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PostSubject: tracyanne & danny night & day manchester   Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:00 pm

Was in Manchester yesterday to watch tracyanne & Danny. I know night & day quite well, its one of my usual haunts on a jaunt to Manchester, buying records and clothes normally, then a coffee and food maybe in night & day.Its a great venue on the small side. I wandered in to find the band on stage doing sound check, the were having a few problems, i sat and watched. After 20-25 mins it was sorted and off they went. The crowd looked quite small but it was only early. At 8.30 Henry Grace came on, a likeable chap who talks very lowly between songs, almost mumbles. He plays 5 of his own songs and two covers "Jolene" and "please,please,please let me get what I want". There is polite applause and he is gone.I had well taken my place against the stage by now, for all the usual reasons.

Then the band arrived I couldn't gauge the size of the crowd but by the sound they were making it had got a little busier. The band kicked in, sounded great quite comfortable with everything. The set was usual now it is a new band so they don't have a massive back catalogue to dip into, maybe given time. The songs are great, i have played this album a lot this year.A few lyrics forgotten and a few chords haha, shades of the past. It was hardly noticed though and soon the night is over, no encore which didn't go down well but they had played everything.

Hung about like a bit of a fan boy to buy a shirt as its nice to give something back in monetary form although £10 for t shirts is a good price. They seemed to do well on the merch stall which is nice to see. I could bang on a bit but really hope they can expand the fan base or at least the amount of folk that buy stuff. They both have been doing this a long time. I have been listening to camera obscura all day in the picturesque surroundings of Llangollen.What a great amount of beautiful brilliant songs and such a shame they never "made"it. There is a wealth of back catalogue there, maybe one day although i am sure things like the boat weekend we may re-ignite an interest but to be honest i think for the most part they will be preaching to the converted, ah, well upwards and onwards, Paris for me next, my favourite city with one of my favourite bands, perfect
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PostSubject: Re: tracyanne & danny night & day manchester   Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:15 pm

Thanks for your review Graeme! Its nice to get a feel for how they are doing. I too enjoy the T&D record and throw a CO album in quite regularly. My family and kids gravitate to Maudlin but i seem to draw towards LGOOTC with Desire Lines a close second.
Did you chat with them after the show?
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PostSubject: Re: tracyanne & danny night & day manchester   Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:42 pm

Hi tony, i chatted a while, they are friendly enough and working hard. Did you see the quay session, can you get BBC i player? Not sure if you can, i am going to Paris to watch them and then bowlie 3 to look forward to, hope you are well....i listened to camera obscura a lot yesterday, so many great songs..
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PostSubject: Re: tracyanne & danny night & day manchester   Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:01 pm

Hi Graeme,
No, I havent seen it but will look into it now. Im pretty sure we can watch the BBC player or there is a CBC version that taps into the same feed.
All is well here - thanks for asking. I sure do miss an active forum and, of course, new tunes. I wonder if they still get together to jam at the least - having kids does take much of your time. Not a complaint - its an amazing trade-off - just selfishly wanting to hear them play. Even if it were a cover tune and missing the incredible keys that we love so much. Sigh..
Going to listen to Come Back Margaret now i think..
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PostSubject: when the musics over   Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:15 am

I just lost about ,well a lot of words and with one mistake on the phone, I was about to give up but I will carry on for this one last post.I am in Paris primarily to see Tracyanne & Danny play here. It's an easy place for me to come to as my sister lives here, I come here a lot.Paris is a beautiful city and has several places I like to sit and think. As well as like any city places to sit, people watch. I am 58 now and music is a big part of what I am, in the 70s I loved soul, reggae.I went to shows with my sister, Bob Marley, Earth ,Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye,Gladys Knight,that kind of thing.By 1980 I was going to shows with mates, there was a great Liverpool scene by then , The Teardrop Explodes, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc. I bought records, went to shows how much easier it was for fan and band a like.

I started this forum one night after seeing Camera Obscura in Jabez Clegg in Manchester. I had been posting a lot on the finest band forum on the internet www.shacknet.co.uk which this month celebrates its 20th birthday. It is run by fans of The pale fountains, Shack and Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band. It has nothing to do with the group, is and was always self funded. The label Violette Records was spawned by the site.

Okay, so I started this forum not wanting to mirror shacknet but just as a place to come if you knew about it, talk about say the music of Camera Obscura, an album, or track. Maybe you had just seen them live for the first time. I saw this band, bought all the music they were/are fantastic, I wanted if not the world, somebody else to know, to be given the chance to discover them. I have heard and love lots of music, Love, The Beatles,The Rain Parade,erm lots. I own them and love them, I am not on my own here, I call on them when needed.

