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

After The Morning…
November 19, 2011, 2:51 pm
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…is Alan Kelly’s self-produced, 3rd solo album – a superb collection of Irish Traditional, original, Breton and Galician music. Alan Kelly is regarded as one of Ireland’s most accomplished musicians in any genre, he is a composer, arranger and piano accordionist and also a regular performer on the traditional and folk music scene.

Guest vocalists on the album include Kris Drever and Eddi Reader, where the latter sings like a bird on John Douglas’ tribute to Robert Burns, ‘I Hung My Harp Upon the Willows’ – which as you know appeared on the Trashcans’ last LP, ‘In The Music’.

It’s a very different version of the song and has a countryish feel with piano accordion, double bass (John plays geetar by the way), and Eddi’s singing is, as ever, truly engaging.

It’s a belter!

2009 Black Box Music BBM004

Gimme Five
August 1, 2011, 7:42 pm
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Here’s the Japanese promo edition of fifth album, ‘In The Music’.

It’s very rare and very nice.

2009 Victor Entertainment Inc. VICP-64691

It’s Magic
July 23, 2011, 11:19 am
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That’s how I’d describe Eddi Reader’s ‘Live In Japan’ album.

Recorded at Billboard Live shows, Japan in September of 2009, this CD covers a wide selection of her career highs, from Fairground Attraction’s, ‘Perfect’, all the way to the recent Love is the Way. It’s a great album with stunning and haunting vocals and the crowd participation is worth the purchase fee alone. In fact, the album closes with a Japanese children’s song, Usagi, sung a cappella with the audience.

Eddi is joined by regular band members Roy Dodds, Boo Hewerdine, Alan Kelly, Kevin McGuire and I have it on good authority that the Trashcans John Douglas is ‘all over it’.


2010 Eddi Reader ERCD01

In A Big Country
June 20, 2011, 7:55 am
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…was the third single release from another of my favourite bands – Big Country – and it was also the title given to this ‘New Scottish Music’ CD, released in 2004.

Disc 1 includes the Trashcans’ ‘All The Dark Horses’, alongside other well-known Scottish artists such as Franz Ferdinand, The Grim Northern Social, Snow Patrol, Malcom Middleton and one time touring partner, Roddy Hart.

All these artists were showcased at the 2004 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival – a set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences that take place every spring (usually in March) in Austin, Texas, United States.

Between March 17-21 the Trashcans made a number of appearances and interviews in support of their upcoming fourth album, ‘Weightlifting’, with their official SxSW showcase gig, taking place at midnight at the Fox and Hound on Friday March 19.

Disc 2 features artists who were to be showcased at the 2005 festival and include King Creosote, Hoboken, The Cinematics and the wonderfully named Fuck-Off Machete.

2004 Nemis

Put The Kettle On…
March 28, 2011, 8:42 pm
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Still the only known CD series to include its own coaster as part of every cover package, this Orange Iced Tea volume from 2002 includes a wide variety of musical styles.

More of a soundtrack for lounging about on a lazy Sunday, sipping a wee cup of tea, or something much stronger if you’re that way inclined, it includes from the ’60s (Jack Jones’ “Wives and Lovers”), the ’70s (Jimmie Rodgers’ “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”), the ’80s (the Style Council’s “Down in the Seine”), and the ’90s (the Trashcan Sinatras’ “How Can I Apply”).

What’s pretty cool about this compilation is there doesn’t appear to be a song out of place, it all just seems to hang together – stick it in the old CD player and before you know it your feet will be tapping away, all the way to the end – well, at least mine were.

Other highlights include Manfred Mann’s “Mighty Quinn,” and Chris Montez’s “Time After Time.”

More tea, vicar?

2002 Universal Music K.K. / Victor Entertainment POCE-3008 (Japan)

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