French review of ‘Shy Away’ :
Skin Peel Records
On retrouve notre très sympathique JOHN CARRIE
avec un nouvel album et ici seul. Dès les premiers
accords, on se laisse tout simplement immerger puis
on prend le temps d’être conquis. Il prend bien le
temps de poser son chant avec harmonie sur des mé-
lodies poignantes. On prend vraiment un réel plaisir
très attentif à écouter chaque titre avec attention.
Les changements qu’on y ressent : une grande sensibilité et une musique plus minimaliste, mais loin
d’être aussi simpliste. Il y a un travail sur la finesse
dans laquelle il a su implanter une atmosphère bien
à lui. On se délecte en écoutant “Coming Back To
Life”, “Killer Blows”, “All These Dark Colours”, “Split
Wide Open”, “Reason To Run”, “You Are My Sky”,
“Wintersun” ! JOhN CARRIE sort ici un disque de
songwritter des plus atypique, sensuel, humble et dé-
finitivement envoûtant !
Shy Away is available on Itunes here
Tomorrow we’re back in Lille at Le Biplan
Looking foward to the show !!
Tickets are now on sale for the Paradiso release show here
Have a nice week-end !
this coming tuesday i’ll be supporting the multi talented xavier rudd at paradiso in amsterdam.
should be a great evening!
just off stage at fenix..thanks to the great people of sittard for a hospitable reception and blaudzun for a great invite to play !
Happy New Year everyone and best wishes for 2012.Thanks for supporting us in 2011 and see you in 2012 somewhere soon!
Live on stage in Cleon with Paul Personne and A L’Ouest.A great honour to share the stage with such good musicians and really good guys !!
tickets are available here
Two great shows with Paul Personne and his band A l’Ouest in France…legendary !!
john will be touring in october/november through france with french guitar legend paul personne.
it’s a great honour to be invited to play with such a talented artist and a real nice guy too !
meanwhile the whole band will be back in amsterdam for a show in september at paradiso’ new location bitterzoet.
enjoy the holidays !!
Next week i’ll be performing at the Olympia, one of the most beautiful venues in Paris, for three nights starting wednesday.
And there will be some exciting news to follow next week…keep an ear to the ground !
thanks for checking in and checking us out.our music is up there on iTunes and all the other major download sites and if ya still want the good ol’ cd version then let us know and we’ll send out the mule.
Peas and Love
This week-end we’re off to Ireland for a couple of shows.On thursday night we’ll be at Whelans with local Dublin band Novastone and singer-siongwriter Pat Carrie playing some of their fine songs too.
On Sunday it’s off to Limerick for a show at Dolans with a young Cork based band called Hush.Warcry.
Looking foward to a few pints of the good stuff too.
thanks for listening and we wish you all the best in 2011..
Hi all – this coming week-end we’re at The Amsterdam Fringe Festival in Theater Bellevue and Sunday at Rapa Nui where the ground meets the sea – cool that rhymes!!
This Sunday you’ll catch us performing for The Uitmarkt at Theater Bellevue in Amsterdam.It’s also part of The Amsterdam Fringe Festival.We’ll all be sporting mullets of course…Hope to see you there.
Thanks to all the great energy we got from the good folk of Utrecht and Nijmegen in the last two nights.Two great shows with Xavier Rudd and his wicked partners in crime Izintaba.Lovely guys,great musicians and an inspiring few days in all.
Nice show yesterday at Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam.Great weather and a great place to enjoy it ! Gary was a bit confused with the time of year and arrived with a red Santa hat…‘hottest Christmas on record’ according to www.garyisgod.com.
Come along this sunday and enjoy Hollands best in these wonderful lush surroundings. Just opposite Central Station, damage only 6 euros.
19.00 – 19.30 Secret Love Parade
19.45 – 20.15 Awkward I
20.30 – 21.00 Blaudzun
21.15 – 21.45 John Carrie & Moor Green
22.00 – 22.30 El Pino & the Volunteers
See you there!
Great week-end in La Touquet and Montreuil for La Fete de la Musique.The rain came and stopped our show a couple of times wimbeldon style but we managed to get there in the end without any serious electrocutions…Karl did lose a few fingers and Sjoerd’s homemade Italian shoes got very wet.
We closed the week-end with an instore at the fnac megastore in Lille which was the best Mondays i’ve had for a while….thanks Ginko!!
