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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Jim Casella July 21, 2018

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The third season of “Last Chance U” appeared on Netflix yesterday, I’ve yet to watch it but will watch when time allows. It’s title sequence is “Spice Mon” by Jim Casella performed by the East Mississippi Community College drumlin. Casella is a composer and percussion specialist.
I was at a concert earlier this year where there was a number of percussion pieces and I really enjoyed them. Aside from the Drum Solos in various Metal bands live performances, pure percussion is an area that’s often neglected, bar of course the 12th of July etc.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Songs with England in the title July 7, 2018

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Later today some of us may be watching England as they attempt to overcome Sweden to qualify for the Semi Finals of the World Cup. A most enjoyable World Cup it has been too.
One of the more curious Billy Bragg albums “England, Half England” explores Englishness and there’s a few tracks from it here.
The wider English Nationalism that in part led to Brexit, what impact if any, would an English World Cup win have on Brexit?

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Stella Chiweshe June 23, 2018

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Stumbled upon Stella Chiweshe recently and the music is really enjoyable listening. From Zimbabwe she plays the Traditional instrument the Mbira dzavadzimu .

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Songs about school June 9, 2018

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My son finished up Secondary school and is currently sitting the Leaving Cert. School , like or dislike is something we all experience. It was weird after the graduation ceremony just walking out and kinda knowing we wouldn’t be back there much again , if ever. Even stranger to him of course. School has probably been one of the most common topics for songs over the years. The rebellious “School’s Out” to “School Days Over”. A small selection of them….

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Yes May 26, 2018

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Given the Referendum Count today I could hardly listen to anything else but Yes

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Rolling Stones May 12, 2018

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I’ll be in Croke Park next Thursday to see The Rolling Stones. I’ve never seen them before and as a voluntary steward in Croker I figure I may as as well pop along for the day. I’ve seen all sorts there since I started doing it in 1996. I’ve drawn a line in that I didn’t bother going along to Celine Dion, Westlife, Elton John and I think I was away for Garth Brooks. Beyoncé clashed with The Stone Roses and there was only ever going to be one winner there! This Summer well I’ll give Michael Bublé and The Pope a miss. I intend popping along to one night of Taylor Swift. As I’ve said before the ones that you think will be great are often crap (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), the ones you are wary of can be excellent entertainment (That That) and then there’s ones you go along to out of curiosity and was heartily sorry that you did (One Direction).
“Rolled Gold -The Very Best of the Rolling Stones” was one of the soundtracks to my youth. Thats it though now, will the Stones be good, they’ve such an incredible back calalogue they’d really have to be.

This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… Bachman–Turner Overdrive April 28, 2018

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Was listening to John Creedon on the radio recently and he played some Bachman–Turner Overdrive. It bought back some memories of the 70’s and all those classic Rock compilations you’d later on get free with papers and the like.
I had a look at their wikipedia page and it’s quite a history. It’s amazing how many of the bands from that era ended up suing over royalties, rights to use the bands name and so on. Not just that but how many bands from that era have a ‘classic lineup’.
One of Canadas most successful bands they are still on the go.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Mississippi Fred McDowell April 14, 2018

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One of the many Blues singers and guitar players that came to prominence after being recorded by Alan Lomax in the late 50’s. He was one of the Mississippi Hill Country Blues style .
Alan Lomax described McDowell as “a bluesman quite the equal of Son House and Muddy Waters, but, musically speaking, their granddaddy.”
Despite the ‘Mississippi’ moniker he was actually born and raised in Tennessee.
The short documentary below is quite good.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Hannah Peel March 31, 2018

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My brother saw her perform recently and having been very impressed he sent me on a clip. Apparently every note for the music box has to be done by hand, so it is quite a laborious process to put a tune together and of course the paper is quite delicate.
She performs without the music box also but it’s the music box that enamoured me.

 

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Cassandra Wilson March 17, 2018

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I was listening to Mystery Train on RTE where it featured Thomas Bartlett as the guest . Choosing the music and being interviewed. Bartlett himself is such an interesting musician and producer as well as being a member of The Gloaming (who were amazing again at the NCH). As you’d expect it was quite an eclectic choice of music.
Among the tunes played was Cassandra Wilsons version of the Neil Young song Harvest Moon. It was beautiful. I’ve started listening to some of her other material and it’s superb as well.

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