Review – Singing From The Floor – J.P. Bean


singingfromthefloorOn and off I’ve been part of the U.K. ‘Folk Scene’. I have both performed as a dancer and played and sung in a number of local clubs and I was interested to get a deeper insight into the clubs and players and singers who frequented them in the past.

If you take a passing interest you are going to be informed by the book and it features everyone living you could possibly expect to be in it, talking about their experiences; Ewan McColl, Peggy Seeger, Martin Carthy, Ian Campbell, The Watersons, the list goes on.

It is a collection of their views, little more than a vox pops, or transcriptions of their memories and opinions, spoken directly. Unfortunately I think it suffers from this and becomes repetitive and rather pointless. The book in and of itself doesn’t interpret, it makes no assumptions, there is no larger discussion. No digest of the interviewees views. Page after page of text doesn’t really tell you anything new. You knew McColl was controlling, you knew that folk music was linked wholeheartedly with the C.N.D. and with left-wing politics, there is very little of revelation in it.

Possibly the closest I got to a joyful discovery was that Ian Campbell’s sons are the leading lights of UB40, a predominantly white U.K. Reggae ‘supergroup’.

It only confirms the frustration I have always felt with the Folk scene; where traditionalists were only ever sold a different version of the same old story, the same sell, the same hype. Yet pompously they then defended it as immoveable God blessed historically accurate tradition and refused to be swayed by those who wished to create a living breathing self-sustaining musical world. The book confirms one thing, it was folk music that killed off folk music and there is more music of the people and by the people in one Beatles melody than 50 verses of some snoring dirge from the Outer Hebrides.

And yet I feel I’m being overly harsh, for those that were there or those that have surfed dangerously on the edges of folkdom it can be a rather cozy and self satisfying read. As a participant you may have met and talked to those in the book. When they speak you are standing listening; to Martin Carthy, Liza, Martin Simpson, and Ralph Rinzler in my case.

I don’t think the book would attract a newcomer, but it would comfort a past participant and perhaps it did. Maybe I’m just a little too close to the reality of enduring Tina’s performance of her ode to marine mammals ‘seal seal, how does it feel to be a seal‘ to ever fully recover an open mind when it comes to ‘folk music’. I have great difficulty even using the term. To me it’s redolent of homespun sheep’s wool pullovers, real ale, nice people being nice to one another, dishonest suppressions of performers egos, quiet one upmanship, corn dollys and cold nights of tented sleeping next to human repositories of beery methane.

I was kind of hoping that the book might persuade me that I’ve always been a bit wrong, a bit ugly and a bit cynical about the world of Folk, but in the end..

It’s just one of those books you read to the end because you think you should rather than because you really wanted to.

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138 Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – Roots and Ting

Show two for 2014, and there’s lots of Roots on this one, plus a little ting, a flavourin’ a likkel Reggae sauce, and some Rocksteady spice mix pon the chicken meal that is… Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio…

Tunes are certain to include..

Barrington Levy – Come On
Don Carlos – Declaration of Rights / Dub
Jimmy Dean – Black People Must Be Free
Chantells – Natty Supper
Well Pleased and Satisfied / Unknown Deejay – Barberman Bawling / Version
Bim Sherman – Tribulation / Dub
Martin Campbell – Richman
Buring Spear – Swell Head
Gaylands – A.B.C. Rocksteady
Desmond Dekker – Pickney Gal
Freddie McKay – A Little Bit Will Do
Lord Creator – Kingston Town
Herbie Carter and the Cables – Happy Time
Pat Kelly – I Don’t Want To Go
Bob Marley and the Wailers – Thank You Lord
I-sees – With A Broken Heart
Jonnie Clarke – It’s True
Lone Ranger – Annie Palmer
Eek A Mouse – Sensee Party

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Thanks for listening, and come back soon for the bestest in Jamaican music, chat, sillyness, then and now. – all the best – Mikey

And you can read about interesting stuf on Mikey’s Blog at – https://bigmikeydread.wordpress.com/

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Mike Murphy on Reverbnation


Go to Daddy O's in the US of A for the shirts.. me a love dem shirts..
Go to Daddy O’s in the US of A for the shirts.. me a love dem shirts..

A while back I wanted to share some old songs I’d written and a friend told me about Reverbnation, I just wanted to host some files that would widget into Facebook, so put them up there, since then the reaction has encouraged me to get some old equipment working and start writing and recording again, you can catch the old tunes, and some new ones here if you so wish > http://www.reverbnation.com/mikemurphy4

130 Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – These are a few MORE of my favourite things Pt4


130 Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – These are a few MORE of my favourite things Pt4
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130 Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – These are a few MORE of my favourite things Pt4The continuation of favourite tunes.. my part 4 for you,.. simple as.Tracks may include..

1.Prince Far I – Bedward the Preacher
2.Jim Brown – Freedom Fighter
3. Albert Malawi – Children of the Emperor
4.Johnny Osbourne – Truths and Rights
5.Michigan and Smiley – Jah Lick We
6.Wailers – Bus Dem Shut
7.Jackie Opel – Push Wood
8.maddoo – Jammin’ So
9. Baba Brooks – Baby Elephant Walk
10. Luciano and Selvie Wonder – Neighbourhood Watch
11.Cutty Ranks – Blood On The Corner
12.U-Roy – Every Knee Shall Bow
13.Unknown 7″
14.Toots and the Maytals – Reggae Got Soul
15.Errol Dunkley – Train To ZionRonnie Davis – Kaya
16.Johnny Clarke – Too Much War
17.Frankie Paul – Pass The Tushempeng
18.Cornell Campbell – Stars
19.Charmers – Skinhead Train
20.Cornell Campbell – Let’s Start Over Again

You can donate to Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio here – http://bigmikeydread.podomatic.com/ look down the right hand side and hit the Paypal button.
Your donations are the ONLY funding the show receives and are what keeps it going! – THANK YOU.

You can hook up with the show and Mikey at the Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio Facebook Group – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_5364049933

Thanks for listening, and come back soon for the bestest in Jamaican music, chat, sillyness, then and now. – all the best – Mikey

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Liam O’Flynn, Dark and Slender Boy


My true opinion, culturally snobbish, judgemental, exclusive as it is, is that if you don’t respond to this music emotionally, then you must be dead; and actually, this is so heartfelt and true and expressive of the human condition, that even the DEAD would awake to listen to it.

I actually went looking for a copy of Rakish Paddy, by Finbar Furey, which I know from a Nonsuch Lp from the 70s or late 60s, but found this instead. Well it’ll do… it’ll do.

J.D McPherson Camden 2012 with Jimmy Smith and Alex Hall


One of the best Gig’s I’ve ever been to…

And I’ve been to a few!

A while back you may know, I reviewed a cd called ‘Signs and Signifiers’, largely written by J.D. McPherson, with Bass and drums by Jimmy Sutton and Alex Hall respectively. Well finally I got to go and see them play at a pub in Camden London. Made for 300 people it was holding 500 as they took to stage, a fabulous night had by all, and thanks to Corkey the Cool Cat and Dicky for taking me to see them play… it was fantastic.

Here are two films made that night, more to come…

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