Check out Q Radio all day today and tomorrow. Q Radiothon is raising funds for 4 great charities including Marie Curie. I will be talking about Bap & our experience at Marie Curie at different times during the Radiothon.
Celtic Sea is the final track from The Sailor’s Revenge (2013), which was produced by Mark Knopfler, and I have very fond memories of being with Bap in Mark’s British Grove Studio in London while it was being recorded.
It was fascinating to watch the two of them working so closely together, both so intensely absorbed and enjoying doing the thing they loved most. Celtic Sea was Mark’s favourite song from the album, and you can hear his distinctive guitar and backing vocals on it.
Upon its release, The Sailor’s Revenge received widespread critical acclaim internationally. No Depression described it as "truly a masterpiece from a man who is finally comfortable in his place in the world - The Celtic Blood On The Tracks”
Quite an accolade!
Q Radiothon is on all this weekend, raising funds for 4 great charities including Marie Curie. I will be talking to presenter Ryan A about Bap & our experience at Marie Curie.
This is taken from the interview.
From the album Let's Start Again
"Strange Kid" is a bit of a strange song, or so it seems to me!
I remember well the day Bap finished writing Strange Kid. He played it over to me on his acoustic guitar, and I loved it - it was really cool and quirky. But there was something strange about it too. I could tell from the lyrics that it was about his Asperger Syndrome, which seemed weird because at that time Bap's diagnosis was still being kept private. He used to say he wanted to talk about it publicly one day - but not till the time was right.
When I told him what I was thinking, he seemed pleased that I "got it" so quickly, which puzzled me even more. "But I thought you were keeping your Asperger secret for now?" I asked, and his answer was an interesting one.
"Don't worry. If it's that obvious, nobody will get it" he laughed.
And as it turned out, he was right!
I was delighted at the great response to last week’s Featured Song idea - Thanks for all your support & encouragement! So I'll post a different song every week via Facebook & Twitter.
And a few people said they'd appreciate a wee bit of information/background etc, which seems like a good idea, so I’ll try and do that as well.
Under My Wing is from Bap's 2014 album Let's Start Again.
Bap wrote this beautiful song for Christine & Kenneth, his step children. He was very protective about them both, and the close bond is clear from this song. Then later (in 2016) he dedicated Under My Wing to Christine’s newborn son, Ethan as well.
For me Under My Wing is a beautiful expression of a very protective kind of love, which we can all can relate to.
Last week I got one of those Facebook Memory notifications - you know the ones which remind you what was happening some years ago “On This Day”
I’ve often thought about turning this off, because memories can be painful sometimes, but I’ve never got around to it.
Usually I give “On This Day” a quick glance and just ignore it. But this one really jumped out at me - It was such a graphic flashback to where we were in 2016.
It was exactly 3 years ago today that life changed so suddenly for Bap & me. We were all rehearsed and packed and looking forward to this festival - but of course we never made it because Bap suddenly took ill.
But maybe Facebook did me a favour, because it's made me all the more determined to keep sharing Bap’s music. So from now on I’m going to post a different song from Bap’s brilliant catalogue every week.
My idea is to do this on Facebook and Twitter and possibly send a newsletter monthly as well. But if anyone has any other thoughts or feedback please let me know!
The song link has an Audio Player where you can freely listen & enjoy the music (and if you would share too that would be great!)
Also, for anyone who is interested, you can also download the song for £1 which will be donated to Marie Curie.
Thanks for appreciating Bap’s music and for all your support,