23-01-2015 | CD SEVEN
Before a new production is given a name by me, it is given a number. This CD was called CD7 for a very long time. It took quite a while for the name to come. I tell a lie, it took a long time for me to share the real name of the production with the world. LOVESONGS is a title that can be easily misinterpreted. But I have faith that it won
The making of this Album was not easy, but then again it never is. I hope that we have managed to tell the story I wanted and needed to tell in a way that is easy for you to listen to. I think we did. In fact, I know we did.
On February 13th we commence our LOVESONGS tour. SAMUEL BAUR, WOLFGANG ZWIAUER, STEFANIE AESCHLIMANN AND MYSELF will be playing our songs for the first time in the Bären Münchenbuchsee.
Hope to see you all then.
WISH ME LUCK!!!!
22-02-2014 | THE JAMES CONNOLLY SONGS OF FREEDOM BAND
Die «Songs of Freedom Tour» ist eine Hommage an Leben und Werk von James Connolly, dem irischen, revolutionären Sozialisten und Gewerkschaftsführer. Er wurde für seine Rolle im Osteraufstand 1916 von den britischen Besatzern hingerichtet. Als Herausgeber publizierte er 1907 in New York das «Songs of Freedom Songbook», das sich an die amerikanische Arbeiterklasse richtete. Das Original von 1907 war fast hundert Jahre verschollen. Dieses Liederbuch ist gleichzeitig eine Sammlung von aufwühlenden Revolutionsliedern und ein äusserst lebendiges Zeitdokument. Die aktuelle CD der «James Connolly Songs of Freedom Band» bietet einen zeitgenössischen Zugang zur nach wie vor packenden Lyrik von Connolly. Connolly selbst war überzeugt, dass die Musik mehr als alles andere den Kampfgeist der Unterdrückten wecken kann. Wir freuen uns, mit euch die Neuausgabe des «James Connolly Songs of Freedom Songbook» und die neue CD «Songs of Freedom» zu feiern!
Mat Callahan: guitar – vocals
Mat Callahan: vocals
Alan Burke: guitar – vocals
Yvonne Moore: vocals
Shirley Grimes: vocals
Joe McHugh: uillean pipes – whistles
Stefanie Aeschlimann: fiddle
David Brühlmann: Bodhran - vocals
20-09-2013 | PURE JOYCE
I am happy to say that I will be trying my hand at acting this coming Autumn. 'Pure Joyce' will be staged in October and November 2013. I will be performing this piece directed by Johannes Glarner and inspired by the great works of James Joyce with two wonderful people, Rob Kloet and Stevie Kollmuss.
Don't let your knowledge (or lack) of the english language stop you from joining us. Most people don't understand Joyce anyway. Most of us have bought his books but have we ever actually read them? This is one of the questions the play addresses. I think it will be fun.
COME ALONG AND JOIN US.....
02-04-2013 | what the future holds in store
I know I say this everytime but I really must be one of the worst homepage owners. I don't feel bad about it. I have grown to accept it. When you compare it to how I look after my facebook account then I am actually doing quite well (I have something like 130 friend requests pending an answer). Anyway, what does it all matter in the end.
I have been busy, very busy. The past two years have been a real experience. They have been filled with some great highs and some terrible lows. What would one be without the other? I am very grateful for all the wonderful experiences that I have had with the band, with the audiences, with the promoters. We had mostly sold out venues throughout our extended tour. That is good for the heart and good for the soul.
But this is the news section so I suppose I should write about the future and not about the past. Well, there are a couple of lights in the future. On April 28th I play my last concert with my band. I had planned to take a well deserved break but will probably not get around to that until Summer. I have been asked to take part in a musical theatre production called 'Pure Joyce' and intend on doing so. This is due to be staged in November 2013. Everything else is quite fuzzy and not yet ripe for this section.
I will write again when I know more. (whoever believes it.....)
Oh yes, discipline isn't one of my strengths. Not as far as updating homepages go. You wouldn't mind but I have so much to say, as many of you may have noticed if you have seen me live on stage...
When we started out on the long road home tour, we had intended to commence the tour in November 2011 and complete it in December 2012. I am so very happy to say that this did not work out. Due to popular demand (and an amazing booker) we have had to extend our Tour into next year. We will play at least another 20 shows in February, March and April of 2013. Which is really the best kind of news you can get if you have a band like I do....
