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Title: belfast singers
Post by: Maurice on February 05, 2006, 09:07:50 PM
Does anyone remember a singing guitar player back in the late fifties who was known as the Belfast Troubador.
His Christian name was Gerry and her worked in a shop close to Matchetts music shop. He made at least one LP with a song called 'The hole in the window'

Any information appreciated
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: arkie on February 05, 2006, 11:51:50 PM
MAURICE, DID HE SING IN ST. MARYS HALL IN BANK ST.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Maurice on February 06, 2006, 01:06:23 PM
Thanks Arkie. He may have appeared in Bank Street and I think he toured with Frank Carsons touring group.
I'm trying to remember what shop he worked in. It might have been a record shop close to Lizars.

Regards

Maurice
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on February 06, 2006, 04:01:57 PM
Hello Maurice
I should be able to get his name next week
There was also Billy killen from the Falls area,Alex Burns from Dundonald, Trixie Hamilton (Bass) Tony Morrelli,
Jackie Flavelle and the top of them all, was a guy from the Shankill who died two years ago. I will get his name soon also
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on February 06, 2006, 04:38:06 PM
Just remembered the top guitar player from the Shankill His name was Foggy Lyttle RIP and he played all over the west end of London and the west coast of the USA
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Maurice on February 06, 2006, 07:35:41 PM
Thanks for replies to this one, but just out of the blue the Troubadours real name came to me.
It was Gerry Campbell. Does anyone know if he stayed in the music scene or his whereabots now?

Regards

Maurice
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on February 06, 2006, 09:31:23 PM
Maurice
I have a friend  Gerry Rice, who is a jazz pro in Belfast and if anyone knows, he will
I will find out by the week-end
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Maurice on February 12, 2006, 12:07:00 AM
Found out that Danny Campbell - trumpeter with St Peter's Silver band had a son called Gerry. I wonder is there a connection
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on February 12, 2006, 12:20:28 AM
I will get the answer by thursday Mo.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: arkie on February 15, 2006, 06:33:59 PM
I WOULD SAY THAT JOHN TURLEY WAS THE BEST .
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on February 15, 2006, 07:32:16 PM
Arkie
Do you mean Frankie Turley
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Maurice on February 16, 2006, 06:47:21 PM
I heard Gerry Anderson talking about the Belfast Cowboy- Al Burrowes. I remember Al travelling with a concert group back in the late 50s.
There was also, in that party, a Canadian called David Holman who was married to a N Ireland girl. He taught singing from his home and he did several fifteen minute broadcasts with the BBC. He left Northern Ireland in the late sixties to Join the Saddlers Wells Opera.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: arkie on February 17, 2006, 08:53:36 PM
NO MAGEEKA. THAT WAS HIS BROTHER . A GOOD SINGER BUT NOT IN JOHN S CLASS. ANOTHER GOOD SINGER , WAS A JOE RICE. HIS FAV. WAS MY FRIEND.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: titanic1 on February 21, 2006, 10:57:24 PM
Van Morrison excellent. I think the singer of the song on the titanic site is great.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on February 22, 2006, 03:40:19 AM
Hi Titanic and welcome to the site
About Van
Did he used to be in a B/fast group called "Them ? "
I believe they had a hit around 1964 called "Baby Please don't Go" or something like that
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: arkie on February 23, 2006, 11:14:09 PM
THE SONG WAS.  HERE COMES THE NIGHT.   HI TITANIC ENJOY THE SITE.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on March 10, 2006, 04:37:39 AM
Anyone remember a singer from Larne named Ricki Parkes?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: arkie on March 10, 2006, 03:31:12 PM
YEA. HIS FAV. SONG WAS       WHAT DO YOU WANT IF YOU DONT WANT MONEY,,,,,,, HE ALSO SANG AND PUT IT OVER WELL,,, ONE OF NAT KING COLE S   WHEN YOURE YOUNG. :D
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: AL CAPONE on March 13, 2006, 05:37:39 PM
Arkie
Do you mean Frankie Turley

that was mary turleys brother who had 2 cats
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: arkie on March 13, 2006, 06:31:54 PM
AL,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ;D ;D WHAT THE HACK HAS MARY TURLEY S TWO CATS GOT TO DO WITH BELFAST SINGERS . OR COULD IT BE HER TWO CATS COULD SING?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: AL CAPONE on March 13, 2006, 06:44:09 PM
MARY TURLEY CAME FROM ALBERT ST AND HER 2 CATS WOULD ALWAYS WHINE  :D
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on March 18, 2006, 06:21:21 AM
A C
Did she live in St judes walk?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: AL CAPONE on March 20, 2006, 10:13:39 AM
MAGEEKA HAIR BROTHER PAT LIVED THERE I THINK
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: craigyroo on March 30, 2006, 01:36:20 PM
Van is brilliant and all, but I heard he is an arrogant so and so anyone eles hear something similar. ???
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on June 01, 2006, 05:54:48 AM
Hiya Folks,

Does any one remember a jazz singer Patsy Malarky? She used to sing with the Jim Daly Blues Band. I asked Jackie Flavelle about her one night a couple of months ago. He remembered her name but does not know if she if still singing, indeed if she is still in the Belfast area.

Christopher
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Twocoats on June 14, 2006, 11:27:36 PM
van Morrison started the group THEM with Alan Henderson on bass. Alan Lived on the Cregagh estate , Burntollet way opposit George Best. These two were the mainstays of Them with various other famous musicans. When Morrison left THEM Alan took over the name and played in the southern USA. Here Comes the Night was a fantastic song along with Baby Please don't Go and Gloria. They were actually better than the Stones in those days. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Alan Henderson please let me know
Twocoats
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on June 16, 2006, 02:39:44 AM
Twocoats
Wasn't there another guy who played with"Them" called Jackie Mc Cauley
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on June 16, 2006, 02:58:33 AM
Hiya Mageeka, I googled and came across a Brainy History site. You need help sometimes :D
Is this the guy?  Jackie McCauley (Born in Coleraine 14th December 1946) rock pianist  with Them
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Twocoats on June 16, 2006, 03:12:29 AM
Them was a Northern Irish band formed in Belfast in 1963, best known for the garage rock standard "Gloria" and launching singer Van Morrison's career.

The band featured Van Morrison on vocals and harmonica, Billy Harrison on guitar, Eric Wrixen on piano and keyboards, Alan Henderson on bass, and Ronnie Millings on drums, with other musicians replacing or contributing during the life of the band.

The group released its first single, "Don't Start Crying Now"/"One Two Brown Eyes", in August 1964. The single was a flop. The band's managers and producers then hired session players Jimmy Page, Peter Bardens, and drummer Bobby Graham to back Morrison on a cover of Big Joe Williams' "Baby Please Don't Go". The single, which featured the now-legendary "Gloria" as a B-side, was a smash in the UK, sailing to #10 on the charts in December 1964. The band then released its biggest hit in the UK, "Here Comes the Night"/"All for Myself", which hit #2 in March 1965 (it went to #24 in the US that May). Later that year the instrumental "Mystic Eyes" reached #33 in the US. (The following year American band Shadows of Knight had a top ten US hit with their rendition of "Gloria".)

The band released two albums on Decca, Them and Them Again, both of which failed to sell, and in mid-1966, Van Morrison left the group to pursue a solo career. The rest of the band continued on into the early '70's, releasing four albums and touring steadily after relocating to California around 1967. Two of these post-Morrison albums,Now And Them and Time Out! Time In For Them, found the band experimenting with psychedelia. Van Morrison went on to greater success and fame as a solo artist, but Them's combination of garage rock, blues, and soul proved a major influence on the next generation of rock musicians, and the group's best-known singles have become staples of rock and roll. Them reunited briefly in 1979 without Morrison.

