Some Gigs Coming Up:

Some gigs coming up…..

Mick Solo

Sunday 26th May…………………………DC Club, Camden Row, Dublin. Tel: 0876825306.
Monday 27thMay………………………..Rostrevor Folk Club, Bridge St. Tel: +44 28 4173 9911
Friday 7th June…………………………………Crocanoir, Mullinahone, Co.Tipp. Tel: 086 8907329.
Friday 19th July………………………………..The Lobby@The Goldie, Cork. Tickets Eventbrite.ie

Uncle John #2

With Moving Hearts

Fri 21st June…………………………………….The Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul. Tel: 01 8020898
Sat 6th July……………………………………….Liverpool Feis info@feisliverpool.com
Mon 8th July………………………………………National Concert Hall, Dublin 01 5367817
Tue 9th July………………………………………..National Concert Hall, Dublin 01 536781.
Fri 12th July………………………………………..Ortigueira Festival , Spain.

McBrides

Roll on summer…….Mick.

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MICK HANLY – Uncle John#2
In 1991 I wrote a song called Uncle John and recorded it for the album ‘Warts and All’. The song was based on what I knew of John who left Limerick in the 50’s when I was about 7 years old. I remember his leaving because he came to say goodbye to me in O’Connor’s field. This stuck in my mind because grownups didn’t really interact with young kids unless they needed them to hold a bike they were mending or run to the local shop for a message. He never came home again and died in a flat in Shepherd’s Bush. On the night that he died, he had run the water for a bath and collapsed from a fatal heart attack…..happily, he was found immediately, because the overflowing bath leaked into the flat below.
In the song I wrote about what seemed to me to be a non-life….one devoted to weekend drinking with other unfortunates in Shepherd’s Bush, who sought solace in the company of their own. He never married and I suspect, with hindsight, that he was haunted by injustice and loneliness. The view at home was that he was cantankerous and headstrong and drank too much for his own good. This was the story I knew and I revealed it in the song…..but in truth, I short changed him because I didn’t know the full story. A couple of years ago John came up in conversation and I said it was a shame that so many people like him had to leave Ireland?
My sister said “well you know why John left? Don’t you?”
I said “He got tired of the Railway, I suppose?”
She said “Well no actually”. I then heard about the circumstances of John’s departure for the first time. And so to give John his due I wrote Uncle John#2.
All the names of the characters in the song, apart from John, are fictitious. Also I used Daggenham (A large Birmingham car factory), because the Christian Brother’s would threaten us with an imminent sojourn in Daggenham if we didn’t learn our Shakespeare? They never did threaten us with Stratford On Avon???
Mick.