And now, the group I’ve been looking forward to the most–Boiled in Lead!
They sing folk songs–love songs, hate songs, murder songs, tragedies and comedies–but with electric or acoustic guitars in the mix. Many of the folk songs come from the British Isles, but some come from Africa and other countries, so like the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, Boiled in Lead is hard to describe.
I was fortunate enough to get to do the preview story on the group. Pretty lucky for me, because I would consider this my type of music (granted, among many), as I love the Chieftains’ traditional Irish tunes, but also love the modern morbidity, storytelling skills and sheer weirdness of Tom Waits, Rasputina, and Nick Cave.
They played an Irish tune, then an English one (I think) and then a very elecrified traditional Irish tune, and now they’ve got something going from… Africa or India maybe? Azerbaijan? I don’t know, but their drummer is fantastic. He’s doing a percussion workshop tomorrow, so you should stop by, and bring something to hit. Anything can be a drum.
So is their fiddler, shown here in a bit of an awkward position.
I hope to have some Boiled in Lead snippets up today, but I’d strongly encourage you to check them out. If you like ’em, buy a CD!
They tell a lot of stories with their songs, and when I was talking to their bassist, Drew Miller, he said some of this stuff dates from before newspapers, when if something happened, people would write a song about it. It reminded me of something the grandfather from "The Princess Bride" says: When I was your age, television was called ‘books.’
When these tunes were our age, television was called music, and stories were called songs.
And if there’s one thing Boiled in Lead can do, it’s tell a cracking good story to a cracking good tune.