I have 2 upcoming open gigs (anyone can come along) this month. Sunday April 22nd 2018. 7-9.15pm. (Duo) The Country Club Trent Park, Bramley Road, London N14 4UW. Friday April 27th 2018. 9-11pm. (Solo) The Long Room Bar & Hotel, 130 Mitcham Rd, Tooting, London, SW17 9NH. St Patrick's weekend was utterly exhausting. Five gigs with a total of 15 hours playing time, but no better way to tire oneself out than letting rip with Irish music at our greatest time of the year. The 2 open gigs were a blast and Kempton Park races was something else. I'll update you shortly on the next open gigs as and when they come in. Thanks to all of you, venues, musicians and followers! Last autumn I released a brand new Irish compilation album with 20 tracks, that includes several completely remastered re-releases as well as 3 new songs written by me. It comprises mainly of the most requested songs from my gigs and a very popular re written and re-arranged traddy song 'The Hills of Sweet Mayo'. The originals are 'All Changed Utterly', 'My First Love' and 'Sweet Adare'. The album is now live on Itunes and Google music and should be on Amazon, etc, within a few days. It's not available in CD format. Other Irish classics include; 'Skibbereen', 'Only Our Rivers Run Free' and a personal favourite of mine; 'My Last Farewell'.
I also recently let loose a new single. The single is a revamped version of my popular song 'De Valera'. This arrangement has a more celtic feel than the original and I've added uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhran and fiddle with backing vocals. You can buy it from all usual outlets including Itunes, Google Play and Amazon. I will be releasing 2 further singles early in 2018 which will all be featured on an album of originals in the autumn.
I pre released another album last year under 'Hank Adare' to test the waters and have been delighted and flattered at the amount of radio plays I've had so far across the USA and Canada. 'Tablets of Stone' a song I wrote over 20 years ago is getting great reaction and a couple of cover versions are in the pipeline.
You can also hear the title track released yesterday on youtube below.
I'm totally chuffed at the amount of plays and downloads on this album so far and particularly so by the interest in the song from the USA, Canada, Sweden and Australia. If the figures continue to stack up, I'll get cracking on another country album as a follow up.
Here's a blast from the past, a popular track I wrote back in 1987 for my 'Jackeens and Culchies' album.
I was very sad to hear of the passing of the legendary icon of Country & Irish music, Big Tom McBride. I was a fan of his from boyhood and loved his unique sound, warm resonant voice and the sheer honesty of his style. I saw him many times at the Hibernian Club in Fulham and various dancehalls across Ireland. He was a great inspiration to me along with the Dubliners and Hank Williams. We'll all miss you Tom and may you rest in peace as you sing 'Four Country Roads' and 'Gentle Mother' with the heavenly choir upstairs...... I've been busy these past few weeks promoting my latest single and it's available now via all usual download and streaming services. I've gone back to my old format of writing something topical. This song is about what's probably one of the hottest political topics out there at the moment. The song is absolutely neither pro nor anti but more of a reflection on the process itself and the calamity of it all, laced with a bit of humour.
I did one of my rare open gigs recently at the The Ramble Inn, 223 Mitcham Road, Tooting, SW17 9JG. It was a solo show, was chockerblock and was a cracker. I haven't enjoyed a pub gig as much in a good while. Thanks Jimmy for your help in keeping the Irish music scene alive and kicking in London!
My afforementioned new compilation album includes lots of the most requested songs at my gigs including 'The Leaving of Liverpool', 'City of Chicago', I'll Tell Me Ma' and loads more.
I'm also working on some some video collaborations with 2 of the regular members of my band line up, including a couple of live versions of my old hits from the 80's.
I did some serious mileage on the road in 2017 including Edinburgh, Manchester, Huddersfield, Essex, Kent and Sussex.
My old mate and recording partner Archie McPherson and I had great fun with a one off gig in Dalkeith, Edinburgh a few months back and we're hoping to be invited back there again soon.
As usual the majority of my gigs thesedays are private functions, weddings, parties, etc, but as soon as a few open gigs come along I'll post them on here.
As you know, I'm a Millwall fan and season ticket holder.
I try to get to as many away games as I can and I'm really delighted to see us back in the Championship after a really nailbiting race to the finish line in reaching the league 1 playoffs last season.
The victory at Wembley last May was a wonderful day and an experience to cherish.
The season so far has been amazing. I would have been totally delighted to have us hold our own and keep away from propping up the table as predicted by the doomsday merchants prior to the start of the current campaign, but my goodness how wrong they all were. We are making a very late challenge for a playoff spot after an incredible run.It's a really tough league and the Easter weekend went well, I was at the Ipswich game and how we didn't win that one in the last 10 minutes is beyond logic. We dropped a clanger at Rochdale in the FA cup for an almost certain home tie against Spurs but it was for the best. Being in the top half is a fabulous place to be. The recent victories against Nottingham Forest and Bristol City have progressed us even further. We did it yet again against Bolton, have leapt into 6th spot and held our own at Sheffield United. Wembley beckons 2 years on the trot?
The Fulham game was fought out in a redhot atmosphere and was a cracker for the fans, bit of a setback, but for a squad that cost £800k against a £38 Million one we did mighty. We still have a chance.
The media darlings wrote us off as relegation certainties at the start of the season and have omitted or underplayed our amazing achievements this year. How wonderful it would be to make them sit up and take notice by getting into the playoffs. Either way, what a return to the Championship. Cardiff are back in 2nd after the Forest victory so who knows, we could meet Fulham again in May!
Come on you Lions!