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Them_%28band%29"
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on June 16, 2006, 03:46:12 AM
A couple of friends of mine did a bit of singing .. for pleasure .. no pay unless you call a pint or two, set up to quench the thirst, payment. One .. Nelson Heron .. died in the month of April last year. Some of you may have met him. He could produce a CV the length of your arm. Among the places he worked were an accountant's office in Belfast, the TAB at Castlereagh, Farrans at Dunmurry and McCauseland's Car Hire in York Street .. that is only a small number of the places where he worked. He was mad keen on cars and trains. He did a bit of navigating in local motor rallies. His singing companion is a very good friend of mine. His name is Mike. I'll not mention his surname. I will do my best to persuade him to join the Forum as I am sure he would enjoy the crack here. Les, if you went on to Inst from Inchmarlo, you may know him.

Anyway Mike and Nelson regularly sang traditional Irish songs, including the rebel songs, at the Anglers Rest in Ardglass after a day fishing for a variety of strange looking fish at the end of the pier. I did not sing but I had no objection to being handed a pint or two from the locals thanks to the lad's efforts. On one occasion, I regret I was not with them although Mike's Mum and Dad were (they were like two big kids and usually came along too), they were at a hotel somewhere in Co. Donegal. They went out to a pub for a pint or two where they started a good sing song, the place was soon packed and people were enjoying themselves. The landlord told them to stop singing so naturally, being reasonable people, they obliged and went down the street to another pub. I bet that landlord regrets that action as before long the bold boyos were singing in the pub down the street and had been joined by the audience from the first pub. Ach sure those were the days.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on June 21, 2006, 03:58:32 AM
Craigyroo

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Van is brilliant and all, but I heard he is an arrogant so and so anyone eles hear something similar. 

I like his music, but he gets a zero for stage presentation.
He lived off Bloomfield Road (Hyndford Street---one of his songs is called "On Hyndford Street" )
I lived on Bloomfield Gardens and saw him on the road often.
He used to strut around like a little banty [censored], with his hair almost to his waist, at a time when crew cuts were the rage. My mates and I used to laugh at him (but he got the last laugh, eh ? )
The first time I saw him on the TV in CANADA, I thought it sounded like Van, but this guy had no hair !!! I would never have recognised him.
A few years back they put a commemorative plaque on the house on Hyndford Street where he lived---he refused to come to the unveiling of the plaque---maybe he did not want to be reminded about his humble beginning.

I got out my Van CD'S and have just read the words to ''On Hyndford Street ", and as usual my eyes got moist again, he really captures what it used to be like living in Belfast , and Bloomfield in particular.

Anybody that writes and sings like that can't be all bad  8)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on June 21, 2006, 04:09:17 AM
Bloomfield
He was an arrogant little man and I know of many musicians who refuse to perform with him
As for playing sax . He should have been a gentleman and kept it in its case ;)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on June 21, 2006, 01:18:51 PM
Hiya All,

I was looking for an Irish tenor called Jimmy Kennedy who used to sing with The James Young Show when it did a summer season in Bangor. I searched for him, with no success, on Google but I found this guy, Seamus Kennedy http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/seamuskennedy11 . Seamus was birn in Belfast, completed his education at UCD and emigrated to the States. These sites where you are able to listen to guys singing are great, aren't they.

Christopher
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Twocoats on June 21, 2006, 02:16:02 PM
van Morrison is very popular in Canada. Pompous, yes. Arrogant, yes. Chanter. Pretty good for wee man from East Belfast. "Brown Eyed Girl" one of the top songs played in the world. His version of "Cleaning Windows" is down to earth and true. He obviously helped the window cleaner. I had the fortune to be able to help the windy cleaner in the Cregagh Estate on Satuday mornings. Best money I ever made.
"I was on the bottom with the vee"
TC
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: rosiejane on June 21, 2006, 05:43:01 PM
Christopher -

A Jimmy Kennedy wrote the famous 'Red Sails in the Sunset', recorded by many people including Brian Kennedy (no relation, to my knowledge).  If you 'google' with those combinations you will get plenty of results.  Of course it may be a different Jimmy Kennedy you mean!
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: EllCee on June 21, 2006, 07:14:45 PM
Hiya Folks,

Does any one remember a jazz singer Patsy Malarky? She used to sing with the Jim Daly Blues Band. I asked Jackie Flavelle about her one night a couple of months ago. He remembered her name but does not know if she if still singing, indeed if she is still in the Belfast area.

Christopher

I met Patsy a few years ago, pre 2000, at a party in the house of a friend of my wife. And she appeared in the BBC programme "The Show" which Rosie worked on.  I don't know if she is still singing professionally.

I didn't know Nelson sang a few bars now and again.  But then I didn't really know him all that well.  Or you, for that matter.  I've learned more in two weeks than in the previous years!   :'(
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on June 21, 2006, 07:29:56 PM
Thanks Les for telling us about Patsy.

I thought I knew Nelson reasonably well but I suppose unless you are writing a biography of a person
there are huge chunks of the lives of close friends that you never know. Life is full of surprises. 
Nelson and my friend Mike also sang in the Queens University Choir.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: EllCee on June 21, 2006, 07:34:51 PM
My.  That comment sounds as though there's a long conversation by a log fire, a long pipe and a long drink to go with it.   ;)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on June 22, 2006, 07:14:31 PM
Rosiejane
I  do believe "Red sails in the Sunset," is actually and old WW2 song, revamped in the late fifities early 60s
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on June 22, 2006, 07:24:23 PM
"Red Sails in the Sunset" was written and published in 1935 by Jimmy Kennedy and Hugh Williams
Jimmy lived for a while in Portstewart and he remembered one beautiful summer evening when he was living there. This provided the inspiration for him to write "Red Sails" Among other fine songs he wrote were "Love is Like a Violin" and "South of the Border" which people may recall being recorded by a guy called Arthur Tracy
(The Street Singer). 50 of more than the 2000 songs written by Jimmy are all time popular classics.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on June 22, 2006, 08:00:26 PM
It was as popular during WW2 as Lilie Marleene  etc
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: arkie on June 23, 2006, 08:03:41 PM
TAB HUNTER,  AND FATS DOMINO.  RECORDED RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on June 25, 2006, 08:58:41 PM
Rightio! Belfast Singers .

Harlandic Male Voice Choir
Police Male Voice Choir
Queen's Island Victoria Male Voice Choir
 
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on June 26, 2006, 12:05:58 AM
Arkie
Tab Hunter and Fats did the "Remake:"
BTW
Wher's ya bin ???
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on June 26, 2006, 05:13:47 AM
Ah yes, I remember them well :D Those well known Belfast singers .. Tab Hunter and Fats Domino :D

OK Belfast Singers - Ernie Robinson, used to work in Maxol on the Ormeau Road. The late Des Morrow, a BT journalist, was a choir boy with the St Anne's Cathedral Choir and his Dad, W. D. Morrow was a good singer too.  The Methodist College Senior Girls Choir won the Sainsbury's Choir of the Year Contest in 2001 and 2003 .. a great achievement .. the first choir to win this competition twice. I did not realise it but the College also has a Chapel Choir and their achievements are as good as those of the Senior Choir.  The Chapel Choir were UTV Choir of the Year and Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year in 2004
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on June 26, 2006, 12:19:20 PM
The great Joseph Locke-"Hear my song Violetta" There was a film made about him.I believe he came from the Shore Road area near to the Grove Baths.
        Eric Hynds was a great tenor who would have been around about the time of James Johnston.The Ulster Girls' Choir toured America and U.S.A.  AROUND 1959/POSSIBLY 57 under the direction of Irene Brown.One of the girls did ventriloqism(Vivien Brooks who was daughter of billiards wizard Sammy),I believe there may have been recitations and a wee bit of dancing thrown in.They also went to London to sing.Tan skirts and berets,and voluminous beige blouses.
     
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on June 26, 2006, 12:30:24 PM
Oops! Belief is a great thing giannineo :D

Joseph Locke came from what Gerry Anderson calls Stroke City.Derry / Londonderry. His surname was McLaughlin. He earned £1000 per week at the height of his success. That would be some money in this day and age.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on June 26, 2006, 12:41:36 PM
Christopher,I seem to be making more mistakes than facts on this Forum.Still think he had a connection to Shore Road though.Was there a theatre around the Grove where he may have performed?
               
