Discography You can find a complete list of all of my recordings from 1983-2017 here.
a professional London Irish guitar/vocalist, songwriter and recording
artist, who's been happily performing as an entertainer on the Irish music scene
since the early 1980's.
My live show is either me on guitar and vocals, or as a duo or band with fiddle, accordion and/or banjo.
My success as a songwriter and recording act began in 1983 with the release of my underground hit single, 'The Thatcher Song'.
I wrote most of it watching 'News at Ten' one Wednesday evening over a bottle of Bulgarian wine and after listening to a Larry Cunningham LP which included 'Come back to Erin', a traditional Irish ballad form which I borrowed the tune and changed it around a tad to fit my song.
It was recorded in an 8 track studio in South London and cost a total of £100 to record, including the studio time and a fee of £25 for an accordion from Wexford named Kevin McDemott.
I played the guitar on my old Yammy and did my own backing vocals.
The song went on to change my life.
Shortly after the release of the 'Thatcher Song' album in 1984, I went into the music business full time and have been earning my daily crust from something I still love, ever since.
My follow up singles such as 'The Taoiseach's Hooley', 'The Ballad of Red Ken', 'Mother England's Giro', as well as lots of albums, sold in great numbers with minimal radio play.
(You can see my entire list of recordings from 1983-2019 on my discography page)
Along with several new releases, lots of subsequent compilation albums of my earlier recordings have been revamped, repackaged and re-released ongoingly ever since.
The latest CD incarnation is a collection of many of my most well known songs which have been re-released on a great double album available on the H&H label, this can be bought from my online shop.
I am very fortunate to have performed my songs in many countries across the globe including, Canada, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, North America, Norway, Ireland and throughout the UK where I am usually based.
Many of my songs have been covered, recorded and performed by a multitude of acts most notably, Foster and Allen, Susan McCann, The Furey's and Mick Hucknall, you can see a list of many of them on my covers page and several of the youtube versions here.
Today I perform mainly at weddings, private functions, corporate events, cruises, parties, wakes and funerals.
Booking enquiries from pubs, clubs, cruise companies, festivals and overseas venues are also welcome.
To see about booking me please visit the contact page and find answers to many of your questions on my FAQs page.
There have been, and continue to be, a lot of changes on the songwriting front and how it all works. I'm still writing the odd ditty here and there, but the industry has altered so much that it's not as incentivising as it once was. I'm fortunate enough to have a fairly sizeable catalogue of songs out there that still generate a respectable level of royalties. I pitch my new songs mainly via bandcamp thesedays. I'm currently working on some new songs and getting back into my little studio in shortly. Watch this space!
You can buy my songs in hard copy CD format via my shop. There are several tracks that can be bought in download version on here too. I'm also giving away around 30 tracks completely free for your personal use and of course for music industry contacts looking for new songs to cover. I'm always delighted to get any work recorded by other artists. It's a great honour. You can see a lot of my youtube covers on here and there's a list of most of my known covers here.