Bill Madison, a man who puts his stuff out there! – ‘If I Had The Time’



By Merle Burke

In Bill Madison’s latest album, “If I Had The Time,” you’ll find some solid musicianship, some, quite good, in fact. You’ll also find lyrics that connect brilliantly with life, not all primroses but, mostly challenged by love and hard living and journeys that maybe should have been taken or, maybe not. It’s somewhat folksy, somewhat Americana, this latest album, offering a compilation of songs that are so uniquely Bill in their style and composition.

We’re talking about a special breed of entertainer here – a man who puts his stuff out there, with apologies to no one. In this day of fake this and fake that, there is something to be said about one who, after so many years in the music business, still brings it. I’ve been a fan of Bill’s for many years and, I wasn’t disappointed with his latest work. Buy it. It’s a gem…

Merle Burke,
music reviews, Life, Music & Everyday Stuff
merleburke.blogspot.com

Here is a gem from Bill Madison, Steve Young’s hauntingly beautiful ‘Seven Bridges Road’

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An evening with Bill Madison on the FFM Live Lounge – Saturday 25th August 5:00pm Eastern Time


“An inspiring blend of Folk, Country, Originals, Blues and Oldies!”

Bill Madison
Click to go to the FFM Live Lounge

FFM are proud to present an evening’s live music from Bill Madison on our very own Live Lounge. Just click on Bill’s picture to go to the gig. Saturday, August 25th, 5:00pm Eastern Time (9:00pm GMT)

Bill Madison’s musical career spans more than 50 years; performing in the Folk Music venues of Boston, New York City and Montreal during the Folk Revival of 1960’s, and playing in the ski resorts and honky tonks of Northern New England from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.

In 1973, he produced and released his first album called “Sunday Mornin’ Hayride”, on his own label called “Saloon Records”. That album has been re-released by Riverman Records and Yoga Records and was voted in the top ten retro re-issues for 2009 by the Acid Archives. As was predicted, the album has become a “classic in the folk/blues idiom”.

new hayride cover

 In 1974, Bill took part in forming ‘Them Fargo Brothers’ which became New England’s Premier Country Rock Band. They toured extensively throughout the Northeast and Bill toured with the band until 1990. Pictured below is a group picture taken at their last band reunion in 2011.

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 Bill Madison is currently writing and recording in his studio and marketing his music through his web site. Bill’s music is on Spotify, Standing O Project, iTunes and other streaming sites, and his music is available for licensing and is included in several licensing libraries such as Songtradr, Hummingbird Music and Audiosparx.

 Here’s some links to Bill Madison’s music

Lobsta Stu   My latest release!

Barefootin’ Boogie

Friends In Love

When I Get There

Trying To Be A Friend

Only A Dream

Farm Boy


FFM are proud to introduce our latest recording artist, Bill Madison.

Bill Madison’s musical career spans more than 50 years; performing in the Folk Music venues of Boston, New York City and Montreal during the Folk Revival of 1960’s, and playing in the ski resorts and honky tonks of Northern New England from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.

 In 1973, he produced and released his first album called “Sunday Mornin’ Hayride”, on his own label called “Saloon Records”. That album has been re-released by Riverman Records and Yoga Records and was voted in the top ten retro re-issues for 2009 by the Acid Archives. As was predicted, the album has become a “classic in the folk/blues idiom”.

new hayride cover

 

In 1974, Bill took part in forming ‘Them Fargo Brothers’ which became New England’s Premier Country Rock Band. They toured extensively throughout the Northeast and Bill toured with the band until 1990. Pictured below is a group picture taken at their last band reunion in 2011.

2011-11-08_14-11-07_39 (2)

 

Bill Madison is currently writing and recording in his studio and marketing his music through his web site. Bill’s music is on Spotify, Standing O Project, iTunes and other streaming sites, and his music is available for licensing and is included in several licensing libraries such as Songtradr, Hummingbird Music and Audiosparx.

