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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Live in the studio: looking ahead

There's a great line-up of talented local artists set to perform for us on rootsandshoots in 2011 and more will be added.
3 January Jaime Leigh
pictured playing at Exeter's Acoustica Festival this year
10 January Bully
24 January Sam Green
7 February Lara Conley
7 March Cole Stacey
Follow the links for the artists' websites.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Looking back at 2010

In our last show of the year, we played some of the music that we enjoyed in 2010. Much of the music was released this year. Interestingly a lot of it proved to be by local artists, many of whom have played for us live on rootsandshoots. Martin and Martin
The list follows.
Pictures taken in the Phonic FM studio. Top Left: Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. 
Top Right: Jaime Leigh. Bottom: Count To Fire's Will and Joe

Captain Beefhart..Sure Enough And Yes I Do..Safe As Milk
Angel Brothers..Shif
ting Sands..The Angel Brothers
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan..Flower Picker's Song..Twice Reflected Sun
Jaime Leigh..Meet Me On The Island..Finding My Ground
Goze..Patatski..Quabd On Est Bein Amoureux
The Chieftains feat. Ry Cooder & Musicians From Mexico..El Caballo..San Patricio
Boreale..La Venetienne..Mousson
Oi Va Voi + Taraf De Haidouks..A Rom And A Home..Electric Gypsyland Vol 2
Monkey Gland Blues Band..Maggie McGill..Demo 1
Phillip Henry with Hannah Martin..Wichita..Live In The Living Room
Phillip Henry..Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning..Live In The Living Room
Dalla..Tolla Rooz..Cribbar
Farhed Darya..Aroos-e-Aftaw..Listen To The Banned
Syriana..Al Araby..The Road To Damascus
Lara Conley..My Friend..Apple Tree
Daughter's Of Elvin..Ognor Mi Trovo..Galdrbok
Andy Clarke..Green Broom..Gather To My Side
Count To Fire..Emotion Machine..In Another Life
Carolina Chocolate Drops..Cornbread & Butterbeans..Genuine Negro Jig
Fleurs De Lys..J'ai Les Maus / Que Ferai..Jalousie, Cortoisie Et Amour
Shedload Of Love..I'm Not Crying..Love And Affection
Cole Stacey..Note To Self..Changing Faces
Anibal Velasquez Y Su Conjunto..Carruseles..Mambo Loco
Celtech..Multi Culture..Radio Edits

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Still one more rootsandshoots in 2010: 
Mon 27 December - when the 2 Martins will be looking back on the musical highlights of the past year

Monday, 20 December 2010

Snowed in but warmed by Roots and Shoots

Well, that was the gist of the email we got from Kim and Trevor in Hollacombe. And, of course, we hope we bring warmth to all our listeners. Today we gave you the choices of Lynn, Rich and Martin in an extended rootsandshoots

Here's the (very) full playlist:
Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman..Uruku Tumi Gushiku..Jin Jin / Firefly
Souad Massi..That's Life..Mesk Elil
Waterson : Carthy..Jack Frost..Holy Heathens And
The Old Green Man

St Agnes Fountain..Sweet Bells..St Agnes Fountain
Peter Bellamy..A-Roving On A Winter's Night..Both Sides Then
Creole Choir Of Cuba..Fey..Tande-La
El Hadj N'Diaye..Dundo Uk Jen..Thiaroye 
Piatnica..track name unknown..Unplugged
The Black House..The Wasting Time..The Wasting Time
Lara Conley..Slow Jim..Apple Tree
Chris Wood..The Cottager's Reply..Trespasser
Compay Segundo & Charles Aznavour..Morir D'Amor..Duets
Susheela Raman..Mamavatu..Salt Rain
Lobi Traore..A Lamen / Alah Ka Bo..Rainy Season Blues
Lal Waterson & Oliver Knight..Bath Time..A Bed Of Roses
Leny Andrade & Baden Powell..Consolacao..A Bencao
Cheikha Remitti..Debri Debri..Aux Sources Du Rai
Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell..Hares On The Mountain..The North Farm Sessions
Lonely Tourist..Trojan Box Calypso..Sir I Am A Good Man
Dave Wood..Shebeg Shemore..Into The Light
Jackie Oates..May The Kindness..Hyperboreans
Ali Farka Toure & Toumane Diabate..Samba Geladio..In The Heart Of The Moon
Blowzabella..The Origin Of The World..Froots FAF Tracks
Rock Salt & Nails..In My Head..The Authentic Sound Of Shetland
Aly Bain..The Teetotaler's Reel / The Fairy Dance..The Authentic Sound Of Shetland
Gilad Alzmon & The Orient House Ensemble..All The Way To Montenegro..The Tide Has Changed
Cheo Feliciano..Amanece El Nuevo Ano..Superestrellas En Navidad Tropical
Jackie Oates & Mike Cosgrave..Young Johnson..Froots FAF Tracks
Phillip Henry..I Wanna Boogie..Live In The Living Room
Doctor King'Esi..Nipelaki Kwa Baba..African Odyssey
Lara Conley..In Peace..The Apple Tree
Howard Blake feat. Peter Auty..Walking In The Air..The Snowman
Photos taken in Exeter by Martin Hodge

