I cant believe 2012 is coming to an end, and what a year it has been! This year has seen the release of the Training Up My Soul EP and an accompanying music video. I have written a bucket load of new songs and played shows as far away as Texas and LA.
I cant think of a better way to round it off than a show at Rockwood Music Hall.
There might even be a Christmas cover on the cards…
When the end of 2012 rolls around I will be a resident of Brooklyn two years.
I am delighted to announce that I have teamed up with Matt Torrey and his amazing venue, nestled in East Williamsburg for a special performance. On December 5th Matt Torrey’s will host a Building Pictures showcase, just off the ‘Grand’ stop on the L train.
With four EPs under my belt, and with preparations under way for my full length debut, this showcase couldn’t come at a better time. The good people at Matt Torrey’s have such a beautiful space at their disposal, and I am really honored to have been approached to do this. This performance will be my first dedicated Building Pictures showcase that I will be overseeing since I moved to the states. The last show of a similar nature was when I launched the ‘Closing Doors’ EP in The Cellar Bar in Draperstown, County Derry… lets make this one a night to remember as well.
Expect new songs, and a few surprises. We cant wait…
Last week I took my first trip to Los Angeles. I’ve made a lot of friends all over the world since I started making music, and quite a few of them reside in LA. When the Hollywood Hills called, I jumped.
I think you all know this sign.
LA from the Griffith Observatory
I wish they made em like they used to…
I was gifted a signed guitar of Ben Harpers to write with for a few days.
In-N-Out Burger… quite possibly the best fast food burger I’ve ever had.
The Paramount Ranch, nestled in the Malibu Canyon. Felt like Clint Eastwood for an hour.
Next Show is December 5th in Brooklyn. Details coming soon. xo
I dont think anyone could really have imagined that the impact of Sandy would have been so great. As I near the end of my second full year in New York, this city really does feel like my home from home. Just yesterday I walked over the Brooklyn Bridge and set foot in Manhattan for the first time in almost a week. The scene that awaited me was like something from a science fiction movie. The streets were empty and the street lights were off. All those iconic buildings at the foot of Manhattan that appear on every family photograph that is snapped on the Staten Island ferry were all in darkness. The famous financial district was a ghost town.
Even though I have been living in Brooklyn since the start of 2011, I still get excited when I walk around the sky scrapers. There is a buzz in New York that cannot be explained. Every person that visits can feel something in their veins, and I still feel it. On Monday evening I sat around the TV will my housemates and watched the storm coverage unfold on the news. It was crazy. For some reason that I cannot explain we never lost power, heat or running water in my neighborhood. I still can’t believe how lucky we were.
It is hard not to admire all that is good about Americans. There is such positivity among people here, even when they get knocked like they did this week. To all my friends out there who suffered, and are still suffering from the impact of the storm, you guys are amazing. New York and its people have made me feel so welcome, and I can’t wait until this city is back on top.
I’ve had some people asking if our show on Monday night is still going ahead and I am glad to let you all know that it is. We are playing Rockwood Music Hall with an 8pm stage time. Facebook event page is HERE with all the important details.
I am very happy to inform you all know about our next show on September 12th. We will be taking to the stage at 9pm in Rockwood Music Hall, NYC. I have been making a point of trying out new songs every time I play Rockwood, and this show will be no different. So if you want a sneak preview of some new tunes i’ve been working on then get it in your diary.
Get down 15 minutes early to guarantee yourself a seat!
Last night I had the great honor of performing at the residence of the Irish Consul General in New York. It was the closing ceremony of the New York-New Belfast Conference. I really didn’t know what to expect upon my arrival at Mr Noel Kilkennys residence, and when I did arrive I was completely overwhelmed by the welcome that was offered to me by both Noel and his lovely wife Hanora. When I walked through the front door of the apartment, I immediately made a line for the living room window just to take in the view of Manhattan. It was breathtaking.
So I knew I was going to have quite a view when performing, my stage would be just in front of the fireplace. We made our way up the stairs to the second floor… and then the view from the balcony hit me…
After a few beverages, all the distinguished guests gathered around the fireplace downstairs and I was encouraged to play. At this stage I knew there was only one song that I could play – Closing Doors. This song, written in the summer of 2009 will always be my New York song. It was written two weeks into my first ever visit to this great city. As I tuned my guitar I thought to myself that every single person gathered in front of me will relate to the lyrics. I dont think I have ever had such an intense listening crowd, it was a little overwhelming… but I couldn’t have felt any more positivity from everyone in the room. It was such a great feeling for me to have real New Yorkers shake my hand and tell me that my song summed up so much of what it was like for them growing up in Queens, Brooklyn or the Bronx. I was overjoyed, and very humbled.
I took a seat and listened to a reading by the wonderfully gifted Belfast actress Geraldine Hughes (Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa). Its days like this that really inspire me. I never really take anything for granted, especially not opportunities like this one. My only regret about last night was that my Father was not in the room. Although to be fair I dont think Noel Kilkenny would have gotten a wink of sleep last night as I’m sure if he and Hugh Gribbin had have got together the two of them would have hit it off talking about football for five hours…
I woke up this morning early, with very little sleep, and I was bright as a button. Its good to be alive.
Heres me hanging out with my dear friend, the very gifted playwright James Kerr. Im now on Instagram… if you can’t tell by the gloss and sheen of my snaps above?? follow me @Buildingpictures.
Next Show is June 27th at Rockwood Music Hall. Event Page HERE
Last night at the Living Room was my first Friday night performance in New York City… and boy did we have fun.
One of the highlights of the show was definitely when we were joined on stage by the very talented Rebecca Jordan. Rebecca and myself have been writing together a lot recently, and last night we debuted a song called “To Be Bold.” There will be some more news on our recent collaborations coming very soon…
It was a night of firsts, as a new track entitled ‘Fighter’ also got its first play outside the realms of the rehearsal space.
I’m playing my first Friday night show in New York this Friday, June 1st… click HERE for all the important details
I’ve been locked in my home studio a lot recently. There is two reasons for this, One – I now (kinda) know my way around a Keyboard. And two – I have a new room mate…
Im really an acoustic player at heart, always will be. If i was ever going to own an electric it was going to be a fender telecaster. I’ve been looking for this exact model for a while now and when I saw it a couple of days ago in Queens I knew I was taking it home. I’m looking forward to writing with this baby and making a damn good racket.