Archive for April, 2011
From Southbank Centre website: 1951 saw a major celebration of English folk music at St Pancras Town Hall in the shape of the Festival of Britain Singing Englishmen concert. In tribute to this much-celebrated concert, Marc Almond, Bishi, Green Gartside, Bella Hardy, Robyn Hitchcock, Lisa Knapp, Oysterband and June Tabor are joined by a house band featuring members of Bellowhead to perform some of the great folk songs from the last 60 years.
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Thanks to Bibbly-o-tem.com friend David C for pointing out that Green and Alexis Talyor of (Hot Chip/About Group) recently co-wrote on a song called “Repair Man” on the just released Start and Complete album. Here is a ink to the audio of the song.
Here is a link to an article on About Group from the Guardian and below is a review from Norman Record’s Clint and here is a link to Norman Records site.
This is a collaborative effort between Poindexter from Hot Chip, Charles Heyward out of This Heat, a Spring Heel Jack and another bloke. Poindexter sings and plays lovely sounding Wurlitzer and Hammond organs, backed up by Hayward’s very busy drumming. The effect is something akin to an early Steely Dan practice session. The sound is very raw and under-produced yet the songs have a lot of melodic promise. It sounds like they’ve just gone into the rehearsal room and recorded what they have done. The problem being that Hayward’s drumming is far too busy for the arrangements cluttering them up and the wandering electric guitar sounds improvised and detracts rather than adds to the melodies. I was interested to hear the Green Gartside collaboration Repair Man, again potentially a good song certainly with plenty of the Scritti Politti charm but like everything else here it sounds like four people who are simply not listening to each other when they are playing and are all concentrating on their own parts which of course is the key to pub band hell, which unfortunately is what this sounds like despite potentially good songs. I’m sure this was part of the plan for a raw, improvised feel but I’d have preferred a producer to have come in and sort this mess out, cutting out all the unnecessary chaff as well as some ego’s.
I think I would have preferred a producer as well. – John
Want to learn from one from one of the best songwriters ever? You too can be an accomplished word boy or word girl as Green Gartside is slated to offer a master class on songwriting in July of 2011 at the Premises Studios.
Here are some of the salient details from their website:
We are delighted to announce a new addition to our annual schedule of courses and will be holding the first SONGWRITING AND RECORDING COURSE this summer. Led by one of the most experienced songwriting tutors in the UK today the course also has masterclasses from GREEN GARTSIDE (Scritti Politti) andROMEO STODART (The Magic Numbers).
Green Gartside is a Mercury Prize nominated songwriter and Scritti Politti’s lead singer. He has worked with Kylie Minogue, Elvis Costello, Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau and one of his compositions was included in Madonna’s hit film “Who’s That Girl”. Covered by Miles Davis and Madness, Green is known for being one of the most informed and experienced songwriters working today.
COST: Just £375, including recording, mixing and mastering.
For more information and to request an application form call Julia Craik on 020 7729 7593 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLACES LIMITED TO 16 AND SELLING FAST!
Let us know if you sign up! We would love to hear about your experience!
Thanks to several Bibbly-o-tek.com readers for pointing this out!
Thank you Carla for these pages from an interview from the Wire from April 2011.
Please be patient as they take several moments to download…
Jools Holland from BBC2 interviewed Green on Monday , April 4th, 2011. In addition to the interview, Green performs “The Healer” by Free. Here is a link to a version of the audio that has been trimmed.
Visit the Jools Holland website here.
Update: Pic below and link to YouTube pic/video of “The Stealer” posted by Krushbros apparently from the session.
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