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As Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy prepared to embark on what would become a very busy fall of 2006, he played two very special nights at Joe’s Pub in New York City. With brothers Paul and Ned Oldham (Will Oldham/BPB/Palace Music), the trio blistered through nearly 40 covers, nearly all traditionals – playing only one original (“Cursed Sleep” in its pre-release form). Below are three of those shows (all but the first night’s late show). Enjoy, and hat tip to the original taper.

+ 2006-08-05 Early show (7 p.m. set)

MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Stealin’ [ Trad. Often credited to Gus Cannon ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Tell Old Bill [ Trad. Often credited to Carl Sandburg ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Unknown
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: There’s More Pretty Girls Than One [ Trad. ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Next Time The Sun Comes Around [ Medicine Head ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Lord of the Manor [ Everly Brothers ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Night Visiting Song [ Trad. ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: We Shall All Be Reunited [ Alfred Karnes ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Hangman [ aka The Briery Bush, aka The Maid Freed From the Gallows)

+ 2006-08-06 Early show (4 p.m. set)

MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Stealin’ [ Trad. Often credited to Gus Cannon ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: No Quarter [ Led Zeppelin ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Tell Old Bill [ Trad. Often credited to Carl Sandburg ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Lord of the Manor [ Everly Brothers ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: We Will Understand It Better By and By [ Charles Tindley ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: I Wish, I Wish [ aka Died for Love. Trad. ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Next Time The Sun Comes Around [ Medicine Head ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Night Visiting Song [ Trad. ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Hangman [ aka The Briery Bush, aka The Maid Freed From the Gallows]

+ 2006-08-06 Late show (6.30 p.m. set)

MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: John The Baptist
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Goodbye Dear Old Stepstone [ A. J. Crider & Geo. B. Chase ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Unknown
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Cursed Sleep
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Bowling Green [ Trad. Recorded by Cousin Emmy ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: The Unquiet Grave [ Trad. ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Cops & Robbers [ Dr. Hook ]
MP3: Bonnie “Prince” Billy :: Pretty Saro [ Trad. ]

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23 Responses to “Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Captain Anomoanon :: 2006”

  1. It should be noted that these shows were a tribute to their then recently deceased father.

  2. Kallen’s right. I saw them play much the same show in Baltimore back in 2006 — the Creative Alliance. His mom was in the audience. It was a really great night of music. Thanks so much for this. I’ve been wondering what some of those songs were that night for a long time.

  3. Thanks for this early Xmas gift! Great stuff!

  4. Wow

  5. Holy downloads!

  6. Does anyone know where to find the original version of that Dr. Hook song? It doesn’t appear to be on any of their albums.

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  8. after a long, involved upload into my itunes, i finally listened to to all three shows. they are fantastic. i look forward to future listenings and thank you for posting.

    in response to stephen, looks like you can purchase dr. hook’s ‘cops and robbers’ single here. it should be noted [and is, in the recording], that the song was actually written by shel silverstein.

  9. ah man. thank you so much for posting these songs.

    i love aquarium drunkard. it’s a mainstay here in this head & home. thank you for spreading the love, the songs.

  10. great moment :)

  11. […] Recently, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy took to the stage in NYC and luckily enough the folks from Aquarium Drunkard were there to capture the performance. During the set, BPB and his cohorts included a few versions of old tyme classics – “Stealin’” was one of them. You can find the tracks here. […]

  12. awesome! thanks for this

  13. […] form).” The covers include tunes by the Everly Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Dr Hook and more. Click here to check out the shows. No Comments so far Leave a comment RSS feed for comments on this […]

  14. thank you, justin. i’ve been after this a long time. i shot some video at the show. links are here: http://borntobenervous.blogspot.com/2008/12/hey-will-oldham-and-best-concert-i-ever.html

  15. […] version of Oldham’s medley, from his August 2006 run at Joe’s Pub in NYC. (Thanks to Aquarium Drunkard for posting the complete Joe’s Pub sets back in […]

  16. I was at the Baltimore show… and would love to hear these to refresh my memory. Anyone know of a place where I can still find these files?

  17. Hi

    I found these too late … :-((
    Anyone any idea where to find them still?

    bye

    Filip

  18. […] Recently, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy took to the stage in NYC and luckily enough the folks from Aquarium Drunkard were there to capture the performance. During the set, BPB and his cohorts included a few versions of old tyme classics – “Stealin’” was one of them. You can find the tracks here. […]

  19. How do you download these gigs?

  20. Does anyone have these downloaded? They are not working and I’ve been checking back for weeks. I assume they’re not being hosted here anymore. I’d REALLY like to have these mp3s. If you know where to get them e-mail me! hut_co@yahoo.com

  21. are not working and I’ve been checking back for weeks. I assume they’re not being hosted here anymore. I’d REALLY like to have th

  22. Hi; I’ve been trying to access the bonnie “prince” billy & captain anomoanon 2006 concert (to download the mp3), and i’m never able to do so. Could you please update the page? Thanks so much

  23. […] First taste from the upcoming debut of Old Calf out on No Quarter Records April 12th. Old Calf is Ned Oldham (brother of Will) who we last featured in December of 2008 with the Anomoanon recording. […]

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