James Blennerhassett

Top class Irish recording & performing Bassist


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Grammys 2017

So excited to see an album I played on nominated for a Grammy this year.

I had the pleasure of playing Bass on Celtic Woman’s album Destiny which is up for an award in the “Best world music album” section alongside Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Yo Yo Ma & the Silk road ensemble, Anoushka Shankar & Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, very distinguished company indeed. Good luck to all, especially Gavin Murphy for asking me to play on it, thank you.

Cheers, James B

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A great artist

It’s always a pleasure when I hear the finished product of a project I ‘ve really enjoyed being involved in.

Johnny Mc Evoy is one our great artists and songwriters and it was great to work with him and the team of Bill Shanley, Jeff Young, Martin Ditcham and yours truly.


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The Beezer is back..well nearly!

This was my first “Big Bike”… a while ago :-), a 1968 BSA 441 Victor.

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The compression ratio on this single cylinder engine was so high I couldn,t kick start it with my slight 5’6″ frame and so had to run down the road and jump on the saddle while releasing the clutch in 2nd. gear to get the beast started.

It was loud, it leaked oil everywhere but great fun to ride until one day whilst riding to Sligo from Dublin with my good friend Mark Heather on the pillion, the engine decided to explode internally and leave us on the side of the road near Mullingar 😦

No parts being readily available for BSAs as the company had closed, I had had to scrap the 441, so sad (I actually swopped it for a Fiat 124 …shocking!) & so ended my early bike career.

There is an upside to this tale though, the BSA name has been bought by Mahindra, an Indian motorcycle co. and they are going to release a range of new BSAs….starting with (You guessed it) a 500c.c. single!

The Beezer is back 🙂

 


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freedom of imagination

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The unstated warrant for the composer, as for the poet, is to stretch the limits of the form, to try to fly within the narrow corridors of a cage. That tension between the bright prison of a form and the freedom of imagination is what artistic genius is all about.

Diane Ackerman
A Natural History of the Senses

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