Although my hotel on Osborne Street in London gets bad reviews on travel sites, I didn’t have a problem with it at all. Yes it’s a little run down and I’m sure some people may not find the area attractive. But I like Brick Lane with its vintage clothing shops, cool record store (Rough Trade), Bangla Deshi restaurants, ‘beigel’ bakeries and photo opportunities. Plus some excellent coffee at Coffee@.
One of the highlights of the 4-hour journey that was Rogue’s Gallery London. Martha Wainwright, a striking blonde with killer pipes belting out Lowlands Away, which her brother Rufus and mother Kate McGarrigle had sung on the Rogue’s Gallery album.
By the way, this was the night’s set list:
1) CAPE COD GIRLS / CROSSBONE SCULLEY – Baby Gramps + Chorus
2) HOG EYE MAN – Martin Carthy + Chorus
3) MY SON JOHN – Tim Robbins + Chorus
4) HAUL AWAY JOE – Teddy Thompson + Chorus
5) BALTIMORE WHORES – Gavin Friday + Eliza Carthy
6) FAREWELL NANCY – Langley Sisters/Ed Harcourt
7) OLE OG – Langley Sisters/Ed Harcourt
8) SAM’S GONE AWAY – Robyn Hitchcock + Chorus
9) LEAVE HER JOHNNY – Sandy Dillon
10) BONNIE PORTMORE – Kami Thompson + violins
11) ROLLING SEA – Eliza Carthy
12) DAN DAN + OBOE DUEL – David Thomas
13) FIRE DOWN BELOW – David Thomas
14) GED A SHEOL MI AIR – Julie Fowlis
15) MINGULAY BOAT SONG – Chris Difford + Kami
16) GOOD SHIP VENUS – Richard Strange
17) LONG TIME AGO – White Magic
18) BLOOD RED ROSES – White Magic + Chorus
19) COAST OF HIGH BARBARY – Neil Hannon
20) TURKISH REVELRY – Neil Hannon + Gita
21) BAY OF BISCAY – Norma + Martin, Eliza
22) SALLY BROWN – Teddy Thompson
23) BULLY IN THE ALLEY – Gavin/Sandy/ Pete?
24) BONEY WAS A WARRIOR – Gavin w/ Shane/Pete?
25) SOUTH AUSTRALIA – Shane McGowan w/Tim/Pete + Chorus
26) HAUL ON THE BOWLINE – Tim Robbins + Chorus
27) THE CRUEL SHIP’S CAPTAIN – Tim Robbins + violins
28) CAROLINE AND HER YOUNG SAILOR – Suzanne Vega + violins
29) LITTLE BOY BILLIE – Ralph Steadman + Chorus
30) ONE SPRING MORNING – Teddy + Kath Williams + violins/BVs
31) ROW THE BOAT CHILD – Jenni Muldaur + Chorus + violins
32) DRUNKEN SAILOR – David Thomas + Shane + Tymon
33) LOWLANDS LOW – Chris Difford + Gita
34) LOWLANDS AWAY – Martha + violins
35) GREY FUNNEL LINE – Martha
36) NEW YORK GALS / WILD GOOSE – Robyn Hitchcock + Chorus
37) PINERY BOY – Gavin Friday + violins
38) TURAS – Julie Fowlis
39) LIVERPOOL CHANTEY – Shane + Pete Doherty & Tim + Chorus
40) THE MERMAID – Martin
41) THE NIGHTINGALE – Eliza
42) SHALLOW BROWN – Norma + Chorus
43) OLD MAN OF THE SEA – Baby Gramps
My guest pass for the Rogue’s Gallery festival also gave me access to the second day of the Analog Festival.
Three bands I’d never heard of before were on the bill. The concert started with Liars, an American band with an Australian singer. I’ve filed them under Z for Zappa with their experimental rock sound. Not my kind of thing, but frontman Angus was theatrical enough to please the photographer in me.
Efterklang made me want to hear more. Dressed in folk garb the Danes came across as a happier version of Arcade Fire – with just a tiny hint of Up With People.
The somewhat older band Tortoise followed. Instrumental rock with two drum kits in the foreground. They were a little too jazzy for me at the start, so I wandered around taking pictures of the beautiful setting of the festival, but their rhythms became a little tighter as their set progressed which drew me back in.
My first time competing for shots in the photo pit. All the other photographers were male, tall, big and Irish.
I’ve have tons to edit when I get back home. Rogue’s Gallery was quite the event. Shane McGowan riling up the crowd with Dave-id, Guggi and Gavin Friday. Actor Tim Robbins (who is recording an album?) jamming with Lou Reed. David Thomas (Pere Ubu) in a class of his own. Folk, pop, rock an avant-garde sharing the same stage, stuck together with Hal Willner’s glue.
Doing it all over again next week in London.