NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

Anyone watch these? I’ve discovered some great bands through this. And enjoyed great performances from some of my favourites.

Here are some that I really liked:

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I’ll add these.

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Adding to the up the N11 contingent (see Villagers further up) with Hozier.

Further up the N11 into Dublin with Dermot Kennedy.

Onto the M50 and down the M7 to Limerick (RIP, Dolores) with The Cranberries.

And an honorary Irish fella from Moscow, ID. Yup, he’s done it twice.

No Irish connection I’m aware of, but Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s new one together is fucking amazing.

And Fatoumata Diawara being so fucking incredible that I even find it in my heart to forgive the SG she’s playing…

:smiling_face:

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Here’s one of Ireland’s greatest guitarists Mr Gerry Leonard with Suzanne Vega on a stunningly good Tiny Desk

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Jenny and the mexicats

A joyful performance.

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I saw them the year before at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC. It was my payment for doing a cover story on local band the Backsliders for a local publication called The Stagger. Suzanne mentioned that Gerry also performed with Bowie and in his own band called Spooky Ghost (which is also the name of one of his solo records).

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On the Suzanne Vega tip, I think it’s also worth mentioning this segment about how “Luka” came to be. I gather that few songs arrive fully formed that no revisions are made to which was the case here. There was also the unlikelihood of how it became a hit especially given the subject matter of the song. Well worth the watch for those that haven’t seen it before. Some of it was revelatory to me.

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Yup! We were supposed to go see him do his solo stuff in NYC earlier this year but pandemic numbers were too high. But he was Bowie’s bandleader and guitarist for his final tour and often tours with Vega and Duncan Shiek. He’s very underrated as a guitarist because he’s not the flashy type. But you notice when he’s not there.

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I loved him with her. I’m a huge fan but was expecting something a bit more sedate. Their performance was nothing like that at all.

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Have you ever come across a guy called John Spillane? He’s from Cork. He’s most famous for his ‘songs we used to sing at school’ albums, which I’m not really into. But his earlier solo stuff is good. I spent 6 months on a wee island off the Cork coast many moons ago and saw him live a few times. He was always very entertaining.

Looking forward to checking these videos out. Love Tiny Desk.

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Dunnes Stores Girl was one of the songs my late beloved and I were going to play at our wedding, amongst other things because when I first came here as a student I was one (worked check out at Cornelscourt). Also love his stuff with Nomos. :slight_smile:

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Dunnes Stores Girl is such a beautiful song. I love All the Ways You Wander. And lots of others.

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard music as evocative as his. It takes me back to my 6 months on the island, instantly. It seems to characterise that part of the world so well. I guess it’s his accent.

Music is always evocative and nostalgic and emotional to me, but his is particularly so.

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Two from Angel Olsen.

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