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/)
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Sweet Chariot – A Folkloric family

For almost 20 years now, I attended The Sweet Chariot Music and Art Festival. The same group of musicians have gathered on a secret little island on the Coast of Maine every summer to share Music, Art, Love and Food. I started documenting the festival every year, 18 years ago,  and the story goes on…

You can find a few Video Clips of these various films on youtube. Here are a few of these talented musician, that have a presence online, for you to enjoy.

Jennifer Armstrong is a fascinating woman that travels through Art and time. She is a storyteller, bagpiper, fiddle virtuoso, poet and a songwriter coming from several generations of talented performers.
If you have the chance to see her perform, do not miss the opportunity for any reason. More on http://www.jenniferarmstrong.com/

 

Bill Burnet is a world class songwriter, an award-winning wordsmith and a storyteller. He writes funny songs, love songs, kids’ songs, theme songs, ballads and jingles. Lately, he started a weekly show on-line with a new song/video every week.

http://www.billburnettsongmine.com/

 

Dillon Bustin is a folklorist, singer/songwriter, filmmaker and playwright. After obtaining a degree in Folklore and Anthropology at Indiana University, he returned to his native Massachusetts with a wealth of great songs from the Ohio River area, including the oft-recorded “Shawneetown,” “Bayou Sara,” and “Cranberry Bogs.” Dillon is also known for his theatrical musicals which include “Walden Pond Revisited,” “Come Life, Shaker Life: The Spiritual Quest of Isaacar Bates” and a number of productions based on characters from the history of Martha’s Vineyard.

The latter form a trilogy called “Tidebook: an Island Rhapsody” which is comprised of “Tallman at the Dock,” “The Captain’s Daughters” and “The Journeys of Joshua Slocum.”

Amongst other activities, Dillon is also a film director. Unfortunately, his work is extremely hard to find. His latest CD is out of stock, his films are not available anywhere and his books are out of print…Where can you find his work ?

If you are lucky, you could try writing to him after perusing his new web site and order the new release of “Almanach”, one of my very favourite Dillon’s album, and music you need to have in your Itunes library.

Here is a little Video I shot during Sweet Chariot Music festival some years ago :

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Liza Constable sails and sings for a living. As a woman of many talents, she can do it all. She has mastered the fiddle, composes beautiful songs, is the mother of two beautiful souls, speaks French, cooks, writes and has an amazing sense of humor.

You can sense all of this in her music and poetry.

On her web site, you will find Rumblestrip, her latest album and a CD store to order after you have listened to her pretty voice. http://www.lizaconstable.com

 

Douglas Day is the captain of many boats. Not only he sails a beautiful schooner on the coast of Maine from his house on Swans Island, not only he his the happy father of 3 beautiful kids, but he is also the fantastic founder and director of the Sweet Chariot Music and Art Festival. Of course he is a song writer amongst being a cartoonist, and a pirate. Here is a little performance I shot some years ago with my old Sony Hi8 camera, Douglas Day and David Dodson performing on of my favourite Doug Day Song “What I see”… Unfortunately the quality of video and sound is poor…But still..it’s there…

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David Dodson is one of my favorite musician in Maine. And Maine is probably the most gifted State when it comes to musicians…That says it all doesn’t it ? 

David

More on David here http://www.daviddodsonmusic.com 

Ritt Henn has played bass for all sorts of famous folks. Among these are Chuck Berry, Buddy Rich, Tom Jones and Margaret Whiting. When I first met him, I was jealous because he was an inch taller than me, then I was jealous because he could play the bass like a master, then I was jealous because he had the coolest friends in the world and everyone wanted him in his band, then I was jealous because he wrote the funniest tunes and he could sing in rhythm. I could go on about the guy and why I love him. Go and check him out for yourself.

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Bob Lucas is a genius.

There is no better word to describe this musician. Mr. Lucas is not only a beautiful poet, a fantastic musician, but a soul that commands respect when you are lucky enough to cross his path, hear his fiddle tunes, his banjo rhythm or his guitar melodies.

If you are lucky, you might listen to him master theses instruments with Chloe Manor, his fabulous daughter or Austin, his over talented son.
Bob plays original songs, old time music, and writes musical plays for his theatre company, Mad River Company. (more on mad river by clicking here).

