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Touchdown and another for me exhausting route march, through passport check and into fresh air and sunshine. Bus stops: on inquiry, the X8 to Cashel was pointed out just passing by. Another two hours relaxing, people watching, with a coffee and toast. To bus alighted, settled in first seat, and on departure eventually entered the Dublin Tunnel which eventually opened out into Dublin Port. This I felt was a bonus, as I had thought the bus went straight from airport to Cashel.
It relates to my name too, Album) rather initials K. I have no idea what I had expected the scenery to be. But apart from the view of mountains it was quite similar to home; well, as viewed from a motorway!
My attention was taken as much by the driver as the views, obviously not one of his better days - I did fear which would go first, the battery or the man himself. The excitement mounted as we approached Cashel. Despite all research, I found The Rock and the buildings atop, awe inspiring. Alighting and gathering my bearings, I was treated to a surprise greeting directed at a fellow traveller. Made my way to the Rockville, passing the Cashel Folk village, I wanted to say a quick hello to Bernard, another addition to the people who impressed when checking out the place from home, and to Patrick.
No one at the front, I left my bag and went to the back. I found Patrick hanging out washing! Patrick returned with coffee and biscuits, an explanation of the keys and an all too brief chat and left to myself.
Coffee and biscuits consumed, I took back the tray. Invited in, I was introduced to Anna, Patrick's elderly mom. I realized she had suffered a stroke, kissed the proffered hand, and allowed time for her laboured speech. Oh joy! There is in the layout an open air performance area; it was the reception that stood between the restaurant and the bar area - and what I discovered was the theatre. The delightful Helen explained that the tickets would be available later and aided by someone whose name I forget another delight provided both coffee and a seat!
I was asked what I thought: I couldn't really answer, as even the thought gave my eyes a rinsing. I was truly overwhelmed by now. What could I call it? I collected the ticket, arranged with Ronan to obtain a poster and to retain my ticket - it will be added to all the other collected memorabilia.
I had a pint in the bar, the garden area and sculptures now illuminated, as was the overlooking Rock of Cashel. And a concert to come. After entering and taking my seat, of my own choice, I was fortunate to have Mary Galvin sit beside me, from Wexford.
She had seen the man before, and was hoping there would be merchandise. The place filled up and eventually we were welcomed and Ralph was invited on stage. In no time we were treated to the magic of McTell, lulled into thinking he was playing to each one in his own zone - I do not exaggerate. A superb evening, even the dry ice, enveloping at times, was treated with good humour, but must have been choking! An evening that passed all too quickly.
On exit there were plenty waiting for the man to join as promised. As ever, the merchandise was in my view a missed opportunity.
Just two CDs and no one available to buy them from! In the shortest time I have ever experienced, we were joined by Ralph. Once he had made it to his signing spot, the CDs were available via Josh who did a stirling job of selling, attempting to get some order, and unwrapping CDs in order for them to be signed. I exchanged details with Mary, obtained my ticket, or a ticket, and happy I returned to the palace!
I dropped my poster and ticket etc and went into town, eventually turning up at Baileys Cellar Bar memories of Paris? After some brief conversation with one of my favourite people, the conversation and liquid flowed, almost to the point of embarrassment! I was treated to the joy of social intercourse at its best, truth to tell anyone who knows me, or thinks they do, would have difficulty accepting that most of the pleasure came from listening.
Indeed it was a comment about a collar referring to a dog collar? I was reminded of my father making the same comment! What an excellent way to finish any evening, in fine company, with fine people brought to mind! Of course to the others present my departure may have been abrupt, but surely better than a grown man bursting into tears for what to them would appear to be no reason.
Other s? I know next to nothing about hurling! It didn't stop the little man popping into the road to play whenever anyone walked past. In for breakfast, the indefatigable Patrick on the go permanently, ably assisted by apologies for forgetting the name; the person will never be forgotten. Suitably fed and watered I left for the brief walk into town, watched as the stalls and entertainment was set up.
Called at the Tourist Information for a bus timetablewas drawn in to the pop up studio, part Zimmerman Blues - Ralph McTell - Not Till Tomorrow (Vinyl the festival, but difficult to comprehend despite the efforts of Gavin or indeed the chap assisting.
However, listening to Pat Murphy and the wonderful Willy being interviewed prior to their portraits being taken, was worth the trip alone.
