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BP Fallon being filmed for ‘Guth’ in Dublin private members club Residence. Filming by Conor Hogan

BP Fallon appears in ‘Guth’ on TG4 tonight at 9.30pm discussing the music and life of the great Dusty Springfield.

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‘Guth’ is a new and revealing documentary series that tells how the sons and daughters of Irish emigrants have changed the face of popular music. What impact, if any, did their Irish blood have on singers like Bing Crosby, John Lennon, Dusty Springfield, John Lydon, Morrissey and Marr or the Gallagher Brothers?

Would the world have heard this music if Bing Crosby’s great-grandfather had not left Cork for Canada, if John Lennon’s grandfather hadn’t taken a ship to Liverpool or John Lydon’s father had stayed in Tuam, County Galway? And how did their relationship with Ireland inform their songs?

‘GUTH’ PROGRAMMES TG4 Thursdays 9.30pm
Tonight October 3rd – Dusty Springfield
October 10th – John Lydon
October 17th – The Smiths
October 24th – Oasis
October 31st – The Beatles
– each programme is repeated on TG4 the following Monday at 11.15pm

BP Fallon will also comment in The Beatles episode – three of the four Fabs are of Irish descent. Among those also speaking are Rod Davis of John Lennon’s skiffle group The Quarrymen, Brendan Bowyer of The Royal Showband who were supported by the up-and-coming Beatles, Peter Jay of Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers who toured with The Beatles and John McGrath of St John’s Ambulance who was on duty the night The Beatles played two shows in Dublin on Nov 7th 1963. The following night, they played two shows in Belfast. This final ‘Guth’ edition is broadcast almost 50 years to the day that Ireland fell under the spell of live Beatlemania.

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Three people with Irish backgrounds on ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ “What does ‘Guth’ mean, John?” “Well, Dusty, it’s Irish for ‘voice'”.

The ‘Guth’ series is produced by Bríd Seoige and directed by Dathaí Keane.


Ultra rare! Dusty Springfield & The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Mockingbird

Rough video quality but this is all that remains of Jimi and Dusty dueting live on the Inez & Charlie Foxx rhythm’n’blues classic ‘Mockingbird’ from ‘It Must Be Dusty’ (ATV June 13th 1968), a soulful performance wiped by ATV but filmed by a fan from the tv on 8mm camera.

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‘Guth’ TG4 tonight 9.30pm – on your television and also here

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