Every Summer the City of Vienna organizes a free 3-day event on the Donauinsel, an artificial island that was built to contain floods caused by the mighty river. This area is a popular summer vacation place, which all the charms of a budget riverside, seaside, lakeside resort. Back in May2002, I watched the audiences being entertained in front of the Ferris Wheel by Eurovision song contestant Manuel Ortega, I went home after seeing the Danone Cup junior football club but the party went on until the evening. And so off to the next big event on the Danube Island organized by the City of Vienna, with various sponsors of all sorts which sell insurances, soft drinks, broadcast on the waves etc etc and if you want a drink or an ice cream, the Copa Kagrana , the riviera for the district of Kagran is not far away.

On my way to hospitality, I saw the band Irish-Steirisch rehearsing their brand of good fun roots rock n’roll with much charm and all sorts of instruments, which on paper do not belong together and yet… There was a Styrian hammer dulcimer (Hackbrett ), a brightly painted accordeon, acoustic guitars, an electric guitar, and Irish-sounding recorder, a kilt, some dancers in leather trousers… Touching was their version of the Irish traditional song Carry on , there were also a few vodka tinted Russian songs, and Austrian pieces, such as Steirer Reel (Sidl-ai-dai) that made polka the dots. thought that I could have done with a bit of Atlantic coolness, as we had a sultry 35 degrees Celsius. When I was at the Galway Festival in 1998 with my two acolytes, we were drenched and frozen and there was Cornershop with their exotic instruments, an Indian sitar for instance, putting the sun in our heart. Cornershop also released a brilliant version of the Beatles “Norwegian Woods”. Believe me or not, here was another band with a citar, Austrian this time, who also performed Norwegian Woods. Their English was very good, as I could check with Sigi, the frontman and Kathrin the accordeon player. I hope that everyone in Styria, nicknamed the green region is as welcoming as these people, and I am sure, they love them too in Ireland, the Emerald isle
After the reels, and the rock n’roll, there was more dancey music for a happy public to wave their arms for. Gerhard Fleischhacker, the breakfast radio star presenter from Radio Wien (ORF Radio Vienna) (no, not Chris Evans, on BBC Radio One), anyway, he was excited when he introduced the legendary Hot Chocolate . Unlike co-presenter Peter "Muttley" Rapp whose specialities are game shows and hidden camera, the lanky Fleischhacker who loves sunglasses and Hawaian shirts, knew how to pronounce all the hits. No wonder he could: three years ago, Radio Wien launched a craze about the music of the seventies with their Wickie Slime and Paiper parties in Abba costumes at the historic Sophiensäale (Johann Straus performed his music there). Sadly the Sophiensäale burnt down recently and only a sad carcass remains.Too many hits of the eighties for my liking are broadcasted now. Maybe I am showing my age, when I say that I can remember Hot Chocolate in their early years. Heaven is in the back seat of my cadillac
No doubt about it
Errol Brown is no longer singing but Patrick Olive and his mates Harvey Hinsley, Tony Connor and Greg Bannis (singer) brought the music alive. Silver suit, showmanship and the anecdote about a woman who travelled 6.000 miles through Australia with a Hot Chocolate tape. I could never get bored hearing their music. It’s like people who say that they love Elvis. I just like that sound. It’s a mixture of Caribbean, reggae, northern soul, rock n’roll and disco, Errol Brown also added a gospel dimension when he wrote and performed “A child’s prayer” . Soul music was known in Britain from the sixties as Northern Soul, and enjoyed a few successes such as Jimmy Ruffin’s “What becomes of the broken hearted?” Hot Chocolate were the most successful multicultural band in the UK, of course later there were the Selecters, Fun Boy Three, Tasmin Archer and her band, Errol Brown solo, Faithless and Morcheeba, to name a few. They enjoyed huge chart successes in the seventies, as I said, sales are not a warrant for quality, but in that case, there was something in the air. Hot Chocolate enjoyed some airplay success in 1997 when “You sexy thing” featured in the soundtrack to “The Full Monty” film. Those congas by by Patrick Olive were as welcome as a Caribbean Holiday at the Copacabana. songwriter, Errol Brown wrote also some sharp social comments about gossip (Rumours ), broken dreams (Emma ).. Their songs fit very well into the brassed-off glamour of kitchensink life in England. Greg Bannis swayed his microphone around, the cable unplugged – he stood there as the band went on playing. He managed to fix it before a roadie brought a new microphone. I think this was not planned. Indeed the body language and the cheeky sense of humour were endearing to most of the audience. A woman next to me wanted me to translate the comments to her. One of them is my quote of the year and rightly heads this review, I am sure that Mr Mayor, who represents the City of Vienna, agrees. Hey, Mr Rathousekeeper, let’s get sexy! Now I know where the rats in Vienna live… and when I went to the Cellar of the Rathouse (Rathauskeller) recently I heard an Irish harp playing there. Two weeks after the concert, The Danube Island with its cheap restaurants at the Copa Kagrana was flooded . The owners were lucky enough to get time to put their belongings into safety. Radio Wien had a busy time broadcasting the news that troubled the summer. The residents of Vienna did come to no harm thanks to the Danube Island in its old efficent role as a diverter/buffer against the floods. As I'm writing, the mud and the rubbish have been cleared out courtesy MA48, the Danube has resumed its tranquil life. The visitors are invited to bathe and to have a good time at the Copa, even though the mood is slightly downcast. The latter has also something to do with the end of the summer time. As some of us pack their Barry Manilow records, their Hawaian shirts, chirpy Gerhard Fleischhacker tells us allabout Radio Wien’s Back to School advices on early breakfast radio.
Yet, I listened to Hot Chocolate even when the days became foggy and cold and thought of what Patrick Olive had said to me after the concert: If you believe in dreams, then they might come true
And message from Helmut at Cafe Yesterday : "Don't give up, remember the Beatles " - and he added, music really changes lives, without it the world would be a sad place, that's the inspiration we should all get from the Beatles. The See Saw – Abbey Road in the Attic - This is a translation from an article in German by Robert Rotifer There are ambitious people. There are dreamers. And there are people obsessed: Michael Steinitz, known in his Salzburg home town as Stootsie has already been following his pop obsession since his teenage years (that was some time ago in the eighties), with unprecedented consequence. As there are few contact points with pop history in Salzburg, he brought it home bit by bit. His home studio in the attic, which Stootsie named Aston Manor resembles a collection of pop memorabilia. Countless guitars, antique amplifiers and a ton heavy Hammon organ. The See Saw make rich use of this arsenal when they are crafting their numerous instrumental arrangements, either there or at the Flow Studio where guitar player Max Koegl earns his crust. Whilst recording their new album "After Sunset" , the band had to put up losing their bass player Paul Reichel. Meanwhile, however, the cast featuring Koegl, Stootsie and drummer Robert Schoblocher reduced to a classic power threesome have proved their worth when they played a gig at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. Since 1999, the See Saw have been travelling to and fro across the Atlantic and appeared in San Diego, Orange Country and LA. The LA Times called them the "Arnold Schwarzenegger of guitar pop" . After Sunset is the rare case of an Austrian production which can show a American distributor. The perspectives of the band have widened in the USA. From the exclusively classical British singer-songwriting of the earlier years, now one can also hear references to the Byrds, the Beach Boys and early Tom Petty in this sunny but also melancholic universe. However, Stootsie makes it clear: "What I like in America are still the anglophile US-bands". On the day of our conversation, he had bought the new record by Paul Weller. "To me, this is still an event" admits the man who once spontaneously presented Weller with a rare Gibson guitar. "Not because I wanted to copy his music. However, it is beautiful to see that someone is living his life with style". And much the same can be said about Stootsie as well. the See Saw Records: The Extended Play years 1996-2000 Free Fall Records After Sunset (2002) Free Fall Records This article originally appeared in Now Magazine. October 2002 Robert Rotifer On October 12th, I had the rare honour to be a guest of Daniel Johnston, who has made a name in alternative American art. Thank you to Manfred Winter and friends, this review would not have been possible without you. Thank you for calling me a "charming guest", I like what I heard. The Flex. This is a place located by the Underground U4 by the Vienna canal. You get off the Schottenring, - the Scottish Circle - (named so because of Irish monks who founded an abbey in Vienna, in Latin they wrote Scottorum to talk about the Irish, hence the confusion when the name is translated into a living language, such as German). The place is covered with graphities, probably by people who can find no art gallery to exhibit their work, but might one day be hyped like Basquiat (who is good, sadly not able to know about it). It is the sort of place, where some disillusioned kids might do things – and in our post-modern days, you also get many trendies who come and call it cool. Having said that, the Flex is a good place if you are looking for atmosphere underground.The Flex was the place where I met the wonderful Andy Kevin Kump from the band Shy, and that says a lot about the place trying to be a platform for artists. After talking to him about his views on art, life combined with a message to the audience of number undefined, I came to the conclusion that he is a poet with an acoustic guitar or a Fender Rhodes keyboard. What you see is what you get. This is easier said than done. Personally I don’t make notes when I go to a concert – now starting to prefer the word gig, I thought I could do that at the Hot Chocolate concert, and then I realised that I must be a real dork if I go to a concert and not listen to/enjoy the music. Hence: listen first, comments after. Of course it may help to have pictures or recordings – but the mental pictures are the most important.
My mental pictures recall Daniel Johnston playing in front of three of his paintings being shown on screen. One of them said “Reject unknown”. The one I have on a postcard shows a monster with a leg trapped that says: ”Caught in a trap baby, I can’t let go – cos I love you so”. He has a nervous way of playing his guitar, and it is gentle at the same time. I didn’t realise how versatile this instrument can be and it has something to do with people who bring their personality into the play. Copying that would be sheer impossible. So you have this music that owes some of its essence to folk, no surprise if I tell you that Daniel comes from Texas. But this is not the comely Texas that we know from John Wayne, and I’m glad for it. So, I picture myself in a place called Waxahachie, and someone sings to the audience including me: “Satan is an actor who wants you to believe in nothing” . This is a spot on remark. The last song said: ”True love will find you in the end.”. And there was no encore, rightly so. Because there could not be a more fitting track to put on the end of an album. I recall Hary from J.Lightning and the Bad Influence saying: Das ist indie pur! I hope you’ll answer! Let’s play the blues!”.

