Scott Doonican's BIG NEET IN - THE BIG #2
Limited Edition CD
WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND THIS THEN?:
Since Sat 21st March, when lockdown began, I started streaming a regular Saturday night YouTube show, in the absence of being able to do what I do for a living: being a daft bugger in a tank-top. Little did I (and my long-suffering better half, Amanda), know at the time, that it would last 38 weeks and beyond. In that time we have only had one weekend off... and that was because after show #2, I thought that the whole livestream thing would become quickly saturated by everyone with an acoustic guitar and a camera phone... which it quickly did. However I realised that my need to perform and my need for a bit of sanity was greater than my desire to just reject a trend. (Plus, I had embraced live internet shows as early as 2013, but now technology was on our side).
So instead, Amanda and I took it as a challenge... to finally get the chance to use all the transferable skills acquired from the years that we taught in primary school. To not only make the regular show happen every Saturday for the duration of lockdown, at 8pm, but to make it a show that people would want to return to. I suppose that I consciously opted to not just be a guy with an acoustic guitar and a camera phone (not that there was anything wrong with that... many of my incredibly talented musician friends have entertained the troops and made lockdown almost bearable with their considerable talents!). But I just wanted it to be something that hasn't been seen in modern times, probably even since the heyday of the Val Doonican Music Show... something that was a current-day variety show, complete with daft songs, puppets, a weekly quiz, collaborations with other guest musicians and the occasional poignant moment. We even won a few awards from the fans of the show.
Over the duration of "The year that never was", we didn't just 'go live' at 8pm once a week, we opted instead to concoct a veritable melting pot of live solo performance from myself with pre-recorded footage of the band, duets and Amanda's inimitable puppet cast, including Morris the alien quizmaster and pub landlord, Gloria McGlumpher the Big Neet In roving reporter, Gervais the Hairdresser, old TV favourites Sooty and Emu and a bunch of other fabric-based lifeforms. It has consumed so much of our time that we rarely had chance to sit back and worry about the horridness going on in the background, and more so because we had been surrounded by a network of amazing, supportive people, who seemed to welcome something that somehow became a 'new normal'. We could never have anticipated it working, but that small but perfectly formed core of people took it to their hearts, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Many of my other musician friends did 'Lockdown Merch': t-shirts, mugs, face-masks and other such things. I didn't want that reminder staring back at me at a gig in the future... a reminder that I lost a year of doing what I love doing... performing to an audience. However, in many respects I didn't stop performing to an audience - they way in which I did it just changed. And so this is a second instalment of what we have to show for after all of these months of hanging around in my music room with my soul-mate and a bunch of puppets. It's not much, but it is a document of a very strange period in the history of the Doonicans.
This album has been given a limited CD run. If you buy one of the remaining few copies, you join a small group of people who don't need a t-shirt to say... "I was there" because you always were.
Peace, love and good health to you all
Mon 7th Dec 2020
1. Theme From Cheers - Scott Doonican
2. Lithium - Scott Doonican & Hannah Johns
3. Binful Of Bottles - Scott Doonican
4. Born To Run - Scott Doonican & Tom Jackson
5. Superstition - Scott Doonican
6. Something' Stupid - Scott Doonican & Gail Something-Else
7. Strong Arm Of The Law - The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican (feat. Danny Doonican & Graham Oliver)
8. Everlong - Scott Doonican
9. When Love Runs Out Of Time - Scott Doonican & Dan Booth
10. Christmas 1979 - Scott Doonican
11. Place Of Spades - Scott Doonican & Bjorn Doonicansson
12. The Lady In Greggs (String Quartet Version) - Scott Doonican
13. MasterMorris (The Final) - Morris & Gervais
14. Fairytale Of Tarn 2020 - Scott Doonican & Gloria McGlumpher
15. White Wine In the Sun - Scott Doonican
16. Crazy Horses - Scott Doonican & Shergar
17. The Road - Scott Doonican
18. Together We'll Be Okay - Scott & Amanda
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