A couple of summers ago I had the great good fortune of being able to spend some time and travel in Newfoundland and of course, I fell in love with the place. Its rugged beauty, its generous/courteous/downhome people, its musical heritage and its history were all so link all inspired this new song "In Marystown" which recounts a brief history of the cod fishing industry which was decimated by the collapse of the cod stocks due to overfishing, so much so that a moratorium on cod fishing (other than "game fishing", for which there is a daily quota of 5 cod per person) came into effect back in '92. This song is told from the perpective of a young lobster fisherman whose ancestors, like SO many others were cod fishermen. Though he song DOES deal with the sad story of the collapse of the cod fishing industry, I think denotes a pride of heritage/ancestry, a pride in being a Newfoudlander, a pride in doing an honest day's work, and a desire to stay true to who you are at the core. I give you "In Marystown". THIS one features the awesome talents of Chris McGuire on piano and button box, his daughter Molly McGuire on penny whistle and Jim Mulveney on acoustic guitar and mandolin...I am deeply endebted to them all. Thanks for listening. Den
So….back in the early 60's when Robbie Robertson first joined The Band (then The Hawkes), he had to travel from Toronto to southern Arkansas to do so. Upon arrival he was immediately enthralled with all things southern, the culture, the food and in particular the music, and rightfully so. That neck of the woods is RICH in musical heritage and at the time (and to this day) red-hot bands were/are a dime a dozen. I have to admit to my OWN fascination for all things southern. I've often thought that I MIGHT have been a southerner in another lifetime….perhaps one of those Cajuns that got tossed out of New France and landed in New Orleans or some parish in the bayou. Of course, eventually, Robbie, drummer Levon Helm, bassist Rick Danko and keyboard men Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson would go on to form THE BAND. Some years ago Levon wrote an autobiography entitled “This Wheel's On Fire" in which he talks, among other things about his early years, growing up on a cotton plantation (his father was a sharecropper) working as “the water boy" …the cotton pickers' only source of hydration, working long hours in the scorching heat…a very TOUGH way to make a living. The GOOD news is that on the weekends, kick-ass bands would roll into town and perform at tent shows, the highlight of which was “The Midnight Ramble"…Sometime around 11:00 link. the proceedings would grind to a halt, they'd thank everybody for coming and then they'd announce it was time for the “Midnight Ramble, whence…to quote Levon “the jokes'd get a little funnier, the dance moves would get a little spicier and the prettiest girl in town would get up on the dance floor and shake it on down"….all well worth the additional cost of one dollar!! And so, having recently read Levon's bio (probably for at least the 6th time!) and having recently seen Robbie's documentary on The Band entitled “Once Were Brothers" at the Windsor international Film Festival, I was inspired to write this song. Entitled “When the Band Rolls Into Town", it pays tribute to Levon and that magical world of music which so inspired HIM. Again, to quote him: “The greatest sight I know is a ‘57 Cadillac roarin' down the road with a dog house bass strapped to the top"….cuz that signalled the band's arrival into town, and he knew THAT was PRECISELY what he wanted to do with his life! Folks, in tribute to arguably the best drummer-vocalist in the business, I give you “When The Band Rolls Into Town”. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the oh-so-talented Chis McGuire for his outstanding keyboard work on this one. He TRULY made this one “jump, jive and wail”. Den
Well folks...it is said that "Life is what happens when yer busy making plans" ...I'm not so sure a lot of plans have been in the making ...but a hell of a lot of life (or in some cases UN-life) has been happening, all of which has made for a VERY BUSY time and consequently a lot less time to spend in the studio, the end result being that we have not posted a new song in quite some time! ...But it seems the log-jamb has been cleared and Jim and I are back at it and hence, here's the first NEW tune we've posted in quite some time! Entitled "Here I'll Lay My Bones", this is a Mulveney composition with Jim digging into his "folky" roots, ...but with a nod towards funky country or what we like to refer to as "funktry" .I hope you enjoy it. :)
Hey folks...it's been awhile since we've posted anything, but we've finally gotten around to doin' some work in the studio. That being said, I gave myself the task of trying to compose something with a little "Keiff/Mick" swag to it ...something a little grittier, and this is what I have come up with. I hope you enjoy 'She's More in Love (With 5th. Avenue)
Hey Folks!! Maintaining a relationship can often be a complicated proposition, the most important aspect of which, I believe is the ability to communicate effectively, and again the most important component of THAT being the ability to LISTEN. A wise person once said we were given one mouth and two ears for a REASON! ???? There is ANOTHER old adage that goes something like this: Love is like a handful of sand....held too tightly it will find its way out...held too loosely it will slip through your finger, so hold it gently. And so, we give you our latest song "A Handful of Sand (He Said/She Said)" a song about a relationship gone sour for the above-mentioned reasons. Once again, thanks to Chris McGuire for his keyboard wizardry. Again, thanks for listening. Den & Jim.