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April 17 2015
Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White & Ry Cooder upcoming Tour dates and venues.
Ry Cooder with Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White performances 2015:
Ry Cooder with Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White performances 2015:
New dates added:
- June 17, 2015: Aspen, CO at Belly Up Aspen
- June 19, 2015: Boulder, CO at Chautauqua Auditorium
- June 21, 2015: Telluride, CO at Telluride Bluegrass Festival
- June 22, 2015: Denver, CO at Denver Botanic Gardens
- July 16 2015: Apple Valley at Minnesota Zoo, Weesner Family Amphitheater
- July 17 2015: Milwaukee, WI at The Pabst,
- July 18 2015: Chicago ILL.at Thalia Hall
- September 30 2015: Saratoga, CA at The Mountain Winery
- October 2 2015: San Francisco, CA at Great American Music Hall
- October 6 2015: Portland, OR at Aladdin Theater
- October 7 2015: Seattle, WA at The Moore Theatre
- November 10 & 11 2015: Alexandria VA at The Birchmere (Thanks Tadd!)
- November 16 2015: Burlington, VT at Flynn Theatre
- November 17 2015: Boston, MA at Berklee Performance Center
- November 18 2015: Portland, ME at State Theatre
- November 24 2015: New York at Carnegie Hall (see link: http://www.carnegiehall.org/Article.aspx?id=4295011091)
* Will be updated when new dates are available.
March 18 2015
Ry Cooder joins The Chieftains live Saturday March 21
Ry Cooder on Twitter: Come on down to @SegerstromArts in Costa Mesa Saturday! I'll be doing a song or two with @thechieftains #SanPatricio.
Source & link: https://twitter.com/obon_city
Ry Cooder to play Carnegie Hall with Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White,
Ry Cooder, whose performance with Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall in 1998 became the climax of the acclaimed Wim Wenders documentary Buena Vista Social Club, returns to the Hall on Saturday, November 14, for a rare pairing with multi-instrumentalist Ricky Skaggs and vocalist Sharon White and an evening of blues, gospel, and bluegrass in Zankel Hall. Also performing are Joachim Cooder on drums and Mark Fain on bass. The concert, hosted by Rosanne Cash, is part of her Carnegie Hall Perspectives series.
RY COODER with SHARON WHITE and RICKY SKAGGS at Telluride Bluegrass Fest 2015
Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2015 Lineup Includes Ry Cooder, Kacey Musgraves and More. * Headlining next year's festival will be Ry Cooder, Sharon White & Ricky Skaggs!!!
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS PRESENTS 2014 AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS 2014
Ry Cooder in the houseband. Watch here:
Ry Cooder performed with several artists at Americana Fest 2014
Ry joined The Haden Triplets (also with John Hiatt), Sam Outlaw and Buddy Miller. A great interview with Ry Cooder by Barry Mazor at the Country Music Hall Of Fame was broadcasted and streamed.
September 22 2014
At the Americana Music Honors & Awards 2014 Ry Cooder played as member of the Houseband
Among the artists were Flaco Jimenez, Taj Mahal, Cassandra Wilson, jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash and others.On youtube you can watch and listen to various parts of this event. Official videostream will be available Januari 1 2015.
September 17 2014
Ry Cooder wil play with Flaco Jimenez and Taj Mahal at the 2014 Americana Music Awards 2014
September 17 2014
Casandra Wilson and Ry Cooder rehearsel for the Americana Music Awards 2014
Watch the video at youtube:
September 14 2014
Ry Cooder sitting in with Sam Outlaw and Band at The Kings Inn and The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa, CA, September 3rd 2014
THE KINGS INN PRESENTS: SAM OUTLAW & THE GET DOWN BOYS – THE WAYFARER – COSTA MESA, CA – SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2014
Sam Outlaw: Another incredible night w/ Ry Cooder playing six string in the band. Thanks Ry! (And thanks The Kings Inn and The Wayfarer for having us.) Photo by Braedon Photography
See picture at:
July 14 2014
Ry Cooder sitting in with Sam Outlaw at The Grand Ole Echo, Los Angeles, July 13 2014
See picture at: http://instagram.com/p/qa3X9Nqfqn/
9 video's on youtube!
