24 August 2011

Jim Eanes (and much more) on YouTube

Thanks to Jan Michielsen of 4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/B) for this link to the YouTube channel set up by Dennis Schut (NL). The channel includes many videos showing the great Jim Eanes (1923-95), performing or being interviewed c.1990, both in Europe and in the USA.

Jim at the time looked much the same as on the cover of his Rebel CD Classic bluegrass (above), and is shown performing both solo and with full bands. Some of the European musicians shown have since played in Ireland - Jurgen Biller with 4 Wheel Drive and Lody van Vlodrop with the Blue Grass Boogiemen (NL). Very much worth watching, despite background noise; Jim was in fine voice and chose (and wrote) good material, and what he has to say about his life in music is of great interest.

Jan also sends links to videos on his own Cheap Aldi Camera Productions channel: a reunion show by Helmut & the Hillbillies (D) in Thun, Switzerland, this year; a tribute to Ulli Sieker, mandolinist and fiddler with the Looping Brothers (D) and 4 Wheel Drive; Jurgen Biller and friends at the Banjoree 2009, 1 and 2; and 4 Wheel Drive at 'Folk in Schlosshof', shot at the beginning of July 2011. Have fun identifying the musicians from 2011 who also played with Jim Eanes twenty-one years ago!

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