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Dims Music Thread - Friends and Favourites
« on: March 06, 2012, 14:25 »
In one of my many many sidelines, I have been/was involved in music promotion for a number of years, independantly putting on a number of gigs and events back in Devon. Also have had the pleasure of knowing many musicians mostly folk over the years.

This is my list of songs I love. Some friends, some just bands that have influenced me along the way.

First up a friend of ours Rosie Eade. Rosie we met at an open mic. We had been let down by a support act and three days before the gig had to fill a couple of hours, so we hit the local open mics to try and find a couple of artists. One of those was Rosie. Very shy, but with an amazing voice. Turned out to be a turning point for her. The night of the gig she fell for the lead singer of the main act and three years on they are engaged and his contacts and her voice have seen her play glastonbury three times now. The below video is from her support gig at the Exeter Phoenix, supporting Nick Harper. A gig I promoted.



I also did the design for Rosies first CD

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    That night Rosie supported Nick Harper, her first major solo spot. Nick is another friend/acquantance who I have promoted a couple of times. Son of the legendary Roy Harper. This version of Vampire Song was performed the same night in Exeter

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    Rosie also now does occasional spots with some other friends of ours Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs. A three peice skiffle band that play anything from originals to crazy skiffle punk covers (skunk). Big on the british festival scene, its their lead singer Scary Dave that Rosie is engaged to.

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    And Hobo's doing on of their own songs.

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    Rosie has also played a couple of times with Alice Jemina, one of my wifes former students.


    Had a very small part in getting Alice a couple of early gigs at Bradninch Folk Festival, but she has a voice and manner that will sell itself.
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    Sticking with the girls, Tracey Curtis, lovely girl, former member of punk band Shelleys children, now doing gigs as a folk protester..

    Another one of my videos, that disturbs tracey intensely, she was completely freaked out by the animated version of herself as a child

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    Onto some more friends. Three Daft Monkeys from Cornwall. Have known these guys since the days we would make 200 mile trips to see them play to maybe a dozen people. Now they regularly pack out festival stages. This is from one of their earlier gigs, and involves the attempted theft by a member of the audience of a jar of our homemade jam.

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    Onto another mate of ours, Dan Donnelly. Dan was originally in the irish band Watercress that had a couple of minor hits, moved to New York and played with his band Sonovagun, then moved back to the UK to exeter while we lived there, and has now stalked us up to the North East and is living a few miles down the road.

    Master of using effects pedals and loops.

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    Dan is also the voice behind this masterpeice

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    We met Dan via Rev Hammer who lived a few doors down from us in Exeter, or maybe we met Dan via Rev, who knows. Rev is most well known for his folk album freeborn john, the story of John Lillburne and the Levellers but has also worked with the Levellers in their accoustic alter egos "drunk in public" and "red Sky Coven" with Justin Sullivan of New Model Army.

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    rev also performs in the occasional act "the fabulous good time party boys" with Phil Johnstone who is  primerily a music producer, but also worked and co-write with Robert Plant in the 70's
    Their biggest hit which sold 2 copies is "fatty Fatty"


    Rev and Phil, were the entertainment at our wedding. Which was infinately entertaining
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    Which leads nicely to "the big v". Fronted by two of Phil's kids, Emily and Alex. New band, but starting to have an impact.



    You can see my gallery of live shots of the band here> http://www.dimspace.co.uk/page6.html




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    Moving onto the strange.. Friends, and formerlodger of ours, Pyrates.

    A Pirate band that started as a large band, split into pyrates and mutineers, played pirate gatherings all over the world. The video is from very early on in 2007. In 2009 we got them one of key supports (with hobo jones) that got them their first proper festival shot.

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    Like so many stories involving pirates it was to take a twist. Late in 2010 having been booked to play the Theatre Royal in Portsmouth Capt Gallows was deserted and cut adrift by his crew. Forced to play by himself for beer, he was joined that night by Bemis and Hobo Jones.



    Months later Capt Gallows was forced to flee to Holland where he has now recruited a new crew who play the bars and brothels of Holland regularly.

    http://pyrates.co.uk/
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    Onto the stranger.. Each year in Exeter a small group of Swedes accomanied by selected brits spend the autumn months rehearsing for the annual Swedish Festival of Light. A rare recording from 2009 of my wife on camera singing (shes the one at the very front at the beginning)

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    Which brings me onto Horizon Award winner, and BBC Folk Finalist, Jackie Oates. One of my wifes friends from Exeter and a co-conspiritor in the Santa Lucia performances

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    And in turn, the organiser of the Santa Lucia choir, and a wonderfully talented musician, Rosa Rebecka



    Think of Bex every day when we butter our toast with the swedish butter knife she bought us.
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    In fact, Rebecka can have two songs



    A certain Joan Baez quality about her.
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    Back to the guys. Someone I owe an awful lot to, personally made me rethink how I look at a lot of stuff, always dear to me, Aussie Rory Ellis. Rory spends his winters in Australia, his summers in England touring and performing. So you Aussie's go see him. Hes in Australia for a couple more months before heading to the UK in April.
    www.roryellis.com

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    Which leads to.. a mate of Rory's, Arnie Cottrell playing with Colm Murphy

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    Sticking with the men, and this guy is a genius. Based in Seattle he has spent pretty much the last ten years touring around europe and australia before finally taking a break from performing after his last show on 11/11/11. Jason Webley. The guy is simply genius.

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    And more from Jason
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    It was Jason who over a curry introduced us to the even more remarkable Geoff Berner.

    Hilarious, not always intentionally, and staunch defender of the Jewish Faith

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    That is... until he goes into full protest song mode

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    Talking of Canadian protest singers.. David Rovics who we first met touring with Tracey Curtis who was mentioned up there ^^^^^ somewhere

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    Which links brilliantly onto... New Orleans Native, but now living the majority of the time in Holland (So someone else for you dutch people to go see), Denise Marie
    http://www.denisemarie.com

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    Im trying to work out a link to the next person. There isnt really one, although hes definately played Holland and Probably New Orleans. New York based Irishman Niall Connelly, who is a top guy unless there is Rum and chocolate involved. He was also a good friend of the above mentioned fellow irishman Dan Donnelly while they were both living in NYC. Naill plays pretty regularly on Bleaker street, so if you are in NY go see, and give him a big kiss from dave n jay.

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    And some more Niall

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    I like Rosie eade.
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    I like Rosie eade.

    if you look on her site.. http://www.rosieeade.co.uk/music.htm
    for each album there are a fair few tracks you can download free as mp3
    ive texted her to ask about non-uk delivery.
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