Month: August 2014

Apologies from the Editor…

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For any of you kind enough to actually be following this blog, I feel I must apologies for the many not-so-ninja edits you may have noticed. If you’ve signed up for email notifications whenever there’s an update, I humbly apologise, as you will be pinged repeatedly as I read through posts and pages I’ve written in the past, and decide they need tweaking.

Due to my innate impatience, I may not always notice things when I post a new piece, despite attempting to ensure that the writing is nicely correct and tidy before I hit the ‘publish’ button. But invariably, the moment the piece is published, I will spot something that needs changing, and back to edit we go.

So once again – thank you for bearing with me and my conflicted issues with an OCD Capricorn need for order and tidiness, unfortunately combined with a terrible lack of patience or attention span  🙂

 

Long overdue welcome to guest DJ, Rhia!

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DJ RhiaC, otherwise known as the “Blues Mama,” is another guest DJ at Marcel’s.  Growing up a punk rock and funk/soul/jazz/R&B aficionado, of course one would predict she would become…a blues DJ???

But for her, it makes perfect sense.  “Punk has an energy, an ‘up yours’ attitude that blues shares.  Blues never cared about being ‘proper and prim,’ and neither did punk.  And of course, funk, soul, R&B and jazz either came from the blues or co-existed with the blues – LOL, it seems almost all 20th century musical forms came from the blues!”  And to those who would scratch their heads at such a vastly wide range of musical interests, well, she’s not interested in easy pigeon-holing.  “I like to dance sometimes – and sometimes I like to think.”

Her favorite musicians were (and are, among others) artists like Prince, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, The Clash, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Black Flag, Billy Idol, Blondie, Dead Kennedys, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, and predicting her future interests, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Etta James and Little Walter.

Now, although her primary interest is blues, DJ RhiaC is still the same person who resists easy categorization and neat little boxes.  “I have discovered psychobilly and wow, is that a head trip!  I’m also falling for electroswing, thanks to my fellow DJ G-Winz.”  She also has discovered genres of blues she never knew existed – “Punk blues!” she exclaims with a huge smile on her face.  “Is that too perfect or what??”

She can be heard at Marcel’s on Sunday evenings, spinning all kinds of blues genres – everything from a Canned Heat retrospective to boogie-woogie.  And yes, a punk blues evening is in the works…!

Willow Pattern themed show

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We were treated this weekend to one of our special themed shows, this time DJ’d by the very talented Mr Gerrard Winstanley, playing a selection of Asian fusion music. The show was based around the oriental Willow Pattern, the story of which was posted here a few days prior to the show itself.

The set was all in muted tones of blue and white, and was a replica of the china pattern depicting the lovely oriental landscape scenery. A bamboo bridge crossed over a babbling stream in which blue and white koi carp swam. The blue and white crane bobbing their long necks into the water every few minutes to pick up a fishy snack.

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It wasn’t until guests zoomed their cameras away from the set that the realised that they were actually in the pattern itself – the entire set being a huge Willow Pattern dish, complete with giant chopsticks perched across the rim..

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I even made sure I co-ordinated my entire outfit to blend with the background..

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The rest of the guests really went all out and the costumes were breathtakingly beautiful. The contrast of the pure blue and white setting, together with the stunning, butterfly-like colours of the guest’s outfits was the most perfect opportunity for some amazing photos.

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I was very fortunate and managed to “find” a very rare and valuable Ming dynasty DJ deck for G. Thank goodness he was carefully with his dancing throughout the evening as the decks were totally priceless and irreplaceable, and a mis-placed kick could have been a tragedy 😛

We even had the spirits of Koong-se and Chang floating over us in the form of a pair of white doves..

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As the evening drew to a close, and the sun set behind the hills, the guests were treated to a surprise display of hundreds of glowing lanterns which were released to slowly float up into the midnight sky.

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Sword spent ages on the night taking about a million photos so he could put together one of his cool stop-motion videos of the event which you can see here:


 

 

 

And here are a few very kind words left in our guest book for this show:

 

Valdez Lauria:

‘Amazing as usual. Congratulations on the fabulous work Anouk. xxx Valdez’

 

Autopilotpatty Poppy:

‘Fabulous set and music, Anouk. Thank you so much! Spectacular!’

 

Lewis Luminos:

‘At the Willow Tales event – wonderful set and wonderful music, a true pleasure to be here. –Lewis Luminos’

 

kalanite Bluestar:

‘Lovely Party… thank you ありがとう

 

And finally, with thanks to Lewis, here’s a link to Lewis Luminos’ Flickr album, with some more gorgeous photos: Lewis Luminos Flickr – Willow show

Marcel’s Sailing Regatta

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‘Twas a bright and breezy evening as Team Marcel gathered on the quay at the Canadian ‘Dancing Waters’ Sailing Centre and rez zone.

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The numbers worked well as we had five boats and ten sailors.

Sword and Alexia were in ‘Becky’s Baby-Sloop’, Niamh and Kalanite were in a class40 Saph, Lorah and Valdez were in Motor Loon’s Oceanic yacht, Jeff and Susse in a Loonetta and G and Rhia likewise.

Sadly after the first few waypoints we never saw Lorah and Val again as they disappeared over the horizon, although they were at the Blue Pelican for the after-sail dance

 

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The rest of us though, managed to stay together with Niamh lowering the sails of her very nippy boat so we could all catch up – and Jeff performing elegant looping manoeuvres to rejoin the group further back.