May 8 2014
Buddy Miller calls on Ry Cooder, Don Was and more for the All Star Americana Honors & Awards House Band...
Source and link: http://www.nashville.com/music/2014/05/buddy-miller-assembles-dream-band-for-americana-awards/
April 8 2014
Ry Cooder with Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller at SiriusXM Outlaw Country radio
Ry Cooder is this week's guest on "The Buddy & Jim Show" with Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, airing Saturday 4/5 10 pm; Sunday 4/6 10 am ET; Monday 4/7 2 am & 2 pm; and Wednesday 4/9 12 am & 10 pm ET.
Link and source: https://www.facebook.com/SiriusXMOutlawCountry
March 30 2014
Juliette Commagère feat. Ry Cooder on the song "Collide". Source: BalconyTV LA.
Watch the video at: http://youtu.be/_SVGYjMjVSg
March 12 2014
Ry Cooder contributes for the Tony Rice Foundation Benefit March 25 2014 in Nashville.
Tony Rice Foundation Benefit, March 25 2014, feat. Ry Cooder.
Tony Rice, perhaps the most influential acoustic musician of his generation, is facing hard times. Most everyone reading this will be aware that he lost the ability to sing some years ago, and those who have read his brilliant biography, Still Inside, know that he had expressed little concern, finding a sort of freedom in being able to focus solely on the guitar.
But this past year or so has found arthritis robbing him of that as well, leaving this legendary guitarist unable to ply his trade. Not only is that a painful loss to music lovers world wide, it has stolen from Tony his means to earn a living. At first he attempted to soldier on, playing through pain, but as even that became difficult, he has had to cancel the shows that were booked.
Link and info: http://www.3rdandlindsley.com/calendar.html
March 1 2014
The Haden Triplets Record Release show, feat. Ry Cooder and Joachim Cooder, performed February 28 at the Bootleg Theater LA.
Ry Cooder joins The Haden Triplets at their Record Release show February 28 at the Bootleg Theater in LA. The Haden Triplets selftiteld CD is released on Febr. 4 2014.
Willie Watson (ex The Old Crow Medicine Show)was the opener. Ry sit in with "Midnight Special"
http://youtu.be/UjKQoZTln-c youtube video
Betto Arcos (Global Village Tuesday) did a great interview with The Haden Triplets (2nd hour) on KPFK 90.7 FM. Hour one is a Pete Seeger in memoriam. Listen to the interview and a few songs at KPFK Archive, aired tuesday January 28 2014: http://archive.kpfk.org/
February 27 2014
Ry Cooder & The Haden Triplets live at Conan O'Brien show
Febr. 27 The Haden Triplets and Ry Cooder perform at the Conan O'Brien show!
February 13 2014
Ry Cooder played with Juliette Commagère at The Echo LA
Ry Cooder played with Juliette Commagère and band at the Echo LA February 11 2014.
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February 8 2014
Pete Seeger Tribute with Ry Cooder & others
The Oklahoma-based Woody Guthrie Center on Feb. 22 will honor Seeger posthumously with its inaugural Woody Guthrie Prize. Seeger was scheduled to attend the event in New York City, which is being staged in conjunction with the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and will proceed with performances by Arlo Guthrie, Steve Martin, Ry Cooder and Tony Trischka.
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January 26 2014
Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder top Everly Brothers salute at The Troubadour Jan. 25 2014
The Americana Music Assn.’s annual Grammy eve show at the Troubadour has rapidly turned into a must-see event for roots-music aficionados. This year’s concert tonight quickly sold out and took on an added emotional dimension as it was quickly framed as a tribute to the Everly Brothers, particularly Phil Everly, who died on Jan. 3 at 74.
Some of those scheduled to venture out to West Hollywood to take part are Bonnie Raitt, Rodney Crowell (who cohosted last year’s stellar show with his longtime friend and musical partner Emmylou Harris), Ry Cooder, Joe Henry, Jim Lauderdale, the Haden Triplets and Carolina Chocolate Drops singer Rihannon Giddens. Show organizers expect a few big surprises as well.
