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The Who Return For Cancer Charity

 

Rock legends The Who are to perform alongside Jeff Beck, Blondie singer Debbie Harry and The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft in a charity concert against cancer.

The stars will appear at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, on January 13, 2011 to raise money for KILLING Cancer, a charity that funds research into little-known cancer treatment Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).

PDT, which involves making cells more sensitive to light before exposing them to laser light, could help to treat cancers and precancerous conditions near the surface of the skin or internal organ linings.

The event has special significance for The Who, whose manager Bill Curbishley said he had witnessed a number of friends going through the last days of cancer.

“Only later we discovered that PDT could perhaps have saved their lives – and certainly given them some dignity in their final weeks,” he said in a statement.

The Who have performed to raise awareness of cancer before. In March the band joined up with Arctic Monkeys, JLS and Noel Gallagher to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

(Reporting by Adam Jourdan, editing by Mike Collett-White and Paul Casciato

Fi would approve!!

See if you can spot Fiona and I in this video, for a hint I am wearing a bright yellow shirt!!

Circa 8.40 into video

I am the yellow shirt a few rows from the front and Fi is to my right.

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November 11, 2010 Posted by | Charity, Family, Fiona, Mrs D, New News, The Who, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly

It was areal privilege to be at the superb “Backstage At The Green” venue, as promoted by Mundell Music, on Friday night to see two legends for the price of one in Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly.

Regulars to this site will know that Maggie has featured here on several occasions (use Search function for more information) and to be honest a Blues Band/Dave Kelly blog has been long overdue.

The combination of Maggie and Dave in such an intimate setting is pure genius and I await with interest for the promised forthcoming recording sessions which will hopefully give them some joint product to flog on future tours.

I have most albums live and studio which Maggie has recorded with Stone The Crows and solo thus there was nothing new to purchase, though she was kind enough to sign my “Queen Of The Night” cover.

During the interval at the end of the concert I had the opportunity for a brief chat and can confirm that she did record a version of The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me” during the 1972 Lou Reznier Tommy Sessions and that hopefully the next tour will feature an arrangement of “Blind Man”

“Blind Man” – Stone The Crows

The set actually featured more cover versions than “originals” this being a prime example.

They also performed this Curtis Mayfield written track from the “Ode To John Law” Stone The Crows album

As for Dave Kelly well he will be returning to “Backstage At The Green” with his Blues Band buddy Paul Jones early in the New Year make sure you don’t miss a great night of blues music

Their live albums “Live At The Ram Jam Club Vol 1 and Vol 2” from 2007 and 2008 are particular favourites of mine.

To buy the music of Maggie Bell click HERE and HERE

To buy the music of Dave Kelly click HERE

November 8, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Family, Old Music, Video | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Henry McCullough

Apologies for my recent absence but various issues have kept me away from blogging, normally I am a week ahead in composing blogs but now I am almost a week behind.

Anyway one of the few highlights from the last couple of weeks was getting up to The Green Hotel Kinross to see the legenday Henry McCullough in a small intimate setting.

The Hotel has recently converted it’s leisure area into a great live venue with concerts being promoted as “Backstage At The Green” by Mundell Music.

I recently missed Steve Gibbons, however, my sister-in-law was there and managed to get my “Caught In The Act” album signed.

I will be there again this Saturday (6th Nov) to see Maggie Bell playing live with Dave Kelly.

Henry Campbell Liken McCullough (born 21 July 1943, Portstewart, Northern Ireland, has played guitar in such bands as Spooky Tooth, Paul McCartney’s Wings, and The Grease Band.

He turned up in many different places as sideman or a performer in his own right.

His most recent release was Poor Man’s Moon,

released in 2008 whichfeatures the single, “Too Late to Worry.”

“Too Late To Worry” – Henry McCullough

McCullough first came to prominence in the early 1960s as the teenage lead guitarist with The Skyrockets showband from Enniskillen. In 1964, with three other members of The Skyrockets, he left and formed a new showband fronted by South African born vocalist Gene Chetty, which they named Gene and The Gents.

In 1967 McCullough moved to Belfast where he joined Chris Stewart (bass), Ernie Graham (vocals) and Dave Lutton (drums) to form the psychedelic band The People. Later that year the band moved to London and were signed by Chas Chandler’s management team, who changed the group’s name to Éire Apparent. Under Chandler’s guidance, despite only having one single released, they toured with groups such as Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, The Move and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Things went well until 1968, when McCullough was sent back to Ireland, from Canada, due to visa problems, and Mick Cox took his place in the band.

Back in Ireland McCullough joined what was primarily a folk group called Sweeney’s Men. Under his influence, however, they soon began to mix folk and rock, and are often regarded as the innovators of the folk/rock genre.

