There’s no fool like an old fool, they say, so what happens when a bunch of oul’ coots gather together to make music? The next 20 posts may enlighten you as to the question just posed and may also, perhaps, enrage or entertain. Anything’s better than a yawn, I guess. These songs were the result of a few sessions around a table laden with alcoholic beverages of various kinds. Plonked in the centre of the table was a laptop with built-in mic that somehow survived the knocks and spillages that were part and parcel of the sessions.
Song 1: The Spanish Cloak– Also known as The Munster Cloak, this is a tune I first played with Seannachie in the 1970s. It’s amazing how the tides of time delivers strange configurations on the shore of the present: a chance meeting at a concert last year has led to a reunion of Seannachie for an upcoming weekend in Wollongong, with players coming from Queensland, the Northern Territory and Sydney- I’ll update the post when it’s all over! But back to now. When Banter formed in the 90s it quickly became a favourite with the group. It’s short but, I think, majestically sweet.