My lovely RL partner, Lord Andy, is great pals with our very own Mr Sword Starfall, and between the two of them, they are real folk aficionados. Andy is a musician and has played in folk bands back in the day, as well as working for the popular Brit folk band, Fairport Convention (and we all know that Mr Starfall is a huge Fairport fan), so that all works out very conveniently.
Sword suggested that Andy should put together a playlist of some of his favourite folk tunes, and come in-world to introduce them with a little background trivia.
So this is what they did. Andy collected his playlist, and Sword found the tunes and streamed them for us, providing a really great evening of ‘alternative’ folk. Now I’m by no means a fan of traditional folk music, but Andy’s selection was most enjoyable, and he made a big hit with our regular guests, so I think he will be doing this more often. In fact, the bug has bitten and he is already working on his next set – The Glam and Grot Rock Years of the 70’s 🙂
Here are a few of my favourite tracks from the list, so you can enjoy them yourself, and see the ‘alternative’ side of the folk set (I’ve put the full list at the bottom of the page).
- Everyone’s got love bites but me – The Whiskey Priests
- Clear White Light – Lindesfarn
- Gypsy Dance – All About Eve
- Lark in the Morning – Fairport Convention (ft Dave Swarbrick)
- Old No 7 – Devil Makes Three
- Ace of Spades – Hayseed Dixie
- Amsterdam – Al Stewart
- Angel Delight – Fairport Convention
- Bangor and Mash – Devil Makes Three
- All Along the Watchtower – Bob Dylan
- Candy – Paolo Nutini
- Please Don’t Throw me to the Christians – Wild Willy Barrett
- Carnival Girl – Martin Harley Band
- The Crane Wife 3 – Marianne Faithfull & Nic Cave
- Cripple Creek – Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
- Fisherman’s Blues – Waterboys
- Hangin’ ‘Round – Lou Reed
- Hey Joe – Otis Taylor
- Hurt – Johnny Cash
- Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons
- Love in the Afternoon – Martin Harley Band
- Marrakesh Express – Crosby, Stills & Nash
- Battle of Evermore – Led Zeppelin (ft Sandy Denny)
- Mountain Dew – Grandpa Jones
- The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band
- The Queen and the Soldier – Suzanne Vega
- The Return of Pan – The Waterboys
- Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash
- Swing Live Away (Acoustic version) – Rise Against
- Ten Million Slaves – Otis Taylor
The final months of 2014 where a a busy time for Marcel’s and the Caffeine Nights group, .
One of the most important changes was the move from the platform recreating a Parisian street and square (la Place des Cerises…), to the sea level, which gave the whole build a bigger sense of space outside, and wonderful views, while keeping the intimate cosy feel inside that our friends have enjoyed so much as they discovered the bistro.
But soon Fall was upon us, and fallen leaves suddenly where everywhere (inside the bistro too!) and allowed Anouk to add a moody feel to the whole set, (which reminds me of a perfect tune to watch these pictures by, a song about the passing of time and the changing of seasons by Sandy Denny.
Everyone tried to stay outside for quiet evening chats at Marcel’s terrace as long as there where some warmth left and before the snow settled in.
Eventually Halloween arrived and Marcel’s rose to the occasion with some great sets from our dj’s and yet some more awesome decorations by Anouk!
The Matelots where also active, and in true pioneer fashion sailed out to discover new lands, and were treated by team Captain (G-WINZ) to some wonderful routes, sampling all the seasonal beauty of SL’s winter wonderland. There was also an unusual trip to the Great Wall of China, where we were kindly hosted by Selena Nirvana of the Heartbreakers Entertainment group, and her wonderful Chinese pavilion venue which held the cruise party.
And we finally got to Holiday season. Anouk once again showed her skills in decorating Marcel’s and all of Croissantville, and all ye merry group enjoyed a time of warm friendship inspired by outstanding musical shows which conveyed according to each dj’s style the spirit of the season.
So here is 2015!
We can’t wait to see what it will bring to Marcel’s and the Caffeine Nights group, and take this chance to wish you all, once again, a Happy New Year!
OK, folks, I am calling on you to repent of your SINS! Come forward and dedicate your lives…to having fun and dancing up a storm! For two hours, we’ll be dancing and having fun to some of the most awesome gospel music, from old-time religious music to the most modern of remixes! Shake the dust from your feet and tap them to the most uplifting two hours of tunes you’ve ever heard! – Rhia C
Last weekend we were treated to a most uplifting themed show DJ’d by the lovely Rhia ‘Blues Mamma’ Colclough. Now I’ve always loved gospel music, so I was really looking forward to see what she would play, but she really pulled out all the stops and as well as the more traditional ‘churchy’ gospel, she also mixed it up with some amazing true Southern Baptist style blues gospel.
We were even fortunate enough to manage to get hold of the very popular gospel choir, the Second Life Gospel Singers, who gave Rhia a resounding backing vocal support…
We had a great turnout and everyone felt the spirit lift them as they danced and raised their voices to the heavens.
And it just goes to show how music can bring everyone together, as we even had angels and demons dancing in harmony…
Though I did wonder what the celestial punishment would be for dancing on the head of an angel…
And finally, our very own Mr Sword Starfall presents one of his outstanding stop-motion movies of the event, so you can get the true feel of the atmosphere and the music:
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…!
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.
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..
I even made sure I co-ordinated my entire outfit to blend with the background..
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.
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..
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.
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:
‘Amazing as usual. Congratulations on the fabulous work Anouk. xxx Valdez’
‘Fabulous set and music, Anouk. Thank you so much! Spectacular!’
‘At the Willow Tales event – wonderful set and wonderful music, a true pleasure to be here. –Lewis Luminos’
‘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
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!
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
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.
Mr. 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.