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Phonic FM presents THE Christmas Party

Friday 17 December from 20:30 at Exeter Phoenix. 3 rooms of Festive Mayhem for only £5! Full written details here and animated version here.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Local legend Jerry Cahill...

...did a magnificent set for us on rootsandshoots this evening. Well done, Jerry. It was great too that Jerry stuck around for the rest of the show and gave us his input on some of the recordings we played. Jerry's live set consisted of The Enchanter, Levantines and Mermaid's Purse, all his own compositions. Towards the end of the show we squeezed one more out of him and he played the Scottish tune Jock O' Hazeldine.
More info on Jerry Cahill here.

Recordings played

Guichen Brothers..Dances Sauvages Sur L'Ile Tome..Dreams Of Brittany
Wig A Wag..Amnesia..Wig A Wag
Jerry Cahill..Sunset Over DB's / Transiberia..Armchair Traveller 
Phil Bird..Carry That Dream..Shape The Clay
Kamilya Jubran..Al Shatte Al Akhar..Listen To The Banned

Jackie Leven..The Long Hard Field..My Spanish Dad
Phillip Henry with Hannah Martin..The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn..Live In The Living Room

Budapest Cafe Orchestra..The Dragon Dance..Pocketful Of Rosin

Orchestre National De Barbes..Sidi Yahla-Bnet Paris..Rendez-vous Barbes
Count To Fire..In Another Life..In Another Life

Baba Zula..Cecom..Crossing The Bridge - The Sound Of Istanbul
The Balkanics..Syrtos..Penelope

Filska..Bethany's Waltz..The Authentic Sound Of Shetland

Friday, 10 December 2010

Guitarist extraordinaire on Roots and Shoots

This Monday 13 December, legendary local guitarist
Jerry Cahill will be performing for us live in the first hour of rootsandshoots. A treat in store!
Jerry Cahill pictured in the Phonic FM studio 

Monday, 6 December 2010

Kimmie Rhodes interview plus Banned tracks and more

“Kimmie Rhodes: The soul of a poet and the voice of an angel.” Rodney Crowell

In celebration of her new album Miracles On Christmas Day, talented singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes from Texas is part way through a UK tour which includes Otterton Mill, Devon this Wednesday 8 December. We were delighted that Kimmie found time to talk to us live yesterday evening on rootsandshoots. She told us that this tour is proving very special as she is getting wonderful audiences and is singing seasonal songs in places where the wintery snow is all around. One sad piece of news is that, through ill health, her husband Joe Gracey has been unable to accompany her but she is so happy to have her talented son Gabe with her. We thank Kimmie very much and wish her every success with her continuing tour.

Further information on Kimmie Rhodes' website.

Listen To The Banned is a CD recorded by 14 international artists all of whom have experienced imprisonment, censorship, harassment or violence from governments, religious fanatics and others because of their music. Follow the link below for more information.

Music played:
Mahsa Vahdar..Mystery..Listen To The Banned
Farhad Darya..Salaamalek..Rough Guide To The Music Of Afghanistan
Shirley Collins..Bonny Boy..The Power Of The True Love Knot
Alasdair Roberts & Friends..Two Sisters..Too Long In This Condition

The Auvo Quartet..Joe's / The Topiarist..Auvo Kvartetti
Daily Planet..Take Your Time..The Big Scoop
The Chieftains with Ry Cooder & Musicians From Mexico..Ojitos Negros..San Patricio
Solarference..Three Sisters..download
Kurash Sultan..Altan Dek..Listen To The Banned
The Yardbirds..Mister You're A Better Man Than I..B side of single with Shapes Of Things
Deolinda..Um Contra O Outro..Dois Selos E Um Carimbo
Diego Carrasco..Asereje..Rough Guide To Flamenco Nuevo
Selim Sesler..Kurdidi Hicazkar Longa
David Pasquet..La Traversee Du Desert..Sa Difference
Syriana..Black Zil..The Road To Damascus
Kimmie Rhodes..Miracles On Christmas Day / The Toymaker's Hands..Miracles On Christmas Day
Romica Puceanu +The Gore Brothers..Hora Dinspre Ziua..Sounds From A Bygone Age
Fleurs De Lys..Ductia..Jalousie,Cortoisie Et Amour..
Beirut..The Penalty..Flying Club Cup
The Black House..Home..The Wasting Time
Goze..Lied Van De Zee..Quand On Est Bein Amoureux
Arvest..Atav..Tri Diaoul

