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JANUARY, 2014


On November 21 2013, before even the final tweaks had been made to the text of 'Bathed In Lightning', I was persuaded - by my great friend and superb producer/engineer/musician Cormac O'Kane - to take part in an elaborate 'author event' for the digital age. Compered by BBC Radio Ulster personality Linley Hamilton, with Horslips legend Jim Lockhart reading extracts and me trying to be as interesting and concise about the book as possible (I failed at the latter!) in Q&A, the event also included 10 terrifiic Northern Irish musicians from diverse backgrounds - jazz, blues, pop, bluegrass and Irish traditional music.

Pat Gribben (guitarist with 80s chart stars The Adventures, and a lifelong Mahavishnu Orchestra devotee), led a unit of five players on three Mahavishnu tunes. Belfast jazz/blues veteran Ronnie Greer - our best guitarist by far in the Chicago and 'Modern Jazz' styles - helmed another unit performing four of the five known Duffy Power/John McLaughlin co-written R&B songs of 1966. Vocalists included Tiona McSherry, Triona Carville and Janet Holmes.

The evening was a joy - a great spirit abounded and the small audience on the night seemed to enjoy it. The event, around 2 1/2 hours, was filmed in B&W with five cameras and exquisitely recorded by Cormac. It will be appearing on youtube during January 2014 in 16 chunks. A taster is already online, here:




posted by ADMIN  January 08, 2014 13:55  General