We have a new single coming out, “Heather the Weather/The Duke & His Orderly” released on 06/12/10 on 7″ vinyl and digital download (from The Bonjour Branch) We are having a launch night on Saturday 4th December at The Wee Red Bar from 7pm. Its £2 in, and the first 50 people there get a free copy of the single.
You can listen to the 2 tracks and pre-order the vinyl from our bandcamp site…..there is also a video for “Heather the Weather” by Rachel Maclean coming soon…..hope you can make it to the launch
I just watched “White Gospel” on the iplayer and it is worth watching. Its the story of the music that inspired lots of artists which came out of churches in the south. Starting with “Sacred Harp” music (which certainly isn’t exculsively white), which is an incredible form of religious music. Basically, the song leader stands in the middle of the church, surrounded on 4 sides by the congregation who arrange themselves according to their singing parts (treble, alto, tenor, bass). There is a lot of “Fa Sol La Mi” singing, and obviously a lot of biblical content too. The singer’s belt out the words, and a lot of them chop their hands down in the air to keep rhythm.
So, this religious music led to smaller groups of 4 singers touring America to help spread new hymns and songs (funded by the music publishers) eventually these groups became popular in their own right. One of the most successful were the Blackwood Brothers, who after a tragic plane crash, lost two singers, and employed a new bassist called JD Sumner, who was reputed to have the deepest singing voice in the world. JD went on to to start the “JD Singers” who became Elvis’ gospel backing group.
While I was in Filignano, it was the annual “Mario Lanza Festival”. Mario Lanza was born here, actually, he wasn’t, his mum was. Well, actually, in a near by village. Anyway, every year they have concerts by local amateurs and professional musicians held in the piazza outside the church.
The classical concert that was performed by the professionals (from the Ukraine I think) was Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – now I am by no means a big classical fan, or knowledgeable about the music at all, but I’ll tell you what, the Autumn Allegro is a good wee tune.
Here is the view from my apartment window, a fat balding frenchman on a balcony.
and here are some landscapes from in and around the village.
Last night I went to see Field Music play at Sneaky Pete’s – i must say it’s been a long time since i saw a band that excited me so much – they were complex, upbeat, smart, proggy, oddball, pleasant and understated. Kind of like the best bits of Yes condensed into 4 minutes instead of spending 20 trying to find the good bits. And i wanted to dance, but I couldnt as some large man was very close to me and kept breathing on the back of my neck through his nostrils. What was best, was that the gig made me want to seek out the music, and work it out. I cant really recall any particular parts of anything, but I know i was into it. Thats difficult to achieve – subtle desirability. Thanks to Owen for introducing me to them (not literally).