Back in 1996, I spent a summer in and around Toulouse, hanging out and playing with a great guitar player called Kwei-Mein Chen. I had with me a Sony Pro Walkman which we used to record some of the music we played, under a canal bridge next to the River Garonne. It had a great acoustic, we nicknamed it “Alesis Bridge”. Recetly I am super happy to say I am back in contact with my great friend Kwei.
One of the tunes we recorded is this great traditional Irish tune called “The Blackbird”. I love this tune, and Kwei absolutely nailed the guitar accompaniment. He has a great acoustic style, mixing chords and percussion in a really special way.
I decided to make a video – I used some old clips from family holidays – featuring my daughter Anna running in the sea in Pembrokeshire (we had just driven the whole night to get there), and lots of other pics of special places.
Some years ago, I was sat by the river in Antwerp, playing a little clarinet, when a nice guy called Mario Janssens came by and took a great picture. I think it was used on some tourist info for Antwerp City.
This was the last day of our quick tour of the UK – we were just out for a pint at a local pub and there was a folk session going on. We asked if we could play a tune and my mate Peter caught it on his phone.
Well, it's been a pretty intense few days of working at the computer, but I am happy to be launching a complete update of www.danmcb.com (and also everything that was on the old Moochers website).
The new site is based on WordPress, and is designed for musicians. That means that I will be able to add new content, like videos and articles, much more easily. I still have a few tweaks to do, and I will add put back the old video content in the next days (but it's all still on my youtube channel, which you can reach via the menu, top right).
This is a few years back, at the Hot Club in Gent, with Simone Magliozzi. Simone is a great friend – we hit it off when we met at the Django Rheinhardt festival at Samois Sur Seine a few years ago – and a hugely talented young player. These days he plays a lot with ethe great Angelo de Barre in the Rome area – he is just getting better and better! Anyway, I hope you like our jam. We had a load of fun!
Poor ButterflyDaniel McBrearty / Dirk Van Den Linden / Jean Van Lint1:26
Let's Fall Out Of Love (comp/arr McBrearty)The Blue Heathens Jazz Band1:20
A Swing For Paolo (comp/arr McBrearty)Daniel McBrearty / Dirk Van Den Linden / Jean Van Lint1:02
The Twice Nothing Rag (comp/arr McBrearty)The Blue Heathens Jazz Band1:08