In November 2002, I went to a gig with Suede and JJ72, and met Christoph Schwarz from the Austrian band Siopao afterwards. So I conducted an e-mail interview with him that week:
Interview with Christoph Schwarz from Siopao Austrian Band siopao ,br> Electronic soundscapes with samples and vocal effects, plus added guitars and drums. Line up:
Oles Zupnik and Christoph Schwarz
bernhard eichinger drums
gregor kutschera bass
patrick lammer vocals
roni genswaider and fred the turtle
Age: 21-23 years 1) was fuer soundscapes werden in diesem Album beschrieben. (was fuer Bilder kann man sich bei den tracks vorstellen)
grundsätzlich gibt es für jede nummer eine initialzündung, dh irgendein erlebnis oder gefühl, das uns veranlasst bzw beeinflußt hat, eine nummer zu schreiben. ich war zur der zeit, wo wir unsere demos geschrieben haben sehr stark von suede inspiriert, als bilder hatte ich oft das leben in der vorstadt ('suburbia') und einen persönlichen hang zu industrieromantik vor meinen augen, bilder, die ich in gewisser weise auch mit suede verbinde, dh. ich glaube, dass wir stärker inhaltlich als musikalisch von suede inspiriert wurden. aber natürlich mussten auch erfahrungen aus liebesbeziehungen als stoff herhalten...
2) welche sind eure favourite tracks? ich kann hier natürlich nur für mich sprechen... die stärkste bindung habe ich zu "episode interlude", da mir bei dieser nummer die abstimmung zwischen songwriting und gesang am besten gefällt. (hier streue ich patrick, unserem sänger rosen, es war ein echt schöner moment, diese nummer aufzunehmen). "2001" finde ich auch sehr gelungen, da es gelang, den moment der inspiration (neujahr 2001, der heimweg von einer exzessiven silvesterparty) sehr authentisch in einer musikalischen form einzufangen.

3) technische Beschreibung der Musik und eine beschreibung von euch (alter bitte), studio etc
die tracks wurden von oles zupnik und mir geschrieben und in unserem heimstudio in wien XXII produziert. die beiden alten schulfreunde bernhard eichinger und gregor kutschera spielten schlagzeug und bass, patrick lammer steuerte den gesang bei. alle beteiligten sind 21 bis 23 jahre alt. im letzten halbjahr sind roni genswaider und fred the turtle dazugestoßen und haben unser lineup komplettiert.

4) was fuer musik hoert ihr gerne?
lange zeit hat mich die musik von suede, blur, queen (ihre 70er jahre), portishead und air geprägt. derzeit höre ich am liebsten radiohead und the smiths.

*** ich hoffe, du kannst mit dieser kurzen info was anfangen. he, wir könnten und doch mal wieder auf ein glas wein treffen und über britische gitarrenmusik quatschen, ich wette dir fallen noch massig dinge ein, die ich noch nie und nimmer gehört habe ;-)
lg christoph

