How’s your week going? Have you got enough Lockdown time to catch up on things? This week’s post is about the interviews I had with Blarney Pilgrims Podcast host Darren O’Mahony last year.
The Blarney Pilgrims Podcast is worth taking in. The Episodes contain some of the best Irish Traditional Musicians from all over the world.
Darren and I spent our youth in the South Side of Drogheda. We know the same people and went to the same schools. Darren is a few years older than me. And you can say our trails of youth were very simliar! Even our sense of humour has a lot of shared context from growing up in the same place. So it was easy to get going during the interviews.
Before the interview I wasn’t familiar with the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. Darren had asked me mid-album launch during a 5 gig long crazy Fleadh weekend in 2019. I agreed because I was good friends with some of his friends! This made for an interesting chat between us! The link to our chats are HERE.
Listening to Blarney Pilgrims Podcast has given me an unwaivering sense of ease when it comes to fitting into the sphere of Folk Music. In a way, We are all Charlatans. This whole subject of fitting in is so inherent in us as humans I believe. And during the writing for my upcoming album Welcome to Ballsgrove I wrote a song about this that didn’t make the final track list. It is called “We are all Charlatans”.
We are all Charlatans (Unreleased Original Song)
If your daddy was post man, would ye folly in his footsteps?
If your mother was a housewife, should ye folly in her footsteps?
This is your life here's the book, should you pick it up or drop it?
Commit or escape, For the art or the profit?
This path was not walked by lonely man,
Ideas they are shared with your fellow man,
You belong here… We are all Charlatans…
If the trades in your family, would you folly in their footsteps?
Or if they never built anything, should you folly in their footsteps?
Keep er lit man keep er lit, Every spirit is worth mixing,
If you were never born anything, Should you feel like something’s missing?...
If they put two hands in the fire, would ye folly in their footsteps?
If the truth proved them a liar, should ye folly in their footsteps?
Would ye just do it do it do it do it… Follow the blind logic?..
Should we resist the change, Embrace the condition,
Keep er lit man keep er lit….
Every spirit is worth mixing… Every Spirit is worth mixing.