Screengrab – Marcia Ball & BP Fallon & Irma Thomas in the ‘We Are Not Afraid’ video

BP Fallon joins Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Chuck D, Iggy Pop, Nile Rodgers, Debbie Harry, Bob Gruen, Robert De Niro, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Steve Earle, Dr John, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye and many many more to pledge support for a project aiding the refugee crisis.

Says BP “I’m honoured to be a part of this initiative”. Fallon met Nigerian artist Majek Fashek – whose song ‘We Are Not Afraid’ soundtracks the campaign – in 1991, when he traveled to Nigeria to spend time with the mythical singer they called ‘The Rainmaker’.

Video directed by Kevin Godley and produced by Ned O’Hanlon and soundtracked by Nigerian singer Majek Fashek’s song ‘We Are Not Afraid’.

All proceeds generated from the ‘We Are Not Afraid’ campaign will benefit the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and International Rescue Committee (IRC)

See the ‘We Are Not Afraid’ site for full details.

What Rolling Stone Magazine says about ‘We Are Not Afraid’

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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.”

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 🙂

Uncut Magazine July 2016 on sale now

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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

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

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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Patsy Dennehy & BP Fallon & Bob Dylan at Slane Castle 1984.
Photography by Nutan Photographic

Today is Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday.
To mark this milestone occasion we present:
by BP Fallon
Slane Castle, County Meath, Ireland 1984… and beyond
Written NYC July 15/16th 2003

1984 and the Orwellian seer Bob Dylan. Chinwagging with The Big Zee in his trailer before the gig, him asking you ’bout that guitar-toting buzzard Johnny Thunders who you’d introduced him to at a Link Wray show in London some six or seven years before. Dylan had been kinda startled as Johnny reached out for Bob’s wet fish handshake. Said he’d never heard of The New York Dolls, was more interested in where he could get a new coat.

Sid Vicious’ Nancy wobbled up, tits hanging out and eyes closing down. This apparition heaves itself onto Dylan’s skinny bosom, she a sloppy floppy messy deadweight bodybag of mascaraed custard landing heavily onto the poet’s ribcage unprotected by Dylan’s tatty old leather coat that he’s had for ages. Dylan winces.

“Sex!” this clinging eyeshadowed amoeba blurts out to The Voice Of A Generation who twitches like he’s stuck outside of Mobile with the Memphis blues again and as he tries to free himself of this snaily woman he shakes his shoulders, Bob Dylan the frazzle-haired and frazzled creaky old rumba dancer at the YMCA with a junkie on his back.

You explain to Bob that Sex is the clothes shop run by Vivienne Westwood and her partner, the wideboy rock’n’roll manager Malcolm McClaren. “They sell coats and stuff, bondage gear”. Bob perks up perceptively. “Rubber stuff?” he queries. “Malcolm managed the Sex Pistols” you soothe. On cue, The Voice Of Degeneration shrills out like a petulant lost baby seal. “Nance-yyy!” It’s Sid, calling out for his monkey minder and her mind-numbing medicine.

Later that night Sid asks you to be his manager. “Malcolm’s your manager” you point out. Sid had an expedient way to get out of his contract. “I’ll cut his fuckin’ throat”, chortle chortle snivel snot, wipe nose on leather jacket sleeve. At least Sid was polite enough to wipe his dribbling nose on his own leather jacket. You, you’re already managing Johnny Thunders – full-on too much JT junkie bizness, a true-blood Noo Yoik rock’n’roller as magic as Gene Vincent Meets Keef Richards, turning himself to shit with smack.

Johnny and Sid have already played live at The Speakeasy as The Living Dead. Well, Sid climbed up onto Johnny’s stage and stumbled off again. Now they want to call their group The Junkies. Things like that could do your head in. I don’t think Bob Dylan ever got his new coat. The NME had a photo of me’n’Bawb at the Link Wray gig. What can you do?


Bawb’n’BP at the Link Wray/Robert Gordon gig at The Music Machine – image from NME June 24th 1978. Photo of Dylan/Fallon by Sarah Wyld.

So now we’re back at Slane watching Paul Brady honoured to show this gnarled lizard how to play The Lakes Of Ponchatrain in this crappy trailer by the banks of the Boyne. Bob does just fine, fumbles and mumbles and shy ‘Aw shucks’ cowpoke grin as his long fingernails scratch at an acoustic guitar.

BPFallonBobDylan Now Bob is out in the sunlight by the Boyne’s dancing waters, fondly recalling Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem and Liam’s brothers and the friendship they’d bestowed on him when he first arrived in New York, the huge influence they’d had on him, eulogising The Clancy Brothers as film cameras capture the bashful bard paying tribute to his back pages. The filming, it’s for a Clancy Brothers documentary.

And now you’re standing on the side of the stage with Patsy watching Bob Dylan and his band rockin’ out like electric methedrine with lumps in it and there’s Bono and Ali taking it all in too.

Van Morrison shuffles up to where we’re standing, picks up an acoustic guitar, puts it down, looks grumpy. You look at Bono and he looks at you and the vibe is ‘Aw, fuck, doesn’t look like Van will sing with Dylan now’. But of course Van does, the ornery bastard, goes on and has Dylan singing with him on Van’s own Tupelo Honey, the two voices clashing and meshing and dancing around each other like refreshed lovers probing. The Goat On The Barbed Wire Fence and The Mighty Lion’s Roar are now singing Bob’s It’s All Over Now Baby Blue together and untogether and it’s poetry emotion.

“Take what you have gathered from coincidence…” You know a couple of guys in Dylan’s combo. That’s why you and your girl are here at Slane in such an exulted viewpoint. You trip over a wire causing the PA to stab out a sharp metallic crackle and Dylan jumps back from his mic all shook up and you put on your best ‘What, me?’ face and hide behind Patsy.

There’s Mick Taylor from The Stones twanging majestically, his guitar like liquid mercury. And over there, the keyboards swirl from the fingers of another dear chum from the rock’n’roll daze, this lovely grinning diamond Ian MacLagan, he from The Small Faces/Faces/Stones and more. He wrote about this special day and this night-until-dawn in his book All The Rage, Mac did, this very last night of this European tour.

Ah, yes. Maybe it’s odd but you feel proud of these guys as they play behind Bob Dylan. It’s very warming. Many rivers to cross and they’ve burnt a few bridges, come out from the storm to find the blessed chalice now sometimes free from harm. Instant calmer’s gonna get you. And His Master’s Voice, it’s wheezy and raspy and magic and sinewy like a snake from the Book Of Isiah, curling around Van’s magnificent full-chested roar of redemption. “She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey” indeed. Perfect.

-by & © BP Fallon 2003

Van Morrison & Bob Dylan at Slane Castle 1984 by Sean Hennessy

Bob Dylan & Patsy Dennehy & BP Fallon at Slane Castle 1984
by Larry ‘Ratso’ Sloman

BP Fallon & Johnny Thunders at The New Inn, Dublin April 1990
by Paul Murphy

“Thunder on the mountain and there’s fires on the moon
A ruckus in the alley and the sun will be here soon
Today’s the day where I’m gonna grab my trombone and blow
Well, there’s hot stuff here and it’s everywhere I go…”
-Bob Dylan, Thunder On The Mountain

🙂 In loving memory of Johnny Thunders and of Kevin Dunne who loved Bob and of all who sail ahead of us x

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