MARK DANIELS - Adviser on visitor and occupational health and safety at historic buildings, parks, gardens, coast and countryside

Video of the week 2012

Video of the week

This is a sub-page of "Touch of Grey" and has very little, if anything, to do with visitor safety, but a lot to do with fine music, although that of course is in the ear of the beholder. Playing around with new ideas, I thought I'd provide a link to a Grateful Dead-related video that has appeared on the Internet and caught my eye and ear, and might be of interest to the casual visitor to this page ... except that after the first few videos, I've moved on to other examples of excellent performances in different musical spheres.

That's it for 2012 - video links for 2013 are on the next page!

For the week ending 28th December, something relatively new. Lovely voice. Kristina Train, "Dream of Me".

Week ending 21st December - something seasonal? Other than a reference to the cool Colorado rain, not much, I'm afraid. But a fine up-to-date rendition of "China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider" from Bob Weir and Jackie Greene courtesy of Tri Studios. And seasonal best wishes too.

Week ending 14th December. A session emerges on the Internet with the Cowboy Junkies playing 3 songs in a small office. This idea of musicians putting on pared-down performances on small stages, in sheds and similar locations seems to have become popular of late, but often some very fine music is created. Here, 3 of the group play "Angels in the Wilderness, Misguided Angel and Fairytale". As a result, I've changed the song for the 12th October to avoid duplication.

For the week ending 7th December, homage to a great jazz player who passed away this week. The Dave Brubeck Quartet work around the themes of "Take Five" on this 1964 recording, which seems to have been restored to pretty high quality given that it's nearly 50 years old.

For the week ending 30th November (another week passes by at some speed), what better way to lift winter spirits than some music from Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers. There is so much more to Bruce than "The Way It Is" - a wonderful piano player, fine improviser and at one stage in the early 90's, a member of the Grateful Dead. Here the band get stuck into "White-wheeled Limousine", with an excursion along the way into the old country classic "Long Black Veil".

For the week ending 23rd November, Robert Fripp and Theo Travis perform "When The Rains Fall" - an appropriate selection given current weather conditions across the UK.

For the week ending 16th November, and partly since I went to their concert at Leeds City Varieties last week, something from Show of Hands from a festival last year in Bewdley - "The Setting / Mary from Dungloe".

For the week ending 9th November, a rare acoustic performance from Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, believed to have been filmed for a Bob Dylan tribute show around October 1992, of Dylan's "She Belongs To Me".

Week ending 2nd November - off on different tangents, folk but not as it is conventionally played. The Imagined Village with Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy, live in Liverpool in 2010 - "My Son John".

Week ending 26th October - a return to the Dead connection, this time with Joan Osborne (who I once saw playing with the Dead at Red Rocks, Colorado in 2003, a lifetime musical highlight) singing "Stella Blue", a Garcia/Hunter composition, at a club in Agoura Hills, California in 2010.

Week ending 19th October - this week's offering is from a teaching video for ipad, and features Richard Thompson playing his own song "When the Spell is Broken".

Week ending 12th October - Cowboy Junkies with Ryan Adams on vocal and Natalie Merchant, part of the Trinity Revisited session from about four years ago, playing "200 More Miles".

Week ending 5th October - more branching out, to the exceptionally talented and innovative Lau, playing "Horizontigo".

Week ending 28th September - time to branch out into other interesting pieces of musical endeavour and excellence. Here, Natalie Merchant sings "Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience", a poem by Charles Causley.

Week ending 21st September - sticking with Tri Studios, partly because the quality of the video and sound are so good, but moving away from Dead-related material. Here, the Be Good Tanyas, a quirky folk combo from Vancouver, have reformed to cover the Neil Young song "For the Turnstiles" and many other good things.

Week ending 14th September - another from Tri Studios, "Jack Straw", going back to 2011, when Further played a complete set there.

Week ending 7th September - here's a version of "China Doll" covered by the San Francisco-based jazz combo Fog, joined by Bob Weir and Jeff Chimenti of the band Further. This has recently appeared on Bob Weir's Tri Studios site, a state of the art recording and performance studio in California.