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Tributes to George Harrison

Upcoming concerts:
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March 11th, 2017 7:30 - 9:30 * The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods, Elgin, TX

       Locations of Tributes       *       Musicians who've played       *       Songs Covered       *       Instruments used       


History:

The George Harrison Tributes are shows celebrating the music and life of the "Quiet Beatle." They began January 18th, 2005 at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas hosted by Ky Hote and Owl.

Everyone recognizes the name George Harrison (Feb. 25, 1943 - Nov. 29, 2001), but many people can't name any of the songs he wrote. Dubbed the "Quiet Beatle" or the "Spiritual Beatle," Harrison's guitar playing established the Beatle sound as much as Lennon & McCartney's songwriting. His well crafted guitar solos were never showy and he never wasted a note. On Rubber Soul, Harrison broadened their sound with the use of the sitar (Norwegian Wood) and Indian inspired compositions (Love You To). Frank Sinatra called Harrison's Something "the most beautiful love song ever written" Other Beatle classics he penned include Here Comes the Sun, Taxman, and If I Needed Someone. Although Lennon was thought of as the "political Beatle," Harrison wrote the most scathing commentary of the ruling class (Piggies). After the Beatles' breakup, Harrison recorded the first "solo Beatle" hits with All Things Must Pass and Give Me Love. Organizing The Concert for Bangladesh set the precedent for Live Aid and its many permeations.

The goal of the Tributes were not to imitate his music, but emulate it. We celebrate George as a songwriter, an instrumentalist and a spiritual guide. We've invited musicians in the community to come bring their favorite Harrison song or add a solo or harmony to the arrangements. Some musicians were recruited for their specific appropriateness for a song. Many of the musicians were unfamiliar with much of George's work and developed an appreciation for his music by getting involved.

Exhausted by Beatlemania and always being in the limelight, Harrison spent much his life living quietly with his wife Olivia and son Dhani. He founded Handmade Films to produce Monty Python's Life of Brian. Harrison never failed to appreciate laughter and even during his most devotional periods he included jokes in his album covers. Known for his affinity with the Krishna Consciousness Movement, Olivia Harrison said this about him, "he embraced the essence of all religions… he would gladly spend hours discussing God with an interested person."

We play songs from his whole career and demonstrating his integration of Indian music and western pop. We try to have some old vinyl artifacts as well. The first four Tributes ended with a medley of Brainwashed, including the lovely chanting that it finishes with, followed by My Sweet Lord. Other musical highlights include Isn't It A Pity featuring Guy Forsyth on vocals and saw, Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) arranged for banjo, Within You Without You featuring Oliver Rajamani playing tabla and Owl Morrison on viola and guest vocalists every year and the hard-bop jazz version of Blue Jay Way where a trumpeter appeared on stage totally impromptu.

George continued recording music and perfecting the slide guitar sound that was to be one of his distinct trademarks up until his death in 2003. In the late 90's he connected with the critics again with his release of Cloud Nine and his instigation of the Traveling Wilburys (with bandmates Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne). He was working on his album Brainwashed when he died of throat cancer. Finished by his son, Dhani, it stands as a fitting epitaph for a brilliant artist and a person who tried to spread light and joy with his works. His last words were "Love one another."



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Musicians who've performed at the Tributes:
(numbers in parenthesis indicate number of shows featured)

* Ky Hote (24)
*Owl Morrison (12)
* Michael Huebner (8)
* Ric Furley (6)
* Monte Mann (5)
* Jay Sea Campbell (4) * Paul Erlich (4) * Allan Gill (4) * Chris Huebner (4) * Brad Massengill (4) * Moses Morrison (4) * Gretchen Phillips (4) * Drina Seay (4) * Thom the World Poet (4) * Banjo Lisa Zwier (4)
* Austin Family Jewels (3) * Jeremiah Birnbaum (3) * Rob Halverson (3) * Jenifer Jackson (3) * Jim Hancock (3) * Francie Meaux Jeaux (3) * The Just Desserts (3) * Melissa Mulligan (3) * William Mulligan (3) * Bill Oliver (3) * Oliver Rajamani (3) * Michael Rubin (3) * Lisa Shawley (3) * Michael Shay (3) * Slim Richey Experience (3) * Elizabeth Suggs (3) * Paul Thornton (3) * Larry Wilson (3)

