New York, New York

Hey folks!

Touched down in New York City today. Last time I was here was November 2009, and it has been too long! Really looking forward to adjusting to life in Brooklyn with a fellow County Derry man by the name of Shane. I’ve already had a little taste of the cuisine in a diner on 1st avenue and 33rd street; a monster BLT I believe it was called… its a bit different from a Centra sandwich on Botanic Avenue in Belfast! Sleep deprived, cold and grumpy I trailed an overweight bag, a laptop and a guitar around the subway this evening, so I am glad to be settled now with a cup of tea (punjana of course) and a slice of cold pizza (very american huh??). I’m Gonna be making a few video blogs very soon, and announcing little bits of news so watch this space! Sign up to the blog using the button to the right, and tell a friend!

This made me laugh earlier; a game of hangman on my continental flight… they obviously put a lot of thought into the choice of words to make it extra difficult.

John :) xo

New Year – New Blog

Hey Folks!

So this is the start of my new blog…

Hope you guys are all having a good 2011 so far! I though I would start off with mentioning the brilliant gig I had at Christmas; opening for the legend that is Henry McCullough. When I was still at school I used to go and see Henry play all the time just up the road from me in Magherafelt, and he is always a joy to watch. He is the sort of man who jams for two and a half hours with his band without taking a break and it never gets boring, not even for a second! I was a fan of Henry’s before I could play guitar myself, so it was a real joy to be asked to open for him at this local show. I was joined by Odhran Devlin on bass and we had a real ball, so big thanks to everyone who made the effort to come down to the gig on what was a miserable and damp evening outside. There was a really great atmosphere in the room, so thanks to everyone who listened to intently! :)

We squeezed in 8 tunes…

1. Building a Picture
2. I Already Know
3. Corner of the room
4. Always to blame
5. Fair Weather
6. Take My Advice
7. Simple Gesture
8. Closing Doors

and heres me and henry… he loved the festive mustache… probably the only person in the room who did to be fair.

rock on good people!
John :) xo