On Valentine’s Day, I made a stop at Café Concerto, because my informer Gabriella Gotthalmsted, who I had met at the Daniel Johnston concert in october told me that if I was looking for something, that would be the right place. Radioeuropa the music suited to Bohemian tales. This is the story of another Bohemian, as in drifter: Hank Williams, from Alabama. Alabama, this is a region in the United States of America situated in the so-called Bible Belt, in the deep south, in the middle of the countryside. Hillbillies are said to be white lower-class people with loose mouth and ready for the gun, or fist and to have a drink problem. ‘Bama in US slang is pejorative for “country pumpkin”. Born in 1923, in a community of wood cutters who housed in one room cottages, Hank Williams learnt at an early age the downside of life and at the same time grew into the world of music. His mother played the organ at the local church hall, but his father had a serious drink problem. The young Hank Williams was fond of cowboy movies with singers like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry which happened in the Far West prairies, a world far away from Alabama. That did not prevent him to dress up as a cowboy. At the age of eleven he started busking in the pubs and met Rufus Payne, a black blues musician who became his friend and taught him the blues rhythms. Both themes: alcohol and blues stories are recurrent in Hank Williams songs. That blues, provided I am not mistaken with my sources originated from the Mississipi Delta, and hence is known as Delta Blues. Georg Siegl and Billy Votava from Viennese group Stiefelbein Bluhs Bänd perform four numbers at Café Concerto to get us into the mood.I had a soft spot for Georg Siegl even though the name of his Bluhs Bänd might raise a smile but we don’t want to behave as snobs. The choice of instruments was spot on. Moving over (guitar and accordeon) Mind your own business (not suited for Valentine) Lost Highway (poor old drifter me) Jambalaya (Cajun/Zydeco song) At the age of 13 Hank Williams left home to earn a living brushing shoes, selling peanuts and did appear on local radio shows to become known as the Singing Kid – and so his life on the road began. Rosita Williams sings Cold Cold Heart from a tribute compilation album from 2001. When Hank Williams came to fame, the weariness of his life and the world he had lived in shone through his songs. It also seems that women have been part of his problem because of tales of unrequited love like “Wedding Bells” (his love marries someone else) or “I’m so lonesome I could cry”, in the song When the USA got involved into the Second World War in 1942, there were heavy shortages. Hank Williams could not tour so he went to work in the shipyard and performed in Alabama’s main town called Montgomery. At concerts he sold copies of his booklet called “Original Songs by Hank Williams”, 35 cents a piece. He still felt very much like a drifter, but now that he was famous he was a contractual artist – although this got him out of financial worries, the contract meant a restriction on artistic freedom and movement. Hank Williams decided to use a pen name to publish songs that he liked and could not make it on record: The Drifting Cowboy: I am not coming home any more From the compilation Cold Cold Heart: Kieran Kane: Rambling (The Drifter). Performed in a 2/4 rhythm which goes: ( . .. . ) The Rucki Zucki Palmencombo from Upper Austria with Bernhard and Gabi Tragut perform I saw the Light. In 1946, Williams and his wife, Audrey, moved to Nashville, where they called Fred Rose, Nashville's biggest music writer and publisher. After hearing a few of Willams' songs, Rose immediately signed him to a contract. Under Rose's direction, Williams signed with MGM Records and got his first hit, "Move It on Over," which landed him a job on a radio show in Shreveport called "Louisiana Hayride." Rose also helped Williams polish his songs to attract the pop music market. The Williams-Rose team worked well. "Cold, Cold Heart," one of Williams's tunes, became a No. 1 country hit, as well as a pop hit for Tony Bennett. Roger Williams said,"It was a perfect union: Williams' native genius, Rose's craftsmanship and sure sense of the market." Williams songs were a success on the "Louisiana Hayride." "I Heard You Crying in Your Sleep" and "Lovesick Blues" were just two of the songs that earned Williams an opportunity to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. His debut, on June 11, 1949, is still considered a precious moment in country music history. Popular demand brought Williams back to the Opry and made him a regular. Williams needed a band to perform with, so he reorganized the Drifting Cowboys and added other studio musicians who traveled with him to do live performances. They traveled across the United States and Canada, and even to Germany where they entertained American troops. A year later, the demand for Williams was the highest of any other country star. Songs such as "Why Don't You Love Me?" and "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" became No. 1 hits, increasing Williams' popularity even outside the country music sphere." details from official Hank Williams website Producers Acuff/Rose (later producers for Roy Orbison) produced “I saw the light”. MGM got involved and the song reached Number 4 in the charts. It is still popular these days as it is a favourite for buskers and an upbeat number. Roy Acuff himself was quite successful and savvy.In 1952, Williams briefly returned to the "Louisiana Hayride," divorced his first wife and re-married in a public ceremony. On New Year's Day, 1953, Williams died of a heart attack on his way to Canton, Ohio where he was to perform. Williams was laid to rest in the Oakwood Annex Cemetery located in Montgomery, Alabama. Williams had a special gift. He could produce and sing beautiful songs in a sincere and honest manner that everyone could relate to. He was, without a doubt, one of the greatest singers in the history of country music. Thank you, official Hank Williams website for the additional information. Lassiter were supposed to perform themselves but Christian Wirlitisch, the singer who plays the Fender Jaguar and the Fender Deluxe Reverb Guitar had been overdoing his job as a beisl animator with the result that he lost his voice. However, since he was available for interview, I could ask him technical questions about Hank Williams' music. How would he describe it to me:
The instrumentation consists of drums, bass, guitar (western, pedal steel) and violin. The music is simple and consists of three chords on a 2/4 or 4/4 rhythm. (3/4 is country waltz or Tennessee Waltz that Austrian immigrants exported to the USA and became part as the Nashville sound and line dancing, ed. . The reduction gives it a bluesy atmosphere and the beat rhythm goes towards rock n’roll. The pronunciation is nasal and there are long stresses on vowels like o and a, which may at times remember of yodelling (another pejorative slang word for country pumpkin is “Yokel”). The singing is intense and whining (blues component). The loose structure of the song gives spontaneity to tell a story which is mostly a sad lament starting with “Woke up this morning” and ending that the character narrating the story dies and figures what happens to him afterwards.Thank you, Christian. Terri Hooley from Belfast once owned a vast collection of original Hank Williams records and in 1997 a fire broke out at his record shop and they were destroyed. After much lament over the loss of that treasure, Terri thought that at least the house did not burn out. There was reason to be miserable because international events meant that a war against Iraq was declared in March 2003. I must say that quite a few people are confused and uncertain how to think about the issue. We had to give thoughts to the combination of violence and religion, about diplomacy, about a cohesive multicultural society, whether we should get back to the roots or move on toward the modern age - and then we discovered that maybe the solution lies in accepting that contradictions might not be logical and compromises might not have good reputation and yet, perhaps living with contradiction and compromises will prove a viable option. With these thoughts I left Vienna, not before catching up with my summer friends who proved that popular music is accessible to all, it might evoke a region or a country, and yet such tunes and musicians travel the world and find themselves new places to unfold.

