I’m an Irish guy living in Switzerland who likes to play the guitar and sing. Scroll down for various bits and pieces related to my musical activities. (I’m also a freelance communications consultant, but you can find out more about that over here.
These days I’m mostly playing as one half of The Papas. You can find us in Mulligan’s Irish Pub, Geneva on the last Saturday of every month among other places. We play a mix of (mostly) covers and original songs. More info on our website.
One big highlight in recent times was being the opening act for Luka Bloom when he played in Geneva. (The photo at the top of this page, by George Leitenberger, was taken that night.)
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The Moi Aussi song
In 2017 I was invited to write a song for a Swiss foundation that raises awareness of Down Syndrome. Both the foundation and the song, which is in French, are called Moi Aussi. Read more about the project here.
I’ve recorded my songs in studios four times now. You can find the songs on just about all music platforms (including Spotify, Google Music, Apple Music, etc.) if you search for me name or the names of the collections, but the links below will take you to SoundCloud.
- Distance To Go – six songs recorded in 2008 in Ireland. They feature a full band and superb additional vocals from my friend Maeve Sweeney, who died in 2016. Check our her performance on the duet Dear Liza.
- Highs and Lows – four acoustic recordings I did at a studio in Lausanne in 2013.
- A Perfect Christmas – the Christmas song. I still perform once or twice a year with the other half of Mulled and lead vocalist on this recording, David Graham. I’m still convinced it’ll be a hit some day!
- Wiser Shoulders – four of my songs recorded in February 2019 with my The Papas partner Olivier and a bass player called Yann. Coming soon!
Songs for my sons
I’ve written (so far) a song each for my boys Declan and Robert. While there are studio recordings of both, by The Papas, the videos below feature the first demos I did of each.
Live at Le Box
When I played at Le Box in Carouge in November 2016, the sound engineer recorded my set. I made a selection of the best performances on the night available online too, again on Spotify, etc, as well as SoundCloud.
The world’s only song about the fossa?
“‘He’s the biggest beast on the island to the east of Africa so they say…”
I think I’ve written the world’s only song about the fossa. It’s educational andcatchy.
The Geek Song
I was asked to play at a festival of open source software in 2012. To mark the occasion I wrote a song about geeks.
The video features Mark Lawrence, who joined me for the gig. He’s not a geek, but he’s a brilliant musician.