Handful of Earth
December 17, 2013
Handful of Earth
It was time for me to go back to school, to pick up those much needed qualifications I had reneged on a few years earlier. Punk was dead, the mods had taken over the asylum and the New Romantics were plying their eyeliner. My teenage party days were over, I was twenty years of age and needed to focus on my future.
I enrolled in St Louise’s adult education programme in West Belfast to study Art, Drama and English after which I could go to Art college or Drama school…or so I thought. I sailed through the exams and my new artistic adventure awaited me.
Then just like the movie with that darn sliding door I met a tall straggly teacher at St. Louise’s by the name of Gerry Jones. He had found out that I played the bass guitar and persuaded me to play at the school Christmas show in 1982.
By early 1983 he had asked me to join his new band playing an unusual style of folk and traditional music mixed in with a splatter of political songs from around the world. They were called ‘Handful of Earth’ named after a album by a Scottish singer/songwriter called Dick Gaughan.
I met the rest of the band in Gerry’s house that evening, an unlikely bunch of folkies who were completely alien to my previous world. Maurice McHugh who played guitar and Wurlitzer sat with a huge grin constantly pushing his long hair from his face while picking notes from an open tuned guitar with consummate ease. When he played the Wurlitzer it made such an endearing sound similar to an asthmatic cat jammed inside a Billy Joel solo. I haven’t heard that sound in a keyboard ever since.
Gerry himself with his broad Derry twang could sing a story through his thick moustache, blending his words with delicate picking and elegant chords.
Brian McAteer played fiddle adding colour, a professionalism and a lasting friendship. His knowledge of different music from trad to country, blues to rock helped weave it’s way through the cracks and crevices of the loosest arrangements. I arrived with my new Fretless bass unsure of my sound but jumped into the music with so much enthusiasm that I forgot to ever go back to college again. I believed in this new sound and my love for music was ignited and realised that this was a sort of punk music but with acoustic instruments.
Paddy Walsh was added later, playing a few gigs with the band on keyboards and freeing Maurice to concentrate on playing his guitar. We all left after a few years ultimately to pursue other musical excursions. For me the rest of the decade entailed me honing my trade as a songwriter and musician. I never forgot my baptism in trad and folk music thirty years ago with Handful of Earth and by the way did I mention there is a little bit of a reunion in the Sunflower folk club, Belfast this Thursday the 5th of December.
Genre (Blog from the land of Moore)
November 23, 2013
Genre (weekly blog from the land of Moore)
By David Dee Moore
I am from Ireland, Belfast to be exact and grew up listening to the one true radio station…Radio Luxembourg. I lay in bed with my transistor radio under my pillow late into the wee hours trying to keep it at a reasonable level super glued to my ear. Headphones were hard to come by or they had the tendency to be the size of two Belfast baps which were unpractical especially as I would usually dose off during one of the 70’s rock anthems.
There were so many different styles of music in the charts those days that GENRE never came into it. My brother would supplement my ear with LP’s from the library, bringing me Steeleye Span, The Chieftains, Bothy Band. I loved rock, soul, country, blues and Irish….I loved music.
When punk came along I now could express it through playing the bass guitar replicating Jean Jacques Burnels pout in front of the mirror. I now had all the artillery I needed to be a musician and a pot pouris of different GENRES to stick in my cardboard bucket of dreams.
Recently I released my first proper solo CD ‘The sun, the moon, the stars…and other moving objects’ and went to upload it to one of the many selling agents. The first question that always baffles me and continues to baffle me is the word ‘GENRE’.
Firstly I think of my self as a solo musician with a guitar and voice so that means I am categorised under FOLK or maybe SINGER/SONGWRITER, no that doesn’t do it there’s a hint of COUNTRY in a few of the songs. I write catchy choruses so that puts me in the POP category and those electric guitar solos…ummm usually means ROCK. There is and always will be a large dose of Irish traditional influence in my music so now I am under the standard bearer of CELTIC.
My new booking agent specialises in ROOTS music and considers my music is perfect for their stable and recently AMERICANA was considered the style of my ‘unique’ sound.
Every music crosses over, influences and touches the soul of the most purist of songwriters. The world is smaller and more accessible and you can put my GENRE down as ALL OF THE ABOVE.
Beautifully sung, played and produced – FATEA magazine review
November 17, 2013
David Dee Moore
Album: The Sun, The Moon, The Stars and Other Moving Objects
Label: Self Released
David Dee Moore has played bass with Van Morrison and other luminaries too numerous to mention, and has always been considered as one of our finest musicians. Now, after several years honing his craft as a songwriter in the West of Ireland, comes his debut CD. Twelve tracks in all, each different from the other, each also demanding engagement from the listener.
This, folks is an album that like good food, demands slow cooking, and lots of attention. It has been my travelling companion for several weeks now, both at home and abroad, and I can truthfully say that each listen brings with it a newly discovered turn of phrase, a little flick on slide guitar, previously unnoticed, a fiddle line now more accented. The common thread, though, is the quality of the writing, for these are fine songs, well sung, with gorgeous, understated arrangements.
