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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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A powerful BP Fallon ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ to a wildly responsive audience introduces Imelda May at Marlay Park in Dublin

“I believe in being in Dublin
The referendum was great, I have to say
I believe in rock’n’roll
I believe in Imelda May!”

Says BP Fallon: “I had the pleasure of introducing Imelda May on stage at Marlay Park in Dublin to 32,000 fans, doing a spoken-word ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ with a new last verse. She’s incredible and her band are fantastic, the audience were full-on rocking and the whole boogaloo was a gas”.

Video by Shimmy Marcus.

Also appearing on the show were Alabama Shakes and Paolo Nutini.

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BP Fallon ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’. Photography by Michelle Geraghty/Golden Plec

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Sitting on the double bass – Imelda sings Blondie’s ‘Dreaming’ with Al Gare playing ukelele. Photography by BP Fallon

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Hand on shoulder… Photography by BP Fallon

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BP Fallon Photographer photographed by Shimmy Marcus

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Drummer Steve Rushton goes wild, wonderfully. Photography by BP Fallon

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BP Fallon sitting at the side of the stage. Photography by Shimmy Marcus

And later in artists’ catering:

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Under The Table – Three Generations – Imelda May & her dad Tony & her daughter Violet. Photography by BP Fallon

And simply because this is completely brilliant:


Jeff Beck & Imelda May & her band perform The Shangri-Las classic ‘Remember (Walking In the Sand)’

Jeff’s guitar-playing is truly amazing – and dig how he reacts to Imelda when she starts singing. Yes!

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Just announced ~ BP Fallon will play eight gigs at SXSW in Austin, Texas, to celebrate the release of the new album ‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’. He will also speak on the SXSW panel that honours his friend and musical collaborator Ian McLagan who died suddenly in December.

The two guitar maestros Danny B Harvey and Joe King Carrasco ~ who both play on ‘Live In Texas’~ are in the SXSW band. Danny B Harvey voodoo man plays with rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson and with Lemmy of Motorhead too. And Joe King Carrasco, Texas legend and guitar hero who grew up on Hank B Marvin and Joe Meek and Wooly Bully.

Joining them on wildcat vocals and added effervescence and shaking a tailfeather is Annie Marie Lewis of the Lewis clan ~ Jerry Lee is her uncle, fact fans, she’s rock’n’roll royalty and the explosive Annie Marie Lewis, she is made for this.

And BP Fallon will warble and twitch and enjoy the whole sonic circus.

BP Fallon ~ vocals
Danny B Harvey ~ guitar/backing vocals
Joe King Carrasco ~ guitar/backing vocal
Annie Marie Lewis ~ backing vocals

Aaron Lee Tasjan ~ guitar/backing vocals/BP’s musical soul brother since they wrote ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ together six years ago ~ will join the rock’n’roll adventure here and there. And who knows who else might partake of the stage.

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Hot To Trot ~ Danny B Harvey & Annie Marie Lewis ~ photography by BP Fallon

Tues March 17th St Patrick’s Day
Noon ~ Opal Divine’s Marina, 12709 N Mopac Expy, Austin, TX 78727
3pm ~ Opal Divine’s Pen Field, 3601 S Congress Ave K100, Austin, TX 78704
5.40pm ~ Opal Divine’s Davenport, 3801 Capital of Texas Hwy N, Austin, TX 78746

Wed March 18th
2pm ~ Austin Convention Center, Room 18ABC
SXSW panel ‘Upward & Onward – Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan Remembered’.
500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
4pm Hotel Vegas ‘Good Vibrations’ party, 1500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Thurs March 19th ~
Midnight ~ Official SXSW Saustex Showcase Saxon Pub, 1320 Lamar Square Drive, Austin, TX 78704

Sat March 21st
5.15pm ~ Maria’s Taco Xpress hosted by Alejando Escovedo
2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Sun March 22nd
Afternoon ~ Red Horse Ranch
8pm ~ Continental Club hosted by Alejando Escovedo
1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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The twang’s the thang! ~ BP Fallon & Danny B Harvey ~ photography by Nathan Edge

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BP Fallon & Aaron Lee Tasjan take their daily exercise on Red Horse Ranch ~ photography by Radek

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BP Fallon & Joe King Carrasco plus Eric Burdon of The Animals on Red Horse Ranch – photography by Brian McDermott

Come get it!!! BP Fallon Live In Texas at SXSW 2015. And what a band !!! 🙂

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Two Dodgy Geezers ~ BP Fallon & Paul McLoone, Dublin Feb 2015

BP Fallon joins host Paul McLoone on the radio to co-present ‘It’s Alive’ ~ three hours of the greatest live recordings by Jimi, Dylan, Ramones, Primals, JB, Sly, the world, whoever, all on stage and in your ears on the Paul McLoone Show a week from today Thurs Feb 19th 9pm to midnight.

