Gary Fletcher on Fiery Bird Show – Blues on Purpose

Blues musician and writer Gary Fletcher joined me on the Fiery Bird Show this Monday to share stories from his many years touring with a variety of bands, notably the currently touring Blues Band founded by Paul Jones that he has been in since its inception, and his own projects with gigs coming up at Farnham Maltings

We discussed his upcoming tour and he played some lovely songs live in the studio. Listen again here to the show, mentions in dispatches for some lovely upcoming events at Fiery Bird Venue including Jackfest, Punk Valentine, Open Mic, Surrey Americana Festival and Guitar workshops as well as some lovely songs by Fiery Bird friends Mark Nelson Trio and Katie Bradley & Ritchie Lane

Play List

In Recognition – The Proclaimers – New Year Honour…..

Gin House Blues – Nina Simone ……..my Christmas

Rikki dont lose that number – Steeley Dan

Here comes the sun – The Beatles – for Steve Baker RIP

My Love Made You Wrong – Gary Fletcher Live in Session

Body & Soul – The Blue Nile

In Love With A Wish – Gary Fletcher Live In Session

Upside Down Blues – Mark Nelson Trio

Rudiger – Mark Knopfler

Ghosts – Katie Bradley & Ritchie Lane

Back To Your Heart – Gary Fletcher Live In Session

Beer Drinking Woman- Memphis Slim, me basically

Mannish Boy – Muddy Waters

That Lucky Old Sun – Aretha Franklin

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Humanity Lands

This was the poem that became Humanity Lands – the title track of Phoenix Chroi’s second album

I’ve done my penance

Walked on my knees

Fixed on a star

Through the wood and the trees

And as I traversed this scorched earth

I never regretted that I gave birth

I trod the fine line

Between celebration and solace

Saw the selfie explode in its own menace)

I wiped a tear that stole its own path

Slapped my own face to wake my own heart

This blighted star hangs so futile

Amidst terror cruel law all the while

Waits Blinking a beacon of hope

And we have to wait too enlighten folk

But wait for what and wait for who

Hope springs in the heart of you

It’s you who fixes you who builds

You who paints and you who guilds

You can make believe and propagate lies

Or feel the truth see with own eyes

There’s absolutely only one truth

To make a better place starts with you

Pull out your heart and hold it up high

Use its rhythm to move the star from dangerous sky

Spin your tales rewrite the law

Show your children what it is all for

Stand stand stand

The ground is yours now

Take no more milk from their sacred cow

Open your mouth drink in the rain

From high from sky from heaven again

Shout in the face of the despot who dares

Belittle your truth stamp on your cares

Throw off your shackles

There’s no prisoners here

Just the jail made from lies divisions and fear

There’s no ballot box that controls your heart

Take back compassion

March on from the start

The Giants who stood who knew what to do

Had hope in their hearts and holes in their shoes

The once insignificant voiceless few

Felt rage in those hearts but knew what to do

Because rage can be love Set on fire

And rage can be care whose purpose is higher

Take back your lives and hold out your hands

Your people need you

when hope flies

Humanity lands

copyright EMcGinty 2015