FolkWorld #74 03/2021

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Buffy Sainte-Marie

Artist Video Buffy Sainte-Marie @ FROG

www.buffysainte-marie.com

Buffy Sainte-Marie (*20 February 1941, Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada). Born Beverly Sainte-Marie, she has won recognition, awards and honours for her music as well as her work in education and social activism focused on issues facing Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Among her most popular songs are "Universal Soldier" and "Now That the Buffalo's Gone". In 1983, she became the first indigenous person to win an Oscar for her song "Up Where We Belong", co-written for the film An Officer and a Gentleman. In 2015, Sainte-Marie released the album Power in the Blood. In 2017, she released the single "You Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind)", a collaboration with fellow Polaris Music Prize laureate Tanya Tagaq. In 2019, a 50th-anniversary edition of Sainte-Marie's 1969 album Illuminations was released on vinyl.

Boo Hewerdine (*14 February 1961, London, Britain). English singer-songwriter Mark "Boo" Hewerdine has been described as "one of Britain's most consistently accomplished songwriters" (BBC). His work includes lead singer and creative force behind independent band The Bible, formed in the 1980s, as well as solo recordings and work for film. He has also produced records by several artists, including a long association with Eddi Reader and Kris Drever.
[www.boohewerdine.net]

Joan Baez: Black is the Color

Artist Video Joan Baez @ FROG

www.joanbaez.com

Michael Doucet (*14 February 1951, Scott, Louisiana, USA). Singer-songwriter and musician Michael Louis Doucet is best known as the founder of the Cajun band BeauSoleil, who plays an eclectic combination of traditional Cajun music, blues, country, jazz, and zydeco. The fiddle is his primary instrument, though he also plays accordion, guitar, banjo and mandolin. In 2005 Doucet received a National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States' highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
[www.beausoleilmusic.com]

Frankie Armstrong (*13 January 1941, Workington, Cumberland, England). Frankie Armstrong, who is blind from glaucoma, has worked as a singer in the folk scene and the women's movement and as a trainer in social and youth work from the 1950s. Her repertoire ranges from traditional ballads to music-hall and contemporary songs, often focusing on the lives of women. She has performed and/or recorded with Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger, Blowzabella, John Kirkpatrick, Leon Rosselson, Dave Van Ronk and Maddy Prior. In 2018, she was awarded a Gold Badge Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for outstanding contributions to folk music. In 2019, she formed a new band called Green Ribbons with Alasdair Roberts, Jinnwoo and Burd Ellen, and released a self-titled debut album consisting of purely unaccompanied singing. In November 2020, Folk Radio UK announced that Frankie is due to release her 12th studio album 'Cats of Coven Lawn' in January 2021 to mark her 80th birthday.
[www.frankiearmstrong.com]

Joan Baez (*9 January 1941, Staten Island, New York City, USA. She was known the world over as the Queen of Folk at the height of her career in the 60s. She used her fame to help spread the tenets of the non-violence movement, and helped introduce Bob Dylan to the world. Fresh off her 80th birthday, Joan Baez dropped by the Broken Record podcast to discuss why after performing for over 60 years, she recently made the decision to stop singing and turn her attention to painting. Her latest exhibition, "Mischief Makers 2", portraits inspiring and often controversial people who make positive change in the world through nonviolent means: Mahatma Gandhi, Greta Thunberg, Michael Moore, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, ...

