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Dublin To Boston Bay
Wednesday, April 26th 2017

My occasional musical partner-in-crime Alan Kavanagh recently asked if I knew anyone who might be able to do a simple animated video for a demo of his song “Dublin To Boston Bay.” I do, but they’re all much too busy thanks to Ireland’s booming animation industry. So I came up with a basic story concept inspired by his lyrics, then broke out the pencils…

This was made by scanning the drawings into Photoshop for a little tidying-up, then using iMovie to synch them to the appropriate lyrics and to add the Ken Burns zooms and pans.

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For I Have Synths
Thursday, March 23rd 2017

A little something I threw together in Garageband that proves I shouldn’t be let near keyboards or synthesisers.

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Wednesday, March 15th 2017

They say that people generally stop listening to new music around the age of 33.

“NONSENSE!” I thought. I’ve listened to loads of new music in the last year, thanks to Spotify and 8Radio and TXFM (may she rest in peace). Thundercat. Childish Gambino. Father John Misty. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. The Amazons.

But I can barely remember a single one of their songs. Don’t ask me to hum one because I’m not sure I could.

The temptation is to claim that new music just isn’t as good as the old stuff. ‘Old stuff’ here meaning 1995 to 2001. As someone who was an Oasis fan in that era, I can’t really make that argument with a straight face.

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Happy New Year!
Sunday, January 1st 2012

My New Year’s resolution is best expressed in musical form:

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December Eve
Thursday, December 15th 2011

“December Eve” is a Christmas song written and recorded by Shade of Light (Clare Meleady and Fiona Gill). They’ve released the song on CD and Download in aid of two Cystic Fibrosis charities, The Tracie Lawlor Trust and Life Matters 4 CF.

I’ve known Clare for many years through being involved with the Salt & Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band. Normally around this time of year, the Salt and Pepper band would be staging a fundraising concert for one of the charities we supported, but since our band leader passed away in 2009, it’s become pretty much impossible to organize any gigs. So I was really delighted when Clare asked me to play guitar for some of the promotional shows she and Fiona were holding to promote the song.

The song is selling well and is on the way to making a bucketload of money for the two charities. Limited copies are available for purchase from Tower Records and selected HMV stores. You can also download it from iTunes.

It’s a great song, and it’s for a great cause. We’re hoping to go busking in Dublin city centre this Sunday, 18th December, so if you happen to see us, please buy a CD (or two or three).

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