Due to uncontrollable circumstances yours truly, The Stately DJ WAYNE MANOR, had to stop the MYSTERY MONDAYS series at HATAGAYA HEAVY SICK. The final party was a meeting of cultures and folk styles that could only happen in Japan. ISHIBUTAI, consisting of Black&Blue's bewitching songstress MARI coupled with an expert shamisen (that's a traditional string instrument native to Japan) played a haunting set of blues twinged with traditional Japanese sounds. Accompanying the set was a kinda didactic, cryptic even, photography show-and-tell of local history & art. Then, fresh from playing the mega St. Patrick's party WILD ROVER, ALLY BAND gave us a set of trad Irish music; bagpipes outta hell with a punk edge! And the gang had the energy to go meet up with THE POGUES on their Japan jaunt later that week! UNCLEOWEN records chief sauntered out too and spun some tunes from his label and collection while I played a mix of group sounds & Irish folk tunes! Only in Japan!!!! Unfortunately I could only find a vid of ALLY BAND for this nite, so I will post a vid of ISHIBUTAI shining on another occasion.
(ALLY BAND at the last MYSTERY MONDAYS; ALLY GO BRAGH!)
(Shamisen blues unit ISHIBUTAI!!!)