My latest single 'The (NO) Hard Border Song' is getting some nice mileage on Spotify and has had a fiar bit of play on some local Irish radio stations, mainly along the border areas. I've gone back to my old style kind of writing that I had a lot of success with back in the 1980's-1990's, writing about topical characters and events.
The Brexit thing and how it affects Ireland is quite a hot potato at the moment and my song has already ruffled 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 among both communities, who would like to keep the border open and unhindered by any Brexit deal.I've been playing across the country over these past few weeks, Birmingham, Hertford, Kent, etc. All private functions except for the recent Irish night at Kempton Park races.
The most streamed song of mine 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 hear the title track on the youtube video below.
I'm 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.
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'm working on a new album at the moment. I'm very chuffed at the amount of airplay I've been getting on the two albums I released last year and it's really rekindled my enthusiasm for writing and getting back into the studio.
I'm hoping to have it out this autumn and will announce the release date in lots of time on here.
My single (released earlier this year) 'The Ballad of Brexit' has been played extensively across continental europe in Holland, Germany, France and Spain but hardly at all in the UK and Ireland.
A little dissapointing but greatly outweighed by the european success!
I took my Mum along to see Michael English recently at the Beck Theatre, he was excellent and really puts uber effort into his show, which is non stop and highly entertaining. The theatre was pretty much sold out and veteran entertainer Brendan Shine in support, strutted his stuff with the style and panache that befits his long standing in the Irish music scene.
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.
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 was 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 the previous season.
Our start to the 2018/2019 has started a bit on the wobbly side but we're still above the dropzone, it's early days and way too early to start getting pessimistic.
The reality is we are punching way above our weight as a club competing with clubs who spend vast sums on players and enjoy much bigger gates.
I was a little dissapointed at the Leeds game result, we seem to be in the habit lately of leaking last minute goals. But we did ourselves proud against the table toppers. QPR was unfortunate, we were a bit fluffy in the first half and although we came out guns blazing for the 2nd half, it was all too little too late. I'm off to West Brom this weekend and also looking forward to next weeks League cup against Fulham.