After a year in Ireland, McCullough returned to London to work with Joe Cocker as a member of his backing group, the Grease Band (also playing on their eponymous album minus Cocker). With Cocker he toured the U.S. and performed at the Woodstock Festival.

Henry was in a relationship with Janis Joplin

In 1971 Paul McCartney asked McCullough to join his new band, Wings, alongside Denny Laine and Denny Sewell. His guitar solo on “My Love” is regarded by many as one of rock music’s greatest solos.

Musical differences with McCartney, however, saw McCullough move on the eve of the “Band on the Run” sessions. He spent two years in the band, playing lead guitar on “Hi Hi Hi”, “Live and Let Die” as well as “My Love”.

McCullough also appeared as lead guitarist on the original 1970 recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.

McCullough landed from his Wings experience into another two year gig alongside his own mate Chris Stewart, keyboards ace Mick “Wynder K. Frog” Weaver and drummer Stu Perry in the brilliant Frankie Miller Band.

Miller’s “Ain’t Got No Money” featuring McCullough’s guitar work allegedly inspired Bob Seger to write and record “The Fire Down Below”.

“Ain’t Got No Money” – Frankie Miller Band

In 1975, McCullough released Mind Your Own Business, his only album on George Harrison’s Dark Horse label.

McCullough then did some session work, and played concerts with Roy Harper, Frankie Miller, Eric Burdon, Marianne Faithfull, Ronnie Lane and Donovan.

In 1977 he temporarily joined Dr. Feelgood, following the departure of Wilko Johnson and he also spent some time with progressive band Spooky Tooth.

While recovering from an injury to his hand while visiting his family in 1980, McCullough decided to stay in Ireland. He began to sit in with some old friends, The Fleadh Cowboys, at their Sunday afternoon residency in The Lower Deck in Dublin, and soon decided to move back to Portstewart and put a new band together. He was joined by Percy Robinson on pedal steel guitar, Roe Butcher on bass and Liam Bradley on drums.

Percy Robinson

Percy Robinson was brilliant at the “Backstage at The Green” gig.

In 1998 McCullough went to Poland, where he rehearsed with a band of Polish musicians for an upcoming tour. After the tour, they went into a recording studio and recorded a ‘live’ album which was released as Blue Sunset.

This was followed by a further Polish tour. On returning home, McCullough recorded and released “Failed Christian”, a song that has since been covered by Nick Lowe on his album, Dig My Mood.

McCullough continued to record and perform and released solo material, including Belfast To Boston (2001) and Unfinished Business (2003).

McCullough’s spoken words “I don’t know; I was really drunk at the time” can be heard on Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side of the Moon, at the end of the song “Money”. He was recalling a fight he had the night before with his wife.

The Henry McCullough Band – FBI Live was released in 2007 on Mundell music, from a recording at The Famous Bein Inn in 2006 and which I bought at the recent gig.

In 2007, Over the Rhine covered “Failed Christian” on their album, Live from Nowhere, Vol. II.

“Failed Christian” – Over The Rhine

In late 2007 McCullough teamed up with Dave Sharp (ex Alarm) and together they enlisted Zoot Money on keyboards; Gary Fletcher on bass guitar; and Colin Allen on drums. In January 2008 The Hard Travelers performed their debut gig at The Cellars, Portsmouth.

As noted above in 2008 McCullough recorded Poor Man’s Moon at Amberville Studios and was released in Ireland only on 5 September 2008. It featured new McCullough compositions and a number of songs co-written with poet Eamon Carr (of Horslips) including the single, “Too Late to Worry”. Among the musicians featured on the album were James Delaney on keyboards; Roe Butcher on electric bass guitar; Nicky Scott on double bass and electric bass guitar; Enda Walsh on keyboards; Adie McIlduff on drums; Percy Robinson on dobro and pedal steel guitar and Peter McKinney on drums/sequencing.

McCullough attended Paul McCartney’s concert at the O2 in Dublin on 20 December 2009. McCartney publicly acknowledged Henry’s contribution to Wings and this resulted in McCullough being warmly applauded and cheered by the audience.

To buy the music of Henry McCullough click HERE

To buy the music of Frankie Miller click HERE

To buy the music of Over The Rhine click HERE

November 4, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Family, Old Music, Video | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sister In Law

I am spending the last few days of my holiday at Jane’s (my sister in law) with her family.

Now those that know Jane will appreciate this song.

“How Come You’re Such A Hit WIth The Boys, Jane?” – Dolly Mixture

Dolly Mixture were a British post-punk/new wave band formed in 1978 by bassist and vocalist Debsey Wykes (b. 21 December 1960, Hammersmith, London, England), guitarist Rachel Bor (b. 16 May 1963, Wales), and drummer Hester Smith (b. 28 October 1960, West Africa). They had a taste of Top 40 success performing backing vocals for the Captain Sensible’s hit “Wot” and a UK #1 hit backing Sensible on his 1982 cover of “Happy Talk”.

