Please support my Fund it campaign to help me with the mastering, copyright and duplication of my debut album.
This album is a collection of some of my favourite songs from artists as diverse as Woody Guthrie, Ron Sexsmith and Billy Bragg and also features some original material. I am joined by an incredibly talented band of musicians and the songs range from simple acoustic renditions to complex ensemble arrangements.
I lived in Chicago for many years and toured America, both as a solo performer and as a member of the well-known Chicago band ‘The Drovers’ – playing at the Grand Ole Opry and opening for Loudon Wainwright, Ike Reilly and many others. Having moved back to Ireland in 1994, I continued to play traditional Irish music, travelling around the country and Europe with the Kilkenny band ‘Friary Street’, with whom I recorded a self-titled album in 2010.
It was through traditional music that I met many of the fantastic musicians who have collaborated with me on this record. Colm O’ Caoimh (Dé Dannan, Caladh Nua) provides piano, guitar, bass and backing vocals. Winifred Horan (Solas; McAuley, Horan & O’Caoimh) contributes beautiful string arrangements with multi-layered violin parts, which weave effortlessly with the cello lines from emerging talent, Cormac O’ Briain. Cian McKenna and Luke Browne (both ex-Khadynka) are on drums and electric guitar respectively. Other guest musicians include Seán Brennan on trumpet and Clive Barnes on lap-steel. The album was recorded and mixed by Andrew Byrne at Goslingstown and The Mill Studios and Andrew can also be heard playing the double bass on a number of tracks.
This project has been an incredibly enjoyable experience for all involved and a huge effort has gone into creating a collection of songs that we are sure you will enjoy. Please help us to complete the bespoke CD artwork, professional mastering and pay the costs of copyright fees for any non-original material. This project has been completed to date with the goodwill and generosity of all involved. All the songs have been recorded and mixed and the cover artwork is designed. We are 95% there and with your support, we can bring this record to fruition.
I'd like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support for this project. We have spent a lot of time and effort on this album and now thanks to all of you we can get it finished!! Thanks so much!! I will keep you posted with our progress over the coming weeks.