Southbank buskers

Its all going on Down at South-bank

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Patti Smith – “..everyone is isolated”

I came across this short interview of Patti Smith on You Tube. Considering it was recorded back in 2002, it is remarkable what she has to say. 

 

Since I picked up a copy of the Patti Smith Group album ‘Wave’, she has been a favorite outsider. I have since collected all of her albums and several of her books. Luckily, I got to hear her perform in Paris a couple of years back. A fascinating individual…

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David Gray hits the right note

Travelled to Groove Festival, to see David Gray belt out his new tunes including ‘Cake and eat it’, ‘Arctic’, ‘Toil’, ‘Girl Like You’, ‘Last Summer’ from the new album MUTINEERS

DG also treated us to crowd pleasers ‘Sail Away’, ‘Please Forgive Me’, ‘Alibi’, ‘My Oh My’, ‘This Years Love’ and ‘Babylon’. In flying form, DG and his band got the crowd going from the moment they hit the stage with ‘Back In The World Again’.

A real treat to witness a songwriter like Gray at the height of his powers in a beautiful natural venue like Killruddery Estate, Co Wicklow. Aah the garden of Ireland, is right.

Come back soon Daithi.

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Remembering Jeff Buckley

Remembering Jeff Buckley today who slipped away from us this day May 29 1997 in The Wolf River.
This day last week, I got married in Manhattan to my lovely wife Cathriona. While there, the girls decided to have a girls day out before the wedding while the lads (me and Stevey) could wander the East Village in search of long gone record stores.
I took the opportunity to seek out a few Jeff Buckley landmarks as I knew his old haunt Sin-e or what was left of it was somewhere nearby. We were ensconced in the Bowery Hotel for the duration of our stay.
The bar turned out to be a couple of streets away in St Marks place, a very famous area of the East Village musically speaking. Led Zeppelin, a favourite of Buckley’s had used a photo of no. 96-98 for the cover of their ‘Physical Graffiti’ album while the Rolling Stones recorded the video for ‘waiting on a friend’ at the same address.

For me though, Buckley stands head and shoulders above all this despite having only lived to see the release of his live at Sin-e EP and Grace album. His talent was incredible and thankfully we have a small legacy by which to remember him.
As me and Stevey walked in the baking sun of Manhattan, we came across a couple of record stores and then arrived at 122 St Marks Place. Now called BUA, I was reliably informed by the bar tender that it had indeed been called Sin-e at one point and was currently owned by 3 Irish guys.
As I sat nursing my hangover with a Shiner beer, I couldn’t understand why there was no sign that Jeff Buckley had ever been here let alone got signed and recorded his first record for Columbia the same label that is home to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and many others.

If this was Ireland and Bono had stopped by to use the facilities there would not only be a plague on the front door but T-shirts for sale.
Was Buckley so unknown in his native city of New York Or did he not make a big enough contribution to music? If Columbia can find time to drag through the vaults and release substandard material on the back of Buckley, surely someone in there can find time and resources to erect a sign of the mans legacy? I will return one day and honour you myself Dear Buckley RIP.

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Magical night at the button factory

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Caught up with Nina Persson (the Cardigans, A Camp) on Thursday night and managed to snatch a set list off one of the band. Great venue to see a band like this. She moved to the crow bar after the gig and stood for over an hour to sign albums for the crowd. Magic..

Belfast at night

This shot was taken on the way to the Odyssey Arena in November 2011 on my Samsung compact. My friend Colm had two tickets for the MTV music awards and invited me, he is a big fan of the band Queen who received an award that night. I knew nothing of MTV awards but I knew Belfast and so was the nominated tour guide. Although the MTV event was all Lady Gaga, Jessie J and Justin Bieber, nothing I would vaguely consider as music (thanks Colm), it was a good night on the town. If you have never been to Belfast, you are missing out. It is a fantastic city, somewhere I always look forward to revisiting. If like me you are into live music, check out the empire music hall on Botanic avenue, sadly Auntie Annies on Dublin road has now closed down. If you fancy a nice all day veggie fry up, you cannot beat the Harlem Café on Bedford Street, next to the Ulster Hall – it’s quality. 

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The Polecats

If you were in Dublin last night and into a bit of live Rockabilly, the Thomas House Music Bar was the only place to be. Like four possessed lunatics out for the night The Polecasts stormed onto the tiny stage to a packed house and delivered a blistering set like their very freedom depended on it. The lucky Thomas House regulars were treated to a rapid fire set including favourites such as ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’, ‘Jeepster’, ‘Rockabilly Guy’ aswell as the Buzzcocks ‘What do I get?’. It certainly looked like the band enjoyed themselves as much as the rest of us. Nice one lads.

All you need is Abbey Road

On the latest London adventure, I was planning on taking one of those walk abouts around famous rock n roll landmarks with my good pal Jimpo. Only trouble was, I didn’t plan on the catastrophic hangover I woke up to last Friday. Realising we would miss the walk at 11am, I asked the cabbie where Abbey Road was as we headed back to the hotel on Thursday night. ‘St. Johns Wood, mate’ I was reliably informed. So the next morning (afternoon), we set off.. Jimpo, me and a camera. I am pleasantly surprised at the results..

The Primitives @ the 100 Club Oxford St. London 28.09.13

So I had to get on a plane and head for london when I heard the Primitives were playing another gig in the intimate 100 club. I had seen them last June in the 29 and they blew me away. Although the lighting in the 100 had its problems they delivered a great set based on their lovely album which was 25 years released. The band sounded great and seemed to enjoy all the attention. The sold out gig was a real crowd pleaser as you can witness from some of the pics. I do hope they continue to do more gigs and maybe even do some in Ireland.

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Set list included old favourites like ‘Stop Killing Me’ and ‘Crash’

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Fender Jaguar..tasty!

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This guy put so much into the gig, I am sure he lost two pints of sweat

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Tracy is presented with a bunch of flowers from ‘Flower Man’.