Errol Walsh

Errol Walsh

Friday, 23 June 2023, 9.00pm

Errol effortlessly and naturally ranges through a range of contemporary styles – Country Blues, Swing, popular etc. with a maturity and vocal control that is awesome.

In solo mode he projects an enigmatic, charismatic intimacy, he takes his acoustic guitar and delivery of song to an articulate and poetic level. He is a consummate story-teller and creates a soulful, emotional mood with a great sense of humanity and beauty to his delivery.

His repertoire is filled with delightful stories of his travels and as well as original compositions he includes the works of other artists such as Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Mississippi John Hurt, Steve Bruton, Jesse Winchester, Guy Clark and Kieran Kane to name a few.

In the 1970s Errol Walsh pioneered country-rock in Northern Ireland with bands like Rodeo, who were regulars on the Irish university circuit playing regularly at Queen’s, Trinity and Cork.
He later moved to Tralee and joined Stagalee, a very popular Soul and Funk band who had a minor Irish hit record with ‘Give A Little Love’. Stagalee had numerous line ups and included such notable musicians as Honor Heffernan, Tommy Moore, James Delaney, Greg Boland (RIP), Dave McHale(RIP), Eoghan O’Neill, Maggie Riley among others.
He then joined The Business playing a fairly eclectic mix of country, rock, blues and even a few Jimmy Cliff songs! The business had such luminaries as Pat Farrell, Jimmy Faulkner (RIP), Fran Breen, Don Baker, Tommy Moore, James Delaney, Davy Gaynor and played a legendary regular Sunday afternoon session in Slattery’s Bar on Capel Street.
There was also Honky Tonk Heroes who recorded “Laying My Heart on the Line” and included Brian Harris, Liam McKenna, Declan McNelis(RIP)
In the 80s he led some of England’s most critically acclaimed country bands like Tender Mercies, which also featured the legendary pedal steel player BJ Cole, and the Coyotes, who won the British Country Music Album of the Year.
He formed Mucho Dinero with Ed Deane, Bob Clouter and Tex Comer and has written with Flaco Jimenez.

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Sessions in the house 42. Heavy on my mind. Errol Walsh & Ted Ponsonby

Published by Musiclee on 2 May 2023

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