Six months after buying my first guitar for my 55th birthday and learning a few chords, I had written enough songs for a two hour set and decided to form my first band and took to the stage for the first time. After playing many gigs locally I continued writing my songs and learned my trade. A chance meeting with a musician friend pointed me in the direction of North Leitrim and South Donegal where I met an amazing group of musicians who not only believed in my songs but brought their own unique talent to them, not least my producer Marc Geagan who opened up a whole new landscape for my music and songs. The result of that first meeting and the years that led up to it are encapsulated in this debut album ‘Always Broke Never Broken’ which we are recording in Bundoran. We hope to launch the album in March in a venue in South Donegal or North Leitrim.
'Cannot Find My Feet' A sample from the album.
'Curmudgeon Song' A sample from the album.
If successful the moneys raised will be spent on the following.
Recording € 900
Mixing & Mastering €900
CD Duplication €500
CD Artwork and Design €400
Marketing & Promotion €500
'Won't Do That' The Ronan Gallagher Band Live
I had never played guitar, written a song, or stood on a stage until my late 50s. Since then I have learned my trade and have been very privileged and flattered to be working with some of the finest musicians in Ireland on this, my debut album, musicians such as Jason Kelly (guitars), Sean Reynolds (Slow Place Like Home) (drums) and mandolin player Henry Pierce (Stone Rangers), with guest appearances by Pedal Steel guitarist Richard Nelson (Van Morrison) Sean McCarron (Henry McCullough) Sax, Donal McGuiness (Henry Girls, Tucan) Trombone, and Matt Jennings (Henry Girls) Sax, and all under the experienced guidance of my producer and double bassist Marc Geagan (ex Mirenda Rosenberg Band, Erdini).
The greatest challenge for most bands and musicians, apart from actually writing and recording songs, is getting them heard and reaching an audience. CDs will be sent to many local and national radio stations and a promotional tour of the album will coincide with the release.
I am in the process of recording my debut album ‘Always Broke Never Broken’ which is the culmination of three year’s work since I started in the music business. I need your support in getting the album recorded. After that we have to get it mixed, mastered, designed, printed, duplicated, and promoted.
Many thanks for taking the time to read about my project. I hope I have gone some way to convince you of its merit and that you will make a pledge and support me in getting this over the line.
Music. It's a wonderful thing. :)
Ronan Gallagher :)
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