The mighty Ron Sexsmith offers his take on Ray Davies’ “Days”. Hopefully he might revisit his version of They Don’t Know for his acoustic series, but for now “Days” will do . . . or if Brian Kennedy can get away with Cowboy, Ron might fancy it!
Astonishingly, below that mock Tudor garden shed thing in the middle of Soho Square (October visitors will be familiar) there is a Second World War bomb shelter! Could this be the ultimate Kirstyfest venue in years to come?
We can once more recommend Karine Polwart, who can be heard with her Trio covering A New England Live at Celtic Connections 2015.
Thanks to Stephen Clark for mailing the link to the appropriate Celtic Connections page.
In 1983 the first in a long-running series of compilation albums was released in the UK. The Now! format has since been replicated around the globe. For the thirtieth anniversary, Keshco produced a thirty-track tribute to the original release. We offer a link to Keshco’s reimagining of They Don’t Know from the original Now That’s What I Call Music album, which is a free download from their Bandcamp page at https://keshco.bandcamp.com/album/now-thats-what-i-call-keshcow – TDK is No. 24.
This is all probably worth a listen!
Bonus point for Kirsty obsessives, it was indeed Tracey Ullman’s version which was on that seminal release.
The Wind Up Wire blog pays tribute to ‘Titanic Days’, bracketing it alongside Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ and Springsteen’s ‘Tunnel of Love’ … at Wind Up Wire.
Patrick Robbins examines five cover versions of They Don’t Know at Cover Me.
From the Asbury Park Press site at app.com, Lydia Loveless says that she was introduced to the tune by her guitarist, Todd May.
“I was kind of obsessed with it at the time. I was listening to a lot of (Kirsty’s) stuff, and we’d done everything so quickly that we had some space left over. I suggested that we just kind of learn that in the studio, and that ended up going really well, so it ended up on (the album),” she explained.
“I wish I could say it was a little more thoughtful than that, but actually once it was on there, it seemed right to end the album with that. Because I feel like it starts out on a bit of a high note and then goes into sort of a downward spiral, and that’s sort of a cheerful song to end everything on. So that’s why we ended up putting it on the record.”
On Ewan MacColl (25 January 1915 – 22 October 1989)
Kirsty merits a brief but pleasing mention in Peggy Seeger’s excellent thoughts on the legendary Ewan MacColl song Dirty Old Town at Salford Star. Of course, as someone who lived and breathed the Pogues their version is an unimpeachable classic! A fine read.
The Guardian ran a piece yesterday to mark the centenary of Ewan’s birth, read that at this link.
He’s also been on radio quite a bit – check out the iPlayer lists. John Cooper Clarke sounds intriguing.
Finally, see if the Manchester Rambler made The Telegraph’s list of top Ewan songs.
Here’s Kirsty performing ‘Days’ on the Wogan show in 1989. Another clip from the Peter Checksfield collection uploaded by Ruby.
Kirsty is for life – not just for Christmas!