Join Me In The Pines

Over the past few months I’ve been playing with, and opening for, Join Me In The Pines at shows around Ireland.  It’s been a blast.  For your listening and viewing pleasure, I’ve lined up a few of our latest videos and recordings :
Joy Is A Lion – 2FM Live Recording
Should Not Roam
Golden Guilt
Joy Is A Lion

We’ll be playing in Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny and Wexford in the next two months.  You’ll find all details of our upcoming shows on the website and usual social media channels :

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

Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh!

Happy New Year to you all!


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!