Link and Source: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-phil-everly-brothers-tribute-troubadour-americana-bonnie-raitt-rodney-crowell-20140125,0,5222454.story#axzz2rVcWpF1l
REVIEW OF THE SHOW
Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Rodney Crowell, T Bone Burnett, Joe Henry, Asher, Carolina Chocolate Drops singer Rhiannon Giddens, Jim Lauderdale, blues singer Bobby Rush, the Haden triplets, Sarah Jarosz, members of L.A. roots-rock band Dawes, the Milk Carton Kids, Old Crow Medicine Show’s Willie Watson and several others used Everlys music not as the alpha and omega of the show, but as its musical anchor.
Among the many highlights was Cooder’s collaboration with Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden, the triplet daughters of jazz bassist Charlie Haden, who grew up immersed in country music before becoming one of the world’s most acclaimed jazz bassists. Cooder has produced their forthcoming album of old-time country songs, including “So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)."
That was one of three songs they sang with Cooder supplying his richly distinctive guitar work. The inclusion of his son Joachim on drums provided a dual family facet to that portion of the show.
Source and link to the review:
December 19 2013
Ry Cooder joins Juliette Commagère at the Bootleg Theater LA Dec. 18th 2013
See picture at: http://instagram.com/p/iGN44sDO5J/
December 7 2013
The Chieftains and Ry Cooder To Host Masterclasses
Iconic Irish band The Chieftains will get together with the legendary Ry Cooder will host The Celtic Sessions, four days and nights in New York in July, 2014 with master classes, Q&A and a rare performance.
Link and source: http://www.noise11.com/news/the-chieftains-and-ry-cooder-to-host-masterclasses-20131207
November 28 2013
Los Tigres del Norte & Ry Cooder back in 2010 photo's
Jun 25, 2010 - Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Los Tigres del Norte, a Mexican band playing 'Norteno' style music performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall. RY COODER joined them for four songs. (Credit Image: Alex Pitt/ZUMApress.com)
Event: Los Tigres del Norte Live in Los Angeles June 25, 2010
You can see 5 photo's at: http://imagecollect.com/celebrities/ry-cooder-pictures-61613
November 26 2013
The Chieftains with Special guest Ry Cooder will perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Vancouver Jazz Festival 2014
35th edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival, from June 26 to July 6 2014
Grammy Award-winners the Chieftains with special guest guitarist Ry Cooder at The Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, June 28.
The Chieftains with Special Guest Ry Cooder — July 2, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal, PdA —The preeminent traditional Irish group, the Chieftains and their leader Paddy Moloney, have carried the musical torch of the Emerald Isle for 50 years. Outstanding American guitarist Ry Cooder — the man behind the Buena Vista Social Club and the Paris, Texas soundtrack — is a passionate missionary for all forms of cultural fusion. Cooder, who collaborated with the Chieftains on their Grammy award winning record The Long Black Veil and most recently on 2010′s San Patricio, an album brilliantly marrying Irish and Mexican folk music, joins Paddy and the band as their very special guest as they remind us what truly traditional music is in their first visit to the Festival!
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September 18 2013
September 18 Ry Cooder presented the Lifetime Achievement for Executive award to Chris Strachwitz, producer and founder of roots-music label Arhoolie Records.
It all happend at the 12th annual Americana Music Awards Festival at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Americana Music Honors & Awards 2013 Winners:
Album of the Year: "Old Yellow Moon," Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Artist of the Year: Dwight Yoakam
Duo Group of the Year: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Song of the Year: "Birmingham," Shovels & Rope
Emerging Artist of the Year: Shovels & Rope
Instrumentalist of the year: Larry Campbell
Trailblazer Award: Old Crow Medicine Show
Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Stephen Stills
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist: Duane Eddy
Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: Chris Strachwitz
Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Dr. John
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: Robert Hunter
President's Award: Hank Williams
May 15 2013
RY COODER PERFORMS "WE DON'T WANT YOUR MILLIONS, MISTER" AT KPFK 90.7 LA
Listen to the KPFK 90.7 FM LA John Wiener interview with Ry Cooder and Ry plays "We Don't Want Your Millions, Mister" live in the studio.
