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Foy Vance - For You This Time @ an amazing house gig!

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, March 14, 2013 12:21 PM
now this is EXACTLY where I would have loved to hear Foy Vance!!
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, March 14, 2013 12:59 PM
and now listen to Foy Vance unplugged ..just the way he should be ..thanks Mike Watts .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Mdkg1kJN8
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Sunday  Song: Julie Byrne performs "Natural Blue" for The Line of Best Fit

Julie Byrne performs "Natural Blue" live in session for the Line of Best Fit during End of the Road Festival Session directed by Sebastien Dehesdin Cameras
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Julie Byrne is at Union Chapel this Monday 13 Nov. If she's this good on video, really looking forward to catching her live!  With thanks to David Smyth for the heads up.


Update

Oh what a night it was at Union Chapel, Julie Byrne and friends turning an ordinary Monday in November into something quite extraordinary. 


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The Boss takes charge: Dream Baby Dream

Video edited by Thom Zimny, shot by Chris Hilson. Audio produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen, mixed by Bob Clearmountain. "Dream Baby Dream
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When it's grey and soulless outside and you just want to fist the air, and believe in your fellow man, who do you turn to? How do you dream?  Come on! Gotta keep the light burning! Fist pump✊️✊✊✊
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The Milk Carton Kids - "Poison Tree"

Listen to the full album: http://bit.ly/1QQ9gjM "Poison Tree" by The Milk Carton Kids from the album 'Monterey,' available now Download on iTunes
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With thanks to The Falcon's Nest, for the introduction.

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MFLL Video Of The Day: Kirsty Merryn | Forfarshire (ft. Steve Knightley) 

From Kirsty Merryn's debut album She & I, released 9 November 2017. Forfarshire tells the story of Grace Darling, who, together with her father William,
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Wonderful to hear Kirsty Meyrnn at the launch of her debut album  last night at Union Chapel Islington. Opening for the Show of Hands Cathedral tour , we heard a mature, pure voice clearly set to make waves. Oh and she's all set too to take on those diehard purists with preconceptions regarding the no-no of no-keyboard-within -folk tradition. Judging by the audience reaction to Kirsty's accomplished integrated playing of said forbidden instrument last night it's an unequivocal "yes!" Soulful folk heading for the heights, happily without dizzy display. A young musician already very comfortable onstage, loving the live vibe. One to watch, for sure and with Steve Knightley as mentor, no better recommendation required. 

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Video of the Day: Gingerbread - Nancy Kerr

**Gingerbread music and lyrics by Nancy Kerr copyright control** http://nancykerr.co.uk/ ;

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Sorry we missed Nancy Kerr live in Twickenham's new cultural hub @twickenhamexchange https://twitter.com/twickfolk/status/928367097939398656
Here's a video of hers to brighten the day for Nancy fans. 
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Tuesday Warmup: Langhorne Slim and The Law - Strangers

The first single from The Spirit Moves, out 8.7.15. CD/Vinyl: http://www.dualtonestore.com/collections/langhorne-slim iTunes
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MFLL Music Choice: Sturgill Simpson - "Breakers Roar"

"Breakers Roar" off Sturgill's new album - A Sailor's Guide To Earth // Available Now Download Now - http://smarturl.it/DownloadSturgill Stream Now
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"Wasn't that separation from your son the experience that led to the concept for A Sailor's Guide to Earth? 

The separation allowed me to see what I really wanted. I wanted to speak to my son. I used the sea as metaphor. The record is a love letter to my boy and my wife for having saved me from a life of despair."

From the Rolling Stone interview with Sturgill Simpson


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 Courtney Barnett Live In Camden Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party

'Taken from the LP: “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” - out through Milk! Records, House Anxiety/Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop'

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#lLoveMusic #CourtneyBarnett #LoveCamden 

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Music For A London Life/Tuesday Song/ Foy Vance - She Burns (Acoustic - Live From Blackbird Studios)

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for Helen, with love
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Hey #London! What song are you listening to?

"Inspired by Tyler Cullen's project on the streets of New York, we wanted to see what beats were moving the streets of London."

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2017 Halloween Special: Skopje - "Little Red"

Skopje - www.soundcloud.com/skopjemusic Animations by Michaela French http://michaelafrench.com/
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Perfect for Halloween! MFLL has had the pleasure of hearing Skopje live at Hampstead Baptist Church. This atmospheric video gives us a flavour of his interdisciplinary interests (he combines photography with singer songwriting) and his work is showcased tonight at The Lock in Camden in an interdisciplinary context. 
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MFLL EP Of The Week: India Electric Co - EC1M

EC1M is out 5/5/17 and is the first of three EPs to be released in 2017. Pre -order now available https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ec1m-ep/id1214251531

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London Music Lovers Listen Up! India Electric Company are the  future of folk and it's not just us that think so! Judge for yourself. Listen to the promo for their latest EP, which will be launched this Friday at the lovely Newington Green Chapel..

Pre-order their EP online https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ec1m-ep/id1214251531

Even better, go and  hear them live at the launch and you can probably buy the EP from the merch stall. Former guardians of the Farmiloe Building! Imagine this music floating through those rooms!

