Next Year

I came across a song recently called “Next Year” by Donovan Woods and the lyrics really hit me like a ton of bricks. Donovan is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Typically, it’s something we all say on a regular basis… I’ll do that next year,...

Songs (and how they trigger memories)

It’s funny how songs can instantly trigger memories, be they good or bad, happy or sad. Happily the story I’m about to tell you is a funny one. It’s from the time when we were playing bars and small clubs all over the mainland of Europe. On this...
More short stories in Ireland’s Own

More short stories in Ireland’s Own

Ireland’s Own is Ireland’s longest running and best selling magazine. As you can see from the date on the attached photo, it’s first edition was back in 1902. That’s a long time ago so they must be doing something right. I’ve been lucky...

Traces Of The Future – an update

You may remember I wrote about this documentary back in April… about how it came into being and all that followed. Well, I thought it might be nice to report on the progress since. It has been well received around the world. Just this last weekend, it was...

Chris Smithers’ version of Desolation Row

Every now and then you come across something on YouTube that hits you right between the eyes. While browsing this week I came across Chris Smither’s cover version of the Bob Dylan song, Desolation Row. It’s on his Train Home CD, which was released back in...

Playing with Snowy White

Actually, my first encounter with Snowy was in Germany. We were both booked to play the same club on the same night. We were the opening act. I was perfectly happy with that arrangement. Shows start early in Germany. They’re always run well and on time, and if...