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It does look atmospheric:

Festival goers attend A Concert for Bert Jansch at the Celtic Connections Festival at The Old Fruit Market on January 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

I wonder how that configuration affects the sound? I liked the subdued versions of the songs, beautiful!, though the quality of the sound is of course affected by the the recording instruments, in these cases, cell phones. Hopefully Celtic Connections releases pro shots, too.

Some more photos from the first night of the Bert Jansch tribute. I didn't realize that the Sensational Space Shifters (minus Juldeh, it seems?) were joining in. A nice surprise :)

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See photos of the rest of the performers here: http://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/robert-plant-performs-at-a-concert-for-bert-jansch-at-the-news-photo/507822376

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A couple of glowing reviews of the first Bert Jansch tribute show:

Bert Inspired: A Concert for Bert Jansch, Old Fruitmarket, gig review: Robert Plant and his band brought star quality

The presence and piercingly affecting voice of Jansch’s old Pentangle accomplice Jacqui McShee lent gravity

4/5 stars


Bert Inspired finale

Bert Inspired finale Oli Powell

“What a fantastic combination of music, songs and attitude,” reflected Robert Plant at this first of two evenings at the Celtic Connections festival to pay tribute to the late Glasgow-born, Edinburgh-raised folk-rock guitarist Bert Jansch, five years gone this summer. In Plant’s wistful satisfaction lay both the appeal of Jansch’s output and of this group concert, a model of starry proficiency.

Jansch’s music stood up to Bernard Butler’s technical fluency while his recording partner Ben Watt sang the softly reflective ‘Morning Brings Peace of Mind’ and the sinister, bluesy ‘Soho’; his resonant and immediate songs surfed on both the pop instincts of Blur’s Graham Coxon (his expressively English singing accent lent ‘One For Jo’ the air of Nick Drake) and the rootsy sensuality of Karine Polwart on ‘Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning’; and his attitude was scattered throughout, not least on Ryley Walker’s playful ‘Build Another Band’ and a pre-recorded clip of Neil Young laying down a gravelly ‘Needle of Death’ in Jack White’s Third Man studio.

The presence and piercingly affecting voice of Jansch’s old Pentangle accomplice Jacqui McShee lent gravity, just as Plant and his full band brought star quality. His mesmerising, epic takes on Jansch’s ‘Go Your Way My Love’ and ‘Poison’ gave way to elemental shared influences like the standards ‘Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down’ and - as popularised by Plant’s old band Led Zeppelin – ‘Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You’.



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Bert Inspired: a Concert for Bert Jansch review – fond renditions and a lot of guitar tuning

4/5 stars

Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Graham Coxon, Bernard Butler and Robert Plant join a diverse, stellar lineup and pay handsome tribute to the guitar hero


Superstar magnetism … Robert Plant at the Celtic Connections concert for Bert Jansch. Photograph: Anita Russo/Rex/Shutterstock

Jazz-folk veterans, Britpop pin-ups, classic rock icons, up-and-coming singer-songwriters – how many other musicians except Bert Jansch sit at such a spaghetti junction of influence? A stellar lineup assembles to remember the late Pentangle founder member and finger-picking guitar hero in his city of birth at the first of two Celtic Connections curtain-closing concerts in his honour. An evening of fond renditions and recollections, and a lot of guitar tuning.

Graham Coxon had written beforehand of how nervous he was on meeting Jansch. The Blur guitarist looks twitchy here, too, as he performs an affectionate One for Jo and a “Bert-imbued” solo composition Latte, but returns later, much more at ease, for a tricksy twang on Angie together with Martin Simpson. Elsewhere before the interval we get songs from Jansch’s former fellow Pentanglers Jacqui McShee and Mike Piggott, and Jansch’s one-time mentor Archie Fisher doing Down by Blackwaterside – Jansch’s arrangement that he once famously accused Led Zeppelin of ripping off with Black Mountain Side.

Not one to bear a grudge, Robert Plant lends superstar magnetism to proceedings, backed by his superb five-piece band the Sensational Space Shifters. The opening notes of a whispered Babe I’m Gonna Leave You are met with an almost disbelieving collective intake of breath; his second set will end with an entrancingly amped-up Poison.

