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Bag of Tricks vol 2

by James Gilmore

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Mayflower 13:06
Scouts 12:15
Good Driver 17:20



The music presented here is a metaphor for anarchy. It is leaderless, improvisational, yet fastidiously composed; it celebrates free development of thought and action. This music simultaneously celebrates collective and individualist artist expression of love and trust.

Anthropologist and coiner of the phrase ‘We are the 99%’, David Graeber said, “Anarchism is direct democracy; democracy without the government..acting as if you are already free.” Democracy means “rule by the people”. The etymology for democracy is from two Greek words: demos, meaning "the common people", and kratos, meaning “rule” or “power”. "People Power"

The musicians involved on this live recording gathered at Neptune’s in Raleigh during the first two months of 2017, arranged in (to use an anachronism) “combos” by the gentle hand of James Gilmore, to reflect, comment, muse, and pray for our current time and the future of the planet. In this freely improvised music, the compositional aspect is represented by the choice of the players in the ensemble.

We know the universe is expanding and evidence is mounting, that suggests the universe is conscious, if so, then music is as well. As the late great comedian Bill Hicks said in his famous LSD routine “...all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration...we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we're the imagination of ourselves”.

This music proves you don’t need to drop acid to have that realization.

-F. Vattel Cherry 09/09/17


released June 21st 2018

James Gilmore - guitar
Butler Knowles - bass
Karen Strittmatter-Galvin - violin
Shawn Galvin - percussion

Out and Gone Music OG07

Recorded by Jamie Keesecker
Produced by Jamie Keesecker and James Gilmore
Mastered by Andrew Weathers

Recorded January 25th, 2017 live at Neptune's Parlour, Raleigh NC.

All music by Shawn Galvin, James Gilmore, Butler Knowles and Karen Strittmatter-Galvin.
Artwork by James Gilmore.

Copyright 2018. All Rights Reserved.


released June 21, 2018


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James Gilmore Greensboro, North Carolina

noise, improvisations, the blues

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