There's also a video on youtube, were Ry performs "We Don't Want Your Millions, Mister!" Ry Cooder singing at the No Koch Hate in LA (May 14 2013) rally protesting selling the LA Times (Tribune Co.) to the Koch Brothers.
May 10 2013
Labor, Environmental, Public Interest Groups Fight Koch Takeover of LA Times
Six time Grammy Award winning musician, Ry Cooder, will perform his new song about the Koch takeover of the LA Times.
2012: “I was thinking about how to explain the Koch brothers (in 'Brother Is Gone' from "Election Special"),” Cooder said during a recent interview. “Then I thought about the crossroads. Satan’s price is that he’ll come for one of the Koch brothers and take him back down, but he won’t say when or which one it will be.”
Full article and source:
October 25 2012
Ry Cooder & Elvis Costello visit Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 event
At the time of going to press (Oct. 24) The Sentinel has learned that big names who will be visiting the city include Ry Cooder and Elvis Costello, plus Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
Source and info: http://www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/news/uk-city-of-culture/2013-is-a-huge-watershed-1-4405118
October 15 2012
Woody Guthrie’s Star-Studded 100th Birthday Party
Review: This Land Is Your Land - The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert at The Kennedy Center on October 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.
In his version of “Vigilante Man,” guitar wizard Ry Cooder added a verse about Trayvon Martin.
Another review at:
July 14 2012:
Local musician deemed ‘master’
Legend Ry Cooder giving Dan Gellert national exposure
Ry Cooder is once again nudging Dan Gellert into the spotlight. On Oct. 14, the multi-instrumentalist is joining Cooder for a special all-star tribute to Woody Guthrie at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
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Lineup info: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/arts-post/post/kennedy-center-announces-woody-guthrie-tribute-concert-lineup/2012/07/31/gJQAyeGwMX_blog.html
Peoples reaction on the Joe Klein "Ry Cooder and Dan Gellert" video:
"Ry Cooder should be dragging Dan out of that pub in Dayton and straight into a recording studio. It's high time we had another Dan Gellert record."
"I'm sure that'll be one of the outcomes for Mr. Gellert. Boy ya just gotta like that Ry Cooder don'tcha? Seems like a really good fellow...a lefty too! On the political spectrum that is."
RY AND JOACHIM COODER CONCERT FOR LABOR FEST, JULY 5 2012
LaborFest is proud to open this year’s LaborFest commemoration of the 1934 San Francisco General Strike with musician Ry Cooder on guitars and his son Joachim Cooder on percussion.
This concert for working people will be held at ILWU Local 34 Clerks Hall. This union has also played an important role for working people and is proud to host Ry and Joachim. This will be an exciting and enriching concert that hits home.
Ry Cooder played great show in SF's tiny Longshoreman's Hall 2night. On W. Guthrie's 'Ballad of Harry Bridges' HB's granddaughter sang lead.
It was wonderful. Ry played all political songs, including several by Woody. Lots of old union folk in the audience.
RY COODER ON 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SPECIAL ROADTRIP!!
Ry will be on the road with journalist Joe Klein (Swampland / Time) for a roadtrip serie about the 2012 presidential elections.
Link and Source:
Read the review of a "secret" Ry Cooder performance at:
"Well the big event yesterday was watching the great Ry Cooder jamming with one of his discoveries, a retired meter reader named Dan Gellert - a brilliant country fiddler and banjo player - at the Trolley Stop in Dayton, Ohio"
Watch Ry Cooder and Dan Geller at:
HAYDEN TRIPLETS, WITH RY COODER & FRIENDS
May 6 2012: the Haden Triplets played at Club Nokia, Los Angeles. Ry Cooder played with them on, as far as I know, two songs, "A Voice From On High" and "The Tramp On The Street".
Ry Cooder in conversation with Lynell George
Ry Cooder in conversation with Lynell George, 2012-01-12 – 19:00 at Vroman's Bookstore
695 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA USA
RY COODER LIVE PERFORMANCE GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, SAN FRANCISCO CA.
Ry Cooder performed with special guests Los Cenzontles at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco August 31 and September 1, 2011.
