Your True North – Video

After a few long and exhausting months for me (catching up on the latest batch of 19 year old footballer’s enthralling autobiographies), it gave me great pleasure to find this in my inbox at the weekend. My good friend Roricam shot, edited and polished this music video over the past little while. The video’s for “Your True North”, and it’s the first in what we hope to be a series of promo videos for the album “Fingertips of the Silversmith”.

We filmed this in Dublin a few weeks ago, on what we thought was a pleasant night. It may have been a beautiful night to watch from beneath several layers of sheep – but not to experience from beneath a cotton shirt and a waistcoat. The fact that I survived to tell the tale, is testament to the miraculousness of this video.

Your help spreading this video and music far and wide would be greatly appreciated!

Your True North – Tiger Cooke

East is East-ish

I’ve taken a long break from blogging, but I’m back. Reasons for neglecting the blog are varied… from studio fatigue to just general fatigue, from moving house to moving frames of mind. Long story short, I’m going to be a little more active on the blogging front. I may stray from the point now and again – I like doing that. But I’ll be blogging nonetheless.

I’d like to tell everyone about the short tour of Austria/Czech Republic/Slovakia we’re doing this week. We’re arriving in Austria on Thursday 7th April, and hitting Vienna/Wien (AT), Litomerice (CZ), Brno (CZ), Bratislava (SK) and Olomouc (CZ). To buy tickets for the shows, you can find all the details and links here :
www.tigercooke.com/shows/

We’re doing some shows in London later in the month, and still planning some dates in Deutschland, France & the US over the coming months.

Now I think a cup of tea and a long sigh is in order. Enjoy the remains of your Sunday.

Melle’s Mixtape – Music & Interview

The lovely Melle of Melle’s Mixtape (a great music show on Delta Radio from north western Germany) interviewed me for her show and broadcast it yesterday evening.  Here’s a little recording of the show, including tracks from the new album “Fingertips of the Silversmith“.  Huge thanks to Jenni & Purgen for their help in putting this all together, and of course to Melle, for the opportunity.  Happy listening…

Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh!

Happy New Year to you all!

Resolutions

I’ve reached my fill.  My heart can’t take it any more.  I used to pride myself on staying well-informed of our national and international affairs and history.  But no longer.  My new year’s resolution is simple.  I’m not reading any more newspapers, nor books, nor cataloguing man’s unquenchable bloodlust and insatiable appetite for repeating the rudimentary errors made by our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.  Until the UN and NATO decide to visit their own libraries and start heeding the advice contained within.  Until they start glancing occasionally at our own histories, we’re doomed to repeat the heartache again and again.

I realise this is sounds like a bit of a cop out – but while the UN and our own governments continue to veto peaceful resolutions and common sense and sponsor mass terror for convenient 24 hour news cycles, I’m out – at least for now.  Maybe I’ll try to reform things when I’ve an older and much calmer head.  Right now, there’s just too much rage and sadness to cope with.

If ignorance is bliss – I’m going to try it out for a while.  So that’s my resolution.  What are yours?  Leave us a comment below!


and in other news…

CBS Radio
Today I was told that “Fingertips of the Silversmith”, “Live At St Kevin’s” and “Wax & Seal” are now being inducted into CBS Radio’s digital library. If you’re a listener to a CBS Radio station in the States, you can request the tunes soon… Nice news to start the first Irish business day of 2011…

Look Up – It’s A Tiger
Also, we have some music on the Aer Lingus in-flight radio channel at the moment.  I’ve no official details, but I think it’s a special edition of David Heffernan’s “Best of Irish” show from 4FM here in Ireland.  So, listen out for that… if your flight hasn’t been cancelled due to snow, volcanic ash or violent sheep.

New Projects
I’m embarking on a few new projects… none of which I can talk about in detail, because I’m slightly superstitious about that.  But I CAN reveal that we’re making some videos for the new album.  I’m looking forward to the process greatly.  We’re aiming for short and snappy.  No edits.  Slight processing.  The bulk of the work should be planning the shoot.  Wish us luck!

Out Of Reach on The View

We’ve had some nice reviews come in from the Sunday Business Post and some nice words from RTE Radio 1 and Newstalk, as well as the various interviews cropping up around the place. More to come.