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Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered -

Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered - | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

“I’ll never forget you, you know!”


And I’ll see what you’ve chained to your sorrow

All your sheep and your lilies of snow

Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay

Take this waltz, take this waltz

With its “I’ll never forget you, you know!”


Take This Waltz by Leonard Cohen

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In Memoriam
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Christmas Warm-up: Silent Night - Lindsey Stirling

This song is made up of 3 violin parts and three vocal tracks. I did the vocals and the violin myself. Download this song
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For Christmas 2017- Fantasia 2006 The Little Match Girl

With the decline of support for classic animation in the cinematic world, Fantasia 2006 was never released. Here I synced Disney's The Little Match Gir
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Before Christmas 2017: John Gorka Christmas Bells

John Gorka live in the Netherlands in December 2013. This was his last gig (in Eindhoven). It was also John Gorka his last song he played on stage in 2013
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Ólafur Arnalds - Particles ft. Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir

"Ólafur Arnalds brings you the sixth single from Island Songs, his 7-week journey across Iceland to record a series of compositions. Watch Particles "

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Herself a singer songwriter I admire tremendously do listen to her music and seek out her live performances  https://emilymaguire.com/
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Kathryn Williams - Monday Morning

'Monday Morning' is a track taken from Kathryn Williams'  album 'Crown Electric', out now! Order the 12 vinyl here: http://bit.ly/CrownElectricOLIstor

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MFLL has long been a follower of Daylight Music Saturday afternoon sessions (@Daylight_Music) in the wonderful Union  Chapel. They are Pay What You Can  entry and  the curation under the assured direction of Ben Eshmade (@poplarpenguin) ensures an exciting, eclectic often experimental , mix of top performers, both well-established and emerging , across a wide musical spectrum..

It's a great place to discover 'new' musicians whilst sinking your teeth into delicious homemade cake from Margins, the UC homeless charity kitchen, We have been going for years and cannot recommend it highly enough. Superb relaxed family-friendly way to kickstart your weekend  with the feel-good factor of supporting fine musicians ( buy the merch!) and the homeless (did we mention the cakes?). Come along, if you like warn fuzzy feelings with your uplifting music in a gobsmackingly gorgeous giant of a church. You will walk out floating  on the Islington air. Have a listen to singer songwriter Kathryn Williams , who captured our hearts a few weeks back with her gently presented wry humour - tongue in cheek - marvellousness, 
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Track Of The Day: Ed Dowie - 'May For A Dead Queen' 

"Taken from the album The Uncle Sold, released on Lost Map Records 27th January 2017 http://lostmap.com/products/ed-dowie-the-uncle-sold Director: Ed Dowie"

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Heard first at "Organ Afternoon" for Daylight Music,, MFLL is very happy to share this hypnotic oddball of a video from Ed Dowie. Suitably seasonal in a coldly creepy sort of way, I am easily hooked by Dowie's soft delivery of urban strangeness.  From the album The Uncle Sold released in Jan 2017


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Evensong: Reason To Believe - Bruce Springsteen (Cover) by Michele Stodart

10: The Nebraska Sessions - Reason to Believe by Michele Stodart recorded for the "Nebraska Sessions - A Tribute" released by Clubhouse Records Availabl
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A great cover is when a singer makes that song her own. 
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 Martha Tilston - Lucy

Video for the song 'Lucy' from Martha's album 'Lucy and the Wolves'  Filmed/Recorded in a beautiful wagon ....

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MFLL Track Of The Day:  Kirsty Merryn / Forfarshire

Kristy Merryn's Debut Album She & I on general release Nov 9 2017
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Grace Darling died on October 20, 1842. The reluctant heroine who helped to rescue survivors from the doomed ship Forfarshire did not meet her early death by drowning but the sea features prominently in this dramatic account of a father's grief.
A father incidentally who has been largely forgotten in the historical accounts of his daughter's heroic act, but here given voice to show himself as heart- broken protector of her ghostly presence and that of all the souls lost at sea. He is a man rendered lifeless, yet ceaselessly propelled, forever caught by the spell-binding lure of the ghost-filled sea.
This is an arresting introduction to an impressive debut album and Steve Knightley SoH adds his voice to the album track, to great effect. To be reviewed in its entirety closer to the anticipated album launch at Union Chapel on November 9. In the meantime, suffice to say, a mesmerising new voice has arrived to light up the folk roots scene. 
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MFLL Album Choice: Nomad from Martha Tilston

From the album 'NOMAD' Release date May 2017 Available in shops and online www.marthatilston.co.uk

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24/05/17
MFLL was at the Martha Tilston London gig at Kings Place last week. That voice!  Hypnotic. As a music maker, we will stop just short of saying spell-caster, but once you enter her world, she has you hooked.. What is she? A chameleon, certainly. A shape-shifter, she slips through your fingers as you attempt to define her. A flickering reminder of Joan Baez, when her long hair sits quietly by the sides of her face as she strums her guitar. There's a distinct suggestion of Kate Bush in her prime, when she sits comfortably, compellingly at the piano. At other times, there's a hint of Lisa Hannigan when the hair flows free, enveloping her face as she moves, arms elevated. But such comparisons soon become irrelevant, under the seductive and powerful draw of this singer. Reassuringly grounded, her voice is rich and colourful and commands an impressive vocal range. She's worth seeking out on tour as her live performance will leave you wanting more. Some standout moments include her duet with a viola, a perfectly attuned performance by Luke Yates.  Meanwhile, have a listen to Nomad Blood, from her new album.
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 Emily Maguire - 'For Free'

Official video for the radio single mix of Emily Maguire's song 'For Free' from the album 'A Bit Of Blue' out 24.2.17.