Blowzabella

Artist Video Jo Freya @ FROG

www.freyamusic.co.uk

Iris DeMent (*5 January 1961, Paragould, Arkansas, USA). Iris Luella DeMent is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter whose musical style includes elements of folk, country and gospel. She appeared in the 2000 film Songcatcher, playing the character Rose Gentry and singing on the soundtrack. Her rendition of the late 19th century hymn "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" was used in the closing credits of the Coen brothers' film True Grit. In 2015, DeMent released her latest album The Trackless Woods, inspired by the words of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. She received the Americana Trailblazer Award at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards.
[www.irisdement.com]

Bjørn 'Lillebjørn' Falk Nilsen (*21 December 1950, Oslo, Norway). The Norwegian singer-songwriter and folk musician is considered by some to be the leading "voice of Oslo", thanks to numerous classic songs about the city from the 1970s and onwards. Nilsen has collaborated with his idol Pete Seeger on numerous occasions. He adapted Seeger's song My Rainbow Race into Norwegian as Barn av regnbuen ("Children of the Rainbow"). He also makes up the Norwegian supergroup Gitarkameratene with Jan Eggum, Halvdan Sivertsen and Øystein Sunde. Right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who donated a van bomb in the government district and then killed 69 participants of a youth summer camp in a mass shooting in 2011, said that he hated that song and saw it as a symbol of "cultural Marxism" and multiculturalism. In response, over 40,000 Norwegians sang it publicly outside his trial.
[www.lillebjorn.no]

Don Ross

Artist Video Don Ross @ FROG

www.donrossonline.com

Jo Freya (*4 December 1960, England). The English saxophonist, clarinetist and singer was born Jo Fraser, but changed her name to Freya as a condition of joining the actors' union Equity, which does not allow two of its members to share the same name. Jo Freya performs mainly folk and world music and is part of the Old Swan Band, Blowzabella, and the Lal Waterson Project: "I have been lucky to be part of some of the most groundbreaking acts on the British Folk Scene. I am often told ‘I don’t know how to market you’ or ‘you are before your time’... I never really know what that one means! Yet within that possibly difficult area come accolades such as ‘it doesn’t matter what I see you do, you always do it well’ and ‘there really is no-one else like you’."

Sean Cannon (*29 November 1940, Galway, Ireland). Irish musician Seán Cannon had known The Dubliners for years and joined them on stage on numerous occasions. When lead singer Luke Kelly became ill in 1980, he stepped in, and became a full-time Dubliner in 1983 when Kelly departed. Cannon is known for singing songs in the Irish language and humorous a cappella songs. When The Dubliners announced their retirement in 2012 after finishing their 50 Years Anniversary Tour, Seán Cannon decided to keep on touring with former band members Patsy Watchorn and Eamonn Campbell and banjo player Gerry O'Connor under the name of "The Dublin Legends". He also tours with his sons, James and Robert Cannon. Cannon is immortalised in the Christy Moore song "Lisdoonvarna". The line "Seán Cannon Doing Back Stage Cooking" is a direct reference to when Seán travelled to all the music festivals in the late 1970s with a converted caravan and sold curry.

Tom McConville

Artist Video Tom McConville @ FROG

www.tommcconville.co.uk

Livingston Taylor (*21 November 1950, Boston, Massachussetts, USA). Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor is the younger brother of singer-songwriters James Taylor and Kate Taylor. 2017 marked his 50th year in the music business. To commemorate this milestone, the Boston Mayor and Massachusetts Governor declared January 18, 2017 to be Livingston Taylor Day. Taylor was recognized for his music career, as well as being a long-time professor at Berklee College of Music. 2019 saw the release of LIVe – 50 Years of Livingston Taylor Box Set.
[www.livingstontaylor.com]

Don Ross (*19 November 1960, Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Canadian fingerstyle guitarist Donald James Ross has released several mostly instrumental CDs. His music borrows from blues, jazz, folk and classical music creating a style that he describes as "heavy wood". Ross performs most of his concerts solo, but in the mid 1980s he performed as a duo with his wife, singer Kelly McGowan, and then in a trio called Harbord Trio with her and violinist Oliver Schroer. Ross has also done three tours with the Men of Steel guitar group, including Dan Crary, Beppe Gambetta and Tony McManus. He is the only person to win the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship twice (1988 and 1996). Since 1997 he guides the Don Ross Cannington Guitar Weekend.