In other news we performed on The View a few weeks back on RTE television here in Ireland. It’s the current single, Out Of Reach, and it’s available on YouTube. Enjoy!

We were lucky enough to have Colm Quearney (guitar) and Darragh O’Kelly (keys) filling out the already wonderful sound made by Kevin Brady (drums), Dave Redmond (bass) and myself. (Yes, I know. We’re wonderful.)

New Single & Creative Commons

Our new single “Out Of Reach” is being released under a Creative Commons licence.  Download, listen and spread it around the web now!
music.tigercooke.com

Now for the Creative Commons license part.  I promised I’d explain what that is, so I’ll try.  If anyone has any questions or comments, please do leave us a comment on the post.  If you’re not interested in music law, then you might prefer to ignore the rest of this article! Okay, here goes…

Copyright law hasn’t really changed much since the early 70s.  The Berne Convention states that unless explicitly stated otherwise, all rights are reserved.  A copyright law may not require any formalities as a condition for copyright protection.  “All rights reserved” has no legal significance since 1971 when the convention was last revised.

There have been a few technological developments since then, not least in terms of music.  We’ve gone from records pressed onto vinyl, records stamped onto plastic discs, to records… mmm… digitally arranged onto miniscule solid state hard drives that people wear on their shirt while jogging.  Songs can now be sent from one corner of the globe to another in seconds, shared with friends via Facebook, Twitter, etc.  And there are new developments to read about every time you open up your internet browser.  It’s a brave new world out there.  Copyright law, or rather our interpretation of it, really hasn’t caught up with the new realities.

Rather than lobbying to change and update and adapt the copyright laws, the major labels and even some major bands, have been trying to clumsily enforce these ancient laws.  It just doesn’t make sense.  The internet has been the best and worst thing to happen to the music industry.  But rather than trying to sue everyone that crosses their path, the music industry should have gathered together, agreed a standard with the electronics manufacturers and tried to move forward.  They had the opportunity.  They had the time.  They certainly had the money.  But they just didn’t bother.

Anyway, rather than getting into a cure-all for the music industry, I wanted to address just one aspect of the business…  As it stands, our use of music is illegal (or at best residing in a large legal grey area).  The vast majority of music use on the web is.  And I’m not just talking about bit-torrents and file-sharing sites.  Creative Commons licences can address some of these issues.  They have a variety of different licences available, but I’ve opted for one of the more restrictive ones.

The licence is a CC BY-NC-SA licence.  Basically it means that you can share, spread, use and remix the music, as long as you give us credit.  Also, it’s a non-commercial licence, which means that the license is valid until money is being made.  If you want to use the music for commercial gain, you have to come and strike a deal with me.   So under this licence all normal social media usage is legal, while still preserving my right to earn money from commercial exploitation.

So that’s it in a nutshell.

Daithí vs Goliath

It’s been a while since my last confession, but I come bearing good news.

“Fingertips of the Silversmith”, the new album, has been completed.  The artwork is just being finalised now, and it should be sent to the printers this week.  The album was produced by David Geraghty and recorded in Dublin.  I’ll write more on the whole affair over the next few weeks.

Tiger Cooke - Out of Reach

The first single from the album, “Out of Reach”, has been pressed and is on its way to radio stations around the country.

The single will be available for free download from the website shortly, in exchange for your email address.  The song will be available to embed into your own blogs, websites, friendfaces, tumblrs, highballs and anywhere else you can think of.

We strongly encourage you all to share the songs and spread the music far and wide.  (In the hope that if you DO like our stuff, you’ll return to to support us so we can afford to make another album!)  I’m going to blog about this whole complicated business in depth over the next couple of weeks and months, but… in brief…  we simply can’t compete with the budgets of the major labels (nor even the minor labels) to get TV, radio, billboards, etc, so we must rely on you, the listener, to help us spread the music.  It’s a David & Goliath battle, or Daithí vs Goliath if you prefer…  But daunting as it sounds, it’s a very exciting prospect…

ANY small victory, any bit of exposure you see online, on walls, on television, or overheard on the wireless… that’s not just our achievement;  it’s yours.