By David Hennessy
They’re getting ready for a busy St Patrick’s weekend but London-based trad band The Good, The Bad and The Ginger are already looking ahead to after the festivities as this month, they go into the studio to begin work on their first album.
The band have been honoured to support acts like Paddy Casey and The Wolfe Tones, play at the lavish wedding of internet entrepreneur Sean Parker as well as Wembley Stadium for England v Republic of Ireland and perform for celebrities such as Sting and Bob Geldof to name just two.
Not having a CD was problematic when the band were being booked for Sean Parker’s Californian wedding as fiddle player Cherry remembers: “The last time we were umming and ahhing about when we’d start the album and we kept trying to find time so we’ve actually blocked out the diary for April and quite a bit of May and also a couple of weeks in august just to get some material.”
The band will record at Metrosound Studios in St Albans, bass player Tuppy Clarke says “the analogue desk will be good for trying to emulate that live sound. We’ve got these musicians on board, Damien Linane and Kieran Brady. Kieran’s from Belfast and Damien’s over in Dingle.
Cherry adds: “We played with both of them recently at Sting’s house and we just started sitting round rehearsing, doing a few different things with them and they agreed to be on the album which will be amazing. Damien is All-Ireland champion.”
Fans can expect the album to feature much new material as Fitzy explains: “Me and Joe have been writing a few songs. We want to rework some real old traditional tunes, some that haven’t been done before. We want to take a song that people know, deconstruct it and do a complete different version.”
Cherry says: “Joe did some material for The Biblecode Sundays so he’s used to it. Myself and james have been writing tunes.”
Paul Fitzgerald adds: “We don’t want to do anything that’s been done already, there’s no rush with it. We’d rather get it right, something we can be proud of.”
And with their friends in high places, The Irish World is interested to hear who will be producing it. “Bob and Sting have said they’ll get involved which is good,” says Cherry.
Tuppy adds: “With digital recording now, you can take a project away to someone else’s studio and they can put their spin on things. There might be a big name linked to a couple of the tracks so that would be cool.”
But much more exciting than this is the album promising to feature Joe Moran but not just on guitar: “We’re getting Joe Moran out of retirement on the flute,” says Paul. “He’s got the flute out of the attic.”
“He’s played the flute all his life and in our band, he plays guitar. If he’s asked to play the flute, he’ll make any excuse not to play it,” says Cherry.
The Good and the Bad and the Ginger would be described as folk with a country twist but guitarist and vocalist Paul Fitzgerald reveals another direction he wants to take them in: “I’m trying to push the band towards a more hip hop style, and for some reason they’re not having it. I don’t know why. A bit of Biggie and Tupac, I’ll try my hardest to make it work but they’re not having none of it.”
The line-up is completed by Joe Moran on guitar and vocals, James Lynott on banjo and John Barrett on drums.
The band can be seen playing at The Swan in Stockwell, St Alban’s Irish Club and The Forum at University of Hertfordshire over a busy St Patrick’s weekend. They will also be playing for the Metropolitan Police’s Emerald Society but Fitzy says: “They’re trying to bring Tuppy in for questioning. It’s all a big ploy to get him finally.”
The Good The Bad and The Ginger play The Forum in University of Hertfordshire on March 15, The Swan in Stockwell on March 16 and St Alban’s Irish Club on March 17. For more information, go to: http://www.thegoodthebadandtheginger.com/.