Tom McConville (*6 November 1950, Newcastle upon Tyne, England). Tom McConville was born and brought up in a pub on the famous Scotswood Road with clientele drawn from the Irish and Scottish communities, where he first experienced traditional singing and fiddle music. Turning professional in 1974 he joined Bob Fox in a duo, then folk/rock band Magna Carta. He has played on hundreds of albums. Memorable partnerships include Kieran Halpin, Chris Newman, Northumbrian piper Pauline Cato, and recently three or four piece line-ups featuring David Newey, Shona Kipling, Phil Murray and Andy Watt. Tom McConville is widely acknowledged as THE authority on the music of fiddler-composer James Hill (1811-53) and he has produced the first album devoted entirely to Hill’s compositions.



Rest in Peace

Whisky Priests ft. Ralf Weihrauch

R.I.P. Mick Tyas (21.06.57-25.11.20)

I am deeply saddened to announce that a major part of The Whisky Priests history and legacy left us. Much loved, with a strong commanding voice, unique musical talent and larger than life personality, the great Mick Tyas will be sorely missed but his memory will assuredly live on. This comes immediately after my previous announcement that there will be no further activity from The Whisky Priests, thus bringing an added finality to the band. At least the music, the songs, the recordings and the memories remain and will always be there.
- Gary Miller


Artist Video Whisky Priests @ FROG

www.whiskypriests.com

Anne Feeney

Artist Video Remembering
Anne Feeney


www.annefeeney.com

Tony Rice

Artist Video
R.I.P. Tony Rice

Chick Corea (1941-2021). American jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea died of cancer at his home in the Tampa Bay area of Florida on February 9, 2021, at age 79. His compositions "Spain", "500 Miles High", "La Fiesta", "Armando's Rhumba" and "Windows" are widely considered jazz standards. As a member of Miles Davis's band in the late 1960s, he participated in the birth of jazz fusion. Along with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, he is considered one of the foremost jazz pianists of the post-John Coltrane era. He won 23 Grammy Awards and was nominated over 60 times.
[www.chickcorea.com]

Anne Feeney (1951-2021). American folk musician, singer-songwriter and political activist Anne Feeney died in hospital in Pittsburgh on February 3, 2021, aged 69, being in rehabilitation for a fracture in her back when she contracted pneumonia related to COVID-19. Anne Feeney began her career in 1969 as a student activist playing a Phil Ochs song at a Vietnam War protest. As an undergraduate she cofounded Pittsburgh's first rape crisis center and went on to earn a law degree in 1978. She worked as a lawyer for 12 years but ultimately decided engaging through music was her calling. Blending Irish music with American folk and bluegrass, as well as her political message, she recorded twelve albums and toured most of the period from 1991 to 2015, attending protest rallies and joining the concerts of groups like Peter, Paul and Mary.

Tony Rice (1951-2020). American guitarist and bluegrass musician David Anthony Rice died at his home in Reidsville, North Carolina on December 25, 2020. He was an influential acoustic guitar player in bluegrass, newgrass and acoustic jazz. Over the course of his career, he played alongside J. D. Crowe and the New South, David Grisman and Jerry Garcia, led his own Tony Rice Unit, collaborated with Norman Blake, recorded with his brothers Wyatt, Ron, and Larry, and co-founded the Bluegrass Album Band. In 1994 Tony Rice was diagnosed with muscle tension dysphonia and as a result was forced to stop singing in live performance. A 2014 diagnosis of lateral epicondylitis ("tennis elbow") made guitar playing painful and his last performance playing guitar live was his induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

Ed Bruce (1939-2021). American country music singer/songwriter William Edwin Bruce Jr. died January 8, 2021, in Clarksville, Tennessee, of natural causes at age 81. He was best known for writing the 1975 song "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" and recording the 1982 country number one hit "You're the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had". Many songs though that Ed Bruce wrote and recorded were more successful when re-recorded by others (for example Tanya Tucker). He made a conscious decision to cut back on his music to focus on an acting career, one of his biggest acting roles was as the second lead in the television series Bret Maverick with James Garner during the 1981–1982 season. He sang and wrote the theme song, which Garner himself sang over the end titles. Bruce also hosted two shows in the late 1980s, Truckin' USA and American Sports Cavalcade.
[www.edbrucemusic.com]

