Sabougla Voices: Juke Joint Blues Man Leo Welch

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first_imgThe advent of a new year is typically greeted with a resolution, some new goal – or perhaps an old goal revisited – that will result in a positive change.After reading the story of Leo Welch, my resolution for 2014 has changed. Gone are thoughts of getting outside more, losing a few pounds, or reducing the amount of time I spend on Facebook.Instead, I am simplifying. I hereby resolve to remember that there is no time like the present.Mississippi blues man Leo Welch is my inspiration. Last week, at the ripe young age of 81, Welch released his debut album, Sabougla Voices. Welch’s record came to be because, as an octogenarian, he grasped that simple concept – there is no time like the present. Welch, a longtime gospel blues player, picked up the phone and cold called the folks at Big Legal Mess, a Mississippi record label with juke joint all stars like Junior Kimbrough and Fred McDowell on its roster, and pitched his record.Instead of being turned down, which is what most of us what probably assume would happen at the end of most calls like this, Welch found himself with an invitation to come down to the label’s office to pick some tunes.Welch is, indeed, a fine musician; he plays guitar, harmonica, and fiddle, and once even had the opportunity to audition to B.B. King, though tough financial times kept Welch from making the trip to Memphis for the tryout.Sabougla Voices has the rough and ragged feel of a Mississippi juke joint blues jam, though Welch honed his craft playing in churches, which – these days – vastly outnumber the of juke joins in Mississippi. The songs on the record are honest and real, alternating between rollicking, electrified numbers like “Take Care Of Me Lord” and “Somebody Touched Me” to acoustic tunes like “The Lord Will Make A Way” and “Mother Loves Her Children.” Nowhere on any of these tracks is there an ounce of pretension. Instead, Welch sings of trial and tribulation, faith and praise, with both the confidence of the blues world’s greats and the repentant soul of a sinner.As I have listened to Sabougla Voices over the last few weeks, I cannot help but think of this 80-year-old man picking up the phone, dialing a record label, and pitching a record. Carpe diem, indeed. I want to latch on to the spirit that led to Welch’s phone call, as it is a definite reminder that there is no time like the present. If you have something you want to do, do it. Make the phone call. Climb the mountain. Run the river.That’s excellent advice for a brand new year.Make sure to check out “Praise His Name,” the lead cut from Sabougla Voices, on this month’s Trail Mix.  For more information on Leo Welch, surf over to www.biglegalmessrecords.com.last_img read more


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first_imgMinister of State Joe McHugh TD said he is shocked and disgusted by the fire at the Orange Hall in Convoy.The Orange Hall in Convoy which was attacked last night.Deputy McHugh has visited the scene of the suspected arson attack – the second in just three weeks following another attack on an Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham.The Minister said he has now contacted Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, about the matters. “As soon as I was informed of what happened, I came to the site to see firsthand the damage that was done and to meet with community members and those involved with the Hall, to share in their grief and offer my sympathies and support.“I have spoken with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan and the Taoiseach has been informed of what has happened in Convoy.“I have also met with members of the Presbyterian Church in Convoy and having spoken with members of the Gardai, I understand they are making enquiries into a number of attempted attacks on the Church, which also took place in the early hours of this morning,” he said.Deputy Joe McHughHe described the latest incident as worrying and stressed that such behaviour will not be accepted. “It is very worrying that this has happened so recently to the arson attack on the Orange Hall at Newtowncunningham and I want to make clear that this sort of vicious behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. A Gardai investigation has already begun and they will have the full support of the community, the local authority and the Government.“The community here in Convoy have very good relations with their neighbouring communities and we need to ensure that these acts of vandalism carried out by a few does not disrupt or strain the very important relationships which have been built up over many years.” MINISTER IS ‘SHOCKED AND DISGUSTED’ BY ATTACK ON CONVOY ORANGE HALL was last modified: October 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arsonconvoydeputy joe mchughGardaiOrange Halllast_img read more


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first_img Tags: 2019 AFCONMoses Magogo FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo2019 AFCON Qualifier-Group LLesotho vs Uganda Setsoto Stadium, MaseruTuesday, 16-10-2018MASERU – Ahead of the Cranes fourth Group L AFCON Qualifier away to Lesotho, FUFA President-Eng. Moses Magogo has come out and thanked the Government for providing the team with a chartered flight.This was after the Cranes arrived safely and held their first training session in Maseru.“We would like to thank the Government for the support they have given us, said Magogo on Monday.“Traveling in Africa is not easy especially the level of infrastructure throughout our continent.“There are some countries which are very difficult to reach to by public transport but others who are very well off have been doing it perfectly.“I would like to inform the Public that our plea to the Head of State was answered to by a Chartered plane and we left on Sunday morning with about 99 people on board including players, Officials, Media and fans, continued the Federation President.“We stopped in Zambia and arrived here perfectly.“The team had a training session yesterday (Sunday) and have one today and we think these two days will be enough for the boys to rest and then on Tuesday, we play the game and depart for Kampala at night.About the players attitude going into the game, Magogo had this to say.“The players are ready and proud to see the whole nation behind them.“Gone are the days when the people were pulling in different directions and this is a start of many good things to come.Uganda who currently sit top of Group L with seven points defeated Lesotho 3-0 on Saturday at Namboole and will be hoping to make it three wins in four on Tuesday evening.Comments last_img read more