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
With such a prolonged period of wet, windy, and stormy weather late autumn & winter, I made a concerted effort to successfully breach 200 songs in my Full Gigging Repertoire; av. on my WebSite, LemonRock, & Facebook. Hope I get opportunities to perform again!
Apocalyptic Pause is Plucky's Worthy Original No. 26! Written in Nov. See how lyrically prophetic the song turned out to be, when related to what's befallen us in light of the Global COVID-19 pandemic. RAP with full Lyrics available in YouTube info. and Closed Caption (CC). Troubled times indeed - stay safe! Plucky 💖 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
All 25 of Plucky's Worthy Originals have been added here, c/w internal Pg. links to view YouTube videos within my Website. OR subscribe to Plucky's YT Channel <--. Every vid has captions/subs, and most have a unique song-related backdrop. So you can find your favourites easily enough. Check 'em out!
This pic is from Easter's Sat gig @ IntuUK shopping centre in Milton Keynes where I performed with Full PA. You can tell by my game-face, Plucky means business! 'Twas a fabulous day, superb having so many kind & generous locals stop a while enjoying a slice of my 4+ hr. non-stop live performance of Originals & Covers. Relaxing in the sunshine within the circle around me; in deckchairs Intu had laid-on, sat on the walling, or on the AstroTurf eating pizza! Just chillin', while the non-stop river of life streamed on by, going about it's business through the malls. Just PERFECT! tphx
You've got to be in it to win it, they say... OK, I didn't win with this, my very first entry per se, but it was a result nonetheless & gratefully received too. I was really delighted to receive a little recognition from such a fabulous panel of renowned & talented judges. Esp. given the relatively short time I've been pursuing this newfound dream, passion, career. I'd just bought a new HD video camera last year, so Christmas Time - Al' An' Om' was my first upload to YT; far too long with 4 choruses! BUT, this year hope to upload two shorter versions. AND perhaps release it officially for next Xmas! 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! ;)