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Unfortunately he ran aground on some lighthouse rocks at a tricky turning later on and with G noticing and waiting for them to get free, the line stretched out for a while before we regrouped at waypoint 11.

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A little further on from there, we all hit a bad sim and took off into the air before a relog and re-rez at a conveniant LCC rez area. The line then stretched out again poor Niamh and Kala were hit with more dodgy sims while the rest of us limped on to the Blue Peiican – where Sword, Lorah and G have moorings and small houses at the nearby Sunbird Marina.

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Club owners Benny & Runa were there to welcome us and a few other group members turned up as G hit the decks with some nautical-tropical tunes and Sword handed out participation trophies as we gathered for a group photo in the Team Marcel T-shirts provided by Caffiene Nights & Marcel’s venue creator and landlady, Anouk.

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Watch this space – or don’t click away your notices – for information on the next cruise – which we’ll now be having monthly!

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Themed show coming this Saturday!

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We have a special treat for you this weekend. Our lovely gest DJ, G-Winz will be hosting a themed set, based on the famous oriental Willow Pattern. We have a custom-built set (created by yours truly) to accompany G’s tunes, so don’t miss this one!

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The show will be on Saturday 16th August, at 3pm SLT (11pm UK time).

 

For those of you that don’t know about Willow Pattern, here’s the story…

The Willow Legend
There was once a Mandarin who had a beautiful daughter, Koong-se. He employed a secretary, Chang who, while he was attending to his master’s accounts, fell in love with Koong-se, much to the anger of the Mandarin, who regarded the secretary as unworthy of his daughter.


The secretary was banished and a fence constructed around the gardens of the Mandarin’s estate so that Chang could not see his daughter and Koong-se could only walk in the gardens and to the water’s edge.One day a shell fitted with sails containing a poem, and a bead which Koong-se had given to Chang, floated to the water’s edge. Koong-se knew that her lover was not far away.


She was soon dismayed to learn that she had been betrothed to Ta-jin, a noble warrior Duke. She was full of despair when it was announced that her future husband, the noble Duke, was arriving, bearing a gift of jewels to celebrate his betrothal.


However, after the banquet, borrowing the robes of a servant, Chang passed through the guests unseen and came to Koong-se’s room. They embraced and vowed to run away together. The Mandarin, the Duke, the guests, and all the servants had drunk so much wine that the couple almost got away without detection, but Koong-se’s father saw her at the last minute and gave chase across the bridge.


  The couple escaped and stayed with the maid that Koong-se’s father had dismissed for conspiring with the lovers. Koong-se had given the casket of jewels to Chang and the Mandarin, who was also a magistrate, swore that he would use the jewels as a pretext to execute Chang when he caught him.


One night the Mandarin’s spies reported that a man was hiding in a house by the river and the Mandarin’s guards raided the house. But Chang had jumped into the ragging torrent and Koong-se thought that he had drowned.Some days later the guards returned to search the house again. While Koong-se’s maid talked to them, Chang came by boat to the window and took Koong-se away to safety.


They settled on a distant island, and over the years Chang became famous for his writings. This was to prove his undoing. The Mandarin heard about him and sent guards to destroy him. Chang was put to the sword and Koong-se set fire to the house while she was still inside.


Thus they both perished and the gods, touched by their love, immortalised them as two doves, eternally flying together in the sky.
The Willow Pattern story by courtesy of thepotteries.org

Lorah plays Gypsy

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Dear readers,

Marcel’s Caffeine Nights (you do know Caffeine Nights and Marcel’s bistro are one and the same project?) were taken by our DJ, Lorah, on an unexpected field trip to a lovely gypsy camp the other evening. There by the fire, Lorah spun some great classical Flamenco and we all danced by the fire, caught up by the mystery and magic of that special evening.

Gypsy3_001Mr. Jeffries and Miss Koray engaged on a highly entertaining conversation about the yet very new concept of Greek philosophers kissing animals for inspirational purposes (namely donkeys), which led to a more widespread discussion as to who called who a donkey and who was actually too drunk to know what he was talking about. A very interesting and amusing “soiree” in which the guitars of Manitas de Plata and Paco de Lucia, along with the beautiful voices of several Flamenco singers, of which Conchita Buika certainly stood out.

Here are some pictures of the event, in which you will recognize, besides the yet mentionned Jeffries and Anouk, also some mysterious person pretending to pass for Clint Eastwood, Valdez Lauria, DJ Merlinz, Niahm (wearing the full Marcel’s Matelots outfit), Alexia and Kalanite Bluestar.

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Be happy!

Sword

 

 

Sandy Denny tribute evening

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I replaced G-Winz for last night’s happy hour, with a special tribute to Sandy Denny.

The public listened carefully to the tunes presented and commented on that wonderful singer unfortunately gone.

As  I forgot to mention that online here are the titles of the albums used:

Discography from this set:

  • Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking
  • Fairport Convention – Liege and Lief
  • Fairport Convention – Fairport “Live” Convention
  • Fairport Convention – What We Did On Our Holidays
  • Sandy Denny – Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
  • Sandy Denny – Listen Listen (an introduction to Sandy Denny)

We share also a link to Sandy’s official website

http://www.sandydennyofficial.com/

Thank you all for coming!

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P.S – For those of you who happen to be in the neighbourhood of Banbury in the UK, Fairport’s Annual Cropredy gathering is going on from 7th through 9/08/2014, and here’s the link for that:

http://www.fairportconvention.com/cropredy_line_up.php