LIVE: Salsa Celtica @ the Music Haven, 7/26

July 29th, 2009, 9:45 am by Greg


Scottish and Irish traditional music + Latin American traditional salsa music = Salsa Celtica.

Is it world music? Jazz? Hybrid folk?

Yes, yes and yes.

But mostly it’s just Salsa Celtica, an energetic Edinburgh band that has created its own unique musical fusion, as anyone will attest who saw them at the Music Haven in Schenectady on Sunday, July 26.

photos by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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Song of the Week: Main Travelled Roads

June 18th, 2009, 10:02 am by Sara

Today is the 59th birthday of Jackie Leven, one of my favorite singers.

If you’re not familiar with him, he was the founder of Doll By Doll, a London based rock band who released four albums in the early eighties that have only recently (finally!) been re-released on CD. In a Telegraph article, Neil McCormick called their album Gypsy Blood “British rock’s lost masterpiece.”

After Doll By Doll broke up, Leven suffered a horrific street attack that damaged his vocal chords and left him unable to talk or sing for several years, which led to a heroin addiction. But eventually he turned his life around through sheer force of will, and started releasing solo albums, quite prolifically.

Here’s a video of Doll By Doll lip synching their Celtic elegy “Main Travelled Roads” from German television. The end is cut off – the complete line is “Eternal is the warrior who finds beauty in´╗┐ his wounds.”

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