In this edition: The Pogues, Jamie Smith’s MABON, Atlantean and Gwenael Kerleo
I am sure you have notice the energy I placed on editing the pictures of the artists I posted here. It was a great practice of visual creativity on my part. At this point in time I am confident to say anything I can and post anything I want. It is fun discovering new acts and re discovering legends. Last time, I released an interview about Scottish percussionist/producer Dave Martin. It was an eye opener for me. It is inspiring to know that Scotland is a country of thriving Celtic fusion music. Music embraces all aspects. I think it is sad if we all think that Celtic music should only be about acoustic instruments and traditional songs. It is an expanding genre while it is also keeping in touch with its past. It is like an interesting person you met on a date. Someone who possesses a keen sense of culture but is also attuned to the current times. I think I’d date that person anytime.
It’s The Pogues and I am Doing Pogo Dance!
It’s been a while since I last visited the wonderful, explosive and punk inspired music of The Pogues. As always when you think of the Pogues always expect something unconventional both in the musical and also how they project their image to the world. You know, when I get depressed the Pogues are always reliable in cheering my mood up. This song is called Fiesta. My big thanks to Irish Music Forever for posting this video.
Autumn Tour for Jamie Smith’s MABON
Their official facebook page has confirmed this news: “The first batch of Windblown pre-orders are on their way! Huzzah! UK orders should arrive tomorrow and internationals early next week. Any future orders we receive will be dispatched within 48 hrs. Get your copy now at www.jamiesmithsmabon.com/windblown
Cheers folks :)”
Check out this new single from this amazing band based in Wales!
Atlantean: A Unique Documentary
Take a look at this folks. Other segments of the story can be found in youtube. It is amazing how much wealth of information is stored out there waiting to be discovered.
A segment from Irish filmmaker Bob Quinn’s four-part documentary on the maritime heritage of Western Ireland and it’s links to North Africa. This scene includes examples of Conamara dancing, called “Battering”, and it’s relation to Flamenco.
Gwenael Kerleo – Brand new skies
The sound of the electro harp is always invigorating. A few days ago, Layne and I were discussing about cool harp designs and he said that the one on top of his list is the electro harp. It was right after I showed him the link to the Corrina Hewat interview I did. In this video we hear another addition to our growing collection of Breton artists. Gwenael Kerleo makes music that has that maritime appeal wrapped in haunting melodies. What I like about her voice is its tender quality that has an almost child like innocence and urban sensuality.
Une chanson extraite de l’album “QUAI N°7” de Gwenael Kerleo (distribution Coop Breizh). Musique : Gwenael Kerleo – Paroles : Louis-Jacques Suignard. Avec Kevin Camus à l’irish tin whistle et au uilleann pipe et Yvon Molard aux tablas.
Les photos ont été prises sur la plage de l’Aber à Crozon (pointe de la Bretagne) en mars 2012.
Brand new skies
When your love burns so deep
Everything melts inside
When you’ve gone past the need
To sort out wrong and right
When your words take the hues of brand new skies
May your will and your way walk side by side
When your love burns so high
Setting your skies on fire
Looking down on your pride
And yielding to desire
Then it turns into gold all rocks and stones
And that sand once so cold a new bed of strokes
It blows on and whispers and sings
Never waits for any man
It knows about everything
And laughs in waving hands
When it takes you away
To the thrones of High Kings
It is then you start to pray it never ends