James Blennerhassett

Top class Irish recording & performing Bassist


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Solo Double Bass stuff!

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To hell with the groove, play more solos!

My favourite band announcement was a good few years ago whilst playing at a dance in a (now closed) well known dancehall in Manchester.
At the end of the evening, after quickstepping, waltzing and foxtrot ting our little hearts out for three hours ,the owner came on stage and said how great it was to hear such a great singer singing the lovely Irish songs reminding them of how lovely Ireland was….and how about the amazing drummer, the great solos, the solos and let’s hear it for the lead man (that would be the lead guitar player)…..the mighty solos, wasn’t he amazing at the solos….there followed a moment of silence…… Followed by……..Oh, and the other lads as well!
So the moral of the story is, if you are the Bass player, or rhythm gtr player, and you want to be noticed…… “TO HELL WITH THE GROOVE, PLAY SOLOS”.


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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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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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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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