The Wizardmarra's Wireless Show
Track List Sean Taylor – LondonStuart Forester – Bramble FootHot Feet – Wood HouseMuHa – Let's Talk About The WeatherStrangeworld – Green Loch-Bouree De Aurora SandsWizardmarra – Song Of The Ganges5 Days Of November – Breaking In The MiddleThe Fallows – Cast The First StoneTwo Man Ting – African GospelThe Po Boys – (couldn’t quite catch the title)Wizardmarra – Sailing In The Mellow Fruitfulness Of Autumn Some festivals need to keep a constant process of re invention on a yearly basis, most need to have regular change to keep things fresh, few remain unchanged over the years without losing support. Audiences are fickle, they need surprises and new delights. Festivals are like any other branch of showbiz, you are only as good as your last gig. Last year Off The Tracks inaugurated The Black Barn Stage at the Summer festival and in this it’s second year (The barn is the real ale bar at the Spring festival) Boz and Andy gave me a truly excellent line up that was second to none, second stage it may be, second rate it certainly is not.The podcast features all the acts on the stage with one or two exceptions, who are Inta Africa, as it was a workshop. Sangat who have no recorded work at all, which is a shame as the beautiful meditative quality of their Tabla and Sitar playing would be wonderful right now at Wizardmarra towers. Incidentally if you put Sangat into Google you’ll find a few musicians, none of whom are the ones who appeared at OTT. Finally Swamptrash didn’t get on it as life has just got in the way of me seeking something out there on the web. So! Who is on it? Well the first track is only related to OTT by the fact it’s by someone who has appeared there in the past.Sean Taylor Releases his new album “Chase the Night” this coming Monday 23rd September and “London” is from that and features Danny Thompson on Double Bass. I need not repeat how much of a fan of Sean I am and any reason to play his music is good enough for me.Stuart Forester Again is someone who has featured heavily on the Wireless Show and I’ll promise this will have to be the last time or I’ll play the entire Yard of Ale CD and then you won’t go and buy a copy of this masterpiece,Hot Feet Simply, good music and wonderful singing. When I first heard “Wood House” as Marianne Parrish's voice rose above the nicest introduction riff I got a kind of feeling that I can only describe as a “Sandy Denny shiver” Not that she sounds like her (Marianne's voice reminds me more of Emma Heath – Davies of Emma and The Professor, now there’s a duet I’d pay more than a quid to hear) just the whole feeling of the piece. Wonderful.Muha MuHa are a perfect example of the eclectic musical policy of OTT, reminding me of Mishaped Pearls a couple of years ago. Iryna Muha and Dmitry Fedotov (Latvian Rock Legend no less) present a fusion of Baltic, Indian, Western and more. The recorded work doesn’t I feel do the live band justice as Dmitrys improvisations lift this music into another place.Strangeworld In some ways genre defying and the only thing in my head that makes sense is Mediaeval Celtic Prog Rock, certainly a keyboard the size and weight that was carried on stage by a red faced and perspiring musician isn’t the kind of thing you see in a folk band. Magic stuff though, the track here “Green Loch” I love and reminds me at times of Ennio Morriconi.5 Days Of November No surprise that 5 Days of November have featured on BBC Introducing, billed in the programme (if I recall it correctly) as a bit punk, I was reminded more of very early Deep Purple and Uriah Heep, I mean very early before Heavy Metal meant anything other than steel, lead, and a good price at the scrappy. These lads enjoy playing a guitar solo or two too much to be punk and the resulting music is bloody great.The Fallows A second OTT appearance for The Fallows and the crowd loved them as they set the bar for the Saturday night.