FolkWorld Issue 34 11/2007
++ Tommy Makem ++ 'Peerie' Willie Johnson ++ Giuseppe Leopizzi ++ Kristen Noguès ++ Tom Munnelly ++ Arlo Guthrie ++ Danish Roots ++ Swedish Music Museum ++ Hill of Tara ++ Gypsy Caravan ++ World Music Association of Serbia ++
So the great Tommy Makem is dead. How I really LOVED that man. That truly glorious baritone voice, and the compelling banjo. The fine songwriter. "Four Green Fields" was - and remains - a masterpiece. (Even if I personally do NOT necessarily buy the politics!) Loved him so much that in 1996, I sought out (and dined in) his restaurant in Manhattan. Would have paid Guide Michelin prices just for the honour, but in truth it was remarkably inexpensive and really fine value. Interested to learn from this obituary that he was a teetotaller. (As apart from the odd glass of Jever Pilsener and glass of Federico Paternina Gran Reserva Rioja, so am I.) But his early years of smoking finally caught up with him and he died of lung cancer (as did his wife). Methinks the same end probably awaits me. My heavy smoking from 18 to 33 has put a time bomb inside me. Yet, I defiantly remain against Nanny State rules on smoking: rules that much of Europe have adopted.
Kindest, Dai Woosnam.
There is not an Irish ballad singer alive today that does not owe the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem an enormous debt. The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem didn't simply open doors for all of us, they kicked them down!Tommy Makem left the group in 1969 to pursue a solo career. He joined Liam Clancy in 1975 to perform as Makem & Clancy and went solo again in 1988. Tommy also has been a prolific songwriter. Many of his songs became standards in the repertoire, notably "Four Green Fields" and "The Winds Are Singing Freedom".
'Peerie' Willie Johnson (1920-2007)
Shetland Islands/Scotland. On 22 May 2007, Shetland lost a musical legend with 'Peerie' Willie Johnson who died of emphysema at the age of 86 in the Shetland's capital Lerwick.
Tom Anderson & 'Peerie' Willie Johnson
Willie once saw an advert for a music book 'Every Known Guitar Chord': I waited weeks for it to arrive, and when it did I wis hellish disappointed. I already kent dem a'. But I did notice the guy who wrat the book had missed a few, so I added dem in at da back o the book and sent it back tae him again.
I had to keep it very basic at first with Tom. Nothing fancy, because he wanted it that way. In any case, you can't put a lot of thirteenths and flattened fifths into Shetland reels - it takes away from it, in my opinion. But later on, especially when we went to America, I started doing a lot of flattened-fifth things, and Tom came round eventually.Apart from his fruitful collaboration with Tom Anderson, Peerie played and toured with Shetland fiddler Willie Hunter, and he was a favourite accompanist of Aly Bain. In 2005 he was one of the original inductees into the 'Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame'. The Shetland Arts Trust launched the 'Peerie Willie Guitar Festival' as an annual event.
|In 1958 Willie, together with fiddler Willie Hunter, recorded an album for the BBC in Abbey Road Studios. The second half of the album is much better than the first, Willie observes. Why is that? Well du sees during the recording interval they sent out for wis a bottle o whiskey.|
I don't think I've ever met another musician who was so full of music. It's almost as if he was more than a musician. Every atom in his body was music, and his enthusiasm was quite amazing. If he was in the Lounge [his local bar] and someone started to play, he just picked up whatever instrument was there, whatever just came to hand, he was just so natural.
Giuseppe Leopizzi died
|Aes Dana "Frontiera"|
Kristen Noguès (1952-2007)
Britanny/France. On 4th of July 2007, the Breton harp player Kristen Noguès passed away in Brest at the age of 55 after a serious and enduring illness. Kristen was born in Versailles in 1952 with a Breton background. At an early age she started playing harp and was taught by Denise Megevand who had also been the tutor of world famous Breton harper Alan Stivell. Back in Britanny, Kristen learned the traditional question-and-answer-songs (kan ha diskan) and the traditional Breton laments (gwerzioù). However, instead of performing traditional Breton music, Kirsten was rather interested in more ambient and contemporary sounds. In 1990 she recorded her most beloved album "Kernelec", featuring jazz guitarist and husband Jaques Pellen.
Tom Munnelly (1944-2007)
Ireland. Folk song collector Tom Munnelly died on 30th August 2007 in his adopted home in Miltown Malbay, County Clare after a long illness. A native of Dublin, Tom Munnelly assembled the largest collection of folk songs ever gathered in Ireland by one person. He was co-founder of The Folk Music Society of Ireland and the Clare Festival of Traditional Singing, and chairman of the Willie Clancy School and the Irish Traditional Music Archive.
