music and opinion from Wales' wandering poet.
THIS is why I love folk music...
Liam Clancy - Band Played Waltzing Matilda for all those who don't know the true price of war - very touching.
In the in-between time - here's a song from us!
White Horse Guitar Club,
Wow - just been soaking up this tremendous group of friends who've been spreading love and soul through various locations with folk.. and other magic genres.
Wide River to Cross
on youtube is a great place to start:
Hi there -- would you like to be part of a small group for a walking and music tour of Scotland?
It includes beautiful and historic walks, plus private and public musical events and sessions with some of Scotland's best musicians.
Four tours available, three have spaces left for this summer.
For more info, visit this link! http://www.edpearlman.net/scotland/
You can also see traveller's comments from past years.
Amazing experience, a chance to really put together the land and the culture.
Remembering Dolores O'Riordan, a tribute to The Cranberries' lead vocalist January 16th, at 9:21am
Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Cranberries, died suddenly on January 15th. She was 46. So far, the cause of her death has not been determined.
O' Riordan was the vocalist of the popular rock band The Cranberries, starting in 1990. The group earned world recognition in 1994, with the release of their song, Zombie. That hit single won the Best Song award at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 1995.
The band’s last album titled "Something Else" was released on April 28th, in 2017.
How can the Rhondda show the world the difference between folk music and show biz? It's easy !
For thousands of years musicians cheered up their friends, communities (& themselves) by playing music. They didn't get paid, or even consider "a career in music", until relatively recently.
Today, the Rhondda is FULL of groups of musicians happy to meet as friends & play beautiful music...
Come to the Rhondda and find the true spirit of "folk" music... it's a real revolution!
and for those reared on the '50s US hegemony of Pete Seeger, et al, it's a real revelation !
Sadly, the campaign to prevent development on environs surrounding the Hill of Tara is ON AGAIN!
To refresh memories, go here: http://globalartscollective.org/anam-cara-for-Tara.htm
I'll update the online information asap.
I posted the following info' to my Facebook wall. Please share with audiences and friends!
Still Crying "SAVE TARA"!
Ireland is in trouble 'all over' again...
Just when reports are showing how important agriculture is to Ireland's recovery, the Irish National Roads Authority (NRA, dominated by the real estate industry) and Meath County Council have granted the first development permits to build Type 1 FULL service areas every 100km along the controversial M3 Tolled motorway network, starting between the Clonee and Blundelstown junctions.
Yes, the corporate land speculators and developers are ON TARGET with plans for their 'model' developments starting with a Type 1 FULL SERVICE area - "a building housing a convenience shop, restrooms, washrooms & tourist information in addition to fuel facilities, parking and a picnic area" across an archaeological site which has survived as rich agricultural land for millennia.
It won't be long now before they will get permits to begin building industrial parks and housing developments. We know this model only too well.
See route maps, etc.: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/route-cleared- for-drivers-to-get-more-rest-areas-30548283.html
Coincidentally, Ireland's celebrated economist, author & commentator David McWilliams wrote:
"despite all the hipster hype about hi-tech, start- ups and Silicon Dock in Dublin, agriculture is still Ireland’s biggest indigenous sector, contributing €24bn to the Irish economy, almost 10pc of all exports and 7.7pc of all employment. (According to Teagasc, this figure rises to 10pc when all agricultural subsections are included.)"
Carmel Ní Dhuibheanaigh has written the following letter template and I'm asking everyone I know to join me in telling everyone they know to get the word out.
WE ALL CAN HELP raise awareness!
Write LETTERS and emails to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
The more the merrier- everything is logged.
Here is Carmel's letter TEMPLATE
Dear Sir/ Madam, I am writing to register my concern at the recent Meath Chronicle announcement that a Type 1 Service Area is being planned by the NRA in conjunction with Meath Co.Co.between Clonee and Blundelstown junctions.
Part of this area runs between the Hill of Tara and the Hill of Skryne. As you know, this landscape was the subject of huge contention during the construction of the M3 Motorway. Development of the area runs contrary to the proposed Tara Skryne Landscape Project. I remind you that it is an objective of the County Development Plan 2007-2013 to designate the historic Tara Skryne area as a Landscape Conservation Area and that under Strategic Policy HER SP2 Meath Co is committed to "Protect the historic and archaeological landscapes of the county".
I will oppose all and any such development within the Tara Skryne Boundary as defined at the Boundary Workshop for the Landscape Conservation Area Project in 2010, and will continue to monitor any such proposals vigilantly.
(spoken) In the beginning, there was just God, So God made man in his own image: a little image that is. Man asked God, "My God, how great art thou?" And to show man his great power, they played a game.
Sonny, I'll play the part of the man, and you'll play the part of God
God and man played hide-and-go-seek. God told man, "Now man, don’t you peek." Man counted to ten, and then looked around, But God was nowhere, nowhere to be found.
Man looked on the mountain. He looked across the sea. He looked in the stars, in the skies, in the trees. He looked in the wind, in the sun, on the ground, But God was nowhere, nowhere to be found.
So man made an image and he gave it a name, But this man-made god brought nothing but pain. Man started shouting "God! Where can you be?" "I’m right here man, inside of thee."
Oh, man was so shocked, he was really surprised. 'Cuz he looked everywhere, but right there inside. Now when man found God, man found love, And man found out what we all are made of.
God is in you and God is in me. To love all of God is to love humanity. God is in you and God is in me. To love all of God is to love humanity."
Welcome to FOLKWALES, a new internet magazine which has gone on-line now.
Edited by journalist, researcher and musician Mick Tems, FOLKWALES magazine promises a new concept in media publishing; news, views, reviews, features, articles and comment, the all-Wales Listings and Events, focussing on Wales and the World.