I’ve been allowed out, since the last Earworms post. I went to see John Fairhurst at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge – he’s described as “the Wigan Jimi Hendrix”, influenced by blues, rock, and sarod master K.Sridar, with a voice reminiscent of Captain Beefheart. Amazing guitarist. He played solo for the first half of the set, then with Nuno Brito on drums and Nina Harries on electric upright bass for the remainder. I am impressed, so here is a youtube playlist for you:
Now to the earworms, another great selection this week. Many thanks to all contributors, and please keep the worms coming to email@example.com.
Kauan – Valveuni – abahachi: I’ve loved this track ever since Fuel suggested it for my first stint as RR Guru, on Winds, and since the band have just made the whole album available on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/kauan/sets/aava-tuulen-maa) I’ve been prompted to shout about it again. Magnificent, epic, evocative, and much too short…
Emily Hall – Eternity – severin: From the album Winter 2014. Emily Hall is a composer who has worked with a number of different vocalists, classical and popular. This song features words by Rimbaud and is sung by Olivia Chaney. What were the chances of me not sending it in to earworms? All prejudice aside (honest) I think this is sublime.
Masala Coffee – Kaantha – Ravi Raman: My latest find. A local band called Masala Coffee and made up of eight sessions musicians. “Kaantha (a girl’s name) look at life. There are a thousand interesting things there,” is what they are singing. A new sound and I thought an interesting share for The ‘Spill.
Seasick Steve – That’s All – glassarfemptee: For some reason I’ve being listening to a lot of blues today. Can’t think why! The impending Trump presidency has driven me to the blues. Here’s Seasick Steve – “Freedom for most, is just a word – like toast. But you take it away, and you’ll learn to sing “I want to fly like a bird”.
Steve’n’Seagulls – Paradise City – AliM: I took the dog to the pub the other night, and some chums were talking about this Finnish bluegrass band, who were playing in Manchester on Friday. They do banjo covers of rock and heavy metal songs. How could I resist this laid-back version of the Guns’n’Roses classic?
Shannon Curfman – Oh Well – DsD: I’m feeling the need for power chords and volume at the moment. This Fleetwood Mac cover hits the sweet spot. You know the phrase “It’s not big and it’s not clever”? Oh Well may not be clever, but ye gods, it’s big!
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