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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...

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Not having regrets

My very cool friend Chantal is taking some time out from being a doctor in Switzerland to do a bit of travelling. We’ve been able to follow her progress via the blog she posts to now and again. A recent post from New Zealand included a quote (“Wherever you go, there you are”) that reminded me of a couple of...

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Released!

I had a pleasant surprise about six weeks ago when an email from the administrators at Radio Reddit popped into my inbox asking whether I’d agree to having one of  my songs on a compiliation album they were putting together. Fast forward to tomorrow, the release day for The Best of Radio Reddit, where track 15 of 17 is my...

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A lovely brunch and a Perfect Christmas (ding dong ding dong)

The visit of my good friend David Graham recently coincided with one of our Third Sunday Brunches at The Clubhouse. We took the guitars with us and played a few tunes for the assembled few – it was lots of fun. Aside from our many gigs as Hipster (with Nigel Hughes), Dave and I also played as a duo many...

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We got geeks…and dolphins

Colleagues at the EBU were involved this week with RMLL 2012, a big event dedicated to the Free & Open Source Software movement hosted this year in Geneva. I performed on Monday as part of an arts festival taking place on the fringes of the event. On the suggestion of a colleague I wrote a song especially for the occasion:...

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Fête de la musique 2012

I was really pleased that my application to play at the Fête de la musique 2012 in Geneva was accepted. I played last Saturday evening on the lake stage in Parc des Cropettes. The sun shone, there were lots of familiar faces in a reasonable sized crowd, and it was really great to sing my own songs on a big...

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Hipster roll on

It was 12 years ago in Limerick that Nigel Hughes suggested the idea of starting a band called Hipster. Some months and a few faltering first gigs later we recruited David Graham to bring some talent to the band and the phenomenon that is Hipster really took flight. Travels that took us off to various different parts of the country...

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Back in the saddle again

Thanks to my fellow Geneva expat musician Mark Lawrence I’ve had the opportunity to sing again over the last couple of weeks. Mark plays every Monday night at Paddy’s Pub in Ferney, just across the French border on the north side of Geneva. It’s a nice gig: early start and early finish with a warm and appreciative bunch of regulars...

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Roughly Covered: Close Encounters – Lake Montgomery

Last week on Facebook my friend Max Vanremmerden posted a challenge to members of the Amsterdam Songwriters Guild: “Cover and record a song you like from one of the members of the ASG and post the link to audio or video on this events page.” Challenge accepted! One of the ASG artists that impresses me the most is Lake Montgomery....