News, live dates….

NEW!! Heres a little something to keep you going, from our latest bunch of songs. It’s actually how the song sounds at this moment on the way to being on the new record. This version with just Manu, Rolf and myself is much more chilled than when we have played it live a few times. This song prompts the question, when recording, when is a song finished? The accompanying video is made up of images of my favourite tree, (known as Eichendorf’s tree in my family.) I hope it brings some good vibes…and let us know how you like it.

Dont Look Back and Eichendorf’s Tree bring you these minutes of calmness

TONIGHT 22 Jan I can’t recommend this enough. Especially if you have even a passing interest in Ireland, Irish literature, or Ireland’s relationship with England. You might enjoy a highly stimulating exchange involving one of Irelands finest journalists and writers as he waxes lyrical about one of Irelands greatest ever writers and all round friend of the famous, George Bernard Shaw. Fintan O’ Tooles book Judging Shaw was one of the most exhilarating reads I’ve had in the past two years. I read it without having any real knowledge about Shaw but O’Toole himself is so very accomplished and the book is beautifully constructed and written. My old school buddy Joe Nugent is one of the hosts of The Irish Influence with co-host Mike Cronin, Award winning journalist and author Fintan O’ Toole is the guest. The format is simple, anyone can join, works like a regular zoom meeting except your mic and video are muted. So at least drop in and check it out, you won’t leave.. I promise.

Fintan O’ Toole

If you have any information about interesting poetry, writing, songwriting events you would like to share – let’s have it!

What can go wrong with an Irishman who loves poetry in the White House.

Here’s wishing all my friends in the States all the very best for the future. The relief is palpable even over here in Europe. What can go wrong with an Irishman who loves poetry in the White House. There’s something wonderful about poetry. It transcends our daily cravings for instant data and detail. Cuts to the emotional whole. Comforts, supports and shines a light on dark places, in the furthest reaches of our soul.

Good luck to y’all. So you might enjoy reading again the words Joe Biden used to mark the occasion (he often quotes the third verse) – from The Cure at Troy from Ireland’s Nobel prize winning poet Seamus Heaney.

Sign up for info on the new album – benefits ensue – the song is king

I have some news, one benefits from ordering early. It will contain 12 new songs in a special edition package with lots of extra goodies including an exclusive and unusual lyric book plus some other beautiful rewards for early ordering. Next week I will also give you a little taster of some of the new songs. They were again written in collaboration with Manu Stegmüller (below) my writing buddy from Random Songs, budding multi-instrumentalist and of course one half of Koku-Pyne and member of The Song Is King collective.

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Manu Stegmüller
The OK Band – Oliver Kuka, Rolf Breyer, Holger Nesweda (not in pic)

So, no gigs! But we would still love to here from you – we are now planning for the second half of this year first half of next hopefully the situation will have improved by then

AT THIS TIME WE ADHERE TO ALL CORONA REGULATIONS – Stay Safe – Stop the Spread – Wear a Mask!!

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