Archive for July, 2015

Here is a video of an acoustic performance of The Ballad of Christopher Robin which my friend Maria and I had fun shooting in Cavan 🙂

Thanks to Maria Smith for the video and the residents of River Street for being good sports 🙂

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Empire Evolution- Prologue

Posted: July 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

Here is a reading of Empire Evolution’s prologue in a ghost estate house that I think looks quite like it could be a padded cell 😉

I haven’t updated this lately because I’ve been working hard on the follow-up to Barbed-Wire Cage- my new punk-poetry EP Detonation Day.  I’ve been recording it in the Underground Studios in the Axis Ballymun and so far, I’ve gotten the guitar tracks for Dollhouse and Gatecrashing done.  I hope to get back in the studio over the next week or two.  The Ballad of Christopher Robin is up next to record, followed by Red Rover.  Both of those are 100% ready to record.  The only thing, there is a slight issue with Christopher Robin, which is, I can’t decide whether it sounds better on acoustic or electric guitar.  I love the boom-chicka freight-train rhythm of the acoustic version, but it also sounds good with the filthy distorted crunch of my Epiphone SG.  I first noticed the issue when I was playing a short set at A-Musing last Sunday night.  A-Musing is a an awesome night of poetry, music and comedy held on the last Sunday night of every month, and every Monday night, run by the hugely talented David Hynes.  There were so many gifted people performing and it was an honour to play the same bill as them.  I decided to play acoustic as it would take less set-up time, and it’s a no-mic situation, so I think for future performances, unless it’s specifically a plug-in onstage situation, I’ll be bringing my acoustic Frank along.  I performed The Ballad of Christopher Robin, Kaput and Chrysalis, and noticed how Frank produced a sound that could rival the dirty punk sound of the original version.  It may be a good idea to record both versions, and release both of them if I can’t decide.

A couple of Fridays ago, I also performed at an arts night called Friday Arts at No.5, run by the awesome Shirley Clark, though this time I performed without Frank.  I decided it was way too scary to consider performing my poems and play guitar at the same time.  I’ve since become a bit more ballsy about my performances- plus, playing guitar stops me from shoving my hands in my pockets and hiding in my hair.  I’m not exactly the most forthcoming person in social situations, but I’m still learning!  I’ve met so many amazing people at every event I’ve gone to lately, and I feel like a lot of them have helped me evolve as a performer even within the last couple of weeks 🙂

Here are a couple of shots from last Sunday night at A-Musings taken by my sister Caroline.  I’ll keep the site up to date with the stuff I get up to.  I’m doing a video documentary on the making of Detonation Day at the minute so I’ll try to get some of that produced and uploaded on here too.

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