Friday, 3 December 2010

Texan connection

Listen in to rootsandshoots this Monday 6 December for the usual varied mix of global sounds. We'll be including music from - and a live interview with - Kimmie Rhodes.

Kimmie is from Texas and is on tour in the UK accompanied by husband Joe Gracey and son Gabriel Rhodes. They'll be performing at Otterton Mill on Wednesday 8 December at 8pm. Kimmie's latest album is called Miracles On Christmas Day. Here's a quote about her from famous singer Emmylou Harris: "Kimmie has the voice of a beautiful child coming from an old soul".

Photo by: Alan Messer

Monday, 29 November 2010

Pride before The Fall

I know, it's a terrible pun...but it was with great pride that we presented our rootsandshoots show prior to the Phonic FM promoted gig with legendary band The Fall at Exeter Phoenix tonight. Martin Hodge

As well as playing The Fall's C-R-E-E-P, our rootsandshoots selection was...
The Chieftains with Ry Cooder and Mexican Musicians..La Iguana..San Patricio
Lara Conley..Apple Tree..Apple Tree
Fleurs De Lys..Tourdion..Jalousie, Cortoisie Et Amour
Snaar Maar Vaar..Montserrat..Snaar Maar Vaar
Geoffrey Oryema..Sardinia Memories (Early Evening)..Night To Night
Norma Waterson..Reply To Joe Haynes..The Very Thought Of You
Moroccan Spirit..Narcisse Noir..Moroccan Spirit
Mawkin : Causley..Keeper Of The Game..The Awkward Recruit The song is inspired by The Exeter Book Of Riddles.
photo by Martin Hodge: Exeter Riddle Sculpture
Jim Causley is at The Castle, Bradninch on Tues 30 Nov at 20:00
Tobias Ben Jacob pictured in the Phonic FM studio..When I Cross the Borderline..Hard Times In Old London City Tobias is at The Manor Hotel, Exmouth on Tues 30 Nov at 20:30
Orient Expressions..Istanbul 1.26 a.m...Crossing The Bridge - The Music Of Istanbul
Mercan Dede..Ab-I-Hazan..A Night In Istanbul
Jun Miyake feat. Sanseverino..Le Mec Dans Un Train..Stolen From Strangers
The Warsaw Village Band..In The Forest..Uprooting
Juveloy..Tune..recorded for rootsandshoots
Played in celebration of musician Mike Edwards. There is a Concert in memory of Mike at Dartington Great Hall on Sun 5 Dec from 14:30. Free tickets from Dartington Box Office
Fleurs De Lys..Prendes I Garde / Estampie..Jalousie, Cortoisie Et Amour
Okros Ensemble..When I Left My Country..Best Of Fono Records
Lara Conley..In Peace..Apple Tree
Tend'M..Comptinette / Les Vergers..Planettes Musiques (Green)
Mahala Rai Banda..Spoitoresa..Electric Gypsyland
Carlou D feat. Youssou N'Dour..Goree..Muzikr
The Creole Choir Of Cuba..Edem Chante..Tande-La
Guo Brothers & Shung Tian..Springtime On Parmir Mountains..Yuan

Monday, 22 November 2010

Lovely Lara

Lara Conley did a wonderful live session for us 
on rootsandshoots 
this evening. Accompanying herself beautifully on guitar, she sang 3 of her own songs:
Money Don't Mean A Thing, You Know What I Mean and an untitled song about Bees!

We also played Slow Jim from Lara's album Apple Tree.

Thank you so much, Lara, for entertaining us all. Come back soon - maybe with your sitar / didgeridoo playing partner!?
Read about and hear Lara on her website and on myspace.

