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Foy Vance - Joy Of Nothing

Foy Vance's 'Joy Of Nothing' from his forthcoming album, Joy Of Nothing, out Summer 2013.  What a great track!

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WITH thanks to Mike Watts for letting us know about this wonderful video and now we can enjoy the anticipation of Foy Vance's 'Joy of Nothing' album, out Summer 2013

 

 

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still terribly unsure ..about the tash! might be for a good cause ..but!
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Charlie Winston - Kick The Bucket

Charlie Winston "Kick The Bucket" music video - Directed by Pierre + Bertrand - (c) 2009 Atmospheriques / Real World - www.myspace.com/charliewinston www.atm...
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Charlie absolutely wowed the big crowd @ St Pancras Station Sessions tonight ..he had everybody singing and swaying..great performer!

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Sofar chat with Ralph, lead vocalist of To Kill A King

Sofar chat with Ralph, lead vocalist of To Kill A King | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
When did you first get involved with Sofar ? It was about February this year, so it wasn’t that long ago. We played a Sofar gig with Jay Brown ; it was the first time I’d met her and we got on really well.
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Harry Oakwood - Empty Chair

"Harry Oakwood had a dream. He would build a band. A band of brothers who would serve him and act under his name. Harry Oakwood (Millionaire) are that band."

 

 

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I heard these guys @ Station Sessions last October. I love their energy. They chime so well with one another.

 

This is a catchy yet sober song, reflecting on the need to evaluate your life...before it's too late ..should be depressing but isn't! Give it a listen.

 

Catch them live @ St Stephen's Church, Shepherd's Bush on 20 March. See you there!

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17 Songs Based on the Poetry of e. e. cummings, performed by Tin Hat

17 Songs Based on the Poetry of e. e. cummings, performed by Tin Hat | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

"Whimsical and haunting, with a cinematic quality and just the right amount of defiant idiosyncrasy, Tin Hat adds a whole new level of mesmerism to the familiar magic of the beloved poet."

 

again, my thanks to Maria Popova, who provides such rich pickings!

magical music, perfect poetry, inspiring words from the HOLSTEE manifesto!

what more could you want from your day!

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Sone Institute 'League of Astonishing Creatures'

Ambient masterpiece with Kafka-like tale of Hats!!!

Sone Institute - Live Performance - Tuesday, 12th February 7pm Free Entry A live sound piece performed by Sone Institute, described by The Wire magazine as “a disorientation which oscillates uneasily between bliss and vertigo.” new album / website / video / mix for AC Radio / facebook event Westminster Reference Library Gallery, 1st Floor 35 St. Martins Street, WC2H 7HP Tube – Leicester Square/Charing Cross (on a side street next to the small Odeon in Leicester Square) As part of Not in View - solo exhibition by Julie Rafalski website

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BBC Radio 2 - 2DAY with Jeremy Vine

BBC Radio 2 - 2DAY with Jeremy Vine | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

"Jeremy Vine continues 2Day's celebration of the orchestra. Jeremy shines a spotlight on the string section of an orchestra and discusses various topical issues to do with orchestras. Dermot O'Leary presents live music from Emily Barker at London's Hackney Empire and Janice Long presents a Ukulele Masterclass featuring the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Radio 2's Johnnie Walker and a number of well-known comedians. And Bob Harris explores different musical styles with two very contrasting violin players.

 
2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the world's longest running orchestral music show 'Friday Night is Music Night', and this year's 2Day celebrates the orchestra and its instruments, culminating in a Friday Night Is Music Night Gala concert at the Hackney Empire in London. Featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra, the evening will bring together a host of Radio 2 presenters and special guest performers including Gary Barlow, Elaine Paige , Mick Hucknall, Jamie Cullum and Clare Teal- plus Tony Blackburn as you've never seen him before and a grand finale from the Radio 2 All star presenters choir. You can watch the concert live via the Red Button and on Radio 2's website at bbc.co.uk/radio2.

Throughout the day, in the lead up to 'Friday Night is Music Night', Radio 2 explores the impact of orchestral instruments across a wide range of music...from pop to jazz...from folk to classical. Each show, from Chris Evans to Simon Mayo is themed around a different section of the orchestra , and features special guests, orchestral moments some unlikely live music performances."

