Songwriters, at times, have to write songs they'd rather wish they didn't have to, but feel compelled to. This is most definitely one of those! Early-on re the 'WAR' in Ukraine (which only started 24 Feb 2022), and struck by the brutality of it all, reminded me of a Scots folk song I cover time to time; Glencoe (The Massacre Of) by Jim McLean. Hence, the lyrical concept evolved. Thankfully (arguably), Jim didn't respond to my permission request, to use his tune, thereby I was forced to write my own.
Few of us in the West can truly understand what's behind this awful situation; steroid paranoia of Democracy, fear of loosing control at home, some genuine hankering after some historic 'injustice', and restoration. Probably an unhealthy mix of all that & more. Absolutely no comfort to the MANY men, women, and children assaulted, wounded, displaced, & killed the name of 'a special military operation'. For which, MANY Russians have no realistic concept re the devastation, destruction and death inflicted on their kindred neighbours, thus far too many SADLY support. 😞
While those 'few' who do OBJECT, even in the slightest, face severe punishment & imprisonment. WE therefore, must do all we can in support & respect of our hard-earned 'Freedom' and STAND with those who face losing theirs! Needless to say, I've been extremely moved & hence motivated by what I've seen... and hopefully reasonably articulated herein. Cheers! 💔 tphx
An extra special Worthy Original, celebrating an extraordinary & exciting journey! 'Adventure (Land O' Discovery)' song 29; Nine years of Plucky Public Performance 29May2012 to 29May2021. Arguably one of my best! 😁 Happy Anniversary me. 🥂 Enjoy!
Building on Plucky's busiest year for LIVE performance to-date, completing 150 BUSKING sessions in my last financial year. Paying the bills with this guitar, a reasonable vocal, and a positively motivated sunny disposition! Join me on this voyage of discovery, subscribe to My YT Channel &/or tap into Plucky's Worthy Originals playlist for more! Alt., follow Plucky on LemonRock for Blogs, Gigs, and view the latest 3 video uploads! 💖 tphx
15 days - busked in 8 Cities/Towns en route; Northampton, Carlisle, Stirling, Aviemore, Aberdeen, Dundee, Newcastle, and Leicester. Spending quality time with 35/40 friends & family along the way, many of whom; fed, watered, & sheltered this 'auld' Haggis.. which incl. a birthday treat, visiting Hadrian's Wall & Fort in Cumbria, thanks to long-time friend Jeff Dixon. PERFECT! :)
Far too many highlights to mention, however, Carlisle/Cumbria surprisingly surpassed ALL expectations; they generously & warmly supported Plucky's busking, & Brampton Open Mic performances 1 wk L8r - lotta love here! THANKS!
However, it was in Aberdeen, where I busked twice that The Plucky Haggis received an amazing, & extraordinarily detailed gift & card; re Plucky's Worthy Originals! Few pics on this site, but full detail av. on my FB Tour & Superfan Album post. Hopefully, I'll make two UK Tours in 2020, & perhaps include Wales! tphx
Sunset on Towersey Festival Aug 23-26 2019 - My Perfect Summer Ending!
Following, Plucky's pivotal Private Wedding Anniversary & Garden Party Gig, end of Jun, I'd a super time on two stages at Fenny Poppers Festival - my 3rd consec' yr. Then a tremendous Towersey! Where I was delightfully honoured to help MC their Bar Stage. Introducing 11 superb acts during the course of a very Hot & fabulous BH w.e. I EVEN managed to squeeze in a cheeky set, cunningly disguised as Friday's 'sound check' - that lasted an hour! 😎 Blog!
Busking regularly in Northampton, Milton Keynes, & Bedford. I just concluded Plucky's 1st Bletchley Busking Bandstand Gig, Sat past; perfect prep for my Kettering Debut @ The Olde Three Cocks - Brigstock 2019 Sat 14th Sep. Before once more taking The Plucky Haggis on his annual Autumnal Home from Home Tour. 😁 Hast Ye Back! CHEERS! Plucky 💖 tphx
At the end of Feb. 2019, I performed my 150th song at The Sunset Lounge; potentially the World's longest running continuous Open Mic night, held weekly in Newport Pagnell nr. Milton Keynes. I first performed @ the SSL 31 May 2012, 3 months after picking up guitar to learn it, sing my first covers, and even try writing 01Mar12. NOW, I'm happy to perform any SET selection from my growing repertoire of Originals & Covers. 150 in a truly varied & dynamic rep.; added to my 'Gig View' web page.
What would your favourite 3 song set be, from this list? Perhaps for a fiver, I could play them LIVE for you at my next OM! :D In the coming months, I hope to add more covers to my YouTube Channel, as well as more of Plucky's Worthy Originals. Available for paid Gigs & Festivals. Stay tuned folks; subscribe & have a fabulous SPRING!
Thank you all, for your support & pushing me to continually improve. Haggis Hugs - Cheers! tphx
More of Plucky's Worthy Originals added to my YouTube Channel & this Website: Alive In Me, Black Matching Tie, Folk Songs I Adore, Rewarding Stage, Forgive - Forget, and I Hydeleigh (Now I'm Home). Perhaps you could Subscribe! ;)
Sat 16Jun GIG at The Bald Buzzard Micropub in LB, BUCKS. And another TBC in BEDS Sat 30Jun. Keep informed of future Events & details via LemonRock or Facebook. Here's to a fabulous summer of Live Music, Refreshment, & warm sunshine! Enjoy!! Cheers! Plucky - tphx
Plucky's Channel now has more than 10 HD videos published on YouTube, and vision is growing for this medium, therefore I'm targeting more subscribers; 100+ by 2019. IT COULD BE YOU !! ;)
Recent uploads to Plucky's Worthy Originals: The Stingy Scotsman; Haggis Reggae; Alive In Me (1st garden performance - hear those sheep!); Black Matching Tie. WITH Folks Songs I Adore, to be published soon, recorded with a beautifully framed foreground spread.
AND THERE'S MORE... plenty more to follow; special covers, LIVE performances, Comedy & Innovative ideas. I don't want you to miss-out because Facebook prevented them being shared on your timeline. Once ALL 25 originals are uploaded, The Plucky Haggis aims to publish something monthly. I'd be delighted to have you. Cheers! tphx
3 videos uploaded to YouTube in April: Drovers' Roads; my 3rd, is a tribute to Highlander & local legend Cameron Ormiston, who's sister married a Newfie. Here, I'm wearing the sweater my father brought me, from a fabulous holiday he spent with his best friend Cam; meeting family & friends there!
Hurts To Say Goodbye; is Plucky's 1st attempt at songwriting, and mother's requested I play it at her funeral. It could equally apply to Cam given our loss, but just as he would've been 89, on 7th April, another old friend, Ronnie Gall, passed away aged 89 the very day I published it on 17 Apr.
Die Tryin' (drop the 'gees'); my 24th, was published & dedicated to my mother on her 78th birthday, 26 Apr. SHINDIG, song 25, is very different, but going down very well! There's plenty more to follow. To view, or subscribe: Plucky's YouTube Channel Cheers! tphx
5 NEW pages added to thepluckyhaggis.com FULL Repertoire of #120+ original & cover songs: #18 Simon & Garfunkel / Paul Simon; #25 Plucky's Worthy Originals; #24 Country, Folk Rock, Americana etc.; #23 Popular, Rock, Ballad, Misc.; lastly but not least - #31 Folk : trad. mod. Scots/Irish, with a few Scottish favourites! ;)