2017-08-02: Song of the day

The Corrs – Toss the Feathers

Dear friends and readers,

This time I share this beautiful instrumental with you. The first time I saw and heard someone playing the Bhódran – I fell in love with this instrument. One day in the near future, a Bhódran will hopefully come my way. As udemy.com offers online trainings – I am rather confident that it is going to work out.  😉

Bhódran


Peace, black coffee, and a cheesecake.  ☘

 

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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:

 

 

 

Album: The Sky Went Low And The Sea Went High – Fia Rua

You certainly remember my blog post regarding the ‘Wilde Shamrock Touring Theatre’. Irish musician Fia Rua was one of the awesome artists. I seized the opportunity to buy Fia Rua’s 3rd album.

About the artist

Fia_Rua

 

Fia Rua (Eoghan Burke) had his first gig in 1999, started acting on stage and screen in 2010. He was born in Kildare, moved to Galway in 1998. Eoghan Burke is a great Bhódran player.

His biggest musical influences:
The Cure, The Smiths, The Pogues, Bob Dylan

Two things he really likes:
Coffee and Switzerland

He is inspired by nearly everything.

Eoghan Burke’s voice is dark and intense.

Website:  http://fiarua.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/FiaRua

 

About the album

Fia_Rua_3rd_album

 

 

 

The Sky Went Low And The Sea Went High is a quite serene album that playfully reflects Irish folk and traditional music – despite its darkness. It resonates Fia Rua through and through. He is a musician with something to say, a unique voice and a remarkable (stage) presence.

 

 

The Sky Went Low And The Sea Went High comprises the following songs:

  1. River Gort
  2. Baby I’m A Liar
  3. When Mark Met Tom
  4. Darkness
  5. It’s Hard To Be A Man
  6. Ye Can’t Be Sane
  7. Long Weekend (Galway Town)
  8. The Waves Are Gonna Take Your Sons
  9. I Need A Recovery
  10. Bohemian Rednecks

 

My rating:  8/10

Please be aware that this is a darker album. If you expect cheerful traditional music, this might not be for you. If you appreciate music with a message though, you will certainly like The Sky Went Low And The Sea Went High.

 

Bhódran

Bhódran

 

Slainte!

 

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.  🙂