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Phil Beer will be at the Hackney Empire from where he will be heard live on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, around 12 noon. He will be talking to Bob Harris about his folk-style fiddle playing in a segment that explores how musicians from different genres approach the same instrument.

 

Bob will also talk to Cynthia Fleming, the leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra, about playing classical-style violin and both musicians will play to illustrate the conversation, as well as performing a duet together.

 

Phil Beer is simply one of the best multi-instrumentalists around. Have a listen to what he has to say and play in a few minutes!

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, May 10, 2013 7:11 AM
this programme lasts for 3 hours. Not sure when Phil Beer will be on, but the whole programme sounds interesting!
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Alas, I cannot swim - Laura Marling Into The Great Wide Open festival

Alas, I cannot swim Laura Marling live Into The Great Wide Open festival 2011
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This Woman's Work : Lady Maisery Album Launch @ St Pancras Old Church!

In March this year,  Lady Maisery  released a special charity download single to mark International Women’s Day and to celebrate Women’s History Month. Its aim was to raise important funds for the End Violence Against Women coalition : www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

 

2012 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award nominees Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans, with their breathtaking vocal harmonies, have recorded their own striking version of the hauntingly beautiful Kate Bush song “This Woman’s Work” .

 

The single, available to download from iTunes, is a bold new interpretation, underpinned by Scandinavian-inspired fiddle accompaniment and driven by Lady Maisery’s trademark distinctive vocals.

 

Hear a trailer : www.youtube.com/watch?v=CirhAm4bamk&feature=youtu.be

 

This Woman’s Work is the English trio’s first release since their acclaimed debut 2011 album Weave & Spin. The artwork was created by Joel Stewart, illustrator, author and creator of BBC Television’s Abney and Teal.

 

Says Hazel Askew: “All three of us have always loved Kate Bush and her original, iconic style. We were struck by the way this song shows the complexities of the relationship between a man and a woman before the birth of their first child, addressing the possibilities of loss whilst exploring the situation from a man’s point of view. It felt like an unusual angle for a song, and Kate’s lyrics get straight to the heart of this very human relationship, illustrating the complicated gender roles and emotions at play. Understanding the complexity of experiences like this is an important part of working towards more equal relationships between men and women, which is why we chose this song to mark International Women's Day.”

 

Lady Maisery are proud to be supporting End Violence Against Women , a unique coalition of organisations and individuals campaigning to end all forms of violence against women.

 

“We are all passionate about campaigning for women’s rights and promoting feminism, and this is often reflected in the songs we’ve chosen to sing. We’re very excited to be supporting the important work End Violence Against Women Coalition do, raising awareness about violence against women, lobbying local and national government and campaigning to protect women’s support services.

 

The current UK government’s austerity measures are adversely affecting women by cutting vital women’s services, making job losses in the predominantly female public sector and cutting funding for children’s services on which many working parents rely.  Following on from International Women's Day, Women’s History Month is a good time to reflect on this and continue to work for change, as well as celebrate strong, independent women around the world.”

 

Lady Maisery , also nominated for  'Best Debut' in the 2012 Spiral Awards , burst onto the scene in summer 2011 with the release of Weave and Spin (an Independent Album of the Week) . They broke new ground as one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of “diddling” or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Their  singing and skills on accordion, harp and fiddle, has brought about a rapid rise on the roots scene and festival circuit.

 

“This Women’s Work “  has been produced by Andy Bell and is a special remix track from Lady Maisery’s much anticipated second album, due for release in June 2013. It will be showcased on a UK album launch tour, running April 30-June 1 and the trio will also be appearing at Sidmouth Folk Week and Shrewsbury Folk Festival in August.

 

 

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15th May

 

LONDON ALBUM LAUNCH @ St Pancras Old Church  

 

London Life will be there tonight for the launch of the new album 'Mayday'at one of our favourite live music venues. Should be a good evening in this atmospheric church, if this joyful reworking of the well-known Kate Bush song is anything to go by!  

 

for gig info and  tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/217781

 

Official Website: http://www.ladymaisery.com/

 

 

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Sinead O'Connor - In This Heart (Leverkusener Jazztage)

We love Sinead. Full stop. And this is a lovely expression of her generosity as she shares the heartfelt with other up and coming female singers.

