A Freshers’ Week ceilidh at Brasenose College has come under fire for being “inauthentic” and using music “not at all recognisable to the Scots in the room.”One Brasenose fresher complained of “the misuse of the Scottish term ‘ceilidh’”, which “confused some of us who were expecting something that reminded us of home”.Another told Cherwell: “The dances we all know and love were nowhere to be seen. The fact that the band was entirely English, while not necessarily an issue if they give an authentic ceilidh, did then seem as if the event had little interest in recreating an authentic ceilidh.”One student complained to the Brasenose JCR committee, calling the event “a bit problematic” and saying that “if they didn’t want a proper ceilidh they shouldn’t have called it that, and if they did they should have done more research”.Speaking on behalf of the Brasenose JCR, JCR President Manish Binukrishnan told Cherwell: “I’d like to apologise on behalf of Brasenose JCR to any in our community who felt that the Fresher’s Week Ceilidh was an inappropriate representation of Scottish culture.“Our intention was to represent a variety of cultures, so there were also Welsh and Irish Ceilidh dances. However, we’re committed to coordinating with our Scottish students to make sure the next Fresher’s Week Ceilidh is appropriately advertised, and that our Burn’s Night Ceilidh in February is as authentic as possible.“We had run this even both in Fresher’s Week and after Burn’s Night successfully for many years, but we’re always willing to improve and make Brasenose as representative as possible so we can celebrate and promote cultures in a respectful manner.”
For fans of Eddie Roberts, Don’t miss The New Mastersounds at their special post-Phish late night show on New Year’s Eve at Irving Plaza in New York City. Click here for more information, or here to purchase tickets. For the 2017 edition of Brooklyn Comes Alive, Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds and Alan Evans of Soulive debuted their new band called Matador! Soul Sounds. Having missed the first two years of Brooklyn Comes Alive, Roberts was a surefire candidate to appear in 2017. When contacted by the organizers of the event to build a super jam, he responded that he didn’t have a super jam nor a side project in mind that he wanted to perform with; rather, Roberts informed Brooklyn Comes Alive that, at this year’s event, he wanted to debut his new band to the world.Matador! Soul Sounds is Roberts’ collaboration with Soulive’s Alan Evans. The band formed out of a short tour with The New Mastersounds where Evans filled in on drums, and he and Roberts formed a deep musical connection. After recruiting Chris Spies on keys, Kevin Scott on bass, and Kimberly Dawson from Pimps Of Joytime and Adryon de León of Orgone on vocals, Matador! Soul Sounds hit the studio and recorded an album that will be released in 2018.While the record was still a work-in-progress back in September, Matador! had enough material to fill up a set, and the group planned to debut this previously unheard material to the world at Brooklyn Comes Alive. In the lead up to BCA 2017, Roberts discussed Matador! Soul Sounds with L4LM, explaining that the band is “drenched in funk” and that “everybody is part of the music. That is the vision for it.” Funk fans everywhere were excited to hear what the new band had to offer once they unleashed their new music.Watch George Porter Jr., Skerik, And Mike Dillon Explore Far Reaches Of Funk At Brooklyn Comes AliveWhen the band hit the stage for the first time at Brooklyn Comes Alive (following a surprise warm-up show at the Ardmore Music Hall the night before), Roberts, Evans, and company blessed the Brooklyn Bowl audience with their unique brand of power-funk. Roberts’s guitar skills were on full display as he anchored the band with his funky, rhythmic playing. Alan Evans was the king of the pocket, pushing the band forward with his locked-in grooves and tight hits. Chris Spies was excellent on the organ, playfully setting the tone, while Kevin Scott held the low-end down on his bass. Dawson and de León were a breath of fresh air, infusing these funky songs with a soulful vibe that elevated the music to another stratosphere.Matador! Soul Sounds’ musical prowess was on full display throughout their performance at Brooklyn Comes Alive, and the audience responded with endless enthusiasm, clearly loving the new project. The band had a few standout moments, like their performance of the uptempo speed-funk track “Get Ready”—the lead single from Matador! Soul Sounds that was also released as a special, limited-edition vinyl at Brooklyn Comes Alive—and the James-Brown-esque instrumental number “Mr. Handsome”.Below, check out a video of “Mr. Handsome” from the band’s set at Brooklyn Comes Alive. While this song doesn’t feature vocalists Dawson and de León, it showcases the musical foursome of Matador! Soul Sounds, and everything they do best: infectious funk music that makes you want to dance.
Virat Kohli on Monday talked about flaws in England’s Test batting line-up a day after pacer James Anderson questioned the India captain’s batting technique. Anderson had said that Kohli’s technical flaws are not visible because of the helpful Indian tracks which lacked in pace and movement.There were some visible tense moments on the field on the final morning when Anderson walked out to bat at the fall of England’s ninth wicket. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja immediately surrounded Anderson to give him an earful before the umpires intervened. Kohli was also seen calming tempers but he did not mince words in summing up England’s abject batting performance.”I think it’s about the application. Their batsmen have hardly blocked six balls in-a-row and that’s something that we have worked on..in our defence. Defence is a very important aspect in India, if you don’t defend well, it is very difficult to counter the kind of bowling we have and we sensed that they don’t have enough faith in the way they went about their business,” Kohli, who has scored 2,580 runs in international cricket this year including three double centuries, said at the post-match presentation ceremony. (Match Highlights)Kohli has already amassed 640 runs in the ongoing five-Test series at an average of 128 and has been instrumental in India’s rise to the top of the world rankings.The 28-year-old, who scored his career-best 235 en route becoming the first captain ever to score double centuries in three consecutive series, further said India have really worked hard on their defence and they “thrive” on it.advertisement”Even in the second innings, they played a lot of high risk shots and we knew it’s just a matter of time before we get a couple of wickets and they will crumble down very quickly and they are not sure of taking the innings long. They just want to dominate and make runs. So, as soon as we plugged the boundaries, they literally had no way out because we knew our bowlers are very consistent and they are not so confident of their defence. That’s been one difference I will say that we have worked a lot on our defence in India and we thrive on it, we enjoy defending balls rather than scoring runs. I think it’s a difference in mindset as well,” he said after India defeated England by an innings and 36 runs to capture their fifth successive series.Anderson, who dismissed Kohli four times during India’s Test series in England in 2014, had said that the India captain was not tested enough in home conditions.”I am not sure if Virat Kohli has changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he has got are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England – with a bit more movement,” said England’s highest ever wicket-taker in Test matches.”When that (pace and movement) is not there, Kohli is very much suited to playing in these conditions. He is a very good player of spin – and if you are not bang on the money and don’t take your chances, he will punish you,” he added.’ASHWIN WASN’T PLEASED’Ashwin wasn’t pleased with whatever Anderson had said in the press conference. Ashwin told me on the ground, obviously I had no clue about it. I didn’t know what to make of it, I was laughing about it but Ashwin wasn’t too impressed. He let him know, not using any bad words honestly. He told me he was pretty disappointed with what he had said and it’s important to accept defeat. You know how Ashwin is. He’s to the point, he can really strike you well and he doesn’t need to say bad words, that’s exactly what happened and later on I told James (Anderson) that it’s fine and these things happen..so let’s move on with it.” (Delighted to have Ashwin in the team: Kohli)