As mentioned elsewhere on the AW, my unusual ‘studio ensemble’ the Legends of Tomorrow (the name a throwaway bit of tongue-in-cheekery in 1996) released The Weather at World’s End: 1997–2022 earlier this year. Fifty musicians/singers were featured on the album, almost all from Northern Ireland.
Well, Barry Devlin has decided he needed to make a documentary about the Legends/me, so in short, around 25 of us are staging our first ever, and likely only, concert on 7 December, in Belfast – to be filmed for excerpting in the doc and, of course, a live album. My long-time collaborator Cormac O’Kane will be on lights/camera directing and his trusty sidekick Richard Brown will be on sound.
The concert will feature 25 fabulous musicians – albeit not onstage at the one time – including singers Lyndsay Crothers (Wookalily), Barry Devlin (Horslips), Anna Grindle (also on alto sax), Janet Henry, Bruce McClements (ex-Strawman), Helen McGurk, Dave McLarnon (Shock Treatment), Tíona McSherry (ex-Tamalin), Alison O’Donnell (ex-Mellow Candle), Mickey Rafferty (The Minnows) and Peter Wilson (Duke Special) (also on keys). Instrumentalists include drummers Petesy Burns (punk legend), Andrew McCoubrey (jazzman) and Louise Potter (Wookalily); guitarists Norman Boyd (Stonefish/Protex), Big Bill Campbell, James Devlin (ex-Devlin Law/North), Anthony Toner and Ben Trowell (ex-Ghost of an American Airman); on bass, the mighty Ali Mackenzie (everyone); Rachelle Cathcart (clarinet), Colin ‘Hillbilly’ Henry (banjo), Jim Lockhart (Horslips) (flute), Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan) (fiddle), Mia O’Donnell (Afro-Celt Sound System) (flute); and a couple more TBC.
The show will begin with four songs from Dave McLarnon’s Hat Band (a version of the Legends minus CH) and then thirteen by the ‘Legends proper’ – two unlikely covers and eleven originals. Expect plenty of instrumental interest – yes, even a drum solo. Will there be a Mahavishnu cover…? 😀