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The Staves - Winter Trees

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I heard the Staves @ the Village Underground, singing this song amongst others. They were great, as always. What was not so great was the fainting that went on @ this packed venue that night. But ..the show carried on.

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Foy Vance & The Ulster Orchestra. Indiscriminate Act Of Kindness

"Only a thoroughly decent person could pen such a song ..a gentle man as well as a totally talented musician..words almost fail me .what a sensitive, beautifully rendered song."

 

Am I right in my premise?

 

Or..can artists be totally removed from who they are as human beans?

 

Just wondering.

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Foy Vance is headlining @ Islington Assembly Hall tonight and it comes as no surprise to learn that it's a sold out gig!  If he sings this, I think I will be beyond ecstatic. Is this man not amazing? How he gets so much sensitivity into a lyric? And that voice! And it's all so lacking in razzmatazzy glitzy showmanship ..so much the better ..I love the way the big orchestra restrains itself behind him, following his lead ..less is more ..what a humane narrative and done with such feeling.

 

13.03.13

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, February 21, 2013 9:59 AM
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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, March 2, 2013 3:17 PM
move over Van!
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, March 14, 2013 9:18 AM
He did sing this. The entire Assembly Hall was stunned into silence. What a performer and this was the best of the best.
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Afternoon Song: Richard Thompson - Persuasion -

Brilliant duet between RT & his son Teddy. Video quality isn't great but the performance sure is!
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March 2013: I saw Richard Thompson @ Ronnie Scotts ..oh .. too many decades ago. He was on stage with his then-wife Linda and it was a night not to forget. I believe his current tour has the man in great form. This track is dedicated to Jane Brace, for reminding me that not all my youth was misbegotten!

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, May 31, 2013 7:26 AM
I also caught Teddy Thompson live @ the London Fleadh several years ago ..very laidback droll ..and a good performer, given the boots he has to fill
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To Kill A King | Sofar London (#104)

(Sofar Sounds London, Show #104) To Kill A King performing at a secret Sofar performance in London on March 22, 2012 Want to be a part of the next Sofar event? .. contact Sofar! )..

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Music Choice: THE JOHNNY CASH PROJECT

watching a video homage to the great JC

which is

virtually

never the same twice!

 

see what you think!

 

 

 

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Collaborative Whimsy: Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

on the turntable now! amazing!  am bedazzled by the concept

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Ajimal - The Sea Inside | Sofar London (#202)

(Sofar Sounds London, Show #202) Ajimal performing "The Sea Inside" at a secret Sofar performance in London, UK on October 23rd, 2012

 

Want to be a part of the next Sofar event?

 

London Life has been and can unreservedly recommend a Sofar evening. 

And it's free!

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Motopony - "Wait for Me"

http://thealternateside.org. Motopony performs "Wait for Me" live in Studio A. Recorded 9/19/11."

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Motopony have been in touch via twitter and ..amazingly..I learnt that...'The dream in "wait for me" was set in London. The bridge of fame stretched over the river.. '   I await more details!

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“Through the Deep Dark Valley” THE OH HELLO’S

“Through the Deep Dark Valley”  THE OH HELLO’S | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

"Hello my old heart. How have you been? Are you still there inside my chest? I’ve been so worried. You’ve been so still, barely beating at all. Oh, don’t leave me here alone. Don’t tell me that we’ve grown for having loved a little while. Oh, I don’t want to be alone. I want to find a home and I want to share it with you. Hello my old heart. It’s been so long since I’ve given you away, and every day I add another stone to the walls I built around you to keep you safe. Hello my old heart. How have you been? How is it being locked away? Well don’t you worry. In there, you’re safe. And it’s true, you’ll never beat — but you’ll never break.

Nothing lasts forever. Some things aren’t meant to be. But you’ll never find the answer until you set your old heart free."

 

With thanks once again to Music is my First Language :)

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Kate Bush - This woman's work

A rare live tv performance of Kate Bush performing This Woman's Work.

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where did this woman go? why did she go?

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hear me now from sami the great

 sami.the.great's "Hear Me Now"

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This will brighten up your day! Guaranteed!

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Natalie Duncan - Lonely Child SoulCulture.co.uk

"23 year old Croydon-born, Nottingham-raised soulful singer, songwriter and pianist Natalie Duncan, took time out to perform for SoulCulture TV live at the Proud Gallery in Camden London recently"

 

 

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