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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.

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(They’re floating above us)
July 21, 2013, 12:08 pm
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In 2004, during the months of September and October, The Trashcans toured the USA and Canada for the first time since 1993, playing 26 dates in all. This was the first tour in support of fourth album, ‘Weightlifting’.

October 10 saw the Trashcan limo roll into San Diego, CA – stopping off at the M Theory Music store and KBZT Radio earlier in the day before heading to play a sold out gig at Cane’s Bar and Grill.

Here’s the promo poster for the gig. I’ve no idea who designed it, but I like it.

Canes bar and grill 101004a

The tour of 2004, as a whole, saw the Trashcans making over 50 appearances in countries including Spain, England, Scotland and North America.

Canes bar and grill 101004cA wee footnote: (They’re floating above us) is a line taken from the Mekons’ 1988 single ‘Ghosts of American Astronauts’. You can have a wee listen to it here. And if you like it, you can download the Trashcans’ version here. Recorded straight from the soundboard at Fez, New York in April 2004 – it’s a belter!

Canes bar and grill 101004b2004

Only Time Will Tell
April 4, 2013, 7:44 pm
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A very early gig review from Melody Maker’s Dave Jennings…

image24 February 1990 Melody Maker

There’s a thousand things I want to say to you…
January 19, 2013, 11:51 am
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Manchester’s ‘In The City’ International Music Convention was organised in 1992 by Yvette Livesey and Anthony H Wilson after the latter had attended New York’s New Music Seminar a few years earlier. Depending on who you spoke to, it was either a vibrant forum for new music and new ideas, a shambolic talking-shop or a slick PR job for Factory records – take yer pick but I’d go for the last one.

Hosted at various venues across the city, it ran for five days and cast a beady eye over the arguments, the scandals, the bands and the doings of the ‘major players’ and ‘important movers’ et al in the music industry.

It’s still going strong too. More info here..

Anyway, back to 1992. Top of the bill (but of course) at Manchester University was The Trashcans, ably supported by The Stairs, Anna and The Frank & Walters for what was the ‘Go! Discs Presents’ showcase.

Here’s what Iestyn George from the NME had to say…

inthecity03inthecity04inthecity02Fragrant media couple and seminar organisers Yvette Livesey and Anthony H Wilson

inthecity0126 September 1992 NME Magazine (UK)

Taken For A Ride
May 15, 2012, 8:22 pm
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Melody Maker’s Jonathan Selzer demands a refund after watching the Trashcans at London University.

This was an early gig with The Seers, The Milltown Brothers and headliners Ride from April 1990 and preceded the Trashcans’ gigs with Prefab Sprout later that year.

I’m sure they played a blinder, but then perhaps Jonathan didn’t understand.

21 April 1990 Melody Maker

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