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: heather1 on June 26, 2006, 12:44:55 PM
Christopher,I seem to be making more mistakes than facts on this Forum.Still think he had a connection to Shore Road though.Was there a theatre around the Grove where he may have performed?
               

Yes, there was the Grove Theatre on the Shore Road where Lidl now stands.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on June 26, 2006, 01:37:28 PM
Thanks Heather,perhaps the great Joseph Locke performed there.BTW your photo looks like Natasha Kaplinski. ..only much more mysterious and attractive....hope you don't mind me saying that-G.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: heather1 on June 26, 2006, 01:46:02 PM
Thanks Heather,perhaps the great Joseph Locke performed there.BTW your photo looks like Natasha Kaplinski. ..only much more mysterious and attractive....hope you don't mind me saying that-G.

 ;D  I'm sure Jon Bon Jovi will be delighted to hear that!!!!!! :P
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on June 26, 2006, 02:03:33 PM
It did strike my mind that it was a bit like Bon Jovi,but being a gentlemann I wouldn't point that out-I am also an eejit,cheers,G.( my Belfast nickname was Spacer for some reason)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on June 26, 2006, 11:26:24 PM
The Grove Theatre ... a talent show .. "Stairway to the Stars" I am sure that was an annual event for a few years and for the life of me I cannot recall who produced the show.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: beegee on July 01, 2006, 08:23:21 AM
there was a picture theatre on the shore /york road   the  TROXY-------i had the pleasure of doing a wee song with yer man  Jimmy Mc laughlin aka Joseph Locke way back in the war years in the wee yard canteen -..workers playtime  I was catch boy there before going to sea
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on July 09, 2006, 10:11:55 PM
Hiya, I hope some of you musicians or your musician friends will be able to assist with a query that has been posted on several sites on the net with little success. It is about a guy called Jack McKechnie who played with the Hedley Ward Trio. The person who has been posting the messages says Jack married a Belfast girl named Greta. Does anyone have any ideas please?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: ulsterstan on July 11, 2006, 10:50:19 PM
Van the man worked for a pal of mine ,Sammy Woodburn   they cleaned the ''windies'' around the Bloomfield area. In Van,s website about East Belfast there,s a photo of my uncles Davy and James McIlwain who owned chippers on the Beersbridge Rd, Bloomfield .  Van and his ma and da came in often for their pastie suppers ,one chipper was know as Annies ,my ma she managed them and many celebs. came in for their suppers,  Dr. Paisley, the Blanchflowers, the Binghams and many of the Glens and Blues players who lived in the Bloomfield area. Van owned a big mansion in San Anselmo in Marin County south of San Francisco  and his mum owned a record shop there . His daughter still performs around the San Francisco area quite often. Actually I used to go to Van,s granny,s house in Ravensdale St. to pick up her message list for the  Co-oP to deliver them in the wee electric van .   
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 12, 2006, 03:12:10 AM
Heather 1

I'm really glad that I feel very secure about my manhood ( in a Testostorone sorta way  8))

I had been looking at what I had thought was your photo.
I was thinking to myself, well she is no raving beauty, but she is very sexy looking in a mysterious sorta way. :-[

NOW, what does this really say about Giannineo and myself ::) or does it just mean that we know inherant beauty when we see it. ;D ;D

As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ;)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: EllCee on July 12, 2006, 09:08:59 PM
Creepy crawler.   :P
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 12, 2006, 09:49:40 PM
Les

Yer soooo sexually uptight,
"that yer buttocks squeek when you walk" ::) ;D
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on July 12, 2006, 10:43:32 PM
bLOOMFIELD ,i THINK THIS hAETHER 1 IS TAKING THE mICHAEL
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 13, 2006, 04:47:35 AM
Will the REAL heather 1, please step forward  :D

Giannineo

Right click on Heather's photo, left click on "Properties  ;D
I should have done that myself ::)

He still is  "a sweet little Bitch " :-[
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: EllCee on July 13, 2006, 11:04:53 AM
"I'm really glad that I feel very secure  about my manhood ( in a Testostorone sorta way )"

Sure you haven't produced much testosterone since you stayed on in that choir.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 13, 2006, 09:34:08 PM
Les

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Sure you haven't produced much testosterone since you stayed on in that choir.

Aaaaah, you keep bringing back memories.

In the choir I sang the BASS parts, I had more than enough Testosterone,  and you sang ????

Ah yes, I remember now, you sang the CASTRATO parts    *
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on July 13, 2006, 10:32:14 PM
Bloomfield,have clicked on Heather1's  photo etc. as instructed. ..it came up,"sultry,exotic bird who is on amission to clone herself with Bon Jovi.....she's half way there by the look of it and also seems to be out of radio contact. ....come on Heather 1,throw us lads a lifeline !
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: EllCee on July 13, 2006, 10:43:02 PM
Les

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Sure you haven't produced much testosterone since you stayed on in that choir.

Aaaaah, you keep bringing back memories.

In the choir I sang the BASS parts, I had more than enough Testosterone,  and you sang ????

Ah yes, I remember now, you sang the CASTRATO parts    *

Er, you stayed in the primary school choir.  You never did "descend" to the soprano parts.  You stayed up in the treble configuration.   

Have you forgotten, you also had to have the treatment to help you over the problems of being the tallest and biggest in the choir?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 13, 2006, 10:50:17 PM
Les

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biggest in the choir?

Yes I  was. 8)

What was you nickname ?  ah yes, i got it, "Little Weiner" :-*
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: EllCee on July 13, 2006, 10:57:12 PM
"What was you nickname "

I'm not going down that road on here!   :-X
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 13, 2006, 11:06:02 PM
You would need to get a shorty link ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: EllCee on July 13, 2006, 11:09:14 PM
The last time Stan's Mum called here, not that long before she died, she called me by my old nickname.   :o

Yet she complained when I called her Mrs Rea.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 13, 2006, 11:21:26 PM
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Yet she complained when I called her Mrs Rea.

What's wrong with that  ???

Did she get married again ??? or did she want you to call her Jessie  ???

Stan and I used to call up to see your Mother at night ( more like early morning ) when we were drunk, she was terrified that your Father would hear us, he blamed Stan on leading you astray. Jessie blamed me for leading Stan astray.
Just shows you how much Mothers know about their babies. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: EllCee on July 13, 2006, 11:48:51 PM
Oh she said to call her Jessie.

"Stan and I used to call up to see your Mother at night ( more like early morning )"

I assume this was after I left home?  I didn't know.  My Mum would have enjoyed the company.

The old man was a bad case.  I never had a sensible conversation with him about anything at all.  He used to come here on a Sunday afternoon.  Read the Sunday papers, have a meal and leave 4 hours later with out saying anything more than "yes" or "aye".

I thought Stan went astray long before you appeared on the scene!  I had gone astray before he appeared on my scene, so I don't know where that idea came from.

It's funny how people can get wrong ideas and impressions into their heads.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 14, 2006, 12:22:10 AM
Yea, :D I think you had left home at that time, I think she enjoyed our visits, your mother was a good laugh.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: ulsterstan on July 14, 2006, 04:38:49 AM
  One of N. Ireland,s greatest gospel singers in my opinion was Joe Nabney , just passed away about a year ago.  Also lead Templemore Hall male voice choir  for many years.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 16, 2006, 08:10:29 PM
HEATHER, HEATHER, HEATHER.(also known as "Bon Bon" )

Where are ye girl  ??? :D
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on July 16, 2006, 09:47:04 PM
Bloomfield,Leonard Cohen's last album was called "Dear Heather" .maybe she would respond to some dear words;
    "Oh Heather ,Heather,Heather,
      Enjoy this fine warm weather,
       Come back to the Forum,
        And have a friendly blether".
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 16, 2006, 10:20:30 PM
giannineo

That should do the trick.

What sweet little Irish Colleen could ignore such a plead. ;) 8)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: maggiemay on July 21, 2006, 05:50:27 PM
I remember going to the Troxy to see Joseph Lockeround about 1968 or so.We went to see him every chance we had.Wonderful singer!!!
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on July 21, 2006, 06:24:30 PM
giannineo

That should do the trick.

