Children of Abraham

 

 Swans Island,  Bob LUCAS sings “Children of Abraham”

Bob Lucas is a fascinating character : a fiddle virtuoso, a banjo picker, a guitar master, a poet, singer, Composer, an art director…
and not only he excels in all these domains…not only he is the kindest soul…but on top of that, he has a magical power, as every soul pirate should have, when your ear his voice, you never forget it.
I am convinced he is not human.
This song “Children of Abraham” resonates ever more as we witness the actual revolutions in the Middle East. It was shot by Jim Whitney in 2007.
If you are discovering Mr Lucas, I invite you to visit his web site :  www.boblucasmusic.com
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbdHWGhPgR4[/youtube]

 

Senor Holmes, C’est Grave….

 
I met Harry and Quito 5 years ago at the music festival I attend every year : Le printemps de Bourges. Quito is a hard working musician and Harry an amasing drummer; together they have created 2 wonderful albums that should be in everyone’s musical library. Their music is based on “Gwo Ka”, originaly played by African slaves in Guadaloupe, it is composed of seven distinct rythms. Harry uses 2 of them “Toumblack”, that calls for revolution, and “Kaladja” that can be assimilated to Blues. Hard to describe and incredibly energetic.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/4903388[/vimeo]

Dean Stevens – Old Man in his garden

 

On the beautiful coast of Maine, Dean Stevens sings “Old Man in his Garden”, a very precious tune. And as Daniel, Jackson and Matice, are listening and waving at us from their young ages, I dream about “when they grow old, they want to stand out in this garden, may they rest assure that the fruit of this is the bounty of this land, may they give more than they take..and I’ll be thinking rain, I’ll be hoping sun, I’ll be dreaming greener gardens when this is my last one, you can see it glowing, slower…”

Dean has a new CD, very, very small edition…find it at http://www.deanstevens.com, and meet Monsieur Stevens.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgmUE7wgO_o[/youtube]

And if you want more, Salmon River :

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXlLl_RmVZQ&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=AVGxdCwVVULXebOYFiCRAAYzz6V4g2lUBt[/youtube]

Merci Dean !

Marie Laveau, Voodoo Story


Frederic Park is not only an wonderful story teller, an accomplished musician, and a dance collector, he is also one of the finest and most passionate photographer and an enlightened Human being. This short sequence was shot in Maine one early morning after a canoe ride on the lake. The story of that woman called Marie Laveau, a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voodoo renowned in New Orleans. She was born free in Louisiana and is properly described as a ‘Voodoo priestess’.  Once you have met him Marie Laveau, just like Frederic, you shall never forget the stories. Here is a little bit of his own magic :(More about Mr F. Park there : http://www.apalache.com/)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISZyZPhJVEs[/youtube]

Piers Faccini – A home Away From Home

From the album “Two grains of Sand” this song of Piers Faccini was recorded during the printemps de Bourges 2009 in the Palais Jacques Coeur.
For all information and tour dates just click here : http://www.piersfaccini.com/
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/4589581[/vimeo]

Bonnie Prince Billy

Printemps de Bourges 2009 – Folk USA –

Will Oldham is an American musician, a brilliant poet from Kentucky. His first album appeared in 1993, published by Drag City : “There is no one that will take care of you”, an acoustic country album. Will has been performing under the name of “Palace or “Palace Music”.  He published “I see a darkness” under his real name in 1999, celebrated by Johnny Cash in, Solitary Man, in 2000. Since then he’s been using a pseudo ‘Bonnie Prince Billy’  and has produced numerous albums.
Through his music I discovered the extraordinary harpist, Joanna Newsom. I  had the good fortune to attend one his performances during the 2010 Printemps de Bourges Music Festival, and my expectations were far surpassed after experiencing his live concert. I remember his quote regarding music festivals « they are like a Library with lots of shelves and the musicians are the books sitting on them ». In this badly captured video, he is performing with Susanna Wallumrod his Norwegian musical partner on stage.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMHCBWEuP2U[/youtube]

“Spirit Dreams”

Herbert Winful and Michele Turner  performing a song composed by Mr Winful.

Herbert Winful is not only a gifted composer, but also a renowned scientist and professor, who has made fundamental contributions to the fields of nonlinear optics and photonics….but more importantly he is a citizen of the world with a kind and gentle heart and he embraces laughter. Michele Turner is a concert violinist who studied at Guildhall Music College in London.

Herbert and Michele performed this piece spontaneously for your ears only. 

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/23855670[/vimeo]

Old Time Music, Sweet Chariot Music and Art Festival

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…

https://www.sweetchariotmusicfestival.com/ 

Rickie Lee Jones, “A Lucky Guy”…

 

 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! 

Rickie Lee Jones Offical site 

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/22114376[/vimeo]

“Diamond Joe” – Chris Westoff & Mad River Theatre

 

 

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

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewt0wFk70tw&list=UUMSEFGaUouafaQOWgaTEHjQ&feature=c4-overview[/youtube]

2014 : Mad river Theatre play about Jackie Robinson 

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/92264714[/vimeo]