Plant’s is the heavyweight contribution, but the lighter touches shine brightest, such as Bernard Butler and Ben Watt’s shimmering electric guitar interplay on an opiated Soho. Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart jokes that she’s here for “equalities” reasons, but her mellifluous reading of Tree Song feels anything but tokenistic. The largely unknown young American troubadour Ryley Walker will be widely Googled for his fearlessly breezy run at I Am Lonely.

The full ensemble gathers at the end and, after a twangy cacophony of imperfect tuning, conclude with a wondrously wonky Dixieland jazz-dappled Strolling Down the Highway that doesn’t so much stroll as sway.



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Thank you for posting the images and reviews. Lovely to see Robert and the band again. Does Skin ever take time off he is back with Cast from the 9th onwards right through until June and interspersed in those dates are the ones with Robert.

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^ Cheers, Deb! They sound great!

First, some more positive reviews from the first night of the Bert Jansch tribute (31-1-2016).

This one's via Robert's site http://www.robertplant.com/#news :

Celtic Connections review: Bert Inspired at Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Robert Plant. Picture by Lorraine Poole (54412691)

Robert Plant. Picture by Lorraine Poole (54412691)

Keith Bruce, Arts Editor Monday 1 February 2016


Celtic Connections

Bert Inspired

Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Keith Bruce

four stars

THE ambiguity in the simple two-word title for these concerts staged by the Bert Jansch Foundation is entirely deliberate. Of course the artists who make up the varied bill acknowledge the influence of Jansch on their own music, but equally they explore the music that he drew upon. The opening portion of Sunday's concert was as much about his debt to Anne Briggs as his own compositions, with Karine Polwart (joining Martin Simpson), Archie Fisher, Robert Plant and Jacqui McShee all performing songs she had brought to the party back in the day.

Crucially, however, there was little "back in the day" about the evening, which was all about inventive cross-pollination, and the parts any member of the capacity audience enjoyed most would be entirely a matter of taste. Simpson's bottleneck slide Heartbreak Hotel and Briggs singing Jansch's lyrics to Miles Davis's All Blues, with Mike Piggott supplying a slick solo version of the riff, were two early examples of that "mixing it up", as Plant put it. Graham Coxon's choice of Jansch tune - One for Joe - was a winner for me, particularly as followed by his own Latte, which he confessed he only realised drew heavily on Jansch's legacy long after he had written it.


Bernard Butler and Ben Watt's chiming semi-acoustics and the awed presence of Chicago's Ryley Walker, who will have made a few fans, were other highlights but so, of course, were the two sets by Plant which included some dynamic acoustic Zeppliniana alongside fine distinctive arrangements of Briggs's Go Your Way My Love and Jansch's Poison. When le tout ensemble gathered on stage at the end, there were an unfeasible number of guitars, but a glorious vocal frontline of McShee, Plant, Fisher and Polwart.



This one's via Bert Jansch Official Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bertjansch/ :

Bert Inspired: A Concert for Bert Jansch - Celtic Connections Live Review

Bert Inspired: A Concert for Bert Jansch – Celtic Connections Live Review




There’s a palpable buzz of anticipation around the wonderful Victorian Fruitmarket tonight. Rock royalty is in town. We’re here to celebrate the life and musical legacy of folk icon Bert Jansch, and Robert Plant’s admiration for and musical debt to Bert is well recorded. It will be duly celebrated across the evening.

Martin Simpson is up first, opening the show with Jackson C Frank’s Blues Run The Game. One thing about Bert’s guitar playing, as Karine Polwart later observed, was that he made complicated guitar playing sound simple. He did just that on his version of this song, which he made his own. Although Martin manages to do the opposite, he is soon joined by Polwart for a slightly less fussy version of Reynardine, learned by Bert from Anne Briggs, who is apparently present tonight (see article on film screening of Acoustic Routes and Anne Briggs Interview). Briggs’s name pops up many times over the course of the evening and her influence on Bert can’t be overstated.

Archie Fisher is up next. Well into his seventies and still going strong, Fisher’s influence on Bert, many of his contemporaries and subsequent followers is unquestionable. His solo renditions of Blackwaterside, Dave Goulder’s January Man and his own You Took The Day suffer a little from inadequate amplification in the cavernous hall, but are heard in appropriately silent reverence of the performer’s lifetime achievements.

