Subject: Musicport 2010|
From: GUEST,Jim McLaughlin
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 10:13 AM
Just a short preview of act appearing this October 22-24 at the glorious revamped Spa Bridlington - From The Imagined Village to Richard Hawley, Marta Sebestyen to Jah Wobble, New Rope String Band to Norma Waterson,John Cooper Clarke to Malinky - it's the festival the weather can't spoil and a great way to end the festival season ....you even get an extra hour in bed as the clocks turn back. www.musicportfestival.com 0845 3732760
RICHARD HAWLEY (Friday 22 October) The man the Arctic Monkeys dedicated their Mercury Prize to (he was widely tipped to win it that year for his album Coles Corner) a Yorkshire man from Sheffield and the purveyor of some of the most profound, beautiful & lyrical popular music to have emerged in recent years. From his early band The Longpigs to his time with Pulp, his work with Jarvis Cocker on Nancy Sinatra's album & his involvement in the seminal album by Elbow "The Seldom Seen Kid " Hawley is the kind of musician whose energy & enthusiasm is matched by his integrity and ability to make music rooted in his birthplace and in a nostalgia for musical genres rooted elsewhere . His latest album Truelove's Gutter is now widely seen as his masterpiece .One reviewer wrote " his finest achievement yet—a work of art with no precedent and no chance of ever being repeated, another landmark etching of the heart's geography from a soulful trailblazer …."
ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO (Benin) (Saturday 23 October) Widely regarded as Africa's premier diva, Angelique Kidjo UN Goodwill ambassador is an internationally renowned artist from Benin. who combines her jazz roots with Afrobeat and Latin styles, and has collaborated with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Joss Stone, Bono, Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews, Peter Gabriel and Alicia Keys. Kidjo continues to live up to her sterling reputation with the release of her latest album, Oyo, which pays tribute to the artists who've influenced her. Her live shows are legendary so expect one of those nights not to forget.
THE IMAGINED VILLAGE (Sunday 24 October) Featuring many names familiar to Musicport audiences Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Simon Emmerson, Johnny Kalsi , Sheema Mukerjee & The Young Coppers to name but a few this fusion of traditional English music with the influences of modern multicultural Britain creates something compellingly original and it has moved on dramatically from its WOMAD showcase in 2007 with their recent Southbank performance garnering 4* reviews in The Guardian & Independent & the second album Empire & Love a 5* review in The Independent.
MÁRTA SEBESTYÉN (Hungary) (Sunday) Márta Sebestyén is the voice of traditional Hungarian folk pure, powerful and seductive. Best known internationally for her soundtrack vocals on The English Patient, she's recorded with most of Hungary's seminal folk bands. Here she's working in a reduced but fresh idiom with two magnificent musicians Mátyás Bolya on plucked strings and Balázs Szokolay Dongó on shepherd's flutes, bagpipes and other wind instruments. Sebestyérn sings hand-picked songs that she has learnt from traditional musicians.
JAH WOBBLE'S JAPANESE DUB (Sunday ) Following the success of his 2008 release, Chinese Dub & the show stopping appearance at WOMAD, Jah Wobble - creatively adventurous music-maker and master of the cross-cultural collaboration - turns his attention to Japan,. The recent release of a ten track album featuring himself alongside our old friend Joji Hirota (vocals, taiko drums), Keiko Kitamura (vocals, shamisen, koto), Clive Bell (shakahatchi) and Robin Thompson (hikaritchi, sho, shamisen) led to many excellent reviews.
NORMA WATERSON (Friday) legendary member of the first family of English Folk in a rare performance not far from her home city of Hull & her current home village of Robin Hoods Bay.
NEW ROPE STRING BAND, – Music & comedy combine with magical result – just one of our favourite acts and a first time appearance at the festival.
JOHN COOPER CLARKE (aka JCC, The Bard of Salford,Punk Poet Extraordinaire).The wordsmith from Manchester who still captivates with his unique wit and verbal dexterity - guaranteed to be a high spot amongst many high spots.
ERIK MONGRAIN (Canada) (Saturday) Erik Mongrain has become an International internet phenomenon (4 million views!) with his amazing guitar tapping. His internet videos on have now been seen by more than 4 million people around the world! There are special blogs, forums, web pages, and videos all talking about Erik's incredible guitar playing. It's a truly amazing guitar technique which Erik uses (lap tapping) which is gaining him world-wide fame (having TV crews visit him from as far and wide as Japan). A recent appearance on Later with Jools Holland showed his skills to great effect.
AMINE & HAMZA (Tunisia) These two Tunisian brothers travel and dream of a world where frontiers and geographical barriers are abolished. Growing up with Tunisian and oriental music, Amine & Hamza developed original music based on the oriental music features: maqam and improvisation. Their music is a perpetual quest of new sounds; rhythmic and mingling of diverse musical cultural influences.