The bus was held, and I was treated to the sight of Willy, gentleman that he is, apologizing to all. Astonished to be included in the obscure to me project, my embarrassed interview and portrait taken, I left to experience the Plaza and its entertainment, in the rain. Excellent guy on a guitar giving his all to the assembled three, a brass band for whom I really needed a dance partner to truly enjoy!
But enjoy them I certainly did, as indeed did a young guy, I think vaguely attached to the girl guides selling cakes, who did a great version of Bruce Springsteen, going into interpreting the music, including circling the lamppost close by.
Pure joie de vivre, bless him. That to me is a brief report of an incredible trip. I would point out the Rock has been there before the Guinness, and will remain, giving me every reason to return! I would wish the organizers ALL they wish themselves. What could improve the experience for me? Possibly more local involvement… but overall I would point out that the greatest asset are the people of Cashel themselves.
Being a festival, and knowing that Ralph was naturally! As there were no performances at all underway when we arrived we decided to take a walk around the site. We were making our way back around the outside of the main building when a sudden sound brought us to a dead stop. From an open door in the backstage area came the sound of just a couple of bars on a harmonica. We listened for a few more minutes as he ran through verses of a couple of the songs he would be playing later — presumably a sound check.
A rare treat to hear even that much though! Before Ralph appeared we were treated to a set by Becky Mills, Yorkshire-based singer songwriter.
She has an excellent voice and is a gifted songwriter. The only downside was that practically all her songs followed traditional folk-themes of death, broken hearts, unrequited love and general woe — so not the most cheerful of experiences!
Finally the moment came — and there he stood. I expected him to launch straight into an opening number, as usual, but instead he paused to explain that he always feels that he should take time to talk more about the background to his songs at folk festivals. He began with Walk into the Morningwith the usual gob-iron accompaniment. A treat these days to hear anything from that album live, so we were delighted.
Such a perfect song I always think — encapsulating the period and the wartime mood so wonderfully. It LP easier to guess the next one — A Feather Fell - as both Brussels and Derroll Adams were mentioned quite early on. The friend who accompanied us has been to a few Ralph gigs before but had never heard this song. The first time we ever heard Ralph live — 25 years ago - I can clearly remember that though I enjoyed the experience from the beginning, there was one number that captivated me and turned me in to a Ralph-ite for life.
From the intricacy and beauty of the first few instrumental bars I was hooked, even before hearing the evocative lyrics. With the introduction to the next song came also an introduction to a new word, one that Ralph said his daughter taught him — petrichor - defined as the smell of earth After Rain. A good word, but not sure LP it would fit the tune. Grande Affaire followed without introduction. His meeting with a young woman, Jo Connaughton was the inspiration for Mr Connaughtona rare song which wrote itself as the memories flooded back.
Is there a greater compliment? This was written for Fairport Convention and Ralph had just learned that Dave Swarbrick had died earlier that day. This was news to many of us there and a groan came from the hall. We were invited to sing along to 'the hit', Streets of Londonand then followed the B side, Summer Lightning.
Ralph came out for meet and greet and we got our Albert Hall programme signed. So all told 2 hours on stage and probably a further 40 minutes greeting us. As always it was wonderful. Yes, we know all the songs and nearly all the introductions but we can never ever get bored. Thanks once again Ralph. This is not to say the people chose badly. On the contrary, their selections made a wonderful set, which McTell delivered with all the clarity and charm that has kept his audiences coming back for more over the decades.
Despite having sung them so often, he treated each one as though it were freshly wrought, revealing nuances of meaning and melody that were probably not in his original intention. On this occasion I met Ruth off the tube and Lesley, John and Chris in the pub, along with Bjorn from Norway and his three friends, and two Burnley fans from Scunthorpe. On the way out I met Carl and Naomi with Jenny and Diane, then Tony and Margot, and finally Karen who was looking for friends outside when everyone else seemed to have gone.
My thanks to you all for your friendships - and most of all to Ralph for making them possible. Maginot Waltz 17 2. Nanna's song 16 3. Michael in the garden 11 5. Tequilla Sunset 15 6. Barges 3 7. First and Last Man 10 8. First Song 2 9. In the Dreamtime 22 Naomi 5 Played on Ralph's own grand piano Interval Zimmerman Blues 14 The Ferryman 8 Mr Connaughton 12 Let Me Down Easy 4 The Girl From the Hiring Fair 7 Streets of London 6 Around the Wild Cape Horn 19 The stage was illuminated with blue, white and red lighting, presumably in recognition of the awful events in Paris.
