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A Bit Of Velvet Underground, Anyone?

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While rummaging through my hard drive, I found this recording from 2007 - a version of "Sister Ray" by The Velvet Underground, reimagined for duet concertina, acoustic guitar, and acoustic bass guitar.

 

In the interests of being "family-friendly" I should say that if you're not familiar with the song, it's a particularly sordid Lou Reed paean to, amongst other things, drugs, prostitution and murder - it's basically an urban folk ballad, really, but not for the queasy of stomach.

 

Anyway, it rolls along quite nicely, I think - I was pleasantly surprised when I heard it again after all this time.

 

https://soundcloud.com/5357311/sister-ray-velvet-underground-cover-acoustic-w-concertina

Edited by StuartEstell

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This is great! Thanks for posting it. I'm always on the lookout for people playing pop tunes on concertina. You do an excellent job here---the song works really well.

 

And you kind of sound like Lou Reed, IMO! :)

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Drugs, prostitution, and murder?

I'm in!!!

 

Seriously, great take. I've always wondered how a concertina would

work with rock n roll. Very nicely, it seems.

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Sister Ray is one of my all time favourite VU tracks… and this acoustic version with a concertina is great! I get a real kick out of listening to instruments that were originally intended for a certain style of music, playing something quite the opposite. Really enjoyed this… thanks Stuart

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Definitely! Yes, she is a local treasure. I've seen her play many times. The wonderful video on the main page of her website right now was recorded about 1/2 mile from my abode: http://www.lorigoldston.com/

 

best,

steven

 

Tremendous - I was sad to miss her on her recent European tour. I've seen her live with Earth and solo a number of times. Superb musician - and a lovely lady to boot.

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I love the concertina in this song. You manage to play it so that the concertina is playing both an organ part and replacing the viola. Very versatile playing. More, more, more!

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