What sweet little Irish Colleen could ignore such a plead. ;) 8)

Maybe Heather's on holiday. I am sure she will be back soon. I've spotted several Belfast woman who might post here. A single man like myself looks at dating sites occasionally. One of these things one has to do ..  :D I'll work at getting some to join the Forum. Of course there is the possibility some other guy might have something better to offer :D What should it be .. the forum or something better? All suggestions welcomed :D
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 21, 2006, 06:54:46 PM
Christopher

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the forum or something better?

Wash your mouth out Sir. 8)

What could be better than this Forum ? ;D

I thought maybe Heather "had taken the hump".( I was surprised , I could not find this phrase in John Pepper's Dictionary )

Does anone remember using it, and what it means? :D

No prize for the answer.

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A single man like myself looks at dating sites

You be very careful with those dating sites, some of those girls , aren't girls  ;)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: beegee on July 21, 2006, 07:06:27 PM
and  probably some of the boys aint boys :) if ya get the drift!!!! ;D
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 21, 2006, 07:09:38 PM
beegee

Yea I'd heard of those uns :o

It can be scarey out there ;)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on July 21, 2006, 09:22:17 PM

I thought maybe Heather "had taken the hump".( I was surprised , I could not find this phrase in John Pepper's Dictionary )


An extremely attractive young lady who lives in the Bloomfield area of the city was kind enough to post me a message with the definition of "had taken the hump"   Taken the hump generally means a fit of bad humour...a sulk.   I met this young lady on a dating site. I met her last year. With a little bit of luck I may have the pleasure of meeting her again.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Twocoats on July 21, 2006, 10:08:52 PM
Hump.....Humpy. .Grumpy. Same thing
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 21, 2006, 10:18:54 PM
A wee bag of JUBE JUBES to you both   8)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 21, 2006, 10:21:52 PM
Christopher

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An extremely attractive young lady who lives in the Bloomfield area of the city

You will be in good hands there, some very classy women lived there. ;)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Twocoats on July 21, 2006, 10:25:09 PM
Ackaweigh wit ya. Amgoan
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on July 21, 2006, 10:59:15 PM
Anyone mentioned Ronnie Carroll yet?(real name Ronnie Cleghorn?).Was he married to Millicent Martin of "That was the week that was"?.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: ulsterstan on July 21, 2006, 11:12:03 PM
Yea Ronnie was mentioned ,he used to live a few doors down from my Aunt in Roslyn St as a wee lad ,Woodstock area.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Twocoats on July 22, 2006, 03:18:16 AM
Hi Bloomfield. Off the subject. Did you know an Eileen Allen who came fro the Bloomfield area. Top of the Bloomfield Road. TC
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: beegee on July 22, 2006, 03:35:47 AM
a wee bag of jube jubes? what about a bag of                    dolly mixtures>?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 22, 2006, 03:35:58 AM
Never had the pleasure of meeting that Lady. ;)

Sorry, don't know that one.

When did she live there ?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Twocoats on July 22, 2006, 03:48:17 AM
Went out with her in the sixties. Walked from Cooneen way. Across Bells Bridge and along Ladas Drive. Had the meet the parents Cold meat and Salad with Wheaten bread session. That apparently means it waS SERIOUS. tc
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on July 22, 2006, 03:53:52 AM
Sounds like they were baiting the trap ;)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on July 28, 2006, 02:09:40 AM
Just a little more info on Joe Locke
Joe was a Corporal in The Irish Guards,  then a member of the Palestine police force and then a member of the RUC
He was a pretty hard nut, but would often bite off more than he could chew.
In Bread St off the Falls Rd. there was once a club named "The Coconut Grove"
This later became an institue for the deaf
Anyway ,one night Joe entered the Coconut grove and there he saw, a beautiful lady named Movita ( An Actress)  on the arm of the famous another famous Irish Guardsman, "Jack Doyle," ( From Cobh)
 Well Joe, decided to try his chances with the lady, only to be put in his place , by Doyle who threatened him with a severe "Ass Whooping"
Joe realized the issue and left.
Incidentally Jack Doyle fought Buddy Baer, for the world title in the USA, but lasted one round, due to the fact that he had consumed a lot of alcohol prior to the first round
Doyle died penniless and as for Movita.?
Well she went on to marry Marlon Brando.

Two well known songs of Locke were, "Goodbye," from the "White Horse Inn
and "Le Reeve Passe," from,  A Soldiers Dream.
Seemingly Locke used  the latter as a tribute to his  fallin Icomrades.

I think the words were something like-----
See them passbye
There they go
For the Show
Those Guardsmen
Locke went on to live in the ROI, for  the purpose of avoiding colossal tax debts.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on August 19, 2006, 01:51:32 AM
Went out with her in the sixties. Walked from Cooneen way. Across Bells Bridge and along Ladas Drive. Had the meet the parents Cold meat and Salad with Wheaten bread session. That apparently means it waS SERIOUS. tc

Hei Twocoats, I know meeting the parents was serious .. I didn't realise that such a sumptious meal meant if was serious.

That has nothing to with Belfast Singers. I've spotted Belfast singer  Bap Kennedy.  (http://www.bapkennedy.com)
He led a rock band called Energy Orchard in the eighties. He's now a solo artist and doing quite well.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on August 19, 2006, 09:04:59 PM
Twocoats,my first meet the parents meal was the full Italian works.My first wife was half Italian and it was a ritual to see red faced boyfriends of the daughters struggle over spaghetti whilst the familia sniggered.The boyfriend was given the largest bowl of pasta and would sigh relief at the end of it.Then out came the main course and many after it.Poor lad would be verging on exploding but tried to remain polite and eat everything set down before him.After many courses you would be given full strength Neapolitan coffee and a liqueur.Trying not to pass wind was a major problem .You soon got used to these Leviathan meals and simply ate no breakfast on a Sunday morning before a trip to Mama's.A good burst of wind release had to be waited for until the exit from casa mama.Unfortunately Mama would give you a huge hug on your exit,and enough to squeeze a good *art from the strongest constitution.One learned to exercise excellent colonic control over the years.
      A cruel initiation ,but deadly serious.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on August 19, 2006, 09:10:15 PM
giannineo, was your first wife a good cook like Mama ???
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on August 19, 2006, 10:57:39 PM
Yes she was Christopher.Wife N0.2 doesn't like to cook and I do the cooking.That is why we had an Indian take meal delivered tonight.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on August 20, 2006, 08:09:39 PM
Giannineo, you may like to listen to a couple of Belfast singers when you relax after having eaten
the meal you cooked. Here are two former pupils from Methody  David Alexander & Jamie Dornan.  (http://basic1.easily.co.uk/00902E/00301B)
They are better known in musical circles as Sons of Jim
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on August 20, 2006, 08:24:36 PM
Cheers Christopher,I will listen to them when I have the chance.We have another rescue cat in the spare room and I cannot get to the back of the p.c. desk to rejoin the connection to the speakers without disturbing puss.Methody was always music orientated and ,in my final year,we lads who were repeating o- levels were taught Gilbert and Sullivan.We thought we were macho and didn't want to sing silly songs.However,Billy Mc Kay the music teacher vowed we would learn to sing and he achieved his vow.We were all quite proud to sing Gilbert and Sullivan and possibly out of respect for one of the best teachers I ever had.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on August 28, 2006, 06:32:37 AM
 Belfast born singer / songwriter Briana Corrigan  (http://www.danmarx.org/briana/home.html) used to sing with The Beautiful South. She is known for her vocals on the band's only UK No 1 single in 1990. She left the band in 1994. She is now planning a come back and hopes to have an album out late next year. Her Dad John (a retired headmaster) plays piano in a band called the Brassnecks. He describes it as the oldest boy band in Ireland.   Click here  (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/music/story.jsp?story=703655) to read the recent Belfast Telegraph article about Briana.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: maurizio on August 28, 2006, 03:26:30 PM
hi everybody from Milan - Italy
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on August 28, 2006, 03:35:45 PM
Hiya maurizio,

Welcome to Belfast Forum.

