- 25 Jan 21
With his great bite noir, Donald Trump, defeated and forced to shuffle off the Washington stage – at least for now – Goodwin reverts to more positive and even introspective themes with new single 'Harvey’...
Solicitor and musician Paddy Goodwin has played with "everyone from Wayne Kramer to Paul Brady” – with Horslips, The Radiators and Henry McCullough among his other dalliances.
Music is Paddy’s passion, with the songwriting commentator also acting as the guitar player with The Atrix - whose delayed relaunch will hopefully kick off in summer 2021.
His previous single 'Break For The Border' was about Donald Trump, Arlene Foster and Boris Johnson. (The Unholy Triumvirate). Titled ‘Jesus Is My Vaccine’, his May 2020 single was a response to the behaviour of the US President, Donald Trump, in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Paddy Goodwin & The Holy Ghosts have now returned with a brand new single, 'Harvey', named after the classic Jimmy Stewart film of the same title.
“I am a big fan of Jimmy Stewart and my favourite movie is either It’s A Wonderful Life or Harvey, depending on what way the wind is blowing," Goodwin says of the song's origin.
“The song came from the bass riff and the guitar riff is a homage to my old pal Jilted John. I love the contribution that Gavin Povey, (Kirsty McColl, Dave Edmunds, Shakin’ Stevens) has made with the rocking piano and Shane Power provides the backbeat on drums. Anto Thistlethwaite (The Waterboys, Sawdoctors) provides some deadly sax and backing vocals and Jim Lockhart (Horslips) does his best Booker T impersonation.”
“The lyrics are based on the Jimmy Stewart movie, in which Harvey is a Pooka with prodigious powers of perception - as can be seen by the advice given by him in the course of the song," Paddy adds.
"Mad Sweeney flies from tree to tree as he did when I met him first in At Swim Two Birds, by Flann O’Brien. ‘Harvey’ is an old fashioned, upbeat rock n’ roll track which I wrote as an antidote to these trying times. I look forward to having a chat with Harvey, and all my other pals in one of my usual haunts, at the end of this bloody lockdown!”
Watch the video for 'Harvey' below: