James Blennerhassett

Top class Irish recording & performing Bassist


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Our livelihood under threat..again!

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Interference

I walked into a shop some weeks ago with my wife to buy the de riguer black suit for live shows after my old one finally fell apart and while I was (reluctantly) trying one on the young man who was looking after us asked Emily if I was a teacher in BIMM (did I really look like a teacher?)

She replied I was not and told him what I do and as I was at the till paying for same said suit, I gave him a business card whereupon he took a step back, looked at me and said I was one of his biggest inspirations as a Bassist…wow!

He was studying Bass in Bimm and quoted my work on a recording of the late Fergus O’Farrell’s band Interference as being inspirational.. wow again!

I was quite touched to have influenced a player in some way and had to download the album to hear what I had played as he mentioned the song “Vaj Vaj” as a particular one.

Yep, that was me alright, brought back memories of a very enjoyable session which took place behind what was Mother Redcaps I believe, with Dan Dan Fitzgerald at the controls.

Then, a week later I was speaking with Lisa Lambe to congratulate her on her beautiful album “Hiding away” and she reminded me again about that same track and how it had inspired her, so thank you Fergus for having me play on your great songs, it made me realise how important music is in our lives and if we can make someone happy in some small way by what we do then it’s all worth it.

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The Bubblemen return (for one special night)

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Sometimes when you get the call, it’s time to drop everything and strap on the P Bass.

Yessir, my old friend Mike Kane was back for a holiday from NZ and rallied the troops for a night of loudness, poses and guitar Olympics in Jackie’s Rendezvous bar in Sligo last Friday.

It was great to play (loud n’proud) with the lads again (+ guest appearances by Tabby Callaghan & Barry Brennan) and rock out with not a click track in sight. We played at the opening night here twenty years ago, it was a great night then and a great night now, everybody had a blast, hopefully we’re still here in another twenty 🙂

Thanks for having us again Jackie!

L-R Mike, Francie, James, Seán, Gerry and Liam.

 


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Balor :-)

Just took delivery of my new “Balor” 5 string Bass from Emerald guitars. It’s even nicer than the one I used in the You Tube video and I have used Flatwounds on this one. A beautiful big round tone with no fret noise, and it’s loud without plugging in, can’t wait to use it on the Daniel O’Donnell UK tour next week.
Thanks everyone at Emerald guitars for such a cool instrument, think this one will be a big hit for them. Stoked:) Blen

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The DOD Bass setup

For my Bass anorak friends, here’s my setup for the Daniel O’Donnell live gig.

Sandberg TM (J Bass)and VS (P Bass) California series 5 string Basses.

Emerald 5 string acoustic Bass (see video – photo to follow).

Yamaha SB200 Upright Bass.

Strings by D’addario.

Bassics BPA-1 preamp, Tech 21 VT preamp, TC hall of fame reverb, TC tuner.

Cicada Pageflip Bluetooth pedal (in case you were wondering)

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