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Aaron Kosminsky

Lucky Luke

Folk Rock is not dead. I bought a wonderful CD on Friday called "Travelling for a Living" (2012) by a young band called Lucky Luke. There is a female lead singer who sounds like Sandy Denny, with a definite hint of Grace Slick.

It was an impulse buy. I happened to be passing the shop and wandered in. Music always sounds better in a record shop. Remember folks, Lucky Luke, or in my case, should that be Lucky Look?
Comus

Re: Lucky Luke

Aaron Kosminsky wrote:
Folk Rock is not dead. I bought a wonderful CD on Friday called "Travelling for a Living" (2012) by a young band called Lucky Luke. There is a female lead singer who sounds like Sandy Denny, with a definite hint of Grace Slick.

It was an impulse buy. I happened to be passing the shop and wandered in. Music always sounds better in a record shop. Remember folks, Lucky Luke, or in my case, should that be Lucky Look?


They're were an occasional side project of Simon Shaw, bassist with the wonderful Trembling Bells, but I'm pretty sure they'd already called it a day by the time Travelling for a Living came out (first on vinyl in 2011 and then on CD a year later, five years after it was recorded). Only other album was Patrick the Survivor in 2005. Since then Simon's been fully occupied with Trembling Bells, who are currently on tour promoting their new album.
Aaron Kosminsky

Lucky Luke / Trembling Bells

Thanks Comus,

Obviously I'm going to have to check out Trembling Bells on the basis of your recommendation.

I find myself listening to the Lucky Luke CD on a more or less daily basis and wonder why they have not been more successful. There is almost no information available on the Internet. It's all very strange.

From what I have heard of the first Fairport Convention album, the one they did before Sandy Denny joined, Travelling for a Living is several street lengths better.
Comus

Re: Lucky Luke / Trembling Bells

Aaron Kosminsky wrote:
Thanks Comus,

Obviously I'm going to have to check out Trembling Bells on the basis of your recommendation.


They're very much an acquired taste, I absolutely love them but I can appreciate they're not for everyone. They've released four albums in their own right, one collaboration with Will Oldham aka Bonnie Prince Billy and also occasionally tour with Mike Heron, doing a lot of old Incredible String Band material and Peter Daltrey, covering his Kaleidoscope and Fairfield Parlour years. Vocalist Lavinia Blackwall gets lots of comparisons with Sandy Denny, although I think they're totally different personally, although that's probably because she was part of the Sandy tribute tour a couple of years ago. 'The Constant Pageant' would be a good place to start if you want to check them out.

Lucky Luke were always a very low key affair, as far as I can remember they didn't play live outside of Scotland. It was a real struggle finding someone to release the second album, by which time they'd broken up. Trembling Bells have managed to get a lot more recognition but are far too left-field to ever get any major success.
Aaron Kosminsky

Thanks Comus,

I'll be sure to check out the CD you recommend. I'll have a search for it on eBay. I have placed an order for the first Lucky Luke CD, Patrick the Survivor, and hopefully it will arrive today. I'm very glad that the second CD was released. I don't suppose anyone has made a fortune out of it but I enjoy it and so far as I am concerned, it deserves to be far more widely known.

Lucky Luke did play outside Scotland at least once. I found an entry on the Internet from someone who saw them at a festival and arranged a gig in London. Almost no one came and he lost a sack of money. Shame.
JohnG

I wish I'd read this earlier. The Trembling Bells played at one of my favourite venues last week. They will be fairly close again this month so I may try to check them out.
Aaron Kosminsky

Hi John,

I may try to catch them myself. I've ordered The Constant Pageant on Comus's recommendation, also Patrick the Survivor by Lucky Luke, and hopefully they'll be in today's post.
Aaron Kosminsky

Patrick the Survivor & The Constant Pageant

Hi again Comus & John,

I now have Patrick the Survivor & The Constant Pageant and have been listening to them over the weekend. Both are utterly brilliant.

I didn't like Pageant at first but it grew on me, big time. I think the problem was that I was looking for another Lucky Luke album. Lavinia Blackwall and Lucy Sweet are both superb singers but in very different ways. I wouldn't compare Lavinia to Sandy Denny. The only real point of comparison is that they are both absolutely top quality.

Thanks again for the recommendations, Comus!!!

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