Five Hungry Joes – A pictorial archive of the Trashcan Sinatras. Legendary Scottish Band

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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Let’s Go Roaming…

…to Laurel Canyon via Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

That’s exactly what Scottish musician Roddy Hart did recently for a night of collaboration at Celtic Connections.

In the late 1960s, Laurel Canyon, a neighbourhood high above Los Angeles, was home to the counterculture hippy scene with influential artists like Jodi Mitchell, The Byrds, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Frank Zappa and James Taylor, all living and making music in and around the area.

Hart inaugurated Roaming Roots in 2013 as a celebration of the late Levon Helm and its success gave him the thumbs up to repeat the recipe. Billed as a tribute to the legends of Laurel Canyon, this year’s Revue followed in a similar vein, taking advantage of the presence of so many musicians in town for the Celtic Connections festival. Artists on the bill included Lau, Lindi Ortega, Dawes, Siobhan Wilson, Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble and Frank and John from the Trashcan Sinatras – each offering their own take on a canyon related song and also allowed the opportunity to unveil some of their own work.

By the end of the show there were over 30 musicians on stage for a rousing finale of The Eagles’ ‘Take It Easy’ and The Mamas and the Papas’ ‘California Dreaming’.

Frank and John took to the stage earlier in the first half of the show for a sublime take on Judee Sill’s, ‘The Kiss’.

Here’s the promo poster for the event – a copy of which was presented to each artist who played.


The poster was designed and produced by Douglas Walker at Handcooked Posters in Stirling – there’s a link on the left there if you want to explore more of his work.

2014 January

February 15, 2014, 12:10 pm
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…or is it?

Here’s a ticket stub from 1996 for the 10th Anniversary of French publication Les Inrockuptibles, with a fine line-up including Placebo, Eels and of course, the Trashcan Sinatras.

Going by the date on the ticket, I’m assuming the venue was changed from La Cigale theatre to Le Bataclan, which as you know, was the venue for the live ‘Weightlifting E.P.’ release, which you can read about here.

Au revoir for now.


10 November 1996

When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth…
December 31, 2012, 7:04 pm
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From The Evil Dead to Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil to Night of the Living Dead, zombies have invaded popular culture for years, monsters that bring out the fears and anxieties of modern society. But worry no more folks, because there’s a new ‘superzombiekillinghero’ on the way and his name is Paul Livingston. Yes, he of the Trashcan Sinatras.

Intrigued? Good, so am I. So here goes.

Paul Livingston vs The Living Dead is the brainchild of Paul Mcrae Lind and is an upcoming iPhone/iPad game and star of the show is, yeah you’ve guessed, the aforementioned Mr Livingston.

I’ve never been big on arcade games and the like but this, of course, has grabbed my attention. It’s still in development stage so, like most, have no idea what exactly it entails. Trashcan Paul is not only the star of the game but he has also written an original tune for it as well and there will also be five classic Trashcan tunes included for your listening pleasure.

Paul has also created some limited edition patches for the game and you can find out more at his Facebook page and also his website.

It’s due for release sometime in 2013, so in the meantime, stay safe and if you see a zombie, you know who to call!


2012/13 Paul Mcrae Lind

November 3, 2012, 11:08 am
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A couple of years back a good friend asked me whether or not the Trashcans had been immortalised in print.

At the time I had no idea, but after a wee bit of research, I found they’d been mentioned in various books over the years – short stories, novels and the like. You can see the results in this previous post.

‘How To Disappear Completely’ by Troy Nethercott is another book where the Trashcans are given an honorary mention in a short story called ‘A Day In the Life of Martin Wilson’.

Martin writes screenplays in Los Angeles and the story revolves around how his life is affected by those around him, but in particular by the death of his friend, John. Both shared a passion of cult bands like Violent Femmes, Housemartins, Milo Binder and The Trashcan Sinatras.

So there ye go – immortal once again.


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