Saturday, 16 July 2011


standing in a record store in Tampere, Finland called Swamp Music and I'm thinking about Bob Geldof and what he did in his teens, thinking about what Bob Dylan thinks about when no-one is around.  I was thinking about Shane McGowan and all his crazy nights, about Joy Division and if love will really tear us apart, about James Joyce and how much he missed home and what exactly Luke Kelly said before he died.  I'm thinking about Justin Vernon and how if he knew For Emma, Forever Ago would have had such a major effect on today's music, about Captain Beefheart and what he really thought of Tom Waits, about Eddy Vedder and his favourite album of all time, and what Liam Clancy would put on his ipod at a house party if he was around now.  I am thinking about Bukowski and the love of his life, of Charles Dickens' least favourite person, of Charlie Chaplin and what his voice sounded like and of Staurt Bailie and what his first record he ever bought was.  I 'm thinking of Janis Joplin, Marilyn Monroe, I'm thinking of Pintandwefal and how they're going to be the next big thing, of my friends and people who were my friends but I don't see anymore....everything is good, I think I will buy something here, maybe some Pixies

ps. nice live review from across the line from last weeks show in Belfast


Monday, 11 July 2011


So last weeks shows were a real treat, if anything surprisingly better than I thought they would be (I missed my Badhearts)..but I made it through with few scrapes and bruises and even learned a thing or two.  Acoustic shows are different and hard to know what to expect, so I did what any sane person would do in the situation and expected nothin, it was a WIN WIN scenario.  This is indeed my first expedition into the big bad world of hussly bussly coffee shops/cafes/cafe shops/other but ive been a long term admirer of that setting, so getting a microphone in my face and guitar in my lap was class. The Black Box Green Room gig was as nice as pie, as was the gig in Palomo. I'd like to thank anyone who came to see me, or stayed to watch, or stayed just that bit longer, or inedvertantly were part of the audience, or hated the whole experience, it takes all sorts in this crazy..crazy..crazy..crazy..nights............i mean, world.

I'm making a concsious decision to try to be updateable with the blog (and also to learn the spelling of the word 'concsious').  For some reason ive always been attracted to the mysterious side of communications, for years my mobile used to get me bogged down, and it STILL remains on silent. Whether its the thrill of a missed call or surprise text, or my general beef with ringtones, ill never know...

There is no other song to some up the past week of gigs than this....fight the good fight my friends


Friday, 1 July 2011

EP Launch

The EP "You Will Be A Stranger Now" will be launched with two gigs next week.  Thursday 7th July at the Black Box, Belfast and Friday 8th July at Palomo, Lurgan.  Both gigs kick off at 9pm.  Hope you can make it!  Keep an eye out over here ------> for other gigs....