The minute I heard this song on the radio, I loved it. The opening Beiber run, the reggaeton beat and the smooth vocal by Luis Fonsi was a complete combination. I had done a version of another spanish hit last year which I loved called "El Perdon" from Nicky Jam. A week or so of studying the lyrics/language and I put out my own version of it. see below...
The annual fundraising event "Darkness into Light" will commence across Ireland at 4:15am on Saturday morning (6th of May) for Pieta house in aid of mental health & suicide awareness and is expected to again bring record numbers.
I have a new song that coincides with the event with a fun video to go with it. For more details;
The idea of the chorus initially came to me on the way home from work after Christmas (guess I was having a bad day!) I immediately sat at the piano, playing the off beat chord riff you hear at the start of the song and then very quickly came up with the bones of a chorus and the starting verse lyrics. I done numerous versions & revisions for months and got a little further. It was shelved until I seen an advertisement for "Darkness into Light" on facebook. Although the original song was "Darkness before the Light" it made sense to coincide both and give me a deadline to work too. Enter some female vocal from Emma Hore and electric guitar from James Yeomans and the track merged itself finally into a complete uplifting pop track. There is no layers to this track it is what it says on the tin and a belief I hold strongly, nothing existing without the opposite, and therefore one cannot have light without the dark. I hope you enjoyed it
Working my away into 2017 and coming down from a dose of the flu, what better way than to start with a Justin Timberlake medley. One live vocal take but completely re-arranged and re-produced the songs from the ground up. Enjoy!
Upon the news today that Gold Cup Winner "Don Cossack" has officially retired from racing here is a sweet memory to behold. The song "Gold Cup Day" written by Cian & Liam Og the day after the Cheltenham 2016 success. Long live the Don!
To wrap up the 2016 year, My cousin Emma & I perform a version of the timeless classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Have a good one folks and all the best or 2017!
Following the success of the 2016 Carol Service in Rowe Street Church, principal Robert O'Callaghan requested a few of the musicians to come along to the school and wrap up the school year with a few festive tunes. More than just a performance, the visit was an opportunity to see how the place has developed since I was there last, more than 10 years ago. The church was full of senior studens, filling the seats and floor and there was a large handful of teachers scattered in the room too, all of which taught me in some form or another. In a way, despite, the structural changes there was something eerie similar to the building and atmosphere. Its was a pleasure to play a few tunes there, come christmas, an original, one with the inhouse choir and a few with music colleague Michae Darcy. Hopefully we can get back there again real soon.
Thanks to Mr.Peter McMorrow for the snaps on the day
After last years success of "Light Up Bridgetown", the committee decided to do it again, but bigger! This time in conjunction with local development, Rathangan, Kilmore, Bridgetown and Kilrane schools got involved to help sing along on stage with a number of acts. I was lucky to take part with some other fine talent, the Ocelots, frankenstein bolts to name a few. After the turning of lights, I played a few songs (one was Relapse with Wolff!) before having Rathangan NS on to join me on a rendition of "Fairytale of New York" and my very own "Fame Train".
Some photos by the amazing Nicola Reddy
Delighted that the lads asked me to take part in this years spiegeltent show, as 2015 was a hair raiser! This year they teamed up with Hermitage Green, a group of Limerick fellas who have been on the road for many years now and signed recently to the sony label. A sound bunch of fellas too I may add. A full house on the night, a blend of old cornerboy classics, a handful of tasty new ones and a few covers to keep them entertained. Plenty of heat, noise and energy. Good times
A first for historic village of Duncormick, this year sees the community put together a harvest festival within the confines of the village. Music, art & crafts, vintage machinery and a fine banquet of food. Blessed with one of the finest days of the year, I played a 7 song slot on the main forge stage along with many other talented acts. A sure cert for date in next years calender. Of course at the heart of the whole festival was Sinnott's pub, home of the legendary Sammy Sinnott, renowned publican stretching across the country. Keep her goin Sam!
Despite the fact that legendary gold cup winning horse "Don Cossack" retired a bit early from the game, all at Cullentra Stables in Longwood, Meath cherish those moments to the very last. Invited to play up at Mr.Elliots open day in Septemeber saw a standard BBQ background music session turn into a full sing-along rave as half the yard jumped up and down belting out everyword to the penciled "Gold Cup Day" song with brother Liam Og. What an evening and I always get looked after so well everytime I go up. Wishing all at the stables the very best leading into 2017. #CmontheDon
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