Pentangle’s Jacqui McShee and Mike Piggott then take to the stage for a delightful rendition of Tell Me What Is True Love, from Bert’s 1971 Rosemary Lane album, surprisingly the first full Jansch composition of the evening. McShee, who sang with Bert in Pentangle from 1967-73, remains in fine voice, as versions of Is It Real, and I’ve Got A Feeling (for which Bert put words to Miles Davis’s jazz number) testify.

Next up is Graham Coxon, and the Blur guitarist immediately comes across as a true Bert fan, genuinely humbled to be present. His solo renditions of Running From Home and One For Jo more than pass muster, although his justification for playing his own song, Latte, stating that after writing it he realised that it was “imbued by Bert” is less convincing.

Then comes Robert Plant, his rapturous welcome indicating just how large a proportion of the audience he has drawn. Accompanied by his own acoustic based Sensational Space Shifters, Plant offers another Jansch-via-Briggs song, Go Your Way, My Love before delivering a fine version of the blues classic Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, which inevitably goes down a storm. Plant closes the first half with his Band of Joy arrangement of Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down.



The second half opens with a video, originally produced for a similar concert held in London in 2013, of Bert admirer Neil Young recording Needle of Death in Jack White’s Third Man Records vintage booth. Noting the similarity in lyrical themes with Young’s own Needle And the Damage Done is unavoidable.



Ben Watts and Bernard Butler open the second half’s live proceedings, with accomplished versions of It Don’t Bother Me and Morning Brings Peace Of Mind highlighting, Watts says, the contrast between Bert’s ‘young and old’ styles. The two guitars are well rehearsed and work well together, particularly on a new arrangement of Soho. The pair are then joined by Jacqui McShee for another Anne Briggs song The Time Has Come.

Karine Polwart returns to sing an excellent, polished set of songs including High Days from Bert’s final Black Swan album, and Tree Song on which she does great justice to those simple sounding but hard to play guitar parts. She is joined by Coxon and Simpson for a respectful version of Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning. One of the show’s highlights.

Chicago’s Ryley Walker provides the transatlantic flavour to the evening, another humble fan whose versions of Build Another Band and I Am Lonely are sufficiently well performed to allow him the indulgence of one of his own songs, Roundabout, which is not out of place.

Plant and band return for a rousing version of The Cuckoo, and finally Bert’s Poison, followed by Simpson and Coxon with an authentic duo version of Davy Graham’s iconic guitar instrumental Angie.

Finally all 15 performers return to the stage for an ensemble version of Strolling Down The Highway, a fitting end to a respectful tribute show.

It’s in the nature of many of this type of collaborative show that some acts are under-rehearsed, that the organisation is less than efficient, or that the technical side of the show is less than slick. None of these faults can be applied to tonight, Karine Polwart making the same point from the stage during her set, and for that credit must go to the Bert Jansch Foundation, the organisers, and all the performers for putting on an excellent show, and a fitting tribute to Bert Jansch.

Review By: Ian Taylor
The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow





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Some additional photos from the first Bert Jansch tribute show (31-1-2016):

Instagram media blurmex - Bert Inspired #celticconnections2016 #robertplant #grahamcoxon #bertjansch #bertinspired #ccfest #Blur #ledzeppelin © Lee Turnpenny                                                                                               

pikore.com/blurmex http://www.pikore.com/m/1175116962110673182_1526142339

Instagram media blurmex - "#ledzeppelin and #Blur together in Glasgow... #RobertPlant and #grahamcoxon during Strolling Down The Highway #bertinspired " via @ccd204p  #bertjansch

pikore.com/blurmex http://www.pikore.com/m/1174945344352719232_1526142339

Instagram media earthrecordings - Last night's concert for Bert was so special #BertInspired

pikore.com/earthrecordings http://www.pikore.com/m/1175291205069162818_2132584721                           