Who plays in the band: Roisin Murphy: vocals, lyrics Mark Brydon: guitars, keys, music Keys: Eddie Stevens Drums: Paul Slowly
Arik Marshall (guest lead guitar), Steve Edwards, Lisa Millet (backing vocals)and many more Drums: Paul Slowly
style of music: lush disco songs
Location: UK/Ireland
Instruments: Fender guitars, moog, rhodes, hohner clavinet D6, Gibraltar Sonor (drums) Albums: Do you like my tight sweater? (1996) , I am not a doctor (1998), things to make and do (2000) , statues (2003) (singles: dominoid, fun for me, the flipside, sing it back, the time is now, pure pleasure seeker, indigo, Familiar feeling)
tracks written by Mark Brydon and Roisin Murphy , produced by Mark Brydon.
Setlist: incl: Familiar Feeling, Statues, I want you, cannot contain this, forever more, 100%, pure pleasure seeker + over and over, sing it back. According to a newspaper called the Daily Mail, the biggest stage in the world is the Reno Hilton Theatre in Nevada which is about 2 acres big and can hold 800 spotlights. Well, the Limelight in Belfast Northern Ireland is much smaller but has made a name for itself as a venue for many names of independent music, there are countless of signed pictures and records on the wall as you get in. Thousands of anecdotes and who knows, we might have the one or the other in store for you.
This came a bit like a surprise to me. Having recently relocated to Belfast ?this is the first review from Titanictown and before I continue, I would like to thank all those who made this possible. Thank you Katrin and thank you David. I read about Moloko playing the Limelight when doing a bit of research on their website because their album statues is favourite of 2003 so far and I thought it should deserve a thorough review. Moloko are of course familiar feeling in the current music scene. They have a universal appeal as some of their songs were played all over the place in Europe and elsewhere. They started as an electronic dance duo with Roisin Murphy, from Ireland and Mark Brydon from Manchester in the Sheffield music scene in 1996. They got their name from the film Clockwork Orange which conveys the message that people good or bad should be allowed to make their own decisions rather than being brainwashed into copycats. In Moloko’s case, originality suits them well and their style is instantly recognisable. On the album “Do you like my tight sweater??you hear Mark Brydon’s playful electronic experiments with nods to obscure French pop, sixties and are imaginary soundtracks for a trip round the disco, and that was completed by the wacky or surreal lyrics by Roisin Murphy ?what I liked about their style is the down to earth approach and the recurrent melancholy (Statues) - . Now, in 2003, Moloko have evolved into a keyboard/guitar/beat band and there were six members onstage, four are pictured on the album sleeve. The style fits very well into “soup?as in super! The album Statues is very lush and includes strings and passionate and if I wanted to put the lyrics into a nutshell I would quote the line “beauty in everyday things?from the song 100%. This is a familiar feeling and such an album could certainly not pass me by. I like the lyrics of "I want you" which borders on the stalking because I remember that on their first album they had a song "Killer bunnies" about carnivorous rodents and ending with the line "Fear me not, I mean no harm". Songs like that stick to my mind. I think that Roisin should have a listen to a song by The Sparks called "Don't me leave me alone with her". The question is how such music would sound live. Obviously the reason why I tend to listen to contemporary music rather than stuff from years ago is the fact that I want to get the chance to see the performer live on stage and get an idea what kind of person writes the lyrics, composes the music and how songs are performed. In Moloko’s case, the Limelight felt right. The stage was too tight for a string section, but this is a band who is at home in clubs and they played the music that one would expect from a club looking like the “fabulous?Limelight. A music living in its own world and so down to earth that it hits a chord with the audience. Because the album is so multilayered it is enjoyable in a room, a small club, a disco , you can dream with it, be melancholic, fool around dancing the disco or feel the passion of galloping horses. To me it works at all levels, it is original and 100% pure pleasure.
After that, I spent a few months at the Royal Victoria hospital where I had major surgery and recuperating in a home on the Glenn Road.
at the end of the Summer, I attended, Proms in the Park performed by the Ulster orchestra
This summer, the Ulster Orchestra hosted a series of concerts broadcasted by radio 3 on a Russian subject which culminated with the Proms in the Park in September. Founded in 1966, The Ulster Orchestra had made some 70 recordings, notably for Chandos, Naxos, BMG, Hyperion, Priory and Toccata Classics. The BBC has a unique relationship with the Ulster Orchestra as its exclusive broadcast partner with relays on BBC Radio 3, Radio Ulster and BBC TV. The mix of commercial recordings and streamed internet broadcasts has considerably enhanced the Orchestra’s international reputation. Vladimir Altschuler was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmony Chamber Orchestra. He graduated from the Leningrad State Conservatoire in 1970 as а violist in the class of Professor Youri Кrаmаrоv and as аn оperа and symphony conductor in 1983 in the class of Professor Alexander Dmitriev.
Vladimir Altschuler is оnе of the most sought after Russian conductors. In 2002 he conducted symphony concerts in Lisbon, Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and Skopje, toured in the UK with the St.-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and also performed in Russia: Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, and in his native city St.-Petersburg. During the last four years he had bееn а permanent member of the jury of the International Young Conductors' Competition in Lisbon. I decided, that it would be a good idea to transcribe an article by Leonard Pugh for the Belfast Telegraph because it describes Russian Classical Music. Hopefully my pictures will turn out alright so we can have a classical playlist with famous composers and interesting interpreters. Here is the review – copyright by Leonard Pugh/Belfast Telegraph “Fresh from their summer break and two sell-out concerts at the Framley House RTE Proms in the Phoenix Park and the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Ulster Orchestra returned to the Ulster Hall to five the first of this year’s BBC Summer Invitation Concerts under the general heading White Nights. The series marks the tercentenary of St. Petersburg with a musical tribute to the composers associated with this city. In many ways, the first concerts gave us an aural impression of musical development amongst the composers represented. Opening with Glinka’s 1836 Overture “A life for the Tsar”, one could sense his problem of combining Russian nationalistic elements with what was in general an essentially Western European musical language. On the Eighth Russian Songs by Liadov there was a strong suggestion of the composer learning to orchestrate as he went along, from the almost naïve simplicity of the first four to the more self-assured Legend of the Birds, the Grieg-like Cradle Song, the balalaika pizzicato of the round dance and the confident Village Dancing Song. There was rapturous applause from both audience and orchestra for the outstanding fourteen year old violinist Sergeiy Dogadin, the soloists in the Violin Concerto in A minor by Glazunov first performed in the UK by Mischa Elman at the same age. The performance had a maturity of style and technique which left one breathless with the orchestra on top form. Conductor Vladimir Altschuler brought an air of Russian authenticity to the whole evening’s music as was amply illustrated in Tschaikovsky’s suite No 3, a lengthy work, a mixture of ballet and symphony which displays the composer’s genius in writing for orchestra."

