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Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Graham Coxon, Bernard Butler and Robert Plant join a diverse, stellar lineup and pay handsome tribute to the guitar hero

Jazz-folk veterans, Britpop pin-ups, classic rock icons, up-and-coming singer-songwriters – how many other musicians except Bert Jansch sit at such a spaghetti junction of influence? A stellar lineup assembles to remember the late Pentangle founder member and finger-picking guitar hero in his city of birth at the first of two Celtic Connections curtain-closing concerts in his honour. An evening of fond renditions and recollections, and a lot of guitar tuning.

Graham Coxon had written beforehand of how nervous he was on meeting Jansch. The Blur guitarist looks twitchy here, too, as he performs an affectionate One for Jo and a "Bert-imbued" solo composition Latte, but returns later, much more at ease, for a tricksy twang on Angie together with Martin Simpson. Elsewhere before the interval we get songs from Jansch's former fellow Pentanglers Jacqui McShee and Mike Piggott, and Jansch's one-time mentor Archie Fisher doing Down by Blackwaterside – Jansch's arrangement that he once famously accused Led Zeppelin of ripping off with Black Mountain Side.

Not one to bear a grudge, Robert Plant lends superstar magnetism to proceedings, backed by his superb five-piece band the Sensational Space Shifters. The opening notes of a whispered Babe I'm Gonna Leave You are met with an almost disbelieving collective intake of breath; his second set will end with an entrancingly amped-up Poison.

Plant's is the heavyweight contribution, but the lighter touches shine brightest, such as Bernard Butler and Ben Watt's shimmering electric guitar interplay on an opiated Soho. Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart jokes that she's here for "equalities" reasons, but her mellifluous reading of Tree Song feels anything but tokenistic. The largely unknown young American troubadour Ryley Walker will be widely Googled for his fearlessly breezy run at I Am Lonely.

The full ensemble gathers at the end and, after a twangy cacophony of imperfect tuning, conclude with a wondrously wonky Dixieland jazz-dappled Strolling Down the Highway that doesn't so much stroll as sway.

From: The Guardian

Robert Plant Setlist:
Set 1
Go Your Way My Love
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down / In My Time of Dying

Set 2
Win My Train Fare Home
The Cuckoo
Poison

Finale
Strolling Down The Highway







Robert Plant
Rock legend Robert Plant has appeared in a new video lauding Wolverhampton's £6 million Youth Zone as an opportunity for 'furthering the adventure of life'.

The West Bromwich-born singer and former Led Zeppelin frontman is one of several famous names to support The Way, which opened earlier this month.

Bosses have uploaded the video - which sees Plant apparently in a pub discussing the project - to YouTube. The two-minute clip also features footage of young people using the centre's facilities.

Plant, says: "I've been a life-time member of the Black Country community and I'm supporting the Wolverhampton Youth Zone. I think it's a very welcome and crucial addition to the life of kids in our area."

"I've been recently around the facility and it is all looking great. There are opportunities kids have got to come in from whatever lifestyle they have been living and actually spend a period of time in a whole new environment which is very optimistic, very get-up-and-go, very dynamic. I heartily support it."



Earlier this month youngsters and parents were given the first glimpse inside the one-stop, all-inclusive activity centre, featuring a 4G football pitch, boxing ring, dance studio, gym and sports hall. Wolverhampton council is investing more than £3m in The Way towards both the development and running costs of the project.

Other supporters include One Direction superstar Liam Payne, City of Wolverhampton College, Marston's and Carvers.

Within a week of opening The Way had signed up over 1,000 members.

From: Express & Star


Celtic Connections reaches a crescendo at the end of the month with a spectacular array of talent coming together to honour the late Glaswegian guitarist, singer and songwriter Bert Jansch.

Former Led Zeppelin frontman and bona fide rock god Robert Plant pays tribute to his "enormous and longstanding" musical debt to the Scottish folk player by performing alongside an eclectic line-up.

Bert Inspired: A Concert for Bert Jansch takes place on 31st January at the Old Fruitmarket. A second date at the Royal Concert Hall on 1st February was added by the Celtic Connections festival due to the enormous demand for tickets.

Other performers will include Pentangle's Jacqui McShee, Ben Watt, Ryley Walker, Archie Fisher (Sunday only) and Martin Simpson.

Suede guitarist and indie stalwart Bernard Butler will also play at the concert alongside Graham Coxon, founding member of Blur. Both were influenced by Jansch who emerged from the British folk revival of the 1960s to form the band Pentangle which toured extensively between 1967 and 1972. Jansch was born in Glasgow before moving to Edinburgh, busking in Europe and settling in London to hone his improvised guitar playing style. In 2001 Jansch received a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He died in 2011.

The shows are in aid of the Bert Jansch Foundation, which works to support emerging acoustic musicians.

From: The Glasgowist



Supro recreates one of the most legendary amp models in the history of rock&roll: the Black Magick.

This all-tube, high-gain blues machine harkens back to the dimensions, cosmetics and circuitry of the Supro amps from 1959 - just like the one loaned by Jimmy Page to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. In tribute to this legendary and extensively modified Supro combo, Supro based this new version on the actual cabinet dimensions from a '59 Supro 2x10, replacing the baffle with a 1x12, and arming this 25-watt combo with a custom, British voiced speaker specially developed for the Black Magick amp.

The preamp found in the Black Magick features two channels wired in parallel, with independent volume controls and a single, shared tone control. The vintage-correct front-end topology of the original 1959 Supro combos has been streamlined in the Black Magick, with automatic linking of channels 1&2 when using only the first input jack. This flexible arrangement provides double the gain when used with one instrument and also allows for two instruments to share the same Black Magick or for the use of an A/B/Y box to achieve channel-switching on the fly.

With more gain on tap than any other Supro reissue, the Black Magick is said to shine especially in heavy blues and classic rock guitar styles. This amp's traditional, cathode-biased "Class-A" power section uses a pair of 6973 tubes to achieve the instantly recognizable midrange grind and phenomenal touch dynamics that define the Supro sound. A complete range of tones from warm cleans to heavy distortion can be accessed by simply adjusting the volume knob on your instrument, while the signature Supro power tube tremolo adds footswitchable depth and dimension.

Features list:

Vintage Supro Cosmetics and Circuitry
Two channels with Parallel Link and shared tone control
Output Tube Tremolo with footswitch jack
25 Watts Cathode-Bias "Class-A" Power Amp
1×12 Custom Voiced Supro BD12 speaker
2×6973 power tubes
Gold Faceplate
Black Rhino Hide Tolex
Assembled in NY, USA


Pre-orders are being taken now at a price of $1,499 for a March, 2016 delivery.


More details to come at Supro's website.

John Paul Jones was on stage last night (Jan 16) with Jeff Tweedy and Wilco, at the Todos Santos Music Festival, in Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico.

John played mandolin, bass guitar and keyboards on his mini three-song set, which included the Tweedy song World Away, a cover of the 1969 Neil Young song The Losing End (When You're On), and the Wilco song Airline to Heaven.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Palapa Society of Todos Society A.C.











Wilco (kinda) and JPJ covering "Airline to Heaven" - just one of many magical moments from Week 1.

Posted by Todos Santos Music Festival on Sunday, January 17, 2016
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