16th August, 2001
We go a press release last week from the Cork
Folk Festival committee to tell us that once again its
coming up to that time of year. Many years ago, one of the
highlights of one of the festivals I attended was a show in the
Metropole, Peter Rowan on guitar and vocals, Mark OConnor
on fiddle and Jerry Douglas on dobro. What a trio!! Their version
of Patrick Kavanaghs Raglan Road was an
experience to treasure, or two weeks ago in the Lobby, Buddy
Mondlock, singing a haunting version of Waltzing Matila,
or Eric Bogle, in the Lobby, telling us how he wrote The
Green Fields of France (his own title for that song is
No Mans Land). Our own Lee Valley String band
with Phillip Donnelly and Nashville record producer Jim Rooney,
in the Corner House a few weeks ago, was another great concert.
So good luck to the Cork Folk Festival, it looks like a good line-up
again this year, and who knows, some year we might see my two
favourite groups perform in Cork, The Kingston Trio and the
The Brothers Four have been around since the early 60s and theyre still going strong. I have quite a few of their LPs since the sixties, but for my birthday, two weeks ago, my children bought me their latest live album, called The Tokyo Tapes, a double CD recorded live in Japan, where they have a huge following. I havent stopped playing it since. I ordered it through the internet (log on to folk era records), and within a week it was at my door. To any boy-band starting out, if you want to hear live harmony singing, get this CD. Their version of Whiskey in the Jar would go down well in Ireland, after a few pints!!
I e-mailed the Brothers Four and complimented them on their excellent album, and by return mail I got a reply from founding member Bob Flick telling me that they would love to play in Ireland. Who knows, perhaps the Douglas Weekly might present the Brothers Four live in concert in Douglas, stranger things have happened.
I watched the new Hannibal Lecter movie last night and I must say, the ending was a hair-raising experience, not just for me!! I must ask the question, does Anthony Hopkins really need a couple of bob that badly. A good movie to rent is Manhunter, on which the Hannibal Lecter character is based. Does anybody know where I can rent a copy of the Sunshine Boys, starring Walter Matthau and George Burns?
I have a script written for a new James Bond movie. This will be his most dangerous assignment yet. 007 is sent to Ireland to break into a castle, get past 173 security guards, take some photographs of a secret wedding, and he must not stop to say hello. He will then return to Q with the photos, and he will pay him £1,000,000. Ive sent the script to Pierce Brosnan, but Im still waiting to hear from him!!
Today, Tuesday, and the rain is pouring down all day and I cant wait to see the condition of the South Douglas Road surface after the deluge. Every few days a bit of tarmacadam is dropped into a hole in the road and off they go again. The road from the roundabout to Greenhills Court needs completely resurfacing!!
Douglas Court Shopping Centre has a new manager. I called over yesterday to meet Órla Lannin at the centre. Im sure well all wish the lady from West Cork the best of luck in her new good, not that people in West Cork need luck, they were born lucky!
Didnt Douglas look well on Nationwide (RTE) last week. Sometimes when we live in an area we tend to take it for granted, but seeing it from an outsiders view through a camera lens, we appreciate it a lot more. Well done to RTE for dropping in and giving Douglas some national profile, and not forgetting YOU, who put in the weekly effort. One small matter, the lovely new floral display and seating under the bridge, before one turns towards Douglas Court, is somewhat marred by the ugly green transformer (is it the property of the ESB?) which is badly in need of a lick of paint. It spoils the beauty of th work which is behind it, somebody might check it out.
Thats about it for now, except to say see you at the Elvis night in Rochestown Park Hotel on Saturday night.
Bye for now,
P.S. The best forecourt coffee around is to be found in Texaco, South Douglas Road., Cappuccino, check it out!
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