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When to play “Rock Around The Clock”

As some of you may be aware, I'm still writing (just not as many 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 rock...Five, six, seven...

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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 produced by George Martin. Here is a track...

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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 - whoever 'they' are - that as an artist...

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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 said a new experience. It was something...

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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 guy called Greg Corcoran. It seems he...

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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 end of the world if they do. The best...

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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 finally got it for my collection. I've loved...

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Article in Ireland’s Own magazine

"Ireland's Own" - as they say themselves "the week wouldn't be the same without it". I'm sure that rings true for many a household. I know I've seen it around for as long as I can remember. Imagine the changes that have taken place in the world since it was first...

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Happy New Year – Compassion (guide word)

Happy New Year - Compassion [guide word] So, here we are again, ringing in another New Year. What will this new year hold for us? As I have been doing for many years now, I have picked a word that I will use as my guide word for this year. This year that word is...

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New Spotlight Magazine

Since I added the "New Spotlight" section to the website, I've been contacted on a regular basis by: people looking for info on some of the musicians and bands mentioned (as in, do you know where they are now), people who used to buy Spotlight every week themselves,...

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