Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Confession time - I'm a little bit Country

I used to play finger picking bluegrass guitar in an Old Time country band name of Big Stone. Guess which one is me? We only played songs by dead artists so you can imagine our excitement when Johnny Cash passed on. I was never a huge Country fan, to be honest, but I did make a pilgrimage to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville last year.
These days I stick to ballads. From a musical muse perspective, I follow the fantastic Declan O'Rourke and, of course, Nick Cave's great Murder Ballads. And what is a novel, if it isn't a ballad? It has a beginning, a challenge to face and an end. All things move towards their end, of that you can be sure.


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  1. You should leave a little clip of you guys playing. It would be kind of nice. :)


  2. Where do you stole this picture?

    1. Off the wall of my dining room. That's me and the boys - I'm on the right.

  3. So please tell me your name and ours too :-)

  4. Hi Mark,
    I've seen your foto right now enlarged. Nice to found you in internet. How is life?
    Greets Pete

  5. Hey Pete! Good to hear from you. Yeah, things are good over here in sunny Ireland. Ruby Barnes is my author name, as you likely guessed by now. Couple of tunes to the right on soundcloud (black guitar pic) featuring Alannah singing (age 11 now).
    Please email me news at ruby dot barnes at marblecitypublishing dot com ;-]