Thursday, December 18, 2008

This is the man who got me out of my musical slump.



Yes, it's Rory Gallagher, the album that helped is the masterful "Live in Europe" from 1972, so this YouTube clip is exactly contemporary.

Now all I've got to do is start learning that mandolin that is sitting in the spare room waiting for me to pick it up again.

5 comments:

goneforeign said...

Carole: If you're a mandolin fiend check this out.

The Fence Post in the Front YardArtist: Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile
Album: Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile
Song: Fence Post in the Front Yard

The finest classical double-bass player in the world joins the young mandolin phenom for 12 duets that fall somewhere between art music, bluegrass and free-range country. Thile's playing redefines fast, clean and tasteful for mando-philes. Meyer's writing, as ever, jumps genres as quickly and effortlessly as a jackrabbit overtops fences on the lower 40. The writing has Stravinsky's rhythmic jabs with Copland's open harmonies. When they improvise, it seems that one playfully devious mind is controlling both the bass and mandolin. As thrilling as Meyer and Thile are on CD, do whatever it takes to see them in person. Each is insanely busy, but they've taken to playing annual concerts at the Aspen Music Festival. See you there in the summer of 2009.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97762915&sc=nl&cc=mn-20081217

Tim (Kalyr) said...

Saw Rory Gallagher twice - once at the 1980 Reading festival, where he headlined on Friday night, and the following year at Reading University. Great high-energy live act, and shredded the hell out of his battered Stratocaster.

The mandolin stuff was great too.

TatankaYotanka said...

Hey I was there in '72. Rory supported by Nazareth at Birmingham Town Hall .. great night, having lapped up Taste and On The Boards in the preceding year.

A free gig and some great guitar playing at The Bell on Walcot Street in Bath this Sunday with the great Jackie Leven, ... if you need to maintain the musical stem cell therapy. My annual meeting up with my Bristol brother is always around the Solstice ... we'll be being boisterous round Westbury way on the Saturday and honing the zone on Sunday lumchtime

TonNL said...

...brings back memories, saw RG live twice, both times great shows, must be one of my first live gigs (Stadsschouwburg Sittard, all seated) and one of my first festivals (Pinkpop Geleen, mid 70's) ever, both times I went by bike, I was 15/16 then.....

alimunday said...

Rory Gallagher - one of the best gigs I've ever seen. Cauliflower has a very funny Rory Gallagher story ...

And if you like mandolins, try 'Mandolin Wind' by Rod Stewart, back in the days when he was good. I think it's on Every Picture Tells a Story.