Songs Stories Shared

Songs Stories Shared

Why is it that we share stories and songs?

I think that we are designed to be creative, designed to share what we make. There are parts of us that fight to survive, but there are also parts that have to make sense of the world that we live in. These parts make songs, make stories.

We can see the world as a place that makes no sense at all: even that is a story!

Here is an example of a fanzine I made a couple of years ago when I did a performance talking about Songs and Stories. It was called Songs + Stories Shared.

Songs+Stories SharedI did the performance with Mathieu Autin and Ben Raymond. We made some new tunes. I played last Thursday with Mathieu with the group 11:11 (you can listen to a track here: 11:11 ). Mathieu played with Ben on Saturday, with Vox Low 

There are so many connections around us. In that booklet I told the story of Eddie Lenihan, the Irish storyteller, the seanachai, and how he managed to stop the road builders tearing up a very special old fairy thorn bush in Ireland. I always hoped to meet him one day. I thought I’d meet him in Ireland. In the end I actually met Eddie Lenihan when he came over to the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris.

All I’m saying is, or maybe my story is, about the strange connections in life… You never know what will happen in the future…

Maybe that is why we know it is important to share songs and stories. To truly own something you give it away. What use would a story be if you kept it to yourself? And a song if never shared? John Berger talks about songs here in a very interesting way. How songs are about loss and by sharing them you don’t feel as bad.

Maybe that is what I have done with this ‘story’…


Samhain at CCI : Hallowe’en Night

samhain flyer Dans la mythologie celtique irlandaise, « Samhain » marque l’arrivée de la saison sombre ; c’est une célébration de la Mort au cours de laquelle les fées, les gnomes et les morts peuvent revenir dans le monde des vivants.
Venez le fêter avec nous au Centre Culturel Irlandais. Venez déguisé, non seulement il y a des prix mais en plus vous serez protégé contre les esprits maléfiques et malfaisants…
Reservez ici:
Reserve your place here

Des boissons (du sang), des jeux, de la musique, des contes par l’excellent conteur irlandais Eddie Lenihan, conference degringolant de Macdara Smith et cris d’angoisse de June McGrane et le groupe free rock Underpressure ainsi que d’autres artistes…
Toute personne venant recevra aussi une fanzine concocté par Macdara Smith contenant des copies de ses dessins et quelques explications sur comment bien fêter Halloween.

If you’re in Paris for Halloween I’ll be hosting an evening in the Centre Culturel Irlandais. You need to get dressed up in your best zombie/ vampire/ horror attire. Not only will there be prizes but also you will be protected from any evil spirits or tricksters. At worst if you’re not protected nobody will recognise you if you’re in fancy dress…

Reserve your place here

Also included in your price is a special fanzine designed by yours truly with drawings by me and some special notes on how to celebrate Halloween… Mwuah mwuah hah…


Fanzine and CD Covers

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