In advance of the release of Fat Lot Of Good, however, I’m playing gigs by myself:
Friday September 16th
Saturday September 17th
Sunday September 18th
Not by myself. For the above gigs – for the impertinence of opening for Dropkick Murphys – I’m bringing with me Marc Orrell, who up until 2008 used to play for Dropkick Murphys. Marc and I first met officially, I suppose, in 2004, when Dropkick Murphys opened for the Pogues on one of the customary pre-Christmas tours we did in the UK. Then, last year, I came across Marc at the Troubadour in West Los Angeles, at a Dead Men Walking gig which Slim Jim Phantom had asked me to perform at (‘The Boys From The County Hell’). We exchanged phone numbers. After that, I guested on a St Patrick’s Day gig his band, Wild Roses. And then I needed a mandolin player. Turns out that there’s pretty much fuck all Marc can’t play.
Left to Right: Marc Orrell, me, Jeff Roffredo
So, I did a couple of gigs at Molly Malone’s with Marc playing mandolin, Brad Wood on bass, Kieran Mulroney playing violin and Bryan Head playing drums. I’d been working with Ted Hutt, on and off, for a couple of years – writing songs, recording bits and pieces, doing sessions for a couple of the bands he was working with, or just going out for a drink. I liked the idea of having a couple of guys in my band, who’d been in bands the Pogues were largely responsible for – the farrow which the old sow of the Pogues suckled without rolling over and smothering them, if you will. (Though, the Pogues could so have been squashed by the Dubliners, the Clancy Brothers – who knows who else was lining up?)
Ted Hutt and Marc Orrell I fondly refer to as ‘The Spawn’.
For the East Coast gigs though, the budget doesn’t extend to fly out Brad, Kieran, Bryan and Ted. To bring Marc with, though, was something I couldn’t pass up – to open for Dropkick Murphys at their ‘Halfway to St Pat’s’ festival in New Hampshire, with one of their number – well, ex-number – in my band.
The other members of the Maestro Jimmy Fearnley Experience I’m playing with, in Brooklyn, Gilford and Boston, are Mark McAdam, who also played guitar with The Cranky George Trio on a couple of occasions and who’d produced what’s been called The Mossback George EP, the songs on which will be available as ‘B-sides’, eventually, accompanying Cranky George’s debut LP, Fat Lot Of Good.
On bass and drums, I’ve invited Aaron Latos and George C Rush, who were in the orchestra for the workshops Spider and I participated in, in the development of what will hopefully turn out to be ‘Fairytale of New York: the Musical’.