The Henry Girls @ Loni-Uebler-Haus, Nuremberg, 2017-03-26 #TheHenryGirls

Markus knew it first. He contacted me right away, starting a chain reaction; more family and friends were interested in The Henry Girls concert in Nuremberg. Last autumn – as soon as tickets were available – Wolfgang bought 10 tickets. For all of us this meant months of impatience and anticipation.

Markus had booked a table at a Greek restaurant named Schöne Aussicht (= nice view) to chat about the concert, Ireland, travels to Ireland, etc. At 7 p.m. we squeezed into the two available cars, trying to be at Loni-Übler-Haus in time to get seats in adjoining rows. At the entrance, I showed my bunch of tickets and the girl behind the counter tried to count our happy bunch. Turning around my eyes fell on – Karen. We hugged and she told me that they had earlier discussed our possible attendance. 🙂

I asked if they were going to perform Dúlaman – one of my favourite songs (originally by Clannad). Karen told me that they hadn’t performed that one for months.

The concert started on time, briefly introduced by the organiser.

We listened to…

  1. December Moon
  2. Ol’ Cook Pot
  3. Sing My Sister Down
  4. Couldn’t Ask For More
  5. Falling in Love Again
  6. Don’t Call Me Honey
  7. Slow Down
  8. Rebel Girl
  9. Here Beside Me
  10. I’m Your Baby
    >>>BREAK<<<
  11. Dúlaman (Karen dedicated it – again – to Wolfgang and me) :mrgreen:
  12. The Light in the Window
  13. Happy Birthday, Joleen (with the audience)
  14. No More Maybes
  15. Far Beyond the Stars
  16. Ocean of War
  17. Practice What You Preach
  18. Please Forgive Me
  19. Watching the Detectives
  20. The Farmer’s Song (How Do You Know?) (with the audience)
  21. Satisfied Mind
  22. So Long but Not Goodbye
    >>>As a bonus, The Henry Girls performed these songs<<<
  23. Boogie Woogie Love
  24. If I Should Fall Behind
  25. Farewell

 

During the break, Wolfgang bought a CD for his brother, Wolfgang’s sister also bought a CD, my friend Ruth bought all three; it won’t come as a surprise that I bought the latest one, Far Beyond The Stars, as well.

When Karen announced Dúlaman right after the break, you could have heard a pin drop. It was perfect. During the song someone patted my shoulder: Ruth, smiling broadly, signalling two thumbs up. I probably told her way too often how much I love that song. This time, we did not have the opportunity to record Dúlaman. The following version is from one of the concerts in Fürth. (picture only)

Afterwards, it was time to say goodbye until – autumn 2017. You can guess who will be there…  :mrgreen:

Thank you for this unforgettable Sunday evening, dear Karen, Lorna, and Joleen McLaughlin! A special thank you to Joleen – sacrificing her birthday… I hope there was a huge celebration afterwards! Caro, Markus, Ruth, Evi, Ingrid, Gerhard, Elfe, Yúlika, Wolfgang, and I (Karen O.) enjoyed every minute. Until next time, my friends.

Dear friends and readers,

Whenever there is an opportunity for you to visit their concert – you won’t regret it. Karen, Lorna, and Joleen are awesome musicians and love to interact with the audience, including a personal chat.

 

More about The Henry Girls:

Irish Spring (Roth, 2012)

The Henry Girls (Nuremberg, 2013)

The Henry Girls @ Kulturforum Fuerth

The Henry Girls @ Kultur-Forum (Fuerth, 2016-04-20)

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http://www.thehenrygirls.com/home

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3CdpKFpDixT7wR38gY4EEQ

Official videos:

 

 

 

February 2017 – Irish Impressions

Dear friends and readers,

We all need to keep our promises. About seven years ago, our niece Rebekka asked us to celebrate her 21st birthday with her – in a pub in Ireland.

As you can see – we did not disappoint her.  🙂

We started the day with delicious breakfast at the Bernard Shaw Café Bar:

“A coffee a day keeps the grumpy away!”

