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Poster photography by Brian Birzer. Artwork by lib-lab

We are delighted to announce BP Fallon’s shows at SXSW in Austin, on which he’ll be backed by his long-term Texas collaboraters The Ghost Wolves – the mythical Carley Ghost on guitar and Jonny Ghost on drums.

Says Jonny of BP, “He’s a rock’n’roll sage. This is special for us, a musical treat”.

BP FALLON TALKS TO DEADWEATHER DENVER – AMAZING INTERVIEW
Excellent eye-opening piece & very cool pix


BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves – Increasingly Often (roller coaster)
Filmed and mixed live at KUTX, Austin, Texas

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‘Increasingly Often’
Original recording on the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’
Written & produced by BP Fallon/Aaron Lee Tasjan/Nigel Harrison/Clem Burke
LP-CD-digital download
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BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves by & © Honeypie Mangrove

And! SXSW Lou Reed Tribute Concert

Additionally, BP will perform at the SXSW Lou Reed Tribute Concert at the Paramount Theater in Austin alongside Sean Lennon, Alejandro Escovedo & strings, Black Lips, Lucinda Williams, Lisa Marie Presley, Suzanne Vega, Wayne Kramer from The MC5, Richard Barone – even Andy Warhol star and Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Finger’ cover model Joe Dallesandro.

The house band is incredible and its core members will be familiar to fans of BP Fallon & The Bandits – none other than Blondie/Bandits drummer Clem Burke, guitarist Lenny Kaye from The Patti Smith Group who’s been a Bandit at live gigs in New York, Austin and Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival and Tony Shanahan on bass from Patti Smith Group with Ivan Julian on guitar, Matt Fish on cello, Susan Voelz on violin.

This will be an amazing night.

Billboard Magazine: Inside the Lou Reed Tribute at SXSW: 20-Plus Acts, All-Star House Band to Create ‘Austin Meets New York Street Vibe’

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From the book ‘U2 Faraway So Close’ words & photography by & ©
BP Fallon (Virgin Publishing) 1993

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‘The band’ are U2, ‘Paul’ is U2’s manager Paul McGuinness

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Outside It’s Europe – Moe Tucker, Bono, Sterling Morrison RIP, John Cale & Lou Reed RIP. Photography by & © BP Fallon 1993

Velvets & Lou Reed 4ever x

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Two people with Irish backgrounds – John Lennon, Phil Spector, members of Stevie Wonder’s band and BP Fallon, Madison Square Gardens, New York City 1972

BP Fallon appears in ‘Guth’ on TG4 tonight at 9.25pm discussing The Beatles. Three of the four Fabs are of Irish descent. BP worked at The Beatles’ Apple Records, appeared as a member of John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band on TV in England and on stage at Madison Square Gardens in New York, worked with Ringo Starr on the Marc Bolan & T.Rex movie ‘Born To Boogie’ and went on the road with Paul McCartney & Wings to write about it in their magazine ‘Club Sandwich’.

Among those also speaking in ‘Guth’ are Rod Davis of John Lennon’s skiffle group The Quarrymen, Brendan Bowyer of The Royal Showband who were supported by these 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 when Ireland fell full-on under the spell of live Beatlemania. The following night, they played two shows in Belfast and everyone went bonkers again.

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

‘Guth’ is the 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?

Tonight’s ‘Guth’ on The Beatles is the final programme in this highly-lauded series.

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A bunch of benign loonies, London 1979. Photography by Chalkie Davis.

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BP Fallon being filmed for ‘Guth’ in Dublin private members club Residence

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

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‘Guth’ TG4 tonight 9.25pm – on your television and also here

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The Pogues in The BPFO 1985 – Shane MacGowan, James Fearnley, Philip Chevron, Andrew Ranken, BP Fallon, Jem Finer, Cait ‘Rocky’ O’Riordan and Spider Stacy. Photography by John Cooney/RTE

In 1985, The Pogues were guests in The BP Fallon Orchestra, celebrating the release of their second LP ‘Rum, Sodomy & The Lash’.