Other recordings played:

Shukar Collective..Hi-Ley..Merdeka
Romica Puceanu & The Gore Brothers..Vintule Bataia Ta..Music From A Bygone Age
The Chieftains with Lila Downs..El Relempago..San Patricio

Yann Tierson..Summer 78..Goodbye Lenin
Ria Parffit..Sleep..Demo

Dimba Diangola..Tira Sapato..Angola Soundtrack
Creole Choir Of Cuba..L'Atibonite Oh..Tande-La
Snaar Maar Waar..Vappu..Snaar Maar Waar

Goze..Rualand..Quand On Est Bien Amoureux
Max White..Who Warms The Sun..Merdeka

Various Artists..La Partenza..Italian Treasury: Tralleri Of Genoa
Baba Zula..Tavus Havasi..Crossing The Bridge - The Sound Of Istanbul

Ghulam Hussain..Ba Ayadat Beya..Rough Guide To The Music Of Afghanistan
Holly Ebony..Some Stones..A Memory Of Life
Tattie Jam..The Awe In Autumn..Jam

Jugal Bandi..Kagaliko..Planetes Musiques

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

On Monday we welcome Lara Conley

No stranger to Phonic FM, Lara Conley 
will sing and play for us on rootsandshoots 
on Monday 22 November. Lara has a soulful and memorable voice and accompanies herself on guitar and bodhran. 
More about Lara on myspace

Monday, 15 November 2010

Josie Lloyd

Singer guitarist Josie Lloyd joined us on rootsandshoots today and gave us a wonderful mini concert. Thank you very much, Josie. Check out Josie's myspace page for information on her music and gigs.
Live in the studio Josie played her National Resonator Guitar and sang
Shake It Or Break It
Come Back Baby
St. James Infirmary

Recordings played:
Oumou Sangare..Mogo Ti Diya Bee Ya..Rough Guide To African Music
Susan Tedechi..Just Won't Burn..American Blues
Yann Tierson..Ukelele Man..On Tour
Mulatu Astatke..Ethio Blues..Mulatu Steps Ahead
Leonard Cohen..Tower Of Song..I'm Your Man In loving memory of Christine Tyson
The Unthanks..Betsy Bell..Here's The Tender Coming
Steve Phillips..Tampa's Guitar Boogie..Solo
Jo Anne Kelly..Moon Going Down..Black Rat Swing
Nuno Da Camara Pereira..Carvalo Ruco..Portugal: The Story Of Fado
Tama..Ta'Aba..World 2001
U Sein Maung..Burmese Guitar..Burmese Folk & Traditional Music
Guo Brothers..My Second Life..Yuan
Jim Moray..Black Joke..The Mother Of All Morris
Jackie Oates..Locks & Bolts..Hyperboreans
Balamouk..Les Yeux Noirs..Balamouk
Cibelle & Kocani Orkestrar..Electric Gypsyland
Dick Gaughan..Both Sides The Tweed..Handful Of Earth
Heidi Talbot..The Shepherd Lad..The Last Star
Brenna Macrimmon..Evlerine Varagele Usandim..Kulak Misafiri
Sertab Erener..Music..Crossing The Bridge..The Sound Of Istanbul

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Josie's our guest on Monday

Talented bluesy singer guitarist Josie Lloyd will be playing for us on rootsandshoots this Monday 15 November. We hope you can join us.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Yesterday on Roots and Shoots

On Monday 8 November we played...
Tattie Jam..Are Ye Sleepin Maggie..Jam
The Keeps..Why Not Share..JP's House
Guichen..Taoliou..Dreams Of Brittany
Headwater..Freight Train..Lay You Down
Mariza..Por Ti!..Fado Em Mim
Daily Planet..Morning Would..The Big Scoop
Lazy..Vibrations..Too Little Too Late
Matthaios Tsahouridis..Ela Poulim..Looking For A New England 2 (Froots)
Kyron & The Strangels..Open Mouth..If We Were Kings
Mahwash..Gar Konad Saheb-E-Man..Rough Guide To The Music Of Afghanistan
Farhad Darya..Salaamalek..Rough Guide To The Music Of Afghanistan
Spirit Talk Mbira feat.Chartwell Cutiro..Zunde..Dendere Ngoma
Bhundu Boys..Tamba Wega..Muchyedza
Barrio Chino..El Salam..Mediterra Nostra
The Boys From Melbourne Street..A Walk In The Park..A Walk In The Park
Show Of Hands..8th Of July / Glory Of The West..The Mother Of All Morris
Yann Tierson..1er Reveil Par Temps Le Guerre..On Tour 2006
Goze..Rauland..Quand On Est Bien Amoureux
Spiro..The Iron Way..Pole Star
David Ze..Uma Amiga..Angola Soundtrack
Phil Bird..Fisherman..Shape The Clay
Tito Puente..Algo Nuevo..El Rey
Jaco Pastorius..Blackbird..Word Of Mouth
Fatima Spar & The Freedom Fries..Trust