This live records marathon is to celebrate the release of the very vibey live album ‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’.

‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’ pre-order now on iTunes only $8.99

Mr McLoone and Mr Fallon, via their FaceBook pages BP Fallon and Paul McLoone, invite you to make suggestions. Please note ~ these suggestions may not be taken up on 🙂

HEAR TODAYFM HERE

When not DJing, Derry-born Paul McLoone is the singer with The Undertones. He’s been fronting them splendidly for fifteen years. Dublin-born BP Fallon doesn’t DJ much these days, just special occasions like this and at friends’ parties in NY or England ~ he sings with as many amazing people as possible.

BP Fallon & Paul McLoone “It’s Alive!” Three Hours Of The Greatest Live Recordings Live On The Radio
(TodayFM)

Love You Live x

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‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’ ~ front cover

We are delighted to announce the new BP Fallon album ~ ‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’ is released three weeks from today on Feb 17th by Vibrosonic Records in association with San Antonio label Saustex Records (Saustex SEX 1502).

“I didn’t know it was being recorded” says BP Fallon about the new live album. “That’s maybe why it has such a great vibe”.

Three weeks today !!!

‘BP FALLON LIVE IN TEXAS’ ~ THE BAND

BP Fallon ~ vocals
Aaron Lee Tasjan ~ acoustic guitar/backing vocals
with
Danny B Harvey ~ electric guitar/backing vocals
Joe King Carrasco ~ electric guitar/backing vocals

‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’ is a limited-edition CD of 700
iTunes download available shortly

Pre-order the ‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’ CD here

PRE-ORDER (USA) INCLUDES FREE SHIPPING $16
Buy Now

PRE-ORDER (INT’L – NON-USA)  INCLUDES FREE SHIPPING $24
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‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’ ~ back cover

Dean Watusi writes from New York:

“Guitar ace Aaron is BP’s musical soul brother/co-songwriter in BP Fallon & The Bandits, as well as his own magnificent solo stuff. His acoustic guitar playing here is genuinely mind-boggling, sometimes gentle and tender and sometimes magnificently deranged like Neil Young on a bender, taking us to places we so rarely hear in new music. Honestly. Listen to his playing here on ‘I’m Still Legal’. Stunning.

“Wild electric guitarist Danny B Harvey plays with Wanda Jackson ~ truly and still The Queen Of Rockabilly, she still sets it on fire. And Danny’s just completed a West Coast tour with Lemmy of Motorhead, with Danny and Lemmy’s band HeadCat. And the legendary Joe King Carrasco, the crowned king of Tex-Mex music, one of the last in a line that embraces Doug Sahm and Freddie Fender and Roky Erickson and Buddy Holly as well as ? & The Mysterians and Sham The Sham, he too plays guitar here like a mother.

“And out front this Fallon fellow singing his songs in a manner of speaking, cool lyrics tongued by this sonic shamen, digging it and being dug, the foot kicking heaven-ward at the joy of it all, the pussy-pink Converse freak-flag of The Glad Hatter. Sometimes thoughtful, always upful. Just say know.

“Recorded live at ABGB in Austin, Texas in front of a crowd of well-vibey and vibed-up fans, ‘Live In Texas’ features Bandits songs, new stuff, numbers originally recorded by BP with Jack White in Nashville and with The Ghost Wolves in Bastrop in Texas ~ plus the roaring twelve-minute stomp with the three guitars a-twanging through Bandits live favourite ‘Van And Gloria’ which is more than cosmic and out there and thrilling and rocking. Like rock’n’roll is meant to be”.

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Four Play ~ Joe King Carrasco & Aaron Lee Tasjan & BP Fallon & Danny B Harvey do it

The album is dedicated to Ian McLagan who sadly passed away suddenly in December. As well as being in the Small Faces/Faces/Stones/Dylan’s band, BP’s lifelong friend Mac played Hammond organ on the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’. Wish you were here, Mac, to enjoy this time with us x

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