Written In Music reviews Twinkle Twinkle


 Door Cis van Looy op 11 januari 2018

Execute American Folklore was al niet het meest toegankelijke werk, van de eigenzinnige uit Ithaca, met Twinkle Twinkle neemt Johnny Dowd de warrige draad van de voorganger op. Vanaf de openingstune Execute American Flokore, Again een wordt de luisteraar met een elektronische brij met daarbovenop het ondertussen vertrouwde, gegromde parlando geconfronteerd, regelmatig komt de ijle zang van Anne Coogan daarbij. Met uitzondering van het titelnummer zorgde Dowd met enige hulp van Michael Edmondson uitsluitend voor ‘de muziek’.

Hij nadert ondertussen de zeventig maar zijn experimenteerdrift is geenszins  getemperd. Alom bekende singalong tunes uit het grote Amerikaanse songbook worden met synthesizers en primitieve elektronische instrumentatie in, op het eerste gehoor vormeloze, hallucinante klanktapijten getransformeerd.

Het zijn niet bepaald de mooiste klanktaferelen, meestal ontaarden de traditionals, enkel herkenbaar door de vertrouwde tekstflarden, in een beangstigde soundtrack die wellicht niet alleen puristisch georiënteerde luisteraars de gordijnen injaagt en vrij snel doet afhaken. Als je het even langer volhoudt ontdek je Trouble in Mind. Dat nummer passeert hier op een logge beatbox structuur, ongetwijfeld de meest opmerkelijke versie van de niet alleen in jazz en blues milieus tot klassieker uitgegroeide song die pianist Richard M.Jones in de vroege jaren twintig van vorige eeuw componeerde.

Met Red River Valley wordt nog een oudere folktune in een bizarre rocker getransformeerd. Het duurt even voor in de grillige structuren St James Infarmary Blues of Jon The Revelator ontdekken. Met de macabere spoken word versie van The House Of The Rising Sun en My Darling Clementine verloopt dat vlotter.

Het beluisteren van deze langspeler is geen gemakkelijke opgave, we vermoeden dat vooral Dowd zichzelf amuseerde tijdens de opnamesessies. Ongetwijfeld enkel geschikt voor avontuurlijk ingestelde adepten in een nooit voltooide zoektocht naar curiositeiten. Muzikale amateurs die aan dat profiel beantwoorden komen ongetwijfeld aan hun trekken op de komende tournee met Melle de Boer.

Tracklisting Twinkle, Twinkle:

  1. Execute, American Folklore, Again
  2. Twinkle, Twinkle, Litter Sister
  3. The Cuckoo
  4. Trouble In Mind
  5. Going Down  The Road Feeling Bad
  6. St.James Infirmary Blues
  7. Red River Valley
  8. Rock Of Ages
  9. John The Revelator
  10. Tom Dooley
  11. House Of The Rising Sun
  12. Oh, My Darling Clementine
  13. Job 17: 11-17

Foto: Kat Dalton

 – Original Site

Execute American Folklore was not the most accessible work, from the idiosyncratic from Ithaca, with Twinkle Twinkle Johnny Dowd takes on the messy thread of the predecessor. From the opening stand of Execute American Folkore, Again one, the listener is confronted with an electronic pulp and on top of that the familiar, growling parlando, regularly accompanied by the thin vocals of Anne Coogan. With the exception of the title track, Dowd, with some help from Michael Edmondson, only took care of ‘the music’.

He approaches the seventy in the meantime, but his experimental drive is by no means tempered. Well-known singalong tunes from the great American songbook are transformed into hallucinatory sound tapestries with first-class formulas and primitive electronic instrumentation.

They are not exactly the most beautiful sound scenes, usually the traditionals, only recognizable by the familiar text fragments, degenerate into a frightening soundtrack that may not only stimulate puristically oriented listeners to pull the curtains and quickly pull them off. If you persist for a while, you will discover Trouble in Mind . That song passes here on a cumbersome beatbox structure, undoubtedly the most remarkable version of the song that has not only become a classic in jazz and blues environments, which pianist Richard M.Jones composed in the early twenties of last century.

With Red River Valley an older folktune is transformed into a bizarre rocker. It takes a while to discover St James Infarmary Blues or Jon The Revelator in the erratic structures. With the macabre spoken word version of The House Of The Rising Sun and My Darling Clementine that goes float .

Listening to this long player is not an easy task, we suspect that Dowd especially amused himself during the recording sessions. Undoubtedly only suitable for adventurous adepts in a never completed search for curiosities. Musical amateurs who answer that profile will undoubtedly get their money’s worth on the upcoming tour with Melle de Boer.

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Haarlems Dagblad interview with Johnny Dowd



 – By Peter Bruyn






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Execute American Folklore Tour

Johnny Dowd tours Europe this month with “Execute American Folklore

To try to categorize Johnny Dowd: Ithaca, New York’s legendary, idiosyncratic genius, is like trying to hold back a hurricane with a windbreak. It’s just not possible.To do so would be foolhardy, to say the least.

Far from trying to alienate an audience, or create his own chin-stroking niche, for his tenth album, Execute American Folklore, that has been released half September, Dowd has delivered his most accessible yet. As he says: “I thought every record I made, with the exception of Wrong Side of Memphis, would be my ticket into the main stream and big record sales. The fact that I have been wrong each time doesn’t discourage me.”

