The new single is out today (1st September 2020)…hope you enjoy it
It’s been a while since “A different kettle of fish” came out…Corona Lockdown finally gave me the time I needed to finish the next release…
And this is the point where I was hoping to say that the new single “It’s Good To Be Here” will be released on 1st July…
…However, the mastering and distribution ends both delayed things so much that we now have to wait til November…which means it will be after what would have been the next 2 singles! The first of which is….
1st september 2020 – new single! Down The Pub
A quick look at the concerts page should give you an idea of where we’re at as far as bringing the return of madness to the masses…obviously there are still restrictions on how many can be at gigs and the social distancing rules which we all need to follow (I’m not dancing on people’s tables atm) but we are moving towards a return to something similar to what some people inaccurately used to call “Normal”
The Wednesday night Love Streams on Facebook continue…
The live streams on Facebook have been great fun and well received so I’m making it a regular event – until people have had enough…
Therefore there will be a concert of one hour’s duration every Wednesday from now on streamed live on the Martin Dale facebook page https://www.facebook.com/martindale.dk/. I will look into sharing it on YouTube and other sites, but for this week it’s just on FaceBook.
It is free entertainment…however, I always appreciate heckling, requests, comments, questions and general interaction! There is a paypal link and patreon page if anyone wants to contribute financially, but this is entirely voluntary.
Stay safe out there…come down to the virtual gig at the virtual pub!
As there are still no gigs due to Corona virus crisis, I’m doing gigs from home on Facebook, and will be putting highlights up on YouTube…if you scroll down this page you can see donate and Patreon buttons…in these times any financial assistance is appreciated 😀 No obligation though – you’re more than welcome to join me on the live streams without donating. It will be fun! See you out there!
No surprise here, but along with the rest of humanity, we’re closing down until this virus has stopped spreading…all gigs are off until the relevant authorities say otherwise. Stay safe everyone – and look after each other.
October 2019…was the month that the new album from Brophy’s Law, entitled “True Stories” came out…featuring Mr. Dale on bass on all tracks except the opening one. The band has been going from strength to strength the last couple of years, and it wonderful to finally have a product I can point people to…and one that I think is mighty fine.
The first 3 songs are about travelling – Neil Brophy was a backpacker in the old days, and these songs are from that period, when he’d move from place to place in Australia and New Zealand and elsewhere, playing his guitar and collecting true stories. “Road to Meo” is also a journey – this time into yourself and your own personal destiny. The first single, “Nice to know” is about then coming home to your hometown and finding that so little has changed while you were away.
“Record Collector” is probably my favourite track on the album – a post-punk celebration of the record collection and the lifestyle that went with it. A good description of most of my teenage years. Fear of fear is a critique of the mass-hysteria over reaction to the migrant “crisis” of 2016, caused by the right wing propaganda machine that owns much of the West’s press. “Bears go Fishing” is a happy clappy live number that hopefully cheers everone up after the political song…”Lucky People” continues the upward vibe and “Viking Rover” is another “True” story – of how some viking ghosts came from Ireland to Denmark to build a pub…
Have a listen here:
whole album on Spotify:
Feeling blown away by the audiences at the weekend…especially St. Patrick’s day at The Old Irish Pub on Vesterbrogade, Copenhagen – what a huge crowd of party animals! You Beauties!
Friday I was playing with Strong Ale in the afternoon at Vesterbrogade and then we did the evening at The Old Irish Pub at Frederiksberg. Saturday afternoon Strong Ale went back to Vesterbrogade for a fantastic gig before crossing town again to play Saturday night with Brophy’s Law (officially still Neil Brophy Band at that point). A few problems with the sound but a great audience.
Then Sunday – Paddy’s day. We had no idea how it would work…it being a Sunday and all. But Steven Cooper did a cracking afternoon set that set Strong Ale up for a great gig at 4:30…and when Brophy’s Law played at 9 o’clock the atmosphere was incredible. Party people from all over the world all being “Irish” together and dancing and singing to our banjos and bagpipes…love it.
So the crazy intensity of the summer gigging schedule has finally eased off and last week I only did 3 gigs! This week I break all records and only do a weekend at the Old Irish Pub in Frederikshavn – a gig I haven’t played before, and am looking forward to.
So what have I been up to instead?
Well, last Thursday (as I did a couple of days the week before) I was at Media Sounds Studio in Copenhagen recording for the forthcoming Neil Brophy album, which so far is sounding amazing. The backing vocals went down in no time and I’m well chuffed with them. I then zapped down to the Scottish Pub to play a 4 hour session there before driving back to the farm on Fyn.
Home at Avalon I continued the sealing of the windows in the studio before driving with the Leprechaun and Vupti the dog over to Helsingør. Fabulous night at The Old Irish Pub with folks I haven’t seen for a decade and a resurgeance of long forgotten jokes, and some hilarious drunk Swedes. Had several drinks with various staff members afterwards and caught about 4 hours sleep in the “Dungeon”
Saturday I had breakfast with old friends and a good catch up. Went for a walk and to inspect a horse with The Leprechaun and her friend, then had fab vegan food courtesy of the artist sometimes known as Michael Donnan. Saturday night’s gig was less hilarious than the previous, but picked up nicely and ended with a good party by the pool tables with Leprechaun, Steffan, Felix (Lucas) and a bunch of fun people.
