Don’t Bang the Drum

The hour-long version of this week’s Later with Jools Holland will go out tonight on BBC Two. The shorter live version was shown on Tuesday and one of its highlights was the performance of Mad As the Mist & Snow by Mike Scott & The Waterboys. This is the Sea is one of my favourite albums, though its follow-up, Fisherman’s Blues, was more of a commercial success. That album included a song called The Stolen Child, which was based on a poem written by WB Yeats. Mad As the Mist and Snow is taken from the band’s tenth release in three decades, a whole album of the Irish poet’s work called An Appointment with Mr Yeats. The prolific North Carolina songwriter Ryan Adams has released over a dozen albums in the last decade and Ashes & Fire is his latest. The former Whiskeytown member performed a solo acoustic version of Lucky Now on the show. Camille from Paris made a return appearance to play a track from her fourth album, Ilo Veyou. She performed a quirky and amusing number called Mars Is No Fun that could’ve been written from the perspective of an offspring of the narrator of Bowie’s Life on Mars. All the way from Wellington in New Zealand, The Phoenix Foundation performed a catchy tune called Buffalo. That’s also the title of their 2010 album and it’s their fourth since forming in 1997. Emeli Sandé has already been on Later this season and she came back to perform Read All About It with London rapper Professor Green. It will appear on his second album, At Your Inconvenience. I skipped through Coldplay‘s two songs that bookended the show as I’m not a fan. However, I do like Lady GaGa’s version of one of their songs. Later goes out every Tuesday and Friday on BBC Two

The Stolen Child (WB Yeats) – The Waterboys

Lovesick Blues (Hank Williams Sr cover) – Ryan Adams

Pretty Face – Camille

Pot – The Phoenix Foundation

Viva La Vida (Coldplay cover) – Lady Gaga

Clockwise from top left: Professor Green, Coldplay, Mike Scott, Camille, The Phoenix Foundation, Ryan Adams

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2 thoughts on “Don’t Bang the Drum

    • I never thought of Mad as the Mist & Snow as a Christmas song, but it would be a worthy one. I think their new album is as good as any of their ’80s output

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