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!

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.)

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 :
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!