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 91 
 on: February 20, 2024, 08:54:52 PM 
Started by Alan2 - Last post by RobertD


Alan Doyle's latest-Welcome Home. Solid, if rather short (9 song collection). It is quieter than his other albums, with only two real footstompers. But if on paper that sounds like a disappointment it is not. The balance is wonderfully written, both introspective and tender. Live he does a lot of the old Great Big Sea material, but this is interesting in that there are two nods to GBS. The first is a reworking of 'How Did We Get From Saying I Love You (Till I'll See You Around Someday) which appeared on GBS' album Play in 1997. The second is the closer 'All For A Song'. It is very much about Great Big Sea's early days-taking the ferry from Newfoundland to Halifax, Nova Scotia, getting lost in Boston, singing until their voices hurt, but wanting to continue because 'Lukey was making them clap'. The chorus continues with it being about the music, not the wine and whisky, not about getting recognized in their hometown newspaper, and all that sort of thing. I can't help thinking it is about his relationship with Sean McCann in particular. They always seemed close, and once Sean left for well-documented reasons which caused the end of Great Big Sea the relationship was cordial but obviously strained. So, I sort of wonder if this is Alan's release of his own narrative of that time. Regardless I have played the album a few times now and it is definitely a nice addition to his catalog.


Thanks for the tip off Robert. I have been having a bit of a GBS session lately. I miss them and deeply regret never having seen them live. I keep meaning to explore Alan's solo stuff. I must get started on that.


My pleasure! I regularly return to GBS, though I stepped away from them for some time after the split. Alanís first 3 solo albums are good in their own right, but I might actually start with his excellent Back To The Harbour EP. It is exquisite, and I think pointed towards a direction for the new album

 92 
 on: February 20, 2024, 08:44:18 PM 
Started by Alan2 - Last post by GubGub (Al)

Alan Doyle's latest-Welcome Home. Solid, if rather short (9 song collection). It is quieter than his other albums, with only two real footstompers. But if on paper that sounds like a disappointment it is not. The balance is wonderfully written, both introspective and tender. Live he does a lot of the old Great Big Sea material, but this is interesting in that there are two nods to GBS. The first is a reworking of 'How Did We Get From Saying I Love You (Till I'll See You Around Someday) which appeared on GBS' album Play in 1997. The second is the closer 'All For A Song'. It is very much about Great Big Sea's early days-taking the ferry from Newfoundland to Halifax, Nova Scotia, getting lost in Boston, singing until their voices hurt, but wanting to continue because 'Lukey was making them clap'. The chorus continues with it being about the music, not the wine and whisky, not about getting recognized in their hometown newspaper, and all that sort of thing. I can't help thinking it is about his relationship with Sean McCann in particular. They always seemed close, and once Sean left for well-documented reasons which caused the end of Great Big Sea the relationship was cordial but obviously strained. So, I sort of wonder if this is Alan's release of his own narrative of that time. Regardless I have played the album a few times now and it is definitely a nice addition to his catalog.


Thanks for the tip off Robert. I have been having a bit of a GBS session lately. I miss them and deeply regret never having seen them live. I keep meaning to explore Alan's solo stuff. I must get started on that.

 93 
 on: February 20, 2024, 08:34:43 PM 
Started by Alan2 - Last post by RobertD
Alan Doyle's latest-Welcome Home. Solid, if rather short (9 song collection). It is quieter than his other albums, with only two real footstompers. But if on paper that sounds like a disappointment it is not. The balance is wonderfully written, both introspective and tender. Live he does a lot of the old Great Big Sea material, but this is interesting in that there are two nods to GBS. The first is a reworking of 'How Did We Get From Saying I Love You (Till I'll See You Around Someday) which appeared on GBS' album Play in 1997. The second is the closer 'All For A Song'. It is very much about Great Big Sea's early days-taking the ferry from Newfoundland to Halifax, Nova Scotia, getting lost in Boston, singing until their voices hurt, but wanting to continue because 'Lukey was making them clap'. The chorus continues with it being about the music, not the wine and whisky, not about getting recognized in their hometown newspaper, and all that sort of thing. I can't help thinking it is about his relationship with Sean McCann in particular. They always seemed close, and once Sean left for well-documented reasons which caused the end of Great Big Sea the relationship was cordial but obviously strained. So, I sort of wonder if this is Alan's release of his own narrative of that time. Regardless I have played the album a few times now and it is definitely a nice addition to his catalog.

 94 
 on: February 20, 2024, 06:26:10 PM 
Started by Will S - Last post by Nick Reg
Currently having a pre theatre meal in Stratford. The composer of the music for A Midsummer Nights Dream is Will Gregory of Goldfrapp . One of the guitarists is Andy Davis. Andy Cresswell Davis of Stackridge and The Korgis was in Goldfrapps touring band. I wonder.

 95 
 on: February 20, 2024, 04:59:37 PM 
Started by Will S - Last post by John From Austin




I'm surrounded by talkers no matter where I go. A mother/daughter seated directly behind us shriek-talked throughout the recent Eagles concert, punctuated with occasional off-key singing. It's obvious they didn't pay for their own tickets. †Angry


Are you saying that they improved the gig? † Grin

Jules


Unlike the performers on stage, mom/daughter would have benefitted from Autotune.
I'll bet that there were more original members of their family than there were of The Eagles.


I have no complaints about Eagles still flying the flag with so many members down and/or out. However, I can't help but notice that bands of this vintage (see, e.g., Journey, Fleetwood Mac) are adding loads of supplemental singers and musicians to bolster their live performances. Although we got lovely lead vocals from Don Henley, Deacon Frey, Timothy B. Schmit and Vince Gill (I like Joe Walsh's voice, but wouldn't call it "lovely"), there was a veritable choir of harmony singers, such that the voices of the actual Eagles were indistinguishable.

 96 
 on: February 20, 2024, 04:34:45 PM 
Started by PaulT - Last post by Will S

Fairport in Swansea on Saturday


And in Exeter on Sunday

 97 
 on: February 20, 2024, 02:29:17 PM 
Started by PaulT - Last post by mickf
Fairport in Swansea on Saturday

 98 
 on: February 20, 2024, 01:25:24 PM 
Started by Will S - Last post by Nick Reg

One of the reasons I bought this shirt from the 2019 Fusion festival, which, by coincidence, I was wearing while reading this thread. It has this back print, reacted by me for sensitive viewers. Available for a tenner at fusionprogfestivals.com for a limited period.
Have a listen to the Gas Brookfield track I've Paid My Money

 99 
 on: February 20, 2024, 09:35:03 AM 
Started by Will S - Last post by Nick Reg



I'm surrounded by talkers no matter where I go. A mother/daughter seated directly behind us shriek-talked throughout the recent Eagles concert, punctuated with occasional off-key singing. It's obvious they didn't pay for their own tickets. †Angry


Are you saying that they improved the gig? † Grin

Jules


Unlike the performers on stage, mom/daughter would have benefitted from Autotune.
I'll bet that there were more original members of their family than there were of The Eagles.

 100 
 on: February 20, 2024, 09:28:54 AM 
Started by Will S - Last post by DarrenWilliams
Soft Machine at Band on the Wall. Superb musicians, great set list, enthusiastic but respectful audience.

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