This is a picture of St Christopher, who was the patron saint of travelers, carrying someone meek. Ham Sandwich's first album opened with a song called St Christopher which contained the lyric 'carry the meek'. I always liked that lyric, and here's a little known compost fact - I suggested the band call the album 'Carry The Meek' one afternoon when they were experiencing collective brain meltdown in their search for a title. How about that eh?
I also appeared floating on a flaming pie to John Lennon in a dream once and suggested he rename The Quarrymen...you know the rest. And Chris deBurgh's thrillingly titled new album Moonfleet and Other Stories, that was me too. Moonfleet, I thought, conjures up a great feeling of romantic mystery. What is Moonfleet? A ghostly horse? A beautiful faery? Chris's speedboat? As for the 'other stories' bit, well that was a stroke of raw genius. It alludes in a classy manner to the multi-faceted and literary nature of Chris's songwriting gift - he doesn't just sing songs, he spins mystic yarns; songwriter, storyteller, object of female admiration, litigant. What a man.
Enough of that. This post is really a plug for Ham Sandwich's White Fox album launch which will happen in Temple Bar's Button Factory on Saturday 30th at 8pm. Tickets are €15. Expect a carnival atmosphere, lots of special effects, fancy dress (advisable) and so on. Look out for me. I'll be dressed as a rubik's cube.