Mick was born in in County Kildare, in sight of the Curragh, which is probably the reason why he has a great love for horses and the open air. He now lives in Mullingar and has a small farm where he spends all his time, when not touring, looking after his horses and some cattle. Mick is very keen on his music, and states that his accordion would probably be the last thing he would be prepared to give up. He states that from an early age he was influenced in his music by the famous Jimmy Shand and another all time great accordion player Will Starr. Mick was taught to play the accordion by a Westmeath nun and a local hero Frankie Gavigan. Mick Foster has a unique style of playing his accordion and a singing voice which suits the type of songs he picks.
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His vowels are slightly drawled, and his tone is rich with a heavy bottom, buoy-shaped, like a more flexible Randy Travis. Behind him, a boot-stomp beat and a throbbing guitar anchor the song firmly to the honky-tonk. This is compliant country music: flaunting its lineage, eager to please, resistant to upheaval. So much of the anxiety in Nashville in recent years has been about the tension between belonging and exclusion, in terms of who the genre advances and promotes white men, mainly and what sounds can and should be at its forefront production that rejects the flickers of hip-hop and EDM that have lately been creeping in. What complicates and deepens that narrative is that both Brown and Allen are black, and their success flies in the face of a genre that has often been ruthlessly closed-minded about who can lay claim to the rural experience, at least when it comes to songs about it. Allen was also a presenter at the CMAs, but that felt more appropriate given how recent his success has come.
Geri Allen obituary
Fortunately for music-making, creators emerge in every generation who balance deep understanding of the evolution of their art with a fearless relish for changing the rules moment by moment in restless working lives — and by doing so, change the game for their successors. Geri Allen, the jazz pianist, composer and educator, who has died of cancer aged 60, was one of those. My first memory of hearing Allen live came in London in , alongside the bassist Charlie Haden and the drummer Paul Motian — two of the most empathic partners the jazz scene could then offer a newcomer with something original to say. She had already distinguished herself in New York in her 20s as an open-minded player-composer in the M-Base movement , a collective of young African-Americans including the saxophonist Steve Coleman and the vocalist Cassandra Wilson making connections between African culture, popular and more formal music, poetry and dance.
The internationally renowned Slam Allen is a messenger of love. Slam captures you with a voice that echoes Otis Redding, a guitar that immerses you in B. King and stage energy reminiscent of James Brown, all while captivating you with his own original music! As he progressed in their eyes, the family knew they had a special talent to nurture!