John Murray on a busy band’s latest plans live & on record
Following the triumphant Kirkcaldy live show, soul and funk band Lights Out By Nine release a rare single this week as a download or CD from their website.
Recognised as one of the best all time Fife bands earlier this year in the FP100 (as published in the Fife Free Press), they returned to the live scene with a new line up but this single has guest vocalist Siobhan Scott in an orchestral magnum opus covering Adele’s One And Only (River Records).
Student Siobhan has a flawless vocal performance in both mixes here. With a full choir and the Cairn String Section George Morrison’s sax adds soul to the mix and a complete contrast to the LOBN band material as they prepare for Edinburgh Jazz Festival (Tron July 18) with new vocalist John Frame.
As we commemorate the centenary of World War 1 and remember the loss of over 16 million soldiers and civilians a new album released this week gives tribute.
Centenary: Words & Music Of The Great War (UMTV), was put together by Steve Knightly with his band Show Of Hands, a folk band from the West Country.
The double CD consists of a set from the band based generally on the songs from the period such as The Sunshine Of Your Smile, Its A Long Way From Tipperary and Coming Home.
The stand out track however is the live insert from the Shrewsbury Folk Festival with the Urban Soul Orchestra. The Blue Cockade is eloquently performed and has a stunning accapella ending rewarded with warming applause.
The second disc features the well known war poems by Wilfred Owen (Anthem For Doomed Youth), Rupert Brooke (The Soldier) and Siegfried Sassoon (To Victory, The General) along with many others like the girl poets who aided the men to enlist (The Call by Jessie Pope), or lamenting their passing (A Girl’s Song by Katherine Tynan).
To read these works we have actor Jim Carter and his wife Imelda Staunton.