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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Play show or right-click to download Show 20 - Happy New Year !

A Happy and Prosperous New Year to everyone from Three From Leith ! I actually recorded the show on the 30th December, but these show notes are being written on January the 2nd as I wanted to see in 2006 before totally 'completing' show 20. I hope you all had a good one; hopefully the resulting hangovers are all a distant memory by now and you're making the best possible start to any resolutions you've set yourself for the coming 12 months. I'm aiming to start shifting off the weight I've put on since I stopped smoking on January 4th 2004; two years of extra poundage I'd love to lose again ! If you're saying goodbye to the nicotine habit, good luck ! All I can say is that it's worth every ounce of willpower in the end.

Listen out for the new feature, "Scottish Expression Of The Week", and let me know what you think of it ! And remember it's a new month, so pop along and vote for Three From Leith and all your other favourite shows at Podcast Alley (link on the right).

And so to this week's selection of new music for the New Year:

Hungry Lucy - Rainfall
"May you have brighter tomorrows.." The fabulous War-N and Christa Belle with a hauntingly beautiful start to 2006. I've used the Christmas money I got from my Grandad and I've placed my order for their "To Kill A King" CD . Check out their latest 'Tea With Hungry Lucy' podcast, watch their documentaries, buy their music and drop War-N a note of encouragement. He's a great, gentle guy and he always replies to emails.

Lena - Oh My Lady
The stunningly compelling vocal and songwriting talents of Lena Anderssen, in collaboration with Niclas Johannesen (whose efforts in getting me a copy of the "Can't Erase It" album get my undying thanks and gratitude). It's not available in the UK or the US yet, but it can be downloaded from this Danish site (if you understand Danish !) for around 7 GBP or about 12 USD at current exchange rates. You can also email Marie Hecht at artpeople and ask for release details for other parts of the world.

Fischer-Z - Beep
From an artist who's been a personal favourite and hero of mine since I discovered him and Fischer-Z in 1983 , I'm thrilled - with permission from John - to be able to start bringing you John Watts' music. In my opinion, one of the UK's finest singer / songwriters who deserves much more recognition for his talents. This song was taken from the 'Ether' album, which was "a combination of music album and accompanying road movie applying the principles of spontaneous live music-making to the recording process." In simple terms, he set off around the world with some rough song outlines, a laptop and recording software and met up with musicians and the public along the way to turn these into the finished items.

This year’s new double album and poetry book ‘Real Life Is Good Enough’ represents "a fresh new era for John; a return to more organic music-making, humorous writing and presenting his new work live on an extensive concert tour in a two-piece format with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Walker." It's coming soon to the UK, so keep your eyes on the website !

Soundbed music this week was Cebrella by Denis Kitchen

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The Scottish Expression of the Week is my new favorite thing to look forward to! And I LOVED that Fischer-Z track. Fantastic!

I saw Fischer-Z at Leicester Uni years ago, 1979 I think. Someone who became really big was the support - I think it may have been Dire Straits.

Haven't listened to the show yet, so I'll be back.

Really enjoyed the show Grant. Hungry Lucy v good - will check them out. I cannot remember a thing about Fischer-Z from all those years ago, but "Beep" was fun. The first part, at least, I could hear Peter Gabriel singing.

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