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David Bowie drank at Puck Fair I am told, he lived just across the street on Lafayette. Sadly he doesn’t drink anywhere now, Puck Fair is not his pub anymore either, and soon Puck Fair won’t be anyone’s pub anymore.  We will lose it, like we lost Mr Bowie. I have been commissioned by the owner to hire my string quartet and a top class sound system to perform there for the last time on Friday March 25th.

My head is still spinning from the performance at the church with the premiere of the new album last Saturday night. For the last six weeks at least, I have been rehearsing with the musicians at any time that they were available. Sometimes the organist Nic alone, or just Fred on trombone and Nic, with Andriette, Kath and John in my apartment separately, and occasionally with everyone at the church, scribbling out changes in the organists parts, fixing time signatures and tweaking up to the last moment. Getting the girls to sing the uileann pipe parts, which they did brilliantly. Borrowing lights and gels to create the right atmosphere on the night with Kath hugely helping. Asking plenty of lots of people, all pro bono of course, as this was a benefit too for the stained glass ceiling: we raised $2500 - thank you! And on Saturday March 12th, the crowd poured in past Deacon John and his wife as they volunteered the door, the other Deacon John Ogren introduced us and we shone like a new pin as we launched into our first song “Life’s a Gas”.

Right away it felt right, the beautiful acoustics encouraged us to ring out notes in a subtler way than we may have ever. And I could even see the silhouettes of people seated in the ancient iron seats lined in twos along the periphery of the wood-crafted low-cut balcony, something I am told has not been seen in many a year. And the response all the way down to the final standing ovation was genuinely enthusiastic. It was a glorious experience, and I want to do it again right away. Martin Mills from Beggars Banquet was there and said he was amazed that a whole set of new songs felt like a “Best of”. He said that it brought back memories of the first time he popped my demo cassette into his car stereo in 1985 back in London - that feeling of liking every song equally, and finding none inferior. So "Love Can't Always Be Articulate" feels like it’s got something right about it, something very right I hope. I am so grateful to all who helped with that show.

But before I nail down the line-up for rehearsals and make sure the arrangements are legible to Josh Johnston the organist for the premiere at the Irish church gigs, I have to switch hats for the finale of Puck Fair here in New York, get out all the string quartet arrangements and dust them off: “Say you don’t mind”, “God only knows”, “Snakes and Ladders”, “Not a bad day for a Wednesday”, “Thunderstorm”, “Wicklow Hills”, “Manana in Manhattan” and so on. “Here Comes The Night”, “Mr Smith”: yikes - this will be fun.  I have three of the original string quartet - Tomas Ulrich on cello, Julie Goodale on viola, and Caddy Finlayson on violin and Julianne Carney on violin.  So next Wednesday my living room will be filled with string players as we prepare for Friday at Puck Fair, admission is free, and I want you there, please come. This and other upcoming gigs in New York, Dublin and Wexford are all listed here.

And don't forget, you can get the new album - "Love Can't Be Articulate" - here.
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