Sunday night at Puck Fair seemed like a reunion of sorts. It was as if every Pierce Turner fan in New York City came out and packed the venue — we think we vaguely recognized every face in the place from some deep Guinness-hazed fifteen to twenty year old memory. The person we most certainly recognized was energized to levels of performance that we had not witnessed in a good long while — Mr. Pierce Turner at his absolute peak.
At the outset, a fan asked Pierce to “fix the buzz” in the sound system. And for two solid hours of performance, Mr. Turner did indeed create his own buzz as he reached into his catalog for both old and new tunes, danced on the bar and tables, stood inside the packed crowd, and generally made a physically uncomfortable tight situation a metaphysical pleasure.
The highlights include Pierce’s rare rendition of the Irish classic “The Foggy Dew” which segued neatly into “Mayhem” from The Sky and The Ground, a rollicking “Musha”, and the chilling “Zero Here”.
Thanks to Pierce’s courtesy, we sat above the crowd positioned on the elevated stage. We directed the right channel microphone towards the string quartet, and the left channel microphone was placed between two speakers and towards the audience. The result is a true stereo recording, with Pierce’s vocals captured both through the PA and directly from his proximity to the microphones, and the string quartet captured through the system and through the natural amplification of the instruments, as we sat only a few feet from the band. This is a truly wonderful listen to a remarkable performance. Enjoy!
This recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].
New York, NY USA
Digital Master Recording
Recorded On Stage
DPA 4021’s > Edirol UA-5 (Oade Digimod) > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (level boost, set fades, resample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[Total Time 1:56:10]
01 [introduction – fix the buzz]
02 Don’t Want Her to Feel That Way
03 The Foggy Dew > Mayhem
04 Oh Ireland
05 Not a Bad Day for a Wednesday
06 Holy Ground
07 Moonbeam Josephine
08 Say You Don’t Mind
09 You Can Never Know
11 Dirty Old Town
12 Snakes and Ladders (Ball & Chain)
14 Manana in Manhattan
15 Wicklow Hills
16 [encore break]
17 Zero Here
18 Band of Gold
19 Musha God Help Her
20 [second encore break]
21 Orange Coloured Sun
22 Mr. Smith