|I brought back the reviews of Raul Reynoso's CD
"Royal Street", because I just listened to it again -- and I Love
It! His band, The Rhythm Brothers, are working all over ... don't miss
Visit our pal Rick Shubb's website
UPDATE Thursday, February 17, 2005
The Marley's Ghost Website lives at
This page should automatically forward your browser to the new location... or you may click on the above link.
It was an eventful Fall 2003. We played The Fillmore Nov 9 with the Dead's Mickey Hart on drums. The crowd were swinging and swaying and a great time was had by all -- including me, I must say... We will joined the Dead, Jackson Browne and others for a few cameo appearances at Seva's Silver Anniversary Concert at the Berkeley Community Theater on Dec. 13. Wavy Gravy told us about SEVA, which, among other activities, helps reduce avoidable blindness in the so-called third world.
Wavy was at our Freight gig on Saturday. "Hey Wavy, how are you?" I asked. "Superb" he replied with a smile.
We are still figuring out schedules with the incredibly busy Van Dyke Parks so that he can produce our next CD, starting March 30 in L.A.The initial sessions to discover material were productive so we are, dare I say it, stoked.
--BULLETIN -- This Just In --
A flood at the Sage Studio, while not catastrophic, has pushed the Sage recording dates back to June. A lot of water and mud came in... the equipment wasn't damaged, but a lot of wallboard and flooring will need to be replaced ... not good, but not nearly as bad as it might have been...
• We played WinterGrass in Tacoma WA in February and boy was it fun. Seldom Scene, Hot Rize Reunion, Darrell Scott with Nick Forster and John Cowan... big fun and well run.
• I loved having the Ghost's MP3s available from this page, but politically as well as practically -- it has become problematical to the point that I have just had to stop. I know you liked it -- I liked it too -- but now, and for the forseeable future -- it is over.
• You may have noticed that I removed a few of the buttons at left -- I was asked by Sage Arts to stop selling Marley's Ghost CDs, so the only ones I currently offer are my Donora Street CD and Raul Reynoso's Royal Street CD. I guess your CD has to have 'street' in the name for me to sell it here...
• I have plenty of news, to be sure, but this page is a labor of love..."and you know love, it don't pay my bills I need mo-huh-huh-ney..." and time spent on it is time away from my work and play, soooo I haven't been posting as much while I attempt to pay attention to the bottom line. I still love each and every one of you and I will begin to post gigs and such as time and space permit.
and hey, don't forget -- if you should chance to encounter us out somewhere in the world, don't be shy -- just walk right up and say "Hey guys, Can I buy you lunch!?"
Cheers and Ciao!
A nice review from Victory Music Review
"With Live At The Freight, Marley's Ghost achieves the seemingly impossible. If you think a reach of reggae, bluegrass, gospel, folk country, Cajun, and Scottish bagpipes tunes is a bit much, you'd be wrong. Here, it's perfect. Marley's "Stir It Up" and "One Love" are at home with Tim O'Brien's "Late In The Day," Dylan's "Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat," Shel Silverstein's loopy "She'd Rather Be Homeless," and Van Morrison's "And It Stoned Me." Not just any band could make this work. My advice on Live At The Freight is simple: get a copy. During the last two months I've listened to more than a hundred new recordings. This may be the best. A guaranteed delight." - Richard Dorsett, Victory Music Review- December 2001
A review of the Fabulous Mike Phelan CD from Tom Clancy of the Irish Herald
I've just finished some fabulous Mike Phelan solo concerts and I'm eager to play more of them. House concerts are among my most favorite venues to listen or play because in that intimate atmosphere all sorts of good things can happen. It takes a rare venue (like the Freight & Salvage) to allow that sort of interchange with the audience on a larger scale -- for some reason it is just hard to scale up.
Donora Street Music CB99001
Donora Street is a sweetly crafted, engaging album from local singer-songwriter Mike Phelan. Phelan plays mostly with Marley's Ghost, a party band for the musically-minded who have been playing together for over 15 years. Their 2001 album Live At The Freight is a splendid introduction to their diverse musical passions. The four band members have never seen a genre they could not embrace: reggae, American roots, bluegrass, blues, folk, traditional, gospel and country. Their musical reach makes the term eclectic seem hopelessly inadequate.
Phelan and the band made a pilgrimage back to their Irish and Scottish roots last year and some of those melodic influences can be heard on his new solo album. The title track is a deliciously simple song that quickly pulls you into its orbit.
