On Thursday, June 2nd 2016, Hattie Webb performed on the YouBloom stage, and the Bloom Festival in Dublin, and we were treated to a fine array of songs from her upcoming album. It was a real treat, and was great for me to hear these songs live for the first time.
This video, of the song Valentine, captures the first live performance of the song, and has been shared on YouTube, with kind permission from Hattie. Unfortunately there is a lot of background noise, but the wide range of Hattie’s stunning vocals can be heard, and her, as always, gorgeous harp playing.
Leonard’s concerts are full of special moments, but one very special one is when he bows to the audience like in this photo I took at one of his Dublin concerts in 2013. After meeting Leonard outside Kilmainham in 2012, and having had the pleasure of speaking with him, and enjoying friends meeting him for the first time, as Leonard walked away I called his name. I don’t know why, even now, but he turned back to me and all I could say was that I loved him. He thanked me, and then did this bow, and I returned the gesture. It was such a wonderful moment, one that I will treasure forever.
What is also special is his final words to us at the end of the concerts, and the line I’ve put with this photo fits, for me.
Now a special thanks must go to Dr. H. Guy, and my friend Mandy MacLeod for giving me the incentive to make this post, one I have been meaning to do for a while, but am only getting around to doing so now, after seeing a photo that Mandy took, that Dr. H. posted on his website.
Happy day of celebrating Love. Forever inspired by Leonard.
Happy Holidays Friends! Wishing all my readers a wonderful holiday season and for those who find this time of year difficult you are in my thoughts!
Image created by Gwen Langford.
For everyone who has had their lives effected by war and terror.
I made this image last night for a group of friends who were in Paris on Friday night, but I dedicate it to all who have had their lives touched by war and terror. I live in hope that someday our planet will have peace for all.
Gwen Langford 2015
I’ve always thought it very appropriate that not only is September 21st the date Leonard was born, but it is also the International Day of Peace.
To celebrate that fact here is a photo of Leonard performing Suzanne, in Montreal, November 28th 2012.
Photo copyright: Gwen Langford 2012
Wishing for you a wonderful Happy 81st Birthday Leonard. May your day be filled with all that is important to you. I wish for you many more happy, healthy years. You continue to inspire me in everything I do. I am forever grateful for all the magical concerts I attended and those moments spent in your presence remain the highlights of my life.
The images included here are a dedication I made to you on a beach in Scotland, on a trip I made there earlier this year, a trip that would never have happened if it weren’t for the connection we made through our mutual love and admiration for your songs and poetry.
The other is a drawing I did of a photo I took during one of the New York concerts in 2013. Up to March of this year my drawing ability was non-existent. However I made it my mission to teach myself and many of the drawings I have attempted have been inspired by you. I feel this is one of my best to date.
Thank you for being my inspiration, and thank you for the memories.
Photos copyright of Gwen Langford 2015
Today is five years since the first of Leonard’s Lissadell concerts. So much has happened in those five years. On the night I thought it was going to be the last time I saw Leonard in concert, but such was the brilliance of that night, I just knew I had to see him again, and there started a wonderful journey, which I am still on! Details of that journey is what this blog is all about!
While this drawing isn’t as good as I’d like, I just couldn’t let today pass without honouring it in some way. The drawing is of a photo I took of Leonard during that concert on July 31st 2010.
I think I am better at editing photos than actually drawing them. This was a photo I took of the screen and just did a few tweaks on it today.
The wonderful memories of that night live on in my heart and the hearts of everyone blessed to have been there on that night, a night I then described as magic and a word that suffices!
As I once said to Leonard, Thank you for the magic and memories of Lissadell.
Leonard’s antics during Tower of Song in New York, April 6th 2013.
GIF created using photos by Gwen Langford