Exclusief interview with Irish international blues-rock guitarist and singer Eamonn McCormack! McCormack is well known in and outside Europe and is going on tour, first to Germany and then the Dutch area. This week a interview next week followed by a giveaway of an autographed cd!
What inspired you to become a musician? And at what age?
Two things happened that inspired me when I was about 7 or 8 years old.
A kid in the next school classroom came into our class and our teacher placed him up front and he played a piece of music on a Classical guitar (which was almost bigger then him) and I said to myself I am going to play guitar.
Around the same year I watched Rory Gallagher play a live concert on TV and was hooked on the guitar after that, and knew I wanted to become a full-time musician.
The name of the kid in the next school classroom was Gerry Leonard and we hooked up after many years on Facebook. Gerry was lead guitarist and music director for the David Bowie band right up to David passing away.
What guitar is your favorite to play?
I have two favourites. My 1963 original Fender Stratocaster and my Luna Dragonfly acoustic guitar. I have around 18 guitars.
Do you have a name for your guitar?
I think when I was about 17 I used to call it Debbie after a girlfriend. I just remembered that.
How many countries have you performed at?
Wow maybe somewhere between 15 & 20 counting now on my fingers!!!
What do you think of the netherlands and what is your favorite city?
I love the Netherlands a lot! I think If I had to name three cities that are special to me it would be Amsterdam, Breda and the Island of Texel.
You are very respected in the music world, who are some of the well known artists that you have collaborated with? Who is your favorite and why?
Well as always Top of the list is my old friend and hero Rory Gallagher. Rory is always the most special one. I do what I do because of Rory. He owns a part of every note I play. After Rory I enjoyed playing with Jan Akkerman, Herman Brood, Nils Lofgren, Johnny Winter, Popa Chubby, Pat Travers & Walter Trout.
Do you have any bucket list names that you wish to collaborate with in the future?
Many, but my Top Two living musicians I would love to jam with, if I ever got the chance, would be: Eric Clapton & Neil Young. But it’s mainly a pipe dream. At least I did get to play with musicians who did play with both of them.
How do you prepare for a performance, what is your routine? (If any)
As a warming up I like to sit backstage and just play my (not plugged in) guitar. And sing a song or two to myself.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like working out in a gym, walking, cycling, swimming watching movies, reading. I also have two young Kids and they keep me doing things which keeps me young!!
Why did you decide to get rid of your stage name samuel Eddy and start using your own name?
After ten years constand touring and recording I took a hiatus. After a long break, I said ok now I’m ready to go back on stage. My Father said to me: Are you gonna be Samuel Eddy again? Or use your real name? It got me thinking…… My full name is Eamonn Samuel McCormack. Eamonn is Irish for Eddy, that’s how I came up with the stage name Samuel Eddy, and I just said what the Hell I’ll go back as Eamonn McCormack.
Sometimes it’s still confusing for a few people. Occasionally someone come’s up to me and say something like.. “You know you look a lot like Samuel Eddy?!” Sometimes I smile and reply: “I used to be Schizophrenic, but both Samuel & Eamonn are OK now!”
Name one proud moment that you’ve had on stage.
A proud stage moment. I’ll never forget walking on stage in 1993 at Parkpop – Den Haag. 500,000 people attendance that festival and Jan Akkerman was my special guest. It was also my birthday that night. Fish was helping me blow the candles on on my cake.
And one embarrassing moment?
My most embarrassing concert was in Munster, Germany about 24 years ago. l was fighting Laryngitis for two days. It was very bad and it was the middle of winter. I knew I had only one concert to play before a 4 day break. I did not speak all day and drank tea, took sweets and honey. Then set up to play the show. I went up to the microphone to apologize to the audience that I couldn’t sing with full power because I was sick. But no word came out of my mouth, not a sound, my voice was GONE. I turned to my band and gave the sing to play. I couldn’t sing so I made it a three hour instrumental concert. I experimented and it turned out to be a wonderful concert. Somehow we winged it and it worked. The audience loved it. But at the start for a minute or two I really did not know what to do.
Stay tuned for a autograph cd giveaway upcoming week!
A special thank you to Marianne Cline for all her support.
So that’s why instead of one winner, Cee Cee decided to choose two winners!!
And the winners are…
Todd Stieha & Ronja Zwierink
Congratulations to the winners of the Cee Cee James giveaway! Winners please send as soon as possible an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
De Cee Cee James winactie was een groot succes! Daarom heeft Cee Cee James besloten i.p.v. een winnaar, twee winnaars te kiezen!
En de winnaars zijn…
Todd Stieha & Ronja Zwierink
Iedereen bedankt voor het meedoen! Volg Anneke Schrijft via facebook, twitter, email of WordPress om op de hoogte te blijven van alle leuke winacties. Winnaars van harte gefeliciteerd, stuur z.s.m. een mail naar email@example.com.
From me, Anneke Schrijft, now in my 2nd year due to my wonderful followers, who I appreciate more than I can say, for making it a success! I am delighted to announce a special giveaway for you. Recently I interviewed, the blues singer Cee Cee James (you can read the interview here) about the struggles and triumph and what drives her life, of this soulful blues artist. Her years of experience in both song and life, has inspired her to yet another project and a new band name called Cee Cee James “M.I.S.S.I.O.N of S.O.U.L”. This calls for a celebration! It is a delight for me to begin my 2nd year with this privilege to have a special giveaway for my followers. The winner will receive an autographed album from the great blueswoman herself, Cee Cee James!
Cee Cee James is a dynamic Blues singer,with a talent that comes straight from her heart and Soul. She has lived and breathed the blues and her Soul pours out through song. Her depth and strength is sometimes compared to that of Janis Joplin. A great compliment though she has her own unique style, giving bone chilling performances. What makes Cee Cee stand out and above other performers is her modest and humble personality she has a heart as big as her voice and is is down to earth as a person could ever be. She never for a moment loses her sense of the human aspect,her love of fans, friends and God. The music of today has taken on the glam look which is in style only for the moment. Cee Cee maintains and remains true to her roots. there are no false airs about her,she is real through and through. The greatest singers in the world are those who let their soul pour out their voice..Cee Cee is among those.
Cee Cee James is een blues zangeres in hart en nieren. Zij heeft de pijn gevoeld en de tranen gehuild waarover zij zingt. Met haar muziek en bijzondere stemgeluid heeft zij mensen in hun hart geraakt. Cee Cee wordt vaak vergeleken met Janis Joplin. Ik vroeg haar wat zij ervan vind steeds vergeleken te worden met deze legendarische zangeres. Cee Cee is ondanks al haar succes zichzelf gebleven en is wars van enig uiterlijk vertoon. Dat is een verademing in deze tijd waar alles om het uiterlijk lijkt te draaien, zelfs of vooral in de muziekindustrie.
When I got the opportunity to present Blues musician Kerry Duane Johnson, known in the music world as Donnie Miller, a few questions. I could not let this chance pass by!
Dit keer in een gesprek met… een interview met de Amerikaanse allround bluesmuzikant Kerry Duane Johnson of te wel Donald D Miller. Ik sprak met de bluesmuzikant ter gelegenheid van de lancering van zijn nieuwste album genaamd kerry Duane Johnson. De muzikant is, om zijn eigen woorden te gebruiken voor de blues geboren. In ons koude kikkerlandje geniet zijn muziek nog geen algemene bekendheid maar wie weet draagt dit artikel er een steentje aan bij om daar verandering in te brengen. “In gesprek met …. de Amerikaanse bluesmuzikant Donnie Miller” verder lezen →