Here are all of aHandfulOfRain's jams.
by Andy Irvine & Paul Brady
Paul Brady's signature tune is the standout track on one of the great contemporary Irish folk albums. Although he's not actually on the track, this is the second version of Arthur McBride that Andy Irvine put his name to. But, where Planxty's version is a rowdy and boisterous rebel tune, Brady transforms the song into something more akin to a childhood memory, all beautiful and nostalgic.
Jammed: 6th Sep 2015
by The Dubliners
The most beautiful Irish song in the English language was never interpreted better than this acapella rendition. The power of Luke Kelly's vocals and the majesty of the group's harmonies make it one of my all-time favourite pieces of music. Enjoy!
Jammed: 1st Sep 2015
by Dominic Behan
Dominic was Brendan Behan's younger brother, and he shared that writer's literary bent and fierce republicanism. "The Patriot Game", his greatest composition, was often rendered in a beautiful, hushed tone by Liam Clancy, who probably introduced Bob Dylan to the tune in the early '60s. Dylan adapted the melody and tone for "With God on Our Side". That said, Behan's own version is a fine example of his rugged vocals and impish humour.
Jammed: 24th Aug 2015
From now until the end, I've decided to jam exclusively from my first musical love, traditional Irish music. Having made this decision, it's only fitting to begin with my introduction to the magic of bouzouki-counterpoint and 17th Century harping tunes: the unrivalled, inimitable Planxty.
Jammed: 22nd Aug 2015
Number One! And although it's unlistenable, Suicide's signature song is, for my money, one of rock's great masterpieces. Contemporary "Horrorcore" artists armed with unthinkably sophisticated technology and wads of cash have never even grazed the unspeakable horror Alan Vega and Marty Rev captured with a mic, a toy organ and a broken drum box. Whether it's that scream or the sound collage of shifting static and tinkling jack-in-the-box that Rev uses to portray Frankie's descent into Hell, there's just nothing like it in the world.
Jammed: 19th Aug 2015
by Krzysztof Penderecki
aHandfulOfRain's TOP 10 MOST DISTURBING SONGS EVER - No. 3
Jammed: 5th Aug 2015
by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Pretty horrific news about Nick Cave's son. I've always found solace in Nick's more beautiful and redemptive moments and hopefully he and his family get through this difficult time.
Jammed: 15th Jul 2015
by Pink Floyd
Although "The Piper at The Gates of Dawn" is peerless, the unique improvisatory spirit of the early Floyd is best captured on their first recording session with producer Joe Boyd (later of Nick Drake fame). The band spontaneously composed two tracks in the session, a blistering version of their signature tune Interstellar Overdrive, and this moody slice of dissonant psychedelia. Tune in, turn on, drop out.
Jammed: 9th Jul 2015
by The Byrds
An out-take from "The Mr. Tambourine Man" sessions. What's so striking is how perfectly formed their sound was already, considering how pervasive it remains. This wouldn't sound out of place on the C86 comp.
Jammed: 24th Jun 2015
by Ornette Coleman
What a legendary figure. From Ayler and Coltrane to Beefheart and The Velvets, an inescapable influence on left-field art. I saw him a few years back and he was still breathtaking. RIP.
Jammed: 11th Jun 2015
by Kevin Ayers
An appropriate #hippiedaze jam, I think. An appropriate moment also to consider the monumental contributions Kevin and his friend Syd made to our lives while they were with us. God bless 'em.
Jammed: 22nd May 2015
by Big Black
Apparently, Albini would cut copper picks in half and solder shards of sheet metal to the jagged edge, the result resembling melodious cheese wire. Unsurprisingly, I'm a big fan.
Jammed: 29th Apr 2015