Whins and Weather Digital Release and Review
Hello from my desk in County Wexford…
Here’s what has been happening at BHHQ this week:
Whins and Weather is (at last!) available on CDBaby. You’ll find it in our Music Store right here at bekihemingway.com. Preview it here and get your copy today.
Recently, reverend, poet, author, and former BBC Ulster presenter Steve Stockman took time to listen and review it. You can find his thoughts here (and copied at the end of this post)…
Randy and I had the chance to open for Chicago-based singer/songwriter Michael McDermott in Dublin on Sunday. It was great to play music and stay up late! More to the point, it was a terrific introduction to the Dublin Americana scene. We met loads of nice people at the DC Music Club and are excited about playing more shows soon. Watch the Tour page for those details as they materialize.
Whins and Weather Review – Beki Whins…
I remember discovering Beki Hemingway’s song Sinsick on a sampler CD back in the late 90s. I loved it and played it on my radio show. When Beki got in touch to say that she was coming to Belfast, I took a chance and booked her for a gig.
She duly arrived with her guitar toting husband Randy Kerkman. On her first evening my wife Janice invited her to sing for a Chaplaincy girls group in our front room. I remember standing outside the door listening to see what her voice was like. Was the risk worth it? And then… she sang… oh my goodness. What a voice!
Beki and Randy took a number of year out of music. Randy became a sheriff in Denver, Colorado. Then, their itchiness for adventure and inability to settle brought them to Wexford – well I did say adventure. Just as the music started to get its time again, cancer struck and Beki was going through surgery and radiation treatment. It has been a journey with a, thank God, healthy destination.
So, Whins and Weather has been written in a bit of a storm. My World Is Out There gets them travelling, The Shape You Left Me In and Is This All are about illness, Because is about the love, earthly and divine that gets us through it and Thank You For The Rain is the most joyous four minutes of thanksgiving you will hear inside or outside of Church in a very long time. Duke Special even makes a wee cameo in the wonderfully quirky finale Tourist.
Whins and Weather is the music triumph for a couple who have conquered some of life’s most serious gales. Hemingway has found her Americana space and moved into it. She has never written a more stronger collection of songs. Kerkman has has never been a more driving and at the same sensitive musical companion.
Whins and Weather is a book of Psalms. There is doubt and hurt and faith and celebration. If Maria McKee had made the follow up to You Gotta Sin To Get Saved that we all wanted it might have sounded a whole lot like this!