In July 2010 Dolly Mixture release a three CD box set, “Everything And More”, including the ‘Demonstration Tapes’ album, all of the band’s singles plus a complete disc of additional demos and live recordings, many of which are available for the first time. The box set will be limited edition only and features 56 re-mastered recordings and a 32 page booklet.

To buy the music of Dolly Mixture click HERE

Visit their Official Website HERE

Bonus Track:-

“Hazey Jane II” – Nick Drake

And what will happen in the morning when the world it gets so crowded that you can’t look out the
window in the morning?

And what will happen in the evening in the forest with the weasel with the teeth that bite so sharp when you’re not looking in the evening?

And all the friends that you once knew are left behind they kept you safe and so secure amongst the books and all the records of your lifetime?

What will happen
In the morning
When the world it gets so crowded that you can’t look out the window in the morning

Hey, take a little while to grow your brothers hair
And now, take a little while to make your sister fair
And now that the family is part of a chain
Take off your eyeshade start over again

Now take a little while to find your way in here
Now take a little while to make your story clear
Now that you’re lifting
Your feet from the ground
Weigh up your anchor
And never look ‘round

Let’s sing a song
For Hazey Jane
She’s back again in my mind

If songs were lines
In a conversation

The situation would be fine

To buy the music of Nick Drake click HERE

September 10, 2010 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Mrs D, New Releases, Old Music | , | Leave a comment

Wednesday Words – To Love And Be Loved

My sister-in-law Jane and her family (including her and Fiona’s mum) move to Kinross today, whilst it may only be under 90mins away it will seem like the other side of the world.

As such it is only fitting that today’s Wednesday Words features one of Jane and Fiona’s favourite Frank Sinatra songs.

“To Love And Be Loved” – Frank Sinatra

To love – and be loved
That’s what life’s – all about
Keeps the stars – coming out
What makes a sad heart sing – the birds take wing

To love – and be loved
That’s what living – is for
Makes me want you the more – the more we cling

Let others race – to the moon
Through time and space – to the moon
My goal is greater than this
To reach your lips – to share your kiss

To stay – in your arms
Is the dream – I pursue
To be sheltered – and safe – from the storm
To be cozy – and ever – so warm

And for always – to love
And be loved – by you

All the Way, released in 1961, was the fourth Capital Records compilation of Sinatra A&B Sides recorded between 1957 and 1960, with “To Love And Be Loved” recorded in 1958.

Capitol released All the Way on Compact Disc briefly in 1988, before discontinuing it in the early 1990’s, howevr, sll the tracks are still available on The Complete Capitol Singles Collection box set.

To buy the music of Frank Sinatra click HERE

July 21, 2010 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Jazz Vocal, Mrs D, Old Music | | Leave a comment

50 Today

Yes it is hard to believe but I am 50 today, a true Old Spice man.

One tries to forget the fact that you have reached 50 but the reality hits home when amongst the cards through the mail arrives an invite from the NHS for bowel cancer screening “You are now 50 blah blah blah”

Thanks very much!

Still waiting on this great present click HERE

Happy Days when I turned 40!

July 4, 2010 Posted by | Family, Humour, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

A Big Thank You To You All

It has been running close over the last few months but June 2010 saw more than 50,000 hits in a month for this blog, 54,445 to be precise.

Now this is very small in comparison to most sites on the web but for me it gives me some satisfaction that my wide musical taste is being tapped into by others and if only one person discovers a liking for a song, album or band that has passed them by for whatever reason then it is all worth while as I myself have benefited from such surprise discoveries.

The blog was never set up to seek popularity it’s key objective was and remains to provide some “therapy” for me away from the stresses and strains of normal life, if along the way people find some pleasure or interest in the music that I promote, the news I spread or the occasional bit of humour I deliver then that is a big bonus.

With the recent passing of Alex Chilton this seems so more appropriate.

“Thank You Friends” – Big Star

Thank you, friends
Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you
I’m so grateful for all the things you helped me do.

All the ladies and gentlemen
Who made this all so probable

Thank you, friends
I rejoice to the skies
Dear ones like you do the best I do
As far as can see my eyes

All the ladies and gentlemen
Who made this all so probable

Without my friends I got chaos
I’m often a bead of light.
Without my friends I’d be swept up high by the wind

do, do…….

All the ladies and gentlemen (I said all)
All the ladies and gentlemen (I said all)
All the ladies and gentlemen
Who made this all so probable

Thank you friends (thank you again)
Thank you friends (thank you again)
Dear, dear friends (thank you again)
Thank you friends (thank you again)
And again, and again….
Never too late to start

To buy the music of Big Star click HERE

July 1, 2010 Posted by | Family, Friends, New News, Old Music | , , , | 2 Comments

Wednesday Words – The The

Love is Stronger than Death is a song from The The’s album Dusk.

