Band of Horses – Les Docks – 29.08.2017

I really enjoyed this one. The lead singer, who seems like a warm and friendly fellow, has a sweet and husky tenor voice full of character. It works really well with their emotional and catchy indie-pop ballads. Naturally the older songs that I knew best were my favourite bits, but even the newer material came…Continue readingBand of Horses – Les Docks – 29.08.2017

Flogging Molly – Les Docks – 05.07.2017

A strange experience for me, to see a room full of people who were VERY into Flogging Molly’s Irish punk-pop-folk-rock, while it didn’t really click with me at all. I had the feeling lead singer Dave King and I were the only two Irish people in the room, but there were definitely lots of fans…Continue readingFlogging Molly – Les Docks – 05.07.2017

His name is Luka

Luka Bloom performed for GLAS at the Collège des Coudriers in Geneva last Saturday and I had the honour of being his opening act. To sing my own songs for a crowd of around 250 – including many, many friends – while a musician of Luka Bloom’s stature waited in the wings was an exhilarating experience. My…Continue readingHis name is Luka

The one where forty-three different people performed on stage in Mulligans over the course of a single evening

I turned forty last month. My birthday fell while we were visiting my extended family in Ireland, so it was lovely to catch up with my three sisters (with “middle Meave” putting in a surprise appearance all the way from Singapore), my parents and a plethora of nieces and nephews. The big celebration was back…Continue readingThe one where forty-three different people performed on stage in Mulligans over the course of a single evening

Lisa Hannigan – Alhambra – 10.02.2017

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost five years since I saw Lisa Hannigan playing in Lausanne. That gig was in a much smaller, more intimate venue, which is one reason I enjoyed it more than last night’s Antigel date in Geneva. But I think it was also because I have been finding it…Continue readingLisa Hannigan – Alhambra – 10.02.2017

Cover Me, Cover You

I was thinking a while back about how much I’ve enjoyed those few times I’ve heard other people singing songs that I wrote. That train of thought prompted me to kick off a discussion on the WeAreTheMusicMakers (WATMM) subreddit, where it became clear there would be interest in an initiative where songwriters would agree to…Continue readingCover Me, Cover You

A song for Robert

My Silver Son is a song I wrote for my second son Declan, just before he turned two. I finally managed, a couple of months ago, to write one for my first son Robert. First In My Eyes is a song about being a father, making the most of the time we have with our kids,…Continue readingA song for Robert

Cagnomatic for the people

I called into the Auberge de Founex for a coffee and to read the news on my way to work last week. On the way out I spotted something on the wall that puzzled me. I took a photo to enable further investigation… A Cagnomatic provides a means of organizing a cagnotte du bistro, a…Continue readingCagnomatic for the people

JVAL Openair – Begnins – 27.08.2016

Fùgù Mango saved my evening. The most remarkable thing about the JVAL Openair festival is its setting. The stage is set up in the front yard of a large farmhouse in the foothills of the Jura, entirely surrounded by vineyards that roll down to the shores of Lake Geneva, with the Alps looming up on…Continue readingJVAL Openair – Begnins – 27.08.2016

In hindsight, it looks like a master plan

In hindsight, it almost looks like it was a master plan: spend two to three years each at different international organizations, building up the skills, experience and network I would need to launch a (hopefully!) successful communications consultancy. In reality, it was more like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, where deliberate decisions at specific…Continue readingIn hindsight, it looks like a master plan