Listen here:

The BP Fallon Orchestra Presents The Pogues In Conversation With 40 People (0ften At The Same Time) 1985

Says BP Fallon: “This BPFO was The Pogues’ ‘Bob Dylan At Newport’ and ‘Sex Pistols On Grundy’ moment. It broke them in Ireland, all the media hoo-ha about this explosive and exploding band who’d been let loose on holy RTE. That, and all the ‘Are they real? Are they authentic?’ bollocks that it spawned. Teetering on anarchy all the way through, it was a wild programme then and it’s even wilder now. Perfect”.

In 1985 the band confronted an inquisitorial panel of traditional musicians and rock journalists on leading disc jockey BP Fallon’s radio show, where they were roundly rebuked for their retrograde version of Irishness. On that occasion, former Planxty member Noel Hill dismissed their music (along with the whole ballad tradition represented by The Clancy Brothers and The Dubliners) as ‘a terrible abortion of Irish music’.
‘Outrageous Fortune: Capital And Culture In Modern Ireland’ by Joe Cleary (2007)

In an interview with BP Fallon on Irish radio in 1985, sections of the press and a group of traditionalists hurled insults and expletives at the group.
‘Film, Media And Popular Culture In Ireland: Cityscapes, Landscapes, Soundscapes’ by Martin McLoone (2000)

Hosted by DJ and good vibes specialist BP Fallon, it featured a studio panel of journalists, traditional musicians and fans. With The Pogues on one side, the inquisition on the other and barely a drop of drink between them…
‘The Pogues: The Lost Decade’ by Ann Scanlon (1988)

The audience – Noel Hill is a traditional musician, Jack Costello played bass in Granny’s Intentions. Donie Cassidy was a showband manager and Irish Senator, Joe Ambrose, Sam Smyth and Brian Trench were and are respected journalists. The rest are members of the public, music fans, early Pogues fans, who’d won tickets.

This legendary BPFO also gave birth to this Pogues track ‘Planxy Noel Hill’ – named after one of their BPFO inquisitors:

The Pogues – Planxy Noel Hill

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God bless Philip Chevron June 17th 1957 – Oct 8th 2013
– photographed here in the Pogues BPFO by Eve Homes/RTE
– a truly lovely man, not only a member of The Pogues
but before that The Radiators From Space
RIP, Philip x

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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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Sunday Independent Magazine Sunday July 28th 2013 by Barry Egan, who writes:

BP Fallon’s job used to be testing marijuana for The Beatles. He was the ‘visionary imp’ aboard Led Zeppelin’s orgiastic Starship. He’s worked with U2, T.Rex, Jack White and pretty much everyone who is anyone during his amazing epic 50 year career in rock music. Now, at the ripe young age of 66, Bono’s ‘rock’n’roll creature’ has formed his own band and released his debut album. He’s doing it backwards, he tells Barry Egan, and that’s perfect.

An appointment with his shamanic majesty… is a voyage into the mystic. If BP has a philosophy, it’s that life is all an adventure and experiment.

(To read this excellent piece, click on links below then click on the new page to enlarge):

Page 1 Rock’n’Roll Genie – “When my father in Dublin saw it he apparently nearly fell off his chair he was so proud. His son on TV with a Beatle, y’know?”

Page 2 BP Fallon full-page portrait by Brian Birzer

Page 3 “I’m not ready to stand naked on the top of a mountain in the Himalayas chanting – I need the benign wickedness of Babylon some more”

Page 4 What people – living or dead – would you have at your dream dinner party? “Jesus. Gandhi. Elvis. The Blessed Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene. Tinker Bell and Alice. I’d like to write a song with (late blues singer) Willie Dixon. Most everyone else, I’ve already met”

Additional photography

BP Fallon & Cara Delevingne dance by Hunter Richards

BP Fallon & The Bandits – here Nigel Harrison, Aaron Lee Tasjan, BPF, Barrie Cadogan, Scott Asheton & Clem Burke – by Christopher Durst

John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Beatles tour manager Mal Evans & BP Fallon, London 1970 by Ron Howard/ Redferns

Robert Plant & BP Fallon, Chicago 1973 by Cori Hinton

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Bandits – Nigel Harrison (bass guitar), BPF (vocals), Aaron Lee Tasjan (guitar/piano) & Clem Burke (drums) – album back cover photograph by Radek

“Sometimes it is what it is
And sometimes it is what you make it”

– from Kill Me Till I Crawl from the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’
Hear/buy here

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