The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16048   Message #4075169
Posted By: Steve Shaw
11-Oct-20 - 06:32 PM
Thread Name: Ron Kavana & his songs
Subject: RE: Ron Kavana
1st October 1993. Tree Inn Folk Club, Bude. Ron, Miriam, Fran Byrne. Best bloody gig I've been to in my whole life. The pub was supposed to shut at 11 but Ron was still going at 1am and no-one even dreamed of stopping him. At the time, Ron was on a roll. He had the Alias Band and he had his "Ron Kavana and Friends" lineup as well. We saw Ron in Bristol, Exeter (twice, second time with Gino Lupari and Brian McNeill), Sidmouth and Bude. Mrs Steve and I, and both our kids, adore Ron, and his albums are the soundtrack of our lives. I have a cassette recording (with Ron's blessing) of the first 90 minutes of that Tree gig. They did Midnight On The Water "for the Shaw family." Guess who was stupid enough not to take a spare C90 cassette... I love all of Ron's albums, but his finest, in my book, was one that hardly saw the light of day at all, called "Galway To Graceland." So many amazing tracks, but my favourite is the song "Watch Out Willie" which they followed with Trip To Durrow and Gravel Walks. Miriam, that bloody fiddle... It's the severe bad luck of almost the whole of the human race who haven't heard that album. But I possess it! But Ron effectively packed it all in in order to pursue a quieter life away from the music industry and in academia. All power to his elbow. But what a star.