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Death Of Much Loved Folk Singer-Songwriter Nanci Griffith.

Seguin, Texas born 1994 Grammy Award winning folk singer, guitarist songwriter Nanci Griffith has sadly passed away at the age of 68.

Her career spanned a variety of musical genres, predominantly country, folk, and what she herself termed “folkabilly.”

A statement from her management company today confirmed her death, with no cause being provided.

Griffith worked closely with many top folk singers, such as the great John Prine, Don McLean, Jimmy Buffett, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Webb, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and the very best of Irish performers including Mary Black, Dolores Keane, Maura O’Connell and The Chieftains.

Possibly Nanci was best known here in Ireland for her recording of “From A Distance”, which would later become a well-known Bette Midler hit.

Griffith’s high school boyfriend, John, died in a motorcycle accident after taking her to the senior prom, and subsequently inspired many of her songs.

[“There’s A Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret)”]

Have you met my new boy friend, Margaret?
His name is John, and he rides my bus to school,
And he holds my hand.
He’s fourteen, he’s my older man.
But we’ll still be the best of friends,
The three of us, Margaret, John, and I.

[Lone Star State Of Mind]

“But here I am in Denver
Sippin’ the California wine
And I’ve got all night to remember you
I’m in a lone star state of mind”

Nanci was later married to singer-songwriter Eric Taylor from 1976 to 1982. In the early 1990s, she became engaged to singer-songwriter Tom Kimmel, but the couple never married.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.


Blood Moon Over Tipperary Last Night.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising.

“I see the bad moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today.”

Lyrics: John C. Fogerty.

[This song shown hereunder, back in the year 1969, evoked the civil discord, felt around the world, in relation to the then Vietnam War, without explicitly referring to that actual war].

Last evening, due to clear skies, Tipperary got more than a brief glimpse of this year’s supermoons; the Blood Moon.

The full moon entered our earth’s shadow yesterday, which made it appear much bigger and brighter in the heavens than is usual, however displaying a red tint.

A super blood moon, like last nights, occurs when the moon travels around our planet in an elliptical orbit, or an elongated circle, according to the space agency NASA.

Each month, the Moon passes through ‘perigee(the point in the orbit of the moon at which it is nearest to the earths centre) and ‘apogee(the point in the orbit of the moon or indeed any other object orbiting our earth that is at the greatest distance from the centre of our earth).


Bi-Weekly Market To Open On Saturday Next In HolyCross.

Village Market – Holycross.

Starting Saturday next 15th May 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

An exciting village initiative, hosting a wealth of skills, talents and creativity from our community and surrounding areas, in Holycross Village Centre.

This market is fully available as a platform for local producers, crafters, artists and musicians.

We would love local schools, their students and start-up businesses to come forward with their ideas also.

The market is delighted to be supported by ‘Domhan Glass Environmental Community’.

Our vision for this market is based on a spirit of welcome and kindness for all those directly involved and to all those who visit.

For further details: –

Email: – thevillagemarketholycross@gmail.com
Mobile Telephone Number: – 087 2349003.
Facebook: – thevillagemarketholycross


Hitmaker Jim Steinman Dead At Aged 73 Years.

It was with sadness we learned of the death of the great hitmaker and music producer Mr Jim Steinman, latter who passed away following kidney failure at the age of 73 years on Monday last.

Mr Steinman will possibly be best remembered for his associations with singer Meat Loaf, latter who took him to court for the right to perform ‘It’s All Coming Back to Me Now’, later performed by Celine Dion, on her multi-million selling “Falling Into You” album .

English composer, impresario of musical theatre and Fethard, Co. Tipperary resident, Mr Andrew Lloyd Webber, who worked with Mr Steinman on the musical “Whistle Down The Wind”, compared the songwriter to the German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner.
We remember the song “No Matter What” written by Mr Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mr Steinman from that musical, and popularised by Irish boyband ‘Boyzone’ in 1998; recorded to tie in with the show’s first UK production.

On learning of the death of Mr Steinman, Mr Lloyd Webber stated, “He was one of the nicest, kindest people I have ever met in the music business; the ‘Wagner of rock’, if you like.”

Mr Lloyd Webber recalled an evening out with Mr Steinman and his generosity, while in New York City at a Mexican restaurant, adding, “he was extraordinary”.

Mr Steinman also penned/produced hits for other performers such as ‘Bonnie Tyler’, ‘Air Supply’ and ‘Take That’.


Roll Out The AstraZeneca

No well-known current day personalities get spared in this humours song, which comes courtesy of funny man Eamonn Macdonncha and his children, Ciarán aged 10 and Cóilín aged 7, all who shared in the performance of “Roll out the AstraZeneca” posted on YouTube.

Sit back and have a good laugh, sure there is nothing else you can be doing this Tuesday morning, as you pretend to work from home.

“Roll out the AstraZeneca”

Oh, lockdown nearly broke us
It’s brought us to our knees,
Thank god for Arthur Guinness
And for the PUPs.

Oh when will the public houses
Ever open the door?
At the rate of vaccination,
It’ll be 2024.

Well Varadkar got the vaccine
Just earlier in the week.
He had it only in his arm
And the thing began to leak!

Well they gave it to Arlene Foster
And it drove her half insane,
She claims she’s got some Fenian blood
And she wants to join Sinn Féin

There’s no one in the restaurants
And there’s no one in the pubs,
And there’s not a team in Ireland
That can stop the bloody Dubs.

When the Green’s get vaccinated
Eamonn Ryan’s boots will quake,
The biggest job they’ll have is
Trying to keep the whore awake.

When they jabbed the Queen of England
It created quite a spark,
They gave none to Meghan Markl
Saying her skin was way too dark.