Week 6 - Fri 5th Feb
Welcome to the RPM Record Club Seven Day Soundtrack....more aural delights for your delectation, week ending Friday 5th February. We've a full thermos of tea, half a pack of gypsy creams and we're wearing dark sun glasses; hit it.............over to...
"Quick picks this week - people from 60s shows that I saw as a teenager."
"Here's my 3 for this weeks set. Best wishes to everybody."
"1984 x 3"
Psychomodo by Cockney Rebel -
"Hi RPMers, hope you're all keeping safe and well."
"My choices for this week are three classics that I have loved and cherished for many years. One that I was reminded of by Tim's post last week.........
"Good to see 'Dark was the night' get another play and a further mention in the last couple of weeks. It gives me the opportunity to drift back to the days of ex RAF overcoats, rainy November Wednesday nights and putting car shampoo and red dye in the Fargate fountain in Sheffield en route to concerts!!! Loadsa bubbles when we came out!!!! One of the best gigs at that time was a Canned Heat/Groundhogs double header where a new member of our crowd attended his first ever gig. Both bands, and the audience, were more than adequately hirsute, which didn't stop our newbie climbing on stage during the Heats encore........ in full skinhead regalia (No 1 crop, white drainies, red braces, 8 hole ox red Docs and Ben Sherman shirt) and dance with The Bear.
"I doubt I'll choose anything this week which will cause as much debate (with Alan and Piers) or seemingly inspire as many music choices as my Byrds selection from last time seems to have done; most surprising.......so it's onwards with the third and last part of my "folk-music-that's-important-to-me" extravaganza.........."
Castlerock Road / Greengrass by Damien O'Kane and David Kosky - "I first came across the wonderful banjo playing of Damien O'Kane on an album call Box On (2006) which he recorded with accordion player Shona Kipling and which was an astonishing piece of work by the duo. My perception of banjo previously was that of an instrument used for a bit of plinky-plonky back up, as with the Pogues for example, although Charlie Piggott of De Dannan and Gerry O'Connor were two exceptions. Hearing the banjo playing on Box On was a bit like opening a tin of fireworks to find them already lit! Pretty startling stuff, in other words.....and the way Shona's accordion blended with the banjo was so good. Unfortunately, I can't find any tunes from the Box On album on YouTube.....so we'll move on, past Damien's first solo album, Summer Hill (2010), to what I consider his finest work, an album of tunes recorded with guitarist David Kosky entitled The Mystery Inch. There is a whole new body of "trad tunes" being written by contemporary folk musicians, and for me Castlerock Road is Damien O'Kanes best. It's so uplifting!"
One Way by The Levellers - "Lead off track from the Levelling The Land LP.......another musical wake up call and my first, and indeed, the first ever RPM Record Club Mystery Album way back in July 2012. The chorus says it all."
Medley; Lark in the Morning / Rakish Paddy / Fox Hunters Jig / Toss the Feathers performed by Fairport Convention - "I blame my folk obsession on Liege & Lief....(it was my Mystery Album in July 2014)....and upon this set of tunes in particular. You just know that any piece of music that begins with a cowbell is going to be killer!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3pP4O3nkAc