Two reasons to celebrate here in the Hit Factory today May 20th 2016! Hurray! Hurray! Christy Moore's brand new album LILY is released today and track no. 7 is a song I composed called 'Ballad of Patrick Murphy'. It's a beautiful, sensitive, moving version of the song. Here's what Christy writes in the sleeve notes; 

"This is my fifth time to record a John Spillane song. Sometimes we collaborate and we keep in touch along the job of journeywork. On July 4th 2015 I performed 'Pat Murphy' at the Marquee in Cork. In the audience that night were Wacker and Frick Murphy, two of Patrick Murphy's grandsons. They sailed up the River Lee from Passage West to attend the concert. Afterwards they shared stories of their Grandfather's life and times and we remembered how he lived and died upon the river. Then back aboard their boat for a moonlit voyage back down to Passage West and a few pints before closing time."

How sweet is that lads? 

My second reason to celebrate is that I am playing a double bill tonight with Jimmy Crowley at 8pm Live at St. Luke's, Cork. Jimmy is an iconic Irish folk singer who I was lucky enough to play bass with back in the early 1980s. A song collector and scholarly musician who is celebrating the recent publication of his life's work 'Songs of the Beautiful City'. We are gonna kinda sing every second song, old and new Cork songs like and the gig is called SONGS FROM THE CITY. Be there or be square like lads, Happy Days in the Hit Factory, John Spillane, Passage West, County Cork, 20-5-16.


Published on 20th May 2016


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