Dec 182015

Smoke Fairies 2011-02-03 The Scala, London cover imagea little break from jazz.  i downloaded this when ‘rayrad’ shared it on dime a few years ago.  tried to buy an album at the time, but their website wasn’t working for me, oh well.  but i was listening to another show of theirs lately and lo! their website was working, there was a new album out, etc etc.  happy days.  i bought one of each cd, thanks much.  only arrived today, still listening my way through them, and i strongly recommend you do the same.  but at the same time this show (which, in the day, i absolutely listened the bejaysus out of) remains a favorite.  now if smoke fairies would just come to korea…

smoke fairies
the scala
3rd february 2011

jessica davies – vocals / guitar
katherine blamire – vocals / guitar
kristofer harris – bass
neil walsh – violin
martin dean – drums

01. summer fades
02. devil in my mind
03. river song
04. new song
05. gastown
06. erie lackawanna
07. living with ghosts
08. strange moon rising
09. feeling is turning blue
10. storm song
11. hotel room
12. after the rain
13. frozen heart
14. requiem (killing joke)

lineage: olympus ls10 recorder (internal mics) > 24 bit > amadeus pro > 16 bit > xld > flac
taper: rayrad

support the artist – buy the records – go to the shows

sample: t05 gastown.mp3


May 172013

the chieftains & friends
flagey, place sainte-croix, brussels
24 april 2013

paddy maloney (uileann pipes, tin whistle), matt malloy (flute),
seán keane (fiddle) and kevin conneff (bodhrán)
jon pilatzke (fiddle, stepdancing), nathan pilatzke (stepdancing),
triona marshall (harp), alyth mccormack (vocals), shauna ryan (irish
dancing), the pipes, drums and bikes band (bagpipes), comhaltas ceoltóirí
eireann musicians and ben _____ (gaita galician bagpipes) (? unsure of name, see track 3)

1 unknown (the pipes, drums and bikes band) (badly clipped) (1:57)
2 unknown (bagpipers, continued) (levels adjusted) (2:02)
3 talk, intro for ben (1:18)
4 dueling chanters (3:10)
5 stepdancing waltz (nathan & jon pilatzke) (2:27)
6 talk, intro to finale (0:56)
7 unknown (16:15)
8 talk (1:12)
9 antro (?) (with ben _____ and with the pipes, drums and bikes band) (3:56)

zoom h4n (24/44.1 wav) > cd wave editor > flac 5

this was one of the shows put on in brussels for the irish presidency of the e.u. it was a great show. i normally listen more to jazz, but enjoyed the show immensely.

however… my first attempt to use the zoom h4n and unfortunately, some lessons learned…

i missed recording the first half of the concert, and the levels were way off when i did get it working (those bagpipes were a bit of a shock). i split tracks where i adjusted the levels, so track 1 is at much higher levels than the rest (and has pretty bad clipping).

i tried to adjust track 1 but that only made it worse (lessons to be learned there too, eh?); it is included here as-is, without adjustments

so…it’s a bit of a train wreck. that said, the sound is pretty good for the rest of the show, and i hope to do better next time.

sample:  chieftains 2013-04-24 brussels 04.mp3


 Posted by at 18:58
Nov 142012

i’ve  been listening to tig & bean in my car lately, and thought that i’d start with this, even though i mostly listen to jazz.  have a listen, then go to their shows & buy their albums.

tig & bean
providence, ri, usa
may 1, 2012 (tuesday)

lily mccall ‘tig’ costner – acoustic guitar, percussion, banjo, vocals
caroline ‘bean’ hecht – banjo, electric guitar, vocals
eric d. – upright bass

set list
01.intro for me, i’ll work for you
03.summer blues out of water
05.wild with the wolves
07.swallowed by swells

tt: 42’22

lineage: aud > sp-cmc-8 (cards) w/mod > edirol r-09hr @ 24b/96k > adobe audition (track/edit) > wav @ 16b/44.1k > flac

the evening’s line-up: ‘coke weed’ (bar harbor, maine), ‘tig & bean’ (providence), ‘micah blue smaldone’ (portland, maine), in that order

-reduced volume of end-song applause
-attentive & quiet audience of around 30 souls

sample: tig+bean 2012-05-01 track 02.mp3

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