Watch this on a mobile or tablet in fullscreen mode to get the best idea of what it’s about. The idea is that your device is part of the show. We shot this in fast and slow frames to give the idea of a person having a bad day and how it can seem that time is dragging for you while the world speeds by.
I’m very pleased to say that at last my first album is available on Spotify and on the iTunes store. Here’s the link to it on Spotify. I hope you will give it a listen and if you like it let me know (if you don’t like it you can let me know too but assume you’ll just listen to something else instead!).
This is a medley of two Irish tunes I did back in 2001, I recorded once with a click and then went back and did the 2nd guitar. Can’t recall if I did rhythm or lead first though? Probably worth knowing if I’m to ever try that kind of thing again!
I don’t often let people know this, but I loved (and still do love) dance music. In particular I was a fan of house and techno back in the mid 90’s. In the early 2000’s during what I would call some of my ‘dark days’ where I didn’t do much other than sit around pissed off and writing music I produced a lot of dance tunes.
They aren’t my best work by a long shot but it was a genre I had some fun with so figured I’d post a tune or two up here. This one and another written for my friend Robert O’Boyle called ‘buglars delight’ are probably my favourites.
This is a fiddle tune medley I have played in various places and with lots of people. This is a video from a gig we did at the Conwy Bluegrass Festival in Wales about 9 years back. Tom Hanway and Karl Deeter was the act and then we had Neil on another banjo and Joe on mandolin. Both great players. The crowd are great too, they always give a bit of an applause to guitar flatpickers too (so I’m totally biased!).
Guns n’ Roses are coming back to Slane (bluegrass ‘sweet child’ cover too!)
I heard the news about the gig which will be 25yrs after the last time they played in Slane. For that reason I thought I’d post a video of a song of theirs we have covered in one of the bands as a bluegrass tune for ages.
This is a song that we recorded in Sonic in Dublin in October 2016. It’s a tune about how life sometimes works out differently than you thought it would. Lyrics are below, some are alternative lyrics I toyed with and haven’t taken out, as with all my songs, the actual lyrics in it might not match what’s written down!
Open eyes to another day
turn beside me wanna see your face
to know I’m not dreaming
and it’s you
the angel that I wake up to
Hold this hand, and look my way
please understand that in this place
we are free,
as we can be
the world flows on past you and me
[Then] it all turned out a little different
than I thought it would.
Things turned out a little different
than I thought they would.
Life is good but luck can change
change it does every passing day
a thing once bright now
is only a glow
a once big river
no longer flows
Mountains fall, time passes by
a love runs out
and it doesn’t revive (alt lyr: like a river run dry)
is hard to
And it’s hard to make much of anything when I’m around you
[making a future
is kinda hard around you…]
Bridge: Passing time… goes on by….
Time is cruel, cruel and unfair
dark gives way to more grey hair
it’s a life of work
a life of toil
half the time I wonderin’
what I’m doin’ it for
And I’m still here, like a fool I stay
When the better part of me is saying
’up and away’
[when the better part of sense
is tellin’ me walk away]
but it’s a tricky thing
to try and figure out
when it isn’t just me I gotta worry about