The Henry Girls @ Jegel-Scheune in Wendelstein, 2018-10-12 #TheHenryGirls

As soon as I learned about this autumn’s Henry Girls tour programme I started the usual chain reaction; we interviewed family and friends if they were interested in The Henry Girls concert in Wendelstein. Wolfgang could finally buy the tickets; following were weeks of impatience and anticipation.

Due to various obstacles like fallen ill colleagues or late train arrivals, we had to change our initial plan for a joint dinner at Wendelstein. Wolfgang, Elfe, Markus, and I left Erlangen at 4:30 p.m. to avoid being held up in traffic. Despite a minor traffic jam we arrived early. As we were all hungry, we parked our car at the venue and went in search of a restaurant. After five minutes of discussing, we decided on having an early dinner at the “Goldenes Herz” restaurant. Elfe, Markus, Wolfgang, and I were lucky to get a table at the window. Sipping my beer, I looked outside, did hardly trust my eyes – three well-known faces were passing by the window. A few moments later the Henry Girls took their seats at the neighbouring table. The surprise and joy were mutual. We chatted until they had to leave. On parting, I asked them if they were going to sing Dúlaman (originally by Clannad). They told me that they hadn’t performed that one for months – déjà-vu.

When we returned to the venue, we met the rest of our lucky bunch: Ingrid and Gerhard, Ruth and Daniel.

The concert began.

We listened to…

  1. Far Beyond the Stars (a capella)
  2. I Don’t Wanna be the Reason
  3. December Moon
  4. Couldn’t Ask For More
  5. Falling in Love Again
  6. Don’t Call Me Honey
  7. Slow Down
  8. Home
  9. Here Beside Me
  10. The Garden Where the Praties Grow
    >>>BREAK<<<
  11. The Weather
  12. O’Neill’s Lament (incl. harp solo)
  13. O’Neill’s March
  14. Dúlaman (Lorna dedicated it – again – to me) :mrgreen:
  15. No More Maybes
  16. Don’t be Afraid
  17. Watching the Detectives
  18. A Shine of Rainbows
  19. Hey-Ho
  20. Rebel Girl
  21. We Shall Overcome
  22. So Long but Not Goodbye
    >>>As a bonus, The Henry Girls performed these songs<<<
  23. St. Louis Blues
  24. The Parting Glass (a capella)

 

When Lorna announced Dúlaman, you could have heard a pin drop. It was perfect. This time, we did not have the opportunity to record Dúlaman. The following version is from one of the concerts in Fürth. (picture only)
I added the lyrics at the end of this post.

Afterwards, it was time to say goodbye until – the next concert in Poppenreuth (2018-10-21). You can guess who will be there…  :mrgreen:

Thank you for this unforgettable Friday evening, dear Karen, Lorna, and Joleen McLaughlin! Markus, Ruth, Daniel, Ingrid, Gerhard, Elfe, 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 concerts – you won’t regret it. Karen, Lorna, and Joleen are awe-inspiring 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 @ Loni-Uebler-Hause (Nuremberg, 2017-03-26)

The_Henry_Girls_HP

http://www.thehenrygirls.com/home

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

 

Dúlaman – lyrics

Irish Gaelic English
A ‘níon mhín ó, sin anall na fir shúirí
A mháithairin mhín ó, cuir na roithléan go dtí mé
Oh gentle daughter, here come the wooing men
Oh gentle mother, put the wheels in motion for me
[Curfá:]
Dúlamán na binne buí, dúlamán Gaelach
Dúlamán na farraige, be’fhearr a bhí in Éirinn
[Chorus:]
Seaweed from the yellow cliff, Irish seaweed
Seaweed from the ocean, the best in all of Ireland
Tá ceann buí óir are an dúlamán gaelach
Tá dhá chluais mhaol are an dúlamán maorach
There is a yellow gold head on the Gaelic seaweed
There are two blunt ears on the stately seaweed
Bróga breaca dubha are an dúlamán gaelach
Tá bearéad agus triús are an dúlamán maorach
The Irish seaweed has beautiful black shoes
The stately seaweed has a beret and trousers
[Curfá 2x] [Chorus 2x]
Góide a thug na tíre thú? arsa an dúlamán gaelach
Ag súirí le do níon, arsa an dúlamán maorach
“What are you doing here?” says the Irish seaweed
“At courting with your daughter,” says the stately seaweed
Rachaimid chun Niúir leis an dúlamán gaelach
Ceannóimid bróga daora are an dúlamán maorach
I would go to Niúir with the Irish seaweed
“I would buy expensive shoes,” said the Irish seaweed
[Curfá] [Chorus]
Ó chuir mé scéala chuici, go gceannóinn cíor dí
‘Sé’n scéal a chuir sí chugam, go raibh a ceann cíortha
I spent time telling her the story that I would buy a comb for her
The story she told back to me, that she is well-groomed
[Curfá] [Chorus]
Cha bhfaigheann tú mo ‘níon, arsa an dúlamán gaelach
Bheul, fuadóidh mé liom í, arsa an dúlamán maorach
“Oh where are you taking my daughter?” says the Irish seaweed
“Well, I’d take her with me,” says the stately seaweed
Dúlamán na binne buí, dúlamán Gaelach Seaweed from the yellow cliff, Irish seaweed
[Curfá] [Chorus]
Dúlamán na binne buí, dúlamán Gaelach
Dúlamán na farraige, be’fhearr a bhí, be’fhearr a bhí
Dúlamán na binne buí, dúlamán Gaelach
Dúlamán na farraige, be’fhearr a bhí, be’fhearr a bhí
Be’fhearr a bhí in Éirinn
Seaweed from the yellow cliff, Irish seaweed
Seaweed from the ocean, the best, the best
Seaweed from the yellow cliff, Irish seaweed
Seaweed from the ocean, the best, the best
The best in all of Ireland

 

 

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:

 

 

 

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)