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The Jives Recommend - the music we're listening to and performing today

Black and white photo of Danny Murray Danny's listening to:
  • A Blow for Peace - Traditional and Christian Music on Harmonica - Dave Hynes and Noel Battle (also featuring Vincent Baker on Guitar and Keyboards and Joe Meehan on guitar) - Recorded at Vee Bee Recording Studios, Newdown, The Downs, Mullingar. Stirring, compelling and spiritually uplifting music played by two of the countries best exponents of the harmonica. I have heard Noel play in the past and his style is unlike any other I have heard. I particularly liked his "Bride's Favourite Selection of Jigs". Daves "easy" style and especially his version of "Amazing Grace, Serenity Prayer" has to be heard. The talents of Noel and Dave are further exemplified by the brilliance of Vincent Baker and Joe Meehan.
  • Sham*Rock! - Irish Showbands go Pop! - compilation Note: Eddie Kelly presents Sham*Rock - Irish Showbands go Pop! Castle Records - CMDDD -789 (ASIN:B0000AM78J if you're ordering in the US) can be purchased in all major record stores and from your favourite online record shops.

    This double-CD collection is filled to the brim with a generous 50 tracks worth of the best music from the Showband Era including - Come a Little Bit Closer by Tony  and the Graduates; C'Mon Everybody by Gene and the Gents; Our Love will go On by Butch Moore and the Capitol Showband; See Saw by The Arrows, and many many more.

    Included with the collection is a thoroughly researched and magnificently illustrated set of fold-out liner notes that is sure to help this CD become a collector's item.

  • It's About Time - Donal O'Connor - Had a listen to Donal O'Connors cd - It's about Time - and was really impressed by the lyrics, his voice and the backing. Donal sings in the Christy Moore - Roger Whittaker style and has a very rich voice.His lyrics have meaning to them. In the "Boyle Song" there is brief mention of the Jivenaire/Mystics, place-names and people. I think I recognised all except "the green-lady". I have my suspicions though. In my opinion the best track is the title track - "It's about time". Given the right promotion I can see Donal emerging as one of our better singer/songwriters. I look forward to his next cd.
  • Isles of Lough Key and Una Bhan - Frank Simon. - Frank Simon is a brilliant musician and songwriter. Although I have know him for many years and ate chicken and chips with him at 6.30am (yes, a.m.) in London all those years ago I hadn't realised that his talents extended to song writing. I recently purchased both his CD's and thoroughly enjoyed his guitar renditions and especially his original Isles of Lough Key. The latter is a particularly catchy number and will have special meaning, of course, to Boyle people. An ideal gift or ,indeed, a Christmas present. Frank, it's your turn to pay for the chicken 'n chips!

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