“I find it impossible to dislike any aspect of Kirsty MacColl. She was a trier, tirelessly honing her craft, refusing to sell herself short or compromise her material for anyone, be they record companies, her expectant fans or her father.”
Kirsty’s cover of ‘You Still Believe In Me’ makes a welcome appearance on this new Ace Records compilation of Brian Wilson songs, and as the notes say, “those who own a copy of MacColl’s harmony-drenched single might have noticed a message etched into the run-off groove: God Bless Brian, a sentiment seconded by all lovers of great music.”
See the full track listing and order the CD from the Ace website.
I read it was the first time they met was at the TOTP studios. Kirsty laid down her vocals separately. Also the Happy Monday’s were banned from TOTP after their performance for swearing at the director, producer or someone like that. A sensitive soul lol
Love Kirsty. Forever and always for so many reasons 😍😍😍
I’m showing my ignorance here, but I have only learned about the bench in Soho Square through this group and also just read that there is an annual meet up in October to celebrate Kirsty’s songs. I am guessing many of you have attended this gathering and I wonder what the experience was like? I have added this to my bucket list and hope my ignorance does not get me kicked out of this group 🥺😉￼ ...
Although I have known about KirstyFest for well over 10 years last year was the first time I attended. It's a great day with lots of friendly people some of whom have managed to get to every KirstyFest. They go out of their way to make newcomers welcome
I’v been nice and aim to get there but work always interfere. Hoping to get there this year
Welcome William Nightingale. I've been going since 2006. It is a great day. We meet at the Kirsty bench at 12:00. We then sing 2 or three songs (don't worry it's just a singalong and we have song sheets people bring). Before her death Kirsty's mum used to attend. One or both of her sons usually come. Then a few short speeches to welcome everyone. Then a short walk to the nearby Spice of Life pub. We have the entire basement bar for the rest of the day exclusively.We have singers and a quiz etc and a great time is had by all! Oh and the pubs food is pretty good as well! Come along. I've made some lovely friends at the fest over the years...
I did my third year last October.
One of the best days of the year.
A great atmosphere, a chance to speak to fellow fans, and the drink is reasonably priced.
Neill, join the related Kirstyfest page. I've been a couple of times and it's a friendly atmosphere, though I don't know if it's going ahead this year with covid etc
I went in 2004 and had a great day out. There were 30 approx people there, I'm sure it's grown since. Jean greeted everyone and talked about the Justice for Kirsty campaign. Some fella with his acoustic guitar and wearing an impressive Electric Landlady t-shirt lead us into renditions of Soho Square and Days. Both Kirsty's son's were there too. Then it was off to a nearby pub, where upstairs was reserved for us and a good deal of drinking, singing and chit-chat occurred.
This won't be the year but I've been to the bench and hope to make th fest some day.
A truly wonderful, warm, friendly and fun event. Love it, love it, love it. xx
Nice to hear Sally Phillips give the bench a mention on Saturday Live on Radio 4 Saturday while choosing Days as an inheritance track.
Never made it to the Soho Square gathering yet sadly. I did get the I Like Kirsty badges that were distributed a few years ago made though. Unfortunately, I was bullied off a previous Kirsty forum by some nutter and didn't engage with the Kirsty community again until recently. Just feeling my way in again.
I had to shoot a little video thing this afternoon, and while this song didn't make it into today's set, I thought I'd record it anyways and share it with you guys. Dedicated to Pauline Godfrey and Paul Perkins - and to Kirsty of course, cause without her music I would've never met those two wonderful and encouraging souls, regardless of how brief our encounter was.
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