Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Tribute Bands & Artistes

July 13, 2007

There are many knockers who believe tribute artistes and bands are a no-go area!

May I suggest those disbelievers get to see and hear two excellent tribute bands:

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac who are the most accurate and superb tribute to the originals as it’s possible to get. The instrumental abilities are unbelievable, the vocals really are quite superb. RfM are one of the few tribute bands to be virtually endorsed by an original member, namely Mick Fleetwood. Go and see ’em and I guarantee you’ll go again!

The Illegal Eagles like RfM have studied the original band both instrumentally and vocally, and they too have achieved what they set to do, offer Eagles UK fans the chance to hear Eagles classic hits played live to an incredible standard.

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My Kinda Music

May 23, 2007

I watched the 2007 Eurovision Contest and the only song and performance I could honestly relate to was….the German entry, a old style ‘swing’ number, complete with suitably attired crooner, plus a line-up of tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, piano etc.

As I write I’m listening to the excellent Rod Stewart – Thanks For The Memory, The Great American Songbook IV CD. Super songs like I’ve Got A Crush On You and You Send Me.

Other CD’s I have feature artistes like Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, Harry Connick Jr, Charles Aznavour, Jerry Vale, Dinah Washington, James Darren, Bobby Vinton, Edith Piaf, The Temptations, Barbara Cook, Matt Monro, Nancy Wilson, Robert Goulet, Dean Martin, Il Divo, Pavarotti, Ted Hockridge, Dean Martin, Al Bowlly, and Al Jolson.

I also love big-band music, and the classical piece that features a flugel-horn solo played by a brass band and played/mimed by Tara Fitzgerald in the movie Brassed Off.

The musical theatre has played a large part in my musical education. Favourite musicals include Oklahoma, Follies, Hello Dolly, Chicago, Guys & Dolls, Carousel, Miss Saigon, Me & My Girl, Singing In The Rain, The Music Man, Mack & Mabel, West Side Story, and Valmouth.

Great memorable voices of the musical theatre include Barbara Cook, Robert Goulet, Robert Preston, Lea Salonga, Barbra Streisand, Gordon McCrae, Shirley Jones, Stubby Kaye, Howard Keel, George Hearn, Millicent Martin, Maria Friedman, Hugh Jackman,  Millicent Martin, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Paige, Joanna Riding, and Ted Hockridge.

What were your favourite musical theatre moments?