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songs of a coal miner’s son 4

July 25, 2013

songs of a coal miner’s son 4

episode 4=================
A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

Have a listen! remember–just click on the ARROW!

LIGHTS OF DUBLIN
Words & music by Gene Christy
recorded at Christy Studios, Pittsfield, MA
May 7th to the 14th, 2013
the lineup: gene christy on lead vocals and acoustic accordion–bill morrison on rhythm guitar–cam collins on lead guitar–and my sister Janet on backup vocals

episode four . . .

. . . So – – how do ya like our blog so far!

Hard to believe this is our 4th posting already! How the time goes when you’re having a blast!

Now a blogger I am not, and never have been. But when good-buddy Rod MacDow came up with this latest of his grand notions, I jumped right on it because right now I seem to be peaking out on the music curve. You know how life has several strands, all intertwined? Right now, the music feels good, the song-writing is flowing, I’ve hit the straightaway on Highway 8.

And the nice thing is, we can bop back and forth between now and then! Because I’ve got music dating back 40 years at fingertip control, thanks to the magic of the modern laptop, and I like nothing better than kicking back and comparing, say, what the Black Velvet Band used to be able to do with a five-piece Irish showband on a Boston stage—compared to the Pat Buckley Band playing the Beachcomber at Salisbury Beach.

So, to introduce all you listeners out there in blogger-land to The Concept, here’s what we sounded like this past week–.

Have a listen!

TUESDAY NIGHT Words & music by Gene Christy

recorded live at Portsmitt’s Lakeway Restaurant, Tuesday night, 16 July, 2013 on a TEAC VR-20 digital recorder
the lineup: gene christy on lead vocal and Roland all-digital accordion, bill morrison on 6-string and backup vocals, good-lookin’ ricky marquis on banjo . . .

The Dossers are, L to R, Rick Marquis on vocals, banjo, and mandolin, Gene Christy on vocals and Roland all-digital accordion, and Bill Morrison, on vocals and rhythm guitar

The Dossers are, L to R, Rick Marquis on vocals, banjo, and mandolin, Gene Christy on vocals and Roland all-digital accordion, and Bill Morrison, on vocals and rhythm guitar

. . . and here’s what we sounded like back a few years ago doing a show at the ski resort in Killington, Vermont, on stage with Billy Mac and Geoff Roman and their band, Revel’s Glen, in 2007 (Billy Mac is just a nickname I used to employ for lead singer, Bill McElaney, from Donegal, and it fit his personality!) . . .

Have a listen!

LONG BLACK VEIL
the Johnny Cash number . . .
performed here by Revel’s Glen plus The Dossers
on stage in Killington, Vermont, 2008
recorded on Sony SX-25 digital recorder

L to R Bill Morrison, Gene Christy, and Billy Mac at the Inn at the Long Trail in Killington in 2008

L to R Bill Morrison, Gene Christy, and Billy Mac at the Inn at the Long Trail in Killington in 2008

and the rest, as Billy Mac says, is history!

Now let’s take the same ingredients, scramble ‘em up, put ‘em back in 1988, down on Cape Cod – – and this time you’re listening to a band called The Ramblin’ Rovers, with Billy Mac on lead vocals and 6-string, myself, aka as “Christy on the Box,” and the incredible, tall, young, good-lookin’ girl-magnet, Tom Neville himself, on vocals and electric guitar!

Have a listen!

WILD ROVER
Irish Traditional . . .
performed here by The Ramblin’ Rovers
recorded live on analog tape 1988 on Cape Cod
transferred to digital by Mike Regan in 2005
enhanced into stereo by myself using Audacity on 24 jul 2013

Hope you have enjoyed this week’s installment. The ongoing saga continues! Just got a phone call on my cell. It’s Eileen Markland, beautiful blonde fiddler of the Berkshires’ best-known Irish pub-band, Rakish Paddy, where Eileen shares the stage with lead singer Perry Daniels—it seems Perry has to be late for the gig at The Shamrock in Dalton, tomorrow night. So, Eileen called me! Could I fill in for a set? I sure could! See what happens when you’re sliding in a slipstream?—or did Van Morrison already say that? Looks like I’m gigging tomorrow night! I’ll be sure to bring along the camera and the recorder!–which has recently been provided by good-buddy blog-partner Rod MacDow–a TEAC VR-20 digital unit that records beautiful mp3s, in stereo!–and is only as big as a thumb-drive on your laptop! Tune in next week for the results!

"But when Tuesday night rolls around, And you're the only show in town . . . !

“But when Tuesday night rolls around, And you’re the only show in town . . . !

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