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Sobering Monday Music from the magical truth-teller Emily Maguire. Vastly improve your Monday. Experience something new today. For free. Share it. Pass it on. Be grateful for it. Real Freedom is just that. It's for free. Fight for it. Fight for this wonderful world of ours. Otherwise we are losing that freedom.
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Show of Hands Coming Back Home to Royal Albert Hall

Show of Hands Coming Back Home to Royal Albert Hall | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

"The phenomenally popular Show of Hands will mark their 25th year with a return to one of the world’s most famous stages – the Royal Albert Hall. Show of Hands are known for their genre-hopping music, which focuses on strong narrative songs often touching on rock, blues and country.


Singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi instrumentalist Phil Beer have forged one of the most successful ever partnerships in acoustic roots music with four previous sell-outs at this iconic London venue to their name."

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Show of Hands 25 th Birthday Bash @ Royal Albert Hall


"This is the fifth SoH conquest of the redoubtable Royal Albert Hall and it’s worth reminding ourselves that they hire it each time. Yep, DIY hit new levels way back in 2001 when SoH came up with the mad idea to hire not just any village hall (yes, they have done that too Steve Knightley Grow Your Own Gig Solo Tour 2015) but THE most impressive Village Hall in the land. Oh and they fill it. Yes you read that right. They have now had Full Houses or near enough as makes no difference FIVE times. Hats off, guys.

 

So what is this SoH phenomenon all about? Superb musicianship? Tick. Professionalism? Tick. Voice seduction? Tick. String -playing sensation? Oh yes. Hell, these guys are perfectionists in every detail, from the sound system to the musicians they invite to play with them on stage (hello again Hannah Martin and Phil Henry, always a fine addition to any folk line up and fast becoming folk celebrities in their own right) to the succession of musical collaborators they work with. To the banter and engagement they bring to the ring, having followers in the audience they know by name.


Respect. For people. For their roots. Steve made the point about returning to their roots in their last album The Long Way Home , the title track one of many songs sung to an audience held in the palm of their hand. Steve Knightley is the SoH Showman, the frontman on stage and has the charisma to make fans feel involved and relaxed, just like they would in a small folk club back in Exeter. It’s an extended Devon-based family we are talking about here, brought together through this music. Every five years, the newspaper headlines shout “Devon’s Peaceful Occupation of Famous London landmark!” and for two hours of sustained musical magic, that was not fake news. It happened. I was there.


I was blown away five years ago at their last Big Gig @ RAH 2012 reviewed here

http://sco.lt/8dkAEb

and the seduction continued a year later @ RFH  reviewed here http://sco.lt/8knmq1

What more can I say? This time around? What was to love? There wasn’t a dull note, throughout the two sets but if I have to choose favourites! I loved Miranda Sykes looking like Blondie as she reduced us to tears with The Lily And The Rose. And thank you Steve, last time around I was bitterly disappointed by the absence of The Dive and Galway Farmer, both included, the former reducing me to even more tears, the latter understood so well by this fluttering Irish Heart.


I love the fact SoH never run away from hard hitting political commentary, as in Arrogance Ignorance and Greed. I love that they are the guardians of rural concerns, English in the purist sense, especially highlighting and honouring dead war heroes both local to the West Country and fallen men in The Battle Of The Somme during its Centenary Year. The notable actor Jim Carter read respectfully and movingly on the subject (“That Voice” superbly read The Soldier by Rupert Brooke). There was comic relief! Canadian duo Leonard Podolak and Matt Gordon convinced us that our Hambone was worth treating seriously as a musical instrument. And we had a backing choir of such beauty, The Lost Sound Chorus, a round sound that deepened the musical effect.


 I’d like to leave you with a flavour, a taste of what has been and what might well come during the SoH tour. Widecombe Fair was the Steve Knightley opener https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty1C9Pqzwcg that eased us into an evening full of compelling music.


What I cannot reproduce is the magic of the live show and the startling sight of Phil Beer, my favourite fiddler (and bloody good singer, step back Steve, move over Miranda) appearing like an angelic cherub atop the glittering stage. SoH at RAH? A match made in heaven." UT



Easter Sunday 2017

Looking forward to this 25th Birthday Bash @ RAH on Easter Sunday. For fans old and new, SoH never disappoint. And this show will be special with a capital S.


The show is nearly sold out. Tickets still available at RAH website, link below. While you are there, have a listen to The Long Way Home and you will get a teasing taste of what's in store.


http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2017/show-of-hands/


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