It’s been pretty quiet here of late, but that doesn’t mean the music has stopped. There has been plenty of songwriting and recording and plans which I hope will take shape in the near future. I can also now confirm that the chalk-dust has been brushed from the shirt, and the classroom-induced exile which has prevented me these past months from being more active on the gig front will soon end. I’m delighted to be joining Attila & Friends on the German leg of their ‘Identity‘ tour in June. You can find the details of the public gigs below. There are also a number of German solo dates in August which I will be confirming shortly. Exciting times. Bis bald, lieber Freunde!!
I’m delighted to share with you that my 2012 EP ‘Windows’ is now available on all streaming platforms.
‘Windows’ was recorded with my friend Justin Cullen (AKA Frankenstein Bolts) in the Winter and Summer of 2012 and marked an important step on my creative musical path. The EP is sonically diverse and a reflection of the various styles of indie rock, heartland rock, pop and folk which influenced my writing at the time. A big thank you must go to Justin, whose keen ear and arrangement sensibilities helped pull the very best out of these songs (Be sure to check out his own website at the link above.)
Windows’ is an album steeped in classic Americana imagery which completely enthralled me as a teenager. These returning images and themes are present on many of the songs – the road, the girl, the night, and perhaps above all else, the concept of young romance and innocence, and their place and power within what can often be a suffocating world.
I had to the opportunity in July to take part in a day of video making in Augsburg, Germany with Attila and Friends and Dirk Wonhöfer. We recorded a number of original songs in the Maerchenzelt on blistering hot summer’s day including a previously unreleased song called ”Wandering Irish Heart.”
You can watch ”Wandering Irish Heat” at The Maerchenzelt on YouTube at
I’d like to thank all the musicians, and Attila and Dirk for their work. Thanks also to Matthias Fischer of the Maerchenzelt for letting us record there.
I’ll be joining ex-miner Seamus Walsh and Dr Michael Conway tomorrow evening as we perform ‘So Deep Within the Shadows of The Mine’ – a show which depicts and reflects on the stories of The Deerpark Mine in Castlecomer, North Kilkenny through poetry and song.
The show begins at 8pm in The Hole in the Wall (17 High Street, Kilkenny).
Be sure to tune in to Roddie Cleere’s Irish Music Show on Sunday evening from 8pm on KCLR 96FM where two songs from my new album ‘Songs of Healing’ will feature along with an oldie from years back. Sara Ryan will also be performing live in studio. Big thanks to Roddie for featuring the album on the show.
I’m looking forward to playing at Sommerlounge an der Wertach on Friday, June 22. Things will kick off at 4pm and I’ll be hitting the stage from 9-10pm but be sure to get there early to check out the other great musicians and artists.
22 June 2019 – Drentwettstraße, 86154 Augsburg, Deutschland.
Delighted to be opening for the brilliant musician and songwriter Lyn Conary at Sommerfest Uni Augsburg on June 20 from 15:30 at Universitätsstraße 6, 86159 Augsburg. Lyn featured on both ‘Remember’ and ‘Fall’ from my album ‘Songs of Healing’ and you can find more from her on her website. Looking forward!