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Golborne Variations Wins Cherished Portobello Film Festival Award
Another Piece of Music about a Place is a Hit for Sound of the Suburbs Songwriter. JC Carroll Guitarist and Songwriter with Punk Rock Legends the Members unveils his first multimedia Masterpiece at The Portobello Film festival. And Scoops Award.
GOLBORNE VARIATIONS WORLD PREMIERE ROCKS PORTOBELLO
Tim Burke, the man behind the Portobello Pop-up Cinema, an arthouse cinema nestling in the arches of the Westway in West London, had a noise complaint last month (2 September).
It wasn't the film or the band that annoyed the neighbours. It was the cheering at the end of an extraordinary world premiere performance of a piece called The Golborne Variations.
The Golborne Variations is a 30 minute film and live music performance masterminded by a man who has a history of annoying the neighbours: JC Carroll.
JC first came to fame in the 70’s and 80’s as singer, songwriter and guitarist with The Members, a pioneering punk band with a number of hits to their credit, including the seminal “Sound of the Suburbs”.
The premiere of the Golborne Variations represented a milestone for the 55 year old musician and composer behind it.
JC first wrote the mini pop-opera in 1983, but it took him 27 years to get round to recording it and another two years to assemble an ensemble to perform it.
Essentially a cycle of songs describing the sights, sounds, characters and smells of a road in north London, JC originally recorded it last year with a group of musicians, including Pink Floyds bass player, Guy Pratt.
As Guy wasn't available for the live performance, JC enlisted the bass player from his acoustic trio, Tony Reeves, together with an orchestra of drummers, guitarists, mandolin players, percussionists and opera singers.
The result was an impromptu performance to a silent film of the area (made with filmmaker Simon Godley).
The performance was a resounding success, leading to discussions with arthouse cinema programmers about taking The Golborne Variations into cinemas, as well as plans for a TV special.
STOP PRESS JC WON A SPECIAL AWARD AT THE FIM FESTIVAL... Here is his acceptance speech http://www.youtube.com/
JC's instructions to Players.. http://www.jccarroll.com/
To Find out more about how the original Album was Made http://www.jccarroll.com/
With this milestone behind him JC has now embarked on a tour of France and Italy with his seminal new wave/reggae band The Members, now augmented by the legendary Rat Scabies (ex-The Damned) on drums.
JC and original Members bass player Chris Payne are going back to their roots, playing to packed cubs all over Europe and bringing the million-selling "Sound of the Suburbs" and pioneering punk reggae "Offshore Banking Business" to a new young audience of European music fans.
When they come back from Europe the band will complete their first studio album in 28 years and the process of promotion and touring will begin again in earnest.
Add to this rumours of a collaboration with top American DJ's Armand Van Helden and A-Track and you get the picture of a man who is just starting out again.
Last month the influential NME magazine published a list of 501 forgotten master pieces that contained two JC Carroll compositions "Offshore Banking Business" from 1979 and "Caveman TV" from 2008.
For further information and photographs, please contact: (Robert Johnson Stoppress@mac.com + 447730832977)
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