Vickie and I will play Coughlans in Douglas Street in Cork on April 18. The time is 8.30 and it’s 15 euros in.
I haven’t played the venue or even seen anybody else play there but I’m told it’s a great gig. I’m told over and over in fact. Everyone seems to love it. It’s small and intimate, holds 60 something people.
Just my speed.
Here’s a link to my first official video.
It was filmed by a company called Storm Light. Editing was by Shaun O Connor. Many thanks to all involved, great work.
The filming was done on Garretstown beach and by Opera lane in Cork city. It was a new experience for me and one I really enjoyed.
The scene at the beginning and the end is of a fire in the ocean. This came about by accident. We wanted a campfire at night, so at around 4.30 the crew lit a fire on the beach. The tide was coming in faster than we thought, so a second fire was lit further up the beach. “Was lit” means I did none of the heavy lifting! Then we noticed that the water had come in around the fire without extinguishing it. It looked beautiful so we filmed it until it went out (the last shot).
The footage in Opera lane includes me sitting on my guitar case playing. So a guy comes up and says ” There must be a recession if you’re busking”. The forest scenes are from near Ballinspittle.
I sat in with Shaun O Connor at the end and really enjoyed being part of the “putting it all to bed” process. My infatuation with the camera and with all things visual continues unabated and as soon as I can I will come up with a video of my own making. My friend Donagh Long’s video has allowed me to think it can be done.
Anyway, enjoy Sun shine in and let me know what you think.
Here are some gigs I’ll be doing in March in the UK. Vickie will be singing with me as usual.
Tel: 01224 565557
14 Forrest Road,
Tel: 0131 226 5954
Tickets available in person from Malones and Tickets Scotland, Rose Street, Edinburgh.
Coatbridge St Patrick’s Festival
St Patricks Hall
1 Saint John Street
Coatbridge St Patrick’s Day Festival Main Stage
20 min set in the afternoon on outdoor stage.
(St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations),
The Duchess, Stonebow House,
The Stonebow, YORK. Tel: 01904 641413.
Tickets available on line at www.theduchessyork.co.uk
Deckie and Vickie gigs – January 2013
Thurs. 10 St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Doors: 7.30pm Adm. €15/12 concession
Fri. 11 INEC Acoustic Club, Gleneagle Hotel, Muckross Rd., Killarney, Co. Kerry
Doors 8.30pm Adm. €15 / Members and Hotel Residents €10
Sat. 12 Waves Café & Wine Bar, Main Street, Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Doors 9pm Adm. €20
Sat. 26 The Chapel Sessions, St. George’s Church, St. Mary’s Close, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Doors 8pm Ticket Price: €18/€16 conc
On December 8 I play a gig at the Triskel. Vickie Keating will be singing with me as usual. Vickie also works as receptionist there.
The Triskel is an unusual venue, in fact it’s a good deal more than a venue. It’s a cinema and art gallery as well. It has a cafe and houses Cork’s only independent CD/record shop.
In case you don’t know shops that sell CDs are becoming an endangered species. I completely accept that our ways of buying and listening to music have changed and will continue to change. Spotify seems to be leading us towards not owning music anymore, rather having access to a huge library. 50 years ago the single was the most popular way to buy music and you could go to a store and ask to hear the new singles. We’re kind of going back there with iTunes. It’s hard to see what happens to the music business next. One of the problems we may face is that music will become so cheap to own/listen to that people who make music can’t make a living from creating it. This may lead us back to music being an amateur pastime. Music has not been a profession for all that long. The days of albums like “Thriller” selling gazillions of copies are probably gone. I’ve thought for a long time that the one thing that’s sacred and irreplaceable is the live performance. Holograms anyone! As far as I know you can go to a fairly convincing Michael Jackson gig now.
Having someone play music right in front of you is the best for me. I reckon a moderately good bar band on a Saturday night beats almost anything on CD by anyone. I can’t count the amount of times my faith in life/humanity/music/everything has been jump started in this way. I recently picked up a guitar and played a few chords in front of one of my grandchildren to find him staring at me in disbelief. He loves music but had just found out how it was made. Milk doesn’t come from a bottle!