Sunday we drove back to Avalon – forgetting en route to drop off the drum kit we’d brought over for Stokkebye. (and having forgotten my guitar on the stage earlier!). Since then I’ve been recording childrens’ lullabies for the new-born daughter of some friends. It’s turned out quite nice , so anyone else wanting a copy, let me know.
Imagine a group of apes. They live in a small extended family group and find food from the area surrounding their nesting place. When food is scarce they move on. Other groups do the same. Occasionally there is conflict between the groups when they come into each other’s areas. Always there is conflict to a lesser extent within the group itself as hierarchies are established and challenged. This is the human race barely 100 lifetimes ago. Barely 10 lifetimes. In fact, the same rules apply for many today.
Let’s now take those apes and put them in huge cities. The family group is now so big it doesn’t know who is family and who isn’t. The hierarchy has evolved so that the alpha of the group is alpha for a huge group of subgroups, and a complex system has developed to prevent endless fighting over position and resources. Those great cities become part of a global tribe. This is where we stand today.
No, this is where we stood yesterday.
Yesterday we stood – 9 billion apes – with a global system that has been built up based on the same principles our cave-dwelling ancestors lived by. If there is plenty, we hoard. If there is little we move. If others move to us and there is little we fight. Thus has it always been. The difference today is that socialism, unionism, acceptance of human rights, global peace treaties, war crimes tribunals, globalisation, democracy and a host of other 19th/20th century interventions have established a system that fights against our apish instincts and, where allowed to, allows the weak to survive and thrive, forces the richest to share their hoards and prevents the inevitable fighting that occurs when the hungry, war-weary or persecuted move.
Today the politics of neo-liberalism are popular – despite being disadvantageous to all except a tiny minority who will hold the wealth when the above safeguards are removed. The popularity is because it speaks to our apish nature. It is the politics of the cave. Of tribal self-service. Of primevil hoarding. But when hoarding is no longer necessary (we can now globally grow food enough to feed all 9 billion of us) there is a different name for hoarding. Greed. Unfortunately, hoarding is a survival instinct built up over millions of years – the fact that it is no longer necessary (in fact, detrimental) requires a constant fight against our instincts.
Out of our city-caves comes another anachronism. Our tribe is so large we cannot tell who is one of us and who isn’t. So we make sub-tribes within the tribe – people with same interests, same clothes, same skin colour, same sexual preference, same political views – and maintain our cave-based need to belong based on arbitary similarities. Those outside our “tribe” become potential enemies. When our resources are threatened (for example when the capitalist system breaks down as in 2008) we look to the other tribes amongst us to fight. It’s natural. It’s human nature. We’re all racists in one way or another.
What is important is that we have a political system which does the following things:
1) Ensures that our instinct to hoard is regulated for the common good.
2) Ensures that no tribe or sub-tribe or potential new sub-tribe is left outside of the system or disadvantaged
3) Ensures that there is a safe outlet for the inherent tribalism in the form of sport, humour, culture etc.
4) Educates the population to recognize that we are apes and the consequences of acting like apes. That seen from outside the human race is a parasite and how to avoid being parasitic.
The political elite has neglected our evolutional heritage, and nationalism, populism and radicalism are the results. Hardly surpising really, as the mainstream politics of our age is based on parasitic ape-like economic theory. It’s time whilst celebrating our tribes, to remember that there is wealth enough for us all – remember: half the world’s wealth is in just a few hands. Remember: Austerity is a political ideology, not a necessity. Anyone looking for a tribe that is responsible for the desolation we witness is the economic lives of the population of the “west”? I present you – neo-liberalists. No, not muslims – they have nothing – NOTHING – to do with this mess, other than that many muslim majority countries have also been victims of neo-liberalist (oil) hoarding (and consequently a disproportionate number of people having to flee from war zones call the god of the old testament “Allah” rather than, say, “God”)
We don’t need a world war. Wars are not as fun as they look in Hollywood. Please people – Don’t drop more bombs. Drop neo-liberalism, drop tax havens, drop bankers’ bonuses, drop Front National, drop Brexit, drop politicians pay rises, drop Austerity, drop 3rd world debt, drop Trump. Drop voting like a cave dwelling ape.
Feel like you can’t make a difference? That the alphas have all the power and which ever way you vote the politicians get in? Trump and Brexit both proved that people can overturn the establishment through voting. Next step is to vote for something positive instead of voting to hit your neighbours over the head with a club.
Most important – think all the time: “Am I being an ape”? Because we all are, all of the time. It’s what we are. Being aware of it allows us the possibility to stop being one when it hurts other people – or potentially the entire planet.