Robert Plant performs at a concert for Bert Jansch at the Celtic Connections Festival at The Old Fruit Market on January 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Robert Plant performs at a concert for Bert Jansch at the Celtic Connections Festival at The Old Fruit Market on January 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Robert Plant performs at a concert for Bert Jansch at the Celtic Connections Festival at The Old Fruit Market on January 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Robert Plant performs at a concert for Bert Jansch at the Celtic Connections Festival at The Old Fruit Market on January 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Robert Plant performs at a concert for Bert Jansch at the Celtic Connections Festival at The Old Fruit Market on January 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Robert Plant performs at a concert for Bert Jansch at the Celtic Connections Festival at The Old Fruit Market on January 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Robert Plant performs at a concert for Bert Jansch at the Celtic Connections Festival at The Old Fruit Market on January 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Robert Plant performs at a concert for Bert Jansch at the Celtic Connections Festival at The Old Fruit Market on January 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Robert Plant performs at a concert for Bert Jansch at the Celtic Connections Festival at The Old Fruit Market on January 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

See the rest of the performers here:  http://www.gettyimages.ca/photos/robert-plant-performs-at-celtic-connections-festival-2016-in-glasgow?excludenudity=true&family=editorial&phrase=Robert%20Plant%20Performs%20At%20Celtic%20Connections%20Festival%202016%20In%20Glasgow&sort=best

And another set of photos of Robert can be found here: http://www.rexfeatures.com/livefeed/2016/01/31/robert_plant_performing_at_the_celtic_connections_festival#

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A selection of photos of the first tribute concert (31-1-2016) from the album Bert Inspired at Celtic Connections 2016 on the Bert Jansch Official Facebook:



Fruitmarket - ready! Photo: Oli Powell 


Robert's lyrics


Robert Plant and Sensational Space Shifters Photo: Oli Powell


Photo: Oli Powell


finale OFM Photo: Oli Powell


Finale from the stage Photo: Oli Powell

See the rest of the photos in this album here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1118985198112657.1073741830.141912649153255&type=3

And this from the Earth Recordings Facebook album Bert Inspired...at Celtic Connections:



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A brief review of the tribute shows and info about Bert Jansch reissues:

Stars turned out to play tribute to Bert Jansch

Stars turned out to play tribute to Bert Jansch

Standout tribute concert for Bert


ROBERT Plant, Ben Watt and Karine Polwart sang; Graham Coxon, Martin Simpson and Bernard Butler played guitar. Spread over Sunday and Monday nights, Bert Inspired: A Concert For Bert Jansch was a standout gig, even in what has been one of the best Celtic Connections programmes to date.

Anyone wanting to continue their celebration of this Scottish legend, who died in 2011, should turn their ears towards Avocet, which is re-released tomorrow in several formats including a gorgeous remastered vinyl edition complete with lithograph art prints of the six birds whose names form the track list.

Avocet was recorded in Copenhagen in 1978 and features Martin Jenkins and Jansch’s old Pentangle compadre Danny Thomson. An evocative folk-jazz instrumental concept piece, it was one of Jansch’s personal favourites among his studio output, and is the latest in Earth Recordings’ series of Jansch reissues, which began with Live At The 12 Bar early last year.



You can find more info about this beautiful new remaster and how to buy it here: https://bertjansch.bandcamp.com/album/avocet








https://twitter.com/EarthRecordings retweeted @FoulNecromancer 



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A beautiful sombre rendition of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" from  the second Bert Jansch tribute show (1-2-2016):


^Sadly, it's incomplete. Hopefully we get more full videos of both shows.

Some fan and pro photos from the second show:

Instagram media scottj101 - A concert for #bertjansch #celticconnections2016 #glasgowInstagram media mleopoldt - Robert Plant in the weeg #Glasgow #celticconnections2016

pikore.com/scottj101 http://www.pikore.com/m/1175663014321150188_22177901                                                            pikore.com/mleopoldt http://www.pikore.com/m/1175572164688641121_268081694


Instagram media katiespencermusic - Robert Plant, spot on as ever. Followed by the equally beautiful Ryley Walker. #celticconnections2016   Instagram media carinamorrison - #grahamcoxon #robertplant #bernardbutler #amongothers #glasgow #celticconnections2016 #bertinspired #bertjanschtribute #greatviewofgrahamsass

pikore.com/katiespencermusic http://www.pikore.com/m/1175663608494021790_2315627294                       pikore.com/carinamorrison http://www.pikore.com/m/1175673332593890997_45487596


