Video by Emil Damyanov
Hi everyone, and happy new year. I hope 2019 is one of health and friendship, family and happiness!
We are playing our first show of the year in Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligoon January 19th. If you are about, we'd love to see you there. I'm really glad that my uncle Eoin Mac Lochlainn is providing the artwork to accompany 'Ag Ól, ag Ól ag an Garbhóg' which we will launch in Sligo, fittingly. The beautiful image is from an exhibition by Eoin which was at the Olivier Cornet Gallery exploring climate change and particularly the significance of trees. One of the verses in the song (written with Enda Reilly Music) is:
'An tuath seo lán\/ de cuimhne soleir
Dath ór/ tine ar-an uisce
Fuaimeanna na h-oiche sna crainnte'
which roughly translates as
'This land is full of bright memory
The golden colour of fire on the water
The sounds of the night in the trees'
So, I felt that line was connected to the painting by Eoin. I'll share the new version of the song here shortly.
I’ve really enjoyed working on a series of haiku for poet Stephen James Smith alongside my brothers Kevin and Páraic who were working on the videos. I recorded Stephen in my house and composed the music alongside Billy Donohue from my band Nocturnes. We had a lot of fun recording the poems - some of them are particularly moving and some of them are funny, some of them are thoughtful and earnest.
Stephen is an inspiring guy to work with. I’ve known him since he started the Glór sessions, a music and poetry night which used to run in Dublin a few years back. We always said we would worked together at some point so it’s been a treat to make these videos and also to collaborate with my brothers, all in the same project. Here’s Stephen delivering a brilliant performance on The Late Late in London last weekend.
We’ll have a full video shortly of all the pieces together.
Me and Enda will be playing An Puball Gaeilge on Friday 31st August at Electric Picnic (Mindfield area) early evening.
Here's our new feel good hit of the summer (!) 'Confetti'. Featuring the talents of Darragh Nolan, Billy Donohue, John O'Grady, TJ Lipple and me.
Hope you enjoy,