Cathal Coughlan and Luke Haines come together with Andrew Mueller and Audrey Riley to reveal the truth found in the North Sea Scrolls at Triskel Chirstchurch in December.
Having been asked what this is all about, I summarise by saying that a secret history of Britain has brought these two maverick artists together. And that the best insight comes from them…
So here are some interviews and reactions…
Luke and Cathal talk at length to The Quietus…
Herald Scotland offer an insightful review…
Simon Price reviews in The Independent (UK)
Luke Haines talks about his new wrestling album and The Scrolls with The Guardian
We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away for each show on the Crowley + Yorkston + Roberts tour this week.
For full tour dates visit the show page : http://www.note.ie/htm/series/2011/james_yorkston.htm
To enter simply mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of Adrian Crowley’s Choice Music Prize winning album and the show you would like to enter for.
Best of Luck
I’m on my way to Somalia to secure my place in the vanguard of post-bankruptcy Euroamerica. The received wisdom is that the Chinese model is the one to follow - the no-nonsense governance, the iPad factory suicides, the discreet achievement of social consensus through managed famine and executions. Well, that cuts no ice with me, so I’m putting my money - staking my entire fortune, in fact - on good old-fashioned piracy on the ocean wave. But with AK47’s and satnavs, and much, much irony!
Sadly, my new career as a Cannibal Commodore means that I will be unable to attend the joint Irish appearances of three less cannibalistic Commodores, although I may be Skyping in from the bunker at the Maldron Hotel Mogadishu. All of them produce musical works in addition to their maritime exploits, all with great distinction. They share in common a preference for attenuated modes of address, an area where my own failures leave me rapt with admiration of others.
James Yorkston, from the Fife coast, legendary North Sea fisheries “protection” hardman, is possibly the most garrulous lyricist of the three, but could never be accused of shooting his mouth off in song. From originals like Surf Song and Steady As She Goes, to his intense renderings of traditional songs such as I Know My Love, James will seldom be off the playlists on my voyages of plunder.
Adrian Crowley, a Maltese-Galwegian privateer of high standing, has done the thing I myself lacked the talent or persistence to achieve, and become an established Irish-based independent artist (with Caledonian connections), as evidenced by his great 2009 album, Season Of The Sparks.
Alasdair Roberts apparently hails from the interior of Scotland, but has excelled in matters maritime since migrating to the great port of Glasgow. He imbues every note he creates with mystery and hence with an implicit challenge to the listener. I first heard Alasdair’s former group Appendix Out on John Peel in the late Nineties, when his voice was one of the few unmediated human sounds on the show. I like to play Alasdair’s album The Amber Gatherers while charging my super-strength tazers in my newly-built base in an inlet near Schull. I once heard Alasdair sing an Abba song, and it wasn’t until the end of the first chorus that I realised it wasn’t an original, such was his unflinching delivery.
But this isn’t all about me. Reader, you owe it to yourself to catch at least one of these shows, because frankly bills this strong, particularly if undiluted by a reformed clown troupe and sequestered by a 200 Euro price tag, just don’t happen nowadays.
- Cathal Coughlan
Chris Thile arrives in Triskel today. Its a show by an artist I have been watching from afar for some time now so it’s nice a live show is finally here…
Chris was in Nickel Creek and has since gone on to create a body of work that while it’s heart is bluegrass on mandolin (yes, he is the virtuoso of that instrument) he has a musical breadth and vision that is stunning. Suites of music with The Punch Brothers, commissioned Mandolin Concertos, new duo with Brad Mehldau and a hardcore bluegrass album with Michael Daves to name a few things…
His show in Whelans last night was the stuff of legend… So two videos and two sides of Chris Thile to whet your appetite for tonight
Some Bach with The Punch Brothers…
And a Jack White Tune…
May see you there…
Some news on the Chris Thile show this week
Michael Daves, who was to join Chris on the tour, is now unable to play the shows due to an illness in his family. Chris will instead play a full solo show each night.
On the other hand, we are delighted to announce that John Smith will be flying in especially from the UK to play support for Chris Thile’s solo show. Praised and encouraged by the legendary John Martyn and taken on tour by folk colossus Davy Graham, John Smith is an ordinary man with extraordinary abilities.
Already loved by musicians far away from the folk world, like Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, his last album Map or Direction reveals the absolute power and passion of folk performance, and introduces the mainstream to an exceptional new voice.
Real World Records have just put online a free download of a track from Iarla’s new album Foxlight.
The track is Glistening Fields featuring Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams. You will know Jon from his recent Mercury nominated album with King Creososte and Leo from a range of releases he has produced including a bunch of things with Brian Eno. Most importantly, it is a wonderful piece of singing. It’s a beautiful track.
The link to the album news and download :
As we head into an exciting bunch of shows for the Autumn we thought it time to create a blog for music at Triskel Christchurch…This blog will offer further information on the artists performing, pointers to interesting podcasts and videos, artist updates and guest blogs by artists and those involved in the venue. We hope it will be a useful source of information on the music we present. Looking forward to seeing you at the shows… Gary