ONCE Somerville Presents
12th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic, The Stompers, The Boston Typewriter Orchestra, Jennifer Kimball, The Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band, Amy Fairchild & Carla Ryder, Ramona Silver, The Weisstronauts, Erin Harpe, Shaun Wortis, Merrie Amsterburg, Rose Polenzani, The Darlings, Jen D'Angora, Alastair Moock, The Classic Ruins, Bird Mancini, The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Mike Gent, The Boogaloo Seamus, Kimon Kirk, The Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band, The House of Bangalore Holiday Band, The Ding Donnelly and Danny Devereaux Show, The Athol Thingerth
Wed, December 21, 2016
7:00 pmONCE Ballroom
$20 adv / $25 day of (suggested donation)
Wed., Dec. 21- the Chandler Travis Philharmonic hosts the 12th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless at the Once Ballroom (aka Cuisine en Locale, at 156 Highland Ave., Somerville; 617 285-0167), featuring the Stompers, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, Jennifer Kimball, the Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band, Amy Fairchild & Carla Ryder, Ramona Silver, the Weisstronauts, Erin Harpe, Shaun Wortis, Merrie Amsterburg, Rose Polenzani, the Darlings, Jen D'Angora, Alastair Moock, the Classic Ruins, Bird Mancini, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Mike Gent, the Boogaloo Swamis, Kimon Kirk, the Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band, the House of Bangalore Holiday Band, the Ding Donnelly and Danny Devereaux Show, the Athol Thingerth, and more TBA. Show starts at 7pm; suggested donation for tickets is $20.00 in advance, and $25.00 at the door.http://www.oncesomerville.com/event/1305303/
There's some chance you may be aware of Chandler's other band, the Incredible Casuals, or of his earlier work with Travis Shook and the Club Wow; either solo or in one or another of these guises, he has appeared with Elvis Costello, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, John Cale, Bonnie Raitt, NRBQ (longtime buds Terry Adams and Al Anderson from the 'Q played on the first Philharmonic album), Charles Mingus, the Beach Boys, Allen Ginsburg, the Replacements, George Carlin (a guest star on two CTP albums, and a traveling companion for decades), Of Montreal, etc., etc.
The Philharmonic was born in the fall of 1996 at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, on the occasion of Chandler doing a guest shot there with a house band led by multi-instrumentalist/singer Dinty Child. When asked if he would like to add any additional instrumentation, Chandler, having always hated when elderly bands ruan out of ideas to this extent, facetiously suggested "oh yeah,let's get some horns and chick back-up singers." Strangely, Dinty complied with the horn part, booking (among others) genius trumpeter Keiichi Hashimoto, and the CTP was surprisingly hatched!
Since then,the band -all colorfully garbed 8 pieces of them, plus singing valet Fred Boak -have introduced the concept of alternative dixieland and omnipop to audiences all over Massachusetts and far beyond (San Francisco,Chicago,and especially New Orleans and New York City have proved particularly responsive -the Village Voice declared them "keenly entertaining", calling Chandler "a true New England eccentric and a master of daft power pop", and the band "a blend of Ringling Bros. and Ra" that "puts the harm back in Philharmonic", and the New Yorker has repeatedly concurred.)
The band released its debut album, "Let's Have a Pancake",along with 26 other website-only full-length CDs (the improbable and ground-breaking RadioBall series) in 2000 as a means of welcoming in the new century; five more "official" Philharmonic releases followed, all on the Sonic Trout label, the most recent being 2015′s "Bocce & Bourbon: the Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger", which also features work by most of Chandler's other projects (including the Incredible Casuals, the Chandler Travis Three-O, and the Catbirds.)
She uses several instruments in her songs, including the guitar, the trumpet, the mandolin, the Indian banjo, the bouzouki, the harmonium, and even a 1970s Kenmore washing machine.
Prior to her solo career, she was the guitarist and singer for The Natives and Miss Understood.
Be sure to catch a live show, they do not disappoint!
Still, critical success did not translate into commercial success. Clubs remained half-filled, CDs sat on the shelves. When his twin daughters were born in 2006, Moock concluded it was time to move on. As his swan song, he decided to make one more album: a tribute both to his own newborn daughters and to a generation of musical heroes – Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten – who wrote and played, proudly and undiscriminatingly, for both adults and kids.
The album, A Cow Says Moock, became Moock’s most successful project to date. It led to three more family albums which, together, garnered most of the top awards in American children’s music: two Parents’ Choice gold medals, the ASCAP Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award, and first prize in the International Songwriting Competition. In 2013 Moock received a GRAMMY Nomination for an album he made with his daughter, Clio, after she was diagnosed with leukemia. Clio is now a healthy, thriving ten-year-old, and Moock continues to send their album out to hospitals and patients around the country.
This time, critical success was accompanied by greater commercial success: “Enough to keep me in the game, anyway,” says Moock. “And I love playing for kids – it’s something I plan to do for the rest of my life.”
But Moock clearly also missed writing for adults. “I had a very, very long dry spell,” he says. “I kept waiting on the kinds of songs I wrote in my 20s and 30s, but they wouldn’t come. It finally dawned on me: ‘that’s not who I am anymore.’ To get past the BS and write something honest, I needed to include all those parts of me I was leaving out: the husband, the father, the guy with some grey in his beard, the guy who’s been through some stuff. Once I realized that, everything started to flow again.”
Moock brought his new material to his old friend, the multi-talented songwriter and instrumentalist Mark Erelli (Lori McKenna, Josh Ritter) who agreed to sign on as producer. “I was really taken with the honesty and simple wisdom in Moock's new songs,” says Erelli. “Having known him for nearly his entire career, I was excited to help him push further into new terrain and make a record I don't know if he could have made until now.”
Erelli brought in some of the top talent in the area, including Marco Giovino on drums (Robert Plant, Buddy Miller) and Marty Ballou on bass (Peter Wolf, John Hammond Jr.). The end result is ten shimmering new tunes, plus a cover of an Erelli song, that evoke a wide breadth of American musical textures: early Nashville, country blues, Western swing, a tinge of gospel. But most of all, the album is infused with the kind of intimate storyteller’s approach that Moock excels at.
The songs touch on death and love, politics, marriage and family, big universal questions and minute everyday observations. It’s a hard album to pin down, but then Moock has always been a hard songwriter to pin down. “I don’t care who I’m singing to,” he says, “I just want to tell stories.”
The self-titled album, Alastair Moock, will be released later this spring.
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