Why did you post on the Belfast singers thread? Are you interested in singers? There has been an Italian community in Belfast for some time. Some of them were stone sculptors but others were ice cream merchants.
I think there was a band of Italian musicians in Belfast but that was a long time ago.

All the Best, Christioher 
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: maurizio on August 28, 2006, 03:38:10 PM
hi mate,
i am a new entry  n still dont know how this is working
any reel companies in ireland  same as the aberdeen strathspey
reel society i visited in scotland?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on August 28, 2006, 05:22:27 PM
Hi Mauriizio
Wecome aboard
I cant answer you question on the societies, but perhaps you may be able to help me
Years ago there was a book on the market of Reels, Jigs
and strathspeys  It was called O'Niells book, of the above dances
Do you know if that vook can still be bought ?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on August 30, 2006, 06:55:46 AM
Hiya Maurizio.

I think you may mean  Scottish Country Dancing.  (http://www.scottishdancing.org) There are several active branches in the north of Ireland
There are branches in Ballymena, Belfast, Portadown and Portrush. I see there are many groups in Italy.

Mageeka, were you referring to a book titled   The Dance Music of Ireland. O'Neill's 1001 Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes?  (http://library.davesabine.com/listings.asp?species=O'Neill's+1001+Jigs%2C+Reels%2C+Hornpipes%2C+Airs+and+Marches) The book contains a collection of Irish music composed by various people and arranged by
Sergeant James O'Neill. Published by Waltons in 1986.

Christopher
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mageeka on August 31, 2006, 10:08:47 PM
Yep Chris that is the book indeed
Brings back many fond memories of when I first started to play.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: eastender on September 06, 2006, 11:31:01 PM
When I watched Geordie Best's funeral online last December there were 2 singers they said were from Belfast. They sounded quite good.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on September 09, 2006, 07:10:15 PM
Hiya eastender the singers were Peter Corry and Brian Kennedy. Peter is a good singer. Brian .. some people like his voice .. to my mind he tends to murder a good tune. He had his own programme on the TV some time ago .. he played part of a song by someone who sang it well and it would have been pleasant to hear the song right through .. he then sang the song and it sounded like a different piece of music .. not at all pleasant.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: eastender on September 09, 2006, 07:43:33 PM
Thanks,

I was just glad to see they didn't import singers for the event.

I agree; the Bring Him Home and Beatles song renditions were excellent!!

Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on September 09, 2006, 08:03:25 PM
We've so many good singers in this part of the world. The Donaghadee Male Voice Choir, Harlandic Choral Society, St Agnes Choral Society. I dont know the names of soloists but many are better than the guys who are much better known. Many singers here hold down a day job and sing mainly for pleasure. Bangor Ladies Choir have been invited to Canada a couple of times. They raise funds to pay for the trip. There used to be a group called Canticle. Sean Rafferty of the BBC was a member of a group but I'm not sure if it was Canticle.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on September 21, 2006, 07:23:48 PM
A singer from the north of Ireland is planning a come back. Dana could be at the gala reopening of the Grand Opera House in October. She has recently been in the Outback Studio in Newry and may release her first commercial album in 15 years. Source: Eddie McIlwaine. Sunday Life August 20th.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: AL CAPONE on October 09, 2006, 08:20:21 PM
A singer from the north of Ireland is planning a come back. Dana could be at the gala reopening of the Grand Opera House in October. She has recently been in the Outback Studio in Newry and may release her first commercial album in 15 years. Source: Eddie McIlwaine. Sunday Life August 20th.

oh no not Dana!
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Twocoats on October 13, 2006, 04:20:14 AM
Bring him Home was beautiful. VINCENT (Starry Starry night) was written by Don McLean of American Pie fame. Both done wonderfully well by two wonderful Belfast singers
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: greyghost on October 13, 2006, 08:21:01 AM
I used to sing in talent competitions all over the show, after 3 attempts I got picked for Opportunity Knox with Huey Green in 1967 for the 1968 show, but we moved to Australia in the February 68 so I missed out. Sang with the Belfast youth choir for a number of years. Went to the Belfast School of Music every tuesday and thursday night, always got the gasworks bus going and the waterworks bus coming home.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on October 13, 2006, 11:59:51 AM
Hiya greyghost,

I was unable to find anything about the Belfast Youth Choir.
Maybe you could tell us a bit about the Choir. There is an  Ulster Youth Choir  (http://www.uyc.org.uk/pressrelease.html) nowdays.

Christopher.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Twocoats on October 13, 2006, 05:14:32 PM
Greyghost are you from the Shore Road area
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: greyghost on October 14, 2006, 04:28:25 AM
Twocoats - No nothing to do with the Shore Road, was raised on the Shankill.

Christopher, it was the Belfast Youth Choir and Orchestra. The conductor and director of the School of Music was a Dr Leonard Pugh. That would have been between 1962 and 1967. The kids all under 21 were picked from all over the North.
The choir (or parts of it)sang together throughout the year, but the orchestra only performed once a year at the Opera House. The last concert I remember was, Borodin, Prince Igor.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mr Bounce on October 14, 2006, 08:09:25 PM
Not Belfast,local Derry man Josef Locke  http://www.spatty.demon.co.uk/
as they say in Belfast he was a quare auld chanter.
Do remember seeing him on tv,reminds me of all the old records you used to get on them wind up gramaphones.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: eddiec on October 14, 2006, 10:45:03 PM
I see their building a list on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Northern_Irish_people
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mr Bounce on October 14, 2006, 11:03:15 PM
the undertones were pretty good too
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: orangelil on October 15, 2006, 11:34:19 PM
Just thought I'd mention my favourite singer from Belfast, who incidently is my neighbour!  His name is Duke Special and is on tour at the moment with the divine comedy.  Christopher, I believe you mentioned him before.  This guy has such a great voice and is amazing on stage - very vaudevillian.  Here's a link to his website - have a listen...
http://www.dukespecial.com/audio-freewheel.htm
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: btheboot on November 20, 2006, 08:44:52 PM
them's  first hit was gloria, b side, next was baby please dont go , then here comes the night
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Twocoats on November 20, 2006, 09:08:00 PM
Hi btheboot. Welcome aboard. Have a look at page 2 of this thread for the history of THEM. Coats
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on November 21, 2006, 12:23:35 AM
Does anyone remember hearing  Conor McKay, from Dromara, known as The Singing Brickie ???  (http://archives.tcm.ie/downdemocrat/2003/06/24/story1268.asp) Then there was The Singing Traffic Warden from Lisburn. We now have a singing building contractor. His name is Paul Taggart .. stage name PJ Slaggart. He has just produced his second CD  "The Ramblings of Dangerous McDaid".  (http://www.irishcountrymusic.com/ppslaggart/ppslaggartramblings.htm) At the beginning of this month Hector's House in Belfast was finding that Paul's CD was beating the combined sales of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. The album may still be available at www.irishcountrymusic.com
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on March 26, 2007, 04:39:25 AM
Just thought I'd mention my favourite singer from Belfast, who incidently is my neighbour!  His name is Duke Special and is on tour at the moment with the divine comedy.  Christopher, I believe you mentioned him before.  This guy has such a great voice and is amazing on stage - very vaudevillian.  Here's a link to his website - have a listen...
http://www.dukespecial.com/audio-freewheel.htm


As you say, orangelil, this guy is one great singer. I've been looking at a few of  Duke Special's videos online.  (http://www.dukespecial.com/video.htm) There are a couple from the Jules Holland show and a great one from 4PLAY called DUKE SPECIAL which was Broadcast by Channel 4 on 23rd October 2006. He gives details about his career to date as well as telling about the influences on his life. Duke Special is one hard working musician and has been touring a lot during the past few months.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: denmagic on March 26, 2007, 12:47:45 PM
Just thought I'd mention my favourite singer from Belfast, who incidently is my neighbour!  His name is Duke Special and is on tour at the moment with the divine comedy.  Christopher, I believe you mentioned him before.  This guy has such a great voice and is amazing on stage - very vaudevillian.  Here's a link to his website - have a listen...
http://www.dukespecial.com/audio-freewheel.htm


He's never of the radio and I played his latest release in a pub while DJing the other week.  Great to hear local talent.  Hope he does well.

