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)

The_Henry_Girls_HP

http://www.thehenrygirls.com/home

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

Official videos:

 

 

 

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Billy Joel – Leningrad (FFM 2016)

Lyrics

Victor was born
The spring of 44
and never saw
His father any more
A child of sacrifice
A child of war
Another son who never had
A father after Leningrad.

 

Went off to school
and learned to serve his state
followed the rules
and drank his vodka straight
the only way to live
was drown the hate
the Russian life was very sad
and such was life in Leningrad.

 

I was born in 49
A cold war kid in McCarthy times
Stop ’em at the 38th parallel
blast those yellow reds to hell
cold war kids were hard to kill
under their desks in an air raid drill
haven’t they heard we won the war
what do they keep on fighting for?

 

Victor was sent
to some red army town
served out his time
became a circus clown
the greatest happiness
he’d ever found
was making Russian children glad
when children lived in Leningrad.

 

The children lived in Levittown
hid in the shelters underground
Til the Soviets turned their ships around
tore the Cuban missiles down
and in that bright October sun
we knew our childhood days were done
And I watched my friends go off to war
What do they keep on fighting for?

 

So my child and I came to this place
to meet him, eye to eye and face to face
He made my daughter laugh
Then we embraced
We never knew what friends we had
Until we came to Leningrad.

 

The following video was presumably made via smartphone, the sound was way better. The audience was awestruck.

Enjoy, my friends!  🙂

 

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

 

2016-04-17: Blue Moon Orchestra in concert

Blue_Moon_Orchestra

 

We were in the mood for a swing concert. Luckily, we still got tickets for the Blue Moon Orchestra‘s programme The Story of the Big Bands.

Sixteen musicians, three singers as well as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy doubles led the audience through the history of the big bands – from womb to tomb. We learned a lot about the history of the big bands, spending nearly three hours at the Karl-Diehl-Halle in Roethenbach – time well spent.

It is nice to listen to a CD, sure; it is far better to attend a live event.  🙂

 

The Blue Moon Orchestra

5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, for the rhythm a contrabass, drums and piano, three singers

 

Blue_Moon_Orchestra_Stan_Ollie

Laurel_Hardy_Doubles

http://blue-moon-music.de/ensembles/index.html  (German language, only)

 

The Henry Girls – concert in Nuremberg (2013)

Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin

Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin

 

Saturday, 2013-10-12, once again meant ‘Let’s go and see The Henry Girls’ in concert.

 

The Henry Girls:

Karen:  fiddle and vocals

Lorna:  vocals and accordion

Joleen:  harp, piano and vocals

We met The Henry Girls before: in Roth at the ‘Irish Spring Tour’ (2012; https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/irish-spring-2012/). Nuremberg was the last stop of this year’s German tour.

Thanks to being newsletter recipients since Irish Spring 2012, we were able to order four tickets in time. As we knew that Loni-Übler-Haus does not have as many seats as the Kulturfabrik Roth, we felt in some kind of hurry.  😉

The other visitors knew about the concert due to the daily press and the Loni-Übler-Haus flyers.

Despite our hunt for a parking space we arrived early, full of anticipation. The bar provided ales, wine, soft drinks, and (slainte!) Guinness.  🙂

Slowly but surely all seats but two were taken. The Henry Girls were introduced and started right away. The first song was barely completed when our applause was interrupted. A car blocked the drive. Halfway through reading the licence plate, The Henry Girls realized it was their rental car. 😉

Until 10:00 pm – just one pause in between – the audience enjoyed and participated in the classic and new songs.

Among others:

– Ol’ Cook Pot

–  Sing My Sister Down

–  December Moon

–  Light by the Window

–  Dúlamán

–  Stop Saying Forever

–  Sweet Dreams

–  Couldn’t Ask for More

–  Early in the Morning (audience)

–  Farmer Song (audience)

–  a beautiful harp solo by Joleen

–  O’Neill’s Lament, O’Neill’s March

–  How Do You Know (by Tucker Zimmerman)

–  So Long – Good bye

–  Parting Glass (a capella)

–  Farewell

–  Should I Fall Behind (Bruce Springsteen)

 

After the last bonus song ended, the audience was invited to a meet and greet, to buy CDs and get them signed. Despite Nuremberg being the last concert on the tour, the atmosphere was relaxed. The Henry Girls, the audience and the organisers were in a good mood.  🙂

 

My favourite song “Dúlamán” (The only version on YouTube, so far):

2012 Milwaukee Irish Fest – The Henry Girls and The Fox Hunt singing Dúlamán

 

As there was no new album to buy yet – have a peek at last year’s purchase (December Moon):

December_Moon_signed

 

Dear Karen, Lorna and Joleen

Thank you so much for this pleasant evening. We are looking forward to your next album and to your future concerts.  🙂