A week's strenuous gig going culminates in Philip Chevron's testimonial gig at The Olympia. As some of you may know, Philip has terminal cancer, and this was a benefit gig with a shed load of Irish artists appearing. Philip was a member of Irish punk legends The Radiators from Space, and when their first incarnation folded in the early 80s, he went on to complete the classic Pogues line-up. He also worked with cabaret chanteuse Agnes Burnell, among others.
Philip is a great songwriter and has written at least half a dozen classics, e.g. : 'Song of the Faithful Departed', 'Kitty Ricketts', 'Let's Talk About The Weather', 'Under Cleary's Clock', 'Thousands Are Sailing', 'Television Screen'.
It was an emotional night, a thank you to Philip, for which we got a thank you from Philip. A gent.
Guests included: Luka Bloom, Damien Dempsey, Mary Coughlan, Paul Cleary, Paul Brady, Duke Special, Hothouse Flowers, Gavin Friday, Declan O'Rourke, Camille O'Sullivan, Shane McGowan, Horslips and The Radiators themselves.
Highlights for me were Damien Dempsey, Camille, and Declan O'Rourke's version of 'The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'. Gavin Friday should join Bad Manners.