We have 8 shows left this year. We play a full show for the first time in Zurich on this tour. We visit one of my favorite corners of switzerland, Wallis and play the Kellertheatre there. Then we head to Erlach (a beautiful place I have never played) and Frick (a station I haven't visited in many years). Before we return home to Bern and play the World Cafe. I have never been there, to be honest. I am looking forward to trying something new in Bern. I don't often get the chance...Visit the Concert section to get all the details of these gigs and of the others in 2012
We have a new fiddle player!!! Karin Widmer, who joined us on the last leg of the tour and is a wonderfully talented illustrator, has been forced to stop due to how well her career as an illustrator is going. It was great to tour with Karin. We had some wonderful moments on stage and left a trail of guestbooks to die for, behind. Stefanie Aeschlimann will join us on the next leg of the tour. I have known Stefanie for many years and am looking forward to sitting beside her on stage. She will enrich our evenings with the fiddle and button accordion (one of my favorite instruments, by the way).
I have two special solo performances in January 2013. The first is at a 'Abendmusik' in Muri on January 11th with Philippe Stalder. Philippe is the priest in Muri where he once held one of the most touching religious ceremonies I have ever been a part of. I am looking forward to sharing an evening of music and words with him. More details later....
The second solo performance isn't even really a solo performance. My friends Hendrix Ackle and Adrian Stern host an evening they call 'The song circle' in the Stanzerei in Baden on the last wednesday of every month. They invite a couple of artists to talk and play music with them. Werner Bodinek and myself will be spending the evening with Hendrix and Adrian on January 30th. Something else to look forward to.
Well, I think thats it. Its enough!! I have posters to send to promoters, lunches to cook for wonderful little people and songs to write for wonderful big ones.
All the best
04-04-2012 | THANK YOU!!
For all the mails, the guestbook entries and above all, the support that the band and I have had the wonderful pleasure of receiving throughout our winter/ spring tour 2011/12, I would like to thank you all. We had an absolutely wonderful time with all of you....
Hope to see you soon, again
15-11-2011 | OFF TO A GOOD START
Well, dear people, we got off to a great start. We have had a few great concerts over the past couple of weeks and are looking forward to what the next batch will bring. I am very touched by the general reaction towards the CD and towards our live performances. Check out some of the comments from some musician friends of mine in the 'home' section. Or, better still, come to a concert and post your own comment in my guestbook!!
take care, shirley
HELLO DEAR FRIENDS AND MUSIC LOVERS.
IT IS WITH GREAT JOY I INFORM YOU THAT MY NEW C.D. 'THE LONG ROAD HOME' IS FINALLY FINISHED AND WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND IN STORE FROM NOVEMBER 4TH, 2011.
IN ORDER TO SHOW MY SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THE PAST, I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER YOU ONE SONG AS A FREE DOWNLOAD. JUST WRITE ME A MAIL AND I WILL SEND YOU ON WHAT YOU NEED TO AVAIL OF THIS OFFER.
THERE ARE ALSO LOTS OF NEW THINGS TO SEE ON MY WEBSITE, ESPECIALLY THE LONG LIST OF CONCERTS I HAVE COMING UP WITH MY NEW BAND IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER, PLUS A SHORT VIDEO PREVIEW OF 'BE PATIENT', PLUS THE CHANCE TO ORDER A COPY OF THE NEW C.D. IN OUR SHOP BEFORE ANYBODY ELSE!!
YOU WILL BE HEARING A LITTLE MORE THAN USUAL FROM ME OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. SO, BE PATIENT!!
WISHING YOU WELL,
23-08-2011 | New Album out soon
I am a terrible news person. I mean, it is not as if nothing has happened in the past year. Lots has happened!!! I wrote a lot of new songs. I met several new musicians. I recorded a whole new album. I went through the whole bureaucratic ordeal of releasing a c.d. (That is the part where my hair falls out!!) And from November onwards, I will be on the road with three (or sometimes four) musicians playing contemporary- and even some traditional folk music, expressing my love of american Folk, telling a joke or two. For the first time in my life, I will be the oldest person on the shirley grimes stage.
Come along. I will tell you all the news at a concert.....
31-12-2010 | bye bye 2010
Well, it is nearly over. In just about 9 hours time. It was a good year, 2010. But, to be perfectly honest, I am glad to see the back of it. Roll on 2011. I get to make a cd in 2011!!! And that is only one of the many things I am looking forward to.What about you?