Amine and Hamza have played at many international events but this is a rare UK visit and a chance to see them perform with a Polish string quartet.
ANXO LORENZO BAND (Galicia) (Saturday) Anxo Lorenzo has managed to fuse the unadulterated natural sound of the Gaita (Galician Bagpipes) with a wide variety of styles such as: Flamenco Chillout (Chambao), Ska, Rock & Pop converting the Gaita into an Avant-Garde instrument but without giving-up its Celtic roots.
INVISIBLE SYSTEM (UK/Ethiopia) (Saturday) Songlines World Music Award nominees 2010 their album Made In Ethiopia is garnering widespread critical acclaim. The album featuring artists as diverse Mamoud Ahmed & Bahta Gebrehiwot (Ethiopiques)Hilaire Shabby (Baba Maal), Justin Adams ,Martin Cradick (Baka Beyond) Captain Sensible (Dubulah (ex-Transglobal Underground,)Perch (Zion Train) Juldeh Camara & Elmer Thudd (ex-Loop Guru).Their live show is a much pared down arrangement but full-on and guaranteed to impress.`sturdy Ethiopian vocals are matched against backing that veers from wailing psychedelic rock to trance, trip-hop and dub, it's an impressive achievement.'
- The Guardian, Robin Denselow `some of the album's tracks have a brooding intensity which make them as compelling as anything I've heard this year
ASERE (Cuba) - Our favourite Cuban band ... with their 4th album garnering excellent reviews their mixture of Son and other traditional Cuban styles with a modern twist is guaranteed to fill the dancefloor
Jo Freya meets Maalstroom - A Musicport encounter between the multi- talented Jo and the wonderful Dutch band sparked this collaboration and their debut album is being released to coincide with this performance.
GUO YUE (China) (Sunday) Guo Yue is well known in the music world for the soaring beauty and descriptive poetry of his Chinese bamboo flutes. & becoming well-known as a specialist in authentic Chinese cooking. His memoir Music , Food & Love with a Real World CD of the same name, tells the story of a musical childhood in the old alleys and courtyards of Beijing, before and during the Cultural Revolution.'I have heard Guo Yue play his music, I have eaten his food, and guarantee he delivers in a magical way.' Peter Gabriel on 'Music, Food and Love' video link
XOVA (Friday) reggae outfit from Birmingham – hints of Apache Indian (you'll maybe recognise some members of the band) UB 40 & more but with a young element that will help them crossover (that is how it's pronounced) video link
ALEJANDRO TOLEDO & THE MAGIC TOMBOLINOS (Saturday) video link- nu power ethno music from the band who recently won the Channel 4 Evo Rooms competition. A great live act.
Hassan Erraji Trio (Saturday) With a new album due out this summer produced by Dave Creffield (Kaiser Chiefs, Embrace) & with the patronage of Kaiser Chief's Hassan's star is in the ascendant and with a really excellent rhythm section expect a storming performance.
Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir (Sunday) BBC choir of the year 2008.
MALINKY(Scotland) (Sunday) video link Malinky have become one of the most distinctive and accomplished bands on the Scottish folk scene, with four increasingly-acclaimed albums under their belt and an ever-expanding tour roster across the globe.
Martha Tilston Martha is a unique talent whose enchanting vocals and wonderous songwriting take her from the concert hall to the campfire, from folk clubs to opening the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury.
Steve Phillips (Friday) the Notting Hillbilly in a rare solo performance. From his influence on Mark Knopfler through to his wonderful recorded works Steve is regarded as ''the greatest exponent of country blues in this country today'', '' a national treasure'' & '' a consummate guitarist''
Brigid Kaelin (USA)(Saturday) return visit from the wonderful American accordion player who has graced the stage with Elvis Costello amongst many others. Accompanied by singer-songwriter Butch Ross who is a popular dulcimer player from Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Lee Harris & River Styx (Saturday)legendary Counter Culturalist Lee Harris and producer and creator River Styx. A mesmerising journey of spoken word and rap over psychedelic soundscapes. . A tip of the hat to the legacy of the Beat Generation with a sound that has been dubbed "psy-Skool"
ALBERT ROSS & THE OTTERS, video link– fine Leeds band who defy categorisation but who we think you will love.
THE URBAN GYPSIES After their great contribution to 2009 festival (and several previous festivals) they'll be shaking their stuff again at Musicport 2010.
WHOLESOME FISH – much respected veterans of the Nottingham music scene on a trip to the seaside
Joe Solo Emma & The Professor
Fiona Katie Roberts Holly Tamar Samay
Kwame D Off The Grid Castles Made Of Sand
Tim O'Connor Trio The Hut People Ironopolis Singers
Tony Cox Lava Mark Boden - Flamenco quartet
Subject: RE: Musicport 2010|
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 01:25 PM