Part 1 of 16. On November 21 2013 Red Box Studios, Belfast, hosted a
multi-faceted live event before an invited audience to promote Colin
Harper's then-forthcoming book 'Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin,
the 60s and the Emerald Beyond' (Jawbone Press, March 1 2014).
Radio Ulster personality Linley Hamilton compered and was among 10 of
Northern Ireland's finest musicians - from the worlds of jazz, blues,
pop/rock, bluegrass and traditional music - tackling music associated
with John McLaughlin: three pieces originally recorded by the Mahavishnu
Orchestra in 1971 and four songs co-written with British R&B legend
Duffy Power in 1966. A joyous rampage through Sonny Rollins' 'Tenor
Madness' concluded the two and a half hour event.
The musicians involved were as follows:
in the Mahavishnu unit:Pat Gribben (guitar), Linley Hamilton (trumpet),
Scott Flanigan (piano), Ali McKenzie (bass), Sean Randle (drums)
in the R&B unit: Ronnie Greer (guitar/vocal), Ali McKenzie (bass),
Scott Flanigan (piano), Sean Randle (drums) plus Tina/Tiona McSherry
(vocal) and Triona Carville (vocal).
* performing as a duo: Janet Holmes (vocal/guitar) and Colin Henry (dobro)
Colin Harper took part in sections of discussion about the book with
Linley and Horslips legend and RTE Radio personality Jim Lockhart gave
four readings adapted from the book.
The event was filmed,
vision-mixed and sound-mixed by Cormac O'Kane of Red Box Studios -
truly, a wizard of sound and vision - with help from studio partners
Oonagh Derby , Donal O'Connor and a splendid team of volunteer camera
An audio version of the 'videocast' is also available (split into a mere five sections) at SoundCloud.
We hope you like it...