Quarantine Concert!

Quarantine Concert!

Live FB concert from last night! Thanks for tuning in đŸ™‚

Donations can be made to Tobias Tree Foundation which is working on helping doctors to more easily (and securely) communicate with each other about complicated medical situations (especially useful in times like these!).

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Me and Bobby…and now Rabbie!

Me and Bobby…and now Rabbie!

Ok, I will write more about this soon, but for now here are a few pics and vids from the recent Samhain festival at Stallet where I did a set of songs by the 18th century Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns. It was fun trying something different and getting to play a bunch of different instruments with some great musicians! Stay tuned…

Samhain Celtic Festival 2019

Samhain Celtic Festival 2019
Returning to Stockholm this Autumn! ✧ Samhain Celtic Festival ✧ With performers from Sweden, Germany, USA and Ireland already confirmed! More acts to follow! All proceeds will go to Ny Gemenskap Homeless Shelter in VĂ€stberga, Stockholm. All support and help in any form with this public event is extremely appreciated. Let the games begin! đŸŽ¶â˜˜ïž Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Most commonly Samhain is held on 31 October – 1 November, or halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. Along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh it makes up the four Gaelic seasonal festivals. It was observed in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Kindred festivals were held at the same time of the year in other Celtic lands; for example the Brythonic Calan Gaeaf (in Wales), Kalan Gwav (in Cornwall) and Kalan Goañv (in Brittany). On stage tonight: MĂĄire NĂ­ Chathasaigh (Ireland) and Chris Newman(UK) Dag Westling (Germany) Loughy (Ireland) Diipak (USA) Stockholm Irish Set Dancers (Ireland) the Irish Dance Project (Sweden) The Blarney Pilgrims (Sweden) BURNS and friends (Ireland) ENTRÉ 180kr Stallet & serveringen öppnar 18.30 Stanna gĂ€rna kvar efter konserten, serveringen har öppet Doors 6.30pm – concert 7pm – welcome! Alla biljettintĂ€kter gĂ„r till Ny Gemenskap hĂ€rbĂ€rge, VĂ€stberga, Stockholm All Proceeds in aid of Ny Gemenskap Homeless Shelter, VĂ€stberga, Stockholm Stallet Friends. Stallet Friends Ă€r Stallets scen för externa producenter/arrangörer inom folk & vĂ€rldsmusikgenren.

All Along The Watchtower

All Along The Watchtower

Ok, so it seems I’m in a Dylan phase…then again, Dylan has always been part of my life, from an early age when his harmonica blared in the backseat of my parent’s car as we made what seemed like the endless drive from Connecticut to NYC to visit our relatives who still lived there then.

Without getting into too many details, I want to explain how this single came to be, and why I would tackle a song that has been covered literally hundreds (if not thousands) of times, including one of the all-time covers of any song, by the one and only Jimi Hendrix.

The short version is that a few years back (before he won the Nobel Prize), I started an album of Dylan songs – songs I knew I could do in my own way. That album will hopefully be done by the Fall, but I can’t promise anything – Inshallah!

The album is like a world-music disc covering vastly different genres, but it holds together due to the voices, instrumentation and other “red threads” to borrow a Swedish expression. 😀

This song – Watchtower – is a song from that album, but it’s quite different from the others due to the dance vibe…that’s why I chose to focus on finishing it first and releasing it as a single (plus the instrumental version).

The song has gone through a couple of incarnations and as you can imagine, it has been a group effort. On the track you hear my voice and acoustic guitars, an original beat I created, but also analogue drums played by maestro James Bradley Jr, the drummer I’ve worked the most with over the past decade. The fantastic electric guitar work is by virtuoso Edwin Ziberg. Vocals by the illustrious Elin Jakobsson. Keyboards by the incomparable Alexander Baginski Ekroth. Initial mix by multi-instrumentalist, composer and production wizard Jonathan Segel, of Camper Van Beethoven. Finally, the one to turn it into the dance-track that it has become as you hear it, a drummer who seems to be able to play literally any genre (including his own brand of live drum-and-bass), virtuoso and production mastermind Marque Gilmore!

My thought in making the track was to create something that would stay true to the original Dylan track from 1968 when it first appeared on the mystical album John Wesley Harding, plus as an homage to Hendrix’ immortal cover which was released only 6 months later – one which Dylan himself much admires and who he himself has come to emulate during concerts (Watchtower is one of his standard encores, that and Like a Rolling Stone).

Lastly, not that Dylan really needs it, but I see my rendition as a way of introducing his music to “the next” generation…

In short, a Watchtower of the times, for the people and to better times ahead. <3

Diipak Does Dylan

Diipak Does Dylan

A couple weeks ago, I was interviewed by Pod Dylan – a pod based out of New Jersey that explores Dylan one song at a time – about one of my favorite songs of his, As I Went Out One Morning, from the album John Wesley Harding (also one of my fav albums). After the interview, I gave it a try, my way…enjoy! Listen to the interview here: As I Went One Morning