The Camera Obscura attempts at doing websites were a burden to them and all seemed ill fated, there was no forum, they were rarely updated. Careys blog was/is great, she mentioned this place once and 98 people were on this all at once in 2010? An invasion, problem was they probably saw a few of my posts and were put off the thing. The people who have joined this forum and actually had anything to say are few and far between. The people who have posted have always been interesting and thoughtful, with something positive to say. I have really enjoyed everyone, I just wish there were more because I feel the people who enjoy this kind of stuff, just might have something insightful to bring to the table.

If I were a writer, someone in a band who created art and nobody had anything good, bad or indifferent to say about it I would be well miffed. Like all art,paintings,poetry,film,music what use is it if it doesn't form opinion. I know you may have no words for say Debussys "La Mer" I understand also to just take from it what it is, and enjoy it in your own way. Not everything is like that, we learn from debate, May be introduced to something new, the power of communication.

Tracyanne is a fan of music, like me, like most. Often when quizzed about the bands websites she would say she didn't understand why fans of the band would be interested in any of them, they are just normal people. I read yesterday that she still sends written fan letters, that was a great thing to read. When Carey died there was so much love for her, people knew her and were sad to hear the news. It was so nice I am sure for her family and friends to see that, she's left something behind for us,all to enjoy.

I just went on the Tracyanne & Danny Facebook page and I see 29 reviews, all positive 5* but so little in the way of the whys or anything else. Some whilst being a 5* check box with no opinion is still a 5* and it seems that this is the way of the world but to be honest, what does it mean? I went to Amazon and wrote a short review, by my standard hoping it would help someone click the button and buy, casual music fan wanting to hear something new. On reading through their facebook page.There is positivity in all but one of the comments. The negative one if you can call it that, highlights the fact that Tracyanne and Danny don't look particular happy on the photo, its for cheap laughs which never came. They are who they are and to be honest the whole band on the 3 times I have seen them this tour have looked more than happy to be playing these songs and for good reason. When they played Night & Day in Manchester recently, that was the most comfortable, happiest I had ever seen Tracyanne on stage. I have to apologize at this point for always being the person stood right in front of her, I am a small person although I do appear to be Ged Maxwellesque.

When I first heard of the album coming out i wasn't sure.I mean it was the fist thing for a while, everyone of the Camera Obscura albums are fantastic. Desire lines was unbelievably good, strong in lyric and tunes, like the ones before. I heard the songs being filtered out one by one. They sounded great. There was a lot, i mean a lot of concern, with good reason by Tracyanne about people downloading for free in the past and probably still now.I can really understand that and the thought of it hitting the pocket. To be honest though the downloaders of free music are for the most part never going to buy the music but it can maybe turn them or some into people who might turn out to hammer that mp3 of Desire Lines and think I must buy that, they may be older, now have a job, may have seen all the vinyl on television adverts and want a turn table. They may want to get off their,arse on a wet Thusday night and drive 80 miles to see the band play.

Not so long ago I drove to Bristol to watch Mick play, I was with two friends.It was a great journey and a great excuse to see a little of the city, spend 8 hours with two insightful music fans and see a really good show. Over time the trip will be remembered as being a,great day, worth doing,like so many before, with music the core catalyst but not the overiding enjoyment. I spent a day at Hebden Bridge just like this, many great,away days.

I have spent such days watching Camera Obscura in various places,Manchester,Leeds,Sheffield,Shrewsbury,Leamington Spa, London, Camber Sands, etc. I support them, not in a blind way it has been totally worth it, every trip. Even now I like the idea of some way putting coiffeurs in their pocket so they have the means to carry on, in a small personal way. I come away from the merch stall with something. I probably have a story for most of the shows, sometimes with friends, sometimes on my own. Some are so long ago its hard to remember. Like the show in London, with The Clientele, Frightened Rabbit.

Next year I already have some things planned, Hipsville Soho , the Boaty Weekender and its good to have things to look forward to. As in my past like in my early 20's, music and clothes are the my passion, my wardrobes are full now though. So, I suppose it just Music, live shows and places. There is a lot of bands coming out of Merseyside now, some are friends bands and one or a few have albums out this week.They are pushing the information on Facebook and Twitter, people are sharing, trying to create a buzz, maybe it will "trend". The people who know the music or them a friends, share,like etc. I heard Tracyanne genuinely be concerned about people dropping their download code, yesterday. I really, I mean really hope the music keeps coming, there is a lot to take in, the musical world is so disposable now. I always remember David Fricke on the Wilco DVD about YHF saying great art will always be heard, he wad right to some degree, I suppose but how may people,units,markets,its a great film.

So, what next I dont know , it can wear you out I am sure.I am looking forward to seeing Camera Obscura on the ship and Tracyanne & Danny and the other groups, it should be great. I am or was a massive fan of ATP. For the band, who knows they all have their other stuff going on as well I suppose. All things change, who knows maybe a new member of the family, maybe even a new Camera Obscura track or two. Whatever the future brings, the rides been great so far, thanks for the music.


Camera Obscura, The Pale Fountains,Tracyanne & Danny, Shack, Colorama, Michael Head til I die.




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