Though the Youtube title on this reads “Irish Jigs,” the sound is more Scot and Christina ‘Licorice’ McKechnie’s wonderful dance is of the Scottish Highland variety, not Irish (upper body, arm, and hand movements.)
Following PJ Harvey as she creates the score for a new production of All About Eve.
John Wilson follows PJ Harvey as she creates the score for a new West End theatre production of All About Eve. Singer songwriter Polly Jean Harvey is the only artist to have twice won the Mercury Prize for Album of the Year – for Stories from the City, Stories From the Sea in 2001 and Let England Shake a decade later. After 12 critically acclaimed albums and more than 25 years as an international touring artist, she is now focussing on her work as a soundtrack composer, having written scores for theatre and television for more than a decade. Starring Gillian Anderson (making her first return to the stage since her acclaimed 2014 performance in A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (star of Downton Abbey and Mama Mia), All About Eve is one of the most anticipated theatrical events of 2019. Adapted from the 1950 film, which was nominated for 14 Oscars and won six including Best Actress for Bette Davis, it’s a story of an ageing Broadway star and a young fan who usurps her place in the spotlight. Over several weeks in the run up to opening night, Polly shows John how she works at home, writing and recording demos for the soundtrack to the play, and how one musical element of the original film – Liebestraume by Franz Liszt – has become the creative touchstone for her own compositions.
Presented and Produced by John Wilson. A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4
LISTEN TO INTERVIEW AT: Behind the Scenes – PJ Harvey – BBC Sounds
This production appears to still be in the kickstarter phase, but we anxiously await the release of this documentary about the man who composed one of the greatest folk songs ever written – Blues Run the Game.
Jackson C. Frank – such a talent and such a tragic story.
– Johnny Foreigner
In the mid-60s, Jackson C. Frank released a masterpiece of folk music in Britain.
This young American songwriter was close to Simon & Garfunkel, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Roy Stewart, Al Stewart, Sandy Denny and many others.
All of them have been influenced by this enigmatic and tormented character.
Shortly after the release of his only album, he disappeared.
Wrecked by a series of tragedies in his life, he has been cut off from the world and got trapped by his demons.
Still today, young musicians like John Mayer, Laura Marling or Robin Pecknold perform
Blues Run the Game .
This documentary follows Jackson C. Frank’s footsteps to unknot the threads of a tragic destiny.
Facts and songs do not express everything about a man, a personality.
Who was Jackson C. Frank?
Who remembers him?
Where to find meaning, or even light, in a life as dark as his?