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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:27 pm
by Ian A.
Alan Balfour emailed me about the pic of Alexis, Big Bill, Jack & Derroll in this issue. It reminded me of this one that we've published before - from Eric Winter's archive.

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The Roundhouse in Soho, 1957. Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Cyril Davies performing with bassist Terry Plant. Big Bill Broonzy sat in the front row, with Jean Elliott right and pianist Dave Stevens left. Doug Dobell looks across from the left. Mike Collins plays washboard on the right. Photographer unknown (a similar one published in Jazz Monthly showing Big Bill and Jack playing and Alexis where Doug Dobell is seated is credited to Cyril Davies - thanks to Alan for pointing that one out - he may like to link it here?).

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:08 pm
by Charlie
jackdaw version wrote:Yeah, come on! Wreckless Eric is pretty much one of the untouchable gods for some of us.

Far from being an untouchable god, Eric is a constant moaner about Stiff Records, without whom he would never have made even one record. No other record label would have got through even one track of Eric's first batch of songs, still less made more than one album and put him on a national tour. During which he drank so much, he was notoriously undependable. I used to side with artists in their grumbles about record labels, but, guess what, I've changed sides.

But setting the man aside from his music: 'Whole Wide World' was a brilliant record from the day it was released and has never lost its allure.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:23 pm
by Ian A.
I proudly wrote:I get to introduce them on stage this weekend at the Big Session.

And they took the place apart (the Bad Shepherds, that is). 45 minutes after they went over to the merchandising desk to do a signing, I dashed past and they still had an apparently endless queue.

It was interesting what the audience were inspired to bay along with: Whole Wide World, The Model, Rise, London Calling and the encore of Sham 69's Hurry Up Harry (the latter not on their album) in particular. No idea if this represents chart positions of the originals or just what was in the air yesterday.

Anyway, the hard-to-beat live act on the folk festival circuit this year - and they're doing most of 'em!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:12 am
by NormanD
Ian A. wrote:Alan Balfour emailed me about the pic of Alexis, Big Bill, Jack & Derroll in this issue. It reminded me of this one that we've published before - from Eric Winter's archive..... (a similar one published in Jazz Monthly showing Big Bill and Jack playing and Alexis where Doug Dobell is seated is credited to Cyril Davies - thanks to Alan for pointing that one out - he may like to link it here?).
here is the photo in question, courtesy of Alan Balfour
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Apologies for the poor reproduction. Alan's message is
"Very cheap paper and ancient printing technology. The guitarist on the right is listed as Mike Collins. You can spot Alexis K in the audience next to the Ramblin' Jack E. The photographer is credited as Cyril Davis and taken at the Barrelhouse Club 1957! Love to know where the original print is? The photo is from Jazz Music not Jazz Monthly".

In the spirit of inter-Forum solidarity, Alan has agreed with my suggestion that this photo also goes on fRoots site, so it's going there too.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:26 pm
by matt m
Ian A. wrote:I do heartily recommend the album under review, unlikely though the concept may seem. In fact, I get to introduce them on stage this weekend at the Big Session, to which I'm looking forward greatly.


It's funny, it doesn't strike me as an unlikely concept at all. I'm almost surprised it hasn't been done before. Every now and then I have a listen to 'Germ Free Adolescents' by X-Ray Spex, one of my fave albums ever. What always strikes me is how 'folk' it sounds: singer Polly Styrene sings in a very modal way, using vocal ornaments that are similar to those in sean-nos singing. A multi-artist folk cover album of X-Ray Spex songs would be a thing of beauty, I reckon.