02-04-2010 | San Francisco and then Ireland
Well, last year was a great one and this one holds many little jewels too. For example, I am presently touring with Mat Callahan's San Francisco. A collective of great musicians and singers get together to tell the stories that Mat has to tell about life in his home town of San Francisco. These days, when it seems to be getting more and more difficult to keep a band up and running, Mat is one of the few people on the road that has two background vocalists. They are normally the first to go when the budget gets tight. Yvonne Moore and myself have landed this wonderful job. I love doing background vocals. You get to go on stage without the huge responsibility of a front man or woman. The gigs are listed in the Calender.
The second big new thing for me this year are a few gigs that are coming up in Autumn with a traditional Irish quartett. It has been many years since I toured with Irish music and I am really looking forward to singing some old treasures from the Irish traditional song collection.
There is a third major project planned for this year. I am not quite sure if it is going ahead. Will let you know as soon as I know.
In between there are a few projects happening. I will be out doing a few gigs with the Song Circus again, which is always fun and inspiring. I think there are about four shows planned so be there!!! I am also doing a couple of spots with Trummer and band. Trummer is a very special guy for me. I love to stand on stage beside him and am looking forward to doing that twice this coming summer.
Life as a musician is great, really. There are so many things to look forward to this year. There could be more but, then again, this is an 'off' year. I should, in fact be forming a new band and writing new songs. But I have some time left yet. Let there be no panic.
12-06-2009 | Whats next?
There are seveal interesting projects planned for this year. For example I will be recording a new album with Simon Ho this coming summer, due for release in Autumn. We also have a couple of gigs in the Summer. Then I am due to start work on my own Album. On August 15th I will be guest at a kind of song circus type of event with Trummer, Valeska Steiner, Nadj Stoller (really looking forward to working with her), Adi Weyermann. Then there are a few gigs with the insiders and at the end of the year I will be performing with the NMS choir here in Bern. Never a dull moment......
03-04-2009 | THE SONG CIRCUS
Between the 15th and the 24th of April the SONG CIRCUS will be touring Switzerland. The Song Circus is Coal and his Band featuring Pink Pedrazzi, Chris Wicky, Heidi Happy, Marco Zappa, Valeska Steiner and myself. Venues are listed under concerts. THE SONG CIRCUS CD is also available at the shows or at www.cede.ch.
09-12-2008 | Coming to an end
Well, sweet rain is nearly a year old. We have toured with these songs all through the year and have had an absolutely wonderful time doing so. The Band have been in great form and the crowds have been great. Thanks to everybody involved. At the end of January we will stop touring. It is time to get back to the drawing board and start work on some new songs which should inevitably lead to a new cd. I will be doing some special concerts next year. Simon Ho and I will be doing several duo concerts. Voice and Piano. We play duo versions of many of Simon's songs. It is intense and very special in a beautiful way. Well worth seeing. Then in March I will be doing a few trio gigs with Joe and Wolf. It is St. Patricks day on the 17th and we will be playing around that event. In April I have two very special gigs with a choir of 140 people. We will perform some old traditional songs and some of my songs which have been adapted for choir. I am really looking forward to this. You can see me on stage with Coal, Valeska, Heidi Happy, Marco Zappa and many more in April with the 'songs circus'. This is a special songwriters tour that Coal and his band are behind. This is also a one off and well worth seeing. Then the year continues with many more special concerts and things to look forward to. I will keep you informed.
Thanks for your support over the last year. It makes all the difference.
04-07-2008 | Artists for Tibet
Don't forget to come and join us at the Bundesplatz in Bern on Sunday. There we will meet up with the 'young gods', 'mich gerber', 'gilbert paeffgen' and many, many more to play some music for tibet. Here is a copy of a mail that I received last week. It is a mail that was written to all the people involved in the 'swiss artists for tibet' event from his Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
I am pleased to learn that 'Swissartists4Tibet' are organizing
an open-air concert on 6 July in Bern in support of the Tibetan cause
and to create greater awareness of the situation in Tibet.
I appreciate the widespread interest in the concern for the plight
of Tibetans in all sectors of society in Switzerland. This concert by
well-known musicians is an evidence of this and I thank you for it.
Many artists and singers have supported the cause of the Tibetan
people in the past and they continue to do so. These artists also
include Chinese. I appreciate this very much. The support of the
artists for the cause of the Tibetan people is a strong and clear
indication that in the Tibetan people's struggle they see the
universal principles of human dignity and justice which we all cherish.
As you might be aware, Switzerland was the first country in Europe
in the early 1960s to accept some Tibetans for resettlement. Today,
the community has grown in number, and I am pleased that they have
been very successful.
It may not be out of place to take this opportunity to state once
again that we are not seeking separation from China. We remain
committed to finding a solution to the problem of Tibet within the
framework of the constitution of the People's Republic of China and
through the path of non-violence. I would also like to reiterate my
support for China's right to host the forthcoming Olympics in Beijing.
