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TW3 Week 1

TW3 Week 1TW3? What’s that all about? TW3 = That Was The Week That Was, the title of a 1960’s satirical TV programme. I thought I’d use it to summarize, on a weekly basis, what I’d been up to on the music front.

So, we’re now a week into 2015, what have I been up to?

Well, I’ve downloaded a couple of albums and ordered a boxed set of cds as well.

My first download of 2015 was by Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo. It’s a live album recorded at Swindon Arts Centre in November 2011.

Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo - Live at Swindon Arts Centre






I’m a big fan of Emily Barker. I’ve seen her perform live a couple of times, firstly in September 2013 at the Americana Music Festival, as part of the BBC Introducing Showcase, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville and then again the following month at St John the Evangelist Church in Oxford. Both gigs were excellent, so it was great to be able to get a live album from Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo. I’d thoroughly recommend this album, I’ve embedded it below,

I’ve also copied a post I did on my old website reviewing the two Emily Barker gigs I saw, you can see it here

I got my second download from Noisetrade, it was an introductory sample of songs from River Whyless, a band I saw last year in Asheville, North Carolina supporting the Treetop Flyers.

I really enjoyed their set when I saw them live, and this is a great introduction to their music. Once again, I’ve embedded the album


As for the boxed set of CDs I’ve ordered, these are by Brand XPhil Collins‘ jazz rock fusion band from 1975  to 1982. The boxed set is called Nuclear Burn and contains their first five albums. Once  I get this, I’ll provide more details

Brand X - Nuclear Burn






So that’s what I’ve been up to on the music front this week….

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My Top Ten Gigs of 2014, Part 4!

Now for the final part of My Top Ten Gigs of 2014. And my favorite gig of 2014 was…

Treetop Flyers at RiverMusic, Asheville, North Carolina. This was another 300 plus mile journey and once again well worth every minute of the six hour journey.
I first saw Treetop Flyers at the Hop Farm Festival in 2012, where I caught the tail end of their set.
The following year I saw them twice, firstly at the Americana Music Festival, where they appeared at the Bootleg BBQ, a showcase event for British acts. The event took place in a small field behind a record shop in Nashville. It was an intimate venue and the Treetop Flyers played a superb set.
The second time I saw them in 2013 was at Islington Assembly Hall, where they played a longer set to a well up for it home crowd. It was another great set by the Treetop Flyers, with the evening capped off by the band signing the vinyl single I purchased after the show.
The Asheville gig took place on the banks of the French Broad River and was part of Asheville’s RiverMusic festival. The journey to Asheville took me through the Smokey Mountains, and was a perfect road trip for playing The Mountain Moves.
Treetop Flyers - The Mountain Moves
Prior to the gig, I called in at 12 Bones River, a wicked BBQ joint, apparently frequented by Barack Obama whenever he visits Asheville. After finishing off my pulled pork and local craft beer, I started walking to towards the venue. Ten minutes later, the heavens opened and I had to seek shelter under a bridge, alongside the river. I was soon joined by a stag party from Washington and within minutes I was joining them in toasting the groom, however I bailed out when the wacky baccy was offered, and it’s a good job I did, as I was drug tested the next week, when I applied for a job.
It rained on and off for the rest of the evening, which led to a small turnout at the gig. When the support act, River Whyless started their set, there was probably less than 50 people watching them, which is a shame, as they were very good. While they were on, I was lucky enough to meet the Treetop Flyers and they were kind enough to let me take their photo.
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The crowd had increased to a couple of hundred when the Treetop Flyers went on stage. They soon got the crowd warmed up and they played just about all of The Mountain Moves, my favourite album of 2013, including a great version of Things Will Change, which led into Proud Mary, the old Creedence Clearwater Revival classic.
They played a couple of new songs as well, which whetted the appetite for their next album, due for release in 2015. The highlight of the set for me was a rousing rendition of Haunted House, which they played just as night was falling, which further enhanced an already atmospheric song.
Here’s a couple of photos from the evening:
Despite the weather  and the small crowd, this was an awesome evening of music, and that’s why the Treetop Flyers set at RiverMusic in Asheville was my favorite gig of 2014

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