Charley Pride (1934-2020). Charley Pride, passed away December 12, 2020, in Dallas, Texas of complications from COVID-19 at age 86. Despite facing pervasive racism throughout this career, Pride’s perseverance and talent broke down barriers and blazed a new path for black artists becoming the first black superstar within the country music genre. He sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time GRAMMY award and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Charley Pride garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits.
[www.charleypride.com]

Hal Michael Ketchum (1953–2020). American country musician Hal Michael Ketchum died at his home in Fischer, Texas on November 23, 2020 at the age of 67. He released eleven studio albums from 1986 to 2014 defined by "easy listening pop and light folk" influences (AllMusic). One of his most legendary hits had been “Long Haired Country Boy” which got nominated for a Country Music Association Award in 1997. He appeared in the 1988 film Heartbreak Hotel and in the 1994 film Maverick. Ketchum had retired from the music business in 2019 following a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.
[www.halketchum.com]



Iona Fyfe

Iona Fyfe @ FROG

ionafyfe.com | oorvyce.scot

  Oor Vyce Burns Nicht

Iona Fyfe

Iona Fyfe has been been working away programming, editing and presenting the Oor Vyce Burns Nicht livestream on 25th January 2021. The line-up is braw featuring speeches and poems from Len Pennie, Billy Kay and Margaret Bennett. Tunes and songs from Cameron Nixon and John Dew. Watch the Oor Vyce Virtual Burns Nicht @ YouTube!

05:00​ Piping - John Dew
09:24​ Address Tae The Haggis - Jack Capener
11:49​ Westlin Winds - Iona Fyfe 
16:16​ Ae Fond Kiss - Cameron Nixon
20:36​ Immortal Memory - Dr Margaret Bennett
39:30​ The Weary Pund - Cameron Nixon
41:55​ Toast Tae The Lassies - Jack Capener
45:59​ The Lassies Repply - Len Pennie / Miss Punny Pennie 
51:47​ Tam o Shanter - Billy Kay 
1:05:11​ Auld Lang Syne - Michael Biggins and Iona Fyfe
1:08:57​ Piping - John Dew

Follow Scots Language Instagram Blog: Over the lockdown Iona has been working voluntarily as the Communications Officer of Oor Vyce - the campaign for a Scots Language Act. She thought it be nice to have an Instagram blog dedicated entirely to typing, posting and speaking in Scots. The theme is beauty, lifestyle and coffee!

Scots added as language on Spotify: Iona Fyfe is ower the moon to announce that Spotify has officially added Scots as a language. This is a real step forward - to have a global company recognise Scots on their platform. To celebrate, she has made a playlist of some of her favourite revivalist and contemporary interpretations of songs in Scots.


JP Harris

JP Harris' Outside Folk

www.ilovehonkytonk.com

  JP Harris: Is Country Music Turning on Racism and QAnon?

Kristen Grainger & True North

Kristen Grainger @ FROG

www.truenorthband.com

The Daily Beast just did a feature on Nashville country singer JP Harris’ viral single “Take Off Your Tin Foil Hat”. Harris wrote the song after the Nashville bombing and during the insane QAnon ramp up to Biden’s election. The single’s gone viral since, with pop singer Pink picking it up and a bunch of streams. The Daily Beast article is looking at a sea change in country music that’s pushing back against the genre’s historically conservative ties. Right now we’re seeing a movement of many under-the-radar artists reclaiming country music’s radical roots!

