About the Skelly
Michael Snow aka The Skelly

One thing to be said for pub culture, as practiced in Ireland and certain parts of the U.K., is that one becomes adept at “telling the tale,” that particular mix of truth and entertaining embellishment that I grew  up on in the hostelries of both Liverpool and the Republic. I had relatives who could tell the tale something fierce, and there were any number of senior imbibers of the seafaring class who’d tell the tale of adventures in foreign parts, not to mention those who’d served King and Country in the still-recent unpleasantness. The high percentage of Liverpool people with Irish antecedents, many, like me, first generation, meant that it didn’t really matter what side of the pond you happened to be on at any given time. A pub in Dublin and a pub in Liverpool were far closer in ambiance and atmosphere than a pub in Liverpool and one in London would be.

In my case, there was never any need to kiss The Blarney Stone … I had not been behind the door when the gift of gab was handed out, and once I’d reached the legal age for a sup, I quickly found that a little lubrication of the hops and barley variety did  wonders for both the tongue and the imagination.

Of course, the minstrelsy has always been a great place for both telling the tale and hearing it told, and it’s rare to find a musician who doesn’t have a repertoire of stories. Put two or more musos together with a little lubrication, and tales start going around faster than a cat in a clothes dryer. A good example can be found in a wonderful book “Clean Cabbage In The Bucket,” written by Irish music veterans Frank Emerson, Seamus Kennedy, Robbie O’Connell, Harry O’Donoghue and Dennis O’Rourke … well worth finding.

Many a tale I’ve heard has found it’s way into my own song lyrics, especially in The Skelly Trilogy, three albums I made between 1999 and 2005, which were intended to forge a musical and lyrical link between Liverpool and Ireland. The stories in my new memoir, “Mersey Me! A Liverpool Lad On The Loose In The Swingin’ 60s” are all culled from personal experience, and there was no lying necessary. Whoever said “Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction” hit the nail on the head with a ten-pound hammer, as far as my journey has gone.

So, drop by from time to time, pull up a virtual stool and a virtual pint (or a real one if you’re so inclined), and I’ll tell you the tale, from when I was an artful dodger to my current status as an old codger.


2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, I’m the editor for a website called http://www.liverpoolbeat.com. I’ve recently updated the site and did a bit of work on this page http://www.liverpoolbeat.com/rocknroll/2013/07/28/lee-castle-and-the-barons-frank-knight/ and was delighted to find a photograph of the band. Please let me know that it’s OK that I’ve added to that page. If not, I apologise and will remove it. The site isn’t for profit, it’s my hobby and it’s dedicated to Liverpool in the 50s/60s. The site has been going since 2010. I try and promote interest in the music of the era including stuff that’s going on now. If you have any tales to tell – wow I’m always looking for a good story – I’d be delighted to include it on the site. Kind regards Lynny.

    1. Hi Lynn,

      Thank you for the promotion and the link! You may use our photos as long as you link back to our blog and credit the artists (as needed). Please drop me a line when you do so that we can direct people to it on my facebook and twitter page.

      Would you be interested in reading and reviewing my memoir Mersey Me! A Liverpool Lad On The Loose In The Swinging Sixties? We would gladly send you a copy free of charge in the hopes that you would consider reviewing it on your blog and Amazon. You may also use an excerpt from the book about my time Lee Castle and The Barons (which I cover in detail) just send me the section (page numbers and paragraphs) you would like to use and I will review it and approve it. I would just ask that you provide a link to the book for purchase.

      Let me know your thoughts on this and thanks again for the recognition and promotion!
      Michael Snow

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