Cobh Blues Festival 2011
"Nothing like the blues.
Laugh until you cry.
Could have sworn the sky was blue.”
Harry Manx is singing the blues on the iPod this morning but yesterday we had them live in Cobh and yes the sun was shining, the sky blue as the blues were played on the promenade. No guarantee of sun today but the blues continue. Check it out here.
Cobh was looking well in the sunshine as a record played over the speakers. While the Karl Long led group prepared, we took a stroll to the east, to “exotic” places such as The Preacher’s Steps, The Holy Ground and The Bench. Cobh, of course, has many more attractions, now including a Spike Island visit.
Back then to the promenade to let the music soak in with the sunshine. For those of you long in the tooth, Karl is son of Don Long who played with the Capitol Showband and Karl’s son now plays with him in Cobh.
Rory Gallagher songs featured and that brought memories back to me of the Cobh Regatta night in the early sixties when I saw Rory perform in the now boarded up St Coleman’s Hall with a showband called the Fontana.
Time then for a drink and headed into the nearby Kelly’s Bar where I supped an exquisite pint of Murphy’s as the Brittany Ferries Pont Aven slipped by past the open door. Could have sworn the sky was blue!