Thursday, 4 November 2010

New show on Phonic FM

Hear rootsandshoots presenter Martin Hodge on 
The Multifarious Mix on Phonic 106.8 FM in Exeter and www.phonic.fm every Friday from 14:00 to 16:00 UK time. 
Details here.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

After Halloween

This is what we played on rootsandshoots yesterday
Monday 1 November:
Vajas..Tromso Island Yolk..Merdeka
Renaud Garcia-Fons.. Sareban.. Entremundo 
Fairport Convention..After Halloween..Rising For The Moon
The Pines..Pray Tell..Tremelo 
Goze.. Cecilia.. Quand On Est Bien
Wig A Wag.. Anouk.. Wig A Wag 
Carlou D..Sam Fall..Muzikr
Ali Farka Toure..Toumani Diabate..Doudou..Ali & Toumani
Sherburn, Bartley & Scott.. Jenny’s Pickin’ Cockles..Live At The Wharf
The Cauld Blast Orchestra.. The Black Rock.. Durga’s Feast
The McPeake Family..My Singing Bird..Wild Mountain Thyme
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan..Rammed Earth..Twice Reflected Sun
Sandy Lopicic Orkestrar..Last-1.. Border Confusion
Shimal.. BuGala Dasli Gala.. Turkish Café
Martin Simpson..Horn Island / Never Any Good..Righteousness & Humidity
Paul Astles.. One Day.. Paul Astles Songbook
Shedloads Of Love.. I’m Not Crying.. Love And Affection 
Phillip Henry with Hannah Martin..Snow Dove / Cuckoo's Nest..
Live In The Living Room  Pictured below left playing for Roots & Shoots. See them at The Castle, Bradninch tonight 20:30
Count To Fire..Man In The Long Black Coat..In Another Life  
Pictured  right: Will and Joe from Count To Fire playing for us. The band are at The Rusty Bike, Exeter this Friday eve 20:00 
Snaar Maar Vaar.. Pentland.. Snaar Maar Vaar
Canari De Kaolock..Sutu Kun..Froots #4

Monday, 25 October 2010

Many thanks, Maz!

Maz Totterdell sang and played for us in the second half of rootsandshoots today. At the age of 13 she has written several impressive songs, has a great guitar style and a beautiful delivery of songs. She also has a recording contract! Destined, we feel sure, for big things. Find out more about Maz here.
Her songs for us were
Heart On Your Sleeve and Willow (Angel Child).

Playlist: Spot the 4-in-a-row from Belgium!
Alasdair Roberts & Friends..The Golden Vanity..Too Long In This Condition
Blowzabella..The Origin Of The World..Folk Against Fascism
Evan Christopher..Farewell Blues..Django A La Creole
Michael Manring & Sando Szabo..Wizzards Dance..Inner Smile
Modeste..Any Anao..Looking For A New England
Lobi Traore..Moko Ti Y Lamban Don..Rainy Season Blues
Goze..L'Ostendaise..Quand On Est Bein, Amoureux
Snaar Maar Waar..Valse Sanssoucis..Snaar Maar Waar
Jacques Brel..Ne Me Quitte Pas..24 Greatest Hits
Goran Bregovic..Tango..Music For Films
Duo Lefeuvre & Diaz..Leo Estante Num Instante..Planetes Musiques 
Lonely Tourist..Sir, I Am A Good Man..download
Polly & The Billets Doux..To Be A Fighter..Fiction, Half-Truths & Downright Lies
Lue Leandry..Boulo..Vazelene Sex A Grand
Appendix Out..Drinking Milk Again..The Magazine Of The Deformed World Vol. 13
The Tango Band..Fellini..Berlin Nights
Martin Simpson..Duncan & Brady..Prodigal Son Martin is at Exeter Phoenix on Thurs 4 Nov
Uppers International..Dankasa..Afro-Beat Airways
So Long Angel..I've Changed..Would It Matter
Shedload Of Love..Coup De Ville..Love And Affection
Cos-Ber-Zam..Ne Noya..Afro-Beat Airways

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Maz Totterdell live!

On Monday 25 October talented young local singer guitarist
Maz Totterdell will be playing for us on the show. Do join us!
Check out Maz's music on Myspace.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Iranian, Vietnamese, Eritrean and Malian/Cuban musicians...

