“Women of Ireland” or “Mná na hÉireann” in Irish is a song composed by Seán Ó Riada, perhaps the most influential figure in the revival of Irish traditional music during the 1960s. There are few pieces of music that can move me more, and I had the great pleasure of being at this very performance in London last year.
Enjoy the elegance of Sharon Corr’s violin against the thunderous guitar of Jeff Beck.
Jeff Beck is one of three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds. The other two are Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Much of Beck’s music has been instrumental, and his sound has spanned genres ranging from blues-rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion and most recently, guitar-rock.
Oh, how I love this guitarist. I’ve seen him open up for B.B. King, play with and overshadow Eric Clapton, and traveled to see him at Royal Albert Hall. Recently, I saw him in New York’s Beacon Theatre where he performed with Imelda May and her band. The diversity of his playing is impressive, to say the least. He recently won a Grammy for a version of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” — a truly beautiful rendition.
What is incredible about how he plays is the ease with which he gets his guitar to moan, sing, and wail. There’s not a lot of physical acrobatics, nor a lot of the painful guitar face expressions. He makes love to his instrument with tenderness, with heart, and then bangs her hard for the climax. It’s a complete mind and body experience. Listen to “Hammerhead.”