Review and set list:
The show was great. Ry had Flaco Jiménez on accordion, backing vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, Robert Francis on bass, Joachim Cooder on drums, Juliette Commagère on vocals and a ten piece Mexican-American brass band (some of whom played from the balcony due to lack of stage space). Ry only played two songs from the current CD "Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down", spending most of his time going through a wide variety of older songs.
- Every Woman I Know (Crazy Bout an Automobile)
- Boomer's Story
- Viva Sequin/Do Re Mi
- School Is Out
- How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
- Volver Volver (with Juliette Commagère singing)
- He'll Have To Go
- El Corrido de Jesse James (the first time the horns came in the whole crowd jumped)
- Why Don't You Try Me
- Wooly Bully (really rocked with a full horn section playing as well)
- No Banker Left Behind (mandolin)
- Vigilante Man
- Goodnight Irene
(On youtube there are some video's of this show!)
San Francisco Gate review:
Other reviews available if you search: Ry Cooder Great American Music Hall
RY COODER TAKES HIS BIG BAND ON THE ROAD TO SAN FRANCISCO!
Interesting RY COODER Interview in The San Francisco Gate about his live performance at "The Great American Music Hall", SF, August 31 and September 1, 2011!
Thanks, Marc, for sending me the link!
CHRIS STRACHWITZ (ARHOOLIE) THANKS RY COODER
Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records say thanks to Ry Cooder and his fans for the contribution at Arhoolie Records celebrating the 50th anniversary on Feb. 4-6 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley.: "I want to express special thanks to Ry Cooder whose many loyal fans filled the Freight & Salvage to capacity for the Friday show and I believe many more were turned away. But that special THANKS does not diminish my THANKS to all the other fantastic musicians and all the many helpers! I am just now starting to listen to the music from those three incredible days and hope to pick out my favorite performances for a CD package release in the hopefully not too distant future."
Review of the Ry Cooder & Co. performance at the Arhoolie Records celebration of its 50th anniversary Feb. 4 2011 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley.
- It was a terrific concert Friday night, the entire evening but Ry's part was just great. He held back nothing, in fact he was way more engaged with the audience than I have ever seen him. He did play a slack key song.... and gave us an encore "Humpty Dumpty World" which he had actually never performed, had to give his bass player (Robert Francis) the chords from time to time. The concerts, or at least that one, were recorded for radio, to be broadcast on NPR July 4th, on "American Routes".....they didn't mention anything else, but perhaps more will be done. The younger Ry concerts I've seen are unbeatable, but this was entirely another level of performance. Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Linda Ronstadt and David Byrne where in the audience. (Martha) Thank you, Glyn
Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz celebrating 50 years of preserving American roots music.
By Jim Harrington
Ry Cooder parts in the interview:
- "Everybody I know -- that's everybody I know in music -- knows who he (Chris Strachwitz) is," says Ry Cooder, the Grammy-winning producer who became a celebrity in world music when he recorded the Cuban-music showcase "Buena Vista Social Club." -
- "It's a mission. It's not a job. It's not a career," says Cooder, who has joined Strachwitz on a few "treasure hunts" for hidden roots music gems. "I'm not the trooper that he is. I couldn't keep up with him. If you are going to stay in step with him, then you are going to have to keep long hours. He'd tire me out, and I'd have to go lay down." -
Cooder is just one of several musicians who will gather to help Arhoolie Records celebrate its 50th anniversary Feb. 4 to 6 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. The three-day celebration will also feature Los Cenzontles, Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil Trio, the Savoy-Doucet Band, Country Joe McDonald and many others.
Full article at:
Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration - Arhoolie Foundation benefit
February 04, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Santiago Jimenez, Jr. w/ La Familia Peña-Govea, Los Cenzontles, Ry Cooder, Any Old Time String Band, BeauSoleil Trio w/ Michael Doucet, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum w/ Peter Rowan
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Arhoolie Records throws the party of a lifetime, with panels (see link to Arhoolie's website for time & locations), discussions, fantastic regional foods, a "second line" parade Saturday 4 pm with the Tremé Brass Band, plus three amazing concerts with proceeds benefiting the Arhoolie Foundation. The celebration kicks off tonight with a truly amazing concert featuring "slide guitarist extraordinaire" Ry Cooder, a roof-raising Tex Mex Fiesta with Santiago Jimenez, Jr. and La Familia Peña-Govea, Los Cenzontles, Any Old Time String Band, BeauSoleil Trio w/ Michael Doucet, and Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, emceed by the illustrious Nick Spitzer, host of the popular public radio program American Routes.
