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
September this year sees Howlett Racing competing in the volkswagon rally stages in Ireland. Sitting inside a red ford escort, Liam is renowned for his entertainment antics on and off the track. Approached to record a song using words to the "I took a pill in Ibiza" here is an acoustic snippet that hopefully the guys wont take too much grief over. We wish them all the best next week!
I dont think we realise how much people follow country music in Ireland, its seems to be verey prevelant in the north and north west direction. There hasnt been any major country music festival down in the "deep south", so the first major one organised for Killag in Wexford was always going to grab attention. I was delighted that I could join on stage with many talented acts including Lee Matthews, Michael English, Robert Mizzell and of course Nathan Carter. On the day was local super talent Kelly Davitt also. The weather didnt hold its promise however without doubt the whole occasion brought plenty of people and energy. Nathan Carter, the headline act is the face of Irish country music at the moment and I must say his setup was second to none, and I even managed to wade through the copious amount of teenage and pensioner fans to say hello!
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