Instagram media crisjodieharrison - From the gig last night #ledzeppelin #celticconnections #glasgow #glasgowroyalconcerthall #robertplant #jimmypage #bertjansch #rockmusic #folk #fingerpicking #blues #worldmusic #wholelottalove #livemusic #gigs   Instagram media siralasdairmcdougall - #RobertPlant at the #glasgowroyalconcerthall for the #bertjansch tribute gig. Stunning. #LedZeppelin #Blur #Glasgow #Legends

pikore.com/crisjodieharrison http://www.pikore.com/m/1176076651579482686_995025423                    pikore.com/siralasdairmcdougall http://www.pikore.com/m/1175573913753812080_2900190


Instagram media scottj101 - Tonight is Bert Jansch: A Concert For Bert Jansch #bertjansch #celticconnections2016

pikore.com/scottj101 http://www.pikore.com/m/1175581316745091112_22177901


These are from Earth Recordings Facebook:




Bert Inspired...at Celtic Connections album https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.629164800555233.1073741850.415313035273745&type=3


From Bert Jansch Official Facebook:


Photo: James Nicholls



Some more photos of Robert and with the SSS can be found here: http://www.beimages.net/latest/2016/02/01/robert_plant_in_concert,_the_glasgow_royal_concert_hall?filter=E


BBC Music has a large collection of performances from Celtic Collections 2016. The Bert Jansch tribute shows have yet to appear, but hopefully these well-received, festival-closing concerts will eventually be included:


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Another July concert has been added to the summer tour!

Robert Plant to play Plzeň

08 February 2016  Raymond Johnston

Robert Plant at Colours of Ostrava in 2014. Photo: Mantas Ciuksys

Former Led Zeppelin frontman will be with the Sensational Shape Shifters 

One of rock‘s leading figures will be back in the Czech Republic, this time to another city: Plzeň, on July 27. He was in Brno in July 2015 and in Ostrava in July 2014. He was last in Prague in 2005.



Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters
When: July 27 at 7 p.m.
Where: Lochotínský Amfiteátr, Plzeň


Most of his fans are probably interested in his older material, and he usually sprinkles a few Led Zeppelin hits throughout the show, with different turning up each tour. “Going to California,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Black Dog” are the songs he has performed live most often. It is highly unlikely he will do “Stairway to Heaven.”

He does the old material with new arrangements and instrumentation, adding a bit of world music influence and giving them a bluesier feel.

He headlined the Colours of Ostrava festival in 2014, kicking off his show with “What is and What Never Should Be” and building up to a medley of “Whole Lotta Love” and “Who Do You Love.” He did “Rock and Roll” as an encore.

In Brno in 2015 he launched the show with “Trampled Under Foot” working his way through “Dazed and Confused” and closing with a medley of “Cross Road Blues” / “I Just Wanna Make Love to You” / “You Need Love” / “Whole Lotta Love” / “Who Do You Love” / “Whole Lotta Love.” “Rock and Roll” again closed the show.

With his new group, Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters, he released the album Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar in 2014, so far the first studio album with that group. It had good reviews and made it into the Top 10 charts in several countries, including the number 2 spot in the UK, Hungary and Norway.

The group also released a live album in 2012.

The band is built in part on people he worked with previously and includes West African musician Juldeh Camara, drummer Dave Smith, keyboardist John Baggott, multi-instrumentalist Justin Adams, guitarist Liam Tyson and bassist Billy Fuller.

The exact tour lineup has not been announced and dates are still being added. He kicks off the tour July 1 in Belgium.

Plant has played Prague four times, first in 1993 on his Fate of Nations Tour. He was in Prague twice in 1998 with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page on the Walking into Everywhere tour and in 2005 with his group Strange Sensation for the Mighty ReArranger tour.





