|Simple Things Album By Derek Ryan
Congratulations To Derek Ryan And His Band On The Biggest Selling Album
The biggest selling album in Ireland for the week ending Friday the 5th of September 2014 was ''The Simple Things''
by Derek Ryan. I don't know how many records were sold to get the top spot in Ireland but I'm sure my little contribution
helped in a small way. yes I actually buy the C.D. rather than download from itunes. You'll always get little
bits of info. that you don't get from down loading when you get the C.D. into your hand. Derek has been promoting this
new C.D. for the past 2 weeks by visiting record shops around the country and signing copies.
Derek does deserve all of his success he receives. He's one of the hardest working
musicians / songwriters in Ireland today. Himself and the band are constantly touring and when Derek's not on the road he's
writing and recording new songs. And by the way, when we say the ''Biggest Selling Album'' this includes genre of music, not
just country. One of the reasons I set of the section on this site for Derek's songs is because he usually includes a couple
of Irish folk songs on his albums. On his latest album Derek covered The Ferryman, he done it in a ''Country Beat'' which
sounds a whole lot different to what I'm used to playing and listening to.
I will be easing off on the requests I get on Facebook. There are 2 reasons for this. The first is the
time it takes to place chords to a song can take a couple of hours and some people who request the chords don't even come
back and say thanks. I have crossed oceans to help people out but some people wouldn't cross a puddle in return.
The second reason is that I have asked
a couple of times on facebook for a bit of help with notes for songs and not got a single responce. Of the 4,000 followers
of this site on facebook there are a couple of hundred musicians and many are professional musicians who wouldn't give a dig
out. I was never a big fan of facebook and never relied on it for getting help anyway. I have a handful of friends who I turn
to when I'm stuck for notes and chords and they have served the site well over the years long before facebook was born.
Paddy McGuigan from the Irish ballad group The Barleycorn died on the 17th of March 2014. Some will not of known Paddy
but would have known his songs. Paddy wrote some of the finest ballads about Ireland and it's people in the past 40 years.
Examples of his songs are, The Boys Of The Old Brigade, The Irish Soldier Laddie, Bring Them Home, The Men Behind The Wire
and many more. The Wolfe Tones played and recorded many of Paddy's songs over the years along with Charlie And The Bhoys and
many other ballad groups got their songs from the writing of Paddy McGuigan. If there's one thing that always stuck on my
mind about Paddy's songs is the fact that when you listen or play his songs you get the feeling each of his songs are older
that they actually are. Many's a year ago I had the pleasure of playing and singing at a session with him. Rest In Peace Paddy,
you were one of the finest singer / songwriters this country has ever had.
I now have the tin whistle notes for Wake Me Up by Avicii / Derek Ryan.
 Our Last Hope by Dominic
Behan is another requested song. He's looking for the lead notes to play. The song is on youtube
Here's what Christy Moore says about making a song too complicated. Yes I agree with him.
There are times I feel curtailed by my limited musical
knowledge. I have
no theory and cannot read music.
Ican play eight chords and three scales and sing
two and a half octaves, Iwould love
on the fret boards. However there sometimes can be a
downside to bags of theory and buckets of chords
the substance can be forgotten in the rush to use all
knowledge at all times. The simple plot can be lost and
song or tune can be encmubered with unneccessary
notes in unsuitable chords. Occasionally I encounter
know many of the chords but can carefuly
choose the few simple notes that are the most suitably
ones. Such musicians
create the magic moments.
No matter how complex the pattern, nor the dexterity
the frets nor the notes per second, nor the memented
diminished, it matters not a whit if the heart of the player
not involved with the substance of the work. Too often
I have seen good guitar players seduced by their technique into
abandoning the core, leaping around frivolously decorating everything to the extent that the simple piece of music is lost.
Written by Christy Moore
At times content gets added to this site that does not get linked to in this updates section. An example would be when
I have posted a new tin whistle video that includes the notes on a page that is not included in the whistle section. These
notes will be placed along side the lyrics of a given song. This is because I don't have the sheet music
for ''All The Songs In The Lyrics And Chords Section'' . So to be kept up to date with all the updates subscribe
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If anybody's intersted in the lead notes for The Dublin Minstrel I now have them on the site. They were requested by
Joe who plays piano accordion. I put together a small video lesson on how to play along playing the keyboard as I don't have
an accordion. Here's the lnk. The Dublin Minstrel Lyrics And Chords - Luke Kelly Tribute
I have now added more of these video lessons for playing the keyboard. The latest are The Foggy Dew, Only Our River Run
Free and that beautiful old song The Snowy Breasted Pearl which is a favorite of mine,Long Before Your Time, Whiskey In The
Jar and The Town I Loved So Well. and again I have written down the notes in an easy to read format.
A bit of a storm blew up recently over a song that slags off the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The
song reached the top end of the British music charts. It's an old song ''Ding Dong The Witch is Dead'' from the film The Wizard
Of Os 1939. Some radio stations in Britain are refusing to play the song, including The B.B.C. R.T.E. which is a state
owned radio and television broadcaster joined the debate and featured the story on their main evening news ''6 one''. They
asked for comments from D.Js if they would have any problems playing the song on their programme. All the D.Js said they would
play the song and said the B.B.C. should also play in. One of R.T.Es longest searving broadcasters ''Larry Gogan'' said if
a song is in the charts regardless of it's topic it should be played.
Now this got me thinking [ a dangerous thing] about all the songs that were in the Irish charts over the last 30
years that R.T.E. refused point blank to play on the air waves. Anyone who has visited this site regularly over the years
would know I have been campaigning to get Irish folk songs played on Irish radio and television. Anyway, when The Wolfe Tones
song Admiral William Browne reached the top of the charts in 82' it was black listed by R.T.E. The same D.J. who now says
that when any song reaches the top of the charts it should be played refused to play Admiral William Brown
. It's very rare to hear The Wolfe Tones played on R.T.E. , even the non-rebel songs dont get an airing.
It's not only The Wolfe Tones who don't have their music played on the radio, folk and ballad music in general
is shunned. Recently some well known singers and songwriters including Phil Coulter met with the n Minister for Communications
Pat Rabbit in the hope of forcing the radio and t.v. station to have a percentage of their output dedicated to Irish
music. I don't hold out much hope on this one as the majority of the independent media in Ireland is owned by big business
who also control the music business.
R.T.E. is funded by the tax payer who pays €160 a year for a licence. A large proportion of the population's
music taste is not catered for by R.T.E. On the one hand you have D.J.s who bend over backwords to to get their message out
that they would have no problem playing a song that slags of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and on the
other hand refuse the play their fellow countrymen's music.