Cooltown Train, the opening track , is ushered in by slide guitar, and takes the tempo by the scruff of the neck . A damn fine road song, it brings back memories of nights under canvas -and less, when youth and drink-and the odd regret -got the better of me. !Though the supporting architecture for the album is acoustic in nature, it is not particularly Irish in feel, a good thing, in my view, because it suggests that more potential in terms of sales might be found outside these shores. The one obvious exception is I’ll Be Home Again, My Love which has a lovely, trad-like lilt to the melody, with fiddle reinforcing the feel.
With this album, David Dee Moore has delivered a very strong statement of intent, one which marks him out as a strong contender in the new wave of Irish writers. He has interesting things to say, and more than a hint of even better things to come. Beautifully sung, played and produced, it’s a gift which will go on giving for some considerable time.
Oliver P. Sweeney
Vote for ‘If I took a tumble’ in Celtic-rock.de chart
October 20, 2013
The Bells of Cordoba with ‘The Sunshine Saturdays’ live at the Westport Arts Festival
October 12, 2013
Peaches and Green with ‘The Sunshine Saturdays’ live at the Westport Arts Festival
October 12, 2013
We Dig Roots will be representing David Dee www.wedigroots.com
October 4, 2013
Tommy Hayes joins up with ‘The Sunshine Saturdays’
September 25, 2013
Tommy Hayes ex Stocktons Wing percussionist will be playing with ‘The Sunshine Saturdays’ on Monday 30th of September at the Westport Arts Festival. The gig is in Matt Molloy’s and doors open at 8.30pm.
Celtic-rock.de review (in deutsch)
September 24, 2013
David Dee Moore ~ The Sun, The Moon, The Stars And Other moving Objects (2013)
Publiziert 10. September 2013
David Dee Moore wohnt im Westen Irlands und ist gebürtiger Nordire. Aufgewachsen in Belfast spielte er zunächst als Bassist in einer Punkband und wechselte dann zu lokalen Rock- und Folk-Bands. Einen Namen machte es sich auch durch Musik für Film und Fernsehen.
Die Idee für dieses Album entstand in den Flitterwochen, als er mit seiner frisch angetrauten Ehefrau in South Dakota war. Nach der Rückkehr begann gleich die Arbeit an dem Album. Dafür holte er sich hochkarätige, musikalische Unterstützung: Micky Scott (ex. Van Morrison), Blues-Legende Paul Harden, Peter McKinney und John McCullough (beide ex. Waterboys), Neil Martin, Colin Henry und “The Voice UK” Gewinner Andrea Beyley.
Der Musiker David Dee Moore sagt, dass dieses Album einen starken musikalischen Einfluss von der Musik in South Dakota hat. Das kann man auch gleich beim ersten Titel der CD hören: Cooltown Train beginnt sehr flott und kann es mit jedem Country-Song aufnehmen. Schlagzeug, E-Gitarre und Dobro (Resonatorgitarre) eröffnen das Lied, dazu gesellt sich schnell, eine Mundharmonika und der Gesang des Musikers lässt auch nicht lange auf sich warten. Ein Klavier und ein Bass runden das Stück ab und der Song geht gleich in die Beine. Sunshine Saturday zeigt eine andere musikalische Seite und dieses ruhig gespielte Lied erklingt etwas bluesiger und funkiger. Dieses steigert sich im achten Titel Wondrous Day. Ein wenig Country mit einer großen Portion Blues, fast schon könnte man behaupten, es ist Musik aus den Südstaaten. Eine Veranda, ein lauwarmer Sommerabend, man sitzt zufrieden im Schaukelstuhl, ein kaltes Lager in der Hand und dann diese Musik dazu. Perfekter kann ein Moment nicht sein!
Ein sehr schönes Stück erfreut die Ohren mit If I Took A Tumble. Ein satter Sound erklingt mit dem Bass, Schlagzeug, E-Gitarre, Geige und Klavier. Jedes Instrument spielt sich abwechselnd kurz in den Vordergrund und geht dann wieder in den Hintergrund. Auch hier gesellt sich der Gesang von David Dee hinzu und vervollständigt das wunderbare Lied. Ein Titel, bei dem man nach mehrmaligem Hören mitsingen möchte.
Das Album “Die Sonne, Der Mond, Die Sterne und andere bewegliche Objekte” hat viel Potenzial. Mir gefällt die Scheibe sehr, auch weil sie viele Musikrichtungen vereint. Jeder, der gerne Country, Blues und Folk hört, sollte sich dieses Album kaufen. Von Balladen, tanzbarer Country-Musik bis zum bluesigen Folk ist alles zu hören und hat das Zeug, eine gern gehörte CD zu werden. Mit viel Liebe wurde dieses hochwertige Album eingespielt und verdient ein Platz in jeder Musicsammlung
It’s official David Dee is romantic- R2 review
September 24, 2013