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RetroBlog: Rockschool 1983

Posted in Blues, Funk, Future, Heavy Metal, R&B, Rock by newmusicexcess on June 17, 2010


Way back in 1983 the BBC aired a series, Rockschool, which taught the basics of performing rock music and its various genres. It featured Geoff Nicholls on drums, Henry Thomas on Bass and Dierdre Cartwright (above) on lead guitar, along with interviews with leading musicians from the various genres covered.

There were nine episodes in the first series:

  1. Introduction
  2. Tuning
  3. Technique
  4. R&B and Blues
  5. Heavy Metal
  6. Funk
  7. Reggae
  8. Future
  9. Special (Questions and Answers)

The BBC went on to produce a second series, which aired a few years later, and added a keyboard player (Alastair Gavin, I think). But it is the first series for which I had fondest memories.

If you want to check out the series a user on YouTube has uploaded the whole thing.

You may find that the first section of the episode on Heavy Metal is blocked. I think it’s the bit that has a clip of Motörhead. Well they did say that if they moved in next door your lawn would die!

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Smoke Fairies – Frozen Heart EP

Posted in Blues, folk by newmusicexcess on February 3, 2010


Track listing:

1. Frozen Heart
2. Fences
3. Morning Light
4. We Had Lost Our Minds
5. He’s Moving On

If you like wistful melodies and well crafted vocal harmonies then Smoke Fairies’ Frozen Heart EP could be right up your alley. The music imparts a timelessness and the ethereal nature of the songs seem to make them just hang in time and space. Definitely music for the Autumn, or the Fall as I should say now that I am resident in Canada. I suddenly had a thought that this would make great chill-out music after an All About Eve gig.

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