This Friday September 22nd sees the release of ‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’ by students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow.
In April of this year, I teamed up with IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) again to bring 5 songwriting and performance workshops to secondary schools throughout Ireland.
One of the schools chosen for the workshop was Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow. I was so excited to revisit my old secondary school and see some of my old teachers but nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced when I walked into Miss McAdam’s 2nd – 6th year music students class. I was immediately taken by the students ability to play all their own instruments amazingly well. I knew instantly that this group of young people were very special.
I normally start my workshops by asking the students what’s going on in their lives at that moment as I feel it’s important that they write a song that’s personal to them. Straight away, one young girl called Irlanda started to speak about visiting her dad in hospital who has been recovering from a stroke for 5 years. I was touched immediately having only lost my own dad 4 months previous after battling a massive stroke for 5 years.
Other students starting opening up about their loved ones who are suffering from Alzheimer’s & other illnesses and by the end of the workshop ‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’ was born.
I felt the song was so special that I called my good friend Gavin Ralston who then visited the school to record and produce the song with the students who performed and played all instruments themselves. Colm Flynn was on hand to film the recording on the day.
The students were an absolute pleasure to work with and it was just lovely to see the encouragement within the classroom among the students and their teachers, a testament to a wonderful school that really cares.
This Friday September 22nd the single will be released with all proceeds being donated to The Irish Heart Foundation (for the prevention of heart attacks & stroke) and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The single is available to pre-order from iTunes for just 99 cent here
Watch the video below….
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Hope you’re all enjoying the August bank holiday weekend in Ireland!!!
With all my travels of late I’m a little behind on my blogs, but over the coming weeks I’ll get on top of that and post up all the latest including my recent tours of Finland, Germany & Slovakia.
Just before I left for Slovakia I popped into Newstalk for a chat and live performance with the lovely Bobby Kerr. I have uploaded one of the songs which I performed live on the programme titled ‘Grass Is Blue’ below which I hope you enjoy.
Next Friday night 11th August, Clive Barnes & I will close Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre at 8pm.
To celebrate that, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre are giving away TWO pairs of tickets for the gig!!!!
For details to enter, pop across to Birr Theatre & Arts Centre‘s Facebook page. Winners will be announced on Birr Theatre & Arts Centre‘s Facebook page Monday 7 August at 3pm.
I’m so excited to announce that I will perform live this Sunday morning (July 23rd) on Bobby’s Late Breakfast on Newstalk 106-108 FM.
I’ll be joining Bobby Kerr for a chat and a couple of tunes throughout the show which airs from 9am-11am.
For our oversea friends you can listen in online here
Don’t forget you can text and tweet the show;
Text: 53106 – (texts cost 30c)
Twitter: Use the hashtag #ntfm @NewstalkFM
I had a wonderful time this morning chatting with the lovely Eimear Ní Bhraonáin on KCLR 96FM ahead of my upcoming songwriting workshops with IMRO in secondary schools. The first workshops starts this Monday in Muine Bheag Vocational School Bagenalstown Co. Carlow.
Listen to the interview and live performance of ‘Day Is Done’ from my EP ‘Roll The Dice’ below…
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‘Give Me Shelter’ has just been released online TODAY and is currently at no 4 in the iTunes Charts. I am absolutely overwhelmed with the reaction so far and am so grateful to all of you who have purchased the single. You can purchase from iTunes for just 99cents here. Lets get it to no 1
‘Give Me Shelter’ is the first online release from ‘Songs From The Vault’ in which I will release a previously unreleased original track online from my back catalog on the first Friday of every month.
I’m thrilled to tell you all that I will be appearing tomorrow morning on TV3’s Saturday AM for an interview ahead of our upcoming show at Dublin’s Temple Bar Tradfest.
I’ll be joining Anna Daly, Simon Delaney and the crew just after 9.30am for a chat on the sofa ahead of our headline gig with Clive Barnes, Leslie Dowdall, Mike Hanrahan and myself at St Werburgh Church Saturday January 28th. With still some tickets available, you can purchase them online here
I’ll also be opening for the amazing Maria McKee Friday January 27th at St Patricks Cathedral as part of the festival.
For our overseas viewers you can catch the show on the player here here
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.
I just wanted to let you all know about a very exciting gig that’s happening this month….Saturday January 28th Clive Barnes, Leslie Dowdall, Mike Hanrahan and I play the stunning St Werburgh’s Church Dublin as part of the Temple Bar Tradfest 2017.
Tickets are priced at €19.99 including booking fee and available online to purchase here however we advice to book early as all shows are selling out fast.
Doors at 8pm | Performace starts at 8:30pm
Watch a live performance of ‘Killing The Blues’ recorded on an iphone at Cleere’s Theatre Kilkenny below.
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Wishing you all a very happy, prosperous and safe 2017…..
Four of Ireland’s finest are coming to a venue near you to showcase their song writing and performing talents in an intimate setting.
Leslie Dowdall & Mike Hanrahan have been performing together since 2009
while Luan Parle & Clive Barnes have been performing together since 2014. This tour will see all four artists perform solo and collaborative sets.
Front-woman of legendary Irish band In Tua Nua, Leslie Dowdall’s solo career began in earnest with the release of her first album in 1997, the artfully entitled ‘No Guilt, No Guile’. The album won high praise for the creativity, vision and the soulful vocals and included hit single ‘Wonderful Thing’, among other highlights.
Mike Hanrahan’s first solo recording ‘Someone Like You’ featured the timeless classic ‘We Had it All’ a song later recorded by Ronnie Drew, Eleanor Shanley and Mary Coughlan. Mike spent 14 years as a member of Stockton’s Wing and many years as producer, writer and guitarist with Ronnie Drew
Clive Barnes has been gaining a worldwide reputation as one of the finest songwriters and guitarists on today’s scene. Having played and recorded with Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb to name but a few, Clive has won various awards including Album of the Year in the US magazine ‘Acoustic Guitar’.
Meteor and Tatler Award winner Luan Parle’s top 10 hit single ‘Ghost’ spent 3 months in the Irish Charts and was one of the most played songs on radio that year. Having signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age, Parle has written and recorded with some of the world’s most successful Grammy winning songwriters & producers.
Leslie & Mike, Luan & Clive will be collaborating to bring you an eclectic and exciting mix from four of Ireland’s finest Singer Songwriters.