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Article in Ireland’s Own magazine

"Ireland's Own" - as they say themselves "the week wouldn't be the same without it". I'm sure that rings true for many a household. I know I've seen it around for as long as I can remember. Imagine the changes that have taken...

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Happy New Year – Compassion (guide word)

Happy New Year - Compassion [guide word] So, here we are again, ringing in another New Year. What will this new year hold for us? As I have been doing for many years now, I have picked a word that I will use as my guide word for...

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New Spotlight Magazine

Since I added the "New Spotlight" section to the website, I've been contacted on a regular basis by: people looking for info on some of the musicians and bands mentioned (as in, do you know where they are now), people who used to...

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Horslips…Live in Germany

They came, they saw...and they spoke German! Well, Jim did anyway and it sounded very fluent to me. However, we weren't there for their linguistic skills, we were there for the music. Where is there? There was...well, probably...

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Songs From The DVD – (01) I Wonder

OK, let's kick this series off and start with the first song on the "Troubadour" DVD, which is "I Wonder". I remember rehearsing one evening with the band and right at the end of the session I ran through a very rough idea of...

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Songs From The DVD – (02) Alberta

The second song on the Troubadour DVD is “Alberta”, the old Snooks Eaglin song but I have to admit I was introduced to it via Eric Clapton. Eric played “Alberta” on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1977. I didn’t catch the show the...

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Songs From The DVD – (03) If I Were A Carpenter

The third song on the Troubadour DVD is "If I Were A Carpenter", a beautiful song written by the late Tim Hardin. Now this is a song you don't decide lightly to cover. Why's that I hear you ask? Good question and the answer is...

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Songs From The DVD – (04) Crazy Love

This week's blog is going to be about "Crazy Love". I already tell a background story on the DVD, so I won't repeat that here. So for something different, I want to take you to the time when we cut it originally for the "Beyond...

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Songs From The DVD – (05) Fine, Fine, Fine

The fifth song on the DVD is "Fine, Fine, Fine", so we're half-way through the DVD already. The original title of this song is "You Ain't Nothin' But Fine", written by Sidney Simien aka Rockin' Sidney and it was written in a...

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Songs From The DVD – (06) Nobody’s Girl

Song six on the DVD is "Nobody's Girl", a very beautiful song written by Larry John McNally, a songwriter based in Nashville, USA. He's had quite a bit of success in getting other artists to cover his songs. Probably the biggest...

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