God Help A Sailor is a big weepy ballad, a song that Van Morrison would be proud to call his own. Thick Soled Shoes is a kind of a wry lament from a man who lacks those Michael Flatley shoes to skip through life. The King is a touching tribute to the late, great Elvis Presley: "If he'd lived a little slower.../ We'd be lovin' that boy yet."
Ellen & Roy is an intricate, smartly Simon-esque song with more percussion than you can shake a stick at and guitar parts to beat the band. Your Town and Maybe She Will get a bright and brassy big band treatment. The first has a killer honky-tonk piano piece from Dave Lebolt and Alex Murzyn plays a fine sax solo on the latter. Food Chain Of Love comes with a funky guitar and brass setting, a humorous metaphor for a disintegrating relationship
The album closes with a five-song solo acoustic set. Phelan has a rich resonant tenor which he uses to great effect on Gonna Rise Again, Should I Be Singing The Blues and the Freddie Powers song I Always Get Lucky With You. Phelan wrote 11 of the 13 songs, including If You Love Someone, a modern Buddy Holly-ish song. This album is one of those treasures which may be completely overlooked by the music "industry" but that's no reason not to rush out and get it for yourself.
Donora Street is available at www.cyberbites.com/mikephelan/
The Irish Herald
At any rate we had fun, discerning folks bought the Fabulous Mike Phelan CD and a great time was had by all. If you know a place I should be playing solo, please drop me a line!
yeah did I mention that MY CD IS
I put up the cover and back cover art, liner notes and
lyrics for my new solo CD at http://www.cyberbites.com/
mikephelan/ Check it out!
The title is "Donora Street"
PLEASE NOTE: My email
about Ghost news has been returned by many of you, because my ISP is
on some kind of list.
If you wish to receive email from me, ask your
friendly ISP to pass mail from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Pacbell.net is a *huge* ISP, and doubtless spam does
emanate from some of its countless pores -- but -- I regret that I must, in good
concience, remove you from the list if your mail is returned as
YOU MAY WISH TO ASK YOUR ISP IF THEY ARE
'PROTECTING' YOU THIS WAY.
If you signed up to be notified of Marley's Ghost
events and aren't receiving my mail, I apologize, but there isn't anything I can
do from my end to rectify the situation...
We have been gratified by your response to the signup
below on the website -- Thanks!
If you thought you were on the list to be notified
about gigs , or want to be on the list, please send me mail at firstname.lastname@example.org saying you'd like to know when the Ghost are out
and about and I will add you to the list and confirm your signup via
email. If you don't receive confirmation, it may well be that your ISP rejects mail from my ISP. I regret that I cannot do anything productive to remedy such refusal of email, but try anyway!
Thanks in advance for your patience,
I split the Lyrics Page up
into six pages, one page for each CD. They load a lot faster than the big,
honking single page (which is still
available here). Included on each page are selected MP3 files you may
download for your listening enjoyment! Each MP3 is a complete song
I'd love to hear
A NOTE FROM THE FESTIVAL SEASON:
We particularly appreciate all the folks who bought CDs,
and those who came up and shared their appreciation, experiences and their music
It means a lot to us.
I'm still sad about the passing in Dublin of my favorite
author, Patrick O'Brian. --a page with two obits from The
Irish Times, realaudio NPR interview with Patrick O'Brian
Check out the Guitar Chord
Calculator at Left
The darn thing works!
While cleaning off my
desk (Yikes!), I found a note Dan wrote a while back
to go with our 6th CD, "Across The River". With all its historical
relevance intact, here it is:
In 1986 I was invited by my old friend, Ed
Littlefield Jr., to work in his studio in Arlington, Washington on a"solo
album". It was a cold and rainy October in the Northwest when Jon and Mike
came up from California to help out on some songs. The three of us had been
working together since March of that year (St. Paddy's day) and had played the
first Strawberry Spring Music Festival at Camp Mather, CA over Memorial Day
While working on my project we started recording the
tracks for our first album, "Haunting Melodies". Ed offered to play
steel guitar and that was that... The common ground we shared musically, and the
willingness to try any new genre gave us an outlet of expression, a vehicle for
exploration. Six albums and twice as many years later we are still
The history of any band is rocky in places and this one
is no exception, but it has remained the music and the joy we share playing it
that keeps us together.
Music visits as an unseen guest, a fifth member of the
band. It lifts our hearts and fills us up. Thank you for bringing us into your
hearts and your homes -- our wish is that some of it spills out on you.
July 24th, 1998
at the river