...were amongst the musicians featured this evening - where else but on rootsandshoots on Phonic FM? And there were many more besides, including musicians from Devon. 
Here's what Martin and Martin played:
Michael Manring..Solene..Soliloquy
Oteil and the Peacemakers..Subterranea..Love Of A Lifetime
Afro-Cubism..Nima Diyala..AfroCubism
The Creole Choir Of Cuba..Lumane Casimir..Tande-La
Zouk Allstars..Tan Ton Kawpan..The Story Of The Zouk Allstars Vol. 2
Pham Du Thanh..Mua Lua Chin..Vietnamese Traditional Music
Otis Gibbs..I Walked Out In The River..Joe Hill's Ashes Appearing at Exeter Phoenix Sat 23 Oct
Headwater..Pleasure & The Rhyme..Lay You Down Appearing at Bradninch Guildhall Fri 22 Oct & The Amber Rooms, Exeter Sat 23 Oct
Salamat..Charbel Rouhana..Salamat
Nasser Cheshmezer..Mobarak Bad..Terhan Nights
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan..Queen Of Waters..Twice Reflected Sun
Heidi Talbot..Tell Me Truly..The Last Star
La Machine..Mariez-Moi..Planetes Musiques
Pengollo..Kant..Da Bep Tu
Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll..George Watson's Hornpipe..Beneath The Black Tree
Carolina Chocolate Drops..Trouble In your Mind..Genuine Negro Jig
Epstein Brothers..Mazeltov..Klezmer Music
Los Violines De Oro Del Tango..Taquito Militar..Argentine Tango
Jim Jones..Find Me Out..Daylight & Stars
Jerry Cahill..Breath Of Fire..Armchair Traveller  
Picture of Jerry Cahill by Roxanne Royer
The Mordekkers..Aberdulots / Y Folantein..Wild Roots
Secret Oyster..Paella..Live In The USA
Asmara All Stars feat. Faytinga..Amajo..Eritrea's Got Soul
Back To Base with Benjamin Zephaniah..Nu Suede Shoes..World 2001
Guo Brothers..Step By Step..Yuan

Monday, 11 October 2010

Return of The Boys

It was great that
The Boys From Melbourne Street joined us for a session in the last half hour of rootsandshoots today. Colin Wilson, lead vocals and guitar, Keith Hunter, four string guitar and Dave Eustace, percussion, ukelele and backing vocals were highly entertaining. Cheers, boys! We ended up with their latest CD which we will definitely play on future shows. Check out The Boys From Melbourne Street website for more info including gigs and recordings.

They played 3 songs live: Long Train Coming; Chinese Whispers and Band Of Brothers. We also heard At Last from their album Carpe Diem and Wealthy Man from A Walk In the Park.

Other recordings played:
Samy Izy..Bala..Tsara Madagasikara
Tama..Ta-aba..World 2001 
Buscemi + Kocani Orchestra..Alone At My Wedding..Electric Gypsyland
Les Yeux Noir..Vulpe..Balamouk 
Eleanor McEvoy..Look Like Me..I'd Rather Go Blonde
Lonely Tourist..Patron Saint Procrastinate..download
Los Desterados..Yodoo Shimka
Faubourg De Boignard..Coke En Stock..Terra Gallica
Jaime Leigh..There Was A Maiden Walking..Finding My Ground
Lo-Fi-Lung..Clap Clap (Cheer Up Jack)..Lo-Fi-Lung  
Plantec..En Egor..A'Raok
Wig A Wag..Kanenn Kanak..Wig A Wag
Otis Gibbs..Joe Hill's Ashes..Joe Hill's Ashes At Exeter Phoenix 23 Oct
Lazy..Thin Line..Too Little Too Late
Shedloads Of Love..Roll Another Number..Love And Affection
The Creole Choir Of Cuba..Fey..Tande-La  

Monday, 4 October 2010

Phil and Hannah: Fantastic!

What an amazing session this evening! Phillip Henry on voice, dobro and harmonica and Hannah Martin singing and playing violin and banjo. Something very special. They went off saying Thank you to us and we say T-H-A-N-K  Y-O-U to them.

We heard
Sheebeg Sheemore & another tune (Phil on dobro, Hannah on violin) LIVE
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning / Irish Tune (Phil on harmonicas and voice) LIVE
Greenboots from Phillip Henry's new album Live In The Living Room to be launched in Exeter's Living Room Cafe on Sat 9 October from 20:00
Three Witches (Hannah, vocal and banjo) LIVE
The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn (Phil, vocal and dobro, Hannah, vocal and violin) LIVE

Check out their music and gigs here and here and here. The Open Mike sessions that Phil leads from 21:00 on Monday nights at The Amber Rooms in Exeter begin again very soon.

