Keith Highlanders’ lockdown performance of Sound of Silence:
Peter Green, who has died aged 73, was one of the greatest Blues guitarists Britain ever produced.
His shape-shifting riffs and long, improvisational excursions made Fleetwood Mac one of the most exciting live bands of the 1960s Blues explosion.
He first picked up a hand-me-down guitar at the age of 10 and, like many of his peers, began to devour the import vinyl that trickled into the UK from the States. He studied the greats – Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and BB King – combining their tensely coiled playing style with the shimmering vibrato of The Shadows’ Hank Marvin.
But he actually started his professional career as a bassist, until an encounter with Eric Clapton persuaded him to ditch the instrument.
“I decided to go back on lead guitar after seeing him with the Bluesbreakers. He had a Les Paul, his fingers were marvellous. The guy knew how to do a bit of evil, I guess.”
He later had the seemingly impossible task of taking over from Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Fans were unconvinced at first, but after a handful of incendiary performances, he won them over, earning the nickname “The Green God”.
The musician was humble about his skills, however. “I didn’t really know what I was doing on the guitar,” he later told Guitarist Magazine. “I was very lucky to get anything remotely any good. I used to dash around on stepping stones, that’s what I used to call it.”
In 1967 he poached Fleetwood and bass player John McVie from Mayall and formed Fleetwood Mac – naming the group after its rhythm section.
It was here that his compositional skills came to the fore – creating songs that were tender and truthful, but often with an undercurrent of menace. Black Magic Woman incorporated Latin blues and two exquisite solos, while Oh Well’s pounding riffs inspired a thousand metal bands. . .
We’re less locked up than we were, but still have at least another four weeks at Level 2.
This allows almost all businesses to operate, but there’s a big difference between being able to operate and operating profitably.
Here is an extraordinary performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water‘ by the brave men and women from NHS in honor of the Llandudno’s Venu Cymru, which has been turned into a temporary coronavirus hospital. During this process, the facility has been renamed to Ysbyty Enfys, which is Welsh for Rainbow Hospital, as a symbol for hope.
Cantores Choir united in voice from their individual lockdown bubbles all over the world.
Captain Tom Moore set out to raise a few hundred pounds for the UK’s NHS.
He’s helped to raise more than £28m, that makes him not just a hero but a super hero.
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra invited the country to play and sing in unison:
Andrea Bocelli gives us music for hope, live from Duomo di Milano.
Difficult and frustrating as the lockdown is, it would be much worse had it happened if the internet wasn’t enabling us to work from home, access entertainment and keep in contact with others.
It’s also enabled people to get together musically from their individual lockdown bases.
A reader emailed introducing me to the BayLynn Youth Band which is comprised of mainly Year 4 to University age young people based in Auckland.
Their musical director, who teaches music at St Peters College, has set them some practice and performance tasks during lockdown. March of the Warbirds is a piece written by their associate music director Bernie Allen who is an 82 year young legend in NZ Music.
London Humanist Choir sings in unison, separately:
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs sing Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, live from the Sydney Opera House.
Performed by Celeste Lazarenko (soprano), Nicholas Tolputt (countertenor), Andrew Goodwin (tenor), Christopher Richardson (bass-baritone), Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Christmas Choir, Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, Brett Weymark (conductor).
Aspiring Medical Centre staff are being loyal to the new normal under Covid-19 lock down.
The first *LP I bought was Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits.
I had probably heard Bridge Over Troubled Water on the Sunday afternoon or Tuesday night request sessions. I don’t remember when but I do know it was love at first sound.
*For those too young to know what an LP is, it’s a vinyl record, played on a record player, or if you were lucky enough a stereo, at a speed of 33 ¹⁄₃ rpm.