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Subject: Live recordings - Tony Rees archive
From: Tony Rees
Date: 12 Sep 21 - 04:16 PM

Hi all, readers of another thread entitled "Making folk club recordings available" (/ may have seen some of this stuff before, but because the list has grown a bit since first introduced in that thread, I thought it deserved its own identity - as well as being easier to find gathered in one place rather than scattered through that thread, which is also getting a bit towards its terminal stage I would say...

Just to recap, since around 1973 in the UK, and 1986 in Australia, I have on occasion brought recording equipment along to folk club, concert and festival performances that I have attended - probably less than 1% though - evolving through time from a small mono machine (portable radio cassette, battery dependent, life of batteries and cost of tapes a limiting factor) through better quality cassette, then a small video 8 camera, a Beta hifi for recording better quality audio + video, a CDR machine, more recently a small digital video camera, and possibly others I have forgotten. Result - an archive (if you can call it that) of selected performances over the years by a wide range of artists - mostly folk with a sprinkling of jazz and country, that I am gradually making available via Youtube.

Now Youtube has its limitations as a distribution/archiving medium, not least being its copyright policy (discussed further in the previous thread mentioned), possible slight degradation of audio to (similar to) mp3 quality, and video-only format that is not intended for download, but these can be lived with (sometimes with workarounds) in exchange for the ease with which interested persons can discover and view/listen to the content with great ease, also on any device. Also the long term future of content posted to Youtube is not obvious: will it be there in 10, 20 or 50 years? Who knows, but, certainly for the last number, neither will I... so possibly others can take this on board as curators of cultural material for posterity.

So, my thought is to list here the recordings that I have put up to date for your enjoyment and for preservation of material from my archive which might otherwise never be seen, or shared, or would one day go to the tip on my demise, and to add to it as I get around to uploading more. I hope readers will agree with me that it is a resource well worth hearing and (in later cases) viewing plus of course, huge thanks to the multitude of talented performers whose work is presented here, who have contributed so much to our cultural life and pleasure through the years.

Here we go with the list to date. Audio and/or video quality may be a bit shaky at times, but hey, them's the breaks... BTW I am still approaching such performers as I have contact details for, for their permission to put up more more material. Enjoy!

The Albion Country Band (Mark 3) live at the 1973 Norwich Folk Festival (audio):

Nic Jones at Oxford Polytechnic Folk Club, March 1975 (audio):

Chris Foster at the Gypsy Davey Folk Club, Oxford, March 1975 (audio):

Richard & Linda Thompson - Oxford Town Hall, 22 April 1975 (audio, 2 parts): and

Richard & Linda Thompson plus band live at the 1975 Cambridge Folk Festival (audio):

Häns'che Weiss Quintet (Gypsy Jazz) live at the 1975 Cambridge Folk Festival (audio):

Dick & Camilla Fegy, London, February 1981 (audio):

Waso (Gypsy Jazz) live at Sevenoaks, March 1982 (audio):

Albert Lee & Vince Gill with the Flying Emus, Melbourne, February 1988 (audio):

Scott Hamilton + band, Hobart, October 1989 (audio):

Neil Adam sings "Yellow Shoes" at the 1997 George Town Festival (video):

Monsieur Camembert (world music / gypsy / klezmer band) at Tree House Vineyard, Hobart, Tasmania, March 2000 (audio):

The Wrigley Sisters (Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley) live in concert, Tasmania, March 2002:

Jon Delaney Quartet (gypsy jazz) live in Hobart, November 2011:

Gadjo Guitars (Nigel Date guitar, Cameron Jones guitar, Peter Walters double bass) in Lismore, 2015, playing "What is This Thing Called Love" (video): and "I'll See You In My Dreams": .

More to come - watch this space...

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Subject: RE: Live recordings - Tony Rees archive
From: Tony Rees
Date: 13 Sep 21 - 03:12 PM

OK, I have uploaded 2 more shows, both video this time:

- Neil Adam at George Town Festival, Tasmania, 1997 (30 mins approx):

- Kavisha Mazzella at George Town Festival, Tasmania, 1996 (42 mins approx:

Both of these are fine Australian singer-songwriters, although Neil is originally from the UK (he played with Silly Wizard at one time). Neil is a refreshingly original composer, singer and guitarist; I liked one of his compositions (a waltz entitled "The Bride's Return") so much that I recorded a version of it on my own CD of 20-odd years ago. Kavisha is of Italian-Scottish-Burmese heritage and brings a definite Italian slant to some of her songs. Her version of the Tarantella (bringing on some guusts, both nusicians and dancers) towards the end of her set is priceless. She has one of the great voices of contemporary Australian folk music - if you have not discovered her, you definitely should :) .


- Tony

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Subject: RE: Live recordings - Tony Rees archive
From: Tony Rees
Date: 13 Sep 21 - 03:23 PM

In case of interest... some background on Kavisha here:

One of the accompanying pictures (this one) is a still I took at the same show (with eyes off the video camera for a moment)...

Regards - Tony

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Subject: RE: Live recordings - Tony Rees archive
From: Tony Rees
Date: 14 Sep 21 - 03:47 PM

OK, next release: Kristina Olsen live at Cygnet Folk Festival, January 1997, here:

Another great concert - thanks Kristina (also for the permission to upload...)

Cheers - Tony

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Subject: RE: Live recordings - Tony Rees archive
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Sep 21 - 09:06 PM

more! more!

I've sent your site to a couple of newsletter, state & national.

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Subject: RE: Live recordings - Tony Rees archive
From: Tony Rees
Date: 15 Sep 21 - 12:38 AM

For completeness, I should probably mention some recordings that I have put up from my holdings that did not originate from me but from others:

- Richard & Linda Thompson with Simon Nicol - Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 7 February 1981 (audio): (original soundboard recording by Ray Tomlinson??, copy held by myself)

- Fairport Convention: "Folk Meets Pop", 1969 (audio)": (audience recording of poor quality, original taper unknown)

- Chris Foster in concert 1975 / in session 1977 (audio): (off-air recordings by myself and others, originally from BBC radio broadcasts).

It is not my intention to put up too many of these, only where there do not seem to be any other known (or preferably, better) copies in circulation :)

Cheers - Tony

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Subject: RE: Live recordings - Tony Rees archive
From: cnd
Date: 15 Sep 21 - 08:21 AM

Great work Tony! I listened to the Gypsy Jazz one yesterday and it was fun

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Subject: RE: Live recordings - Tony Rees archive
From: Tony Rees
Date: 15 Sep 21 - 03:26 PM

Thanks CND ... actually a few of them are Gypsy Jazz: Häns'che Weiss Quintet (Germany) with a young (17 yr old) Titi Winterstein in violin (now an older man!), Waso (Belgium) featuring the great Fapy Lafertin on lead guitar, the late Jon Delaney RIP (Australia), and Gadjo Guitars featuring Nigel Date (also Australia, also good); also some parts of Monsieur Camembert, balancing the klezmer element... So as you can tell I may have a bit of a soft spot for that genre, probably stimulated in the first place by seeing Diz Disley play the folk clubs in the early 70s, then by his role in assisting with Stephane Grappelli's comeback - at the Cambridge Folk Festival of all places! (I was not there that year - 1974 - but was the following one).

Gypsy Jazz (GJ to its friends) has more recently become quite a popular niche area i.e. increased in world popularity among amateurs enjoying the style, but is fiendishly difficult really, requiring very high standards of proficiency. They say that as far as practicing goes, the first 30 years are the worst which sort of fits with my experience, consequently I tend to concentrate on other musical styles for my own playing!

Cheers - Tony

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