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London 2006 [no label, 1CD]

Electric Proms. FREEDM Studio, Roundhouse, London, UK; October 26, 2006. First broadcast: BBC 6Music Freakzone, October 29, 2006. Very good audio (web stream).

Thanks to auto_pilot for sharing the show at Dime.

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Vashti Bunyan is an English singer-songwriter. Beginning her career in the mid-1960s, she released her debut album, Just Another Diamond Day, in 1970. The album sold very few copies and Bunyan, discouraged, abandoned her musical career. By 2000, her album had acquired a cult following; it was re-released and Bunyan recorded more songs, initiating the second phase of her musical career after a gap of thirty years. She subsequently released two more albums: Lookaftering in 2005, and Heartleap in 2014.

In 2008, Bunyan was labelled “the Godmother of Freak Folk” for her role in inspiring the “new generation of folk experimentalists including Devendra Banhart and Adem”. Her music has also been categorized as folk, psychedelic folk, or new folk. Despite these classifications, she has stated multiple times she is not a folk singer: “[…] I find it quite hard to read myself described as a folk singer, because I’m not.” - wikipedia

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An unusually appreciative audience was at the FreedM studio to see the legendary Vashti Bunyan. Augmented by a quartet of young musicians, she delivered a selection of her fragile lullabies, taken from her two albums.

The line-up of cello, piano, violin (plus occasional flute, thumb piano and concertina) made a lush, melancholic sound that was a perfect frame for Bunyan’s breathy whispers. Songs like “Just Another Diamond Day” and “I’d Like to Walk Around in Your Mind” seemed as fresh and unaffected as they did when they were written almost 40 years ago, though her newer material (from the recent ‘Lookaftering’ album) was received with equal rapture by the audience (one of whom had brought a large bunch of flowers for her heroine). -

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BBC iPlayer archive stream > get_iplayer > .ts (aac, 320kbps/48k) > ffmpeg (trimming, rewrap as .m4a)

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Track 01. Hidden 3:25
Track 02. Another Diamond Day 2:24
Track 03. Lately 3:39
Track 04. Here Before 2:54
Track 05. Against The Sky 3:32
Track 06. I’d Like To Walk Around In Your Mind 3:13
Track 07. Feet Of Clay 3:55
Track 08. Wayward 4:17
28 mins

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  1. 6 Responses to “VASHTI BUNYAN - LONDON 2006”

  2. I had a bunion once and it hurt like a motherfucker.

    By HHH on Apr 20, 2023

  3. That ain’t the real HHH.

    What has happened to the real HHH and Derrick?

    By Leonard on Apr 20, 2023

  4. Me, Nelson, DD and triple have all been abducted by aliens and taken to a better place.

    By Derrick on Apr 20, 2023

  5. Everyone is prejudiced. Including you! Prejudices are useful, because they help you keep things simple. But they can also influence the way we behave towards certain people, and that can be dangerous. Fortunately, there is something you can do. Below, we describe the three steps you can take.

    The first and most important step in the fight against everyday prejudices is to recognise them, and to acknowledge that we are all affected by them. Everyone has definite ideas about certain groups of people that never apply to all members of that group. If you are, and remain, aware of this fact, you have already taken the biggest step.

    The second step is to try to make sure that your own prejudices do not determine your behaviour. Prejudice should never lead to exclusion or discrimination against others. Also, make sure that you do not spread your own prejudices.

    Step three: react! If someone around you hurts other people, insults entire groups, or uses prejudice to define them, react. Oppose them! React in your own circle of friends and acquaintances, respond on social media.

    By Derrick on Apr 20, 2023

  6. Cannot d/l anything, firefox says site is not using TLS 1.2

    By Jayell on Apr 21, 2023

  7. I wonder if Babe The Blue Ox shits blue turds. Maybe Vashti knows. Mine are usually dark brown, and have left permanent stains on my shorts. If my shit was white, I suppose there would be no stains.

    By HHH on Apr 21, 2023

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