We burst into picturesque Le Toucquet and immediately got to work, getting in the way of the Natural Misfits who were setting up the stage, bravely soldiering on in the face of no gaffa tape. Happily however they did bring a couple of tarpaulins which came in very handy as we were treated to some refreshing if rather heavy showers forcing us to break the set into two unequal parts, but no problem, that simply gave the assembled crowd time to synchronize their dance moves and happily things dried out as Natural Misfits took the stage – thanks to Jay Louie and Yves for taking care of the technical aspects and for a blistering performance into the small hours.
Day two and we rolled into Montreuil and started to set up at the local cinema. After some initial concerns, Wishbone kindly lent us their drumkit (cheers Gary) and we proceeded to do the usual JCMG stuff, ironically, we were playing indoors this time and the weather held; Curse you Thor! The evening was nicely rounded off with an impromptu performance from entirely sober guitar maverick Rob Sawyer and some frankly marvellous whiskey, but early to bed tonight because we’re up at 8 to get on the road to Lille.
Ah holidays, how swiftly they disappear from under you. A very pleasant lunch and then some great tunes from the Wishbone and Willy and the Bandits at Lille’s FNAC record store where a polite but enthusiastic crowd welcomed us into their bosoms once again outside the sun shone but happily that didn’t discourage the assembled throng and we played to a full house. Then once again we bump started the tourbus and started the long drive wearily but cheerily to the loving arms of mother Amsterdam.
Thanks to GG, Perrine, Ann, Thierry, René and Eric from the Ginko Music crew and everyone else who made it such a delight to play once again in la belle France, anyway you know who you are:) I understand that pictures will be available on buckface or some similar socialist nut workers’ site shortly.
This coming weekend the band is back in full swing after a far too long break to appear at some lovely outdoor festivals in France and on Monday we’ll be doing an instore at the fnac megastore in Lille to promote the new album and push inevitably ( more like a wobble ) toward world domination…(i took that last bit from Flash Gordon).
Great fun in France.Thanks to crowds who came to help me out and to the Cranberries and their hard working crew for being very cool.
Thanks to all the French audiences for their warm reactions here in France.Tonights show in Rennes should be fun.A few days off and then back for three more shows with The Cranberries.
I`ll sleep when i`m dead !!!
Where’s the door to the other dimension, where’s the magic hoola baloop. Journeying from mid-france, to the north of holland and back to the deep south heat of Montpellier. Why? Cause it’s Cranberrie week, hurrah!!!
Trains, plains and automobiles will provide sufficient time for new songwriting too. So, John does 7 supports for Limericks very own Cranberries and gets the mileage in too. Irish night in France and the crowd is loving it, check out the Ginko music footage on youtube.
Tomorrow, monday the 7th the roadshow moves to Rennes, La Liberté showtime at 8pm.
Back on the 11th friday in Normandy, Rouen at the Zenith 8pm.
And saturday the 12th landinward to Amiens, Zenith again 8pm.
Then the weekend after John returns to France with the full band to play at the annual “Fete de la Musique”. Saturday 19 th of june in Le Touquet (Paris Beach) at 8pm, sunday the 20th in "Montreuil-sur-mer at 6pm and monday at FNAC Records Megastore in Lille at 4.30pm.
And 1 bottle of beer in one picture! We had a great time meeting Jan Douwe Kroeske at the KINK FM studios in Hilversum. We played 4 tracks, hopefully available for download soon!
Tomorrow night we’ll be live in the Kink Fm studios with Jan Douwe Kroeske for a short interview (around 2 meters) and four live tunes (which will also be around 2 meters long).
Sjoerd our piano player is around 2 meters long too.
The rest of the band think in feet and inches.
Anyhow you can tune in at www.kinkfm.com from around 22.00.
Tomorrow you’ll catch John at Ruigoord for the ‘Vurige Tongen’ festival.There’ll be plenty of sunshine and fiery tongues to blast you through the afternoon.
It also guest stars Pat Carrie – check him out too!!
Now where was that dragon outfit…?
Tomorrow night i’ll be supporting Natalie Merchant at l’Alhambra in Paris.Looking foward to the trip.There’s so many beautiful gggg…great old buildings there.
