PORT CREDIT TODAY
Before I start this weeks blog I just wanted to say a big shout out to my local online publication Port Credit Today who featured last weeks blog entry in their Arts & Entertainment section, it's much appreciated that we are supported by our local community, I have been a resident of Port Credit for 8 years now and am grateful that local residents got a chance to read some of our news and were exposed to our website.
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HAPPY ST ANDREWS DAY
Happy St Andrews Day to my fellow Scots around the world.... if you are not Scottish and wonder what the fuss is about, here's a wee history in brief and we'll skedaddle on to the music after that .....
Saint Andrew’s Day is celebrated every 30th November in Scotland. The day celebrates the Feast of Saint Andrew and is also considered Scotland’s National Day.
Saint Andrew is notable in that he was one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus Christ and was also the brother of Saint Peter. Before following Jesus, Andrew was a fisherman. He was born at Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee.
The main colours you will see in Scotland on Saint Andrew’s Day is the white diagonal cross on blue background of the Scottish flag – the Saltire. This is the Saint Andrew’s cross, and represents the shape of the cross on which Saint Andrew was said to have been crucified.
The history of the Scottish link to Saint Andrew goes back as far as 832 AD when Óengus II promised God that if the Scots and Picts were victorious in battle against the Angles he would make Saint Andrew the patron saint of Scotland. And they were.
Two days ago it was my Father's birthday, he would have been 81 this year, he was a world champion Piper and handed that tradition down to me when I was very young, I am glad to say it has taken me all over the world and I have been so lucky and grateful to have been introduced to so many different people and cultures through piping.
I have included the video below to honour my Dad and also to show how much Piping around the world is alive amongst the younger generation, and in capable hands as demonstrated here by Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson with a wee tip of the hat to the late Gordon Duncan and Malcolm Young from AC / DC, one of the tunes you will recognize as being the bagpipe version of Thunderstruck as written by Gordon.
And so on to this weeks recommended albums for stocking fillers, I will keep it brief and get straight to the music....
Ian Foster - Sleeper Years
I have been enthralled with Ian Foster on being introduced to his music and writings ever since I moved to Canada, there are so many facets to this gifted singer / songwriter. A native of St John's, Newfoundland and considered one of the islands foremost storytelling troubadours in the true sense. He is very much aware of the traditions in the folk, roots idiom but always has a very modern approach that has been described as Canadiana by some. This release has been much anticipated as it has been three years since he released the extremely well received ' The Great Wave '.
' Sleeper Years ' has a grander feel to it than his previous works, more of a cinematic journey. I mentioned that he has many facets, he is a touring solo artist, a music producer, film director, writer, composer and all these elements seem to have combined on this release. ' Sleeper Years ' is what you would expect, it is Ian Foster at his best, showcasing all of his top quality attributes.
For a complete review I did of the album visit the link
Kat Goldman - The Workingman's Blues
Kat Goldman's songs have been covered by Grammy-nominated Canadian band The Duhks, and by folk singer / songwriter Dar Williams, who it has to be said is one of Goldman's biggest fans. The album ' The Workingman's Blues ' was written over a two year period when she was transitioning from life in Boston back to Canada where she now calls Toronto home.
If ever there was a musical masterpiece for the time we live in it has to be ' The Workingman's Blues ' an unbelievably raw, honest and foresightful synopsis of life for the ordinary working man of America today, in a time of social unrest and dwindling employment opportunities, it speaks of the people who voted Donald Trump into the Presidency yet still have no voice as they scrape a living in todays turbulent society.
Ben J. Carter
Ben J. Carter comes from Melbourne, Australia, which explains why I haven’t come across him yet. With guitar skills like his I’m surprised he’s not already on my radar but he is a most welcome addition.
Carter is an accomplished guitarist and songwriter, who plays his own brand of acoustic slide, folk and country-blues with laid-back dexterity. His exploration of open tunings sets his guitar playing apart and his lap slide dobro lines are soul stirringly beautiful. He cites his influences as ranging from 1920s blues to original folk and he deftly manages to capture many aspects of this sonic landscape. His resonator guitar playing is reminiscent of Bukka White and Mississippi Fred McDowell’s fingerpicking country-blues sounds, while his compositions are far more contemporary and harmoniously bridge the gap between 1920s blues and modern acoustic songwriters.
Read the full album review by Blues and Roots Radio reviewer Benjamin, William Pike
And finally one last album this weekend that I would highly recommend
Shaun Murphy - Mighty Gates
As a young woman in 1969 Murphy found her way to the Blues stage at the first Ann Arbor Blues Fest, and was completely smitten. Music had captivated her and she felt she had truly found her calling. After a brief stint on Broadway she then had the opportunity to land a recording contract on Motown Records to record a duo album with Meatloaf, called Stoney and Meatloaf. After many years in LA Shaun was invited to record and tour with Bob Seger and during a hiatus with Seger, she was in turn asked if she’d be interested in recording the backing vocals on Eric Clapton’s ‘Behind The Sun’ album. They recorded the the album, and Clapton asked her if she'd like to do the tour.
With an incredible pedigree spanning a couple of decades Shaun Murphy has come up with something very special indeed, incredible penmanship, sublime placement of tracks, amazing arrangements throughout, ' Mighty Gates ' has it all and will surely deliver more awards to this amazing artists table, it definitely has my vote.
Thanks everyone for reading my musings and hope you find one or all of these albums to your liking, if you scroll down the page to last weeks blog you'll find even more if you are reading this for the first time.
I will be back to full Blues & Roots Radio news as we get nearer the festive holidays, we always have a thing or two to introduce to the website over that period so I'll keep you informed and you'll be the first to know.
Support independent artists if you can by going to a show, visiting their website, purchasing a track or an album or listen to Blues and Roots Radio to find out what's new in your part of the world... you'll be glad you did.
Until next week