It was written by Matt Johnson, only constant member of The The. Matt Johnson wrote this song following the death of his brother.

In his depression, he found that writing this song was therapeutic for him.

The title is a paraphrase of a Biblical quote: “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.” (Song of Solomon 8:6).

“Love Is Stronger Than Death” – The The

LoveLoveLove
LoveLoveLove

Me & my friend were walking
In the cold light of mourning.
Tears may blind the eyes but the soul is not deceived
In this world even winter ain’t what it seems.

Here come the blue skies Here comes springtime.
When the rivers run high & the tears run dry.
When everything that dies.
Shall rise.

LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.
LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.

In our lives we hunger for those we cannot touch.
All the thoughts unuttered & all the feelings unexpressed
Play upon our hearts like the mist upon our breath.
But, awoken by grief, our spirits speak
“How could you believe that the life within the seed
that grew arms that reached
And a heart that beat.
And lips that smiled
And eyes that cried.
Could ever die?”

Here come the blue skies Here comes springtime.
When the rivers run high & the tears run dry.
When everything that dies.
Shall rise.

LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.
LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.

Shall rise. Shall rise.
Shall rise. Shall rise.

To buy the music of The The click HERE

June 30, 2010 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Friends, Mrs D, Old Music | | Leave a comment

Anniversary

It is hard to believe that it was a year ago today that Gordon Lennon was so cruelly taken from us following his tragic accident.

Much water has passed under the bridge since then, from the initial shock, subsequent grieving and thereafter the series of fund raising events staged to raise money for Kelly and Kai all magnificently organised and managed by Robert Ryan and his numerous hard working committee members.

The final event held recently in the form of a Memorial Dinner was a fitting close to nearly a year of hard mental and physical work on the part of many.

For the family and friends today will be latest of many milestones they will have faced over the last 12 months be it key birthdays, family occassions or DFC events.

Through the year we will all have moved on to  varying degrees, some may even now as they read this feel that events may have dragged on too long, such a view doesn’t make anyone a “bad person”  there is no wrong or right process or concept when handling grief.

Those closest to Gordon will have seen people return to complete normality in their lives whilst they continue to carry the weight of the loss, this is life and although today will be another landmark reached it will not be conclusive, such circles can never be fully closed.

Hard times will continue to face them all, people say time is a healer, personally I have yet to experience any evidence of this at best it can be an enabler which allows one to function at times with some form of normality, whatever that is, life is like a book full of chapters some short some long, some happy some sad, but whenever one closes another opens the door for new experiences and unless we live that chapter we won’t know whether it will be good or bad.

Life is for living,  experience it the best you can, but there will always be room for memories.

“Can’t Give Up Now” – Mary Mary

There will be mountains that I will have to climb
And there will be battles that I will have to fight
But victory or defeat, it’s up to me to decide
But how do I expect to win if I never try.

I just can’t give up now
I’ve come too far from where I started from
Nobody told me the road would be easy
and I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me

Never said there wouldn’t be trials
Never said I wouldn’t fall
Never said that everything would go the way I want it to go
But when my back is against the wall
And i feel all hope is gone,
I’ll just lift my head up to the sky
And say help me to be strong

I just can’t give up now
I’ve come too far from where I started from
Nobody told me the road would be easy
and I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me

[Hook:]
I know you didn’t bring me out here to leave me lonely
Even when I can’t see clearly
I know that you are with me(so I can’t)

I just can’t give up now
I’ve come too far from where I started from
Nobody told me the road would be easy
and I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me bullshit fuck this

To buy the music of Mary Mary click HERE

June 7, 2010 Posted by | Dumbarton FC, Family, Friends, Gospel, Old Music | , | 1 Comment

Happy Birthday Blue!

From the above, Blue is the one looking for food as usual, to this his first drink

to getting ready for his first match

to learning to handle Bonnie a new addition to the family who sadly passed away last June

to now an elderly gent of 10 years standing

“I Love My Dog” – Cat Stevens

I love my dog as much as I love you
But you may fade, my dog will always come through.

All he asks from me is the food to give him strength
All he ever needs is love and that he knows he’ll get

So, I love my dog as much as I love you
But you may fade, my dog will always come through.

All the pay I need comes shining through his eyes
I don’t need no cold water to make me realize that

I love my dog as much as I love you
But you may fade, my dog will always come through.

Na, na, na, na, na, na, nana…

I love my dog as much as I love you
But you may fade, my dog will always come through.

Na, na, na, na, na, na, nana…

I love my dog, Baby, I love my dog. Na, na, na…
I love my dog, Baby, I love my dog. Na, na, na…

To buy the music of Cat Stevens click HERE

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Family, Old Music, The Dugs | , , | 1 Comment

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