* David Amram (2) * Maia Archote (2) * Bill Bell (2) * Patric D'Eimon (2) * The Better Halves (2) * Danny Dolinger (2) * Ari Dvorin (2) * Guy Forsyth (2) * Kullen Fuchs (2) * Ruth Gerson (2) * James Gwynn (2) * Joel Harrison (2) * Samuel Holden (2) * Homeboy Steve (2) * John Inmon (2) * Southpaw Jones (2) * Tamar Korn (2) * Katerina Korolov (2) * Erik Lawrence (2) * Michelle Levy (2) * Julie Lowery (2) * Alena and Joe Mac (2) * Lauren Morris (2) * Chrissie Natoli (2) * Jimmy Joe Natoli (2) * Bruce Newman (2) * Carolyn Norulak (2) * Frank O'Gara (2) * Monica Passin (2) * John Pinamonti (2) * Dahktur Sick (2) * Kevin So (2) * Oliver Steck (2)
* Abhay Charan Das (1) * Michelle Alany (1) * Jorge A. de Armas (1) * Eric Ambel (1) * Alana Amram (1) * Norm Ballinger (1) * Johnny Barnett (1) * Shane Bartel (1) * Bedlam (1) * Jan Bell (1) * Garrin Benfield (1) * Bob Bielefeld (1) * Ali Birnbaum (1) * Lili Blessing (1) * Aimee Bobruck (1) * Craig Merlin Broer (1) * Kathena Bryant (1) * Emilie Cardineaux (1) * Carl Carrara (1) * Charles the flute player (1) * Chris the sitar player (1) * Shakey Bean Cobb (1) * Jackie Coleman (1) * Kiku Collins (1) * J. Bradley Collier (1) * Nick Connolly (1) * Dave (1) * Wendy Hale Davis (1) * Lauren Dickson (1) * Drew (1) * Kat Edmonson (1) * Ana Egge (1) * Elizabeth! (1) * Trevor Exter (1) * Faux Paws (1) * Anton Fier (1) * The Finer Things (1) * Danny Fast Fingers (1) * Grant Foster (1) * Laura Freeman (1) * Conraldo "Charry" Garcia (1) * Alicia Gill (1) * Suzanne Gilchrest (1) * Gregg the piano player (1) * Benjy Greenburg (1) * Mark Harris (1) * Renee Hart (1) * Gregor Harvey (1) * Sara Hickman (1) * Linda Hill (1) * Martin Hill (1) * io (1) * Gretchen Lynn Janzow (1) * Tom Johnson (1) * Emory Joseph (1) * Libby Kirkpatrick (1) * Alex Korolov (1) * Raina Leigh (1) * Leila (1) * Karen Lee Larson (1) * Tony Leone (1) * Adam Levy (1) * Dave Lindsay (1) * Todd Livingston (1) * The Lonesome Heroes (1) * Megan Malara (1) * Manu the tabla player (1) * Marcus the trumpet player (1) * Landry (Slydry) McMeans (1) * Jane Migliore (1) * Adam Minkoff Band (1) * Sonia Montez (1) * Barbara Morillo (1) * Owyl Mozey (1) * Amira Mudfaery (1) * Darin Murphy (1) * Lazarus Nichols (1) * Nick Oddy (1) * Sunny Ozell (1) * Lynette Perkins (1) * Cindy Pitts (1) * Lorenza Ponce (1) * Jon Price (1) * Brad Robinson (1) * Tom Roudenbush (1) * Rich Russell (1) * Sankarshan Das Adhikari (1) * Scott the organ player (1) * Katie Scheele (1) * Lance Shriner (1) * Sedley Sinclair (1) * Sitardelik (1) * Linda Sriro (1) * Scott Stein (1) * Steven (1) * Jim Stricklan (1) * the Sugarhorns (1) * Rebecca Turner Band (1) * Scotty Watson (1) * Jak White (1) * Vishnupriya devi dasi (1)
also featuring
the George O'Hara Singers
the Harry Georgeson Rhythm Section
L'Angelo Misterioso Rhythm Section
the Jai Raj Harrisein Singers

