Valentines evening I had made plans for a couple of months ago, Jon Boden and his remnant kings were playing a gig in Keble (one of the Oxford colleges) as Jon’s father is bursar there. My hot date for the evening Janey unfortunately fell ill at the last moment so I went on my own (*sob*) I’m really glad I did however as it was a really brilliant gig. Jon has been doing a project called a folk song a day for some time now, it’s exactly what it says on the tin, Jon will be posting a folk song a day for the whole of 1 year. The audience from last night’s gig were invited to join him in a sing along at the end of the show (we even got a practice run during the show, you can’t say farer than that). You can hear the result here http://www.afolksongaday.com/2011/02/14/cupids-garden/ plus there is a fabulous video of Jon performing my favourite of his songs (it’s a cover of an old croony one, seemed apt for Valentine’s) here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ-kdOQZPLU
Finally as well as Mr Boden there were two other major stars of the show for me, two edison phonographs, the pre cursor to the record player these play music captured on wax cylinders. Jon’s current album (the one this album is promoting) is called songs from the floodplain. It’s an album based on the idea that in the not too distant future humanity will be in crisis because the electricity/oil will run out. On the album this leads to people rediscovering and putting value back into folk traditions as well as digging out fabulous old technology. Throughtout the set last night the two phonographs played background music and sound shots (Jon has even named them Edith and Eric, awww). Out of pure curiosity I had a quick look if you could still get hold of them, you can but they are pretty rare. I think I might have lost my heart to this one however this is a edison red gem circa 1905. I think it would look lovely in my house sadly I don’t seem to a spare £700 but I think we can all look at it and see how pretty it is!
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Oh what a lovely surprise to see that gorgeous rose. 🙂
And your evening sounds fab. I'm just listening to the youtube link – very nice – funnily enough I picked up a leaflet for the Sidmouth folk festie last year in a fit of optimism that I may return to the area in August but it didn't happen.
Those edison phonographs are so swish. I think I want one now as well!