We also played:
Moroccan Spirit..Jim I Nim..Moroccan Spirit
Sr Mandrill..El Otro Joe..Sr Mandrill
Dudu Pakwana..Diamond Express..Ubagile (A Tribute to Johnny Edgecombe who died last week)
Mulatu Astatke..Asosa..Mulatu Steps Ahead
Guo Brothers..Evening Song..Yuan
Shantel & Taraf De Haidouks..Electric Gypsyland
Dalla..Ann Tremellan / Farewell Maidens
Cole Stacey..Lover Not A Friend..Changing Faces
Leon Rosselson..Encore..Harry's Gone Fishing  
Appearing at The Bike Shed, Fore Street, Exeter on Sunday 10 Oct - 20:00
Duo Tras..Los Sinhes..Planetes Musiques
Zouk All Stars..Zouk Zombi..Zouk All Stars Story Vol.2
Jean Luc Ponty..Idiot Bastard Son..King Kong

No time this evening for a full gig list (The 2 hours go so quickly...)  so we said we'd put the gigs we didn't mention (and meant to) on this blog. We will not make a habit of this! (All in Exeter; all 20:00 Exeter time)
Wed 6 Oct - Mark Chadwick (formerly Levellers) - Exeter Phoenix
Thu 7 Oct - Maddy Prior - Barnfield Theatre
Fri 8 Oct - Old Porch Band, Ben Van Weede, Andy Clarke & Steve Tyler - Barnfield Theatre
Sat 9 Oct - Great Western Ceilidh - Committee Band: caller Nick Walden - Bowhill School, Buddle Lane
Follow links in R hand column for full details

Next week on rootsandshoots we look forward to the return of  
The Boys From Melbourne Street LIVE!

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Phillip Henry: musician extraordinaire on Roots and Shoots

On Monday 4 October Phillip Henry will be performing live for Roots and Shoots in the Phonic FM studio. There's a lot of good, innovative music around these days by young performers. But occasionally a musician comes on the scene who has something quite special. And Phil is really special: an exceptionally talented, inventive and extraordinarily sensitive music master who put his everything into his craft. Yet Phil remains exceptionally modest and only moves into the spotlight when he has an offering that will leave his audience spellbound.

With every instrument that Phillip Henry plays he gets the best and then a bit more out of it. He is a virtuoso of, amongst other instruments, dobro, lap steel and harmonica. And he's studied with the very best in Britain, the States and India. His songs and tunes range from his arrangements of traditional melodies from Britain and elsewhere to foot stomping boogy numbers to his own fresh innovative compositions. And he's a fine singer too.

It is with typical understatement and modesty that Phillip Henry is launching his new album Live in the Living Room in one of the most intimate venues in Exeter rather than a big auditorium. Listen into Roots and Shoots to find out where and when. If we spread the information too widely, you will definitely not all get in.

Phil's performance with the exhilarating, first-rate local band The Roots Union at the recent Acoustica Festival at Exeter Phoenix was one of the high points of the weekend. For a while, the band members are concentrating on solo and smaller group projects. Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin will be showcasing their extraordinary talents as a duo.

We expect Phillip Henry, accompanied by Hannah, to be playing music from his new album Live In The Living Room when they appear on Phonic FM's Roots and Shoots. If you're planning to drive while listening, pull over. If you're in your living room, prepare to boogie.

Roots and Shoots on Phonic FM on Monday 4 October, 18:00 - 20:00 UK time.

Text and photo (Phil & Hannah at Sidmouth Summer 2010) by Martin Hodge

Monday, 27 September 2010

Tango, flamenco, ceilidhs and more

Well, lots of post-Acoustica Festival music too...
Lais..De Valse Zeeman..Dorothea
Dan ar Braz..Broken Prayer..Celtiques
Yo Yo Ma..Milonga Del Angel..Spirit Of The Tango
Hugo Diaz..Melodia De Arrabal..Hugo Diaz Tango
Sway 89..Bad World..Revolution
Adam Donen..Maldoror..Immortality
Romica Puceanu & The Gore Brothers..Hora Dinswpre Ziua..SoundsFrom A Bygone Age
Javier Ruibal..Perta De La Medina..Rough Guide To Flamenco Nuevo
Polly & The Billets Doux..
Back To Earth..Fiction, Half-Truths And Downright Lies Pic: album cover. Sculpture by Sophie Wiltshire. Photographed by Jacob Stone
Taraf De Haidouks..Duba Duba Si Hora..Electric Gypsyland 2
Sr Mandrill..La Forre De La Guilarre..Maximus Texturus 006
Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick..Arthur McBride..Prince Heathen
The Committee Band..Bosolu / Spanoletto..It's About Time!
Zouk All Stars..Tan Ton Kampran..Zouk All Stars Story Vol. 2
Andy Clarke..My Lady's Coach..Gather To My Side
The Mountains & The Trees..Make Amends..I Made This For You
Holly Ebony..Moonbathing..A Memory Of Life
Daily Planet..Take Your Time..The Big Scoop
Mulatu Astake..I Faram Gami I Faram..Mulatu Steps Ahead
Lais..Le Grand Vent..Dorothea
The Poozies..We Build Fires..Chantoozies
Sr Mandrill..Reino De La Luna..Sr. Mandrill
Quinteto Suarez Paz..Oblivion..Milonga Del Angel
and, of course, our theme tune, bits of which we played twice:
The Tango Band..Tarantella..Berlin Nights

