You know how it is when you’re out for a quiet walk and a tune comes into your head and decides to loop itself for the duration of the walk!
Well that didn’t happen, I had a different problem on my walk yesterday, I thought back to a band I was in in the eighties called “Hennigans blooze band” and I couldn’t remember the words of any of the songs that we wrote and performed … must have have been memorable, but you know, it was a great fun band (aptly named) and we had a great time playing loudly and proudly all over the country.
So here are a few photographic memories of when there was a really healthy pub rock scene in Ireland and we were younger, had no sense and I had hair!
Hennigan’s Blooze Band around 1986
Hennigan’s Blooze Band featured several well known Sligo musicians and in this photo, we can see:
Left to right: Francis Lenehan (guitar), James Blennerhassett (bass), and Liam Gilmartin (guitar),
Christy Behan (drums) and Gerry Grennan (Dobro)
Hennigan’s Blooze Band Reunion – 2005 – Tsunami Relief Concert
I am a session bassist and contemporary composer based in Ireland, most of my studio work these days is done from my own studio via Dropbox etc. I am also a member of Derek Ryan's touring band.
I play Double bass and Bass guitar and most recently a derivative of the Chapman Stick, the NS Stick and several other instruments when I must :-)
I have two solo instrumental albums on release called "End of a longer day" and "A small shadow" and my sister Susan and I are currently writing and recording a series of Audiodramas/Books called the The Todalie Stories, a series for kids of all ages including adults that refuse to grow up. comprising Text, Audio & Illustrations (by Vitya Malirsh), inspired by special people, the unseen little folk, and other fantastic creatures that inhabit the woods, streams and lakes on this island .
The stories explore the concept of triumph over adversity and illustrate the importance of inclusiveness, the powerful impact of community spirit, bringing together disparate groups to achieve a common goal in a respectful inclusive space.
The first story (abridged) is available as a Podcast called The Todalie Stories on all good podcast providers and on www.todalie.com.
During lockdown I completed a course in Music Composition for Games in Pulse and Griffith College Dublin, and am currently involved in several exciting writing projects so watch this space!
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