Many thanks to Ralph McLean for featuring Bap’s Howl On album in his recent show. The show opens with Bap’s Revelation Blues, and the Howl On feature is mostly in the last half hour - Great show throughout of course!
Listen again here
Thank you to Kerry McLean who has chosen Bap Kennedy as her Artist Of The Week on BBC Radio Ulster.
No better week to remember HOWL ON - Bap's concept album based on the Apollo Missions & 1969 moon landings.
This time 10 years ago Bap performed at Glastonbury - What a fantastic, memorable summer! Bap was promoting his album “Howl On” and it was my first time on stage with him at a major festival - Such happy memories.
And I’ve great memories of our time recording Howl On as well - We were actually on honeymoon at the time, believe it or not, staying at a hotel nearby and going in to Pete's studio each day to work on the songs. It's what we loved to do!
And here is Bap's country rock version of Hey Joe, which was always a favourite in his live set. I think this ties it all together perfectly!
And if you’re wondering about the connection between Glastonbury, Woodstock, Men on the Moon and "Howl On" why not read about the cosmic coincidences in Bap’s own words?
If you’re wondering what the connection is, here's the explanation as explained in some of Bap's Album Notes that came to light recently:
Howl On - Bap's Album Notes
I was a seven year old Belfast cowboy trying to stay awake in the early hours of July 20 1969 for the first footsteps on the moon. When I woke up they were on their way home. One month later it was already old news as Jimi Hendrix brought Woodstock to a close with Hey Joe - and the freaky decade so full of promise staggered into a troubled 1970 with a massive hangover. Nearly forty years later I began to write some songs that grew into the lunar voyages / 1969 inspired album that has come to be known as ‘Howl On’. And all because of a book called Moon Dust, that I devoured by the light of a log fire DVD at the start of a strange lonesome year in London. The Apollo missions and the 60’s were suddenly fresh, wonderful, insane and large as life to me, a man now in his forties - slightly older than the crew of Apollo 11 when they landed on the Sea of Tranquility.
What had become of these men and what had they experienced? How could such a momentous event be reduced to an MTV logo? I was lonely and crazy for love and becoming obsessed by the whole saga. I watched every documentary I could find on the subject and inevitably there was Jimi somewhere in the soundtrack to signify the far out counter culture backdrop of the space race and the Cold War. And so it was that I immersed myself in the lives of the chosen few who went up there and didn’t care if they never came back.
I was in love with America as a child and when I finally got to New York in 1989 as a professional musician I wasn’t disappointed. I’d forgotten all about cowboy suits and spacemen by then, enthralled by the 24 hour bars beside Port Authority. Gradually America wore me down and I fell out of love with the best and worst of everything. But now maybe things are changing. As a new spirit began to filter over in early 2009 I recorded my own take on Hey Joe during the ‘Howl On’ sessions. Furthermore in a cosmic coincidence I managed to get the legendary Henry McCullough, the only Irishman who actually performed at Woodstock, to play guitar on my version of the Hendrix classic. And so now I’m starting to feel that good times are ahead and inspiration is flowing again, not just in me but in the world. The feeling that anything is possible if we just put our minds to it. We went to the moon didn’t we? All of us.
Bap Kennedy 2009