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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I’m so excited to announce that the official video for Your Love Still Guides My Way by Students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin will go live at 9am tomorrow morning on Coláiste Chill Mhantáin’s Facebook page which you can view here
The single will be released next Friday September 22nd (Culture Night) with all proceeds being donated to The Irish Heart Foundation (for the prevention of heart attacks and stroke) & The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
I am delighted to announce that I’ll be performing at The 8th Annual Celebration of Christie Hennessy & Songwriters which will take place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of November.
I’m delighted to tell you that I will be performing at The Ashe Hotel Tralee Friday November 3rd at the Troubadour Club.
I was involved in the very first celebration, performing & hosting songwriting workshops in secondary schools throughout Tralee so it is a great honour to be invited back again this year.
On Saturday afternoon there will be music related events and in the evening the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest. The weekend has now become a main platform for songwriters in Ireland and I am very excited to perform….
Keep an eye out in tour dates for ticket information,
So I’ve been meaning to write this for a long time and have only just found time to sit down and do it!!!
I have had the most amazing summer this year, touring Finland, Germany and most recently Slovakia.
At the start of June, Clive & I flew over to Finland for the second time this year to play The Country and Folk Festival in beautiful Heinola alongside our pal Mundy and very special guests. We had a fabulous time seeing all our Finnish & Irish friends and played a couple of tunes onstage with Mundy. You can watch a short clip here of ‘Dead Flowers’
Clive & I flew from Helsinki airport to Düsseldorf Airport to embark on our 11 date tour of Germany. It was my first time in Germany so I was extremely excited. We met our booking agent the wonderful Petra and her lovely husband Dirk and what a friendship was formed. We had the most amazing tour, saw some incredible places and made lifelong friends, with plans to return in November 2018.
During our show at the incredible Synagoge Ahrweiler we had the great pleasure of Dirk Eisenburger joining us onstage to perform Ghost. It was such a treat…Petra managed to capture the performance on her iPhone which you can watch below…
I have uploaded some pictures below from the trip…
After Germany my brother John & I returned once again to Slovakia to headline The FestDobréRybníky. 9 years ago I met festival promoter and my great friend Cali when I played his festival FestDobréBohunice for the first time and have been returning to play ever since. In recent years, John has been joining me onstage which has been incredible and every year we make wonderful new friends. This year, performed live on Slovakia’s biggest TV show Televízia Markíza on the breakfast show Teleráno. You can watch the interview & live performance below..
I have included a few pictures from the trip below..
I had to upload this video, although I’m sure the boys don’t even remember me taking it
Another highlight from our trip to Slovakia was meeting the wonderfully talented Laura Peterson. Laura is phenomenal singer and joined us onstage for 3 songs at Hotel Kristina, Dubnica.. I have to also mention that Laura only heard the songs the morning before the show.
Cali managed to capture Laura performing Free with with us on his iPhone below…
After what has been a hectic year, I am taking a little time out now to continue working on my new album. I have a couple of other exciting projects that I will be working on also including the release of ‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’, a song that was written during one of my IMRO songwriting workshops in April with students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin . The song will be released as a single this September 22nd with all proceeds going to The Irish Heart Foundation & also The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
I am also very excited to announce that I’ll be performing at the Christy Hennessy Festival in Tralee County Kerry November 03rd alongside some of Ireland’s greatest talents so keep an eye out for upcoming events and projects.
Chat soon amigos….
I’m absolutely delighted to be involved in a fabulous event that’s taking place this September in aid of Tiglin Co Wicklow.
An evening of Glitz and Glamour, will take place in the beautiful, newly refurbished Whale Theatre, Theatre Lane, Greystones on 15th September 2017.
The fashion extravaganza, styled by Joanne Costello from X Media, will showcase Autumn/Winter ‘17 collections from top Irish Designers and the best of Greystones boutiques.
I’ll be performing a couple of tunes on the night alongside Pop/Rock Band ‘Taken’; Reuben Evans, RTE Presenter & Entertainer and DJ Steven Cooper, 98fm. Tracy Piggott will be MC and there will be special guest appearances too!
Standard Ticket €40 (Goodie bag by The Guinot Salon Greystones – value €55 plus a great night out!)
VIP Ticket €75 (Goodie bag by both The Guinot Salon Greystones value €85 and Brooke & Shoals Fragrances value €40 plus a great night out!).
Tiglin is a registered charity based in Wicklow which provide services to the homeless five days a week through their No Bucks Café which gives food, blankets, clothing and toiletries to those sleeping rough on the streets.
Tiglin is also an addiction treatment centre with centres in Ashford, Brittas Bay, and Arklow, with a housing facility in Carraig Eden, Greystones.
Purchase tickets here
For more information contact Yvonne Hyland at [email protected]
Clive Barnes and I are so excited to play the Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival at the Birr Theatre & Arts Centre Co Offaly on the closing night of the festival this Friday August 11th at 8pm.
Tickets are selling fast so purchase yours online now (and choose your own seats) here for €15
Look forward to seeing you there,