(_8())
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on May 22, 2007, 11:57:32 AM
 Eamonn McCrystal  (http://cdbaby.com/cd/eamonn2) isn't a Belfast singer. He comes from a place just up the road ... Cookstown in Co. Tyrone 8)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: rattler101 on May 23, 2007, 10:46:05 AM
What about RINTY MONAGHAN he was from sailortown
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on May 26, 2007, 05:07:52 AM
Singer  Siobhán Pettit  (http://www.siobhanpettit.com) was born in Co. Waterford but now has a home in Belfast and one in France.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: bangerbob on May 26, 2007, 12:38:46 PM
1950-60 Walter McCullouch, (tenor).He worked or rested in H&W, during the day and sung at night for a few bob.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on September 22, 2007, 10:18:25 PM
 Click here  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGfPvyU3280) to listen to two of Norn Iron's favourite sons ...

Duke Special & Neil Hannon are on a short YouTube video singing an interesting rendition of "Drink to me only."
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Bhoy on September 23, 2007, 12:21:10 PM
I knew Al Burrowes well, and I also know his son, George. George is also a singer and does a fantastic take-off of Roy Orbinson.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on March 14, 2008, 03:17:44 AM
Belfast singer Eve Williams has a new version of Rowan's Song on he MySpace page www.myspace.com/evelouisewilliams 

Eve's forthcoming events ...

Sunday 27th April 20:00 at The Pavillion Bar on the Ormeau Road

Saturday 17th May 13:00 Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards.
This event is a Classical Recital.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Kathleen2 on March 16, 2008, 11:39:15 PM
I seem to remember a Northern Ireland singer called Ruby Murray. Wasn't she married to Ronnie Carrol ?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on March 17, 2008, 12:06:20 AM
I seem to remember a Northern Ireland singer called Ruby Murray. Wasn't she married to Ronnie Carrol ?

Hi Kathleen,

Ronnie Carroll married Millicent Martin.

Ruby Murray  married Bernie Burgess and moved to England in 1957. Her second husband was Ray Lamar.

Those were the days when the record buying public had an influence on the Top Twenty which many of us followed each week on the radio. These days I've noticed bulletins appearing on MySpace requesting people to vote for musicians so that they can improve their chances of getting an award and being noticed by a wider public. Duke Special has been on the scene for about ten years and managed to hit the headlines fairly recently.

Christopher
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Kathleen2 on March 17, 2008, 12:20:09 AM
Yes you are right Christopher. I googled it shortly after I posted and realized my mistake.  She was a lovely singer and I remember that " husky" voice very well. That google site said she had an operation on her throat when she was about 12.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: marty on April 23, 2008, 09:27:08 AM
Rosiejane
I  do believe "Red sails in the Sunset," is actually and old WW2 song, revamped in the late fifities early 60s
it my have been,but rosiejane is correct mr kennedy wrote it,plus many more top hits.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: marty on April 23, 2008, 09:43:30 AM
Not Belfast,local Derry man Josef Locke  http://www.spatty.demon.co.uk/
as they say in Belfast he was a quare auld chanter.
Do remember seeing him on tv,reminds me of all the old records you used to get on them wind up gramaphones.
i was in the"rockingchair pub" 1969 with mates from our site,on my stag night,great for i heard josef locke sing"here my song" as in the movie of the same name,joe played by ned beatty.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: marty on April 23, 2008, 09:55:19 AM
I seem to remember a Northern Ireland singer called Ruby Murray. Wasn't she married to Ronnie Carrol ?
kathleen,ronnie was a crooner belfast style ruby was wonderful,they were big stars in there day.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Kathleen2 on April 24, 2008, 01:59:46 PM
I can vagely remember seeing them both on TV when I was young. Ronnie was always very thin I thought, but yes a great singer !
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: ulsterstan on April 24, 2008, 05:15:58 PM
I remember Ronnie when he lived in Roslyn St.   he was a wee skinny kid  right enough   he lived a few houses from my aunt.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: jemmy hope on April 24, 2008, 06:08:34 PM
NO MAGEEKA. THAT WAS HIS BROTHER . A GOOD SINGER BUT NOT IN JOHN S CLASS. ANOTHER GOOD SINGER , WAS A JOE RICE. HIS FAV. WAS MY FRIEND.

Arkie was that the same John Turley that was murdered in Coalisland?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: andy on May 11, 2008, 01:28:12 PM
hi everybody, does anyone remember "66 c.e. choir it was formed in
1966 [if i remember correctly] for the worlds15th c.e. convention
held in Belfast the conductor: was Harry Carser, organist:Edgar pierpoint,
pianist:Madge Hamil. there were 300 voices when first formed,they
held 2 concerts in the wellington hall every year and every member
brought 2 selection boxes which were donated to r.v.h. children's wards
for Christmas
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Jeannie on May 11, 2008, 02:57:27 PM
Hi Andy

Remember Edgar Pierpoint, brilliant pianist. O0 Was sweet 16 in 1966 and in the CE vaguely remember something about a choir, think my brother-in-law was in it, must ask him later.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on May 26, 2008, 09:24:06 AM
Rachel Tucker, from Belfast, a former student of the Royal Academy of Music was great singing "Life is a Cabaret" in the Search for Nancy programme. What a great voice ... Rachel definitely has a great future ahead of her. http://tinyurl.com/6ffeeo Here's the Liza Minelli version http://tinyurl.com/2d6rps
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: the buckcat on May 26, 2008, 08:38:23 PM
Arkie
Do you mean Frankie Turley
[ Would you be referring to Frankie Turley who used to sing in the National Club? He was a plasterer and I worked with him in the 70's, if we are talking about the same guy he is still around.]
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on May 27, 2008, 08:13:17 PM
Jean, we are the same age,what a partnership that would have been :(
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: stig5882 on May 28, 2008, 03:29:40 PM
I seem to remember a Northern Ireland singer called Ruby Murray. Wasn't she married to Ronnie Carrol ?
Kat2 I was engaged to a nephew of Ruby Murray when I was 17  ::)
He turned out to be a rat but his aunt Ruby had a great voice.  O0
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Kathleen2 on May 28, 2008, 04:10:09 PM
I was only a child at the time but I can remember seeing Ruby Murray on the TV. My mum and dad loved her. Did you ever find out what happened to her nephew ? Sounds like you had a close call.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: stig5882 on May 28, 2008, 04:14:54 PM
LOL.... I bumped into him about 4 years ago just before i left Belfast, he was married to a BIG country girl, had 4 daughters and he was ENORMOUS  ;D
A lucky escape indeed. .  ::)  LOL
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Kathleen2 on May 28, 2008, 04:28:27 PM
I'm sure you thanked your lucky stars as you 'Softly, softly," tiptoed away ;D
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: stig5882 on May 28, 2008, 07:06:22 PM
You said it.   ;D   O0
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: McNamee on May 28, 2008, 07:26:38 PM
Ronnie Carroll was married to Millicent Martin of That was the week that was.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: teragram on May 28, 2008, 08:26:50 PM
I remember Millicent,  pointy nose, bit of a lisp, and a great [censored].
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: teragram on May 28, 2008, 08:30:55 PM
Ruby Murray.  I recently downloaded her singing "How Can You Buy Killarney", then I got a computer virus and lost it, along with most everything else.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Kathleen2 on May 29, 2008, 12:20:33 AM
Some Ruby Murray songs avalable for downloading here. Not sure the one you lost is in here though

 http://www.emusic.com/artist/Ruby-Murray-MP3-Download/11706347.html

Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: teragram on May 29, 2008, 12:30:06 AM
Hello Kathleen2,   thanks for posting the link. Yes the song is here. It only plays for a short time, but that's the way it goes.  I'll go looking for the full version. Thanks again.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on May 31, 2008, 01:02:15 AM
Brian Rossi's daughter sings "Wherever You Are Now" http://tinyurl.com/557ggj
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on June 14, 2008, 06:55:17 PM
The "Days of Pearly Spencer", which has been covered by 100+ artists and groups throughout the world, was released in 1967 by a singer songwriter named David McWilliams who was born in Belfast in 1946. He grew up in Ballymena and died six years ago in Ballycastle. www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVBjgCFNr00&feature=related
Between 1967 and 1968 he had three top 40 UK albums on the Major Minor record label. www.davidmcwilliams.com

Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on July 11, 2008, 07:04:41 AM
Shanna (Shanna Louise Nolan) from the Falls Road area is one of those singers who you hear once and never forget. www.nationalgigguide.com/news/?nid=1175 Her family had strong cultural roots in Celtic and Traditional Folk music. When she was fifteen she was given a guitar and started to teach herself how to play the instrument. www.myspace.com/shannalounolan
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on July 30, 2008, 11:15:01 AM
There was a caller talking to John Toal on the Nolan Show this morning who asked if someone would be kind enough to play Gloria Hunniford singing "In the Gloaming".
Here it is on YouTube ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jscsg6pwLXY&feature=related

If anyone happens to know that caller please tell her that she can listen to this song whenever she wishes by joining or visiting either Belfast Forum or YouTube
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on August 12, 2008, 05:55:22 PM
Ursula Burns deserves a mention on this thread. She ran away from home to join a circus when she was a fourteen year old ... her grandfather plays the fiddle in a band called "The Senile Delinquents" and her mother (a harp player) released 1,000 vinyl copies of an album that set Yeats poetry to music. www.myspace.com/ursulaburns 
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: McCusker on August 13, 2008, 06:55:17 PM
Hey guys just browsing and thought I would write
David " Foggy " Lyttle wasn't from the Shankhill, He was from Reid St on the Cregagh road-- I worked with his dad Joe-- Dave ended up as lead guitarist with Frankie Vaughan's V Men
Also think the brilliant guitarist from Shankill was Billy McFadden who was in resident band at the Plaza
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on August 15, 2008, 08:47:22 PM
Belfast musician, Jimmy Brown, now based in Hickory, North Carolina, began his musical career at the age of seventeen, playing cover gigs in the North of Ireland. He did this for about two years and eventually he got bored of singing other peoples songs so came to the conclusion he'd be better writing his own songs. He released an album independently in 2003 and started playing shows with his own tunes. The transition from playing cover numbers to playing your own songs is a hard one in which you soon realize that you need to get a lot better if you want to earn a living.

Jimmy still has his Belfast accent and Belfast sense of humour as you'll see when you listen to his singing and read his article on his MySpace page. Not only did he meet a Belfast musician in Hickory he also met an Irish poet named Adrian Rice with whom he has co-written a number of songs. The pair of them must have worked pretty hard as they wrote twelve songs in eighteen days. Looking at his forthcoming gigs I've a hunch he may be doing a short tour of Ireland next year. I hope he comes to Belfast as his style of playing is bound to draw a good crowd and the gig should be one worth attending If any agents or venue managers read this thread Jimmy can be booked by sending an email to this address: [email protected]  www.myspace.com/jimmybrownmusic
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on August 18, 2008, 01:30:23 AM
Tracy Dempsey is a singer I've not had the pleasure of hearing at a gig but I'll keep my eyes open as I'd like to hear her sing in public ... in the meantime she's on MySpace singing "Hallelujah" Anyone looking for a musician should contact her as she plays the clarinet too (and formerly piano) so if you're looking for a bit of Acker Bilk, just give her a shout. ;) www.myspace.com/tracydempsey
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: McCusker on August 18, 2008, 08:42:40 AM
Tracy Dempsey is a singer I've not had the pleasure of hearing at a gig but I'll keep my eyes open as I'd like to hear her sing in public ... in the meantime she's on MySpace singing "Hallelujah" Anyone looking for a musician should contact her as she plays the clarinet too (and formerly piano) so if you're looking for a bit of Acker Bilk, just give her a shout. ;) www.myspace.com/tracydempsey
Christopher have a look at Sandy Row thread for pic of The Phantoms and where a reader has modified it --amazing. Also Jivenaires have been in touch and will be adding the pics to the site--- keep the dream alive
brian
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: MOONDOG on August 18, 2008, 10:52:21 PM
GUY  WENT  TO  SCHOOL  WITH ME   CALLED  MAURICE  REID   HAD OWN  BAND  BUT  TOPPED THECHARTS   WITH  A BAND   CALLED  "HEDGEHOPPERS  ANONYMOUS"" CANT  RECALL  NAME OF THE ..SONG,,,,,,,,,,,ANYONE  KNOW
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: McCusker on August 19, 2008, 12:05:26 AM
GUY  WENT  TO  SCHOOL  WITH ME   CALLED  MAURICE  REID   HAD OWN  BAND  BUT  TOPPED THECHARTS   WITH  A BAND   CALLED  "HEDGEHOPPERS  ANONYMOUS"" CANT  RECALL  NAME OF THE ..SONG,,,,,,,,,,,ANYONE  KNOW
Was it ie someone dropped a bomb today etc
if so its called IT'S GOOD NEWS WEEK

Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: giannineo on August 19, 2008, 12:10:21 AM
moondog, the lyrics of Good News week are avaiable by Googling the title...the Band were R.A.F. guys...THUS THE HEDGEHOPPERS ANONYMOUS.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: MOONDOG on August 19, 2008, 07:49:27 PM
moondog, the lyrics of Good News week are avaiable by Googling the title...the Band were R.A.F. guys...THUS THE HEDGEHOPPERS ANONYMOUS.
                                                                       I JUST  NOW  REMEMBERED  THE  TITLE   DO  U  REMEMBER  THEM
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on April 14, 2009, 06:47:07 PM
Am I mistaken in thinkiing that singers are people who sing ???

In reply to a question about famous Northerrn Ireland singers on Yahoo answers the following names are listed ...

Derek Bell, harpist and composer, Belfast
Phil Coulter, composer, Derry
James Galway, flautist, Belfast
Hamilton Harty, conductor & composer, Hillsborough
Ian Wilson, composer, Belfast
Vivian Campbell, Def Leppard guitarist, Belfast
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Eleanor on April 14, 2009, 08:17:48 PM
Am I mistaken in thinkiing that singers are people who sing ???

In reply to a question about famous Northerrn Ireland singers on Yahoo answers the following names are listed ...

Derek Bell, harpist and composer, Belfast
Phil Coulter, composer, Derry
James Galway, flautist, Belfast
Hamilton Harty, conductor & composer, Hillsborough
Ian Wilson, composer, Belfast
Vivian Campbell, Def Leppard guitarist, Belfast


Silly Billies! ::)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: bigchiefdirtybum on April 15, 2009, 02:22:36 PM
MY DA WAS IN A GROUP CALLED FIRSTLY "THE SHERRIFF AND LEE" THEN CHANGED TO "THE GUNSLINGERS", NOT SURE OF THE DATES 60'S OR 70'S, BUT PLAYED A HELL OF A LOT OF CLUBS IN NORTHERN IRELAND AND I THINK THEY CUT A RECORD TOO, ANYONE REMEMBER?
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: McNamee on April 15, 2009, 02:38:16 PM
Was it ie someone dropped a bomb today etc
if so its called IT'S GOOD NEWS WEEK


Oh my God,  I really loved that song "Its Good News Week".
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: pussy-galore on April 15, 2009, 02:40:18 PM
Oh my God,  I really loved that song "Its Good News Week".