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Somehow I forgot to add extra info about the July 1 show which will be part of the Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium (June 30 - July 3, 2016):


Robert Plant will always be known as Led Zeppelin’s frontman. From 1968 until 1980 the British foursome was the ultimate rock band; successful, influential, and loud. In his solo career, Plant has chosen adventure as often as possible. His life mantra: ‘Dig deep and celebrate the past. But beware of nostalgia and keep it fresh’. No sooner said than done. ‘Raising Sand’ (2007), a collaboration with American singer and violinist Alison Krauss, was reckoned to be one of the best country albums of the century, and won six Grammy Awards. With The Sensational Space Shifters, Plant delves into African music, Delta blues and gospel. He also comes up with new interpretations of Zeppelin classics. Standards include ‘Black Dog’, ‘Going to California’ and the eternal crowd-pleaser ‘Whole Lotta Love’. The Sensational Space Shifters have accompanied Plant since 2012 on a pretty much uninterrupted world tour.


Various ticket options available here: http://www.rockwerchter.be/en/tickets

Extra ticket infohttp://www.rockwerchter.be/en/practical-info/tickets


Check out the other eclectic acts throughout the festival: http://www.rockwerchter.be/en/line-up




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A couple of shows have been booked for August:

Meersburg Schlossplatz, Meersburg, Germany (2-8-2016):



Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant are in the summer in Meersburg his only concert in Germany!

All good things come in threes: Meersburg Open Air was first expanded this summer to a total of three concert days. Besides Sarah Connor (3:08.) And Rea Garvey (04:08.) Will be his only concert in Germany in the summer of 2016 on the Palace Square, the legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant (02:08.). Robert Plant gained with the hard rock band Led Zeppelin world fame. From its foundation in 1968 to 1980, he was the lead singer of British rock band with more than 300 million albums sold the most successful groups of hard rock era. Song classics like "Whole Lotta Love", "Black Dog", "Looking For Love" and "Stairway To Heaven" set the benchmark in rock history. After dissolution of the band Robert Plant launched a versatile solo career, during which he was repeatedly awarded prizes, including five Grammys 2009 for collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss. Next summer, the exceptional singer, who is known for his distinctive vocal style, present in Meersburg alongside his new songs of course unforgettable Led Zeppelin classic.

MEERSBURG OPEN AIR - Meersburg, Schlossplatz

ROBERT PLANT - The only concert in Germany! 
Tue, 02 August 2016 | 20:00 | 62, - Euro - TICKETS AVAILABLE


Tickets available either via http://www.koko.de/de/event-details/639/robert-plant or http://www.robertplant.com/#road

Check out Meersburg Open Air Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meersburgopenair/ (It's in German).




Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, UK (runs August 4 -7, 2016):

Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips and Crystal Fighters to headline Oxfordshire's Wilderness festival - while Raymond Blanc cooks for punters


Tim Hughes, Features and Music Editor / Tuesday 23 February 2016

LED Zeppelin star Robert Plant and American alternative rock band The Flaming Lips have been named as headliners of this year’s Wilderness festival.

They join an impressive line-up at the music gathering, held at Cornbury Park, Charlbury, which also includes electro-folk band Crystal Fighters, Grammy-nominate soul-pop singer Lianne La Havas, jazz-house artist Parov Stellar, Oxford’s Glass Animals, and drum and bass DJ Goldie – who performs with the Heritage Orchestra – famous for performing rave and dance classics on classical instruments.

Also unveiled for the four-day event, which takes place from August 4-7, are singer-songwriter Matt Corby, Shura, Tourist, Georgia, Rosie Lowe, Elias and the Hackney Colliery Band.

As in previous years, there will also be a strong culinary line-up, with banquets catered by Oxford’s Raymond Blanc of double Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons at Great Milton, Skye Gyngell and Virgilio Martinez. More intimate chef’s table dinners will be presided over by Christian Puglisi (of Relae, Copenhagen), Robin Gill (The Dairy), Tomos Parry (Kitty Fisher’s) and Lee Westcott (Typing Room).

Late night parties will be hosted in the festival’s secluded valley by Andrew Weatherall, Chjcago house maestro Derrick Carter, Jackmaster, PBR Streetgang, last year’s star DJ Tom Middleton, and the aforementioned Goldie.

There will also be performances by Rambert, Ronnie Scott’s and the Wilderness Orchestra – who will present a tribute to David Bowie, along with special guests.

Vocalist Robert Plant will play the festival with his Sensational Space Shifters on what will be the only UK date on his 2016 tour.

