• greenbelt festival 2008/ my last three months listening

    Ago 27 2008, 10:16 di stevethack

    Fri 22 Aug – Greenbelt Festival 2008

    having listened to many of the bands playing this years greenbelt fest the plan is to post my last three month chart here (given when i was away this actually covers the full 11 weeks from me returning from the greenbelt iona retreat to my arrival at the festival) then slowly edit it with comments about the bands that did play the fest. prob a big job so count this journal entry as a work in progress.



    1 Levellers 119(no link to greenbelt, well Seth lakeman's brother Sean produced their new album and i can find half a dozen other tenuous links)

    2 Michael Franti & Spearhead 82
    headlined friday night, wow. maybe not as impressive as when he played two years back and so far i do think i prefer Yell fire to his new album.

    2 Duke Special 82
    ok joint second for the duke, not at the festival this year but has been most years (once we get out of my top ten i'll delete the bands who weren't on the gb08 line up)
    4 Rachel Taylor-Beales 77
  • A fine evening of British Jazz

    Nov 26 2007, 13:45 di mwchurst

    Fri 23 Nov – Jazz Jamaica

    This event was held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of UK jazz label Dune and was part of this years London Jazz Festival.

    The evening started off with New Orleans trumpeter Abram Wilson paying tribute the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a group of freed slaves from Tennessee who were the first African American singers to be heard in the UK. Abram was backed by the excellent London Community Gospel Choir. The combination of Wilson's New Orleans style sound worked well the soaring gospel of the LCGC.

    The second part of the show called Tighten Up! featured Jazz Jamaica playing tribute to the legendary reggae label Trojan records. Along with Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin they delivered an excellent fusion of jazz, reggae & ska which had the sell-out audience dancing on their feet and no doubt bought back memories of those classic reggae tracks from the late 60s/early 70s.

    A great uplifting musical evening.