London is the musical capital of the world. I think almost every musical you can think of can be seen in London. In the Victoria & Albert Museum we saw an interesting exhibition about theatre and entertainment, with a display about the costumes used in Lion King.
We had seen the ads for the musical Once, and we passed by the Phoenix Theatre where it was played and were impressed by the illuminated neon advertising showing a guitar head. So we decided to visit Once.
The musical plays in Dublin, mostly in a Pub, but also on the street. The stage design was very convincing, just by changing the light the impression of another situation was created. Especially interesting is the mirror in the back of the stage.
Before the musical begins the musicians are all on the stage and are playing typical Irish folk music, as well as some Croatian tunes with accordion. The band includes guitars, mandolins, a ukulele, a banjo, cello, accordion, drums, double bass and piano. The audience is invited to come to the stage and stand around the band.
Pictures – Musical Once
Videos: Once The Musical performs The North Strand
The cast of Once the Musical busking in Leicester Square tube station
Sarah Jarosz has just released her new EP LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR – this is the information that I have got in the latest newsletter from sugarhill records:
Nashville, Tenn. (April 19, 2013) – Austin native and folk songstress Sarah Jarosz celebrates Record Store Day with a new live release, LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR. The five song EP was recorded the famed Los Angeles venue and features longtime collaborators Nathanial Smith (cello) and Alex Hargreaves (violin.)
Here are all the videos with Sarah Jaros at Troubadour mentioned in that newsletter – some great performances of Sarah Jarosz together with Alex Hargreaves (cello) and Nathaniel Smith (violin).
Sarah Jarosz – Shankill Butchers – Broussard s Lament
Sarah Jarosz’ career has skyrocketed since she was a teenager with a guitar, incredible songs and a habit of hanging out at her local Austin Texas record stores. And that was all only a few years ago. She’s been Grammy-nominated, had two critically adored releases and worked with legends in the bluegrass/folk world. But she’s never had a live record. Until now. And we’re pretty psyched that her live debut LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR, recorded in August of last year, is itself debuting on Record Store Day. Have a little look at the loveliness in store.
Sarah Jarosz – “Tell Me True”
Sarah Jarosz performs “Tell Me True” from the forthcoming EP – LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR (available April 20, 2013.) The 5-song EP was recorded during her performance at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California on August 9, 2012. She is accompanied by Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith.
Sarah Jarosz performs “Mansinneedof” from the forthcoming EP – LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR (available April 20, 2013.) The 5-song EP was recorded during her performance at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California on August 9, 2012. She is accompanied by Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith.
The last video has been featured on the CMT website, Sarah performs a beautiful version of the Simon & Garfunkel song “Kathy’s Song”. The video is now also available at youtube:
Sarah Jarosz Makes “Kathy’s Song” Her Own
During her show at the famed L.A. club, Jarosz accompanied herself on acoustic guitar for a lovely rendition of “Kathy’s Song,” written by Paul Simon and originally recorded on Simon & Garfunkel’s 1966 Sounds of Silence album.
A great concert by the Canadian duo Fire & Smoke is available on the CBC concerts on demand site.
The duo is composed of Claire Morrison and Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner. The speciality of this duo are the songs in two languages, English and French.
Daniel accompanies the songs with the guitar, but he uses the banjo or the mandolin too for some songs. Claire plays some great flute solos.
This is the official video of teh song “If Only” at vimeo:
“If Only” by FIRE & SMOKE
Concert Fire & Smoke at the CBC:
Claire Morrison and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner met in 2010, around a campfire at the infamous campground of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. They quickly realized there was musical chemistry between the two of them. After that first meeting, Daniel tried to track down Claire to find out if she would be interested in working with him. Once he found her, he was relieved to hear the answer was yes, since he’d already booked their first show at a music festival!
Since then, their bilingual performances have created a buzz in both the French and English communities. Just last year, Fire & Smoke won the People’s Choice Award at Chant’Ouest, Western Canada’s well known music competition featuring Francophone artists. Not bad, for a chance campfire singalong.
This concert at the very small and intimate venue known as the Folk Exchange was full of friends and family.
I have just discovered We Banjo 3 – a banjo band from Ireland.
The band plays a mix of Irish music and American Old-Time and Bluegrass tunes with banjos and guitar. As the name of the band says the band has three great banjo players, Enda Scahill, Martin Howley and David Howley. Fergal Scahill adds the fiddle sound to the trio.
The first album of the band “Roots of the Banjo Tree” has got some great reviews.
We Banjo 3 – John Brown, The Lost Indian, Sail Away Ladies – from the album Roots of the Banjo Tree
The music being produced in this country has come of age and We Banjo 3 which consists of Enda Scahill, Martin Howley and David Howley exemplify this. Together with special guests Fergal Scahill, Lousie Holden, Gerry O’Connor, Leon Hunt and James Blennerhassett they have created something special. A banjo inspired album has never sounded so good, so pleasing to the ear or so inventive in its approach.