The Marble Downs

It’s always interesting when you get music recommendations from a friend. One of them was thinking about me last week when he heard The Marble Downs by Trembling Bells & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. A bit schizophrenic, melodic, folky, cool voices. Indeed, something I would have put on my re-listening list by myself….

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John Martyn

John Martyn (1948-2009) is a legend. Sure, I heard of this big singer-songwriter who is responsible for musical milestones like the albums Stormbringer (which he produced together with is former wife Beverly) or Grace and Danger (in which he dealt with his divorce). Nevertheless, I have to admit that I digged into his music just lately and, more or less, accidentally. But now I’m infected with his blues/folk ingenuity! In fact, one of the very first albums I bought after finally getting a record player was one by him. And who knows, maybe he and his music will soon be in my (still very short) list of music idols

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Tina Dico

Danish singer-songwriter Tina Dico always reminds me a bit on the big Tracy Chapman. Her voice is remarkable: distinctive, penetrating and full of emotions. I’m not able to resist her. Her next album is expected in September and she will be on tour in Germany in October. – I really hope to see her in full action then! Anyone out there who wants to join me?

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The Wishing Well

The Wishing Well were responsible for the sound of my last two weekends. This multi-instrumental, folk/indie/rock band (I really have no idea where to put them…) was standing in the centre of Osnabrück and playing as well as singing like hell. I was able to hear them a lot more earlier than I first glimpsed them. And what a cool picture they were with their guitars and violins and the cello and the drums… the  lead singer Jai Larkan with his power voice! I only found out now that they are an international band with members from Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain and USA. Wow! And Jai Larkan already was on stage with big names as David Gray, James Morrison, Seal and Joss Stone. Double wow! Unfortunately, the videos I found were not able to transfer the energy of the band that I felt when experiencing them live. Thus, maybe follow THIS LINK to listen to some records of them.

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Inspiring folk: Forgotten Birds

Forgotten Birds playing as support for The Whitest Boy Alive in Hamburg (12.05.2011). Photo ©yvonne schmedemann.

Forgotten Birds is a psychedelic hippy folk band from Hamburg and I saw/heard them the first time when they played as support at the fantastic The Whites Boy Alive gig in Hamburg this month. What a perfect choice to support such an excellent concert with this smooth, relaxing folky sound! Folk is more and more becoming one of my preferred music styles and these guys are definitely one more good reason for it! Thanks you, The Whitest Boy Alive & Forgotten Birds, for this unforgettable and wonderful afternoon 🙂 !

Listen to their music here (Sorry, but this time there was really no other way possible than to give you the links.):

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