“I just wrote out the most absurd histories of all these conspiracies to draw out the comparisons,” Harris said. “I tried to stretch it as far as I could, while keeping it tethered to the absurd shit that these people are saying and outlining on the internet. It seems as we become ever more connected, with an infinite wormhole of information at our fingertips, that as a species we are rapidly losing our ability to discern truth from fiction, our most valuable learned skill of critical thinking, at what could almost be called the genetic level. Our technology is evolving faster than we are.”

READ the article | LISTEN to YouTube | LISTEN on Spotify


  Kristen Grainger & True North Win 25th Annual USA Songwriting Competition

Salem, Oregon folk band Kristen Grainger & True North have won the 25th Annual USA Songwriting Competition with their powerful song “The Ghost of Abuelito” about the shameful detention of children along the US/Mexico borderlands by Trump’s administration. The song is from their powerful new album which touches on themes of female empowerment, the challenges of women in power, and stories of the Pacific Northwest. Grainger took first place in the Folk songwriting category and 2nd place overall!

Kristen Grainger & True North - The Ghost of Abuelito


  Ricky Skaggs Receives National Medal of Arts

www.ricky
skaggs.com

On January 13, Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs received the National Medal of Arts. This honor is bestowed on a select few individuals for their artistic achievements and contributions to the arts and culture of America. From the National Endowment for the Arts press release, "[Ricky Skaggs] infuses his bluegrass and traditional country music roots into the contemporary Nashville sound." Fellow recipients in the bluegrass genre include Alison Krauss (2019), Dr. Ralph Stanley (2006), Dolly Parton (2005), Doc Watson (1997), Bill Monroe (1995), and Earl Scruggs, (1992), among others. For more information, visit the National Endowment for the Arts website.


  GRAMMY® nomination for Thomm Jutz

Thomm Jutz

Artist Video Thomm Jutz @ FROG

www.thommjutz.com

Mountain Home Music Company congratulates artist Thomm Jutz whose album To Live In Two Worlds Volume 1 has been nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Bluegrass Album. The nomination marks the first for Jutz and the fifth for the label based near Asheville, North Carolina. It is also making him the first immigrant to receive a nomination in that category. "I am so thrilled and excited about this," says Jutz. "Thanks to all the good folks at Mountain Home Music and all the players and writers who contributed to this album."

Peter Cooper — Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Senior Director, producer and writer — notes "Thomm will dispute this argument with an anxious shake of his ex-German head but he joins Norman Blake and Tony Rice as one of the quiet and graceful heroes of the acoustic guitar. ... If he couldn't play a clean note on the guitar, he'd be a songwriting marvel. And if he couldn't write a song, he'd be a wondrous singer. Against odds and across a vast ocean, Thomm has connected with a disparate culture. He has internalized it, and he has enriched it. He ignored every notion of destiny in favor of practice and intention, and now we can listen to his songs and understand something of ourselves while we tap our feet and nod our own anxious heads."

The legendary Tom T. Hall has said about Jutz, “For years I have hoped that some young man would get off the bus in Nashville with a guitar wrapped in a cellophane dry cleaning bag and bring something new and exciting to the music scene. I know that songwriters and singers don't ride buses anymore unless they own them. As an old songwriter myself, I am pleased that one of my wishes has come true. Thomm Jutz is in town and the town is all the better for it.”

The To Live In Two Worlds collection is unique in that it showcases Jutz’s diverse talents. “I wanted to make another bluegrass record but I also wanted to make a ‘true’ solo record, with just me singing and playing. So I did both,” Jutz said. “The players on these records are my dream team, and I love how the band and solo tracks correspond on these two volumes. From a songwriter’s perspective I feel that this is my best work yet. I’ve found my place with ‘one foot in a different world and one foot here today.’”

Mountain Home's Jon Weisberger adds, "This project went through more than one twist on its way to release, so it’s especially exciting to see it recognized. All of us at Mountain Home Music Company are happy to have played a part in bringing what was always there — Thomm's talent, his unique perspective and his love for history and a good story — to a broader audience."

