More information : www.Memory-Lane.tv
In this short clip, meet Andy Woolf leading on Fiddle, The virtuoso Sam Amidon, The Pirate Bob Lucas on Banjo, Story Teller Frederick Park after he dropped his wash board leading a dance with Georgia Rose Armstrong Park, Chloe Manor and Susannah Armstrong Park, Reuel Parker on mandoline, Nick Appolonio on guitar along with Will brown, Beth Molaro clogging, Dean Stevens on the guitar, and the sweet chariot music Festival crew…
From the glacial Winds of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, all the way to the Golf of Mexico, from Terre Neuve to the Louisiana, « Voyageur » finds his Franco American roots and travels in time. A docu-fiction filmed as an historical documentary, mixing past and present in a new narrative form, this 10,000 miles road movie, searches for a path in the past on the traces of the Nouvelle France in Northern America.
The character, a historian journalist dressed as a voyageur from the 17th century, becomes a “coureur des bois”, and retraces the steps of a 200 years odysey during his journey; he tells us the most extraordinary untold story about the French Presence in Northern America by walking the land.
Music, Strong characters and beautiful sceneries, 52 minutes of pure historical entertainment by talented film director Jean Dulon.
Jean Dulon is a fascinating character, a grand Journalist and a talented film director.
In this journey, he cruises Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Quebec, searching for the traces of French cultures in these regions of Canada, on the footsteps of his previous film, “la Voie de la prairie” (The voice of the Meadow”), a documentary about the disappearing French language of these region of Canada, earlier known as the “meadow”, here it is :
Courtesy of Jean Dulon, Jimmy Leipold.
Few voices are as intriguing as Rickie Lee Jones.
I recently found a copy of the 1979 Rolling Stones magazine edition in which she appeared for the first time, a few month after her first appearance in The Blue Valentine Album cover of T. Waits.
I have always been fascinated by the characters appearing in her songs and by the unique jazzy, melancholic, «melodious » atmospheres that she creates with her magical touch and voice…always felt a deep and soulful connection with the spirits that haunt some of her songs : ie “We….Belong together”, “the duchess of coolsville”, “It’s more trouble than its Worth”, “Living it up”, “Chuck E’s in love”….For some of us, the titles of these songs are enough to ear the melodies and enchantments of her transcendental voice and feel the magic.
In 2009, I went to see her perform in Nantes, felt like « A Lucky Guy » to be there, and I recorded that short snap shot video of one of my favourite songs from her legendary album « Pirates ».
I like the fact that she is framed in that shot with the instrument of her musician, and slowly reappears, still framed by the brown intensity of the Electric bass.
Later after the show, I did a fullish thing, a reall real stupid thing, I introduced myself to the musicians and had the honor of visiting a few minutes with the singing star that she is, and I cried a while…
I am a lucky guy.
A beau souvenir.
Thank you Mrs Jones for sharing that moment with those who could not attend the concert.
If her latest album, “Live in Stockholm” is not already a part of your musical Library, it’s a mistake you can easily correct : www.rickieleejones.com
And of course, if you have not already ordered “Last Chance Texaco“, her Auto biography, it’s a must!
London Bridge 4 am
Wheat field 55
Istanbul scene 99
Istanbul scene 56
istanbul Monument 42
London Bridge 88
Close up Glove 144
Close up glove 52
Forst DS 55
Sky N° 521
London photo shoot 229
Chris Westoff is an accomplished artist : Musician, actor, and the director of the Mad river theatre in Ohio, with Mr Bob Lucas.
In this stollen little video, Chris performs “Diamond Joe”, based on the recording of John A. Lomax of Charlie Butler in Parchman, Mississippi, 8 March 1937.
Recorded in Boston, February 2014
2014 : Mad river Theatre play about Jackie Robinson
The 2014 edition of the worldly acclaimed music festival “Printemps de Bourges” (“Spring time in Bourges”) was for this 38 edition of the event a very unique “pot pourrie” of musical venues.
I could only attend for 48 hours of the music extravaganza but what I heard and witnessed was, once again, beyond my expectations.
The Printemps de Bourges has always been the world laboratory for the discovery of new talent.
It is hosted in the town of Bourges, located in central France, and the festival is probably one of the top 5 musical event in Europe for the festival goers and and the industry. From fresh New talents to prestigious world renown block busters of the music scene, Labels, booking agents, managers and music aficionados all gather for an entire week and the city transform itself into a Meca of sound and melodies for the enchantment of its goers and of the people of the town.
Born in Bourges, I have attended 29 festival up to now, never missed the incredible chance to discover music at its glance and to discover the new trends in music. I have seen the festival transformed itself, following the moving and ever changing rhythms of time and melodious music scene.
Attending Bourges’s Printemps as a journalist means a lot of walking, a lot of listening, a lot of emotions and discoveries.
I enjoy walking through the banks of the Auron, the river that traverse the medieval city to attend the various places where the festival takes hold and mingle with the crowd. The “Printemps”, as it is refered by everyone, is the largest indoor venue on the European music scene. It takes place all over the beautiful town of Bourges in various locations : this year they inaugurated a renovated “W” scene which every night welcomes 6000 “festivaliers” (the French word for people attending the festival), the Palais d’Auron, the city’s musical biggest concert hall, the “22” a smallest venue for upcoming artists, the Auditorium, the prestigious Palace of Jacques Coeur, the 1000 year old Cathedral (Patty Smith Performance in 2013 in the Cathedral was one of the most memorable event of that year)…And the off festival in the 50 bars in the town that for a week welcome the French music scene and transforms the entire town into a musical heaven.
