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Left Right & Centre @ Frank Ryans Bar 17/02/2011

One week late – better late than never. Trevor was still gallivanting in New York, so we got a three-piece trad blues session again.

Calling all Reviewers…

We would like to get a LRC selection from the tracks uploaded here. If you would like to contribute, it is as simple as listening to some tracks (download them to your mp3 player, mobile phone or – yuk – iPhone).
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Left Right & Centre @ Frank Ryans Bar 10/02/2011

This weeks gig was dedicated to the great Gary Moore.

With Trevor in New York,  we were back to the 3-piece again… and as usual more then ever the lads were shining. It’s hard to believe that it can get better, but week on week the lads leave us speechless.

It seems to me that we got a bit more crowd noise this week, but hey ho, it’s a live recording from a cracking bar and a cracking gig. Can’t keep happy punters down!

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Left Right & Centre @ Frank Ryans Bar 13/01/2011

Another complete gig – 17 tracks.

Recording level was set at 15. No clipping in tonight’s recordings, but I would prefer to see a slightly higher input level. Might try 16 next week. I was also happier with the microphone position too.

This week’s highlight: Mercy Mercy Me (dedicated to Paul Ashford who passed away the previous Monday) and an excellent showcase of Noel on the sticks and vocals with Eyesight to the Blind.

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Left Right & Centre @ Frank Ryans Bar 06/01/2011

Our first complete gig – 18 tracks of pure bluesy goodness!

I set the recording levels a little higher here (20 instead of 15 on previous recordings). This proved to be a little high, and there was some clipping. However I don’t think you would notice. The general consensus was that the lads hit the ground running after a 3 week break over Christmas and gave us one of the best gigs ever.

This week’s highlights: a first outing for Gloria (we think) and (at last) de auld reliable Wolly Bully.

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Left Right & Centre @ Frank Ryans Bar 17/12/2010

A much better outing for me, even though I only got the first 9 tracks (see the notes on the botched recording problem from the 25/11/2010 gig). Also I wasn’t 100% happy with the microphone position – I think it may have slipped prior to the gig starting (not enough masking tape)!

This highlights a problem with the Zoom: My high tech fixing solution is some ribbon and plenty of masking tape. When the Zoom is taped to the ceiling it is already recording, and I start drinking pints and forget about it. I have no way of monitoring recordings live, so if a recording is botched I only know when I get home. But what do you expect for €100!

This week’s highlights: Vampire (a Bap Kennedy song) and Mystery Train.

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Left Right & Centre @ Frank Ryans Bar 25/11/2010

After previous recording attempts (including two that were completely botched – see below) I learned some lessons! Even so, I only got 7 tracks out of this recording – the remainder of the gig was again botched and lost. Automatic recording levels were left off and the result was a much more consistent (and much easier to process) recording.

This week’s highlight: Sweatshop (?) – one of Ed Deane’s own compositions.

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Left Right & Centre @ Frank Ryans Bar 21/10/2010

Live at RyansYou should know that Tadhg has an excellent CD recorded and mixed by Quill of the lads giving it their all in Ryans. Only €10!

I’ve also been doing some amateur recordings here with the rather excellent (if a little flimsy) Zoom H1 recorder and, thanks to the generosity of Noel, Ed, Trevor and John, the tracks will shortly be available as mp3’s for free download.

So – starting now, we have a selection from 21/10/2010.
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