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A good start…

There’s a saying in Irish that goes Tús maith leath na hoibre, meaning “a good start is half the work”. I went busking in the Vondelpark yesterday as a start on my Singing for the Apes effort, managing to raise about €38 in an hour. So definitely a good start, but unfortunately far from half the work, as I’m aiming...

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Roughly Covered: Run – Snow Patrol

My buddy Marc asked me to record myself playing Snow Patrol’s Run, so, being an obliging chap, I did. It’s a one-take recording, warts and all. Just me, my guitar and the mic. (I tried to make it sound a little better using Adobe Audition, but I’m very much a novice in that regard.) I may do more of these...

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Pre-selecting songs

I sang last Thursday night in Mulligans of Amsterdam and, unusually for me, decided on a set list in advance. Since most of the groups and artists that perform there play Irish trad or folk I focused on folky songs, with an Irish connection in many cases – and all songs that I really like myself.  (The order may have...

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There’s No Me Without You (or You Completely Complete Me)

A sentimental little ditty I wrote a couple of years ago. I like it when people sing along. This was recorded last night in the Jet Lounge, Amsterdam, where I was performing with Luke Nyman. You can find one of Luke’s songs from last night here.

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Musical friends and aquaintances

Everyone’s releasing something these days. It seems every week brings a new album or EP from people I’ve known or performed with, either back in Ireland or as part of the sprawling ASG network here in Amsterdam. Max Vanremmerden I’m listing Max here first as his new album is definitely the most unique, imaginative of all. 5 Second Songs is...