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My Hometown Virginia – A blog from Ralph

I was going to write a blog and give a little bit of background on the recording process, etc. but then Ralph posted this lovely piece on Facebook and I thought to myself - this tells the same story but from a different perspective. I think you'll enjoy it.Barry Mc...

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10 Albums – 2019

Allison Moorer - Blood: let's kick off with a recent release - Blood from Allison Moorer. It was released in October this year and it's a really strong album, IMHO. It's her tenth album but the first on her own record label. Here's the title track, Blood.James Taylor...

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Finding peace within

I came across this article recently, written by Madisyn Taylor. As you can imagine, the title caught my eye. If we are to have true peace in the world, we must first find it within ourselves. Most people agree that a more...

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When to play “Rock Around The Clock”

As some of you may be aware, I'm still writing (just not songs these days). A while back, I had the following story published in "Ireland's Own" magazine. It was a thrill to have it accepted. One, two, three o’clock, four o’clock...

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10 albums – 2018

America - Original Album Series (a 5-CD package): you probably all remember songs such as 'Horse With No Name" and "Ventura Highway" but the group America was more than just those two songs.Some of their latter albums were...

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Just Plain Folks Awards

Awards and winning often go hand-in-hand... and winning (or losing) often goes hand-in-hand with competition... and I'm just not that into competing. Hence you'll seldom see my name in competitions or up for an award. They say -...

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Composed the soundtrack for a documentary

Recently I had the opportunity to do something new musically. Together with Ralph - you know him from the "Troubadour" CD/DVD - we composed and recorded the complete soundtrack for a documentary. It was fun to do... and like I...

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Having my music used in a film (Dead Load)

I remember receiving an e-mail one day, out of the blue, asking if it was possible to use my music in a film. I thought about it for a really long time (about five seconds) and decided that would be cool. The e-mail came from a...

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Happy New Year – Tolerance (guide word)

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. It's that time of the year when people attempt to write new habits into their lifestyle. Some of those habits hold and some of them slip away. It's not the...

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10 albums I’ve listened to a lot this year

• Sweet Bells - Kate Rusby: Kate is a Yorkshire lass and sings lots of old mining songs from that area. "Sweet Bells" is a Christmas album, hence my playing it a lot these days.• Elton John (the black album) - Elton John: I...

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