James Blennerhassett

Top class Irish recording & performing Bassist


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Raghley Harbour

Drive north from Sligo for a wee bit then down the steep hill through Rathcormac and on a bit until you pass the church at Drumcliffe where my grandmother played  the organ and bullied the choir into shape for years…oh and Yeats is buried in the graveyard there too.

Over the river and turn left after Davis’ restaurant and on down the road towards the village of Carney. Tun left at Laura’s pub and drive on and on passing lovely Lissadell on your left (behind the trees) and on a bit more to Magherow crossroads.

Turn left at Jordan’s pub and off down the road with you passing Ardtarmon castle on the left and turn right at Raghley up around the headland past the Puffin’ hole over the top of the hill and there it is….Raghley Harbour.

Now, wasn’t that worth it!

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The train to Sligo

Sitting on the train to Sligo going from Rainshine to Sunshine, I thought of this beautiful song written by Thom Moore.

the Scholar

The train to Sligo moves too slow
As it takes her from the school below
She wants to be there faster than
The train to Sligo ever can
She wonders where the passing goes
Creeping by her window; my oh my
Its getting further than it ever has before.

Eyes wide as silver dollars
Can’t think why but she’s a scholar
Oh Lord, it takes so long to learn
Whats right from what is wrong
School books and fancy collars
Can’t think why but she’s a scholar
Hold on, her daddy tells her
Learn to sing your song

The train from Sligo moves to Fast
Holidays are gone at last
Winter days are here again
Please promise me you’ll write to me then
It’s too long weeks till I get home
I can’t help feeling so alone
If someone doesn’t right to me soon
I’ll simply fade away


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Help!!!!

Trying to put together a short video to tell you all about our forthcoming Third Eye Audio illustrated Fairytale series. So difficult to get it into 3 mins. Help…please 🙂

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Double Wow!!!

Found this on you tube. Heroes all givin’ it socks in Japan on Steely Dan’s “Bodhisattva”.

I had forgotten just how good John Entwhistle and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter are. As for Simon Phillips….


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Judy Collins live in Ireland

Just got my copy of Judy Collins live in Dromoland castle DVD & CD. Very proud to have been part of the band on this concert which is due to be broadcast on PBS. she is a true star.

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Holy Trinity Church at Dunamase

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I have visited the Rock of Dunamase on a number of occasions over the last few years, each time has always been a pleasure. So on my recent trip around County Laois, I decided to have a look around its much over looked neighbour, The Holy Trinity Church. No it is not the usual ruin that I would normally explore, in fact it is not even a ruin, but considering its close proximity to The Rock I wanted to have a look around. The small granite church and graveyard which are both still in use today, was built back in 1845 after the church at nearby Dysart was destroyed by fire. It belongs to the Church of Ireland and was never consecrated until 1849, supposedly  due to the famine. I always wondered, was there an older religious site here? Considering  the historical significance of its neighbour this would be quite…

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