Thomm Jutz is a songwriter, producer and guitar player whose songs have been recorded by Balsam Range, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Terry Baucom, Nanci Griffith, Kim Richey and many more. To date he has had six #1 bluegrass songs and was nominated for IBMA Songwriter Of The Year in 2017, 2018 and 2019. His song “Going Back To Bristol” was nominated for Song Of The Year 2017. He’s the producer and principal songwriter of The 1861 Project, a three-record collection of original songs about the American Civil War. He also co-wrote and produced I Sang The Song, a musical biography of Mac Wiseman featuring John Prine, Alison Krauss, Shawn Camp and many other renowned Bluegrass artists. Jutz has previously released two Bluegrass solo records Volunteer Trail and Crazy If You Let It. He is the recipient of 2 SESAC Awards, an alumnus of both Leadership Music and Leadership Bluegrass, and is an adjunct instructor at Belmont University’s Songwriting program.


  Be a Highway Woman - Edition #1



www.BeAHighwayWoman.com

"We hope you enjoy the first edition of the Be a Highway Woman Newsletter. When I took the steps forward to launch this powerful initiative and collaborative with other women in the music industry it was a path that I had been planning for years. Whether you are a female artist, musician or a woman working in the music industry we can all agree that we have been met with resistance, closed doors and at times negative behavior from other women. The spirit of this program is to empower one another through action. Since our launch in September 2020 we are seeing our efforts come to fruition with program development, support from the music industry and outside of our industry. We are very excited for the members of Be a Highway Woman as our roster continues to grow and flourish along with the collaborative programs that the artists are building in this community. Our newsletter will be distributed monthly. If you would like to be added to our subscriber list please send an email to beahighwaywoman@gmail.com. With Sincere Gratitude and Determination, Jill Pavel - Be a Highway Woman



The Highway Women @ FROG

www.drewhaley.com | www.highwaywomen.com

»Since moving to Nashville from Austin, Tx almost 10 years ago now, I’ve seen this city change a whole lot! One of the things that was apparent to me right away back then and still is today is the need for women’s voices and talent in this industry to be heard and seen. That’s why in 2012 I started booking all female singer/songwriter writer rounds once a month with a few of my friends. It grew over the years and we went on to raise money for breast cancer awareness, wounded warriors, Gildas club and many more! From the beginning, I’ve been passionate about bringing women together and cultivating an environment that encourages and uplifts one another because the old saying “there’s strengths in numbers” is certainly true! I’m beyond proud to be involved with “be a Highway woman” and what we stand for. It’s all about taking action and being the change we want to see! It starts with us and we WILL make a difference, I believe it! A motto that my awesome mom came up years ago is, “one girl has a song, together we have a voice.« Drew Haley - The Highway Women

Mission Statement: Be a Highway Woman as a company and community is built on empowering and supporting all female music artists. We are an all inclusive community celebrating all music genres, age, race and sexual orientation. ​We believe everyone deserves a chance to share their artistry. Check out the curated "Be A Highway Woman" Spotify playlists Here!

N E W M U S I C V I D E O S : T H E H I G H W A Y W O M E N - T H E H I G H W A Y | G R A C I E C A R O L - 3 M I N U T E S | A N Z A - S T R O N G E R C A U S E O F Y O U | A B I G A I L N E I L S O N - T H I S I S M E L E A V I N G | D R E W H A L E Y - F O O L T O R E M E M B E R | B A I L E Y J A M E S - W O R L D Y O U ' R E L I V I N ' I N | B R E N D A C A Y - F R A G I L E L I K E A B O M B


  Women In Bluegrass Events

The IBMA’s Women’s Council hosted the first-ever IBMA Women in Bluegrass Summit on Facebook and Zoom. The summit was well-attended and included panel discussions and presentations on feminism, gender equity, and the history of women in bluegrass. You can still watch the entire summit on the IBMA Facebook Page.

