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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 from a source – who shall remain anonymous – 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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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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Heidi Hi
September 12, 2015, 1:29 pm
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Say hello to Irish folk singer Heidi Talbot. Originally from County Kildare she spent several years in New York as a member of the Irish-American supergroup Cherish The Ladies. Since then she has pursued her own solo career and is now on her fourth album.

To be honest, I’d never heard of her before. It was only when I found out that John Douglas appeared on her third album that I decided further exploration was needed.

The album, ‘The Last Star’, is a who’s who of the Scottish and Irish modern folk scene. There’s an amazing array of talent on show including John McCusker (Heidi’s husband), Donald Shaw, Roy Dodds, Boo Hewerdine, Phil Cunningham, Karine Polwart, Kris Drever, Eddi Reader and of course John – who gets his ukelele oot on the sublime ‘Cherokee Rose’.

The songs create an intimate atmosphere and engage you immediately. Songs about love, infidelity, dirty tricks and even murder, all sit comfortably together. There’s also a revival of Sandy Denny’s, ‘At the End of the Day’, and if you fling in a wee sea shanty and a country lament you have yourself a truly magical album.

More of Heidi here.
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