Five Hungry Joes – A pictorial archive of the Trashcan Sinatras. Legendary Scottish Band

November 19, 2011, 3:30 pm
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‘Small Towns and Famous Nights’ is the first official band album from The Alan Kelly Gang – see previous post for more info on Alan Kelly – and includes a track penned by the Trashcans’ John Douglas.

‘Connemara’ is sung by Eddi Reader and was inspired by John’s recent discovery of details of his Connemara Grandfather, John Keane and family, all of whom were singers, musicians, fisherman and tale tellers (the boy’s from good stock don’t you think?). The song tells the funny story of his great Uncle Colm Keane’s first meeting with Seamus Ennis in the 1940’s when Seamus was collecting songs in Connemara for Alan Lomax, one of the great field collectors of folk music of the 20th century. The two men became great friends with Colm being the source for over 200 songs.

It’s another great song and another great album. Hopalong and buy it here. It won’t disappoint.

2011 Alan Kelly / Black Box Music BBM006

After The Morning…
November 19, 2011, 2:51 pm
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…is Alan Kelly’s self-produced, 3rd solo album – a superb collection of Irish Traditional, original, Breton and Galician music. Alan Kelly is regarded as one of Ireland’s most accomplished musicians in any genre, he is a composer, arranger and piano accordionist and also a regular performer on the traditional and folk music scene.

Guest vocalists on the album include Kris Drever and Eddi Reader, where the latter sings like a bird on John Douglas’ tribute to Robert Burns, ‘I Hung My Harp Upon the Willows’ – which as you know appeared on the Trashcans’ last LP, ‘In The Music’.

It’s a very different version of the song and has a countryish feel with piano accordion, double bass (John plays geetar by the way), and Eddi’s singing is, as ever, truly engaging.

It’s a belter!

2009 Black Box Music BBM004

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