It has been very interesting to follow the progress of the album on radio stations across the world - from Tipperary Mid West Radio to 2XXFM in Canberra, Australia and many points in between - and to hear what tracks are chosen by particular presenters. One of the aims of the album was to try and reflect the diversity of different musicians and types of music that were featured at the club so I'm very pleased that all 36 tracks from the CD have been played on a radio station at some point.
However it is also interesting to hear which recordings have attracted particular attention and to see that among the musicians one might expect to get a lot of plays, like Luke Kelly, Andy Irvine, Ronnie Drew, Al O'Donnell, etc, the solo guitar tracks of Johnny Norris have been getting a lot of air time.
In particular, his Ragtime Medley,
which is a combination of (at least) three ragtime tunes and ends with a blistering version of 'Bill Bailey', has clearly grabbed many listeners attention. On this track the speed and technical virtuosity of his playing is amazing.
As far as I know, this piece and the other track with Johnny singing and playing 'All My Friends Are Gone' (another masterpiece) are the only available recordings of him playing solo.
He also appears on the album with the terrific acoustic blues band, Dirty Dozens, which included another great guitarist, Gerry Doyle, one of Ireland's greatest blues singers, Red Peters and the wonderful harmonica player, Shay Fogarty.
Along with other musicians like Brian Fry, Ed Deane and many more, the blues scene is Dublin in the 1960s and 70s undoubtedly included many highly talented artists (some still playing, I'm pleased to note).