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Gerry McKenna passes
It is with great sadness we mourn the passing of Gerry Mckenna. A great musician
and a lovely man who we will all remember as a dear friend.
Live Performance 2007 available for download!
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Dave's Diary: Straight from the States
Well!! Here I am back at tour base in Massachusetts. We have just completed 11 shows in 11 days and travelled about 4 thousand miles in the process.
The old bones are complaining, so are the young ones!
We have had mixed bag of experiences, we have met some great people on the way and have been well looked after by some good friends who supplied not only food and a bed to rest our weary heads, but also quantities of the magic potion that cures all ills and rejuvenates the tired limbs and makes the world a wonderful place!! YES, they had BEER.
On the down side the weather has played its part, most of the time it has been very very hot with temperatures around 86F and humidity through the roof! But this also leads to storms, when we were in Pitsburg there was a tornado warning and the storm that followed was horrendous. The streets were 4 inches deep with rain water! This happened about 45 minutes before our show was scheduled to start and continued throughout, needless to say the audience was not one of the largest we have played for. I can’t blame them I would not have went outdoors on a night like that either.
We recorded a TV show: “Songs of the Mountains”. It was recorded live from the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. It was a 30 min spot and will be broadcast to 30 States early next year to an audience of several millions.
Glad to say we are happy with how it went and look forward to seeing the end results!
On the last day of the 11thm we were playing at the Herndon Festival which once again was hurt badly when the heavens opened, fortunately it was dry when we were on stage.
Now we have a couple of days to recover then it’s back on the road again.
Meanwhile it’s a quiet day relaxing in the sun; then later, we will watch the baseball and have a beer at the local watering hole.
See ya soon!
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New "Edinburgh Toon" Reviews
Two new reviews of "Edinburgh Toon" have been added to the "Info" page.
Thanks to Dave for the links!
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Thirty years ago when the band was playing in the "White Hart Inn” Grassmarket Edinburgh, we were approached by a gentleman who enquired if we had an album for sale?
We did not!! He then asked "Why?" "Costs!!" was the simple answer.
He then said "well you should have an album for sale so I 'll pay for the recording."
After a few weeks and a legal contract (this was something we insisted on), we then went and recorded our first album "Those So Dearly Held". It was a popular recording and the process was repeated a year later when we recorded "Spirit Of The Banished".
Both albums were recorded at the “Pan Audio” Studios which was then in Forth St Edinburgh.
The Gentleman's name was Jim Arbuthnott and without his help all these years ago who knows what path "North Sea Gas" would have taken!
We lost contact with Jim when he left Edinburgh to go and work in Birmingham in 1986.
Jim and Dave 20th February 2010
So it was with great pleasure when on Saturday the 20th of February when the band went to play at the Lismore Public Hall on Lismore island, I could once more meet and thank the man that made such a difference to my life.
I will always be indebted to Jim Arbuthnott.
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