From: Sue Cavendish [suecavendish_at_blueyonder_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 12 May 2010 17:12
Subject: NetRhythms New Music & Comfy Seat Special

Hello Everyone - Welcome back to NetRhythms

Another Comfy Seat special! Less comfy seats will be featured in our next Newsletter!
Fairfield Halls, Croydon - Thursday 13 May Joan Armatrading with new album This Charming Life 3 times Grammy nominated British singer songwriter Joan Armatrading is the first female UK artist to have debuted at number 1 in the Billboards Blues charts. She is also the first female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category. 020 8688 9291

Symphony Hall, Birmingham - Friday 14 May Grace & Danger: The Songs of John Martyn Grace and Danger is curated by bassist, instrumentalist and legend of the jazz and folk worlds, Danny Thompson. Danny, started working with John in the early 1970s. Soon after the pair became inseparable, performing together for years and gaining notoriety for their antics off stage. "I never thought that I'd be playing the songs of my curly haired mate with anyone else. He inspired so much of the younger generation. I'm so excited about being part of this concert."

Town Hall, Birmingham - Saturday 15 May
The Graham Coxon Power Acoustic Ensemble The Spinning Top, which will be performed in full by the Graham Coxon Power Acoustic Ensemble, comprises skiffle, rootsy melancholic blues, world music and even the odd use of distortion and fuzz boxes. Part homage to the work of folk stalwart Martin Carthy and the finger picking techniques of the late great Davey Graham and late great John Martyn, the album was described by the Sunday Times as heart-stoppingly beautiful.

Town Hall, Birmingham - Sunday 16 May
Bellowhead and Jackie Oates
Headliners and raucous big band Bellowhead bring their stomping stage show to the historic venue for the second time since its reopening, dragging a trail of awards, accolades and triumphant sell out shows behind them. The 11 piece band, who embrace a plethora of styles from around the world - big band to soul; jazz-funk to classical strings, with more than a hint of music-hall are one of the country's greatest live outfits. They should be a greater source of national pride. - The Daily Mirror Booking line 0121 780 3333
Pizza Express - 31 May, 1 and 2 June
Martin Taylor with new album Last Train to Hauteville.
Genius guitarist and national treasure (MBE!). Go to his website and get a free download
The Barbican Hall, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS - Wednesday 2June Toumani Diabaté presents: 'Ali Farka Touré Variations Mali s great kora virtuoso pays tribute to the legendary Ali Farka Touré (1939-2006) performing material from their final collaboration, Ali And Toumani (World Circuit).
The Southbank Centre Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX - 11- 21 June Richard Thompson's MELTDOWM 28 events commencing with Richard Thompson's Cabaret of Souls on Friday 11 June
Cabaret of Souls is a musical chronicle set in Hell with a score written by Richard Thompson and featuring Danny Thompson, Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap), Judith Owen, Debra Dobkin, Pete Zorn and string ensemble conducted by Peter Askim. With The Keeper and his assistants bored with their custodial duties, they decide to stage a talent contest, dragging various lost souls out of the darkness to perform songs that reflect their recent lives. Many events, extra dates added. Book on line and choose your seats.
The Latest ALBUM REVIEWS - MAY 2010

Various Artists - Folk Against Fascism (FaF) Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Age of Miracles (Rounder) Chuck Prophet - Dreaming Waylon's Dreams (Decor) Ray Cooper - Tales of Love, War and Death by Hanging (Westpark) Rory McLeod - Swings And Roundabouts (Talkative) Damien O'Kane - Summer Hill (Pure Records) Megson - The Longshot (EDJ) Viper Central - The Devil Sure Is Hard To Please (Own Label) Jeffrey Foucault & Mark Erelli - Seven Curses (Continental Song City) Elizabeth Cook - Welder (Proper) Jakob Dylan - Women + Country (Columbia) Harper Simon - Harper Simon (Tulsi) Andrew Bird - Noble Beast (Bella Union) Inge Thomson - Shipwrecks And Static (Navigator) PBS6 - PBS6 (Victoria Tunnel Mushroom/Proper) Mark Bates - Down The Narrow (Own Label) Texas Tornados - Esta Bueno! (Proper) Willie Nelson - Country Music (Rounder) Waylon Jennings - Waylon Forever (Vagrant) Radney Foster & The Confessions - Revival (Devil's River Records) Clarence Bucaro - 'Til Spring (2020) Hungrytown - Hungrytown (Listen Here) The Wynntown Marshals - Westerner (Charger) Martha Tilston - Lucy and the Wolves (Squiggly) Nicky Swann - Matches and Dispatches (WSR) David Newey - Cities And Power (Furrow Records) Joseph Topping - Ghosts In The Shadows (Fellside) Lizzie Nunnery - Company Of Ghosts (Fellside) Wheeler Street - Roodumdah (Stump Nugget) Louis Eliot & The Embers - Kittow's Moor (Own Label) Michael McGoldrick - Aurora (Vertical) Altan with the RTE Concert Orchestra - 25th Anniversary Celebration (Compass)
Paul Anderson - Home And Beauty (Greentrax) Oli Brown - Heads I Win, Tails You Lose (Ruf Records) Robert Cray - This Time (Nozzle/Vanguard) Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown (Righteous Babe) Black Prairie - Feast of the Hunter's Moon (Sugar Hill) The Watson Twins - Talking To You, Talking To Me (Vanguard) The Grascals - The Famous Lefty Flynn's (Rounder) Chely Wright - Lifted Off The Ground (Vanguard)
So, let the good times roll - and look at some fun stuff on YouTube
Steeleye Span 1995 with Tim Hart - John Barleycorn. Park Records writes, "We found this wobbly archive footage from 1995 of Steeleye Span with Tim Hart at the Forum in London. A lovely historic document of Tim with the band, thought it would be good to share it with you.

Earl Scruggs & Steve Martin - Foggy Mountain Breakdown. One visitor to the site wrote, "Bunch of world-class musicians, right there. Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Jerry Douglas, Steve Martin, Albert Lee, Randy Scruggs. Woof. I? make it about 168 bpm, which is really moving. Beautiful".

Love, Sue

Sue Cavendish