Taken from the Arhoolie Records website.
Full article and info link:
Ry Cooder & Los Tigres Del Norte
Ry Cooder was touring with Los Tigres Del Norte during 2009 as part of their collaboration with the Chieftains on "San Patricio". By "touring" I mean Ry hung out with the band and played on "La Cancion Mixteca" at some shows. Ry was not an opening act or actually performing otherwise.
New Yorker magazine has a podcast available about their collaboration here: http://www.newyorker.com/online/2010/05/24/100524on_audio_wilkinson and an article in the May 2010 issue of the New Yorker entitled "Immigration Blues".
Thanks very much for the info and link, Brad!!
The Chieftains and Ry Cooder interview on KCRW/NPR
KCRW Chieftains and Ry Cooder "San Patricio" interview and live performance of "The Sands Of Mexico", recorded in Ireland. See link below.
Gig review: The Chieftains and Ry Cooder
Published Date: 28 January 2010
By Fiona Shepherd
THE CHIEFTAINS WITH RY COODER ****
GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL
BEING sociable sorts, The Chieftains invited a bunch of chums to pop along and join in their Celtic Connections hoolie. Being The Chieftains, their chums were of a particular calibre – walking through their guest door were esteemed American guitarist Ry Cooder, colourful Mexican-American troubadours Los Cenzontles with their songs about iguanas and goats, Galician piper and fellow Celtic Connections headliner Carlos Nunez, Hebridean singer Alyth McCormack, the ScottishPower Pipe Band, bluegrass singer/songwriter Tim O'Brien, harmony trio the Friel Sisters and the suited and booted Canadian stepdancers Jon and Nathan Pilatzke who, along with Irish dancing world champion Cara Butler, performed some dazzling athletic routines
With so many comings and goings, and a laudable desire to balance the old with the new, the concert was more of a piecemeal fiesta than a cohesive declaration. The business of previewing The Chieftains' ambitious new album, San Patricio – a musical tribute to the Irish immigrant soldiers who deserted the US army during the Civil War to fight with the Mexicans – which they have recorded with Cooder, was somewhat lost in the mix.
But the maximalist approach yielded a dizzying celebration of collective talent, with the generous hosts acting as creative anchor – especially during a lively extended finale with almost as many featured spots as there were performers. The audience provided the final guest appearance, with a singalong to drunken lament Goodnight Irene and a sideways conga.
Lovely Rita, Glasgow 28/01/2010 00:49:21
What a very odd concert this was. The Chieftains were great, and so was the dancing, the Mexicans were OK, - but the great Ry Cooder? He played one song in the first half and then spent the second sitting forlornly in the middle of the stage tentatively fingering a mandolin in a large hat which he was presumably hiding behind out of embarrassment. Not the gig I was expecting, but as Fiona Shepherd says, it was a long procession of motley guests with the Irish giants of folk. Thank God I first saw Ry Cooder in 1976 when he was HOT. Has he lost interest? Very odd indeed
Divas and donors of Celtic Connections
When the courier’s truck arrived at Ry Cooder’s LA home to collect his instruments, ahead of his Celtic Connections gig with the Chieftains, the driver surveyed the assembled flight-cases before innocently asking, “So, are these valuable?” Whereupon Cooder summarily dismissed him and the whole dispatch company, rather than entrust his treasures to such philistines, and thus arrived in Glasgow with no guitars. Help was soon at hand, however, with eager offers of loans from - among others – Paolo Nutini, James Grant, and even Bryan Adams’s guitar tech, who happens to stay in Glasgow. None of these instruments quite suited Cooder, however, but a last-minute rescue arrived in the shape of Tim O’Brien, himself fresh off the plane for tonight’s show with his sister Mollie, plus the weekend’s Transatlantic Sessions. Cooder liked his guitar so much he was immediately determined to buy it – which is essentially why O’Brien popped up in the Chieftains’ extended finale last night, though whether they came to terms over the purchase remains unknown. Among those requesting tickets for the show, incidentally, were not only members of a certain Biffy Clyro (who’d have pegged them as Chieftains fans?), but also a certain Ms Minnie Driver. What with Celtic Connections having already had its first mention in Grazia this year, that Hello magazine spread can only be a matter of time.
