A while since my last letter

Thursday, 21st February 2008

Dear Cookies,

It’s been a while since my last letter.  Usually January and February are cold and quiet months in the music business, but it’s been fairly frantic over the last while.  This is a great complaint to have of course.  I would much prefer to be busy working, than sitting on my hands wondering why the phone has stopped ringing. Anyway, here’s a quick round-up of the latest happenings… It gives me the greatest of pleasure to announce the arrival of the concert we filmed in Watford last year.  I spent Sunday night in a cold deserted office, miles from the nearest human lifeform, uploading 100MB video files to YouTube.  I think it was worth it.
I really have to thank Steve Emerson for not only directing the whole shoot, getting the crew in, and for all the time that he spent on editing the show… but for maintaining some level of sanity while listening to these recordings over and over again.  He even managed to compress the files to 100MB while keeping everything in-synch (Yes, I too hate that badly-dubbed film look!).
You can now marvel at the whole affair at this address : www.youtube.com/user/ivycourtrecords
Check them out!

Seachtain na Gaeilge (SnaG – Irish Language Week) is approaching fast, and in order to celebrate it this year, there’s an album of songs performed in Irish being released on the 29th of February.  Among the 16 acts who contributed to the album are Mundy, Jack L, Fiach, The Guggenheim Grotto, Lir, Dave Geraghty, The Walls and loads of others.  All proceeds go to Barnardos, a charity that works to improve the lives of disadvantage children in Ireland.
Oh, “Ceol ’08” is the name of the album. Ceol means music in Irish. Hence the phrase “craic agus ceol”.  Bain taitneamh as!

On the 1st April I’ll be playing at the Ruby Sessions.  This will be my first Dublin show in a long time.  I’ll be playing all new tunes (unless threatened).  Do pop in.  The Ruby’s are held in Doyle’s of Fleet Street beside Trinity College.

I hope you’re all keeping well. Take care!
Tadhg

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