bert jansch and bernard butler at the radisson galway
22nd of july 2004
as part of the Galway Festival of Arts ,br. The venue was appropriate because when it is not a social meeting point for festival goers - and illustrious guests of the past have included Peter O'Toole and... oh him... James Nesbitt, anyway, an impressive gallery of signed portraits testifies famous visitors -, also it is a venue for people who go to the Galway Races which are on this weekend, after the festival and well, a few framed race horse paintings adorn another wall. The racehorses were preparing for their big day, and I have come here to have a fine time, the place is known for being a spa so it had to live up to its reputation.
Bert Jansch played a few songs on his own on his acoustic guitar, including the Pentangle version of She Moves through the fair. Needless to say, a few folks from Northern Ireland, did enjoy that one. I did too. Another song was My Donal written by Owen Hand who was a friend of Bert - quite appropriate because it is about a man working on a fishing boat, and our venue is situated not far away from the harbour on Lough Athalia Road.
After another song, Bernard joined Bert on stage with his Gibson electric guitar, (for guitar experts, the one which has an S aperture, yeah that's the one). The instrument is a good choice because it gives some languid tunes that complement the acoustic guitar without drowning it. Courting Blues definitely had a sensual element to it, with this type of music, either you travel the world, or you fall in love. Riverbank Song is a song about somebody travelling in search for harmony and sweetness. The next song which is dark indeed, is an adaptation of a traditional song, Omie Wise tells about a girl who gets lured by nasty John Lewes who drowns her without showing any pity. The crime is so shocking that none visits John Lewes in jail. The Bernard butler plays a few songs from his solo albums, Stay is another good song, there was something touching about the comment introducing the next song "To think that I came all the way across Ireland to perform this song...". It's time for Bert to show up, but he is enjoying his pint in the dark so Bernard who seems to have gone blind as a bat as well starts to sing "When I get home" which was written by Bert. He seems to do a lot of driving in his songs, and explains that working with Bert Jansch is keeping him on his toes.Bert comes back. We get Crimson Moon, another liquid song with love in it, this time the narrator wants his pal to tell his flame that he loves her, "She will listen to you/she will know that it's true". Things get a bit surreal, with carnival, toy balloon and the two pals singing about good old booze. I am a bit envious because I have to keep off the alcohol due to medication. However, I like seeing people having a good time. "I just wanted to see you so bad"... "Oh if you have a bus to catch, don't mind us!" says Bernard. But not yet, it's only quarter to midnight for goodness sake! Comfy in our seats, we take it easy and get a few more songs about acquired wisdom, love, dark side, old age, foolishness, friends, drink, water, travel and our entertainers bowed after the second encore.
special thanks to Nell from Press Office Galway Arts Festival , to Kinlay House for friendly welcome, Eyre's Shopping centre for cheap food, Elena, Chris and Marty for banter and to Joanna for scanning the pics
The Tears (Oxford Zodiac December 14th 2004)
Special thanks to Simon Swan. I arrived at the Oxford Zodiac Club in the afternoon to take my place in the queue. Fans from Japan and other places in the world and the UK were already there and so we engaged into a discussion on what we would expect. So to say the least my expectations were high but even more so going to a band's very first concert. The venue, The Zodiac in Oxford is well-known for being the place in town to host alternative clubs and concerts. The capacity was 450 - the sound equipment was adapted to the surroundings so we had quite an indie sound with a few technical adjustments, some people in the crowd were puzzled because they did not know any songs. But as the set unfolded with verve, energy and enthusiasm, the applauses and the cheers became louder because the band looked visually effortlessly stunning. These people do not need to dress up much, less is more and this made the music instruments, notably Bernard Butler's cherry red Gibson shine. The melodies of these songs were very catchy, but did not detract from the lyrics, which as we can expect from Brett Anderson are always original, poetic, fiery, humane and set in a twisted world which is a cruel as it can be beautiful, with characters full of love even if some passions are doomed, or even if some of the characters are not likeable. He is also a very heartwarming singer with an expressive voice. Many people who do not understand the exact lyrics, understand the emotions. And these songs ring true. "I am trying my best" Brett said to this writer two days later after the second concert at Heaven London. The unassuming remark contrasted with the sheer quality of the singing and the music, as the sound equipment and the acoustics were much better. None of the character and the charm experienced two days before got lost, in fact, the songs at second hearing were already familiar and some words are memorable. I can still remember the melodies to Brand New Century and Imperfection, and the conciseness of the songs made them easy on the ear. I have to give a special mention to The Subways who supported The Tears at Heaven, they are a young threepiece guitar band from london and worth a listen. special thanks to Brett Anderson, Bernard Butler, Nathan Fisher, Mako Sakamoto and Will Forster (live keyboards) for my favourite concerts of the year. Also thank you Zodiac and Heaven staff for accommodating this decrepit writer (crutches - in fact I would like before I leave this review to point out that it's not because one is not good on their feet that they cannot enjoy a good concert, most venues if you inform them will let you carry in your.. stuff. Anyone who cannot stand for long is well inspired to take a collapsible chair). I also enjoyed both concerts a lot because I felt safe. Thank you Heaven and Zodiac for hospitality.
In 2009, I wasn't able to go to many events because of health troubles - apart from a trip to the zoo, and a gig by Oumou Sangare at the Belfast Cathedral Festival in May, there wasn't much going on. In September, I was told that I could go out. I was invited to the JD Set at the London Village Underground, and Other Voices in Dingle. I also saw Edwyn Collins play at Bloomsbury Ballroom, London and Black Box Belfast and he was with his wife Grace Maxwell who read from her new book "Falling and Laughing", plus Colorama Fyfe Dangerfield (The Guillemots) played the London Scala in January 2010. There was the forever postponed but finally happened concert by Richard Hawley at the Belfast Ulster Hall in December. The newly re-opened Ulster Hall welcomed Iain Archer and John D'Arcy as well as the Belfast-Nashville Festival. Nashville was a recurring theme because the JD set featured a few musicians from Nashville, one of them was Wayne Carson who wrote "Always on My Mind". December 2010 saw Oppenheimer play their last concert as Shaun is going to America, good luck Roky O'Reilly - an all age concert meant that small people came too. The Feile Belfast had musical treat in the shape of The Penguin Cafe, whose live CD is sold in proceeds to Teenage Cancer Trust.

The new album, "To the Pine Roots" is partly inspired by the lanscapes of the Black Forest. He mentioned the Hirschsprung ravine and the wintry landscape of lake Titisee near Freiburg. and Frozen Lake is about that sea of pine trees and lake Titisee in the winter. You would have to be adventurous to walk on ice but I'm very pleased that this particular region in the world inspired a bunch of lovely songs. In fact, apart from Eduard Moericke, I can't think of anyone who has been able to capture the beauty of the area in poems/songs. What makes this album authentic is that Iain Archer lived in Freiburg with his wife this year for a while. The songs that book-end his album "The acrobat" and the "Nightwatchman" are great character descriptions. He said during the concert that they are like guards but very different people, the acrobat is a man who likes to show off his skills and often dances on the tight-rope taking risks, and the Nightwatchman likes to observe the world from the shadows and you can't really see him and he likes it that way. There are other details on this album that enchant. Whether it is that parred down melodic acoustic guitar that reminds me of Bert Jansch's on that older album with John Renbourn, or the imagery that he uses. His father is a lanscape painter in Belfast, and so we have a song where the scenery is depicted as a painting, with "Liver Reds" and "Beetle black".
Carwyn Ellis
Having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, Carwyn paid his dues playing with a number of bands in London, including Southern Fly, Thee Hypnotics and The Babysnakes. During this time, he became a respected multi-instrumentalist and began to work increasingly as a session musician in the UK and internationally. He has collaborated or performed with Oasis, Shane MacGowan, Edwyn Collins, UNKLE, North Mississippi Allstars and James Hunter to name just a few! As a sideman, Carwyn has also opened for acts as diverse as Van Morrison, Neil Young, Paul Weller, Ryan Adams and the Stereophonics. During this busy period, Carwyn managed to find the time to begin writing his solo material, and also forged a lasting relationship with legendary English producer Liam Watson and Toerag Studios, where he contributed to records by James Hunter, Pete Molinari and Fabienne Delsol among others. It was here that Carwyn met Quruli when they were recording their 'NIKKI' album, and they became good friends.
Oumou Sangare
Oumou Sangare was born in 1968 in Bamako, the capital of Mali, her family, though, was from Wassoulou, in the southwestern region of Mali. Sangare is the leading female star of the Wassoulou sound which is based on an ancient tradition of hunting rituals mixed with songs about devotion, praise, and harvest played with pentatonic (five-note) melodies. Wassoulou is typified by a strong Arabic feel along with the sound of the scraping karinyang, women play the fle, a calabash strung with cowrie shells, which they spin and throw into the air in time to the music. Sangare most often sings about about love and the importance of freedom of choice in marriage, an issue she feels strongly about because her father had two wives which Sangare thought was a "catastrophe." In 1986, the eighteen-year-old Sangare toured Europe and the Caribbean with a 27-piece folkloric troupe, and at 21 she already had a huge hit in the album, Moussoulou (means "women") which sold over 200,00 legal copies and many more in the illegal pirate cassette trade. In 1995 she toured around the world on the Africa Fete tour along with Baaba Maal, Boukman Eksperyans, and Femi Kuti. Worotan was released (1996), and a 2-CD compilation Oumou (2004), all released on World Circuit Records. Oumou Sangaré supports the cause of women throughout the world. She was named an ambassador of the FAO in 2003 and won the UNESCO Prize in 2001 and a commander of the Arts and Letters of the Republic of France in 1998. Her latest album released in 2009 is called Seya.

