I’ve started exploring music venues, where I can both play and enjoy acoustic style music from time to time.
I went to the weekly Folk Night at Atherton Barns – The Dairyman’s Daughter pub for the second time last night and took my guitar with me this time. Very different to the first time I went just to look and see, about a month previously.
There’s a monthly folk club at the Castle Inn, Newport and although I didn’t take my guitar I still ended up singing Captain Coulston and Going Up Camborne Hill.
Also Monthly, the events called ‘Cameron Soiree (Open Mic Night)’ at Dimbola, here in Freshwater down by the bay. The one in March had a lower attendance and I ended up playing Wreckers Prayer and Yellow Boat, Shifting Sands, followed by ‘Waiting‘ with new collaborator Dan Thompson on hand drum, and as the evening finished up a version of Mazet, Rowan Tree and Nutmeg tree. Was that six songs altogether?
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After missing just one week due to illness the podcast is back without any notification, being as much a surprise to myself as to anyone else. At 2.30pm on Sunday 10th March i glanced at the clock and decided to go ahead and do one. This of course meant that no potential setlist had been prepared whatsoever, and I hadn’t been playing much at all the past two weeks so the question of what to play was going to become an urgent one. So after kicking off with a old favourite cover song from way back when I decided to call up the wiki of Andy Roberts songs for inspiration but rather than browse through the categories I just hit the “Random Page” button.
Random Page button
So podcast episode #60 is named “the random edition” due to the use of the random page link to suggest songs which have been included on the fly during the recording of the show.
Here are the links, file details show notes and set list:
Podcast #59 is named after a cover of the song by Kevin Ayres and the Soft Machine included this week as a tribute to the artist who sadly died last week. There’s also a Roy Harper cover and two originals making four songs altogether.
Here are the links, file details show notes and set list:
Right then folks, I now have 499 videos on the andyrobertsmusic youtube account which is almost far too many. So what I need to do is to delete some, or maybe a lot of them. The thing is, how to go about it? I could choose the best version of each song, delete the rest. Remove all covers. Remove any older than 1 year with less than 50 views and no comments. Or something more subtle? I’d be very interested in any opinions you may have out there, it can be a bit like talking to myself and singing to myself sometimes. Even though there have been over 200,000 individual views altogether.
Frankie asks if there is any way of meaningfully grouping them into covers, original songs, etc and the answer is that there are two ways so far. The covers are grouped using the youTube playlists facility, as playlists curated by the same account, and these are then rendered onto pages on the main navigation of this wordpress site.
This system however relies upon me remembering to get around to adding each newly uploaded youTube video to one or more playlists which I don’t always get around to doing.
The second method of grouping the videos is easier to maintain as far as the original songs are concerned because each song has a Wiki page with links to most if not all youtube URLs for each song. That makes it possible to choose the best one and have it rendered as an embedded playable video not just a url link. I’m already part way through doing these. The songs are then grouped into albums etc through the categories links at the bottom of each page eg: http://andyroberts.me/wiki/Category:Gernika
One of the advantages of having it all laid out on a wiki I discovered is when I am out and about doing for example a floor spot somewhere, if I suddenly decided to revive an old song I can quickly look it up on my iPad and refresh my memory of the lyrics or tuning, or even stick the pad on a music stand and play from it like that. That beats leafing through a ring binder I feel.
Last week I did a less usual thing and went to both Romford and Haverfolk clubs, on consecutive nights. I played different songs at each, with the Romford night being a Valentines song competition and Haverfolk being a chance to try out the new song Angel in front of a live audience for the first time.