Arlo Guthrie Getting 60
USA. Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York on 10th of July 1947. He is the eldest son of America's most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie.
Arlo Guthrie "Live in Sydney"
7 - Haugaard&Høirup, Folk Club Züri, Zürich, Switzerland
8 - Haugaard&Høirup, Oberemühle, Dübendorf, Switzerland
9 - Haugaard&Høirup, Pfarrhauskeller, Waldenburg, Switzerland
10 - Haugaard&Høirup, Kellertheater, Langnau, Switzerland
11 - Haugaard&Høirup, Chäslager, Stans, Switzerland
23 - Habbadám, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Scotland
27 - Habbadám, Leith Folk Club, Leith, Scotland
... wants to give people around the world the chance to enjoy the beautiful, dynamic and enchanting sounds of Danish folk and roots music.As the first year in the life of danish roots is growing in the world and Year Two is kicked into action, two new bands have joined the roster and are ready to conquer the world with their music. From July 1 2007 until Juni 30 2008 the following bands will help make Danish folk and roots music grow in the world.
... is music with Danish roots from musicians with their roots in Danish music traditions.
... is a music export initiative launched in August 2006 by a group of organisations from the Danish music industry.
... assists Danish musicians with international ambitions and potential to establish themselves on the international folk and roots music scene.
... promotes Danish folk and roots music internationally.
... wishes to further strengthen and develop new developments in traditional and contemporary Danish folk and roots music.
The remaining five bands in danish roots are front-runners of Danish folk and roots music. They too receive special attention and support in their endeavour to bring their music beyond the borders of Denmark. All five have begun promising international careers and hold big promises for the future:
Eivør Haugaard & Høirup Instinkt
Afenginn. Henrik Jansberg Trio Mio Tumult Zar
Swedish Music Museum
Hill of Tara
Ireland. Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam O Maonlai released a song to rally campaigners opposed to the controversial M3 motorway route around the Hill of Tara. The song was written by Steve Cooney.
Money-Mad-Mile (Tara Road) By Steve Cooney
(I was told officially, when I went for tea at the Tara Tea Rooms grand
There was a major excavation, beyond my expectation, so I went with my cap in my hand...
And when I got to that Sacred spot, well, I could only admire the view
High above that money-mad-mile under the Tara sky so blue...)
When the earth sheds it’s skin, the energy within is unstoppable creative force
And if you’re driving a machine through the Tara-Skryne your race has run its course
We’re singin’ up the land, not afraid to take a stand to let Creation shine through
High above that money-mad-mile under the Tara sky so blue...
We’ve all been awoken, the Word has been spoken ‘Stop the work on the Money-Mad-Mile’
And people get ready, keep the Spirit steady, we gotta raise the roof up for a while
It’s the Spirit of the Land or the Plan of the Damned, and it’s a hell of a thing to do
But we’re gonna fly high above that money-mad-mile under the Tara sky so blue...
Do you hear the sound through the holy ground where the ancient Fianna sleep?
In their gravelly beds, the Spirits of the dead and the Lia Fáil weep
And wherever we rest, in this world or the next, we will have learnt a thing or two
High above that money-mad-mile under the Tara sky so blue!
The cynical-clinical clones of construction seem to think that we’re some kind of clowns
So we’ve got to pull together through this stormy weather to make those money-mad-men back down
And if they take us all away, we’ll have to watch and pray over this wreck of the Ship Of Fools
High above that money-mad-mile, under the Tara sky so blue...
There’s a solution to this cultural pollution that’s goin’ on in Gabhra green
Take the route to the West, the short road is best, no Toll through the Tara-Skryne
Born wild and free, people like me are not gonna see this road go through
And soon we’ll being flying high above that money-mad-mile under the Tara sky so blue...
There’s no need to panic, we’re a natural organic dynamic, rekindling the ancient fire
So politicians rethink, step back from the brink, and listen to the dawn choir
These are timeless rights, so we’ll sit here through the nights and we will fight for what is true
High above that money-mad-mile under the Tara sky so blue!
The Buena Vista Social Club for Gypsy music. It captures the spirit of an amazing musical culture and the heart of the musicians and singers who express it.
(Cinem. Int. Agency)
World Music Association of Serbia
Serbia. A group of festival enthusiasts had decided to found the World Music Association of Serbia (WMAS) as a non-governmental and non-profit making organization in 2001. The main duty of WMAS is the affirmation of the national World Music culture, education of the society and co-operation with organizations and individuals throughout the world.
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