special thanks to
  • Anne Wright for graphic design
  • Will Person for video research



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Songs we've covered so far:
(numbers in parenthesis indicate number of shows featured)

* Here Comes the Sun (23)
* Something (22)
* I Want to Tell You (21)
* While My Guitar Gently Weeps (20)
* Art of Dying (19)
* Brainwashed (18) * Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (18) * My Sweet Lord (18)
* Beware of Darkness (17) * Taxman (17) * Savoy Truffle (17)
* Old Brown Shoe (16)
* I Me Mine (15)
* All Things Must Pass (14) * If I Needed Someone (14) * Within You Without You (14)
* Think For Yourself (13)
* Handle Me With Care (12) * Love You To (12) * Piggies (12)
* Awaiting on You All (11) * Isn't It A Pity (11) * Living in the Material World (11)* Long Long Long (11)
* Any Road (9) * Behind That Locked Door (9) * Don't Bother Me (9)
* Blue Jay Way (8) * Crackerbox Palace (8) * I Need You (8) * Sue Me Sue You Blues (8)
* Don't Let Me Wait Too Long (7) * It's All Too Much (7)
* The Light That Has Lighted The World (6)
* For You Blue (5) * Heading For the Light (5) * Let It Down (5) * Love Comes To Everyone (5) * Your Love Is Forever (5)
* All Those Years Ago (4) * Be Here Now (4) * Blow Away (4) * Deep Blue (4) * This Is Love (4)
* Apple Scruffs (3) * Dream Away (3) * End Of The Line (3) * Hear Me Lord (3) * Maya Love (3) * On The Bed (3) * Photograph (3) * What Is Life (3)* You Like Me Too Much (3)
* Bangladesh (2) * Cheer Down (2) * Devil's Radio (2) * I Dig Love (2) * In The First Place (2) * The Inner Light (2) * It's What You Value (2) * Only A Northern Song (2) * Run of the Mill (2) * Stuck Inside A Cloud (2) * Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond) (2) * Wah Wah (2) * When We Was Fab (2)
* Cloud Nine (1) * Cry For A Shadow (1) * Here Comes The Moon (1) * I'd Have You Anytime (1) * In Spite of All the Danger (1) * Let It Roll (Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp) (1) * Looking For My Life (1) * So Sad (1) * The Rising Sun (1) * Wonderwall Music Medley (Red Lady Too/On The Bed/Party Seacombe/Wonderwall To Be Here) (1)

Also: Hurricane Son Ky Hote (1) * If Not For You (Bob Dylan)(10) * Poem for George (Thom the World Poet) (4) * Devil in Her Heart (Richard B. Drapkin) (1) * Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (Carl Perkins) (1) * Kirtan for George (improvised) (1) * The Parrot Skit (Monty Python) (1) * Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry (1) * That's The Way God Planned It (Billy Preston) (1) * Three Cool Cats (Leiber & Stoller) (1)






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Instruments used:
(numbers in parenthesis indicate number of shows featured)

