One of the true stayers on the Smoked label – the fabulous Lucie Thorne is coming back to Europe for a bunch of shows. Her new album “Everything Sings Tonight” has gathered swags of great press and we can’t wait to see her again.
Sunday 4th October 2015
Winselingseweg 41, NIJMEGEN
Wednesday 7th October 2015
Rozenstraat 15, UTRECHT
Thursday 8th October 2015
Friday 9th October 2015
Sunday 11th October 2015
Keizerstraat 101, BREDA
To our great frustration and dismay, this site was hacked in June this year and has only come back online very recently. Any emails you may have sent to Smoked.com between June and now (24 September 2015) have never arrived – Im very sorry. If we haven’t replied this is why. Also, all news posts we had put online since 2011 have been wiped. There is no back up on the server so we have lost them forever. Consequently, if you scroll down this page, or look at the list of posts to the right of this, you are going to see old old news. A lot has happened between 2011 and now but Im not going to try to re-create it. If you are interested in whats been happening you can find out quite a bit by visiting our artist websites. Now for a fresh start. We are back!!
Big Lows gig at the recent editon of the NuMoon Festival in Rotterdam has been filmed by Dutch broadcaster NPS for cable and internet. Footage can be viewed at http//:www.cultura.nl. Search for NuMoon then click on Numoon on Air. Ok, we know it aint that easy to fine but if you’ve come this far you must be a fan, so for the love of God…keep goin!
Big Low’s album “THE JUNCTION OF THE TWO RIVERS” will be released in Germany this September! Its garnered rave reviews everywhere. A must-hear for fans of Calexico, Woven Hand or Tom Waits, but completely its own thing.
In October the Band will be touring extensively.
See more here.
We are pleased to annouce that Davie Lawson’s new record, Tree Tumble Wake Mother, has now been mastered and awaits production.
Big Lows long awaited album “THE JUNCTION OF THE TWO RIVERS” was released on 13 October, 2008!! A must-hear for fans of Calexico, Woven Hand or Tom Waits, but completely its own thing. Big Low show here that there isnt much around that sounds quite like them.
Dan Tuffy (songs, acoustic & electric guitars, banjo bass, vocals) Marc Constandse (bandoneon, percussion incl darabuka, morrocan castinettes, gembir, cajon, chains and basically anything that rattles and makes a cool noise) & Michiel Hollanders(resonator guitar, velophone, singing saw and assorted textures from wherever he can get them).
Parne Gadje �Mangupi� SR009
In November 2006 Parne Gadje embarked on a 12 show theater tour of Germany. Guitarist/recording engineer Michiel Hollanders not only played all of the shows, he also managed to record them all with top shelf recording equipment. The result was over 20 hours of beautifully balanced professional recordings of the band doing what they do best. As you can imagine the selection process took ages. The very best of it has been mixed and mastered and sounds amazing. 16 tracks in total � a mesmerizing document of what Parne Gadje are capable of and proof that these guys are one of the most influential and creative folk/world music groups around.
On Sunday 13 January Parne Gadje are taking part in the LA NUIT ZIGANE in the Paradiso in Amsterdam. This is a mini-festival based around Balkan and Rroma style music in the broadest sense and includes diversions into Balkan fanfare, Gypsy beat and punk and childrens music. Sharing the stage with Parne Gadje are the Suske Orchester (Slovakia), Mama Matrix (UK) and Eersteliefdesnacht (NDL). Showtime is 20:30 sharp and tickets are available via www.ticketservice.nl as well as at all good record stores in the Dam.
Fitting really, in surfers terms, a �big low� is an offshore cyclonic pressure system that generates waves. This is precisely what Big Low have been doing in Australia lately with tours there in 2006 and 2007, accompanied by licensing deals for the bands album �No Tears in Paradise�. Sydney based independent label Nonzero Records also released an EP in Australia which included a remix of the song Ti Tree Bush Mix plus some studio outtakes and live material. The last 2 tours attracted fantastic press and Big Low plan to head back down-under sometime in 2008.
Check the new BIG LOW website at www.biglow-online.com
The driving concept behind BIZOAGOR was to put something back into the Rroma community. Apart from documenting the marriage of Marc�s composing skills, Gjunlers writing and Parne Gadjes flair for getting it right, the whole idea of the project was to raise money for the Rroma schools in the enclave of Sjutka, Gjunlers birthplace, a satellite tin-shack city on the outskirts of the Macedonian capital.
The proceeds of BIZOAGOR have led to the publishing of the first ever school book in the Rroma language, and the book itself has now gone into its 2nd pressing with interest not only from the schools of Sjutka but also from the Macedonian education department.
We are proud of our involvement in this and overjoyed to see the influence of the Bizoagor project spreading like this. Part of the problem in the beginning was finding a suitable target for the funds and having on the ground know-how in Sjutka ready and able to make it work. Parne Gadje�s Marc Constandse made several trips to Sjutka with Gjunler to organize this. In the process he appeared on Rroma radio and on international Rroma television where he had the honor of being asked to perform the Rroma anthem Djelem Djelem live to air by community leaders.
5,000 copies of the book are now in circulation, not only in the schools of Sjutka, but in Rroma settlements all around Macdonia. The Macedonian authorities have also accepted the book as part of the education curriculum and Rroma kids are now learning at school in there mother tongue for the first time ever. We hope it keeps growing. The book was written and published by Rroma writers and educators living in Sjutka.