Impromptu session …..Mick O’Brien, Dermot Reynolds, Hector Castillo, Tony Floyd Kenna & Chris Burke.
Gig postcard with Rhiannah & Tony …. Heather White & Tony….
Gabriel Davey, T.F.K., Rhiannah Warm & Rikki Wilson Jordan …
T.F.K. and fans….
Gabriel & T.F.K. getting ready to pose…. Tony and the Nashvilles posing….
Voodoo Vampires ….. All the Colours….
This afternoon’s set at Darkey’s – Light & Shade – Don’t Worry ‘Bout me I’m O.K. – Done My Time – Midnight Dream #9 – Sky – If The Lord Came Now – Alison – Suzanne Vega’s Eyes – Tears Of The Sky – Wrapped In You – This Alien Has Landed – All The Colours – Be Here Now – Smile For Me – My Woman Blues – Heaven – Bought & Sold – Heart In A Box.
A most wonderful weekend in Belfast. Rhiannah Warm and I spent Saturday at East Belfast Comm Counselling…. Supporting their Suicide Awareness campaign. In the afternoon Kaz Hawkins shared her personal journey with us, what an inspiring woman. An ‘in the round’ session with the East Side Songwriters followed. It was so special to hear, up close and personal, the work of Gary Maxwell, Stevie Mcknight and Anthony. For my part, and as a contrast to the other awesome melodic offerings, I close to do some of my ‘noisier’ songs reflecting both me and the often hard realities of everyday life… This Alien Has Landed, Alison (rock version) and Bought & Sold. Rhiannah gave us My Man Blues, All The Colours and closed the session with the most inspired choice of an accapella version of Que Sera Sera, just perfect … And everyone joining in on the choruses. The girl’s got Soul.
Roll forward to the evening gig and we find Andy John Bradford opening and captivating us right from ‘Hello’ thru’ to the last bar of his great song Join The Dance. Rhiannah and I followed with All The Colours and My Bones Belong In The Place. And so wonderful to look out from the stage at a listening and genuinely attentive audience, they were great too. The evening continued with powerful performances from the One Love Ensemble, The Swing Belfast Dancers and of course Kaz and Her Band Of Men taking us right past the midnight hour. And I mustn’t forget to say thank you to the organisers, committee, and all the behind the scenes crew without whom an event like this simply couldn’t happen… Big thank you…and ….our MC for the evening, what an entertaining and genuinely funny man.
Kaz put out a special CD for the event, if you are local and didn’t yet get one yet be sure to call into the centre and buy one, only 3 pounds to help support their work.
I’ve put up one of my new songs ‘Be Here Now’ on Soundcloud and made it free to download. I believe it reflects the journey that everyone takes in life, some find it easier than others, some need a little help along the way, centres like East Side Counselling provide such help it was wonderful to have played a part in their awareness and fundraising campaign.