguire.com

 

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Afternoon music: Ed Sheeran @ The Station Sessions

Ed Sheeran performs live in the heart of St Pancras International Station at The Station Sessions on the 10th of June 2010. http://www.stationsessions.com.

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Thurs 27/06/13

Long Live the Station Sessions!  Wish we'd been to this one! What a great Ed Sheeran set!

 

New acts @ St Pancras today from 5.30 to 6.30 pm

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Here Comes The Sun: The Lost Guitar Solo by George Harrison

Here Comes The Sun: The Lost Guitar Solo by George Harrison | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
Here Comes the Sun -- it's one of George Harrison's contributions to Abbey Road (1969). And, among the many great Beatles' songs, it's my sentimental favorite.
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enjoy!

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Evensong: Ethan Johns - Whip-Poor-Will

Evensong: Ethan Johns - Whip-Poor-Will | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
Ethan Johns video of the song Whip-Poor-Will. With Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Danny Thompson, Jeremy Stacey and Melvin Duffy. Taken from the album 'If Not No...
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for the Midsummer evening

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Songs From The Howling Sea

" This video s part of a collaboration between  http://www.songsfromthehowlingsea.com and http://100london.blogspot.co.uk/ ; who present a special series on London places and activities.
For more London songs visit http://www.songsfromthehowlingsea.com "

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Ship Song (Live At The Royal Albert Hall version)

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#NickCave live at the #RoyalAlbertHall #musicforalondonlife

 

"for Jesse John via grandpa John Marsden"

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'Janey' at Old Bushmills Distillery - Foy Vance

'Janey' at Old Bushmills Distillery - Foy Vance | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

http://www.foyvance.com/janey-at-old-bushmills-distillery/

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here's a short docu on the making of Foy Vance's debut album,Joy of Nothing,  out at the end of this month: http://recordingnothing.com/

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Rachael De la Vega's comment, August 1, 2013 7:56 AM
Genius!!!! foy runs through my veins with out him my life would be nothing we need to share him with the world
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Johnny Cash - One and One Makes Two/ Nasty Dan

tracks from the Johnny Cash Children´s Album (1975)
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for Hanaki, my fairy child

 

(and already a Johnny Cash aficionado! )

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Isobel Anderson & Ruby Colley: The Sussex Sessions EP

Isobel Anderson & Ruby Colley:  The Sussex Sessions EP | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
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Exquisite arrangements of old favourites!

 

Isobel will be performing at Twickfolk on Sept 15.

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/236417

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Johnny Cash - The Dinosaur Song

One of the best things he ever did, and it wasn't even on Youtube. Blasphemy.
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This one is for Dylan Spadoni!

A is for Amazing!

B is for Beautiful!

C is for Cool!

and D?

D is for Dinosaur?

D is for DYLAN! 

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:: The Slow Show :: God Only Knows

'God Only Knows' taken from the Slow Show's new EP 'Brother'. This track is now available on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/brother-ep/id505960647 ...
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Just dusting down my cd collection and the Slow Show ep popped out and hit me! It's on the turntable as we continue to dust and revisit some great music from the last few years.

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Station Sessions Festival 2013 - Katey Brooks

Katey Brooks performs at the Station Sessions Festival 2013

 

Katey was a highlight for us! 

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NICK DRAKE Essential Songs

Nick was a Genius. His music inspires me everyday. The world is: I'm lost for words. Really. His music is both tragic and beautiful. Like a Shakespeare play...
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BBC Radio Ulster - Across the Line, 01/07/2013, Duke Special Covers My Bloody Valentine and Ivor Cutler Live In Session

BBC Radio Ulster - Across the Line, 01/07/2013, Duke Special Covers My Bloody Valentine and Ivor Cutler Live In Session | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
Duke Special plays MBV's Lose My Breath and I Worn My Elbows by Ivor Culter live on ATL
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4 weeks left to watch!

Ivor Cutler + Duke Special= perfect marriage!

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Afro Celt Sound System feat. Sinead O'Connor - Release

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this gets better as it progresses
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Duke Special – Songs From The Deep Forest

Duke Special – Songs From The Deep Forest | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
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23/06/13  Duke Special will be performing Songs From The Deep Foest in its entirety this evening @ Islington Assembly Hall. Oh yes!

