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Wine and music: “Red Wine and Promises” by Norma Waterson

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Here’s another folk gem courtesy of Mike Harding’s folk show podcast that was broadcast on 15th October 2017. Sung by Norma Waterson, “Red Wine and Promises” is from Lal & Mike Waterson’s 1972 album Bright Phoebus. It has been covered … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: JANUARY NEWSLETTER.

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A message from Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, A busy weekend here in Berlin. Currently in the middle of a pre-Mumbai desk-clearing exercise; part of which is the attached January newsletter. Trying to do as much as I can before throwing … Continue reading

Wine and music: “The Rooftops of Copenhagen” by Tom Russell

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Described by the folk music expert and broadcaster Mike Harding as “balladeer and story-teller”, Tom Russell released his album Folk Hotel in September 2017. “The Rooftops of Copenhagen” describes a man, in Russell’s Johnny Cash-type baritone, walking into a bar … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, There’s something of the miraculous about this current project newsletter. As I write, the bottom left corner of my laptop screen appears intent on detaching itself from the whole, while a … Continue reading

Wine and music: “God Don’t Like It” by Blind Willie McTell

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I have been a fan of the great Georgia bluesman Blind Willie McTell for many years. He is arguably the finest exponent of the 12-string guitar and the syncopated fingerpicking “Piedmont Blues” style. I cannot recall ever hearing any of … Continue reading

Wine and music: “Bacchanale” by Jacques Ibert

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The French composer Jacques Ibert was commissioned by the BBC for the tenth anniversary of the Third Programme in 1956. He composed this bacchanale – a musical composition that usually is themed around drunkenness. If I don’t get another opportunity … Continue reading

Project Front Foot November newsletter

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, While not, by some distance, the edition I’d planned, it nevertheless remains Business as Usual on the project front. The attached November newsletter highlights the start of our NINTH! season in … Continue reading

Wine and music: “Wein, Weib und Gesang” (“Wine, Woman, and Song”) by Johann Strauss II

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An E-flat major waltz on a pertinent theme by the younger Strauss, composer of the well-known The Blue Danube.

Wine and music: “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” by Verdi

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“Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (“Let’s drink from the joyful cups”) is a popular brindisi drinking song from Verdi’s La Traviata. The song is for male tenors – here’s Pavarotti – though there is a recording of Maria Callas performing it. … Continue reading

Wine and Cinema: “My Favourite Wife”, starring Cary Grant

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Another recent Saturday morning treat on BBC2 was an obscure Cary Grant screwball comedy.  In My Favorite Wife, Grant’s character is about to remarry after his first wife is declared dead. It turns out that she was marooned and now … Continue reading