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In the Hot Spot on a cold night

I played last night in the Hot Spot Music Club, a new-ish venue in Greystones, the town where I grew up. I was a bit nervous about playing in Ireland for the first time in about ten years and singing in front of an audience that was for the most part friends and family (plus a handful of others). There...

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Crilly goes to Rio

My good friend Alan McCafferty, who I first met 20 years ago (eek!) at Dublin City University where we were both studying Communication Studies, has always been something of a wordsmith. He got in touch earlier this week to ask whether I’d be able to quickly record some lyrics he’d written, inspired by Christy Moore’s famous Joxer goes to Stuttgart...

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What ever happened to Mulled? Rich? Famous?

Update: Three Stars and the Truth (February 2015) I’ve been meaning to write a summary of how the whole “release a Christmas single and never have to work again” project went. If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know that last summer David Graham and I recorded a song called A Perfect Christmas that we wrote together some years ago. We...

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Ireland’s seventh best new Christmas song 2013

See also: Three Stars and the Truth (February 2015) Last week brought good news and bad for our Christmas single. On Thursday morning we learned that we’d been selected by RadioAirplay from over a thousand submissions as one of the top twenty new holiday songs for 2013. For that we were given 1,500 free airplay credits on Jango, meaning lots of...

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A perfect video for A Perfect Christmas

The video for our Christmas single is finally ready. With HUGE thanks to Stephen, John and friends at Lovely Toons, who have put in countless long hours over the last month or so, mostly out of the goodness of their hearts, we now have a really nice animation to go with the song. This will make it much easier for...

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How early is too early?

I know, I know… October has only just begun and it’s far too early to be talking about Christmas (again!). But we’re starting to contact various people that might be able to help us with pushing the single and we thought it would be best to have it already available on the various digital platforms. So, as of this week...

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Music to get married to

One of the four songs I recorded earlier this month – called If I Take You – has quite a nice back story to it. About 18 months ago my good friend (and self-appointed Number One Fan) Mairéad Maguire asked whether I’d be willing to write a song for her wedding, which was then over a year away. She had...

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A new EP and a blue evening

I’ve just made new recordings available as an EP called Highs and Lows. The four tracks, all featuring just acoustic guitar and vocals, were recorded earlier this month at DBR Studios in Lausanne. I also took this opportunity “repackage” the songs I recorded in 2008 as a mini-album called Distance To Go. You can listen to and download both of...

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When a (Christmas) single is born

At the start of 2013 I made a new year’s resolution: this would be the year that we’d finally properly record A Perfect Christmas, the song I wrote with my good friend David Graham. And so it was that last Monday we spent the day at Orphan Recording in Dublin in the company of Gavin Glass and Scott Halliday. A...

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Memories of Mulligan’s

Packing for our upcoming move I came across a printout of this great photo of Mulligan’s Pub, Geneva, that my friend Marc sent me when we were living in Amsterdam. He stumbled across it online when searching for inspiration for his basement makeover. It was taken just before a night when I played there in 2008. If you click for...