The legendary Eric Bogle is coming to Ireland for what he states is categorically his final tour. Last here some three years ago, he vows this is his last tour of Europe. He has as special place in his heart for Ireland, not least because covers by artists from this island have probably paid his mortgage for the last 15 years..
Originally from Peebles in Scotland, Eric moved to Australia in the late 60’s and even became a successful accountant; hardly an auspicious start to becoming the writer of some of the best known songs in the world. However in 1980 he packed it in for good, and took to writing and recording music seriously. Having written and released a number of albums he found -luck’ when some of his songs began to be picked up by more recognised artists.
The Pogues, on their classic Rum, Sodomy and the Lash, brought up his tome on the fate of Australian soldiers in Gallipoli – -And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda’. Whilst Davey Arthur and The Furey’s have taken his -No Man’s Land’ to a larger audience under the name -The Green Fields of France’. Not content to stop there, The Furey’s also do a rendition of another of his songs, as do the Clancy Brothers – -Leaving Nancy’. In fact, most Irish people would have heard quite a few of Bogle’s compositions without knowing that they are his songs. Many of his songs have a timeless quality about them: to those who do not read the liner notes of their favourite albums they could be written of as traditional songs arranged by the band.
Live he is an exciting performer as well. Although not having the voice of the century he certainly has the commitment and belief – like Billy Bragg, what he lacks in finesse he makes up for in heart and soul. He puts in an emotional, powerful performance – just him and his mate (John Monroe) both with guitars. Songs of love, loneliness, alienation, politics, anti-war, social action and horny Chihuahua dogs.
When I caught up with him last week he stated that he was adamant this was his last tour, so catch the enigmatic and humourous source of some of the best songs of the last 30 years.
For a full interview with and special on Eric Bogle tune into Dublin City FM’s -That’s All Folk’ on Thursday 16th July at 11-30am.
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