Electric blue

Posted on: 8th February, 2016

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: Mark Holland

Hunky Dory stocks a huge range of instruments, accessories, CDs and vinyl. Contact Mark on 023 8834982 or pop in to have a listen.

I was 13 the first time I heard Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision’; I don’t know whether a bolt or a jolt is a more accurate description but it was like something awakened in me for the first time, and something at least a little unsettling at that.  Something that I identified with that I wasn’t yet ready for others to know about me, I don’t know? Without knowing it I felt like I had tapped into the Zeitgeist that he was then bathing in, mid ’70s.  So many recall something similar for different songs of his at different times of their lives, what an artist.

Closer to home we have to extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Black, AKA Colin Vearncombe, who died on January 26, subsequent to a car accident two weeks earlier. The Liverpudlean had made Schull his home with his wife and three children. Originating musically from Punk, he evolved through the New Romantics to disillusionment, which ironically spawned the song he is best known for. His voice was described as a slightly frayed baritone somewhere between Bryan Ferry and Morrissey.

Moving to West Cork he said, “I like my elbow room and eccentricity is tolerated here”.  A sentiment borne, I think, from being a fully-fledged adult coming to a place where you have no previous associations…I think many young people brought up here would say the same about the places that they later moved to too.

In Ballydehob, Joe O’Leary, former frontman of Fred, is reinvigorating Levis’s Bar as a music and events venue. The Bar, a gem, has a personality of its own which feels kind of refreshing and soothing at the same time. Well done Joe, you’ve probably made it look easier than it is.

Down the road we come to Leap where Eileen and son Sam have reopened Connolly’s as a music venue (what’s in the water around here?  Actually probably best not to wonder!), and kicked-off before Christmas with a run of ten gigs – good to have you back.

All the while Barth Harrington and everyone at Scoil na mBuchailli in Clonakilty, have been putting education into practise with their second Christmas single, ‘Butterfly Child’, being even more ambitious than last year’s. From writing, performing, recording and coordinating with the Kenyan side, to taking the show on the road, not to mention the video, to raise funds and awareness to help the education of the Samburu, known as the Butterfly People, in Northern Kenya, and topping the itunes chart!  Big hand, take a bow.

On the topic of major achievements, serious kudos is due to Skibbereen singer/songwriter Brian Deady on the release of his album ‘Non Fiction’. As the title suggests, the songs are close to home and close to the bone, as they should be. The current single from the album, ‘Clap Both my Hands’, conjures up the indomitable spirit of the American chain gangs, just what we need to fortify us against this interminable sequence of storms.

Lastly, at the risk of sounding like an obituary column, a very fond farewell to Cork’s own Mick Lynch who had many friends and fans down here. I once shared a stage with himself and Sean O’Se, very late and very briefly!  The beguiling front man was a one-off, “we’ll never see his likes again”. Although…

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