10th April, 2018
Here are two CD’s, one as promised and the other a surprise. The surprise I call Garech and Geldof, two radio programs from RTE on Sunday last, John Bowman telling the story of Claddagh Records and Garech Browne, the founder, patron of the arts, and the other Miriam O’Callaghan interviewing Bob Geldof about his new DVD on and about the work of the poet, W.B. Yeats.
There is much of interest here and some lovely music, as well as poems read by actors and singers and the poets themselves. I may buy that DVD of Geldof’s, who knows? Probably yes.
The other CD is myself singing under the name of Tich Ennis, my boyhood nickname. Cover designed by me and photograph of the Vale of Avoca also by me, from our previous house, Kestrel Ridge, where you visited us.
I would like your comments on these, particularly my own singing CD. One man said at least you can hear the words. Damning with faint praise? Others said they love it. My timing and rhythm are good, I think, and yes, you can hear the words. And why not, they are great words.
Claddagh Records in Temple Bar may sell my CD, that remains to be seen. I was with them on Friday, when I went up to Dublin. Charlie there said he will play it and then contact me, I am not to ring him. Possibly the songs I chose and singing style are not purist enough for Claddagh Records, I don’t know. I would describe the songs as pub and party type songs, the type sung at a get together of Irish people wherever in the world.
So, I am not to ring Claddagh Records? As I said to George, God or life or whatever keep kicking me in the balls. George said that is because I never did anything before. Some guy in a CD shop said no one buys a CD unless it is by someone famous. He himself made a CD which he gave me for nothing, all its worth. He may be embittered.
I am a writer masquerading as a singer, I sing for fun but so also do I write. Pleasure. For all concerned, hopefully. If anyone.
Please text or write me your comments on my CD, I value your opinion. My memory being poor if you ring me I will not remember what you say. Writing is permanent.
My choice of songs has been praised. I sing what I love.
I write this today, Monday, but will post tomorrow. I may write to you more frequently, my best friend having died. Happy listening!
David (Tich) Ennis