Cafe Croude Returns with Spring & New DVD Blog
Most likely the weather won’t be complying according to projected forecasts, but The Electric Croude is legally bound by gnomes, elves, and waites to have our weekend of First Season--regardless.
Speaking of, I’m happy to present all British on the show this week as we celebrate the return of First Season. Don’t get me wrong--I have not abandoned my love of S N O W... but in March, it just doesn’t have the same festive and often wistful quality than Dec/Jan/Feb brings to it. Lots from my original vinyl collection... including Steeleye, Renaissance, various groupings of the Albion Band alliances and much more. Around here we have a saying, “be good to your vinyl and it will be good to you.” Not that we ever dis CDs.
In fact, our featured trax will come from a group I fell in love with a generation ago... The City Waites, and the disc The English Tradition. For the first time you’ll be able to hear a great genre disc dating from 2000 courtesy of Arc Music... check out their vast catalogue at arcmusic.co.uk--not only in music, but DVDs. More about that later...
For those of you not aware of how The Electric Croude got started in 1985, I never felt there should be any hard & fast lines of demarcation with music. The EC was the first Virginia radio program not to fear putting shawms next to Strats, or Marshalls near mandolins. Music is Music plain and simple. Part of that simple philosophy subconsciously filtered in when discovering the The City Waites in the 1970s, including those great groups mentioned above. All of this music was a great influence on my own American take songwise--flinging about minims, crotchets and quavers into melodies and tunes.
We had one great British invasion with the mid-60s, I like to think what you’ll hear this week is the second wave of that. Only on WCVE Public Radio every late Saturday at the midnight hour EDT. Simul Streaming online at ideastations.org/radio.
New and NotesWorthy
And now, in addition to our regular blog, I will spotlight new music DVDs. I mentioned ARC Music above. They recently sent me the beautifully produced Clannad: LIve at Christ Church Cathedral.
Nowadays, a band’s true musical definition often blooms in the format of a DVD--there’s something edgy and charged in a live performance--that intangible excitement of giving the audience state-of-the-art sound and a visceral experience they will never forget.
Like others not afraid to mix a delightful recipe of antiquarianism with electricity, Clannad shows itself at the peak of its performing career. I first lamented I wasn’t there... but... with the concert captured in such prismatic sonic glory, I literally sat there mesmerized and let one song roll after another. I initially intended to sample the DVD based on time constraints that night. Needless to say, I was hooked. An added bonus has a special guest appearance by another fave of mine, the group Anuna. The entire experience reminds me of the the joy I felt seeing The Chieftains in NYC back in the mid-1970s. Right before hearing them in the Kubrick epic Barry Lyndon that December.
Its not hyperbole to say this disc is achingly beautiful. If you heard their music from the companion CD recently on the Croude, you know exactly what I mean.