James Blennerhassett

Top class Irish recording & performing Bassist


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Frances Black in the Olympia

I had the pleasure of playing in the Olympia theatre last night with Frances Black at the “stars turn out for Gaza” concert.
A great night and it was lovely to meet people I have played with over the years including Paul Brady & Brian Kennedy.

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My coffee saviour

I make no bones about it, I am a coffee snob..so there!
I love a coffee break whilst driving on speed trap infested Irish roads, it should be a welcome respite from watching the speedo and trying to spot the inevitable van tucked into the ditch but how many times have you pulled into a service station looking forward to the dark liquid only to find it’s more often than not pure sh**e in a paper cup.
How difficult can it be to provide decent tasting coffee? Practically impossible it would seem and yet they seem to manage it quite well in services across mainland Europe.
Enter AEROPRESS, my coffee saviour, so easy, simple and the coffee tastes great. Check it out on You Tube. What a class piece of gear and it’s not expensive, now all I need is a Flask of hot water, a mug, sugar and I’m happy. No more will the service station disappoint …… Yippee!

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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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This is a preview of the music for the story of “Layliana”

This is a preview of the music for the story of “Layliana”, the first in a series of Fairytales  (Books with Graphic audio and Illustrations)  by James & Susan Blennerhassett & Vitya Malirsh which will be published later this year.

I will be starting a Fundit campaign shortly to help us get the first two books published. Please keep an eye out for this project and I would appreciate your help in this labour of love.


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More of the 4 Bs with Tommy G…Gorman that is!

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Three generations of Blennerhassetts on stage together

Had the great pleasure of playing on stage together with my mother and two daughters, accompanied by Kieran Quinn on piano and Ken Mc Donald on percussion at the Sligo Grammar school concert for the Northwest hospice on Saturday night at the Knocknarea arena in Sligo.
We played a piece of original music called ” A somewhat unusual afternoon tea ” from one of the forthcoming Fairytale series of books with Graphic audio and Illustrations by my sister Susan, her husband Vitya and myself. Photos courtesy of magnumlady.com

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Phil Jones Bass amps

I used this Phil Jones Bass Rig at the concert in Roscommon for the “Join our Boys” campaign.
Don’t know why nobody ever thought of having some speakers in a bass rig pointing straight up at the player, I can actually hear what I’m playing without having to turn up to ridiculous volume.
It’s the best Live Bass sound I have ever had…bar none, amazing clarity and depth, and all from 5″ speakers, oh and they are super light too.
PJB BG150 + PB300. Monster…. And they’re Red!

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