We saw Ralph about two week previously at the Lowry where there were only three guitars on stage, one of which was a string. This time we were delighted to see that in addition there was also a grand piano centre stage. We agreed as did another long-term Ralph-fan afterwards that, at least partly as a result of this, we enjoyed the set more than we had the one at the Lowry.
Just a couple of minutes after the advertised start time, the auditorium lights dimmed and Ralph entered to tumultuous applause cradling Miss Gibson. The London Apprentice came next — no introduction or comment on this one, but I was pleased to hear it anyway!
The next two were played on the string, with the usual resulting wonderfully rich sound. This was followed by England. Back to the 6-string for You Make Me Feel Good — a tribute to his daughter who does what it says on the tin!
This was dedicated to all dads of daughters in the audience. Though I bet one of her two younger brothers who are accompanying Ralph on this tour will have told her!
Then Gypsy - no introduction again. Followed by First Song — said to be a song in part about how some things stay the same despite the passage of time. After Rain — a fantastic rendition, beautifully sung and played. It was introduced by memories of summer rain storms in Croydon, and the change of the smell in the air after the rain has washed the dust away. He spoke about how this was a metaphor for tears after difficult experiences allowing us to begin to move on and be refreshed.
At the end of the song, almost in a whisper, he dedicated it to Paris. Better still was that the next song was one that, for obvious reasons, is, and always has been special to us — Naomi. Good though it is! The Girl on the Jersey Ferry next — another song Ralph said was about time and how single memories can stay with you a lifetime. After a brief interval hiding in the wings as the ovation went on Ralph returned for his encore. Ralph has been closing this tour with an as yet unrecorded new song.
We were with a friend seeing Ralph for the first time. And on a 12 string!! My friend treated me as a Birthday and Christmas present. My birthday is on 31st October - Halloween. Don't laugh. I will be celebrating my 70th in It was wonderful to see Ralph in person on Stage.
The seats we had were very close to the Stage. I loved the way he chatted to the audience and telling them a little about his personal life and of the many other talented Musicians he had played with. Absolutely wonderful. After the Show my friend and I queued up to meet him and he was an absolute Sweetheart. Very charming and down to earth. He signed my DVD and my friend took a couple of photos of me with him and I took one of her with him.
We had a quick chat and he came across as just a real Gentleman. Someone you could stand and chat to and feel very relaxed in his company.
No Airs and Graces. I mentioned to him that I had an LP from his early years on Television. I used to sit with my daughter Lyndsey when she was about 3 years old and watch "Tickle on the Tum" and "Alphabet Zoo". I know I have it somewhere but could I find it when I really needed it. I searched everywhere and my Grandchildren came over and went into the loft to look for it. Hopefully I will come across it at some point. Hopefully I will go and see him again in Concert one day. It was a wonderful experience to see him perform on Stage.
Second on the list was an even more impressive venue - Christopher Wren's year old Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. My previous visits to this magnificent building had been notable for the university gaduation ceremonies being largely in Latin - and for the solid wood bench seats.
Recent restoration work has brought the painted ceiling back to life, relaid the oak floor - and cushioned the bench seats. With its excellent acoustics and a varied set from Ralph's long career, the Sheldonian delivered a concert that sets the standard for the Albert Hall next year.
Jenny Melmoth All five concerts LP have attended on Ralph's Autumn Tour were, of course, good, but the last two were superb. Oxford, 29 Oct Salford, 7 Nov Morecambe, 13 Nov Canopus Diamond Joe Canopus. First Song Canopus Lost Boys. Hands of Joseph Barges Mr Connaughton. West 4th Street and Jones. They were standing singles, but I could see my husband across the tiny auditorium and we were so enthralled that we scarcely noticed the standing.
True our sight-lines were not brilliant, but the warm welcome of the staff and the overall atmosphere of the place more than compensated. Perhaps because of the Album) and the horseshoe shape of the theatre, audience reaction appeared magnified. Certainly I have never experienced an audience who reacted so well not only to the humour in the intros, but to that within the songs themselves, as if they were following every word. It must have been so rewarding for Ralph to have this level of response.
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