He said: “In recent times The Space Shifters and I have found a natural home for our music in beautiful places that often carry their own unique resonance.

“I know the Wilderness Festival is one of those places and I’m really looking forward to summoning our madness there.”

The Flaming Lips will be performing their seminal album The Soft Bulletin.

Sebsatian Pringle, frontman of Crystal Fighters said he was also looking forward to playing the picturesque site: “Wilderness is the quintessential English countryside music festival, done properly,” he said.

“There are amazing bands, art, food, drink, comedy and so much more. Crystal Fighters played there in its inaugural year, and you could just tell it was the beginning of something so magical. I have been checking out the poster every year since and the each time the line-up is unquestionably brilliant. Viva Wilderness!”

Mr Blanc's banquet was one of the highlights of last year's festival.

He said: "Last year I presented two bustling banquets at Wilderness. We had over 800 lively guests, with smiles on their faces and costumes at the ready.
"What a fabulous experience and an awesome way to party!

Oxford Mail:

  • Cooking up a flavour: Raymond Blanc OBE  

"It was a first for me, and I can't wait to come back. It is such a fantastic way to bring together music lovers who celebrate food.

"For me, Wilderness is where you can spend time with family and friends, with so much to see, hear and taste. A brilliant way to spend a weekend in Oxfordshire.” 

More names are still to be announced.

Tickets cost from £164+booking fee from ticketmaster.co.uk/wilderness



In fact, more names have been announced, and there's a more detailed write-up about the performers and events here: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/news/16/160223a.shtml


From the Wilderness Festival site: 

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters

The Main Stage

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One of a generation of British kids, drawn without rhyme or reason, to sounds from a far away world. A world of field holler, despair, Levee camp and chain-gang moans; of Saturday night fish-fry and Juke Joint foot stomp. A million miles lay between the brooding pulse of Mississippi Delta life and the sanitized shelter of the timid English boy, circa 1962.

50 years on – drawing from a lifetime of adventures, tracking the dark, beautiful resonator, Plant follows his heart and lifts his voice higher and joyous ever away and beyond. A voice of experience and learning from the sounds of Southside Chicago Electric Blues; of Griot mantras from West Africa; from Louisiana Dance Halls; Greenwich Village Folk hangover; Haight Ashbury indulgences; Moroccan medina breakbeat; the early English radical techno materials, Texas two-step and Bristol dubstep.

Before his recent projects in Nashville with Alison Krauss and Band of Joy, Plant worked alongside the very interesting force, “Strange Sensation”, recording the critically acclaimed, multi-Grammy nominated albums – “Dreamland” and “Mighty Rearranger”. From this platform, Sensational Space Shifters has developed. Now together these confederates and conspirators dig deeper and more intensely, always twisting and turning, bringing the past into a brilliant technicolour present.



Wilderness Festival 2016 Programme listing performers and activities: https://www.wildernessfestival.com/2016-programme/ (A Shakespeare play will be performed!)


Wilderness Festival Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildernessfestival/

and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WildernessHQ

The article states that this is their only UK stop (though I wonder whether that just means up to this point? Seems like more dates keep sprinkling the summer tour here and there...).

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Austin City Limits is proud to announce three new tapings. Singer and songwriter Robert Plant, returns to our stage for the first time in more than a decade on March 21, singer/multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens makes her ACL debut on April 25 and rock stars Florence + the Machine come back for their second visit on May 20.

Plant travels to ACL as part of his "Southern Journey," visiting the "places that gave birth to so much of the music I love." with a select run of live dates dubbed the "Blues...Roots and Hollers" tour. The music icon celebrates the American South as a continuation of the eclectic soulful journey he began since leaving Led Zeppelin decades ago. He has spent many years exploring Americana music and America itself, traveling through the U.S. and collaborating with roots musicians, including Alison Krauss for 2009's six-time Grammy-winning album Raising Sand. Plant's acclaimed 10th studio album, 2014's lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar,  combines his love of everything from American country blues and rockabilly to British folk, Moroccan trance music and West African griot into a vision all his own. Joined by his diverse, versatile six-piece band The Sensational Space Shifters for this appearance, Plant adds, "Having just begun work on our new album, we thought we'd take time out to raise a little sand and welcome springtime with one more adventure, another celebration of life and song."



