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Andy Roberts Podcast #18 November 3, 2010

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On this week’s podcast which is episode number 18 we have mostly Any Roberts own compositions and one classic Roy Harper song which hasn’t been covered here before at all, or by Andy Roberts ever, in fact.

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Andy Roberts Podcast Episode 18 Show Notes

  1. “The Nutmeg Tree” – Music and lyrics by Andy Roberts, from Album 1
  2. “The Show Carries On” – Music and lyrics by Andy Roberts, from The Andy Roberts Tapes
  3. “Joan of Arc” – Music and lyrics by Andy Roberts from The Andy Roberts Tapes
  4. “How Does it Feel” – Music and lyrics by Roy Harper
  5. “Change Is” – Music and lyrics by Andy Roberts from The Last Nail

Some youTube Videos of the same songs

The Nutmeg Tree

The Show Carries On

Joan of Arc

How Does it Feel

Change Is

Live at Havering Folk Club October 3, 2010

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Mostly I’ve been documenting which songs I’ve played at Havering Folk Club on which dates over on the Andy Roberts Music blog on blogspot but I decided a short while ago that I’d start putting those posts here instead, I just haven’t stuck to it very well! The idea was that by tagging posts with song titles, I’d be able to look up very easily and keep track of which songs I’m playing mor often than others, and help me seek out those elusive numbers that I’ve forgotten about for long enough that they suddenly seem fresh and new all over again.  But the tagging system never works out quite as tidily as you might imagine, and the dates become a bit blurry as the habit of reporting promptly wears off.

So one date that was remarkable was the date when the Australian duo Cloudstreet came to the Golden Lion to do a long awaited guest spot for Havering Folk Club. Wednesday 15th September. They didn’t disappoint, it was one of the most enjoyable evenings we’ve had there over the years, and I even managed to track down their own blog afterwards so I can keep up with where they are touring, ready for next time they are in the local area.

cloudstreet - New Australian folk music

cloudstreet

As one of only a small number of floor spot artists I had the chance to play two songs, and these were:

Joan of Arc

Sometimes this happens, and my voice hadn’t warmed up in time for the first song, so I’ve trashed the video and instead here is the song as performed for podcast episode 10. I think I’ll leave this one for a while now.

Followed by The Cajun Cooking Cajun Music song.

There’s a nice bright image on that video, thanks to Linda innovating with the video settings on her relatively new stills camera.

Podcast #13 : 3 Andy Roberts Songs September 30, 2010

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Episode #13 brings three Andy Roberts compositions, two of which are longer than average songs. The first is the almost completed song which has undergone some serious birthing difficulties, but I hope you will think it’s been worth it eventually…  “Change Is” began life as two separate songs appearing ten weeks ago in Podcast #3 provisionally entitled “Trevellas” and “Summerhouse”. So that’s just one track now, coming in at still only about seven minutes long, which is a lot shorter than fourteen verses of The Lincolnshire Poacher. A fair comparison, I’m sure you would agree.

The second song is a rare live rendition of “Gernika” which I’ve written about elsewhere, and is the title track to my album of songs all written during one week in Spain.

Then I attempt to lighten up with a little ditty from 2009, Yellow Boat.

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Andy Roberts Podcast Episode 13 Show Notes

Show notes and information for Podcast Episode 13 broadcast on September 28th, published on September 30th 2010.

1) Change Is

Words and Music by Andy Roberts, from the album “The Last Nail

2) Gernika

Words and Music by Andy Roberts, from the album “Gernika

2) Yellow Boat

Words and Music by Andy Roberts, from the album “The Last Nail

The Tree of Gernika in 2003

Apple releases new product without a keynote September 24, 2010

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BBC Four launches month-long celebration of the singer-songwriter September 17, 2010

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Something worth watching on the TV at last.

BBC Four today announces an exciting month-long celebration of the singer-songwriter, led by a new series of specially commissioned concerts titled Songwriters’ Circle.

The celebration, which starts on Friday 1 October, presents an insightful and varied array of programming and features some of the world’s best pop and rock singer-songwriters, including Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Chris Difford, Elton John and Cat Stevens amongst many others.

The channel celebration also includes, Singer-Songwriters At The BBC, alongside classic BBC In Concert shows and recent concert acquisitions such as James Taylor & Carole King at The Troubadour.

Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four, says: “BBC Four is the home of contemporary music and to have some of the best singer-songwriters playing for us in specially created concerts is a real delight”

In the new series, Songwriters’ Circle, the singer-songwriters perform their classic songs in turn, while helping each other out musically with harmonies and the odd guitar part. The four shows are filmed live in a small London concert venue, with the artists only meeting an hour or two before going onstage. In between performances, the artists take the viewer inside their work, chatting about their songs, their history and background.

Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega and Loudon Wainwright kick off the series, swapping songs at West London’s Bush Hall, including signature tunes like Thompson’s “Vincent Black Lightning”, Vega’s “Luka” and Wainwright’s “The Swimming Song”.

Thompson helps out with acoustic guitar fills throughout and Wainwright and Vega duet on a ’countrified’ song on the impact of the recession on failing marriages and couples who can’t afford to divorce, in “House”.

Loudon Wainwright and Richard Thompson together in concert.

August 11, 2010

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The Rowan Tree – Andy Roberts Folk Song January 8, 2010

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http://andyroberts.me The Rowan Tree – Andy Roberts Folk Song at Havering Folk Club

One More Cup Of Coffee – Bob Dylan (Andy Roberts Music) January 8, 2010

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Andy Roberts Music One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) from my favourite Bob Dylan album, Desire here covered by Andy Roberts music at Havering Folk Club on Wednesday 14th October 2009

Lyrics to One More Cup of Coffee by Bob Dylan, interpretation by Andy Roberts

Your breath is sweet
Your eyes are like two jewels in the sky.
Your back is straight, your hair is smooth
On the pillow where you lie.
But I don’t sense affection
No gratitude or love
Your loyalty is not to me
But to the stars above.

One more cup of coffee for the road,
One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go
To the valley below.

Your daddy he’s an outlaw
And a wanderer by trade
He’ll teach you how to pick and choose
And how to throw the blade.
He oversees his kingdom
So no stranger does intrude
His voice it trembles as he calls out
For another plate of food.

One more cup of coffee for the road,
One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go
To the valley below.

Your sister sees the future
Like your mama and yourself.
You never learned to read or write
There’s no books upon your shelf.
And your pleasure knows no limits
Your voice is like a meadowlark
Your beauty is like the ocean
Mysterious and dark.

One more cup of coffee for the road,
One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go
To the valley below.

From Bob Dylan’s album “Desire” released January 5, 1976

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Gernika August 15, 2009

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Soundcloud embedded Gernika

The Wreckers Prayer August 15, 2009

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This is the Wreckers Prayer as uploaded to soundcloud for the twestival earlier this year.