Gerry O'Kane Live at the Wellington
I've had a number of people contact me who were also looking for Gerry -- all of them reminiscing about nights at the Wellington and singing along with him. While I still haven't been able to track him down, I did manage to find an old cassette he gave me.
With a little fiddling, I converted it to an MP3.
The quality isn't great...
I think it's the only place anyone can find a
recording of Mr O'Kane
and the bunch of drunken louts who frequented the best damned pub in Kingston.
The recording is from 1992.
If you were a regular then, you're probably in the crowd.
I've only converted one side of the tape -- here is the set list:
The Irish Ballad
The Black Velvet Band
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
The Mary Ellen Carter
Farewell to Nova Scotia
Seven Drunken Nights
The Old Dunn Cow
The Ballad of Willie McBride (only the last few verses)
Dirty Old Town
The Wild Rover
The track is 44 minutes long and includes all of Gerry's banter with the crowd in the pub, as well as their shouts in all the right places:
"HEY WIFE!!" -- seven drunken nights
"MACINTYRE!!!" -- the old dunn cow
"RIGHT UP YER KILT!!" -- the wild rover
"AND SHE WAS!!" -- the black velvet band
I am going to ask some pals of mine with audio recording experience -- and ProTools set-ups to do a proper conversion of the entire tape. I'll put up a link to it when it's done. You won't want to miss the other side -- it has Finnegan's Wake, The Rocky Road To Dublin, Johnny Be Fair, and the crowd favourite, Barrett's Privateers.
In the mean time -- to download the 5 meg file
and "save target as"
I hope you all enjoy it!