Freeworld will be getting a makeover this week. It was last done quite a few years ago so it’s long overdue. Don’t worry though, it will still be bigger on the inside!
The annual gathering of Kirsty’s friends, fans and family took place in central London on Sunday 12th October and a great time was had by all.
Start planning now for Kirstyfest 2015! Sunday 11th October, meet at Kirsty’s bench at noon and about 1pm everyone will adjourn to the Phoenix Artist’s Club nearby.
The short life and tragic death of Kirsty MacColl
Kirsty MacColl led a dazzling life – tender, creative, heroic and full of love. This book, by her mother Jean MacColl, charts with moving insight Kirsty’s early years, and celebrates her brilliant career at the front rank of the music business in the 1980s and 1990s, with such hits as the Pogues collaboration ‘Fairytale of New York’. It mourns her tragic and untimely death – killed by a speedboat in Mexican waters in December 2000. It also tells, with heartfelt truth, the shocking story of the elaborate cover-up and gross miscarriage of justice that followed and appeals for justice to be done in her name.
Buy My Kirsty: End of the Fairytale from amazon.co.uk.
This is a republished version of ‘Sun on the Water’, which was first published in 2008. Highly recommended!
Salvo Records have announced a new 2CD collection which spans Kirsty’s career from ‘They Don’t Know’ to ‘Tropical Brainstorm’. It’s nicely put together in the Salvo reissue house style.
“With a delightful, highly dexterous voice and a delicious sense of humour informaing a songwriting flair that could rival any of her contemporaries, Kirsty MacColl enjoyed a sparkling career spanning over twenty years before her tragic and untimely passing in 2000. This thoughtfully-curated selection makes for a detailed study of that career, one that draws together all the hits, album cuts, rare b-sides, live sessions and more. The accompanying, fully illustrated 52-page booklet features generous and insightful notes.”
Available 7th April 2014.
Another cover version of ‘They Don’t Know’ from Lydia Loveless on her latest album ‘Somewhere Else’. “It’s a very simple, almost perfect pop song. The lyrics are incredibly clever, but not self-aware in their cleverness, if that makes sense. I just really admire it” as Lydia told the cmtedge.com site recently.
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs (of the Bangles) recently released their third “Sid & Susie” covers album, including a cover of ‘They Don’t Know’. “It’s very good, I think, with a neat baroque-pop feel to it (complete with harpsichord). And unlike some other TDK covers, the ‘BAY-BEE!’ is there in all its glory”. - Rich
Now available in paperback!
Yum De Dee Dah — The life story of Theatre Workshop’s choreographer Jean Newlove, Discovering Laban, working with Joan Littlewood and her marriage to writer and singer/ song-writer Ewan MacColl.
This book follows Jean’s story until the birth of her daughter Kirsty (MacColl).
“A New England” was to be reissued as a 7” single on coloured vinyl for Record Store Day on 20th April 2013 (cat no. salvosv004 barcode 698458860477)
1985’s standard seven inch was available in two picture sleeves, by far the most common of which featured a monochrome portrait of Kirsty. Much more scarce was the sleeve featuring a man hoisting a Union Jack flag among the ruins of a bombed-out building. Salvo / Stiff have announced it is their “resounding pleasure to reissue this wonderful record in its rarest colours in an individually numbered, limited run of 500 pieces on blue vinyl.”
The original b-side was “Patrick”, but Salvo have opted for “I’m Going Out With An Eighty Year Old Millionaire” instead (we think a good choice). This was a “typically humorous MacColl composition with a marked Caribbean influence that was previously only available on vinyl on the b-side of the 12 inch single”.
As songwriter Billy Bragg says, “Whenever we had to sing A New England together live, Kirsty always sang it in another key that was really hard for me. I think she thought that I didn’t try hard enough with my singing. You know she’s right! She had an incredible voice. The mark that she made has not dulled in any way since her tragic death. I always say to the crowd at the end of the second verse of A New England that we are going to have a sing a song for Kirsty MacColl and everybody cheers.”
Two new releases on Feb 25th — 2013
The first one is A New England – The Very Best Of Kirsty MacColl. This is coming out as a standard version and a deluxe version, which is only available from Amazon. It includes five art cards and a DVD containing ten Kirsty videos, packaged in a digipack. Both are now available for pre-order from Amazon. The standard version will also be available in supermarkets and iTunes from 25th Feb:
The other release is A Concert For Kirsty MacColl, the tribute concert that was recorded in October 2010. This CD is also available for pre-order from Amazon.
The track listing is Soho Square (Ellie Goulding), Walking Down Madison (Alison Moyet), Tread Lightly (Amy MacDonald), In These Shoes? (Catherine Tate), They Don't Know (Andrea Corr), A New England (Billy Bragg); Dear John (Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine), Head (Alison Moyet), Angel (floating round my house) (Brian Kennedy), Days (Brooke Supple), Fairytale of New York (Dave Ruddy & Amy MacDonald), Chip Shop (Phill Jupitus with Boz Boorer and Phil Rambow, plus of course a cast of thousands :o)
Released on February 25th ‘A Concert For Kirsty MacColl’ celebrates the life and music of the singer. 12 songs performed by 15 incredible artists in front of 2000 Kirsty fans at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London.
Amy Macdonald | Alison Moyet | Andrea Corr | Billy Bragg | Catherine Tate | Ellie Goulding | Phill Jupitus
… Plus many more
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