In January, I made a New Years Resolution. I was going to make decisions about my music based on what would be FUN, rather than what was pragmatic, wise, or (strictly speaking) affordable. One of the things I came up with was to tour outside of Ireland, because the last time I’d done it was 2007 as a member of Exit Evangeline. It had definitely been way too long.
I started e-mailing friends and looking gigs, and over the course of this I got in touch with an old friend, Decky McKay, aka TVJoy, and we decided to team up to make the tour happen. After a lot of e-mails, phone calls and general hustling, we had 10 dates lined up for a period of just over two weeks, starting April 1st (ha ha ha…no, really).
It was two weeks of madness and music.
We stayed with friends, family, family of friends, and several variations in between, we played lots of smaller sessions in between dates, met tons of new people, shared our music with lots of new folks, generally had a blast, and neither of us ended up killing each other with a fork.
During the tour, as a lot of you know, I put up the first song from my new EP, FRACTURES. I’m so happy with it and I think (if you haven’t given it a listen already) that you’re really going to love it - You should check it out here:
You really should also check out TVJoy’s song, The Candles all Burn out on Youtube while you’re at it. Go on. We’ll wait.
And now, pictures, videos and gifs from the tour (Let’s face it, that’s why we’re here)!
Tullamore: It Begins.
Galway: Wearing sunglasses inside. Late at night. Bona fide Rockstar. Sadly sunglasses not mine. ;( Photo: Decky McKay.
Dublin: Prepping for the EP listening party in O’Donoghue’s! If you want to hear the EP ahead of anyone else, I’m still taking donations over at my site. Anything over a fiver gets you a private link to the New EP. :D Photo: Decky McKay
Dundalk: Got to play a real piano in The Spirit Store!
Newry: Bloody tribute acts trying to steal our gig in Rosie O’Grady’s. Time to call the Lawyers.
Belfast: This was a very busy, very strange day. I sang at funeral in the morning for my frirend’s family, and came back to another friend’s house to get a bit of work done before warming up, getting dressed and going for soundcheck. Met lots of people I haven’t seen in years. It’s funny how some days really make you appreciate everything.
Belfast: TVJoy soundchecking ahead of the Firebobbies EP launch.
Warrenpoint: Home to beautiful mountains, views of the sea, good company, good sessions, and a few hair-brained schemes to make money.
Newcastle: While our hosts, Chet and Kathy, who I’d known for about an hour, were calling around to try source a keyboard for me, I got a little distracted (read: carried away on a nostalgia tsunami). This is a Yamaha PSR-180, the first keyboard I learned to play on when I was about 9. Pro tip: The second purple button in from the left makes an elephant sound. Use this information wisely/liberally.
Edinburgh: Getting into it at the Voodoo Rooms! Photo: Janet Coen
Glasgow: Ahead of our gig, We visit the stunning Glasgow University. Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sing something. Video: Decky McKay
Secret Location: Messing around in an undisclosed cathedral late at night, recording things. But more of that anon.
Now that I’m home, I’m back to slightly more regular sleeping patterns…
I know I’ve already posted this on Facebook, but I’d like to say thank you again to:
All the folks at Scene Of The Rhyme, John Roe, Mike O'Reilly, Anita O'Reilly, Hannah O'Reilly, Fionn Reilly, Leslie Keye (Arad Studios), Gráinne McCarthy and Kevin Healy, Aisling McCormick, Andrew McCormick, Sarah McDonald, Eamonn & Eirian McKay, Steve Fearnley (Narrow Water Recording Studio), Ali Stoddart, Nicole Mulholland, Conor O'Hare, Mark Stephen Hughes, Tommy McCaul, Chet Yellowley & Kathy Wesolowski, Brian Watson, Joe Carr Hollands, Scrumpy willow and the singing kettle, Janet Coen, Siân Hexagon, Heir of The Cursed, Finn LeMarinel, Sara O'Loughlin, Nikki Sloan, Jonny Redmond, James Dyer, and of course huge props to Decky for sourcing 80% of my keyboards! XD
Next up for me?
In the meantime, I’m going to be sharing Count with as many people as I can, and as always, any likes, shares or plays you can give me would be awesome!