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 11 
 on: March 01, 2024, 12:39:04 PM 
Started by PaulT - Last post by davidmjs
Sam Sweeney needs people to buy tickets for his gigs...especially in Brum...

 12 
 on: March 01, 2024, 11:27:40 AM 
Started by PaulT - Last post by Jules Gray



I played Prog Bingo with the bass player from Gong recently.


What, dare I ask, are the rules of Prog Bingo?


Similar to regular bingo but with more flute, costumes, and odd time signatures.


I see. Thanks for clearing that up.

Jules

 13 
 on: March 01, 2024, 10:09:22 AM 
Started by Alan2 - Last post by davidmjs



Incredible String Band  :  No Ruinous Feud  (US  Reprise  LP, 1973).

This album doesn't get a lot of love among ISB  fans,  but i rather like its quirkiness.


Well, there's a body of String Band fans who happily dismiss everything but the first four (and sometimes only 2-4)!  But the more sensible amongst us find something in all the albums...

I've spent a long time listening to the last three albums recently...and all of them are much much better than their reputation would suggest.  


Absolutely.   I love all of their  albums whilst recognising there are 2 eras, and the transition to Island was a watershed. I listened to Earthspan last night and was as drawn into it and enthralled as I've ever been.


2 eras is a little too simplistic, I think.  Fwiw, I'd define the eras as:

Debut
5000 Spirits - I looked Up
U which exists in a universe of its own Grin
Liquid Acrobat - Earthspan
No Ruinous Feud - Hard Rope

plus the reunion, of course.

 14 
 on: March 01, 2024, 09:58:28 AM 
Started by Alan2 - Last post by Will S
Big Big Train The Likes Of Us - the new album on release day (though my pre-order arrived yesterday, so this is actually the second listen).  It's wonderful - another development in the BBT story, as the first album with the new line-up.  A couple of long form tracks, and a nice handful of shorter ones.  Wonderful melodic prog.  Can't wait to see them at Cropredy!  Recommended to the house.

 15 
 on: February 29, 2024, 11:37:07 PM 
Started by PaulT - Last post by Nick


I played Prog Bingo with the bass player from Gong recently.


What, dare I ask, are the rules of Prog Bingo?

Jules


Similar to regular bingo but with more flute, costumes, and odd time signatures.

 16 
 on: February 29, 2024, 05:08:25 PM 
Started by Will S - Last post by mickf
Show of Hands at the Acapela, Pentyrch, last night. Excellent show. Loads of (very) old stuff, some of which I had never heard live before and some I hadn't heard for a long time (e.g. 'The Dive', which is one of my favourites) Some funny tales of life on the road over the past 30 odd years, rounding off the show with the glorious 'Cousin Jack'. Some songs that I would have liked to have been included that were absent. But, they could have played twice as long and I'd still have wanted more. I'm going to miss them.

 17 
 on: February 29, 2024, 05:02:25 PM 
Started by PaulT - Last post by PJayBe
Ian Prowse on Saturday in Barnoldswick, Fairport on Tuesday, Franck Carducci on Thursday and Joshua Burnell on the Saturday.

 18 
 on: February 29, 2024, 02:40:26 PM 
Started by PaulT - Last post by Jules Gray

Rule a) Don't tell the bass player in Gong that Gong are sh1te....  You're out already, Jules.


I do have some diplomacy skills, David.

Jules

 19 
 on: February 29, 2024, 01:30:28 PM 
Started by davidmjs - Last post by davidmjs


Thanks, all...very interesting and intriguing.  I'll dig out some of this stuff...and get around to reading the biog.

Here's a question for the ages:  why do I love Ric's violin sound in the Albions (and the Softs) but it drives me to distraction in Fairport, even though it is so obviously fully formed and they knew exactly what they were getting in '85?  I genuinely believe RULTS to be one of the true (if not *the*) highpoint(s) of English folk-rock.

And yes, it's hugely disappointing that it has been somewhat sullied by the appalling behaviour of one of the participants.  Love the art, not the artist and all that, but it's bloody hard in this case.


I recently re-watched the It All Comes ‘Round Again’ documentary from 1987. In it Ric says that his approach has been different because of his jazz style. He also admitted that joining the band he knew he could not adopt the same style as Swarb. And in the version of Fidddlestix on the same documentary you can see the difference in the bowing-Swarb’s fast and furious ‘sawing’ versus Ric’s longer, fluid style. The same notes but a different approach. I got the impression that Simon and Peggy were quite happy with the newer style along with Maart. I agree with you about Rise Up but using his words as a guide, Ric has always been his own type of violinist. A great admirer of folk and fiddling, but who approaches it in his own way. Its also the way he interprets the music since he joined. I know in general you aren’t a great fan of the music the last 30 odd years, but it is his sound, and his alone. In a technical sense in Ric’s early days with Fairport and I believe on Rise Up he was using the Zeta skeleton violin which had a unique sound, but I think he ditched it around the time of Old New Borrowed Blue



All true.  Ric's a lovely and supremely talented bloke and my feelings about his place in Fairport don't detract from that.  I keep coming back to '92 though...that, and showing what a post-Swarb Fairport could have been... Regrets?  I've had a few... Wink

 20 
 on: February 29, 2024, 01:15:34 PM 
Started by davidmjs - Last post by RobertD

Thanks, all...very interesting and intriguing.  I'll dig out some of this stuff...and get around to reading the biog.

Here's a question for the ages:  why do I love Ric's violin sound in the Albions (and the Softs) but it drives me to distraction in Fairport, even though it is so obviously fully formed and they knew exactly what they were getting in '85?  I genuinely believe RULTS to be one of the true (if not *the*) highpoint(s) of English folk-rock.

And yes, it's hugely disappointing that it has been somewhat sullied by the appalling behaviour of one of the participants.  Love the art, not the artist and all that, but it's bloody hard in this case.


I recently re-watched the It All Comes ‘Round Again’ documentary from 1987. In it Ric says that his approach has been different because of his jazz style. He also admitted that joining the band he knew he could not adopt the same style as Swarb. And in the version of Fidddlestix on the same documentary you can see the difference in the bowing-Swarb’s fast and furious ‘sawing’ versus Ric’s longer, fluid style. The same notes but a different approach. I got the impression that Simon and Peggy were quite happy with the newer style along with Maart. I agree with you about Rise Up but using his words as a guide, Ric has always been his own type of violinist. A great admirer of folk and fiddling, but who approaches it in his own way. Its also the way he interprets the music since he joined. I know in general you aren’t a great fan of the music the last 30 odd years, but it is his sound, and his alone. In a technical sense in Ric’s early days with Fairport and I believe on Rise Up he was using the Zeta skeleton violin which had a unique sound, but I think he ditched it around the time of Old New Borrowed Blue

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