In conclusion, I would again like to express my deep gratitude to
you, the musicians, organizers and others, including those attending
this Concert. May all of you enjoy the evening.
With prayers and good wishes,
11-04-2008 | Another Van Video
Sam keeps on surprising me. He put up another youtube video that he made on the sly. Both videos have had thousands of clicks. Go give us another one....
11-04-2008 | Want to buy a CD?
Many people have asked me where they can buy the new cd. There are only a few shops that have the cd on sale in Switzerland. Chop records, which is temporarily an online shop, is one of them. And Krompolz in Bern. Zig Zag records in Thun are also on the list as well as Media Markt in Lyssach. Our main supplier in Switzerland is www.cede.ch. One of our favorite partners is the Kiosk on Burgernziel in Bern. The guy who owns this Kiosk is great. He sells everything. EVERYTHING. Even our cd!!
If you are living in Germany you have two options. Either you come to the Van Morrisson gigs in Berlin and buy a cd there and then or you order it through my homepage. I will send it directly. With an autograph.
Orders from Ireland, England and everywhere else must go through me at firstname.lastname@example.org
11-04-2008 | 71 involved
71 involved is a project that was called to life this time last year by Thomas Hofer. He invited Simon Ho to arrange some of his songs for choir and instrumentalists from the school. Special guests are Andi Hug, Simon and myself. To tell you the truth though, the choir are the real special guests. It is always an honour to sing infront of so many voices. If you have heard the Ho Orchestra or the Wintersongs project then you MUST come along. Many of these songs will be performed with the choir.
11-04-2008 | Music Night
Emel, Tatana and I were invited to come to Music Night and talk about our music but also about 'integration' in Switzerland. Swiss TV has had integration as its main theme all week, for those of you who didn't know. It is always nice to visit Dani. His room is MUCH smaller than it looks!!!!
31-03-2008 | Radio Fribourg
On Wednesday morning - interview with me on Radio Fribour between 7.30 and 9am and 1 and 2pm. Great radio. Check it out.
03-03-2008 | Tongue Tied live
We promised some people that we would load a live version of Tongue Tied on to the net. Sam idid that last night. It should be up today. Give it a listen. The Frankfurt version turned out even better than the Cologne one. Enjoy, shirley
03-03-2008 | Video footage from Germany
On Friday and Saturday the 29th of February and the 1st of March we managed to record a few scenes from our trip to Cologne and Frankfurt. We had so much fun. Frankfurt was so windy that the train had to stop for a while and let the storm pass. Darren just finished work on a quick video. Go and see it on youtube. There are lots of old and new clips there, waiting to be rated. (Highly!!!) sincerely shirley
21-02-2008 | Radio BE1 Friday 22nd, 15.30
Just got home from an interview with Radio BE1. Nice people. New and old faces. The interview will be broadcast tomorrow, friday the 22nd at 15:40. Give it a listen. cheers. shirley
20-02-2008 | Radio BE1
Hello all. Tomorrow, thursday the 21st of February, 2008, I have an interview on Radio BE1 in Bern at 10 in the morning. I don't know if it is live, to be perfectly honest. All I know is that I will be there then, with my guitar to play for you and to talk about the new album and my life as a non rock star. And if you miss that then tune in on Saturday to CH special.
04-02-2008 | CH SPECIAL ON DRS 3
On Saturday the 23rd of February, I will be on DRS 3's CH special. Tune in and have a listen.
01-02-2008 | New CD - New Homepage
Well hello all. February has arrived and brought with it our new cd, our new homepage, our new myspace site and the start of our spring/summer/winter tour 2008. We will be on the road throughout the year. Concerts will be posted as soon as they are finalized and those of you who sign up for a newsletter will be newslettered monthly.
This time around I have decided not to run with a record company. This time around I have decided to release the cd myself with the help of a great promotion company ‘DAS OFFICE’. The new and old c.d.’s are only available in a few selected shops. Otherwise they can be ordered through www.cede.ch, through me or through www.cdbaby.com.
In order for us to reach a wider audience, we are, to a certain degree, dependent on radio stations. If you could contact one of your local radio stations and send them a mail with a request for one of our songs, they will be obliged to play it. This will help inform them of our existence. Please help us out with this. It helps us to reach a wide audience and it helps prevent the radio stations from playing mainstream music all the time.
Ok, well enjoy yourselves. Have a look around, have a listen and leave a note on your way out.