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June 26, 2007

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Bill Taylor

Is it heretical to suggest that they're better now than they were then; that their current lineup is the best ever? I've seen them twice in Toronto FAIRLY recently (the older I get, the more the years roll into one another). Their musicianship is stunning. I cherish the memory of Gerry Conway closing the first set with a perfect take on Sandy Nelson and announcing: "That was 'Let There Be Drums.' Now... let there be drinks!" No argument from Dave Pegg who was wearing a T-shirt saying "The liver is evil and must be punished."

Colin Randall

Interesting view, Bill, and one that will leave Simon and the rest dead chuffed. I applaud their admirable longevity -and the fact that they remain a thoroughly good band - but best line-up ever? I have to remain true to my convictions and mutter yet again: "Sandy Denny."

Bill Taylor

Sandy Denny, I grant you, is irreplaceable. So, yes, they're a DIFFERENT band. But one with a stellar lineup. Chris Leslie and Ric Sanders are breathtakingly accomplished.

Bill Taylor

To hark back briefly to Christy Moore, I've been downloading some of his stuff from LimeWire and its cousin FrostWire, which never fail to come up with interesting bootlegs. CM's done a lot of singing with the Pogues who, in turn, seem happy to appear with almost anyone. It brings to mind the old joke:
Why did the chicken cross the road?
To cut an album with the Chieftains.
They're coming to Toronto soon and, from the promo pix I've seen, seem to be a shadow of their former selves. Down to a quartet?

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