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Bushstock Festival – Freddie Dickson

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Tickets & Lineup for Bushstock Festival: Saturday 1st June 2013 - Shepherds Bush, London
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29/05/13

Freddie Dickson is one of many acts worth catching at this year's Bushstock Festival, in 4 Shepherds Bush venues.

 

For the full lineup: http://www.bushstock.co.uk/line-up/

And the schedule: http://www.bushstock.co.uk/schedule/

 

Tickets still available @ £27.50 =  good value as there is so much good music going on! ....I'd say its the perfect indoorsy entertainment for a soggy Saturday!

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The Gloaming

This was recorded @ The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Dec 2012.

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The Gloaming

UK premiere @ UnionChapel

                                              

19/06/13

 

I don’t know if this defines the gloaming in local terms, but there was a faint sunset visible in North London near the Union Chapel, just before the start of The Gloaming’s UK premiere, and I was home two hours later, before the dark made it too dark to see.

 

Entering into this ‘ time suspended between light and dark’ set a magical tone to an evening where, for the first twenty minutes, we were led into a masterly musical narrative; first Michael Bartlett’s restrained piano, then Iarla O Lionaird’s far reaching voice, delving deep into a shared emotion: then the slow melancholic Nordic strings in the hands of a stand out master, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. An evening of music such as this didn’t need to depend on words or explanations. Incredibly, sitting at the back of this soaring space, the whole performance felt intimate in its atmosphere: we could almost have been listening to it round the fireside of an Irish cottage or in a small,  local parish hall. (Full marks to the sound crew.) Call me fanciful, but when Martin Hayes played the fiddle, it was like being transported into the sensory experience of the dying embers of a turf fire that someone then slowly coaxed back to life until it ignited afresh into a bewtitchingly contagious sound: after which he swiftly immersed us in his own take on  the loop of dance tunes. It was like there was a celidh in the house, again with an intimate shared feel to it, again appealing to the senses, whether real or imagined.

 

And yet, this goes nowhere near to describing the full impact of the work from this new collective of respected musicians. The music on offer has a much more creative,innovative approach to Irish music, based on years of experience and learning and openness to contemporary influences. The music may seem comfortingly familar, but it is also breathtakingly new .The historic reach was never far away: we were constantly brought back to the roots of Irish music, having been deftly and expansively pulled elsewhere with classically trained Thomas Bartlett‘s stylishly modern piano playing. In spite of the novel addition of uber cool piano there was always the sense of a seamless blending with the overall exploration of superlative celtic sound. It wasn’t just the piano that was experimental. In order to keep the sound fresh, all of these musicians invigorate and alter their material, when they deem it necessary, perhaps reinventing the loop of a tune or making it sound sadder, in order to better express the emotional theme. 

 

I loved the fading away of the fiddles, to give room to other instruments such as Denis Cahill’s guitar, rather quiet this evening, (although perfectly paired towards the end with the ‘norwegian’ fiddle) or the rich voice/ unexpected harmonium of Iarla O Lionaird, followed by a rise again into a dizzying fiddle-led  finale.

 

There was a certain element of risk here, which made the performance all the more exciting. Something very familiar married to something very new could have jarred and gone badly wrong in less accomplished hands.  The audience were comfortable from the outset. Tumultuous applause ended the intro, which Martin Hayes described as a warm up, but with a twinkle in his eye. The bewitching reels kept coming , and the songs too- all powerful, haunting even,  but my favourite came near the end. The Necklace of Wrens, based on that wonderful poem by Michael Hartnett,was a finely judged emotional delivery given a spare, bluesy feel from the piano accompaniment. Everything we heard tonight  left us reeling and caught under the band’s spell until the final moments, when the whole place leapt to its feet to deliver a long and highly deserved standing ovation.

 

The last time  O Lionaird/Hayes/Cahill performed in the Union Chapel was alongside Tim O’Grady’s reading from his absorbing book   ‘I could read the Sky’ , the tough story of an Irish labourer told through an artistic sensibility. 

 

I was blown away then by their intuitive artistry and I knew I had to return for more. I had not quite anticipated how extraordinary this evening would be.  I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of The Gloaming’s first album, due out in the Autumn. In the meantime, here is a taster of their remarkable music:

 

http://lastnightsfun.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/hear-whats-in-store-for-us-from-the-gloaming/

 

 

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, July 11, 2013 7:44 AM
The Gloaming performed @ Union Chapel on Wednesday. Really great to hear them live at this UK Premiere! It was an epic evening..they're in Paris tonight ..

21/06/13