Music

Remembering Tommy Banks, 1936–2018

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Brian's Blog, CBC, Celebrities, Music, Politics | Comments Off on Remembering Tommy Banks, 1936–2018

At age thirty-one, Tommy Banks was hosting a talk show on CBC television. I talked to him about the show when I interviewed him in 1973.

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Celebrating my 50 years in Canada

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Brian's Blog, Emigration, Journalism, Music | 0 comments

In November 1966, I left Ireland and came to Canada for what I thought would be a two-year holiday. I never went back.

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Digitizing my music

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Brian's Blog, Music | 0 comments

My latest labour of love involves taking favourite old music cassettes and digitizing them for playing in iTunes.

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Al Rach RIP

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Brian's Blog, Friendship, Journalism, Music | 0 comments

Al Rach was a writer’s editor, one of the very best in the journalism business.

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Billy Cowsill is one of the featured characters in Rogues and Rebels

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Brian's Blog, Music | 0 comments

Billy Cowsill was the lead singer of a family band that inspired the TV series, The Partridge Family. He’s featured in my new book.

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A Rogue by any other name: Shay Duffin

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Books, Brian's Blog, Music | 0 comments

Back in the day I used to be one of the Dublin Rogues. Today I have a book out called Rogues and Rebels: Unforgettable Characters from Canada’s West. One of the characters in the book is my former singing partner, Shay Duffin. Life comes full circle.

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