 Here’s some links to Bill Madison’s music

Lobsta Stu   My latest release!

Barefootin’ Boogie

Friends In Love

When I Get There

Trying To Be A Friend

Only A Dream

Farm Boy

FFM will be live streaming a performance from Bill Madison in the near future

Bill Madison
Click to visit Bill Madison’s website for more

Introducing Singer Songwriter Ren Faye and the hauntingly beautiful ‘Winter’s End’



By Roger Moisan

When I first heard Ren Faye’s voice, I was immediately reminded, dare I say, of the great Sandy Denny . Her folk influenced style and vocal timbre coupled with a Northern authenticity provide a new and exciting  addition to this genre.

The lyrics for ‘Winters End’ are stand alone poetry worthy of analysis by any student of this art form and poignant at this time of year.

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Download Winter’s End Here

Winter’s End I don’t feel… Anything… I’m left here, at winter’s end

Friends, they all… Pass me by… All I need, is to find my winter’s end

It’s dark and I’ve no light Dark….ness, by my side… Tempting storms, Won’t keep me warm,

And all I want… Is a place I can call home and I… and I side by side You don’t know, you don’t know

No-one knows, When I am lost, The window pane,

Gives way to all the frost…

I’m here, and I come home to lay down weary in my bed and there is you… and there is you…

Winter’s End… Winter’s End…


What music defines Indian youth culture?






Ankur Biplav
By Ankur Biplav, Indian Musician

When we think of the music that defines our current youth culture, genres like hip hop, jazz and indie music come to  mind. We are living in an era of autotune and lip sync where anyone or everyone can become a singer. On the other hand, classical music is probably one of the genres which many youth would be least likely to identify.

But, the notion of youth towards classical music is changing. The young superstars of any genre of music are the icons for  society and so is the case with classical music. The young maestros are the icons for the youth. The young maestros, who not only are great performers, but are also imparting the rich culture and tradition of Indian Classical Music to the generation next.

Ustaad Waseem Ahmed Khan
Ustaad Waseem Ahmed Khan

Ustaad Waseem Ahmed Khan, who comes from the great lineage of traditional musicians of Agra Gharana, is one of the finest vocalist of Agra Gharana in the country currently. The musicians of the Agra Gharana play with laya, weaving in words, to make patterns around the beat. Khayal in the hands of the performers from the Agra School is a progression — from the abstract to the concrete and from the divine to the human.

All these can be seen in the singing of this maestro.He took his initial taalim from his grandfather Ustaad Ata Hussain Khan and also his father Ustaad Naseem Ahmed Khan. Later, he joined ITC Sangeet Research Academy where he took his taalim under Ustaad Shafi Ahmed Khan. Currently, he is imparting his knowledge of music to the future generation as a faculty at ITC Sangeet Research Academy.

Smt. Kaushiki Chakrabarty
Smt. Kaushiki Chakrabarty

The sweet, melodious and the divine voice Smt. Kaushiki Chakrabarty, one of the most promising classical vocalists of Patiala Gharana of this generation. The famous thumri of Patiala Gharana “Yaad Piya Ki Aaye”, Kaushiki in her unique style has not missed a chance to impress the audience with this thumri, whenever and wherever she sings.

She, born into a musical family learnt music under her father Pt. Ajay Chakrabarty who himself is a legendary vocalist. She, with her mellifluous and melodious voice and her mastery over various ragas has made the music lovers her fan across the globe. She is also regarded as the “torch bearer” of the Patiala Gharana.

A very rising Shisya of a very able guru, Pt Omkar Dadarkar shisya of Pt Ulhas Khasalkar are two such great musicians of the country who can sing the gayaki of Agra, Jaipur and Gwalior gharanas with equal ease.

Omkar Dadarkar
Omkar Dadarkar

Omkar Dadarkar was previously a scholar at ITC SRA and now he is also imparting his unique style of singing to the generation next. Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar has been awarded to him in 2010 for his services to the Indian Classical Music.

