doug skinner sings of cults

I suck. I meant to mention here several weeks ago that my friend Doug Skinner would be performing his show “The Musical Underbelly” every Thursday in October at Dixon Place. I don’t think that a write-up on MM.com would have put a lot of asses in the seats of the experimental New York theater, but it sounded so incredibly good that I wanted to share it. (I know I have at least a few readers in NYC based upon the emails I’ve been getting about the upcoming Pylon show there.) Here’s the description of the show as it ran on the Dixon Place site:

A guided tour of music from cults, secret societies, visionaries, mediums, and cranks: a concert of the damned and the forgotten.

Included in the line-up is Rosemary Brown, who channeled dead composers; a sample of the artificial language Solresol; agricultural plainchant; a tune from the 19th century African-American sex magician Paschal Beverly Randolph; playing card melodies; an Odd Fellows funeral hymn; music by Athanasius Kircher, Rameau’s Nephew, and the Count of Saint-Germain; and much more. Doug Skinner will sing, and play keyboard and fretted instruments; he will be joined by a violist.

Anyway, if that sounds like it would have been up your alley, I apologize. Like I said at the beginning of this post, I suck.

For what it’s worth, however, you can experience Doug online. A pro-ukulele site called Uke Cabaret has just posted some footage of him and his friend Carmen playing some songs… Enjoy.

[If there were a way, I’d have a link to Doug playing something like “Are You Havin’ Any Fun” every time he left a comment on the site… Actually, I should make a rule that no one can comment without first sending video of themselves singing. Wouldn’t that be great if you could just click a button and see every commenter singing? I think that would be incredibly cool.]

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  1. Bee
    Posted November 14, 2007 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    The show sounds great. I’m sorry I missed it. I don’t live in New York, but I’ve been known to drive hundreds of miles to hear the songs of the damned and forgotten. If there is video of this performance please post it.

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