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The Sunday Songbrunch

Today’s singer-songwriters inhabit the world of “Sessions” – the modern equivalent of the folk clubs of the sixties and seventies that gave all the great names their start – safe havens to develop their craft, try out their songs and play original material to a listening audience. Since I returned to music two years ago … Read More

Bargain Time

It’ll soon be two years (gulp!) since my three albums were released, so the CDs have now been reclassified as back-catalogue. This means they continue to be available in the stores but at a new, lower price. You can now find them in Tower Records, Freebird and Dunboyne Sports and Leisure for €6 each – … Read More

A single for Focus Ireland

We all want to do our bit for homelessness so I’ve written and recorded a Christmas single. It’s available from iTunes and the other download sites and the proceeds will all go to Focus Ireland. It certainly got off to a good start – top of the iTunes singer-songwriter charts on November 18th! There are … Read More

Brimful In My Soul

How long does it take to write a song? That’s a bit like asking how long is a piece of string. There was a famous conversation in which Leonard Cohen told Bob Dylan that “Hallelujah” took a few years to write, whereupon Dylan responded that one of his songs, which Cohen had said he liked, … Read More

A Hometown gig

Sidewinder was seen as a Dunboyne band, although only one of the band actually lived there. We did, however, rehearse in a shed beside his house, out the country a bit from the village. That was how I came to know Dunboyne, and a little seed was planted in my mind that eventually saw me … Read More

A great review in Hot Press

Hot Press has been the bible for Irish music, going right back to my first time around the block, forty years ago; and Jackie Hayden is a legend in his own right, not least as the man who signed U2 to their first record deal. So, when Jackie Hayden gives An Irish Life such a … Read More

Voices In My Head

I’m just an ordinary guy…I watch a bit of football, play a bit of music – my life is ordinary in every way, apart from the aliens who communicate with the world through voices in my head. Now they’ve planted a song, fully-formed, in my brain and insisted I release it as a single. You … Read More

The reviewer nailed it!

In a very crowded market, it’s hard for independent Irish singer-songwriters to get their work reviewed, but one person who has been doing great work in helping to plug the gap is Liam Oragh. Liam is a talented singer-songwriter himself but he also has a real gift for writing, and you’ll find loads of well-crafted … Read More