Re-rockin’ the 902: Celtic Colours 2014 and David Francey

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Updates will follow. But so far my big revelation of this year’s festival has been David Francey.

Just remember where you heard him first. Find more here. You’re welcome.

I saw you first in the smoky café light
Where I’d come in from the frozen winter night
And I saw a face that put the stars to shame
I loved you ‘fore I ever knew your name
And my heart sank, lost without a trace
And it’s a lucky man that gets to kiss your face

I’ve seen you shine in the summer, spring, and fall
But it’s winter when I love you best of all
And I’ve seen you in the spotlight hard and bright
And I’ve seen you in the shadows of the night
And when I see you coming I can feel my cold heart race
And it’s a lucky man that gets to kiss your face

I heard you singing to that empty hall
And I heard the joy that echoed off the walls
And I realized when all is said and done
That youth is never wasted on the young
And I don’t believe the silence of this place
And it’s a lucky man that gets to kiss your face


Song of the night: “I’ll Tell Me Ma” by Brak and The Chieftains


One step closer, maybe?

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Without a doubt, this day has been a mixed bag. So I was needful of some good news, and I got it: I’ll be a volunteer for this fall’s Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton.

I’m more hyped up about this than I can tell you. I attended the 2012 Celtic Colours last fall, chronicled it here, and had one of the greatest experiences of my life. Wasn’t that a time, as they say. I knew then that I want somehow to be part of this. And it looks like I will be. So far I’m signed on to help at gigs in Port Hawkesbury and Wagmatcook, with more possibly to come.

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Maybe this is, or maybe this isn’t, one big step closer to my goal. Feels like it could be. We shall see what we shall see. But, no matter, I get to be a part of Celtic Colours.


“I can’t believe we’re singing a song about a dead horse… in a ZOO.”

About a year and a half ago I wrote these words:

“And if you ever get a chance to see Great Big Sea in person: wake the kids, phone the neighbors, hock the jewelry. You will not regret it.”

So this morning I took my own advice. Sometimes all you have to do is ask. Went online. Sold out concert; are there ANY tickets left? Yes, just a few scattered single seats. Done. Here’s my plastic. So a two-plus-hour drive from my office, and there I was:

Watching Great Big Sea at the Minnesota Zoo.

What a show, what an amazing show. It’s one in the morning, I have to be at work in seven hours, and I’m still amped up.

And yes, they sang one of the two songs in their repertoire (“Concerning Charlie Horse”) about dead horses.

I’ve now seen the b’ys in concert three times. They never fail to amaze. I’ll see them thirty more times if I can. (Photos by me.)

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Great Big Sea. Tonight. Fitzgerald Theater, Saint Paul, MN.

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Great Big Sea. Man. I am so cranked up for this I can barely stand it. I’m giddy like a high-school kid.

As Van the Man sang: yeah you know, I’m so wired up, don’t need no coffee in my cup.

UPDATE PICS: I didn’t take many pics because (1) I was just that minute learning how to use my smartphone camera and (2) I was too busy jumping up and down and singing along. But here’s what I did get.

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Fitzgerald Theater, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 3/19/13

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Great Big Sea, Fitzgerald Theater, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 3/19/13

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GBS, St. Paul, 3/19/13

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Get your Irish on, part II

“Raglan Road” by The High Kings

 

 


Get your Irish on, part I