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


Monday 20 September 2010

Martin Henning was alone this week.
I played the following:
Moroccan Spirit..Derviche..Moroccan Spirit
El Tanbura..Sar A Lay..North African Cafe
Selim Sesler..Cripple's Air & Pebbly Paths Of Mucha..Selim Sesler
Sr Mandril..Reino De La Luna..Sr Mandril
Stanley Clarke Band..Labyrinth..Stanley Clarke Band
Melonious Quartet..Habenera Casalinga..Planetes Musiques
Digitacoya..De Trampa..Tango Fusion Club
Bollywood Bass..Mystic Whomp..Bollywood Bass
Forty Thieves Orkestrar..The Man Who Drinks..Electric Gypsyland 1
Taraf Gouamas..A Ya Bibi..Planetes Musiques
Romica Puceanu & The Gore Brothers..Doi TavarasiAm La Drum..Sounds From A Bygone Age
Zelwer..The Fiancees Dream..Electric Gypsyland 2
Compagnie Giulia..Al Alva Venid..Compagnie Giulia
Daughters Of Elvin..De La Grant Joie d'Amours..Galdrbok
Electric Light Orchestra..The Diary Of Horace Whimp..The Best Of E.L.O.
Shedloads Of Love..You Don't Miss Your Water..Love And Affection
Lazy..Station Blues..Too Little Too Late
Monkey Gland Blues Bad..Waste A Little Time..Demo
Dalla..Turning The Tide..Cribbar
Andy Clarke..Back Among The Mermaids..Gather To My Side
Daily Planet..The Lochs Of Dread/Cooley's Reel..The Big Scoop
Wig A Wag..Paskou..Wig A Wag
The Guo Brothers & Shun Tian..Fishing By Lamplight..Yuan

Monday, 13 September 2010

Count To Fire

It was a very special evening on rootsandshoots as we welcomed the highly talented and entertaining Will Odgers (lead vocals, guitar) and Joe Mansfield (violin, vocals) from Exeter-based band Count To Fire.

Will and Joe played live: Screen Play, In Another Life and City Lights. An outstanding performance. Many thanks to them.
From the band's highly regarded new album In Another Life we played CasablancaI'm The Man You Need, Battles and Emotion Machine.

Count To Fire are playing this Saturday 18 September at 10pm in The Voodoo Lounge at Exeter Phoenix, one of 50 or more performers at the 2nd annual Acoustica Festival at the Phoenix. The evening before, Count To Fire play at an album launching party at  
The Old Firehouse in Exeter. They'd love you to join them there. You don't live in Exeter? Well, find them on Myspace or Facebook and book them to appear where you live, whether it be Torquay, Turkey, Togo or wherever!

We also played:
Guichen Brothers..Les Autre Mondes..Dreams Of Brittany
Dalla..Polperro Furry..Cribbar
The Mountains And The Trees..Travellin' Song..I Made This For You
E.L.O..Telephone Line..Best Of E.L.O.
Daughters Of Elvin..Donna Pas Vos Ay Chausida
E.L.O...Confusion..Best Of E.L.O.
Monkey Gland Blues Band..Maggie McGill..MGBB
Shedloads Of Love..Feeling Alright..Love And Affection
Guo Brothers..My Second Life..Yuan
Charbel Rouhona..Hikayat Kel Yaoum..Salamat
Mahala Rai Bauda..Lest Sxy..Electric Gypsyland
True Blue..Scumbags & Skallywags..Demo
Daily Planet..Boss..The Big Scoop
The Roots Union..Badlands..From The Gutter To The Stars
Stanley Clarke..Bass Folk Song No.6..The Stanley Clarke Band