“The Blackbird” (recorded under a bridge in Toulouse, 1996)

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.

I hope you enjoy “The Blackbird”.

photo by Mario Janssens

Daniel by the river
Playing clarinet by the river

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.

“In My Solitude

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.

A whole new web site!

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).

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“Georgia” at Hot Club of Gent (video)

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!

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  4. The Twice Nothing Rag (comp/arr McBrearty) The Blue Heathens Jazz Band 1:08
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