Friday, March 16, 2007

Perfect Irish (Cleveland) Weather - Rain and Snow, och, aye

Well, it's March in Ohio. That means it was 72 degrees three days ago, and just in time for St. Patrick's Day, we have rain and snow. Och, aye.

A reader recently commented that bluegrass and traditional Irish music have a lot in common. Well they do, right down to a number of shared tunes. Although I'm not sure whether Rain and Snow has Irish roots, once you hear this version, you'll be convinced it does.

Since I have a lot of cooking to do and tunes to play, I'm going to let Del, the boys, and the Chieftains do my work for me this evening. Enjoy this video introduced by author Frank McCourt at the Ryman. Del and the Boys -- in this iteration featuring bassist Mike Bubb who is no longer with the band -- joined the Chieftains on their doggone successful 2002 release, Down the Old Plank Road. Enjoy -- slainte! More tomorrow!


At March 17, 2007 12:08 AM, Anonymous Earl said...

Del and the boys do a much better live version on the "Bluegrass Journey" DVD. Solas does two versions on the "Reunion" CD/DVD which results in Pauline Scanlon's interesting version on "Hush" with Stuart Duncan, Danny Thompson etc

For that matter, Anita does a pretty fair version but we're still negotiating her contract with Compass(now that they've acquired Green Linnet.)

Just kidding.

(We're holding out for a major label deal...)

BTW, Buille's incredible CD is now available from Compass --Celtic acid jazz. There isn't family on Earth that plays Celtic music today like the Vallely brothers. The "First of August" set is one of the HOTTEST Celtic instrumentals recorded in the last decade.

NOT for those who consider "O, Danny Boy" as great Irish music...


It rates up there with John and Liz on the "Johnny D's" set (wherein Liz channels the ghost of Jimi Hendrix)

And of course, you remember Tim's joke?

("Why did the chicken cross the road?

To play on the next Chieftains CD.")

At March 17, 2007 8:15 AM, Blogger Mando Mama said...

Hey Earl!

Hee! IT is a great song. I'm going to have to check out all those versions. Is that Vallely as in Niall?

Hope Nita gets that deal. Not Shanachie? ;-) Or are they all gone now?

May the day be full of good things -- wind at your back, road risin' to meet you, know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, all that stuff. Love to the Fearless Family--slainte!

At March 17, 2007 1:33 PM, Anonymous Earl said...

Yep, there are three Vallely brothers: Niall, who leads Buille, Caomihn who plays in Buille and Karan's band (and others) and Cillian from Lunasa.

Pauline's Scanlon's version is interesting because (of neccessity) she tries to reverse the genders of the lyric.

Ah, "the folk process" I believe it's called.

At March 19, 2007 2:36 PM, Blogger Blueberry said...

I've got that particular Chieftains CD (and the Solas from the previous post too). We did hear some fine live music on St. Patrick's day, including our own Tea Merchants (, who just won (by popular vote) the Austin Music Award for World Music. They were wonderful. None of the beer was green, since Guinness and other dark offerings don't color so well (leave that dye for the Bud Light!)(and your hair!). The weather was fabulous - perfection (somewhere in the 70s, maybe warmer, and sunny). Spring comes a bit earlier down here, in April the wildflowers will be incredible, then it will be May-- and summer-- which is long. Very long.

At March 20, 2007 6:05 PM, Blogger Mando Mama said...

Hello Blueberry!
I saw some of the photos of SXSW and it looks like heaven on earth....
Hear, hear on the green beer (I'd planned to have a guinness but stuck with Harp and Boddingtons instead, none of which would I have tainted with food coloring, rest assured!)

We keep thinking that spring is just around the corner up here, with blue skies and dusk further off each day, but then we actually step outside...brrrrrr!

Hope you and all your furry companions are well!


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