Wednesday, January 23, 2008

MAMA presents Clive Carroll on February 16 at Otherlands

From the MAMA website brings this news:

8 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2008
Otherlands Coffee Bar
641 S. Cooper
Tenth Anniversary of MAMA

Clive Carroll is not exactly a household name on this side of the Big Pond, but if you have any doubts about where you should be on February 16th, ask anyone who was fortunate enough to be in attendance at Carroll's first MAMA appearance a year ago, when this genial, unassuming Briton stepped onto the Otherlands stage with a guitar and stood the audience on its collective ear. With a repertoire ranging from traditonal Celtic tunes to John Dowland lute pieces, from Isaac Albeniz showpieces to original compositions, Clive Carroll marries astonishing technical virtuosity to innate intelligence, exquisite taste, superb training, and a wide-ranging, endlessly inventive musical imagination.

Simply put, if you have any interest in hearing the acoustic guitar played as well as you are ever likely to hear it played, do not hesitate. Don't pencil him in. We expect this show to sell out early. We also predict that, the next time Mr. Carroll comes to town, he will be appearing at a much larger venue, and you will have to pay a lot more money to hear him.

No excuses will avail, then. Getting married on the 16th? Bring the bride. Bring the groom. Bring the clergy. Exchange vows during the intermission, and you can tell your children that Clive Carroll played at your wedding. Have surgery scheduled on the 16th? Bring the surgeon. Bring the anaesthetist. An anteroom at Otherlands will be specially sterilized for your convenience. The music of Clive Carroll will no doubt promote your postsurgical healing.

The author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland wrote under a pseudonym, so Clive is most likely not a blood relative of Lewis Carroll, but he is undoubtedly his spiritual heir: What the latter-day Mr. Carroll does with a mere six strings and ten fingers is sheer Jabberwocky. It can't be defined, only appreciated. Do not miss this opportunity to appreciate the amazing artistry of Clive Carroll.

Tickets are $15, available at Otherlands and Davis-Kidd.

A SUPER musical weekend in Memphis

Crossposted from LWC..

As if it were not enough that Papa Top's West Coast Turnaround is having their CD Release party at the Hi-Tone on February 8 (10 PM, $10 cover WITH new CD included), I have more great news:

Legacy brings their outstanding brand of traditional Irish Music to Celtic Crossing at 6:30 PM on Saturday, February 9 and then they come back to play Brunch at the Crossing on Sunday, February 10 at 12:30 PM. You may remember them from their great sets at ClanJamFry last September; they are perennial performers at events like the North Texas Irish Festival, the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival, and their own CelticFestMississippi.

Come on out to the Crossing on Saturday night, Sunday afternoon, or BOTH to see these terrific musicians, and you will be rewarded with great tunes and maybe a ballad or two. I'll be there, I hope you will as well!