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Time to Jazz Up Easter : Lucky Victims at Cellar Door

Kitty LaRoar & Nick Of Time (Nick Shankland) at London's Cellar Door WC2, where we used to play thursdays. Songs: Spider-Man, Isfahan & Tanya Jean. Featured ...
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Man on the Corner

Morton Valence video, taken from the album "Me & Home James" go get it here http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/me-home-james/id428033496?uo=4" 

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their gig  last Sunday @ Union Chapel in the bar was a blast!!!

 

Can't wait to see them again live in the nearest future.

 C'mon guys! When's your next London gig?

 

Here's a link to  their "Home James " album, shared in its entirety via Youtube:  http://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsCOuhkNLSB9DtYQBgUmITwUcuxkXvFUj&desktop_uri=%2Fplaylist%3Flist%3DPLsCOuhkNLSB9DtYQBgUmITwUcuxkXvFUj

 

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Carrie Haber

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Maltese musician based in London. Becoming increasingly well known.

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All The Queen's Ravens @ The Spice Of Life

All The Queen's Ravens @ The Spice Of Life | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

Sat Jan 11th 2014

Substance @ The Spice of Life


The Spice of Life

6 Moor Street Soho London WD1 5NA

Doors: 6.00pm. (ATQR on at 10 ish)

Admission:£5

 

'We were blown away' Spiral Earth 

'They look absolutely amazing, sound great as well' Gary Crowley, BBC Introducing

'A truely unique sound' The Last Tuesday Society 

All The Queen’s Ravens are an enigmatic six-piece at large on the London music scene. Their sound is a flamboyant bi-lingual mix of folk, pop and sultry flamenco alluding to blues, gospel and americana, delivering a foot-stomping, dress-swirling bagful of attention-grabbing magic. 

Fronted by two ladies with a devilish vocal chemistry and style bursting with sequins and glamour, their songs take a sidelong glance at good old fashioned romance, feverishly combining influences diverse as Kate Bush, Johnny Cash, Cat Power, Slayer, and the Punch Brothers. Their songwriting is accomplished and intricate, nutured from the fires of misadventure and high drama in Hackney, fusing rich Spanish and English folk harmonies with mandolin, guitar, percussion and upright bass for blistering americana-pop romps and pin-drop Spanish ballads.

Performing at some of London's most prominent venues including The Borderline, The Barfly, Green Note Camden, and Half Moon Putney, there’s as much for the eye to feast on as there is for the ears, with flamboyant glitz for the girls and urban lumberjack for the gents. The band’s irrepressible energy makes All The Queen’s Ravens’ live performance a truly captivating experience, securing the enviable reputation as on of the most exciting live acts around. Think the soundtrack to the best Tarantino film he never made. 

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I was more than happy to catch ATQR at Green Note a while back.

My friend had just had her bag stolen in a Camden pub. She was pretty fed up, to put it mildly, but she still managed to enjoy herself at this gig. Yes, they're that good.

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MFLL archive : The Gloaming @ Union Chapel

MFLL archive : The Gloaming @ Union Chapel | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

The Gloaming Review

Friday 24 January @ Union Chapel, London

 

The combination of Ireland's best fiddle player Martin Hayes with Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill is always enough to draw me to any gig, but bring in alongside this (already) legendary duo, New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), hardanger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionaird, and you have a line up to travel for; this combination creates a completely new sound in the genre of Irish traditional music and they perform under the concert name of The Gloaming.

 

I found the addition of the piano particularly exciting and Thomas Bartlett used body movement, bobbing forward and back in apparent torment and ecstasy, to illustrate how he could enter “into” the music he was playing. It was thrilling how Martin Hayes acknowledged Bartlett’s virtuoso and charismatic performance with one (between-you-and-me) on-stage smile and two nods of approval and appreciation. It was evident that there was a huge amount of mutual respect amongst all five musicians and this communicated itself to the audience.

 

The set list was balanced to show each great individual performer’s strengths and the well worked crescendo at the end allowed us to see just what an addition the piano can be. The mournful singing of Iarla Ó Lionaird kept a vast and excited audience still as he sang the words of some great Irish poetry. At times his voice in the darkened atmosphere of this great chapel was like an owl at midnight.

 

This new line-up is not to be missed, look out for it - I felt honoured to be a part of such a concert.

 

Shaun Traynor www.shauntraynor.co.uk

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January 21

The Gloaming returns to the Union Chapel this Friday, January 24.

 

There are still some tickets available at the time of writing . If spellbinding Irish music that dares to experiment appeals to you, I'd  say go ahead and book a ticket right away. These guys are maestros, and they don't pass this way often. If their last gig here is anything to go by, it promises to be a night of mighty memorable music in this atmospheric Islington church. 

 

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Take a look at our coverage of UK premiere of The Gloaming @ Union Chapel June 2013

 

Irish Life Archive link:  http://sco.lt/5XQzs9

 

 London Life Archive link:  http://sco.lt/5stxmT


Music For A London Life :  http://sco.lt/7aT5Cz

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22 January

 

The Gloaming returns to the Union Chapel this Friday, January 24.

 

There are still some tickets available at the time of writing . If spellbinding Irish music that dares to experiment appeals to you, I'd  say go ahead and book a ticket right away. These guys are maestros, and they don't pass this way often. If their last gig here is anything to go by, it promises to be a night of mighty memorable music in this atmospheric Islington church. 

 

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Take a look at our coverage of UK premiere of The Gloaming @ Union Chapel June 2013

 

Irish Life Archive link:  http://sco.lt/5XQzs9

 

 London Life Archive link:  http://sco.lt/5stxmT


Music For A London Life :  http://sco.lt/7aT5Cz

 

The Debut Album : http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/music/the-gloaming-song-by-song/

 

http://www.rte.ie/ten/reviews/music/2014/0121/499226-the-gloaming/

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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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#TheStaves - #WinterTrees

'Winter Trees' is taken from The Staves' debut album, Dead & Born & Grown

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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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Music on Mondays @ Wilton's Music Hall

Music on Mondays @ Wilton's Music Hall | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
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Fancy some raucous jazz?  Want to liven up your Mondays?

Get on down!

 

Why not combine this with a tour of the building @ 6 pm.

Details here:

http://sco.lt/87Jrvd

 

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Cobblers' Collective - Cobblers' Orchestra - Giraffe Junkie - Keston Cobblers' Club

"On Saturday the 12th November 55 strangers from all over the country came together for one day to form the Cobblers' Orchestra and play two of our songs."

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This made me smile out loud.

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All The Queen's Ravens - Aura Negra

Introducing All The Queens Ravens an enigmatic six piece at large on the London folk scene. Their music is a flamboyant bi-lingual mix of nu folk and country...
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ATQR ARE AT SUBSTANCE THIS SATURDAY,!

 

Jan 11th 2014

Substance @ The Spice of Life


The Spice of Life

6 Moor Street Soho London WD1 5NA

Doors: 6.00pm. (ATQR on at 10 ish)

Admission:£5

 

Go, if you can.

It will add colour and warmth to your grey life and produce an uncontrollable desire to groove to the music. I'd love to be there to witness . 

 

http://sco.lt/6DsJjF


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It's A Monday! Courtney Barnett Avant Gardener

Taken from the new LP: 'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas' Buy here (Digitally) http://smarturl.it/rj0p8q (CD) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Double-EP-Sea-Split-P...
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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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#AnnieLennox #Hallelujah

Beautiful cover from my favorite artist the beautiful and haunting annie lennox!
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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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