* Guitar (24) * vocals (24)
* electric guitar (16)
* slide guitar (15)
* drums (14)
* electric bass (13)
* viola (12)
* violin (10)
* ukulele (7)
* harmonica (6) * flute (6)
* upright bass (5) * accordion (5)
* tablas (4) * tambourine (4) * baritone sax (4) * cello (4) * piano (4) * trumpet (4)
* djembe (3)* electric keyboard (3)* kazoo (3)
* alto sax (2) * bass harmonica (2) * cajon (2) * classical guitar (2) * harmonium (2) * mixed percussion (2) * slide whistle (2) * mandolin (2) * oboe (2) * saw (2) * sitar (2) * 6 string banjo (banjitar) (2) * 12 String Guitar (2)
* bass guitar (1) * casio keypboard (1) * charrango (1) * dumbek (1) * glockenspiel (1) * lap steel guitar (1) * lute (1) * mridanga drum (1) * octave mandolin (1) * organ (1) * penny whistle (1) * sarod (1) * trombone (1) * tung drum (1) * udu (1) * washboard (1) * washtub bass (1)




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Field Recordings and photographs made by

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Locations:
(numbers in parenthesis indicate number of shows featured)

  • Banjo Jim's (NYC) (5)
  • Cactus Cafe (Austin) (4)
  • Off the Beatle Path - KOOP radio (Austin, TX) (2)
  • The Owl Wine Bar and Home Goods (Elgin) (2)
  • Austin Yoga Institute (Austin) (1)
  • Cherrywood Coffeehouse (Austin) (1)
  • Cedar Creek House Concerts (Cedar Creek, TX) (1)
  • City Hall stage (Austin) (1)
  • Full English Cafe (Austin) (1)
  • Harmony Glen Stage, Quiet Waters Park (Deerfield, Park, FL) (1)
  • Mueller Cafe (Austin, TX) (1)
  • Neighbors (Bastrop, TX) (1)
  • Nuevo Chile (Todd Mission, TX) (1)
  • Skylark Lounge (Austin) (1)
  • Tough Cookie Bakery (Bastrop, TX) (1)




Tribute XXIV
Tough Cookie Bakery
Bastrop, TX
February 25th, 2017




Tribute XXIII
Off The Beatle Path
KOOP.orgFM 91.7
February 20th, 2017




Tribute XXII
Cedar Creek House Concerts
Cedar Creek, TX
April 9th, 2016




Tribute XXI
Mueller Cafe
Austin, TX
March 4th, 2016




Tribute XX
The Owl Wine Bar
and Home Goods
Elgin, TX
Feb. 25th, 2016




Tribute XIX
Off the Beatle Path
KOOP radio
Austin, TX
Feb. 22nd, 2016







Tribute XVIII
Neighbors Kitchen and Yard,
Bastrop, TX
Apr. 11th, 2015







Tribute XVII
The Owl Wine Bar and Home Goods,
Elgin, TX
Feb. 25th, 2015







Tribute XVI
Skylark Lounge,
Austin, TX
March 2nd, 2014







Tribute XV
Cherrywood Coffeehouse,
Austin, TX
February 25th, 2013








Tribute XIV
Full English Cafe,
Austin, TX
February 25th, 2012








Tribute XIII
Banjo Jim's,
NYC, NY
November 18th, 2010








Tribute XII
First Night,
(City Hall stage)
Austin, TX
December 31st, 2009








Tribute XI
Banjo Jim's,
NYC, NY
December 17th, 2009








Tribute X
Austin Yoga Institute,
Austin, TX
March 21st, 2009








Tribute IX
Banjo Jim's,
NYC, NY
December 18th, 2008








Tribute VIII
Cactus Cafe,
Austin, TX
Feb. 1st, 2008








Tribute VII
Banjo Jim's,
NYC, NY
December 13th, 2007




Tribute VI
Banjo Jim's,
NYC, NY
April 1, 2007








Tribute V
Cactus Cafe,
Austin, TX
Jan. 16, 2007








Tribute IV
Cactus Cafe,
Austin, TX
Jan. 17, 2006








Tribute III
Nuevo Chile,
Todd Mission, TX
November 12th, 2005








Tribute II
Harmony Glen Stage,
Quiet Waters Park,
Deerfield Beach, FL
March 8th, 2005








Tribute I
Cactus Cafe,
Austin, TX
Jan. 18, 2005