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Memories are made of this…

The wonderful tribute to BP Fallon on the Miriam O’Callaghan programme on RTE Radio 1 with special guest Robert Plant talking about his friend.

BP recalls his childhood and bumpy schooldays, hiding on the Dublin to Liverpool boat to go see The Beatles at The Cavern, this schoolboy appearing every Saturday on the Telefis Eireann pop television show ‘Pickin’ The Pops’. He flashes back to when he appeared – twice – on ‘Top Of The Pops’ with John Lennon. He talks very very fondly of Marc Bolan, remembers Henry McCullough, discusses making his first record with Jack White, talks about his friend David Holmes – plus much much more.

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Talking about Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant says “In the middle of all the pressure it was pretty tough and the great thing about Bernard, Beep, coming on board with us is that he helped dilute a lot of the intensities that were thrust upon us… in the middle of it all Beep was a settling factor. We had years of fun in the smallest and shortest time…

“Beep was there with great ideas, good suggestions, pointing this way and that way… there was a point of conjecture and discussion that wouldn’t have been there otherwise… He was an extension of the adventure and the lifestyle of the band itself…

“Beep is a good friend, I’m very pleased to be paying for this call myself!”.

And Mirian O’Callaghan asks Robert twice about Led Zeppelin getting back together again – to a hilarious response.

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The Lobsters – BP Fallon & Robert Plant – plus bassist Andy Sylvester sing backing vocals with Melvin’s Marauders in The Queen’s Head pub in Stourbridge near Kidderminster, May 17th 1979

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Marc Bolan & BP Fallon, London 1971. Photography by Barrie Wentzel

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BP Fallon & Miriam O’Callaghan

With thanks to Miriam and to Conor Kavanagh, producer of The Miriam O’Callaghan Show.

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We are chuffed to confirm that the Andrew Weatherall Remixes of ‘Henry McCullough’ by BP Fallon & David Holmes will be released on Record Store Day, Saturday April 22nd – less than three weeks away.
– 12” 33⅓ rpm splattered colour vinyl
– gold reflective mirror sleeve (UK & Ireland)
– silver reflective mirror sleeve (USA & rest of world)

The record contains three tracks – Andrew Weathearall’s astounding remix of ‘Henry McCullough’ plus Andrew’s dub version plus the original David Holmes mix from David’s ‘Late Night Tales’ album.

Record Store Day – participating stores
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Says BP Fallon “Yonks ago, captivated by the extraordinary album that is ‘Screamadelica’ by Primal Scream, I never dreamed that Andrew Weatherall would one day bless my work. I’m really vibed to have made this record with David and Andrew. And, y’know, I can feel Henry, way beyond, digging it”.

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David Holmes & BP Fallon by Paul Bell

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY ABOUT ‘HENRY McCULLOUGH’

The standout track is a tribute to a fallen hero from Northern Ireland, Henry McCullough. Recorded in the small hours on the night of Henry’s funeral, the writer and artist BP Fallon freestyles a stream of consciousness poem about one of our most gifted of sons.

Flowing, dramatic prose charting McCullough’s life and impact as an artist and a friend, lamenting his loss and expressing the hope that he’ll see him “when the time comes”.

Devastating, heartbreaking, wonderful.
– Joe Lindsay, Belfast Live

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But it’s Holmes’ cut with inimitable 70-year-old Dubliner BP Fallon that seals the deal. An impassioned spoken word tribute to the late, great Henry McCullough, it’s a simple yet profoundly personal piece in which the borderline mystical tone that defines Holmes’ release gleams into sharp focus over five minutes.
– Brian Coney, The Quietus

‘Henry McCullough’ is a moving tribute to the recently departed rock guitarist of the same name with a heartbreaking spoken word lament from his friend and legendary Irish radio jock BP Fallon. If this doesn’t get you to the verge of tears, you truly have a heart of stone.
– Ben Wilmott, Electronic Sound Magazine

Holmes’ collaboration with Irish broadcaster/writer BP Fallon, a touching eulogy to the late Wings guitarist Henry McCullough, is worth the price of admission alone.
– Simon McEwen, Q Magazine

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The four screengrabs above are from the forthcoming amazing ‘Henry McCullough’ video by Single Cell & Speed Of Life Films – stay tuned! 🙂

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BP Fallon & Henry McCullough, RTE Dublin, 1980s. Henry was recording music for the award-winning RTE radio programme The BP Fallon Orchestra – fondly referred to as The BPFO

We are honoured to announce that BP Fallon features on the new album helmed by David Holmes in the celebrated ‘Late Night Tales’ series – with BP’s tribute to his friend the great Irish musician Henry McCullough, who died in June.

BP Fallon & David Holmes – Henry McCullough
(Words BP Fallon/Music David Holmes)

BP Fallon – vocals
Noel Gallagher – guitar
David Holmes – keyboards/drum programming
Emre Ramazanoglu – additional drums
Nina Holmes & Lisa Di Lucia – backing vocals

Engineered, arranged & produced by David Holmes
Mixed by Emre Ramazanoglu

Speaking from Belfast, David Holmes says “I received a phone call from BP Fallon the day before Henry McCullough’s funeral. He was heart-broken having lost his dear friend and asked could he stay at mine after he returned from the funeral. After I picked him up from the train station he asked me if he returned early enough could we record something. I started working on the music that day and then I had an idea which was to record something about Henry and their relationship. When BP returned that evening I sat him down in front of the microphone and this happened in one take! We both knew we captured a very special moment that couldn’t have been created at any other moment - magic”.

