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The death of Gerry Rafferty

Like music fans everywhere I was very saddened to hear of the death of Gerry Rafferty.

I had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing him way back in 1978 when I was a music journalist working in Yorkshire.

He was a charming man, totally unassuming and with none of the airs and graces that accompanied many other rock stars who hadn’t even a fraction of his talent.

Oh no…Hitler was a fan of Irish music

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If you like and want to promote Irish music then you will naturally be pleased when it wins favour with prominent people in other countries.

It’s great when the world’s top rock stars want to perform with The Chieftains, or when someone like Bob Dylan describes The Clancy Brothers as heroes. But, somehow, I don’t think many Irish musicians would want the approval of Adolf Hitler.