Week 28 - Fri 9 Jul
After a brilliant summer break at Folk in a Field, let's catch up with what's caught the ears of RPMers since last we met. Over to.....
"Here are my choices, and best wishes to all of you as ever."
The Race Is On by Dave Edmunds and Stray Cats - "I bought 3 records this week - this is one of them - a single I haven't heard for a while and a good pressing with a picture sleeve. Sadly Dave is retired now but I still love his output. The same goes for the Stray Cats and especially Brian Setzer - this is a band born out of time as they look and sound as if they've been lifted straight out of the 1950's."
Sunday Morning Coming Down by Kris Kristofferson - "This is a track from another bought this week - "The Songs of ..." which I already have but this was a lovely clean pressing in a crappy sleeve but with the lyric sheet for 50p."
Stainsby Girls by Chris Rea - "The 3rd record was a Glenn Campbell LP on the Ember label but I'd rather add this one in. I don't think we've had a track selected so far by Chris Rea - a very underrated singer songwriter. This track was first released on "Shamrock Diaries" and is in tribute to his wife who came from this area near his home town of Middlesbrough."
"This week I’m making a statement about the last 2 years...."
"We’ve been...... Under Pressure......"
David Bowie and Annie Lennox
"Hi RPMers, hope you are all well. It was lovely to catch up with some of you last weekend at Folk in a Field. What a fantastic weekend. Here’s my 3 of the week. Cheers!"
"Myself, Tim and Nina saw Jon Boden LIVE in York a few days before going to Folk in a Field, so here's some JB......voice of an angel."
Bonus Track - Raglan Road performed by The Dubliners - "Morra dedicated this to me when he played the open mic at Folk in a Field.........then suddenly, shattering the quiet attention of the intimate audience, my phone went off; yes, I was that person that everyone looked at. So here it is so I can hear it in full."
"Over the week-end some of us met at the ‘Folk In A Field Festival’, it was a proper wonder. I loved it! Well organised, great layout, huge temptations, (by way of the ‘Ballard Banjers’ stall) and of course great music.
By coincidence the music lovers that gathered in that folky field included eight members of RPM contributors! Nina, Anto, Dave, John, Jackie, Tim, Myself and Jayne! Therefore a forum quorum!!! (Albeit a little scattered!). So, there is no need for me to play anything fiddly or twiddly as heard at said FIAF festival.
Although I admit, that I am very tempted to include something by ‘3 Daft Monkeys’. Having seen them many times over the years, (and I have to say that their performances are never slack), they were on top form, at FIAF, despite being sans their drummer! FIAF felt as if, like a festival Cinderella, after a long sleep, and a kiss, the world of music was coming alive again. Oh and Ajay Srivastav!!!!!
Thanks Tim, for the huge amount of effort that you put into the weekend. Not just this year, but for every FIAF that people have enjoyed, rarely noticing your input. Cheers!
But RPM… after the festival I needed to realign my audial tastebuds so’s to speak, as a result this week I have been listening to something a little different….. Lots of early Jazz, including, Johnny and Baby Dodds, Bix, Bechet, Spanier and this classic............"
Doctor Jazz by Jelly Roll Morton -
"Here are my 3 for the week."
God’s Away On Business by Tom Waits -
"Hi RPMers, It was great to see many of you at Folk In A Field last weekend including, of course, our glorious leader! A fantastic festival.
"Here's my Folk in a Field 3....what a great weekend."
"Here's my three......two with a Folk in a Field slant and the third influenced by meeting an old friend at the festival."
Golden by Ajay Srivastav - "My stand-out performer at Folk in a Field.......check out his albums Karmic Blues and the recent Powerless, where you will find this song.......I had to do a last minute change as Dave snaffled my song choice. Seems Ajay made a big impression on us RPMers with his blues / Indian music cross-over vibe."
Jaybird performed by the Ballard Bootleggers - "Here's my friend Leon Ballard (guitar), fine banjo maker, and his children Dixie (12) on accordion and Huckleberry (9) on banjo playing the Boat Stage open mic at Folk in a Field. We worked out we meet up about every 10 years, so it was nice to catch up again! His family band were a hit and asked to play the stage again the following day."
The Midleton Thief / The Lobster by Damien O'Kane and Ron Block - "Chatting about banjos and banjo players with Leon at his stall at the festival, I mentioned the Banjophony album to him......which he was not familiar with!! When I got home, I had to give it a play."
........'Til Next Time.