Above, a snippet of the Fallon/Holmes ‘Henry McCullough’ track alongside other artist’s on David’s album – like Jeff Bridges with David’s Unloved compardre Keefus Ciancia, Buddy Holly’s mystical ‘Love Is Strange’ and David Holmes & Jon Hopkins featuring Stephen Rea reading Seamus Heaney’s superb ‘Elsewhere Achises’. David’s ‘Late Night Tales’ is released on Oct 21st on two 12″ records, CD and download David Holmes – Late Night Tales pre-order

Meanwhile… BP Fallon wrote the lyrics of ‘This Is The Time’ – the current single by David Holmes’ collective Unloved:

“Thanking God I’m not His son nailed up there on the cross…” Unloved – This Is The Time – Lyrics by BP Fallon. Music by David Holmes/Keefus Ciancia/Jade Vincent, from the Unloved album ‘Guilty Of Love’.

Holmes says of ‘This Is The Time’: “While living in LA I had an unexpected but welcome visit by the legend who is BP Fallon. I’ve always thought of BP as a wordsmith so I asked him would be interested in trying to write something for the album. ‘This Is The Time’ was one of his ideas that we recorded in Vox studios in LA but instead of a lead vocal we decided to get all five girls including Jade Vincent that were contributing to sing it in unison.”

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BP Fallon & Blondie/Bandits drummer Clem Burke & David Holmes, Silverlake, LA

THIS IS THE TIME lyrics by BP Fallon

This is the time to give you a reason
This is the time to bare my soul
This is the time to tell you the real truth
Do what thou wilt is the whole of the law

I have to say that sometimes it hurt me
I have to tell you that often I cried
Need I remind you it’s not always easy
The part that killed me has already died

Walking in a shadow of a dream that I once lost
Looking all around me trying not to count the cost
Thanking God I’m not His son nailed up there on the cross
I’m doing no less than my best
It’s not easy
It’s not easy
It’s not easy

These are the days when life feels much stranger
These are the times when it becomes clear
I bow to you, The Great Arranger
Used to be so far, now it feels near

This is the time to give you a reason
This is the time to bare my soul
This is the time to tell you the real truth
Do what thou wilt is the whole of the law

Time no longer matters
I’ve left behind the past

– BP Fallon

What the Unloved fans are saying:

“This smouldering girl group noir comes to you via the immeasurable talents of our soul brother David Holmes and his partner Keefus Ciancia. Dark star Californian sirens who’ll destroy you with sweet narcosis. Get ready to die” – Bobby Gillespie

“Like all truly great music it kicks open a portal to a parallel universe” – Andrew Weatherall

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– Allan Jones in Uncut Magazine July 2016 – thank you Allan 🙂

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God bless Henry McCullough July 21st 1943 – June 14th 2016

We present this special edition of Wang Dang Doodle that was first broadcast on Nov 9th 2012, days after Henry suffered a massive heart attack. Since then he has been nursed by his incredible wife Josie. And today, while she held his hand and they listened to a song he’d written about their love, the song Foolish Heart, Henry slipped away.

Henry McCullough Hero Of Rock’n’Roll Wang Dang Doodle

00:00 BP Fallon salutes Henry McCullough
00:20 BP Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle – Ronnie Drew
00:30 Failed Christian – Henry McCullough
09:37 Drunk Side Of The Moon – Henry McCullough
09:59 Last Of The Bluemen – Henry McCullough
14:00 BP verbal
15:32 Shining Star – Henry McCullough
20:39 I Couldn’t Sleep For Thinking Of Hank Williams – Henry McCullough
24:29 House Of The Rising Son – Henry McCullough
34:27 BP Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle – The Blind Boys Of Alabama
34:33 The Ballad Of Sarah And Jack – David Holmes
38:57 When It Comes To Tears – Pete Cummings
42:50 Slow – Tricky
46:11 Unlock Your Mind – Soul Rebels Brass Band
50:14 “Yeah, baby!” – Jaime Coon
50:15 Big Old River– Henry McCullough
52:44 Peacock’s Waltz– Henry McCullough
54:52 BP love to Henry
56:31 Ould Piece Of Wood– Henry McCullough
60:26 Music is the massage
60:33 BP back for a moment
61:03 I Couldn’t Sleep For Thinking Of Hank Williams (Tulsa) – Henry McCullough
65:00 Poor Man’s Moon (Reprise) – Henry McCullough
66:35 And the jingles jangling go auld triangling

Hear here:
Wang Dang Doodle featuring Henry McCullough Hero Of Rock’n’Roll’n’Roll


Henry McCullough

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BP Fallon & Henry McCullough, Dublin 2012 by Hedge


Are You Experienced? Jimi Hendrix & Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine)
& Henry McCullough (Eire Apparent) on tour together USA 1968


The Jimi Hendrix Experience & Pink Floyd – Syd on right behind Waters – & The Move & Amen Corner & Eire Apparent & Outer Limits, touring Britain together in 1967. Note Eire Apparent’s ace guitarist Henry McCullough grinning away second-last row on left


Sweeney’s Men – Terry Woods & Johnny Moynihan & Henry McCullough


Joe Cocker w/ Henry McCullough & Alan Spenner of The Grease Band


The Grease Band on stage at Woodstock in 1969 – Henry on right
of photograph in white shirt – before Joe Cocker joined them


With A Little Help From My Friends – Henry McCullough & Joe Cocker
triumph at Woodstock


Eric Clapton & Henry McCullough by & © Dave Robinson


Henry McCullough & Pete Townsend


Wings in Morroco 1973 – Denny Seiwell & Paul & Linda McCartney
& Denny Laine & Henry McCullough courtesy henrymccullough.com


Henry McCullough Hero Of Rock’n’Roll by & © BP Fallon


Henry by & © BP Fallon

BP Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle recorded & produced by & © BP Fallon

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