The music of Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is an extraordinary artist – painter, singer and songwriter. A Canadian, she has made a huge contribution to society with her abilities and honesty from the 1960s on. Here is one of her best songs interpreted...

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The Jingle Bells duel

What a contest and not a reindeer in sight. These guys had been introduced before this! “Long rows of banjos” by Joel Abroad is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0  

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Getting Ready For Christmas Day

Paul Simon plus an African American  preacher Rev J M Gates speaking in 1941 present a most imaginative take on preparing for Christmas in any year.   Image “Christmas Tree” by cogito ergo imago is licensed...

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Scarborough Fair

An unusual extra voice for this classic, but  Andy, Paul and Art can sing in superb harmony. Enjoy…   “Andy Williams Album Cover” by McCoyCreations is licensed under CC BY 2.0  

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Erroll can play piano

Mr Erroll Garner was a superb player and much admired in his lifetime. The footage is old but you still get a glimpse of his ability. We can still get a kick out of his effortless skills. Image CC BY 2.0      

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Charlie Watts meets Jools

To mark Charlie Watt’s huge contribution to popular music. Here he is playing his favourite style ‘Boogie Woogie’ with Jools Holland in a very understated way, of course. Rest in peace...

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Biko

I recall seeing Genesis ( Peter Gabriel’s previous group) as second on the bill to Lindisfarne. He has done well. This is a particularly powerful rendition of his song ‘Biko’. It concerns the death in custody...

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The Swan Silvertones

Listen to this tremendously influential African American Gospel group. They had a distinctive style and impacted Paul Simon and many other artists.   Image Commons CC BY-NC 2.0

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