Friday, 23 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
It's the kind of news that makes you go and hug your children, even if they are asleep.
The rehearsal tonight was subdued. We did our best - we've got a gig on Friday playing Gun Club & Jeffrey Lee Pierce songs at a charity show to raise money for the homeless.
We grew up on these songs, that vibe. We supported the Gun Club at Strathclyde Uni in 84 - the photo of our first album was taken backstage at that gig.
I was 22 in that photo. I still have that bootlace tie. I'll be wearing it on Friday.
Beckett - I can't go on. I'll go on.
Saturday, 3 December 2011
We were fuelled by the One True Source for Jock & Roll - Tunnocks.
- Way Beyond Tore Up
- Comin' From The Hills
- Rightful Duty
- Keep Comin' Back
- In A Violent Way
- Hit The Peaks
As always, plenty laughs and daftness as we went through.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
It was a really interesting process - Paddy's thoughtful questions took me back to the earliest music that I connected with, and I throughly enjoyed chatting with a great music enthusiast.
Monday, 24 October 2011
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Here they are :
Defying Science : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5UZp2yoql8
Then My Thoughts Turned Toxic Baby : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzhOtM7D3EE
Sister / St Jack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kRu2XubSQ4
Monday, 10 October 2011
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
All went well tonight, and we added "Walk In My Footsteps" which was on the band's first single after I left (for the first time, in 1985.) I was always touched by the dedication to me which I only found out about when I saw the single - it says "Eternal Thanks - Hotfire". (That was my nickname)
Sunday, 18 September 2011
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Tut's is a really good venue, they look after bands well, with good food, cold beer and soft drinks, coffee - exactly how it should be.
We had a great time : good crowd, two good support bands - The Brutes and The Reverse Cowgirls - and two encores.
It was extremely hot onstage, the guitars were all drifting a bit in terms of tuning, but we all played well and the crowd had a great time too.
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
We blasted through some new tunes, found a raga to add to Spiritual, and skelped merrily through the tunes for Tut's on Friday. One of them is Blues At My Door, which I wrote the music for before the Primevals existed - early 1982 I think. There will be people at the gig who are younger than that song - which is entirely how it should be. We've got a pile of songs ready, we'll have a blast on Friday.
Monday, 22 August 2011
We also had a chat about The Beat Poets, about how we had been going for 25 years and had recently played at Glasgow Jazz Festival.
Naturally, my daughter was mortified at all of this, even more so when her friends insisted on going on youtube to find footage both of The Beat Poets :
and of The Primevals
In music class today, one of her friends asked the music teacher "Sir, have you ever heard of The Primevals?". The teacher looked at the girl who had asked the question then stared at my girl and said "You're Tom Rafferty's daughter! ". He was very complimentary about the band, and told the class that if he had been able to organise the trip, he and his wife would have gone to France to see the Primevals earlier this year.
It's a small world, isn't it?
One of her friends then said "He's in The Beatles, too".
I'm not, but I found that quite amusing.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Practising makes me think of dull piano lessons, mechanical scales, enforcing muscle memory with no joy, no swing, no life. I've had a great time tinkering with the chords, the voicings of the chords, playing a lot, hardly playing at all, so that when we play them as a band I've got a bunch of ideas depending on what else the rest of the band are doing.
Rehearsal on Wednesday night - parking will be a nightmare as George Sq and area is given over to Brad Pitt's filming. Then King Tut's, which is always a good gig. Looks like a fair turnout for the gig, too, including quite a few friends I've not seen for too long. Which made me think of this - Tribal Gathering.
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
We ran through the Edinburgh set and also a bunch for the upcoming Tuts gig - I Happen To Love You, Elixir Of Life, Black Cloud Coming, One Sweet Drink, Fire & Clay, Clean.
There's going to be some fun and games on Thursday - I've never seen the Bellrays, so I'm looking forward to that and also it will be a blast to play Edinburgh again.
Thursday, 21 July 2011
We tried "High Risk Times" in half a dozen ways, and it's probably ready for the gig.
I tried out my new Vox Wah-Wah pedal - it was hard to hear exactly how well it worked as the sound in the room wasn't as clear as it has been in the past.
Monday, 25 April 2011
Friday, 22 April 2011
Monday, 18 April 2011
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Now, the plane
The Primevsls are one of the tour posters on the wall along with Alex Chilton, Tav Falco, Wilko Johnson and The Fleshtones. The owners were very pleased to have us back and we had a great time, chatting and reminiscing. They have been running the venue since 1969. Everyone comes back eventually - Wilko Johnson is due over soon, and there's a pub rock package in September with Eddie & The Hot Rods and Dr Feelgood. We played quite a long set, and had an absolute blast. It wasn't the biggest crowd but as is always the case in France, there were some people there who totally connected with the music. We signed some CDs and albums that fans had brought along.
There was some delicious cheese and bread after the show - we got back to the hotel at 2am and assembled at the van at 7am for the drive to Nimes.
Listening to Television - Live at The Old Waldorf as we roll through France.