To listen without moderation. This important song was recorded in 2008 on the coast of Maine :

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Austin Lucas. The son of Bob Lucas is no exception. Here you have the same blood, the same talent. It is as simple as that. Austin is a guitar virtuoso, a talented musician and a fun guy! Both he and his father create sticky tunes, melodies that once heard, do not go away. These are songs that stay with you and that you find yourself humming in the street. This is the album that was recorded at Bob’s house in Ohio. It is a masterpiece created by Austin Lucas, his father and Chuck Ragan.

 

Dean Stevens. Along with the other musicians of this list, Dean has a special place in the heart of everyone who has been fortunate enough to meet him. Not only is he a wonderful songwriter and an overtalented guitar player, but he is also a missionary of love.Dean spends part of his time in Guatemala helping the people of his community to live a better life and writes beautiful hymns to simple life stories. The release of his latest album «At Last» is a beautiful collection of songs that I could only advise the reader to acquire as soon as possible. More on Dean : http://www.deanstevens.com

This song I recorded on Swans Island a couple of years ago is one of my favourite song from Dean Stevens, “Old Man in his garden” :

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Teresa Tudury

“Part chanteuse, part comedian, part bona fide pop artist…and a voice that could stop a war”. Teresa Tudury is an absolute original. From her San Francisco roots to the Greek Islands to New York and LA, she wakes up the music scene. Teresa creates a loyal following and rave reviews wherever she performs. If you are lucky enough to go and see her perform, do not miss the opportunity. http://www.teresatudury.net 

Alan Thornhill. Alan’s album was nominated Album of the Year in 2008 and received the Mavric Music award. This is a well deserved prize for one of the most beautiful guitar players that one can have the pleasure of listening to.

“Guitarpenter’s dream” captures the warmth and melody of Alan’s playing along with occasional crackle of the fireplace of his house in Ojai.

When Alan plays and you close your eyes, some say that you can share his dreams.

The one and unique Suzy williams performing on Sweet Chariot stage.

http://alanthornhill.com/music/

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Mr Bob Willougby.

Not to be mistaken with the famous homonym photographer, Mr. Bob Willougby is his equivalent in the music world. Accomplished fiddler and piano player Mr. Willoughby can play anything from Jazz to soul to folklorist music. He plays guitar and piano and has a voice that is deep and unique

Here is a short, unprofessional little video of him so you can enjoy some of his talent as well.

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Photo credits : Group picture – Marti Stone http://www.martistonephotography.com – Photo Burning desire street Band and Mr Willoughby : Frederic Park , http://www.apalache.com/ –

 

 

 

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“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. 

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Zydeco & the Ardouins

 Discovering Zydeco music is an important moment in everyone’s life. Thanks to Sean, Chris and the warmth of the Ardoin family of Lake Charles, Louisiana, I started investigating the roots of zydeco music, then Creole music.

Amédé and “Bois Sec” Ardoin were pioneers of that music, and as a fan of folkloric music, traditional instruments and performers that come from families of musicians, my fascination with this family grew.They carry the voice, the music and the message of their roots.

Chris Ardoin has used his talent to mix zydeco with rhythm and blues, reggae and hip-hop. He is now the rising star of this new genre of music. If you go down to Louisiana, track him and his band.

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“Daniel”- D. Johnston tribute

Artiste : Antoine Fraval
Soundrack : Daniel johnston – the story of an artist
Studio courtesy : pamelamoulton.com
Production : www.espritvoyageur.net

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.

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“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

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2014 : Mad river Theatre play about Jackie Robinson 

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“The Spring of Bourges” – Music Festival review

festival_bourge2014The 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 BisouOlympia 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

http://www.printemps-bourges.com/en/accueil/bienvenue.php
Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Printemps-de-Bourges
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

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The Ducs : Abdoulaye, the last Senegalese Riflemen of WW1

The last Senegalese Riflemen passed away at 2014 in his african village of Thiowor; the day before he was supposed to be honored by the french government for his contribution to WWI.
The ducs pay him an hommage on this song that retraces the conditions of the Franco-African armed forces during WWI, “the war of the whites”.
More than  600,000 soldiers were forced to enroll and at least  81,000 died on the battle field.
Despite their contribution to the war effort, they received half of  the pension of the white soldiers.

