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Kaki King


November 4th 2014 Tuesday.





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Harp Guitars.


Sunday 9th March 2014.

Something Different for you. 

[I was going to post a tune by me, but did not want to upset my followers.  hehee!]

Today I found these in my drafts, and have been there for a long while and here is something very different from the normal run of the mill music. I know we all have little time to spare on blogs but these video’s are well worth the time.

I am sure if you listen to the music here and judge them for what they are you will be knocked off your feet. Whats more there are many more to listen to with their links at the end of each video. So please enjoy, I am sure you will.

This second one is pretty special, the video is brilliant.

Slightly longer video below but well worth the time to listen.


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Watch out for my local talent series.   Brocks Talent series2


Harry Manx.


Friday 20th December 2013


     Harry Manx is a musician who blends bluesfolk music,  and Hindustani classical music. He was born on the Isle of Man where he spent his childhood and now lives on Saltspring IslandBritish ColumbiaCanada.

Manx plays the slide guitarharmonicasix-string banjomohan veena and Ellis stomp box. He studied for five years in India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He has released eleven albums.

Manx was a nominee in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for his cover of “I’m on Fire”.



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Background information
Born Isle of Man
Genres blues
folk music
Hindustani classical music
Instruments Slide guitar
six-string banjo
Mohan veena
Stomp Box
cigar box guitar
Labels Dog My Cat Records
Associated acts Michael KaeshammerKevin Breit    
Website www.harrymanx.com


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John Barleycorn [Sir?]


Saturday 21st September 2013.

John Barleycorn” is a British folksong. The character of John Barleycorn in the song is a personification of the important cereal crop barley and of the alcoholic beverages made from it, beer and whisky. In the song, John Barleycorn is represented as suffering attacks, death and indignities that correspond to the various stages of barley cultivation, such as reaping and malting. [via Wiki]


The picture above is of the Sir John Barleycorn public house, Wiki says that the character is fiction, but while being a citizen of the forest and living not too far away, we, forester that is,  were led to believe stories that Sir John Barleycorn had something to do with King Rufus. Of course nothing can be found to verify this. It is therefore nice to actually believe it as part of forest tales. The lyric of the song varies so much over the years so it is possible the songs will have different verses. This pub is in Cadnam, New Forest, and just up the road about a mile was where King Rufus was killed, and another pub called Sir Walter Tyrell. They both have distant links. Below I have put three versions of the song a traditional version and a couple of more modern. I did find quite a few more but opted for these as a good representation.

I love this Stevie Winwood version and his old bands version from the 70’s.

This Joe Walsh is brilliant, slightly unusual, but great.

And of course had to put a more traditional version. Hoping it will give you all a good view to the song itself.



Portland Town, your choice?


Friday 6th September 2013.

Music, what does it mean to you. Music to me opens the rivers of emotions, the pools of love and expression. We can actually talk through music, more or less say anything we wish. If we cannot find a song or a piece of music that says what we want, then we can write our own. No matter whether one can play an instrument we all have the ability to sing or hum or just write a few words to express our emotion of the moment.

A small piece of fun myself and a grand and dear friend of mine use to nominate, in turn, a song and then research it to find how many different versions and artists we could covering the particular song.

Today I challenge you all to find more of this song.. I have included a few fabulous versions.The song is a protest war song, not quite Dylan style.

If you refer to my first paragraph, you will notice the different versions by different artists and can they  ignite different emotions in you as well,as they did with me.  Even though in reality it is the same song, but different peoples take on it. Please take a little time and listen to all of them and let me know your favourite and the emotion that surfaces. Thank you.

So come on then guys let me start this first small challenge.  

Firstly we start with the writer Derroll Adams, 1957 

Second is Peter Seeger, well actually Ramblin’ Jack Elliot singing this.  Next…


Next..Joan Baez..

And Finally my fourth and last…Them.

Just a little word of warning my friends, if you do do a research, which I hope you do, beware because there is another song called Portland Town. It a very good song but it is not the same as what I have posted.

Go on go for it.