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Wonderful
September 30, 2018, 6:25 pm
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‘Cavalier’ is the new album from Eddi Reader and it’s a cracker.

Sixteen songs mixing original compositions and traditional material – a handful of them co-written with her husband, John Douglas. Recorded in Glasgow it features a vast array of well-known musicians – Boo Hewerdine, Alan Kelly, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, Phil Cunningham, Simon Dine, James Grant, Monica Queen and last but, by no means least, Stephen Douglas from the Trashcan Sinatras, all make appearances.

Maiden’s Lament (An Charraig Donn) is a traditional Irish waltz and opens the album. Things speed up with Wonderful, the first of the new songs. A bit of a poppy number with piano and brass leading the way. The title track Cavalier is next and I defy you not to get up on yer feet for this one. Hands up, I was caught by my daughter shaking my backside to it in the kitchen. Not ashamed.
Starlight wouldn’t look out of place in an old smoky jazz club, with it’s lovely baritone and tenor harmonies.

Next, we go way back to the 18th Century. Meg O’ The Glen – a Robert Tannahill poem – is an uptempo Celtic cracker with accordion, fiddles ‘n’ whistles.

My Favourite Dress features a stunning vocal by Eddi accompanied by soft piano and guitar. A lovely song of remembrance and of nostalgic walks down Glasgow’s Argyle Street. There’s something about the vocal on Deirdre’s Farewell To Scotland that’ll tug at yer tear ducts. Ethereal, and reminicent of Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser.

Fishing and Maid O’ The Loch are back-to-back numbers in the middle of the album. Both written by John Douglas, the former seems to be about keeping yourself afloat in troubled times, with the latter, about the last ever paddle steamer built in Britain, which is currently being restored. A happy accident in the running order perhaps.

There’s A Hole In The Desert Dear Darling was written for an absent friend. Swaying back and forth with Phil Cunningham accompanying on accordion, it’s wonderful stuff. Old Song written by Boo Hewerdine, is bookended between A Sailor’s Farewell To The Sea and The Loch Tay Boat Song – a cracking hat-trick of songwriting.

 A talented bunch…

Pangur Bán And The Primrose Lass is a 9th century Irish poem about a cat reworked into a traditional folk tune. It’s a quirky, jaunty tune that’ll get you smiling and tapping your feet.

Go Wisely, is the one song on the album, for me, that is close to home. Being a Dad to a sixteen year old daughter, I’m at that stage of trying to let go, hoping she makes the right choices. Eddi sings, “Go ahead, I always knew this day was comin” So true.

With all the nonsense going on around us in the world, it’s fitting that Eddi closes the album with a rendition of Robert Burns’ A Man’s A Man For A’ That, a hopeful lament that one day we can all come together and be in harmony – a bit like this album.

Bloody wonderful!

2018 Eddi Reader / Reveal Records



Get In The Van
July 13, 2018, 4:00 pm
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The Trashcan’s UK tour is about to start next week, so perfect timing for this post.

The other day I received an unexpected email that included a couple of pictures of a cassette.

The cassette belongs to Iain Wilson. Those of you who are regulars at Trashcan gigs will have no doubt seen him behind the merchandise table – but he’s more than just the ‘merch guy’. A friend of the band for many a year, he’s also been responsible for driving the band all over the country from town to city and back again.

I believe Iain is heading back out with the Trashcan ‘container’ on this forthcoming tour, and as you can see from the labels, the cassette hasn’t been the most popular of selections in the tour van.

So, guys, get in the van, enjoy the tour and who knows, maybe big Iain’ll have some new music for you.

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2018 Trashcan Sinatras



Capturing the Wry…
June 6, 2018, 3:00 pm
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…is the fascinating story of the trials and tribulations of unsigned band The Irony Board.

It’s written by band member John Hartley, who’s name you may recognise from a previous book he was involved in…’Who’s He? an A-Z of The Trash Can Sinatras’ which I wrote about here.

The Trashcans are mentioned a few times in this new book – they are John’s favourite band afterall. There’s also a free CD, which includes remastered songs from The Irony Board’s back catalogue. Oh, and you also get a free Panini football sticker. I got Ricardo, who once played in goal for Sporting Lisbon.

If you love reading about and listening to great music, you should buy this book.

Hartley recommended.

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2018 John Hartley / Everything Indie Over 40



Soaked to the Skin
January 13, 2017, 9:43 pm
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Does anyone remember the Rainmate?

You know, that strange contraption which appeared on yer Granny’s heid when it started raining. As a wee boy, I always remember her whipping this weird looking thing out of her shopping trolley as soon as it started raining – a clear, plastic hood she’d tie around her chin before going down the town for her messages.

Something like this (not my Gran of course)…

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‘…Soaked to the skin…’
of course, has a connection to the rainmate in Trashcan world. It is, as you well know, a part of the opening couplet to the very wonderful ‘The Genius I Was’ from third album, ‘A Happy Pocket’, …

“rainmates forever
you and me
soaked to the skin
dead waist down, on the evidence
we’re guilty as sin”

Fantastic don’t you think? What’s also fantastic though is another Trashcan fan site and it’s called Rainmates Forever – clever eh? I’m not 100% sure who runs it, but it could be Randy from the old forum/message board as I recognise a few of the pieces on it.

It’s good there’s another blog like this, keeps the Trashcan name out there. Anyway, go and have a wee look – there’s things on there that’s not on here and things on here that’s not on there – so between the two, you’re covered.

Rainmates Forever!

 



Bah Humbug!
December 6, 2015, 4:01 pm
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‘Happy Holidays’ is the fourth and final album from The Grand Gestures – Jan Burnett’s collaborative project with various vocalists, both known and unknown that adds their lyrics and melody to his music. The music is mostly written around taped loops, synthesisers and various noises.

It’s a poignant album, taking an alternative but somewhat bleak look at the holiday season and features some previous collaborators like Hipsway’s Grahame Skinner, Sanjeev Kholi, Andrew Mitchell, Jill O’Sullivan and Celie Byrne alongside some new collaborators including the Trashcans’ John Douglas.

John’s contribution is the closing song on the album. I won’t give too much away, but ‘Sergeant Claus’ is a wonderful and humorous story of the characters he met and the trouble they got into during the arse-end of his teenage days living in London.

Almost the entire album is spoken word, but don’t let that put you off. In the words of Jan himself…

“It’s the record you put on at the end of a Christmas night, on your own, drink in hand.
Try not to cry.
Happy Holidays.”

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