A Treasure Trove of Taste!

Liam Ronayne, Cork City Librarian — as those who know him are aware — is a huge music fan and is always happy to spend a coffee break chatting about the latest goings-on in the music world or about revered legends of the past. It isn’t often, however, that Liam would have the time to put pen to paper on the subject, but considering that this is Rory Gallagher & Taste and that Liam himself is a fan, he’s gone that extra mile: 

The Taste Box Set, I’ll Remember — recently released by UMG / Polydor — is a four-disk treasure trove.

On disk 3, the five numbers culled from a 1970 BBC Radio 1 live set are introduced by John Peel, so laid-back he’s virtually horizontal. Peel remarks that, “Taste are one of those bands . . . who need to be seen and heard live to be fully appreciated”. That’s a view that most would agree with, borne out here by pillars of Taste’s live set, like ‘Catfish’, ‘Gamblin Blues’ and ‘Sugar Mama’, and by the version of ‘What’s Going On’ captured live in Stockholm not long before the band split up, which breathes so much more into the song than the studio version. Gallagher’s legendary energy, fantastic technique, and joy in the music are all to be found in the many live cuts over the four disks, and especially on the Stockholm set.

But it would be very wrong to overlook the beautifully crafted songs that make up ‘On the Boards’, Taste’s second studio album. This is a very special artefact in itself, and much more than a keepsake of the live sets. In the title track, the band, all three of them, stretch out to great effect: the dynamic, the groove, the bluesy sound all remind us what was lost when they did split up.

Another rare Taste postcard

Another unmissable aspect of the Box Set for Rory fans from this part of the world is having a full 56 minutes of the original line-up from 1968, with Eric Kitteringham on bass and Norman ‘Sticks’ D’Amery on drums. Seven numbers were recorded in the Maritime Hotel, Belfast (Van Morrison & Them’s old stomping ground) as a demo to interest record labels; there are versions of ‘Blister on the Moon’ and ‘Born on the Wrong Side of Time’, recorded as singles for the Major Minor label (run by Belfast promoter Phil Solomon), songs that were re-recorded with Wilson and McCracken for Taste’s debut album on Polydor the following year. The four tracks recorded at the Woburn Abbey Festival in England in the summer of 1968 showcase a lively, powerful band, with a great sense of fun.

Liam Ronayne Cork City Librarian
Liam Ronayne
Cork City Librarian

Cork Rocks for Rory 2015!

Cork’s annual tribute to guitar legend Rory Gallagher will take place this weekend, the 5th and 6th of June, and the Rory Gallagher Music Library will of course be playing its part!

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Well known axe-men Dave McHugh and Brian Tambling will perform a set of acoustic blues songs that influenced Rory Gallagher in the cosy setting of our music library at 2.30pm on Saturday, 6th June.

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Dave McHugh
Brian Tambling
Brian Tambling

Admission is free for this event so don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the music that helped to shape a legend, played by two of the best musicians in the game today.  As 2015 marks the twentieth anniversary of Rory’s passing you can be sure that this year’s Cork Rocks for Rory event will be one to remember.

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“Dowtcha Jimmy boy!”

Jimmy Crowley to launch new book ‘Songs from the Beautiful City : The Cork Urban Ballads’ at Cork City Library.

Jimmy Crowley is a man who needs no introduction to Corkonians and little introduction to the rest of ye! The renowned balladeer has been singing songs from his native city for decades and many of these are to be enshrined in his new book which will be officially launched on Thursday 14th May at 7.00 in the City Library, Grand Parade.

The book will be launched by Mick Moloney, NYU and John Dolan, Features Editor at the Cork Evening Echo.

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Bígí linn mar sin le h-aghaidh oíche cheoil is scéalaíochta ó dhuine de na ceoltóirí is cáiliúla na cathrach seo!

Don’t miss what promises to be an unforgettable night of story and song with one of Cork’s most celebrated bards. For more information please visit Jimmy’s website: http://www.jimmycrowley.com/

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Cork International Choral Festival at Cork City Libraries

Another Cork International Choral Festival has come and gone and our fair city by the Lee is still reverberating with the echoes of heavenly harmonies from many lands. The festival was a resounding success as usual and Cork City Libraries was proud to be a part of the chorus with outstanding performances in our central and branch libraries.

We captured some of the action for your enjoyment. Here’s looking forward to 2016!

The Tallinn University Chamber Choir entertained the public at Bishopstown Library as part of their first visit to Ireland.

 

The Foerster Female Choir in the City Library.

The Foerster Female Chamber Choir (Czech Republic) was founded in Prague in 1975 and quickly came to be regarded as one of the Czech Republic’s leading choirs. Over the last few decades the choir has amassed a plethora of prizes, winning honours at festivals in Arezzo, Cork, Debrecen, Jihlava, and Prague, along with claiming outright victories at competitions in Klaipeda (2003), Vienna (2006), Venice (2008), and Rimini (2012). The choir pays special attention to contemporary music and has given many Czech composers their premier performance,though its repertoire is wide, ranging from Renaissance polyphony to music of the 20th century. Current director Jaroslav Brych studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Václav Neumann and now works as a pedagogue there, the Faculty of Pedagogics at Charles University, and the Conservatoire of Pardubice.

 

 

Komorni Zbor Hugo Wolf Choir at Cork City Library

Komorni Zbor Hugo Wolf (Slovenia) was founded in 2010, the 150th Anniversary of the birth of composer Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) as part of the Cultural Society of German-Speaking Women (Mostovi-Brücken). Keeping in spirit with the rich tradition of choral singing in Maribor, the choir incorporates a very broad range of styles, both old and contemporary, with no limits of genre or origin. The choir consists mostly of students of the choir’s artistic director, Aleš Marčič, a Master of Musical Arts. In 2011 the choir was awarded the golden diploma in category “Musica sacra” at “In… Canto sul Garda”in Italy. In 2014 they were invited to perform at Festival Maribor as part of the project “Stolen” with artistic director Richard Tognetti, director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

For more information on the Cork International Choral Festival and for a full report on the results of the competition, please visit the festival website.

http://www.corkchoral.ie/

 

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