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The Music Man – RIP, John

Not long after I'd learned my first few songs on the guitar I was asked to help out with a local variety show, a sort of talent competition. It didn't take too long to realise I was out of my depth, so they decided to incorporate the talents of another local musician,...

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Happy New Year – Courage (guide word)

It's one of those words, isn't it. It can mean a lot of different things at different times to different people. Everybody wants to be thought of as courageous. It's a characteristic that makes us worthy of respect. It's a quality that we also respond to positively...

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Dave Berry – This Strange Effect

I was at an art exhibition recently and the artist was introducing me to some people. She said - and this is Dave. She must have sensed my hesitation because she followed up with - it is Dave, right? I said - well, actually it's Barry but if Dave works better for you...

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Adam & Eve – featuring Anna Litvinenko (cello)

During the original recording of this song, at one point someone said – you know what would be nice on this track, a cello. Everyone agreed that indeed it would sound nice on it but as no one knew a cellist that idea went as quickly as it came. By coincidence I was in...

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Live in Europe – Rory Gallagher

Released on 14th May 1972, so 50 years ago today! I bought it with money from my first summer job. We didn't have a record shop in our town so I had to hitch-hike 12 miles to Kells, the nearest town with a record shop. I must have done some persuading to get my mother...

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Reverb Units

My first one was a WEM Watkins Copycat. I'd been waiting ages to get one (at a price I could afford back then). Imagine my excitement when I did manage to track one down. I couldn't wait to try it out. Shortly after buying it, we had a gig and I proudly set it up...

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Peter Green – Born On This Day

Peter Green - born on this day back in 1946. He's right up there with Rory as one of my favourite guitarists. This upload has the vinyl crackles and all, which is the way I listened to it (over and over). I found it on a Decca Records album called " The World of Blues...

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Cavan Day 2021

It was a real honour and a privilege to have Mick as a 'special guest' for the Beyond The Tears CD release party. It was a fun night. We played some tracks off the CD and some covers, including the one we uploaded today especially for Cavan Day. The man truly is a...

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Tegelen Blues-Rock Festival – 7th September 1991

As we continued to tour and work our a**es off throughout Europe in the mid-to-late eighties, we continued to work our way onto many, many festivals and slowly but surely we worked our way up the bill as well. One festival that everyone kept talking about was the...

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Touring Holland – 30 years ago!

I came across this old tour sheet recently and thought it might be fun to post it here. As you can see, it was for a spring tour of Holland, back in March 1991... so thirty years ago! I wonder how many, if any, of the clubs still exist today. We certainly kept...

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