IPA: /tʁwɑ.niks/ || Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, writer. Drummer with The Just Numbers.
Speaks in various tones of meeps.
Joined on 6/26/11
As a Irishman I can safely say nothing brings more shame to our fair little nation then the Eurovision.
Its such a joke of a competition and we insist on sending the stupidest contestants over...
For gods sake we sent over a stuffed turkey once...
Funny how *you* are saying that when the BBC's been treating the Eurovision like a joke for decades now, sending in people like Jemini and whoever entered in 2011. Engelbert Humperdinck was a sombre change to what was being sent in, and at least got some points, but finished second-to-last (although his song was my favourite in all of last year's competition). And as for Bonnie Tyler..... no way is she standing a chance. At least we can be comforted by the fact that she's not our worst entrant; Jemini had NUL POINTS. The irony is that the BBC are funding the competition too!
That being said: I *loved* Niamh Kavanagh's entry in 2011, even though it scored third-to-last, and that was my favourite song of the entire contest.
Eurovision aside.... out-of-place bodhran player right here, halp? D: (misspelling intended)
If you wanted to play the Bodhran more then perhaps invest in a trip to the west of Ireland of summer?
I can't count how many times I was over in the west visiting friends and we went to a pub and a trad irish session broke out, its extremely common. Other then that look around for opportunities to get involved in trad irish music around the cities, Dublin, Galway, Sligo and Cork.
Niamh Kavanagh in 2011 was quite good, I just looked it up on Youtube to remember it. We usually don't do very well anymore because its based on diplomatic standings instead of singing these days. But there was a time when Ireland won it quite a lot, I believe we won it twice in a row? I may be mistaken on that though.
Poor student that I am, I won't be able to go immediately, but I definitely do want to. :D In it goes into my bucket list of things to do throughout my lifetime. I happen to live in the more unfortunate England, and (especially in the southeast) trad sessions are few and far between. Even in the parish I attend, which has a sizeable Irish population, no-one even knows of a tin whistler, and I happen to be the sore thumb! Thus far, I've been using the bodhran for the backing rhythm for a few songs, and you might just hear some more...
(there's even an improv' I did with it, you'll know when you find it, and I think you should judge it -- I don't know what to say about it anymore)
Kavanagh was a former Eurovision champion (she won in 1993); and I think you're quite right, Ireland did win twice in a row once. Ireland's had the most victories in the Eurovision from its starting till now. But yeah, EV is about politics these days rather than good music... France also suffered from this -- I think it was in 1996, they had a Breton entry 'Diwanit Bugale', which is also one of my all-time favourite songs, and I made a cover of it here on NG. Diwanit Bugale fared mediocre.... which is sad considering how beautiful that song was.
Heyyy, my name is Etienne :3
Nice to meet you. :D Do you happen to be a French-speaker by any chance?
Yes indeed! :) I mean, it's a french name, and all... >_>
Parce que je parle francais (couramment), moi aussi.
Ahh, cool, je n'aurais pas parié la-dessus! Quoi que, j'imagine que vue ta proximité avec la France, c'est pratique!
Pratique, oui, sauf que jusque la, je ne suis JAMAIS encore allee en France.
Hmm, this is a nice reminder of why I don't usually listen to Eurovision.
Also, life is a dream.
(Updated 2013-05-18 14:30:18)
Well, Eurovision has had one or two good acts -- I enjoyed Niamh Kavanagh, Dan ar Braz, Engelbert Humperdinck, but most people don't, and some of the people getting top spots each year are "wailing banshees dressed like toilet roll dollies", so to speak. If anything, the *one* reason why I investigate Eurovision is simply because I want to hear that stunning song in the sea of mediocre ones, even if that song will not place anywhere on top (perhaps even in the bottom).
And I guess I can see where you're coming from when you say life is a dream -- life is fleeting, just like dreams are. Months pass and then we look back and we wonder, where did all that time fly to? Just like those hours we spend sleeping and dreaming. But that's the good thing about dreams, is it not -- that we can believe in them, just like we believe in life. I've had that dream of being an accomplished drummer for years now, and I've had to put up with rejection and refusal and lack of support all round. As a bodhran player, it's just a little worse, because you hardly find anyone to accompany or anyone to accompany you for trad sessions when you happen to live in England! (If it were in Ireland, different story!) But I do not want to cease believing -- if I hadn't believed, I wouldn't have persisted to the point of being finally able to drum. I can now share the depths of my heart and soul with everyone. <3
Didn't expect to get such a long reply, this compels a comment sequel. :) Ah, the occasional highlight does appear, like: <a href="http://youtu.be/9w41_I6fP1g">http://youtu.be/9w41_I6fP1g</a> ...but for the most part it's probably just not my type of music.
Yeah, woo, keep dreaming! keep believing! Keep the flame of ambition growing as a carnivorous blaze that sweeps over quivering fields of dry rhye!
Oh, the winners of the 2006 episode! I'm not very much a metal person (I'm more into prog/acid rock, if I had to pick a rock/metal subgenre). I just relistened to Humperdinck's song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF Nv9pjqZkk which is my favourite entry of all time (finished 2nd last in 2012), and might I say: when I listened to it, in nearly all cases, I cried my eyes out. Some say it's beyond his time and his genre, but I say this is one for the ages. Again, you probably know that there are very few highlights around...
And I will <3
Rock in general seems pretty uncommon, so it was an unexpected pleasure seeing Lordi win. :) Here's one that unfortunately didn't make it to the finals: <a href="http://youtu.be/kgk9KMlcLFM">http://youtu.be/kgk9KMlcLFM</a>
Ah, looks like I missed at one good track in the last couple of years.
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Humperdinck's awesome <3 Just wish he had better publicity than what he was given. Also, The Poodles -- they're awesome too! Just listened to it: the vocal harmonies are what really hooked me in. So many entries (rock entries especially) don't do this; they seem to be a cut above. : )