Is this it?  :-\ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGqqS6MMknM
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: McNamee on April 15, 2009, 02:42:50 PM
Unfortunately Pussy I have no sound on my computer.  Need a lead connected to my speakers.  Or a lead to stick somewhere. :dance1: :dance: :haha:
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: pussy-galore on April 15, 2009, 02:51:09 PM
Unfortunately Pussy I have no sound on my computer.  Need a lead connected to my speakers.  Or a lead to stick somewhere. :dance1: :dance: :haha:

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Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: McNamee on April 15, 2009, 02:53:22 PM
Thanks for the sympathy, Pussy

I must go this week sometime and buy a lead.  Then I can hear what people are saying about me. :lazy: :nyam:
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: pussy-galore on April 15, 2009, 03:03:26 PM
Thanks for the sympathy, Pussy

I must go this week sometime and buy a lead.  Then I can hear what people are saying about me. :lazy: :nyam:

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Bet ya can't guess what my new obsession is  :sarcastic: :girl_crazy: :dance: :yahoo:
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: McNamee on April 15, 2009, 03:06:30 PM
I think I will the bet. O0
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on April 15, 2009, 03:51:12 PM
MY DA WAS IN A GROUP CALLED FIRSTLY "THE SHERRIFF AND LEE" THEN CHANGED TO "THE GUNSLINGERS", NOT SURE OF THE DATES 60'S OR 70'S, BUT PLAYED A HELL OF A LOT OF CLUBS IN NORTHERN IRELAND AND I THINK THEY CUT A RECORD TOO, ANYONE REMEMBER?

Hi BCDB,

I've starteed a new thread called Do you remember these groups? 

www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,19969.new.html#new

Christopher
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: arkie on April 15, 2009, 11:30:39 PM
PUSSY, IS IT WAGGLING YOUR TONSILS? :D :-*
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: old wallion on April 16, 2009, 01:00:58 PM
GUY  WENT  TO  SCHOOL  WITH ME   CALLED  MAURICE  REID   HAD OWN  BAND  BUT  TOPPED THECHARTS   WITH  A BAND   CALLED  "HEDGEHOPPERS  ANONYMOUS"" CANT  RECALL  NAME OF THE ..SONG,,,,,,,,,,,ANYONE  KNOW
Moondog, Maurice Reid with the late Roly Stewart and the Allstars band were resident group in the Glen Inn Glengormley in the late 70s. Maurice was a brilliant artist.  
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Christopher on April 18, 2009, 11:51:55 PM
Jessica Hammond - Try Again www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTVjlkiPFVM

Jessica, a Belfast schoolgiirl, is in the final of My Camp Rock on the Disney Disney Channel next Saturday.

See the Forum Calendar for further details.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: weeman on July 21, 2009, 04:13:24 PM
Haven't seen any mention of Johnny Johnson who used to sing in" Talk of the Town" and moved to Toronto (Rexdale) many moons ago. Used to go see him in the Brampton area also Toronto Ex. He came form Wilton Street area of Belfast
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Caoilte on July 25, 2009, 06:12:18 AM
Moondog, Maurice Reid with the late Roly Stewart and the Allstars band were resident group in the Glen Inn Glengormley in the late 70s. Maurice was a brilliant artist.  
Is Maurice still preforming? , We were in the same class at Hardinge St CBS.
 He and my cousin were members of a group in the 60,s
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: old wallion on July 25, 2009, 09:16:15 PM
Maurice was unwell for a while a few years back. The last i heard he was doing some work for the Priests in Clonard :)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: grannyspice on July 25, 2009, 10:26:18 PM
There was also  Barry Brent singing in Shorts club and  Bo Birch in the Errigle Inn. Barry Brent was good.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: old wallion on July 25, 2009, 10:43:22 PM
There was also  Barry Brent singing in Shorts club and  Bo Birch in the Errigle Inn. Barry Brent was good.
Bo had the voice of Gene Pitney and he often appeared in The Glen Cabaret Club. RIP
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: claddagh on August 19, 2009, 02:37:43 AM
anyone remember a singer that was around different parts of belfast called Belle Crowe i believe.  She played at the Bellevue up the antrim road
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: claddagh on August 19, 2009, 02:49:55 AM
johnny johnson used to perform at the Hacienda, near the airport strip in Toronto in the 80's
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Burnsy on August 19, 2009, 04:46:30 AM
Johnny Johnston is an arrogant [censored]..!!!!!
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: vespamum on August 19, 2009, 11:44:57 PM
will someone please tel me i didnt imagine a group called Gene and the Flames . circa 1968 ::)
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: vespamum on August 19, 2009, 11:45:43 PM
or Tony G
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: mikee on August 20, 2009, 03:05:40 AM
I heard Gerry Anderson talking about the Belfast Cowboy- Al Burrowes. I remember Al travelling with a concert group back in the late 50s.
There was also, in that party, a Canadian called David Holman who was married to a N Ireland girl. He taught singing from his home and he did several fifteen minute broadcasts with the BBC. He left Northern Ireland in the late sixties to Join the Saddlers Wells Opera.
Then there is George Burrows, Belfast cowboys son or the Irish answer to Roy Orbison now living in Ballycastle
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Kalundu on September 28, 2009, 05:51:08 AM
To UlsterStan.

I suspect that you were in Joe Nabney's class at the same time as I was. On my last visit to Belfast (December 1992) Jow came and picked me up and we had a talk together and he spoke about his class and specifically mentioned Stanley Sloan. I have been trying to find out whether he were still alive. But it will be a case of "He being dead yet speaks" for we have all the records of him AND the Templemore Choir. So we will put our CDs away and get out our old records of him.

Thanks for the information. Thomas Leary. Greetings from CLEVELAND. QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: btom on October 24, 2009, 06:32:49 PM
Hiya All,

I was looking for an Irish tenor called Jimmy Kennedy who used to sing with The James Young Show when it did a summer season in Bangor. I searched for him, with no success, on Google but I found this guy, Seamus Kennedy http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/seamuskennedy11 . Seamus was birn in Belfast, completed his education at UCD and emigrated to the States. These sites where you are able to listen to guys singing are great, aren't they.

ChristophER
Hi
I am new to this website and I just came across your letter looking for info about Jimmy Kennedy. He is a good friend of mine and I would see him about four or five times a year. Jimmy lives in Bangor and is still going strong, Although this last couple of years he has been having a bit of trouble with his vocal chords. He will be all chuffed that some people still remember him!
Title: Brian McCann and the Dockers club.
Post by: Mr Bojangles on September 24, 2010, 11:20:12 AM
Remember years ago going to the Dockers club in Pilot street and watching a marvelous singer called Brian McCann.
 
He had a very powerful voice and used to have the audience in the palm of his hands every Sunday afternnon.
 
Is he still around and did he make the big time?????
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: floral on September 24, 2010, 01:41:25 PM
Brian still singing in the Dockers Club. Saw him a few weeks ago
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Astor on September 24, 2010, 01:50:59 PM
Anyone remember Clodagh Rogers from Newry. I remember meeting her when I was about 12, my friend's brother lived next door to her :smile:
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Astor on September 24, 2010, 01:51:52 PM
Forget to put - she sang "Jack in the Box"
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Mr Bojangles on September 24, 2010, 02:50:02 PM
Remmeber really fancying her...didn't even know she was from Norn Iron!
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Astor on September 24, 2010, 03:35:47 PM
Not heard anything about her for years, she seemed to just disappear, must google her.     She was lovely when she was young though - ye missed your chance :girl_blum:
Remmeber really fancying her...didn't even know she was from Norn Iron!
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: rose60 on September 25, 2010, 06:34:17 PM
Van is brilliant and all, but I heard he is an arrogant so and so anyone eles hear something similar. :scratch_ones_head:

Well the man himself says hes shy  ::) ....i went to see him live in Edinburgh two years ago ..He was fab ..people dancing inthe aisles but did he speak one word to the audience NO...hid behind his big hat ...grumpy old git ..lol
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: sean d on September 25, 2010, 09:49:11 PM
you can not be talking about van morrison? He never sang a song you could dance too! but he is great to listen too.
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Astor on September 25, 2010, 09:56:05 PM
Surely you can dance to "BROWN EYED GIRL"   SEAN ?
 :party:
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: sean d on September 25, 2010, 09:59:36 PM
IT would have to be a moody.always my favourite..
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: Imalilstar on April 03, 2019, 02:36:22 AM
anyone remember a singer that was around different parts of belfast called Belle Crowe i believe.  She played at the Bellevue up the antrim road
Belle Crowe used to be in The Melotones along with my brother David Chapman
Title: Re: belfast singers
Post by: jillyfred on April 04, 2019, 07:43:16 PM
I went to Romano`s a lot in the 1960`s and the Melotones played there often.
They were a great outfit.

jilly