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photographs from Navan

This is a slightly more involved process than we usually like in internet world, but there are some great shots at the end of the journey…

  • go to Barry Cronin’s photography portal
  • enter your name and email address to gain access
  • click on the ‘Thumbnails’ tab at the top right of the page
  • use the navigator at the top left of the page to go to page six (…then seven, then eight)
  • the photos of New Dublin Voices are numbered from 217 to 233

I must work on being more interesting while singing, clearly! I only made it into one picture – 225.

two gigs in three days with Hamlet

On Monday I played at The Song Room with Hamlet (which is sadly having its last session next week – hopefully an appreciative venue can be found soon). For the first time we had Barry playing double bass with us, which is a great addition to the tunes. I brought my beast of a keyboard along and played that, the piano in the pub being unplayably out of tune, unfortunately; I also played cajon and clarinet and added some harmony vocals.

I’m really enjoying this multi-instrumenting at the moment. We played:

  • Sunshine
  • Mr Slim
  • El Capitane
  • Street lights
  • I am a man
  • The Una Molloy hangover song
  • Hey girl
  • Boogie man
  • Perfect day

‘El Capitane’, ‘I am a man’ and ‘Hey girl’ are all new since the last gig. ‘El Capitane’ reminds me of the Gorillaz a bit with its lazy groove, semi-chanted confrontational lyrics, and “…da, da, da dada dadaaa…” refrain. ‘I am a man’ is a down and dirty bluesy slice of masculine proclamation that is great fun to play: I switched to the electric piano 2 sound on the P200 for the punchy, descending chords of the riff. ‘Hey girl’ is an out-and-out pop song with Hamlet’s characteristically charming lyrical style painting a delightful, carefree picture of a ‘Before Sunrise‘-type relationship. This one we played totally stripped down, Hamlet playing and singing and me singing, humming and clapping.

Hamlet kindly let me do a couple of my own songs and I did ‘Make it home’ on the piano and ‘Face in a frame’ on the guitar. Franzi got some good shots and I got a warm round of applause and some nice compliments. These are my two best songs, I reckon, and it’s been great to play them a good bit over the last few weeks. Next thing is to record them…

I was impressed by the band on after us – Lisa McLaughlin and a couple of talented chaps on guitars and assorted other instruments: flute, melodeon, glockenspiel. They created a variety of really effective accompanying textures for Lisa’s vocals using an impressively portable setup. I envied them somewhat with my gargantuan keyboard.

Wednesday night was Hamlet’s gig in Whelans Upstairs. Barry joined us again and we played a good set – more able to settle in and enjoy the music now we were more familiar with playing the songs together.

  • Is she real
  • El Capitane
  • Sunshine
  • Mr Slim
  • Street lights
  • Canary in a coalmine
  • I am a man
  • Buy this song
  • The Una Molloy hangover song
  • Perfect day
  • The boogie man
  • Why must love die
  • Hey girl (ooh la la)

The new songs went down well, and the crowd enjoyed the night. Great fun!

Sigur Rós for Impact Romania concert

St Andrew’s church on Westland Row was a splendid venue for this concert of some of the music of Icelandic band Sigur Rós. The huge interior of the church and its beautiful resonant acoustic meant that the string quintet (3 vln, vla, c.), piano, electric bass and percussion could support Aisling Dexter’s impressive vocals with little or no amplification; the building suited the expansive, minmalist music very well, lending a quiet austerity. A highlight was a song from another Icelandic phenomenon, Björk’s Joga from her Homogenic album, Miss Dexter obviously relishing the more expressive vocal line.

Pianist, Brian Denvir, had done an excellent job of transcribing and arranging the parts for the group, all of whom are members of the Dublin University Orchestral Society.

Sigur Rós concert by DU Orchestral Society