We took the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) to Skerries:

Skerries by the sea:

Rebekka, enjoying her birthday pint of Guinness – Peter’s Pub (http://www.peterspub.ie/)

The next day comprised a visit to the Leprechaun Museum (http://www.leprechaunmuseum.ie/)

Even if it seems like just another old building – it is always worth a visit.


Peace, dear friends and readers.  ☘

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Ireland 2016 – autumn

Dear readers,

Once again we followed Dublin’s call – as we often do this time of year.  :mrgreen:

In addition to the usual strolling, Wolfgang and I showed Elfe some ‘new’ places.  Among them:

Bray, seaside (within 20 minutes!)

 

Maynooth

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Skerries Mills, seen from the DART

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Skerries, South Strand

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Glasnevin Cemetery

One inscription left me awestruck:

Do not stand by my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am a diamond glint in snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awake in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft star shine at night.
Do not stand by my grave and cry. I am not there… I did not die.

 

Song of the day: The Light in the Window (The Henry Girls)

 

Lyrics

Tell me was it you by the window darling
Won’t you tell me was it you?
& When we saw the light that night
Oh tell me was it you?

 

Was a late September night when we went out walking
While you were laying there, they were saying prayers for you
Many years before we walked here together
And your gentle voice still lingers in my soul

 

Tell me was it you by the window darling
Won’t you tell me was it you?
& When we saw the light that night
Oh tell me was it you?

 

Wish I had the chance to tell you I love you
All the times that you were lost and on your own
And if I had the chance to tell you I love you
I’d remind you that you never were alone

 

Tell me was it you by the window darling
Won’t you tell me was it you?
& When we saw the light that night
Oh tell me was it you?

 

The Henry Girls @ Kulturforum Fuerth, 2016-04-20

We received our tickets for The Henry Girls concert early, meaning some weeks full of impatience and anticipation. We had visited The Henry Girls’ previous concert @ the Kulturforum in Fürth on 2014-11-13 as well (The Henry Girls @ Kulturforum Fuerth). Of course, our friend Markus joined us for the fun; he had attended The Henry Girls concert in Nuremberg (2013) with us and also loves their music. After our trip to Ireland in March, Elfe was keen on visiting this concert, being a true fan of harp music.

Markus had booked a table at the Kulturforum’s restaurant – a wise decision as it is no secret that the food is fantastic, guaranteeing lots of diners. Elfe, Wolfgang and I arrived a little early, spent the time talking about the past swing concert and the upcoming event. A little while later, the door opened and in came The Henry Girls and – Markus! Karen, Lorna and Joleen spotted us immediately and chatted with us for several minutes.

The concert started on time, briefly introduced by the organiser.

We listened to…

  1. December Moon
  2. Ol’ Cook Pot
  3. Sing My Sister Down
  4. Couldn’t Ask For More
  5. Falling in Love Again
  6. Slow Down
  7. Watching the Detectives
  8. Here Beside Me
  9. Early in the Morning
    >>>BREAK<<<<
  10. The Garden Where the Praties Grow
  11. The Light in the Window
  12. The Weather
  13. Sweet Dreams
  14. O’Harlan’s Farewell to Music (instrumental, harp)
  15. Don’t Call Me Honey
  16. The Rattlin’ Bog
  17. Farewell
  18. So Long but Not Goodbye

    As a bonus, The Henry Girls performed these songs:

  19. The Farmer’s Song (How Do You Know?)
  20. Boogie Woogie Love

 

Afterwards, Markus had to catch a train – some quick hugs and he was gone. I had promised Elfe a signed CD – another great opportunity to chat. We left with the promise that I’d get ‘my’ song next time.

Whenever there is an opportunity for you to visit their concert – you won’t regret it. Karen, Lorna and Joleen are awesome musicians and love to interact with the audience, including a personal chat and goodbye.

 

More about The Henry Girls:

Irish Spring (Roth, 2012)

The Henry Girls (Nuremberg, 2013)

The Henry Girls @ Kulturforum Fuerth

The_Henry_Girls_HP

http://www.thehenrygirls.com/home

Official videos:

 

This time, The Henry Girls did not perform Dúlaman.
As some of you certainly love this version as much as I do…  :mrgreen:

Dúlaman  (song only, and the picture)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb28s-nRmZg&feature=player_detailpage