JJ Gilmour supported Edwyn Collins at the Black Box, Villagers opened for Fyfe Dangerfield at the London scala, Talulah Does the Hula are from Dublin and supported The Cribs, so did Adam Green. , Colorama (Carwyn Ellis) plays guitar with Edwyn Collins, and played a set at Bloomsbury Ballroom. John D'Arcy supported Iain Archer at the Ulster Hall, Colenso Parade supported Richard Hawley. The performers at the JD set were: Brett Anderson, Carl Barat, John Mcclure (Reverend and the Makers), Glen Matlock, Wayne Carson, Dirty Pretty Strings, Rosie Vannier. Brett Anderson, Fionn Regan and the Temper Trap played at Other voices. Aiofe Scott opened for Penguin Cafe.
Villagers - On a Sunlit Stage

JJ Gilmour (formerly The Silencers) : Smile
Talulah does the Hula (The chalets) : Bad Boyfriend
Adam Green : Boss Inside

Aiofe Scott : Colony

Penguin Cafe: Music for a found harmonium
Colorama (Carwyn Ellis)- Pan Ddawr Nos

Rozalla: Everybody's Free
: Urban Cookie Collective : The Key the Secret
Lee Hazlewood: Cowboy in Sweden
Nancy Sinatra: Let me kiss you
Souther Still : Machine Age
The Magic Numbers : Forever lost
Sing Sing : A modern girl
The Concretes: Chico
Sundae Club: In love with Sundae
Jem: They
The Real Tuesday Weld: The Ugly and the beautiful
Stina Nordenstam: Get on with your life
Hope of the States: Nehemian
The Dears: The death of all romance
Antony and The Johnsons : Hope there is Someone
Rufus Wainwright: April fool
Kate and Anna McGarrigle : Dancer with bruised knees
The Dead 60s: Riot Radio
Hard Fi: hard to beat
The Duke Spirit: Love is an unfamiliar name
Mercury Rev: In a funny way
New Order: Krafty

The Others: Lackey
 Django Reinhardt: Nuages
The Pogues: Fiesta
Nick Cave: Nature boy
Anita Lane: Bella Ciao
 Cornershop: Topknot
David McAlmont: Saving all my love
The Guillemots: Train to Brazil y
Beth Orton : Conceived
The Delays Valentine
W.B. Yeats: The Fiddler of Dooney
Ursula Burns: down by the calcite river
Tychonaut: Change is good
Francis McPeake: Will ye go lassie go
Grainne Hambly: Carolan Concerto
Moya Brennan: Ce Leis
Christie Moore: The Knock Song
Paul Brady: Paradise is here
David McWilliams: The Days of Pearly Spencer
The Bachelors: Charmaine
John and Michael Sheehan : The Marino Walz
The Fureys: The Red Rose Cafe
The Saw Doctors: Give my head peace
Elvis Costello: What's so funny about love peace and understanding
Goats don't Shave: Las Vegas in the Hills of Donegal
Secret Garden: Nocturne
Sarah McLachlan: Into the fire
Phil Coulter: Steal away
James Galway: Annie Song
Brian Kennedy and Peter Corry: You raise me up
Liam Reilly: Somewhere in Europe
Davy Spillane: Illyrian Dawn
Shaun Davey: The Relief of Derry Symphony
In Tua Nua: Seven into the Sea
JJ72 She's gone
Pony Club: CCTV
Terri Hooley: Hey Joe
Payola: Stick two fingers up
Velma: Sleep
Linda Martin & Chips: Why me
Dominic Kirwan: Star of the county down
The Pogues: The Irish rover
Spike Milligan reads from Pukoon (from England)
Brian Scott and Shankill music collective: Forgive the foot soldiers
Clannad: Journey's End
Aiofe: The Tide
Driving by Night: Cash
Eleanor McEvoy: I'll be waiting
Tara Blaise: Paperback writer
Anuna: The voice
Roisin Murphy: Sequins
Snow Patrol: run
Gemma Hayes: Undercover
Dexys Midnight Runners: Come on Eileen
The (new) Undertones: Winter
Thin Lizzy: Whisky in the Jar
Firefly : Just you, just me
James Yorkston and The Athletes (from Scotland) St Patricks Day
Johnny Logan: Long lie the rivers
Niamh Kavanagh: In your eyes :
Irish-Steirisch: Steirer Reel :
Micheal O'Suilleabhain: A River of song
alpha Blondy: Apartheid is nazism
and zap mama : ancestry in progress
Patrick Duff: The Lion and the Hawthorn Tree
Yair Dalal : Najema
Lo'Jo: Ce soir la
susanna baca: Negra presuntuosa
Eddi Reader: Song of Robert Burns

