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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The Appaloosas come to play

 Listen again to an abridged version of the show featuring live music by The Appaloosas here. 

Hi all.
On Monday 18th March on Roots and Shoots a band called The Appaloosas came to the studio to play some live music and talk about their recently recorded eponimous album and this and that.
The band are a trio made up of Eliza (vocals + guitar) and Peter Acty (banjo) together with Stephen Potter (fiddle). The music they play is from the Appalachian tradition in the USA. Eliza's voice was so evocative of the tradition and the guitar, fiddle and banjo kind of transported me to the Appalachian mountains. Wonderful music, beautifully performed.
In the studio as well was Martin Hodge, who very kindly came in to balance the microphones, and Cecil to take photos & video. as well as Eliza's brother who also took photos and videos. Hoping to be able to put some up on this blog some time soon.

The band played the following songs live:
Come All You Virginian Girls
Undone Sorrow (a song originally sung by Ola Belle Reed)
Water Bound ( a song by Dirk Powell)
Gospel Plough ( a traditional song recorded by Bob Dylan and Chas McCoy amongst others)

From their Album;
Little Darling Pal Of Mine
I wanted to play more from the CD but our studio CD player wasn't having any of it. There will be more tracks played on future shows once I get the CD on my computer.

Other music played was as follows:

Jean Pierre..Marcus Miller.. Marcus
Move Along Train..Levon Helm ..Electric Dirt
Ginhava..Mercan Dede.. Breath
Springtime On Parmir Mountains ..The Guo Brothers.. Yuan
Mj..Le Gop..Le Gop!
Barco Negro ..Alexandra Sousa.. Sabor A Fado
Railroad Bill ..Lonnie Donegan.. 100 Classics (1952-1959)
Manhattan..Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble.. Songs of the Metropolis
Cabane (Scottish)..Corinne Renaud, Catherine Grimault, Eric Thézé & Gérard Gordon..Brume
Diga Figa..Brotto Lopez.. Le Bal
The Singing Kettle ..Emma Sweeney.. Songlines CD #91 (April/May 2013)
Wallou ..Queen Biz.. Songlines CD #91 (April/May 2013)
Climbing Up a Mountain ..Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott.. Songlines CD #91 (April/May 2013)
Araber Tanz..Kevara ..Demo

Bulgarian Boogie..Koby Israelite..Blues From Elsewhere

Friday, 15 March 2013

Music from Rajasthan to Totnes...

...features on the What's On list for Exeter and was also amongst the selection on rootsandshoots this Monday 11 April 2013. 

Also, following the recent showing in Exeter of the documentary film Acoustic Routes I was inspired to feature the music of the legendary guitarist and singer Bert Jansch.
Martin Hodge

Koby Israelite..Peckham Rai..Blues From Elsewhere
Carmen Souza..,On Na Tarrafal..Katchupada

The Dhoad Gypsies Of Rajasthan..Dance Music..Live In Prague 2007

Picture: The Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan. They are on tour including playing at Exeter Phoenix  on 12 March 2013

Lukas Drinkwater & Emily Howard..Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Matthew & Me..Foxhole
Fimber Bravo feat. Alexis Taylor..The Way We Live Today
Bert Jansch..Blues Run The Game..Bert Jansch
Bert Jansch..Blackwater Side..Jack Orion
Anne Briggs..Doffing Mistress..Collection
Ralph McTell..First Light..
Pentangle..Jack Orion..Cruel Sister
Bert Jansch with Bernard Butler & Johnny Marr..The Riverbank
Woodford Green..Oh Little Bird
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin..Witchita..Live In The Living Room
Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe..Neyyar Dam..On Hire

Cole & Joe are on tour at the moment and have local gigs. Details

Steve Knightley..Raining Again..Cruel River
Fela Kuti..Shakari..The Best Of the Black President
Samba Toure..Be Ki Don..Albala
Jay Tamkin..You've Got The Heart..Alibi

Jay Tamkin is playing in concert for Phonic FM at Exeter Phoenix on Saturday 13 April along with Alex Kumar and The Swamp Gods. Full details here.

Monday, 11 March 2013


Hi all.
On a trip to Madiera, recently, I went to a Fado bar in Funchal called Sabo Fado. We went in, sat down and ordered a glass of wine. In a corner of the bar were 2 guitarists, one playing the Portuguese 12 string Guitar the other a regular 6 string.
The first played the fado tunes and the other played rhythm. This went on for a couple of numbers and we all began to relax into the very laid back atmosphere. The third tune started and then, much to our surprise, all of a sudden the woman serving the drinks stopped wiping a table top and holding a bunch of dirty glasses started to sing in classic Fado style.
Then after that the other 2 women at the bar joined in. Twas brilliant. All this carried on for the rest of the evening 'til chucking out time at 2am. They were all [part of the same family the two men guitarists were father and son, the women the mother, the sister and the wife of the younger Portuguese Guitarist, who had won a competition and was considered the beat Portuguease Guitarist in Madiera.
Wonderful. I can recommend a visit to that particular hostelry, if you're ever in Fuchal - the old town centre near the port and cable car station. They had a CD for sale, which I bought of course and I played a track on the show. I'll be playing more from that in coming shows. Hope you like it.

Here's a list of tunes/songs played on Monday 4th March's show:

Mali ..John Patitucci.. Remembrance
Glass: Glassworks - Closing ..Philip Glass Ensemble... The Essential Philip Glass
Tudo Isto E Fado..Alexandra Sousa Sabor.. A Fado  
Hard Times Blues..Lonnie Donegan.. 100 Classics (1952-1959)
Jim Crow Blues ..Leadbelly.. All Time Greatest Masters 
Nirvana..El Cosmo Group.. Buddha Grooves, Vol. 2 - 44
Sinaly (feat. Kasse Mady Diabate)..Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba.. Jama Ko
El goud'dem..Les boukakes.. Makach mouch'kil
Katica..Brina.. Slečena Koža
On The Back Seat Of My Car ..Goran Bregovic.. Alkohol (Bonus Track Version)  
La ville dort. . . (Pilé menu)..Hamon Martin Quintet.. Du silence et du temps
Slamboree..Don Byas.. Don Byas Selected Hits, Vol. 4
Sunken Bells ..Emily Portman.. Hatchling
Mumbai Highway ..Ducie.. Mancunia
Agua rara .. Bonga.. Best of Bonga
Andros ..Mousaka.. Ca S'Bouffe Pas, Ca S'Danse
Cinco Piezas - Romantico..Edoardo Catemario.. Complete Works With Guitar
Otro Puente Alsina..Otros Aires.. The Tango Club Night, Vol. 2

Ginhava..Mercan Dede.. Breath
Ohm Suhaa ..Andrea Guzzaletti, Lao Kouyate & Sainkho Namtchylak.. Who Stole The Sky? 

Miami Meculele..Caetano & Moreno Veloso.. Recant Gal
Mambo Ska..Ska Cubano..Mambo Ska
Desert Ska..Skatalites..Walk With Me
Roller Taster..Roller Trio..Roller Trio 

Martin Hodge is presenting the show on Monday 11th March. 'm back on the18th with,all being well, local musician Steve Potter and his band playing live.
All the best and keeep listening (sorry Bruce!) to Roots and Shoots on Phonic FM. 106.8fm in Exeter and www.phonic.fm worldwide.
Martin Henning