My brand spanking new single; 'The (NO) Hard Border Song has just been released. I've gone back to the old style kind of writing that I had quite some success with back in the day, writing about topical stuff and events. The Brexit thing and how it affects Ireland is quite a hot potato at the moment so hopefully this will ruffle a few feathers. It's not a partisan song taking up with any major ideologies, but simply dedicated to all of the people on all sides of the Irish border and among both communities, who would like to keep the border open and unhindered by any Brexit deal.I'm playing across the country over the next couple of weeks, Birmingham, Hertford, Kent, etc. All private functions except for Kempton Park races on Wednesday August 15th 6-9pm, where I'll be playing on the main stage with my band for the 'Irish race Night. Hope you'll come along just like many of you did on St Patrick's day! 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 bowled over 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.
I was very sad to hear of the recent 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.
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 with our amazing first season 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 first season back in the Championship was 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 last years campaign, but my goodness how wrong they all were. We kept our late rally going for the playoffs alive right up until last game but one.
Really great atmosphere at the Middlesbrough game last weekend. Most peculiar that the ref apparently ignored the 4th official deciding on 5 minutes added time and went for nearly 8 instead, which of course gave Boro enough time to nab that late goal via another oddity, as in the free kick that led to it! Still, a pretty good result against last seasons semi finalists in the playoffs. The Boro fans were great and added to the cooking atmosphere that seems to have returned to the Den. Come on you Lions!