Anjali Thomas: Nightingale
Bert Jansch Morning Brings Peace of mind
Bob Marley and the Wailers : Simmer Down
Ultramarine : Hymn
 The Kaiser Chiefs : nannanana
Idlewild : Love steal us from loneliness
Franz Ferdinand : Take me out
Roots Manuva : No love
The Noisettes : Don't give up
The Raveonettes : Love in a trashcan
Arctic Monkeys From the Ritz to the Rubble
The Pirates feat. Enya , Shola Ama , Naila Ross and Ishani : You should really know
Enya: Only time
Rouge : Don't be shy
Bally Sagoo : Naiyon Dil Lagda
Richard Hawley : Cole's Corner
Edwyn Collins : Won't turn back
Bernard Butler : People move on
 Gemma Hayes : Happy/ Sad
JJ72 : she's gone
Manu Chao : Clandestino
Xavier Naidoo : Wo willst du hin?
Cast : Walk away
Goran Bregovic : Noc
Jean Ferrat: J'arrive la ou je suis etranger (poem by Louis Aragon)
Philippe Lafontaine: Alexis m'attend text in French
Mumyi Troll : Lady alpine blue
Joy Division: Transmission
Yves Simon/ Alan Stivell: Les enfants du siecle
Nino Ferrer: Le Sud
Brett Anderson: Love is dead
Japan: The night porter
David Sylvian & Stina Nordenstam : Nine Horse
Laura Nyro: Upstairs by a Chinese Lamp
Vashti Bunyan :
King Creosote:
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Yo-Yoma, Co-CoLee Tan Dun Tiger and Dragon
Wong Kar Wai In The Mood for Love OST
Jaime Mendoza Music for the Apollo 1969 Landing coverage
Cara Dillon: High Tide
Jonathan Richman- : (Vincent van Gogh)
Jad Fair with Teenage Fanclub: I feel fine
Daniel Johnston with Sparklehorse: Now...
Kings of Convenience- : Misread
Agnetha Faltskog- : My Past Present and Future
Bjork- : Oceania
Mary Chapin Carpenter- : Grand Central Station
Autamata- : Out of this
Velma: Satellites
Supergrass: St Petersburg
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club:
Bang Bang Machine : A charmed life (producer Craig Leon )
Izzy : New Dawn
Saint Etienne : Like a motorway
Siouxsie and the Banshees : The creatures
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions : Lost weekend
Prefab Sprout: goodbye Lucille n 1
Sonique: feel so good
Monaco: What do you want from me
Interpol : C'mon here
America's Horse with no name
Neil Young and Crazy Horse : Prisoners of Rock n Roll
The Vines: ride
Snow Patrol: Run
Blondie: Good boys
Air: Radio n 1
Alicia Keys Diary
Vladimir Vaclavek: I have been nowhere and I have been everywhere
Crystal Waters: Gypsy Woman
Calexico : feast of wire
Robert Wyatt : Foreign Accents
The Proclaimers : born innocent
Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man : Mysteries
Aiofe : liberty
Lassiter Marusela
Ken Lennon: Imagine
Moloko: Fun for me/Familiar Feeling (single edit) photo by zebras54
Leonard Cohen: Who by fire/In my secret life
Blue Harvest : A day like any other
Pony Club: The truth about men
Suzanne Vega:  Luka,
Jennifer Warnes : Bird on a wire
Suede : The wild ones
Strangelove: sway
Nico: Wrap your troubles in dreams
John Cale: Cordoba
Marlene Dietrich: and Burt Bacharach : Cherche La rose
Dionne Warwick with Burt Bacharach i say a little prayer
Irish-Steirisch : Merlin and Vivianne
Hot Chocolate ( Errol Brown Patrick Olive):everyone is a winner
McAlmont & Butler (David McAlmont and Bernard Butler) : blue/Falling
The Crystals: Then he kissed me
The Ronettes: Be my baby
Fat Larry's Band: Zoom
Lush: Ladykillers
Dubstar (Sarah Blackwood, aka Client B): Not so manic now
Flaming Lips Yoshimi battles the pink robots
Talking Heads: Once in a lifetime
The Beatles : A day in your life
Penguin Cafe: Telephone and Rubber Band
Henry Mancini: The Pink Panther
John Barry: The Persuaders
J.S.Bach: Air on a G string performed by?the Swingle Singers
Marek & Vacek play: Beethoven's Pour Elise
ed bennett : reaching
Christy Moore: The song of the wandering Aongus
Micheal O'Suilleabhain: Ah sweet dancer!/A river of songs
Alice: Nomadi
Manic Street Preachers: Motorcycle emptiness
John Power: Paradise
The Las: There she goes
The See Saw: Man around the world

Cornershop: Spectral morning
Garland Jeffreys: Don't call me buckwheate
Abba: Dancing queen
Joy Division: Transmission
Alec Guinness reads: The Wasteland by T.S. Elliot
Claude Debussy: La Mer
Wrexford Orchestra plays: Adagio for strings by Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber
Angelo Badalamenti Julee Cruize David Lynch: Falling
Chris Isaak: Wicked game
Roy Orbison: In dreams/Only the Lonely
Bobby Goldsboro: Hello Summertime
Otis Reding: Sittin a the dock of the bay
Brook Benton: A rainy night in Georgia
Dusty Springfield: Will you still love me tomorrow?
Charles Aznavour: She
Elvis Costello: Shipbuilding
Jacques Brel: Jackie
Tony Christie and All Seeing I: Walk like a panther
Nick Lowe: Jumbo Ark
Scarce (Chick Graning): Freakshadow
John Denver: The Eagles and the Horses (I'm flying again)
The Nits: Sister Rosa days
Tasmin Archer: Sleeping Satellite
kd Lang: Constant Craving
The Veils Lost son
Nilda Fernandez: Nos fiancailles
Judy Collins: Pity the poor immigrant
Sinead O'Connor: I tell me ma
Roy Williamson (The Corries) : Tusca
Stadtpfeiffer : Foggy dew
Omnifarious Folk (= Dohr and Sumper): Dailuanne
Maire Brennan (Clannad): Ce Leis
Phil Coulter: Steal Away
Isla St ClairQueen Edinbro
Barnbrack: Belfast Mill
Joseph Locke: I take you home again Kathleen
The Bachelors: my friend
Belfast Harp Orchestra play O Carolan Concerto
The Chieftains with James Galway Red Admiral Butterfly
Micheal O'Suilleabhain: Sea Beag Sea Mor
Van Morrison: I tell me ma
Mary Black: I'll be there
Dave Spillane: Illyrian Dawn
Donnie Munro: Sweetness on the wind
Michel Etcheverry: Sor Lekua
Khaled: Didi
Cheb Mami: Viens Habibi (written by Charles Aznavour)
Mary Hopkin: Those were the days
John Williams/Itzak Perlman: Rememberance
Vaugh Williams: The Lark Rising
Peter Tschaikovsky: Flower Waltz
Neneh Cherry with Youssou N'Dour Seven Seconds
Salif Keita: Tu vas me manquer
Gypsy Kings: Volare
Atahualpa Yupanki: El Grito
Monika Stadler: I look at the candle
Stephan Eicher: Hemmige
Hubert von Goisern: Spaet
Gheorghe Zamfir & Marcel Cellier: Invirita de la Cluj
Yuri Vesba: Eta Pravda ojin ja
Boris Almazov: Tabu
Victor Dobkhovsky & Dmitri Bogadov: Sarakabria
Badema: Urga
Bulat Okudzava & Brian Scott: Postitye Pyeskhotye (forgive the foot soldiers)
Justyna: Sama
Katarina Hasprova: Molitba
Prague Madrigal Orchestra: Gotica
Ensemble Mazowze: Song of the bird
Anna Maria Jopek: Ale Jestem
Danijela: Neka mi ne svane
Dino and Beatrice: Putnici (Travellers)
Natasha Atlas:
Sirusho: Kele Kele
Alexander Rybak: Fairytale
The Sampsonelles:
Malina Olinescu: Eu cred (I believe)
Valeria: It's over
Davor Brorovicz: Dvadeset
Vietnamese Folk Ensemble: Lovely Bamboo
Sarah McLachlan: Into the fire
Billy Bragg: Greeting to the new brunette
Kirsty McColll: A new England
Shane McGowan: Song with no name
Natasha Atlas: Ayshteni
Vlado Janeski: Somebody stop the dawn
Ofra Haza: Slave Dream
Badema: Urga Close to Eden
African Musicians in Australia Contemporary West African Music (includes Badema)
Shawn Colvin: Get out of this house
A-ha: Darkness is the night for all
George Harrison: My sweet lord (acoustic)
The Verve (Richard Ashcroft): Sonnet
Spiritualized: Lord can you hear me?
Brian Wilson: (Beach Boys): Love and Mercy
Belinda Carlisle: California
Neil Finn: Sinner
Dory Previn and Andre Previn: Valley of the dolls
Eddie Floyd: Knock on wood
Aaron Neville: Tell like it is
Percy Sledge: I'll be your everything
Juliet Turner : Belfast Central
 TLC: Waterfalls
Sing Sing: Feels like summer
The Specials Ghost Town
Erasure : Always
Horse Sweet Thing
Buty: Dva kropici krozy
Karel Gott: Donauwellen Walzer
Bobbie Singer: Egoistic
Alexander Balanescu: Want me
Waldeck: The night garden
Goldfrapp: ooh lalala
White Town: Your woman
Gillian Anderson: Extremis
Mark Snow: The X-files
Kraftwerk: Das Model
Dubstar: Stars
New Order: True Faith
run DMC: Walk this way Beastie Boys: Fight for your right to party
Queen Latifah:
Tricky: Hell is around
Libor Pesek and Prague Symphonic Orchestra: Mozart Prague Symphony
Talk Talk (Mark Hollis): Living in another world