With rehearsals for the Transatlantic Sessions due to start tomorrow, there’s a degree of concern as to what the morning will bring, given that the night before – ie tonight – is Phil Cunningham’s 50th birthday party, somewhat oddly being held in the somewhat spit-and-sawdust surroundings of a local hostelry. Many happy returns, Phil – but (forlorn hope) please don’t keep those musicians out too far past their bedtimes...
As Celtic Connections’ artistic director, Donald Shaw is responsible for many things, but found a new charge laid at his door last night, when he was accosted during the after-show Concert Hall session by a woman accusing him of stealing credit for her husband’s song. The song in question was ‘The King’s Shilling’, penned over 30 years ago by the Caithness musician Ian Sinclair, which Mrs Sinclair had come across on a Karan Casey album, credited as “Trad. arr. Donald Shaw”. As this had been done entirely without Shaw’s knowledge, he could only plead that any encroachment on her husband’s livelihood had been equally inadvertent.
Beyond the Celtic Connections bubble, other forms of music are still taking place, among them being Scottish Opera’s current production of La Bohème, starring the young Irish soprano Celine Byrne as Mimi. She happened to bump into Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, whom she knows from home, in Glasgow at the weekend – and hence found herself onstage at the Festival Club playing bodhrán in the small hours of the following morning, seeing a rather different side of the city’s audience than tend to hang out at the Theatre Royal.
Not sure if Byrne is any relation to the like-named musical family who shared a double bill with Gaelic clan the Campbells of Greepe last Saturday, but both sets of latter performers thoroughly deserve a mention for donating all their proceeds from CD sales that night – totalling over £1000 – to the Haiti earthquake appeal.
CELTIC CONNECTIONS FESTIVAL GIG REVIEW. Tuesday 26th January, 2010.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 26th Jan 2010
The chance of seeing Irish legends The Chieftains with US musician Ry Cooder and Mexican 5 piece Los Cenzontles perform together was a mouth-watering prospect in itself. What they actually gave us was a show to rival anything I have ever seen at this prestigious Glasgow venue.
The variety of music presented ensured that there were no "flat" moments in the show, with countless guests being invited to join them onstage in an absolute riot of world music and dance.
Did I mention dance? Well, the stepdance pairing of Canadians Jon and Nathan Pilatzke were joined for numerous numbers by world Irish dancer Cara Butler and they thrilled the crowd with their personal interpretations of both traditional and modern material.
Los Cenzontles performed several numbers of Mexican origin and also introduced their own mini dance troupe who were resplendent in colourful Mexican costumes. The blend of Irish and Mexican music actually worked so well - with both genres complimenting rather than competing with each other.
Ry Cooder himself played a rather background role in the proceedings, forsaking his electric guitar to concentrate on acoustic backing and a couple of vocal numbers. This might have upset some fans who had come to see a man who has been quoted by Rolling Stone magazine as one of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." - but for me it did not detract from a show which just kept throwing surprises at you at every turn.
The finale was amazing - with a the 15 plus "Scottish Power Pipe band" joining the main artists and all the guests on stage. The dancers then appeared and descended into the auditorium, leading members of the audience in a dance right around the auditorium and back again onstage.
A truly unforgettable night - and another success for the organisers of the Celtic Connections Festival.
Ry on a Nash, back in Holland 1973.
Three great Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE interviews with artists talking about Ry Cooder
Singer/songwriter Pamela Polland talks about the 60s, Blues, Jazz, Ry Cooder and Hawaiian culture.
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Versalite artist Van Dyke Parks talks about the Beats, Horatius, Sinatra, Pythagoras, Ry Cooder; and 60s
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Guitarist/songwriter Carol Bean talks about Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Route 66, Ash Grove in L.A , & Kiwi blues scene
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