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ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Sweet Billy Pilgrim: We Just Did What Happened and No One Came [2016 Kscope Remix/Remaster]

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Sweet Billy Pilgrim
We Just Did What Happened and No One Came
Kscope Music
2016 (2005)

My how things have changed. Upon first encountering Britain's Sweet Billy Pilgrim at the 2007 Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Norway, funding was so diminutive that singer/songwriter/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/erstwhile leader Tim Elsenberg was unable to bring the full group; instead, he ...

ARTICLE: MEET THE STAFF

Meet John Kelman

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I currently live in: Ottawa, Canada

I joined All About Jazz in: 2004

What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? After deciding to start writing about music in about 2001, and starting at smaller websites, I was approached by All About Jazz in late 2003, with the question: “We've ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt 2012: Kristiansand, Norway, September 6-8, 2012

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Punkt Festival
Kilden Performing Arts Centre
Kristiansand, Norway
September 6-8, 2012
Another year, another Punkt. If that sounds flippant or dismissive, that's not the intention; instead, it's a reflection that a year simply isn't complete without visiting Kristiansand, Norway, for the Live Remix festival that continues to expand its network and garner attention ...

Sweet Billy Pilgrim: Crown and Treaty

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Sweet Billy Pilgrim
Crown and Treaty
Luxor Purchase
2012

Leaping onto the scene overnight might appear to have its advantages, but there are plenty of disadvantages, too. Building an audience incrementally, over a period of time, often allows an artist to evolve without the same degree of mass expectation that comes ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt 2011: Kristiansand, Norway, September 1-3, 2011

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Punkt Festival 2011
The Agder Theatre
Kristiansand, Norway
September 1-3, 2011
It was almost not meant to be. Plagued by a combination of airline snafus and the residual effects of Hurricane Irene--which had hit the northeast coast of the United States a few days earlier, creating (amidst other much more serious results) a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt Festival 2010

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The trials and tribulations of international travel--flight delays, missing or damaged baggage, and increasing limitations on said baggage--can be enough to frustrate even the most patient and seasoned world traveler. But despite an almost incredible confluence of problems flying to Kristiansand, Norway, for Punkt 2010, once there all such problems were forgotten. Punkt is simply too ...

Sweet Billy Pilgrim: Twice Born Men

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In the 21st century nothing is sacred, but in the best possible way. Cultural, stylistic and sonic cross-pollination is today's de facto standard, with sound processing, sampling and post-production creating previously unheard aural landscapes. Sweet Billy Pilgrim--largely the brainchild and creation of lead singer/songwriter/multi- instrumentalist Tim Elsenburg, but unmistakably colored by band mates, banjoist Anthony Bishop ...