Friday, July 04, 2008

by ericbkk

Michael Marra "Gaels Blue" 1985










Iain Anderson on BBC Radio Scotland got me interested in Michael Marra, so, of course, the first place I came to looking for MM was THTM, but the MM cupboard was (surprisingly) bare.
A few requests on various music boards also proved fruitless, and my faith in the availability of music on the internet was beginning to waver when I chanced upon some MM on the excellent Hooligan's Lament blog.
This is, I think, the earliest of the MM albums available, and I'll sleep better tonight knowing that the Dundonian Randy Newman's music is available on THTM.

01. Mincin' wi Chairlhi
02. Racing from Newburgh
03. The Angus Man's welcome to Mary Stuart
04. King George's return to sanity
05. Genral Grant's Visit to Dundee
06. Black babies
07. Monkey Hair
08. The Alter Boys
09. Gaels Blue
10. Happed in Mist
11. Ghost of Glasgow
12. Growing Up
13. Mardi Gras Music
14. King is King

DL (RS.com)
160 kbps


Although deriving all his musical influences from the rock and roll canon that includes Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Bob Dylan, Marra's subject matter remains eccentrically Scottish, While lyrically rooted in Scotland, its culture, history and literature, he cannot be pigeoned-holed with a "folkie" image; his musical palette is too varied for that.
A love of jazz and sophisticated pop is always to the fore. He has a a poet's ear for detail and a nimble wit; given an incident Marra will depict it from an angle that illustrates most effectively the daftness and vanity of humankind.
In 1971 he formed his first band, Hen's Teeth, whose line up included Dougie McLean. He played with "legendary" 1970s rock-band Skeets Bolivar and in 1985 released his solo album, Gaels Blue, on his own label

.".. Marra's music is soaked in the Scottish experience, strained through a gauze of ragtime blues-piano and shot with filaments of traditional folk and American voices ... a ghost-white MARRA sits at piano and microphone, delivering caustic visions of the Scottish past and wickedly funny and sometimes achingly poignant, parables of the present in vocals from a Woodbined voice..." Scotland on Sunday

Thanks to Hooligan's Lament blog for the files.

Cheers.

2 Comments:

Blogger jacmac said...

The Midas Touch
http://rapidshare.com/files/240426988/01_The_Midas_touch.mp3
http://rapidshare.com/files/240426989/02_Pity_street.mp3
http://rapidshare.com/files/240426990/03_Hooky_s_little_eyes.mp3
http://rapidshare.com/files/240426991/04_Foolish_boy.mp3
http://rapidshare.com/files/240426992/05_Take_me_out_Drinking_Tonight.mp3
http://rapidshare.com/files/240426993/06_Glasgow.mp3
http://rapidshare.com/files/240426994/07_Features.mp3
http://rapidshare.com/files/240426995/08_Cheese_for_the_Moondog.mp3
http://rapidshare.com/files/240426996/09_Bennys_going_home.mp3
http://rapidshare.com/files/240426998/10_Taking_the_next_train_home.mp3

04 June, 2009 02:15  
Blogger ericbkk said...

Thanks for more of the elusive MM, jacmac.

14 June, 2009 08:54  

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