Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Life of Live - Kirsty Maccoll tribute concert

After Kirsty Maccoll's life was cruelly ended in 2000 (if you want to know more about the events and the subsequent fight for justice then visit here) her borther Neil Maccoll gathered together a number of her friends , drinking partners and collaboraters to put on a tribute concert at Shepherds Bush Empire.

As you'd expect the night was charged with emotion and celebration. Compare Phil Jupitus kicked things off with a version of one of my favourite songs from Kite, 15 minuites (a track whose lyric could have been an address to the Levinson enquiry). There then was a parade of singers Evan Dando , Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader , David Gray (at the height of his popularity had flow in from the states especially) Alison Moyet and blast from the past and pre gardening Kim Wilde. Johnny Marr played guitar and also sang one song (he was up their with Phil Jupitus on dodgiest vocal of the night.)

I cant remember who sang what apart from the obvious. Youtube has a host of clips although the sound is a bit dodgy. Here is the best one

In case you didnt see it when it was first shown on I think BBC here is a documentary about one of the Uks most under apprevciated songwriters


Finally three of her best the previously mentioned 15 minutes from Kite and the title track from the "divorce" lp and form the early days He's on the Beach (a sparkly pop song!)

You can buy her lps here there are a confusing amount of compilations but you cant go wrong with either Kite or Titanic Days

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