Anita

Links to their digital album :  http://lesducs.bandcamp.com/album/anita
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« Abdoulaye »
Les Ducs
2n2o : Chant
Romain “Cz” : Guitare acoustique
Jean-Philippe Rococo : Guitare 12 cordes
Damien Abolivier : Percussions

Produit par Montgorges Phonogrammes et Les Ducs
Auteurs/compositeurs : Les Ducs

Réalisation
Alban – www.espritvoyageur.net

Prise de vue
Jimmy Leipold – www.jimleipold.fr
Alban – www.espritvoyageur.net

Prise de son
Laurent Vial

Crédits Photos : Dorothée LUBIN
Reportage « Hommage à la Force noire »
http://www.dorotheelubin.com

Enregistré à la Passerelle 109 – Champoly

Retrouvez les Ducs sur
www.lesducs.net

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Paroles
´†T’iras ailleurs†ª jeune Ètalon
Palper de cette matrone le giron
Caresser son poilu visage
Elle offre ses joues au rasage
Pour nourrir sa peau de Colombine
RidÈe telle celui de sa voisine
Frottes-y profond ton Èpiderme
Voici ta graine, donne ton germe
´†T’iras ailleurs†ª o˘ nous Ètalons
Offrandes sous de sÈculaires lampions
SÈrieux au front sans coup fÈrir
Puisqu’un tronc sans cou fait rire
Boire du Verdun le sang des autres
En faire du boudin du leur, du nÙtre
Trinquons †! canons dans l’abus
Si loin la fraÓche douceur de l’eau bue
Sot refrain, Abdoulaye
ChantÈ sur le baillon d’un ´†y’a bon†ª
Combien l’offense du bye-bye
Eut mÈritÈ loi du Talion
´†T’iras ailleurs†ª tourne les talons
Ce jour tu quittes femme et salon
En poche ton bon ferroviaire
Pour ton train-train : seillant sous-verre
La main ouverte, nombre d’Etats l’ont
Brille son revers : nous dÈtalons
Quant aux voyages organisÈs
Faire-part aux points de ta lignÈe

Ce refrain, Abdoulaye
On le chantera aux p’tits plantons
MÈdailles non d’or pour les gnons, mais d’ail
En novembre quand en rang d’oignon
´†Tirailleur, dernier du nom†ª
Tu es nommÈ pour la LÈgion
EpoussetÈ, la veille de revenir
Centenaire tu choisis de mourir
Ce bout d’ferraille, coulant PrÈsident
A une odeur de vieux relent
Toi, railleur, serait-ce pour dire†:
´†T’iras ailleurs pour les souvenirs†ª

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Old Time Music, Sweet Chariot Music and Art Festival

In this short clip, meet the most incredible Andy Woolf leading on Fiddle, The Young virtuoso Sam Amidon, The Pirate Bob Lucas on Banjo, Story Teller Frederick Park after he dropped his wash board lead 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 crew…A Surreal experience I hesitated to share for a long time, it’s been almost 15 years now…And we are old friends. 50,000 views on Youtube…let’s keep it secret…

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Moira Smiley & Voco

 
Voco 2011 (from Left to right : Pilar Díaz, Moira Smiley & April Guthrie)

Moira smiley & VOCO is a visionary blend of voices – redefining harmony singing with the power & physicality of folksong, the avant-garde fearlessness of Béla Bartók and the delicious, vaudevillian accompaniment of cello, banjo, accordion and body percussion. Moira Smiley leads an ensemble of extraordinary musicians who share a passion for spreading powerful, emotional music with lush four-part vocal harmony, cello, accordion and banjo. Original improvisation-built songs steeped in Appalachia and Eastern Europe. Named #1 a cappella group in the U.S. in 2007, VOCO is the energy of street singing and the elegance of a string quartet. Recently featured in Dirty Linen and on more than 100 radio stations nationwide on NPR’s “Harmonia”, VOCO has released two critically acclaimed CDs in ’08-’09: “Small Worlds” and “Circle, Square, Diamond & Flag”. VOCO is sweet, hard-driving Americana mixed with crooked eastern European dance and dissonance. It’s all rounded out with body-stompin’ percussive movement and joyous, magnificent, hair-raising harmonies – music that mourns and dances at the same time. (more about Moira and voco here : http://www.moirasmiley.com/VOCO_main.html)

This song is extract from her last album. And this beautiful video clip made by Peter Hastings. Bravo !

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You can sing with her if you visit her web site there :
http://www.moirasmiley.com/sheetmusic/cover_and_firstpage/I%20Live%20in%20CaliforniaCOVER2.pdf

And become the next co producer of her next almbum ! How ?  Watch this  : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAN-pFXUUXA

More on : http://www.moirasmiley.com

 

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