Stoney and The Skandi Session introduce us to traditional music at Cafe Concerto in Vienna :
Stoney>: Nyckelharpa and violin
Jeff: Violin
Klara: Violin
Birgit: Percussion
Tino: Violin
track 1: Ecossaise dance, 4/4 (N)track 2: Det maste hasda nagot 3/4
composed by Mats Eden/Sweden
track 3: Katarina, 4/4 (Finland)
track 4: Josskvarnleken (Sweden) 3/4
track 5: Famors Brudpolska (Swedish wedding polka) 4/4 no percussion but
foot tapping
track 6: Sakkijarven Polka, 4/4 Finland
track 7: Potatis Valsen, 3/4 Irish Waltz
composed by Ale Moller (Sweden -contemporary song)
track 8: Polska Kruspolskan 3/4 (Sweden)
(composed by Gotthard Sjorman) (Krus = Crwth, Wales)
Track 9: Gardbygabbarnas, 3/4 Polska (Sweden)
Track 10: Santerin Kaffilassa (Finnland)

Message from Robert at CD-ON
You asked me about Nordic artists that I think should be represented on your web site. Here are a few (I’m not saying I like them, just that they’re popular or good in their area or work): ? Peter Jöback, probably He’s very popular, and has been singing in “Miss Saigon?to mention just one ( and Abba tribute concert, and he played Kurt von Trapp in the Sound of Music musical in 1984, and he looks Latin and he worked with the assistant of Ingmar Bergman ). I don’t remember the name of it right now ( "I feel great!", ed) , but he released a Christmas album last year that we’ve been selling a lot of. Both Swedish and English songs.
?Kent, don’t know their website. I can’t stand their music, but their latest CD, “Vapen och ammunition? is one of our best-selling CDs.( Website says: "add your own comments about corrupt CDs here" )
? Per Gessle . If I’m not mistaken, he was also a part of Gyllene Tider , which still is a very popular group when it comes to Swedish summer music. “Mazarin?is Gessle’s latest album (maybe two months old), and we’ve sold loads of it. “Halmstads pärlor?is, according to me, the best CD by Gyllene Tider (“Golden Times?. I haven’t seen it for a long time now, but I think it’s a collection of their best summer hits. ? Cecilia Vennersten (maybe Wennersten) has a very good voice. ?  Roxette of course you know (yes! Per Gessle and his friend Marie of "She's got the look", lalalala! (1989)
And to bring you to my type of music: ? Morifade , Swedish symphonic metal. High speed in their music, great contrasts within the individual songs. Much more meaning in their music than most other metal artists, if you ask me...
And since you bring up Scatman John in the list in your letter, I have to say Dr Bombay and Dr McDoo are much better... both “artsists"are the same person, from Malmo Sweden, so there’s not a single true word in the artist names. It started out almost as a prank at the Malm?festival a few years ago, the “doctor?was going to play at a scene there and everyone was caught immediately by the playful lyrics. Rednex is another group you probably know of. They are Swedish, even though the official story is that they’re American rednecks with Swedish origin. Though I think their CDs are no longer available... actually think I put them offline myself a few weeks ago
Jöback, Kent, Gessle and Gyllene Tider are artists/groups you simply must have on your site. (At least I mentionned Kent)

Since I’m not very much into Swedish music, I will have to end my list there for now. The Internet connection here is down and I’m currently in a phone queue. That’s why I have the time to write...

Since my ex was from Denmark, I know one Danish artist as well: ? Kim Larsen is very popular in Denmark, and also pretty popular in Sweden. Many good songs here, especially if you understand the language.

Established in 2002, the JD Set has been championing cutting egdge music talent for seven years. Hosting regular gigs and the annual Birthday JD Set celebrations.The annual Jack Daniel's whisky-sponsored brand gig sees three musicians a year perform their own songs, covers and collaborations for a one-off gig backed by the New Silver Cornet Band – a band of veteran US musicians.
Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band

Made of a group of world-class session musicians, The New Silver Cornet Band was created in celebration of Jack Daniels original Silver Cornet Band, formed in 1892.
Today's band come together just once a year for the Jack Daniel's Birthday Set. Their role is to back the headliners and bring a drop of Tennessee's musical magic and heritage to the occasion.

John Tiven - Lead Guitar
Responsible for bringing the band together, Tiven is a successful producer who worked with Frank Black on his two Nashville albums.

Billy Block - Drums
Worked with Jackson Browne, Ellis Hook and Al Green. Billy also hosts the Billy Block Show; Nashville's longest-running radio show devoted to country music.

Wayne Carson - acoustic guitar
Well-known two-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter who wrote Always on My Mind famously sung by Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Pet Shop Boys... also "The Letter"

David Hood - bassist
Founding member of Muscle Shoals Sound, has produced and written for the Rolling Stones and Willie Nelson, and is a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. .

guests: Silver Strings
Elena Argiros - Violin
Rosie Langley - Violin
Edie Langley - Cello

Ellie, Rosie and Edie have been playing together in various guises for a number of years and have graced the records and live stages of a number of our favourite artists - including Elbow, Carl Barat, Goldfrapp, The View and Ed Harcourt. Ellie plays violins and vocals in These Eyes are Cameras, and Rosie & Edie are part of the Langley Sisters