Mick Fitzgerald And The Bacha Trio - Light Sleeper
This is a selection of his
own songs, written over a long period.
His songs have frequently been recorded by others, including June Tabor, but Mick
is their best interpreter.
Mick Fitzgerald, who previously had been active in other bands, joined the Wild Geese in 1983, as a singer, guitar player and bodhrán player.
After the Wild Geese
stopped being active he
concentrated on acting and writing.
But now this multi-talented artist is back with a solo-album, after a break of six years: "Damage limitation", which he
worked on for almost three years.
really can afford to renounce the use of technical tricks.
This way his
very personal compositions become really effective.
The music is unrestrained and not perfect and that makes it very effective and alive.
All songs were written by himself.
"Damage limitation" is a serious and very honest album made by one of the stalwarts of Irish music
& The Bacha Trio: Damage limitation
Mick Fitzgerald & The Bacha Trio: Damage limitation
In Deutschland hatte und hat irische Musik viele Freunde.
, der zuvor in anderen Bands Erfahrung sammelte, gesellte sich 1983 zu den "Wild Geese
", als Sänger, Gitarrist und Bodhránspieler.
Eigentlich ist er Schauspieler und Journalist.
Nachdem die "Wild Geese
" ihre Aktivitäten zurückfuhren, konzentrierte er sich wieder auf die Schauspielerei und aufs Schreiben.
has been in and around the Irish music world for over thirty years.
must have felt a few times that his
shot at fame (we won't mention fortune) was also on the never-never.
But singing and song writing got into his
blood and he
found the Irish song-stream to be profusely inspirational.
first solo album, Light Sleeper from 2003, stitched together a set of old songs with some crafty new ones -it was a memorable, if belated, debut for a singer-songwriter.
new record, Damage Limitation, follows the same pattern and it's a more polished but equally powerful creation (available from Claddagh Records).
On the new album, Fitzgerald
opens Conquistador with these lines,
An eight-year-old Conquistador / Running barefoot down the backlane /
set this song in the mood of 1957 but when I first heard those lines, I thought they described some of the frantic parts of Irish experience under the sway of the Celtic Tiger.
does recreate the cultural and emotional terrain of certain periods of life with his
after twenty years in a shop somewhere /
Keenan, says Fitzgerald
, Shone like a diamond / that never was found.
His best-known song, Rathdrum Fair, traveled to the U.S. with Carnahan in the late 1970s, entered the North American folk circuit, and came back to Ireland for a holiday in 2000 where Fitzgerald
heard it sung by a Scottish busker.
music tells us why it's important not to forget musical histories.
Copyright © 2012 Mick A. Fitzgerald
All Rights Reserved.