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I just ordered my ticket for Robert's show at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas on March 15, 2016.  A mere 10 days from today.  I had mentioned before that I am not so much of a fan of Robert's new style of reinterpreting Led Zeppelin classics (I prefer them hard and heavy - like the way he did them on the "Now and Zen" and "Manic Nirvana" tours - almost 30 years gone).  However, this is Mr. Robert Anthony Plant.  When He comes to Dallas, Texas, there is no way that I am going to pass up an opportunity to see my favorite singer and an active real life living legend. 

Ticket price:  $60.77.

Edited to add:  If there is anyone on this Forum who will also be attending this Robert Plant concert and may want to meet, I should be easy to identify.  I will be the one wearing a Led Zeppelin t-shirt.  You can't miss me. 

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Robert Plant to perform at Guy Garvey's Meltdown

Robert Plant will join other musicians in an all-day event addressing the refugee crisis as part of Meltdown festival this year.

The former Led Zeppelin frontman will perform during The Boat We're In, a concert to launch Refugee Week at Southbank Centre in London. Mercury Award-nominated Nick Mulvey and singer-songwriter Nadine Shah will also take part, along with 2016 Meltdown director Guy Garvey. The concert, which takes place on June 19, will also include Southbank Sinfonia and choirs.  

Robert Plant: 'There's only me, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart left'

Before that, however, Meltdown will see performances from an eclectic range of artists. Texan balladeer Josh T Pearson will reunite with his former Lift to Experience bandmates for their first show in 15 years on June 10. I Am Kloot will perform Sky at Night, their Mercury Award-nominated 2010 album, in full on June 13.

Laura Marling will return to Southbank Centre to perform tracks from her fourth and fifth albums on June 18, and Femi Kuti, the afrobeat musician and son of Fela Kuti, will be playing a one-off show at the Royal Festival Hall on June 11.

Aside from The Boat We're In, Garvey will give a solo concert, performing songs from his first solo album Courting the Squall, alongside special guests on June 17.

Garvey said of his role as director: "I've not overthought it. I've put together a bill I'd love to see and I've made sure there’s something for everyone. All time greats that have never been far from the cutting edge, to brand new talent worthy of more attention and some reunions I never thought I'd see."



The full list of events so far:

LIFT TO EXPERIENCE – Friday 10 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall

DRUNK AT VOGUE – Friday 10 June, 10:30pm, Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

FEMI KUTI – Saturday 11 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall

KOG & THE ZONGO BRIGADE / AFRIQUOI - Saturday 11 June, 10:30pm, Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

THIS IS THE KIT – Saturday 11 June, 7:00pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

MELTDOWN THE RIVER - Saturday 11 June, 12:30pm & 6:30pm, Meltdown Party Boat (departs from Royal Festival Hall)

I AM KLOOT – Monday 13 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall

THE STAVES – Tuesday 14 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall

EVIDENTLY – Tuesday 14 June, 7:30pm, Blue Room at Royal Festival Hall

CONNAN MOCKASIN – Wednesday 15 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall

GUY GARVEY – Friday 17 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall

LAURA MARLING – Saturday 18 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall

THE BOAT WE’RE IN – Sunday 19 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall

REFUGEES WELCOME – Sunday 19 June, 1-7pm, across public spaces at Royal Festival Hall
How do I get tickets?

Tickets will be on sale to Southbank Centre members on March 16 at 10am, and to general public on March 18 at 10am.



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Amazing show put on this past Sunday night at the St. Augustine Ampitheatre.  His voice was the best it's ever been in the 30+ years I've been going to his shows.  The band was as tight as ever!  Great night!  He hasn't put "the Dog" down yet as evidence shows in the earlier post....  Fixin To Die was one of the biggest highlights to me - but THIS song was THE highlight for me... "The Rain Song".  Simply amazing!  Enjoy!

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28 minutes ago, ebk said:

Looks like a fabulous show Walter!  So glad you enjoyed it. 


I really hope he does a show or two around here this year...

It was, ebk, it really was!  Long day/night, but well worth it!


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