I've just 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've been busy these past few weeks with my new 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 St Patrick's week gigs that are open to the public will be listed here soon, on the big night itself I'm doing a private function in Hertfordshire.
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.
It's nice to have a lot of London based gigs coming up.
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 a bit topsy turvy but I am totally delighted that we're holding our own and not propping up the table as predicted by the doomsday merchants prior to the start of the current campaign.
Tough luck at Craven Cottage but great win against the Blades and well done Millwall for nabbing that point at Villa Park.
Good stuff against multi million quid Wolves and super duper against QPR.
Preston came to the den with a strong side and although we could have nicked it, a draw was no disaster. I think we're sitting pretty right now and if we can string a few away wins together (yes, that's quite an ask) and sustain our home form, we have an itsy bitsy outside chance of the play-offs. On the other hand... It's a tough league!We dropped a clanger at Rochdale for an almost certain home tie against Spurs but it was maybe it's for the best. We're way above the drop zone now and being in the top half is a fabulous place to be. Derby County and Cardiff came to the Den in what were both great encounters. Full of thrills and spills and not without some almost hilarious amateur dramatics and 'interesting' ref decisions. Sheffield Wednesday's game was terrific stuff and 5 away wins on the trot, a hard fought draw against Sunderland and a great win against Brentford leaves us with an outside (but real) chance of maybe, just maybe, scratching up to the playoffs! Phew! That'd ruffle a few feathers...
Come on you Lions!