Part two of my tribute to Michael O'Neil, musician with global connections, and a tight connection to my own history. As an extended family member, we've visited together both in France & MN, making connections to our shared love of music & life. Having just spent some weeks with him in Paris, his adopted home for decades, we reconnected with great zeal. On today's program you can hear some of his collaboration with poet, John Noonan alongside 3 more original compositions.
A special all-Yard episode of the EC this week, a belated post-Jamaican Independence Day celebration complete with a ska-boogie set straight outa the pre-Skatalites ska-boogie era, which is to say centered in and around 1962! Laurel Aitken (with a certain Hyacinth alongside him), Cecil Lloyd, Roland Alphonso (with and without Cecil), Prince Buster and Owen Gray all turn up… oh, and also some cat named Lee Perry, in town with Subatomic Sound System at the Cedar Wed. night (Aug.
Celebrating my 62nd Birthday on the radio today. August 11th is the actual day but I thought I'd get started early by playing tunes that were special favorites of mine. Butch R. Baker stopped by to play live music for me as well, so it was a great show. See play list below.