Well Queensday was once more upon us and so after we’d been out all morning shopping for novelty spoons, mini-tables and movies on VHS, we loaded up and headed for Sassenheim. We were the second band in an interesting line-up.We missed Gary thumping the tubs but we just about managed to hold it together,sadly our attempts to get the crowd to keep time by clapping weren’t too successful and managed to get
through the set on a sunny if windy afternoon.
Then because it was Queen’s day we hung around watched the other bands and had too many beers.Thanks to the guys from the Twee Wezens for supplying plenty of it.
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Wow, it’s been a long day, but a lot of fun with our two Velvet instores on record store day. Frank in Amsterdam and Jurgen in Delft took great care of us. We had great enthusiastic crowds at both stores, who may have been there primarily to enjoy the unseasonably pleasant spring weather, but were nonetheless good enough to jolly us along with shouts of encouragement and if not full on dancing at least a glimmer of a shimmy which as you know is enough to spur us on. Thanks everyone who showed up and to Velvet for putting up with our high maintenance rock and roll demands (no brown m&ms and 2 goats backstage, no questions asked).
A good day.
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Hauling up onto the Utrechtsestraat is seldom easy, less so during rush hour on a Friday with a ton of gear. So firstly sorry for bawling at Gary from the car as we passed him in the street. When we arrived though, there was a cold beer waiting for which we must thank Dirk and the whole Concerto crew. Our stated aim was to ruin the whole day for everyone by preventing them from buying pop music by artists listed M-P.
We almost succeeded, but when we saw we were losing we decided to play a tidy half hour set for the 30 or so people who managed to make it along. Then we hung around and browsed through their DVD collection. I really must buy fewer Norwegian art movies and focus more on my puppet movies, anyway, I digress, fun fun fun. Thanks for showing up, unless you didn’t. This time we forgive you.
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We’re celebrating the national release of Clearing Air with a little instore gig at Concerto in the Utrechtsestraat, Amsterdam. Plugging in at 17.30. Catch us there and get a signed copy!
Saturday 17th is record store day, and as recording artists we see it as our duty to promote the few good records stores left. We’re playing at Velvet Amsterdam at the Rozengracht in the afternoon and later at Velvet Delft, sharing the stage with Bettie Serveert, Ella Bandita and Turin Brakes. Come to the show and support this wonderful initiative!
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Four minutes to set up, sound check and start the show. The crowd resembles a sea of Harlequins stomping the floor, hungry to be launched into movement. Welcome to the first edition of The Magneet Festival – Hollands very own ‘Burning Man’. Terry Gilliam could have been directing this colourful affair. Even Sjoerd our keys player didn’t escape the glitter and stick-on-feathers.
Showtime and our sombre tunes are thrown out the window and full throttle kicks in, so fast I’m not sure what we’re playing. The sound onstage swirls and throws up waves of dizzy noise. Within what seems like seconds our set is finished and i’m not sure if it happened at all – what did they put in our drinks?. We play an encore to a screaming hall, (half of which has joined us on stage) and my jump in the air rock and roll moment ends in a slip and crash into the bass amp.
A magical mystery tour of a Sunday and a sore elbow. Better jump next time!
But promo only. Cover looks sharp though. Listen to the radiooo
There’s two sides of John Carrie. The folk rocking troubadour with his backing band Moor Green and the more intimate solo side.
Yesterday night the latter incarnation of John Carrie (who opened earlier in France for Madeleine Peyroux and Scott Matthews) was awaited in the magnificent Olympia Theatre in the Boulevard des Capucines alongside headline act Lisa Ekdahl.
Through the insanity of Paris traffic and negotiating many backstreets we arrived at the theatre just before the sound check, only one hour until show-time. Half an hour later and the auditorium had begun to fill and when the roughly 2,500 guests had taken their places John appeared on the stage.
In his best French, he joked about the recent controversial rugby and football matches between Ireland and France and then opened with the title song of the new album, Clearing Air. The audience was carried away from the beginning and the spell was broken only, after the fifth track when John pulled out his camera to capture his audience provoking a murmur of laughter.
John played two newer songs and then left the stage. Twenty minutes change-over time for Lisa Ekdahl and John and I up walked through the auditorium towards the foyer. As soon as he was spotted by the guests, John received a standing ovation. An excellent experience in a beautiful magical theatre.
(driver and member of the audience)