it definitely wasn't me on that session. I think we were to record
with him at some
point and it later fell through. A Cork alto player
put the gig together,
his name is Len McCarthy, the bassist was
Dave Fleming and
again, working on memory, I think the drummer
was Pete Ainscough
(Pete passed away last October). I remember
very well as Ronnie was my first gig with a 'name'
musician and I
was understandably very nervous - not for long, his
gentle nature put
me at ease quickly. I also remember Dave Fleming
Ronnie said that he could get much more out of me
he drew me out of shyness/nervousness etc. I have
nothing but the
fondest of memories of working with him.
Come to think of it, I wish it was me on the session you are referring
to :) but unfortunately not.
all means go ahead and put the email on the website. I also remember
that we did record
that weekend with the intentions of it being released
but Len was unhappy
with the session and therefore it was never released.
I think the recording
took place at RTE's studio but can't remember for sure.
At the time I was
crushed as I was only beginning to make my way through
the ranks and had
enjoyed working with Ronnie so much. Some tapes exist
and I used to have
them but not sure where they are now. Even all these
years later, it
is my memory of his kind, encouragement that came from his
own humility that
stays with me when I think of this great musician.