The blockbuster and young prodigy Stromae opened the show this year with a spectacle of lights, Rythm and entertainment that electrified its public. The Belgium young raising star was followed by a series of well known musical blockbusters, ie Shaka Ponk, Skip the Use, that gathered the Electro-Rock public. If ou want to get a taste of this year’s selection of artists, I invite you to discover Biffy Clyro, a Scottish formation of electronic musicians, Simon Neil, Bisou Bisou, Olympia Fields, tha Arctic Monkeys, Christine and the queens, Week end Affair, the young Reggae man Naâman, and Cats on Trees.
My 3 favorite 2014 “coup de coeur”
. Benjamin Clementine, an english musician, poet, and pianist who gave and outstanding performance in the historical Palace Jacques Coeur.
. The Tindersticks, the english Indie-Rock formation led by Stuart Stapples, performed in the Cathedral
. The “les ogres de Barback“, a French brotherhood of 4 brothers and sisters that came to bourges this year with an African Fanfare EyoN’lé.
Emerging artists and new electric scene form an incredible combination that appeals top the wide public of the festival. It’s genra is spectacular, the variety of its attendance in age, social profile, music taste is, to my knowledge, unique in the world and it’s always a wonder and a surprise to arrive, after reading the little interactive app presentation of the musician, to discover new voices, new rhythms, new sounds and to witness the energy of the young public attending the event.
I was in Bourges for a little more than 48 hours this year, I did not sleep much and attended as many concerts as I could. I feel privileged and extremely lucky to be covering the festival alone as it gives me total freedom to move, search and discover emerging artists and new sounds.
Some facts about the Festival
. 500 concerts in 6 days
. 240,000 people attending (it triple the population of the town)
. 90 % of the concerts are full
. 380 Journalists from all over the world.
. The Festival team is over 1,000.
Links to follow up to learn, see and hear more
Twitter : https://twitter.com/PrintempsDB
Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeDj2e7MeXRYgGtNL9sPT5g
Instagram : https://instagram.com/leprintempsdebourges/
The 2014 program and the portfolio of posters
The Seashore Trolley Museum, tucked in the woods away from the hustle and bustle of Kennebunkport village, was marking its 75th anniversary in 2014 by showcasing its extensive collection of electric trolley cars during a series of special events.
A “Founders Day” celebration on July 5 will feature a narrated trolley parade and, more significantly, the return of the “Golden Chariot” Montreal observation car to the museum’s operating collection.
My Friend Patricia Erikson asked me to help her the story of the restauration of the Narcissus for the Portland Magazine.
Our collaboration was fruitful and fun and Patricia wrote a great article about collaborating with Photographers from that experience.
The place is a photographic heaven and wonder.
Judge from yourself !
Copyright Alban – Esprit Voyageur 2014, Portland Maine.
Daniel Johnston was born in 1961 in Sacramento.
Mr Johnston is a painter, singer, pianist and guitarist, who could be considered a Pop/Folk/Rock artist in a style that he invented himself called, Lo-Fi.
Hypersensitive to the very tips of his fingers, along with Syd Barret and Rocky Erikson, his music is unique.
His soulful work and art have enlightened and touched many followers .
His songs are a constant flow of emotions that are woven with poetry and humour and his music is brimming with profound and intense sensibility; a true witness to authenticity. In his first album “Songs of Pain” in 1981, he put together his first trials.
When he is not walking the cow in the devil town, Daniel Johnston tours and performs. In 2010 he was playing with the Beam Orchestra and touring Europe. Mr Johnston self published most of his albums and the themes are recurrent: love, the devil, death, King Kong, Captain America, Casper the friendly ghost or the Beatles. I was fortunate to see him live in 2010. I would not have missed his concert for all the music in the world and even scored a front row seat. It was one of the most memorable concerts of my musical life.
Mr Johnston seemed weary and not in peak form that evening, even though his performance remained stellar. If you are unfamiliar with this artist, investigate deeper and I am certain you will be a convert, and join the crowd with Sonic Youth, Kirk Cobain or Tom Waits amongst many others.
Here is a link to begin your investigation : http://www.hihowareyou.com
Inspired by the artist and his music, Antoine Fraval created a happening mixing various inspired sources. We worked together for a day and created this little video for you to enjoy.
Based on the song from “The Story of An Artist” from Daniel Johnston, Antoine Fraval, a French performer and myself decided to mix, in a very simple way, the prolific world of this iconoclast artist with his peers, and make his words resonate with the fragility and poetry that he inspired us. Body and paper translate literally, or not, in French, certains of his assumptions with a sense of humor. Notice the presence in the background of Serge Gainsbourg, and of course the allusion to Bob Dylan’s first musical video that revolutionized at the time the music industry.A minimal choreography, and the poetry of Master Johnston, through the work of Antoine and his interdisciplinary approach of Art.