Kristin Scott Benson

Artist Video Kristin Scott
Benson @ FROG


www.ksbbanjo.com

Additionally, the Blue Ridge Music Center has announced a 10-episode series celebrating women in bluegrass entitled A Place in the Band. North Carolina singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett speaks with musicians and additional music industry leaders to share their experiences as women in bluegrass and express their hopes for the future. Guests include Rhiannon Giddens, Missy Raines, Amy Grossman, Alice Gerrard, Laurie Lewis, Amythyst Kiah, Traci Thomas, Kristin Scott Benson, Ruth Ungar Merenda, and Haley Miller Coots. Watch the video series on the Blue Ridge Music Center YouTube page.





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Last but not least

  Findlay Napier: The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything

Findlay Napier

Hello Folks.

Findlay Napier

Artist Video Findlay Napier
@ FROG


www.findlaynapier.com

I'm 42. I've been looking forward to this birthday. I read Hitchhikers Guide when I was in my early teens and from then on Douglas Adams' writing leaked into every area of my life. For example a towel is one of the most massively useful things a touring musician can have. You can use it as a pillow on a dressing room floor; a mattress to cover the filthy dressing room floor; a blanket to keep out the chill when flying; it can be used to stop flight cases smashing the rear windows of a hire car; you can stuff the corners into your ears and wrap the towel around the head as a travel pillow/noise cancelling device; you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

(This is a misquote. Read the original Douglas Adams quote HERE.)

"He's too hipster. Wig him." Is what the head of makeup said in her thick Belfast accent. I'm not sure if it was praise, insult or both. And so, for less than half a day, I had a full head of hair again.

Last year I was asked to email a verse or two of The Battle of Otterburn to the writers room of the Spanish Princess. They were filming in Bristol and wanted to use a bit of the ballad. "Send a video if you can." I filmed myself singing it and a couple of days later I was being driven onto set in Bristol past the knights in armour, past the horses, past the stage hands in shorts smoking rollups and up to the production caravan.

Here I am in an pub in Edinburgh shortly after the Battle of Flodden but actually in a huge warehouse in Bristol. I'm in season two and it's either episode two or three. (www.starz.com)

Cheers Fin




Lume de Biqueira @ FROG

www.lumedebiqueira.es

  Lume de Biqueira: Antivirus Complete “Kit”

Lume de Biquera pipe band now has mask-covers for the bells of chanter and drones.

Alex de Grassi

Artist Video Alex de Grassi
@ FROG


www.degrassi.com

fingerstylejournal.com

In our eagerness for adapting ourselves to the new circumstances, from Lume de Biquiera we have developed alongside Sanimusic a special container for the bagpipes which has four bell covers for the air exit of the pipes: chanter and drones. We are ready to use another element of protection for our musicians and the audience. This measure is added to our masks specially designed for bagpipers, which were developed by MR, we hope that they can be greatly distributed to other bands in order for them to start performing again reducing the risks.

Our gratitude to all of our comrades of the music field who continue fighting and still hope for restart their musical activities as soon as possible. We will not forget those who have left us forever this year, nor their families and friends, with whom we share the pain and we are deeply sorry for their loss.

Special hygienic masks for bagpipers: facebook.com/MR.MaryRubio

Special hygienic masks for bagpipes: www.sanimusic.net


  Introducing Fingerstyle Guitar Journal issue 22

Fingerstyle Guitar Journal is a quarterly digital magazine owned and published by Bill Piburn. Each issue includes interviews, workshops, transcriptions and reviews. Play buttons allow you to hear audio and see video performances. The magazine is delivered to your email as a download. You can subscribe for $8 every issue.

Fingerstyle Guitar Journal issue 22 featured stories: Alex de Grassi, Shane Hennessy, Dylan Ryche, Emma Dean Moseley, Maya Locke. Workshops by: Kent Burnside, Troy Gifford, Steve Herberman, Craig Dobbins, Roger Hudson. For the best in fingerstyle guitar from around the world subscribe to Fingerstyle Guitar Journal!


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