The fledgling Irish state was keen to promote native culture with Irish sports and traditional music being prominently featured. Athlone is also the birthplace of the great Irish tenor Count John McCormack whose golden voice resounded all over the globe in the first half of the twentieth century. Like Van he had a voice that was able to express the normally inexpressible — a voice that could send shivers through the soul.
One of the spin-offs from the presence of GIs in Europe as a result of WW2 and the ensuing cold war was AFN whose broadcasts of American music could be listened to by Europeans hungry for the jazz and blues based music which was so hard to find anywhere else. Being near an American military base was a boon both for the likely strength of the signal and the possibility that personnel from the base might have records never seen in domestic stores.
Lester Piggott became an almost mythical figure not just in the world of the turf but in the folklore of the nation. Lester was a close mouthed man with a very dry sense of humour — he had no time for the hoopla of celebrity. Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard.
As he says he heard Muddy Waters and Blind Lemon on the street where he was born. Leadbelly became his guiding spirit. A spirit he has remained true to over five decades and more of music making. The greater the distance we are from those giants of the s the greater their genius is clear. They were the guides and spirits who befriended us — who turned on the coloured lights for whole generations. Their genius is lovingly celebrated in the roll call here to form an honours board of immortality.
Thanks to Kerry Shale for suggesting the topic of this post. For those of you who may not be familiar with the name Kerry is a multi-talented actor, writer and voice over artist.
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