“The Shamrock and the Thistle.”

Many of you know that I have a significant library of music, covering a wide range of genres. Music has always been important to me and, while I have over 7000 tracks currently on my pc, I have a large number of vinyl albums yet to be converted to digital.

Back in the 1960’s, and on a Saturday evening, I would often be found at a local pub …. upstairs in a room used by the Peterborough  Folk Club.  The entertainment there was generally very good. English Folk Music appealed because if its simplicity (totally acoustic), and that there was often some kind of message in the song. Continue reading

“Zombie”

When I discovered Disturbed’s cover of “Sounds of Silence” (previous Post), I also discovered Bad Wolves cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie”. I have many Cranberries songs in my library, and loved Dolores O”Riordan’s vocals. It was a sad day when she left us so prematurely in 2018, which made me question the ethics of marketing a cover version of a song (which she made so popular) so soon. I was however curious, so I did listen to it. Continue reading

“The Sound of Silence”.

I couldn’t wait until Saturday for this one!

I am guessing that many of you, when in your mid/late teens/early 20’s … heard a song which totally absorbed you to the point that you blasted it to everybody within hearing distance. It probably didn’t cross your mind that different people have different tastes in music! For me, this is one of those recordings! Continue reading

“The Lady of Shalott”

Anybody who can play a standard harp and sing at the same time is good from my perspective. When they can get (and hold) my attention singing a lengthy song in “olde English” some of which is a little baffling  to me, then they are really special.

“The Lady of Shalott” has undergone a number of changes over its considerable lifespan, but I believe Tennyson (the apparent original author) would be very happy to hear Loreena McKennitt’s take on his poem.