This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… covers of U2 songs January 30, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
First off if you haven’t read “David Bowie The Cork Years” it’s well worth it…….
It was this wonderful cover of U2s ‘Out of Control’ by Dave Long (ex Into Paradise) posted by the wonderful Fanning Sessions that got me looking for other covers of U2 songs. Most of them that I found aren’t great but I like these ones.
This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to….. Lullaby Renditions January 16, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
Happened upon these recently and wondered why I hadn’t heard of them when my own were infants. So rather than Barney or some other horrific tunes at least the children would relax with some decent tunes.
They are actually quite hypnotic and could imagine myself nodding off to them. There’s a vast array of them, seems to be a lullaby version of almost everything.
A selection below.
This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to…. Phil Lynott January 2, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
Monday marks thirty years since Phil Lynott died. The 4th of January 1986 etched into my mind along with other dates from my growing up. I was 16 and mad into Thin Lizzy. Had every album, solo ones and had even bought that awful ‘Out in the fields’ record he did with Gary Moore. He was just coolness personified and a Dub at that too.
The music was brilliant, With Live and Dangerous still my favourite album of all time. I wasn’t a fan of the introduction of keyboards into Thin Lizzy and felt ‘Renegade’ and to a lesser extent ‘Thunder and Lightning’ suffered as a result. The ‘Life Live’ album though was one I liked although it wasn’t up there with ‘Live and Dangerous’.
Never saw them with Phil Lynott but did see a ‘Thin Lizzy’ in the SFX around 20 years ago and they were excellent and made me sorry that I never saw the real thing.
This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Jimmy Faulkner December 19, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
In 1988 I started working in a Petrol Station down the road from me, filling petrol for 80 pence an hour…..over time I graduated to the cashier and then for a number of years I worked nights. Sometimes just covering for people or as a stopgap until somebody permanent was hired, until when I finished College I worked nights full time. I spent around 4 years working nights in the garage on and off.
There was an assortment of people that came in regularly, Taxi drivers, Gardai, Truck drivers and others. I was delighted of the company having a cup of tea and a chat helped pass what was often a very lonely night. I could go a few hours without seeing anyone. I suppose too that where now Ireland is much more of a twenty four hour society, it wasn’t so much then.
One of the regulars was Jimmy Faulkner, who invariably on his way back from a gig would pull up in his old car , put a few quid in the tank and he was one of the folks I’d open the door for rather than serve through the hatch. He’d stop, chat as what music I was listening to and occasionally tell a story or two. For a year or two I didn’t know who he was, other than that he was a musician.
I got chatting to the lad who did the other night shift (Worked week on /week off) who was in one night and I was asking if he knew who ‘yer man’ was. He told me it was Jimmy Faulkner and being a good bit older than me started telling me how he had seen him with various bands and how Jimmy had played with Christy Moore for years and was on among other Moore records his ’Live In Dublin’ album. Jimmy Faulkner was a gifted guitarist who aside from Christy Moore had played with so many others including Paul Brady, Finbar Furey, Mick Hanly,Dónal Lunny, Mary Coughlan, The Fleadh Cowboys, Luka Bloom, Honor Heffernan , Red Peters and The Black Velvet Band.
I copped then that I had a few records and tapes with Jimmy Faulkner playing on them and I’m sure theres plenty of you that have something with Jimmy playing on it too.
I bumped into him a number of times since, he greeted me, he was always really nice company and was a gent.
Jimmy passed away on the 4th of March 2008.
Jimmy playing Slide Guitar here
Jimmy played on Paul Bradys Hard Station Album and his guitar solo on this is renowned.
Hotfoot were a band he was part of for a number of years
This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Dive December 5, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
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Seems to be a number of different bands called Dive. This crowd are a Japanese band that have been around since 1994, although they had a five year hiatus after Guitarist/Vocalist Sasaoka, moved from Tokyo Japan to New York. They got back together in 2010 and have had a number of rleases since then.They are another group that are categorised as part of the Japanese Shoegaze genre making some beautiful dreamy tunes.
Some of the songs are in English, others in Japanese and I I’ve been listening to them for a while. Enjoy….
This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Guernica November 21, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
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Guernica were and Irish band influenced by New Order and Joy Division that were around from 1985 to 1989. Comedian/actor Joe Rooney was their lead singer. I saw them at least once and had the “Humming of the engines” single although it seems to have been mislaid in the almost 30 years since. They were quite good.
This is a compilation of the bands various RTE TV appearances. The track listing is as follows with the TV show too.
0’00 new boy (anything goes, 1985)
4’06 americano (mt usa, 1985)
8’40 americano (visual eyes, 1986)
13’25 deep sea diving (borderline)
17’42 humming of the engine (megamix)
22’25 veil of tears (?)