From the opening bars of “Unease and Deviance” to the final, sing-along joviality of “A World Without Me” a duet with the fabulous Anna Coogan who floats through the album with unrestrained glee, it’s clear that Johnny has had a great deal of fun making this record.

Held together with pulsating rhythms and drive, beatbox and synths pumping out mercurial beats while Dowd’s unmistakable tones pierce the songs like a maniacal cheerleader for the masses, Dowd charts a territory bordered by futuristic funk on one side and exploratory electronica on the other. Dowd’s aural playground is a place for everyone to gorge themselves on the fine fruits of a master aural manipulator at play.


Mark Lotterman followed Johnny Dowd on his European tour in 2015

Execute American Folklore not only pushes the envelope one step further for a musician who tore up the rule book years ago, it reaffirms Dowd’s place as one of America’s creative ambassadors of invention, mirth, and sonic wonderment. Hell, this is even a Dowd record you can dance to! And so can you, as he will be on tour in Europe all October!

12-10-2016: Haarlem (NL) @ Patronaat *
13-10-2016: Norderstedt (DE) @ Music Star *
14-10-2016: Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe *
15-10-2016: Zeist (NL) @ De Peppel *
17-10-2016: Zurich (CH) @ El Lokal *
19-10-2016: Bristol (UK) @ The Thunderbolt *
20-10-2016: Liverpool (UK) @ Dumbulls *
21-10-2016: Bovey Tracey (UK) @ Edgemoor Hotel *
22-10-2016: North York Moorse (UK) @ The Band Room *
23-10-2016: Glasgow (UK) @ O2 ABC2 Glasgow *
24-10-2016: Colwyn Bay (UK) @ Tape Community
25-10-2016: London (UK) @ The Islington º
26-10-2016: Eye (UK) @ The Bank Eye º
27-10-2016: Sheffield (UK) @ Greystones º
29-10-2016: Zemst (BE) @ GC De Melkerij º
30-10-2016: Eindhoven (NL) @ Bureau Beukorkest at TAC º

Dates marked with º will be opened by Mark Lotterman, all marked with * by Park Doing.

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Johnny Dowd Hits UK for Tour This Month

  • By Mark Whitfield

Apparently to try and categorize Johnny Dowd – Ithaca, New York’s legendary idiosyncratic genius – is like “trying to hold back a hurricane with a windbreak. It’s just not possible or indeed beneficial. To do so would be foolhardy , to say the least.”  If anyone has tried, do drop us a line.  Anyway you can read our review of his new album “Execute American Folklore” here or find out for yourself when he hits the UK in a couple of weeks for a string of dates.

Johnny Dowd 2016 UK Dates

19th October – The Thunderbolt. BRISTOL
20th October – Dumbulls, LIVERPOOL
21st October – Edgemoor Hotel, BOVEY TRACEY
22nd October – Band Room, FARNDALE
23rd October – ABC2, GLASGOW
24th October – TAPE Community Arts, OLD COLWYN
25th October – The Islington, LONDON
26th October – The Bank Eye, EYE
27th October – Greystones, SHEFFIELD

Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield is the long-suffering editor of Americana UK, conceiving the idea in a dark room in 2001, although he ran out of words to personally review anything in about 2007.

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Johnny Dowd Band

I am boarding a jet plane (or a prop plane, as the case will be out of the tiny Ithaca airport) to Amsterdam on Monday, to join Johnny Dowd on his European CD release tour. Looking forward to Dutch cheese, coffee, Belgium beers, and British egg and cress sandwiches. Onward. Dates listed on my tour page, or at http://www.johnnydowd.com.

 – Anna Coogan


Written In Music reviews Execute American Folklore



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Johnny Dowd is sometimes in the same dingy alley musical signaled where Waits, Cave and then Captain Beefheart himself quit on quirky music built stories in which characters often figure in the society.

Dowd has meanwhile exceeded and the mark of 65, not afraid to experiment.This is evident from the impressive long list of players that he delivered since it dates from ’95 and originally released on cassette Wrong Side Of Memphis, he already approaching fifty. Dowd grew up in Texas, Memphis and Oklahoma and put the moving company Zolar Moving Company in Ithaca, New York, which job he combines with his music.

On his new LP takes its elderly beatbox a prominent place, together with the distorted parties on keyboards and guitar, Dowd responds personally, the result is erratic but danceable stuff on witness unease and Disease. The bizarre 3:29:48 (birthdate Dowd) recounts his or fictional life story. The patter on funky grafted Last Laugh he talks about his parents. Sexual Revolution is not a happy story.Moreover, he places himself with his cold patter and explicit, often absurd beyond the usual harmonic structures of alt country and Americana. In Mr. Muggles dives for the first time trusted partner Anna Coogan to play with high thin. Rhumba In The Park is just a light snack.

Titles like Whiskey Ate My Brain and Brains-a-Flame make the ominous expectations entirely true while the monotonous rhythm this effect strengthened with resounding slides and understated vocal contribution of Coogan. The repetitive scansion in the extracted through the wringer Execute American Folklore sound like a ruthless reckoning. And A World Without Me duet with Coogan sounds at times as onscure garage rock from the sixties.

We now know for some time that Johnny Dowd withdrawal is far outside the regular circuit, it almost creates its own niche. Moreover, the musical outlaw knows how to surprise each time with each new assignment.That’s no different with the come with the help of fundraising achieved Execute American Folklore, a quirky musical statement which expanded Dowd will propose at the European tour in October.


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