The Indian Classical Music is very unique. In order to truly appreciate/learn this style of music, one must have patience and a true love for musical prowess. For current youth, it’s a process to enjoy Hindustani classical music, and it takes some research to find the right songs and proper singers as well. The complexities of the art include the taal (beats), the thaat (notes specific to certain raags), and the coming together of melody, beats, and scales that take years – even decades – to master.

But, one must understand that there is no need to understand music as along as it gives you peace and happiness. There are many musicians like- Ankita Joshi, Arshad Ali Khan, Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra, Brajeswar Mukherjee who are not only great performers but are also passing the rich ethos and tradition of Indian Classical Music to the next generation. The time will soon come when people, especially the youth will have Indian Classical Music in their playlists. Because Indian Classical Music is not only a music to ears but also a music for soul.

To Conclude, Ustaad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan talking about Indian Classical Music said-“If in every home one child was taught Hindustani classical music, this country would never have been partitioned.”

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18th day of Advent and it’s Hozier – ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’





Hozier

A unique and intelligent singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who cites James Joyce’s Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, Leonard Cohen, John Lee Hooker, and community choral singing among his influences, Hozier (his stage and performing name) was born Andrew Hozier-Byrne on March 17, 1990 (which just so happened to be St. Patrick’s Day) in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.

The son of a local blues musician, he literally grew up with the blues being played all around him. He joined his first band when he was 15, gravitating toward R&B, soul, gospel, and, of course, blues. Hozier started studying for a degree in music at Trinity College Dublin, where he was involved with the Trinity Orchestra, but dropped out in his first year to record demos for Universal Music.

From 2009 to 2012, he sang with Anúna, an Irish choral group, and toured internationally. He released a solo EP, Take Me to Church, in 2013, and when a video for the powerful title track, which directly addresses gay discrimination in Russia, went viral on YouTube and Reddit, Hozier found himself with an international audience.

A second EP, From Eden, appeared in the spring of 2014 and in September of that year, Columbia released his eponymous debut album. It reached the Top Ten of the charts in no less than 11 countries, and was quickly certified gold in Canada and Great Britain. ~ Steve Leggett



Today’s FFM Stage belongs to Chedy Fkaier and the beautiful Tunisian Lute







Our 14th window and out pops an unusual Bob Dylan song





If you’ve ever wondered what Christmas Eve at Bob Dylan’s house might be like, the video for his rollicking Christmas polka song “Must Be Santa” offers a window into what happens when Dylan and his guests have a little too much eggnog.



Behind window 11 is British folk singer Kate Rusby





Kate Anna Rusby (born 4 December 1973) is an English folk singer-songwriter from PenistoneBarnsley. Sometimes called the “Barnsley Nightingale”, she has headlined various British national folk festivals, and is one of the best known contemporary English folk singers. In 2001 The Guardian described her as “a superstar of the British acoustic scene.” In 2007 the BBC website described her as “The first lady of young folkies”. She is one of the few folk singers to have been nominated for the Mercury Prize.



The beautiful sound of Anuna is behind window 9





Anúna is Ireland’s flagship acappella vocal ensemble representing the beauty of Irish musical heritage and literature all over the world.

In 1987, Irish composer Michael McGlynn founded the choir in an effort to create a physical voice for his compositions, many of which are strongly influenced by the history and mythology of his homeland. Ireland has a long and sophisticated history of traditional singing or sean nós. McGlynn uses this as the basis for much of his arrangement and composition. Within these songs are universal truths told through the landscape, the philosophy and the mythology of Ireland and beyond.

The name Anúna is derived from the Gaelic term An Uaithne, a collective description for the three ancient forms of Irish music –  Goltraí (song of lament), Geantraí  (song of joy) and Suantraí (the lullaby). An Uaithne and subsequently ANÚNA, is a uniquely beautiful instrument. Over the last thirty years its unique status in Irish musical life has allowed it to create and develop an education programme that the group have taken all over the world.