Aside from the music,it’s worth watching from 17.40 on this video to see the get up and hear the language of the RTE MegaMix presenter, who I think is Paul Tylak (Incidentally Tylak and Rooney both played Priests in Father Ted).
This is another one of their singles ‘Orange and Red’
‘The Queen of our Country’ which was the B side of ‘Orange and Red’
This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Christy Moore November 7, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
Was listening to Christy Moore on the radio recently and realised how his music has been a backdrop to my life and indeed most Irish people of my vintage. He’s covered issues ignored by others, done jokey songs, folk songs, political songs and in a way opened up some issues to a wider audience.
I’d imagine most houses have a Christy Moore album somewhere. Have seen him live on many occasions and he’s a fantastic rapore with the audience and is a great entertainer.
He’s written material himself and brought the songs of many other songwriters such as Jimmy McCarthy to a wider audience.
Without even going near his work with Planxty or The Moving Hearts it’s very difficult to pick some of his songs but here’s a small selection….
This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Goldie – Timeless October 31, 2015Posted by WorldbyStorm in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
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Well, I’d tentatively lined up another post for today, but the sad news this week that vocalist Diane Charlemagne has died this week and at an appallingly early age seemed to make it fitting to consider Goldie’s album Timeless, twenty years old last month and an album that in some ways brought jungle and drum ’n’ bass to a much wider audience than it had had hitherto. Central to that project was Charlemagne. She contributed some of the key vocals on the album and co-wrote two of the tracks and along with vocalist Lorna Harris provided a link to other areas of dance as well as accentuating the individuality of Goldie’s approach. She was someone with an already broad cv in dance, including being lead singer for Urban Cookie Collective and alter contributed to Netsky and worked with producer High Contrast. Lorna Harris’s provided vocals on State of Mind and You&Me. Her contribution along with that of Charlemagne was essential in providing a distinct character to the album.
Timeless was immediate, a rush of sound and melody and something like pop, but paradoxically languorous – with no track shorter than four and a half minutes, and some like the title track stretching to a good 20 minutes or so. Goldie, who had already a name as a graffiti artist, had been producing and appearing on tracks from the early 1990s a process that eventually led to the establishment of the Metalheadz label. His profile sort of mushroomed from there – fairly sharpish he was in television and film and so on.
I always loved the sound he achieved, the clatter of breakbeats, the none so deep basslines, the synth sweeps, even – perhaps particularly – when, as at times there was, something endearingly plastic about it, I’m not sure exactly why. I think it had an oddly nostalgic feel even when it first came out – perhaps that was driven by the almost over abundantly lush high pitched keyboard strings, the genuine emotiveness of the vocals, the sense that everything including the kitchen sink had been thrown in. And it worked!
Let’s not ignore the sheer experimental heft of the sounds on the album (again look at the soundscapes created on Timeless itself) which are breathtaking, even at this remove. The choppy and chopped up approach (weirdly reminiscent of prog) wasn’t one suspects necessarily an easy listen for some. That this proved chart-topping was nothing short of astounding. I suppose the pop finish of some tracks – State of Mind with its joyous unspooling chorus comes to mind, helped the medicine to go down.
Worth noting some of the names of others involved, Dego, Marc Mac, Howie B and Photek amongst them. Rob Playfords production and programming holds the whole show together. But this is unquestionably Goldie’s vision ably aided and abetted by Charlemagne and Harris.
Inner City Life
State of Mind
Sea of Tears
Also here’s Charlemagne with Urban Cookie Collective – The Key, The Secret
Growing up there was a Mary O’Hara record at home, so when thinking of the Harp I thought of her and Derek Bell of The Chieftains. The Chieftains were good and Mary O’Hara was well, ‘pleasant’ but she was not an artist I’d listen to.
I stumbled across the music of Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita recently and found it mesmerising. Their debut album ‘Clychau Dibon’ was described as “intricate, ethereal and entrancing, an elaborate pas-de-deux… remarkable” .
Caitrin Finch is a classical harpist from Wales whilst Seckou Keita who is from Senegal plays the West African instrument the Kora. Its both beautiful and hypnotising. It must also be brilliant for a classical musician to explore and experiment in a different way. I can only imagine what a pleasure it would be to see them perform live.
This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Black Velvet Band October 10, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
Was going through old tapes at home looking for something for my brother when I found an album I had long forgotten about. “When Justice Came” by The Black Velvet Band.
Fronted by Maria Doyle Kennedy and Kieran Kennedy I quite liked them and saw them a number of times. Both their voices are fantastic and of course Maria Doyle Kennedy has a decent following as a singer herself and has also a career as an actress.
They had two albums and their first album “When Justice Came” was released by Mother Records. Founded around 1987 they were active until the mid 90’s.
“We Plough The Fields” is probably my favourite track by them.