The collaboration between Norman Meehan and Bill Manhire has been important, fruitful – but it’s as much been about a collaboration, a deep connection between Meehan and his chosen vocalist, Hannah Griffin. I worked with Hannah years ago so hearing her on the recordings and watching her perform these poems-made-into-music has something of that Proud, I know her! aspect. I know a lot of the work too – having seen it first on the page, Bill’s poems have their way about them. Here – in the work that Meehan and Griffin do together – they become something new, something else…
The most recent album is amazing – here Meehan and Griffin have looked outside of just Manhire’s written word/world (although his words are still the anchor there, I think) –
and this performance was stunning. I was so moved by this I wrote to the guy that puts out the records and offered my services – for whatever reason, I just wanted to be a bit more connected to this music – to write some liner notes for a future release. I got to do that too. I wrote the liners for the live CD/DVD version of this event. And just as I had been that Proud, I know her! guy in the audience, I was a breathless “I was there!” sort of liner-note writer too. Well, why not? You’ve gotta gush sometimes. It feels good. A wee gush. It’s good for ya.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.