My ability to stay on the subject is not great. It’s such fun to wander and wonder. Oh, I think I’ll go left here, I haven’t been down this way before. So, The Triskel venue is an old church, possibly the oldest in Cork. I first went there last Christmas to see/hear Handel’s Messiah. It was beautiful. The joy of hearing singers, a choir and an orchestra without mics or sound system. I got in free as well ‘cos I know the receptionist!
My second time there was to play a gig last February in support of the Vita Cortex workers. Christy Moore, Noel Shine, Mary Greene, Mick O’Brien and myself had a great night. I saw Paul Brady there playing solo as part of the Cork Folk Festival. Really enjoyable.
Don’t read anything into me playing a gig in an old church on the feast of the immaculate conception. I’ve been looking forward to this for sometime and intend to have a ball.
Here is a letter I received from Seamus Sherlock. Seamus and his 5 kids and their friends are protecting his farm from being seized by the bank. If you look him up online you’ll get the full story. I very much support Seamus. I’m reminded of this quote “Only after the last tree has been cut down…the last river has been poisoned…the last fish caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” – Cree Indian Prophesy. We need farmers far more than bankers.
Might I introduce myself in the hope you might lend your support? My name is Seamus Sherlock, founder of Life After Debt, an organisation to help support people dealing with financial debts and contending suicide. I am facing my own issues these past 86 days, as I have been served an eviction notice from my home. I have taken a stand to highlight the large volume of people losing their homes. To make it clear, I am not looking for anything other than time – I have asked the bank to extend my loan period, but they are not acknowledging my offer. Myself and my 5 children are barricaded into the small farm. On November 25th we will hitting 100 day milestone and I’d like to extend a warm welcome to yourself and Christy Moore, as I am trying to keep my plight in the media. Having figures like yourself in attendance will draw a crowd and the media, but more importantly hopefully draw a conclusion to this ordeal. Any part you can play in supporting me would be gratefully appreciated Declan. My number is 087 1847439 if you would like to discuss? If you could pass on my number to Christy also, I’d be extremely grateful. Myself and my 5 children are huge fans and we were disappointed not to see you when you were in Limerick and Charleville, but local friends advised, the gigs were incredible as always.
Thank you very much Declan.
18. LIMERICK Belltable
22. WEXFORD Riverbank Hotel
23. WATERFORD Forum
24 NAUL SEAMUS Ennis Centre
30. KILKENNY Cleeres
8. CORK Triskell
10. BALLYMORE EUSTACE Mick Murphys
14. CARRICK-ON-SUIR The Tea Sessions Brewery Lane
28. BALLINCOLLIG White Horse
10 LISTOWEL St.Johns Theater
11. KILLARNEY INEC
12 CARRICK ON SHANNON The Chapel Sessions
5 Dublin. The Button Factory
7 Belfast. The Black Box
7 Slane. Boyles
This is the booking link for my gig in Bush Hall London
So, John and Dick and me are in Pierce Turners record shop. We,re 16, 17, somewhere in there. We don’t have an arse in our trousers. Not a penny or a cigarette between us. We never have. Owning cigarettes is the only guarantee of popularity we know of. We play music together in a band called Perfumed Garden. We don’t have any gear to speak of or gigs to play. We like blues, Hendrix, Savoy Brown. Loud and bluesy in general. Every now and then we get a shout from the priest “Bring your Banjos down on Thursday night”. He’s not so clear on what a guitar is. That means we get to play at the hop in Dun Mhuire. When we play people stop dancing. We don’t care. Ronan sings and Johnny or Paddy plays drums. Well, not actual drums… Biscuit boxes. USA assorted. Good quality biscuit boxes. We have one Amp. Bass and 2 guitars through one amp. Unlisenable racket.
Anyway that day there’s just the 3 of us and Pierce in his shop. John B was in earlier and left his cigarettes and matches on the counter. That’s all we can see. Gold dust. Pierce doesn’t smoke. We talk to Pierce about the idea of us taking one each from the pack. He thinks it’s a very bad idea. John B is older than us and kind of serious, more worldly in some way. We’re not tough. Not at all. Addiction wins out though and we go for it. Sucking away on 3 big long gorgeous cigarettes.
John B comes back (of course). He looks at us, sees the cigarettes, sees the arseless trousers, looks at the cigarette pack, knows everything. He takes the lighting cigarettes one by one from our mouths and stubs them out, puts the pack in his pocket without a word and walks out. Bogart. Pierce is laughing. Pierce is laughing a lot.