Some lovely gigs coming up soon, this Thursday 23rd Aug. in L’Atitude 51, a gorgeous venue at a famous address, once the Lobby bar… then it’s down west near Dingle to Annascaul and Joan’s Cafe Nua on Friday 24th. The following week I’m up to Belfast on Friday 31st to the fabulous Duncairn arts centre and quckly down south to Kerry again next day and The Beach hut cafe in Fenit on Saturday 1st September..
That will see our Summer out and a cosy autumn in so, after a brief break I’ll be back again for a fantastic New singing festival in Drimoleague in the heart of West Cork Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd I’ll be around all weekend …That will be in different venues and the festival full of singers and lovers of singing and singers,amazingly I’ve been invited as the Guest Singer,happy days!.
Other dates to be announced including Dingle on September 24th, Nellie Fred’s and St. Jame’s church.. see ye there!
Some great news in the past week in that my song of childhood ‘The Curra Road’ was performed by Zoe Conway and John Mc Intyre along with the RTE National Concert Orchestra at the Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda
It was such a thrill for me to be there and to hear it live, truly a magical moment.I think it might have been recorded the following night at the National Concert Hall which would have been something to see and hear but we were galivanting around Ballydehob entertaining the last of the holiday makers, lined up like swallows ready to fly back to the reality of other time!.Ye should check out Zoe and John’s beautiful music if ye haven’t already done so.
I’m happy to have been involved in a load of recordings over many years. Mainly songs that I’ve written myself and the odd traditional song.
Starting with ‘Word and Rhyme’ in 1998, Ragged Ground (2002), Heaven Paints her holy mantle Blue (2004), The Velvet Earth (2005), nO bIRD sANG (2009), FrÉamh:Root(2012) and I Have Been Loved (2014). All can be purchased in one shape or another through this website and other outside platforms.
I’ve been blessed with many musical comrades. Including Edel Sullivan, Paul Frost, Martin Leahy (the most regular Skylarks!) but also Brid Dunne, Geoff Ward,Johnny Walsh, Tony Mac Carthy,Richard Lucey,Fiona Kelleher, Deirdre,Cathriona, Catherine and Paul og Frost,Kevin Murphy,John Spillane, Annette Buckley, Karan Casey, Stella Rodrigues,Nicky Kirwan, Mick Cummins, Tony O’ Flaherty and others. I’ve also shared a stage with The Cork Flesichmann Orchgestra and The West Cork Gamelan Ensemble, great musical adventurers.
GOOD NEWS FOR DIGITAL SHOPPERS
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Here is a review of the newest record, from Colm O’ Hare, HOTPRESS.
I Have Been Loved-Review in HOTPRESS
With his gentle, yearning folk melodies and easy-going voice, Cork’s Ger Wolfe has been creating understated but carefully crafted vignettes since his 1998 debut. He continues in that vein on his seventh album with ten new songs, exquisitely performed, arranged and recorded. It’s difficult to pick out highlights; such is the even quality of the tunes, not to mention the stellar playing from a large cast.
The current single, ‘Shine Down Warmly’ is, as the title suggests, a sun-kissed, laid back number which gently weaves it’s melodic magic, with wonderfully evocative lyrics: ‘The flowers take a notion, let their petals dance a jig, the sky pours out a potion and the river takes a swig’ ‘When I was hungry’ boasts a lovely brass arrangement, lyrical honesty and hopeful sentiments.
Elsewhere, melancholia and regret inform songs such as ‘I Have Been Loved’ and ‘It’s all dark’ but their lovely melodies overcome the stark subject matter. Homelessness is the subject of ‘Tell All The Lies’ where the protagonist lies in the ‘backstreet cardboard box and concrete’.
It’s not all low-key and somber however; the tempo is raised on ‘They Dance When It Rains’ which boasts a more rhythmic, almost reggae-lite backdrop while ‘A New October Daughter’ rings in the changing of the seasons, the dark days ahead and ‘The comfort of your feather bed.’Sublime.
Colm O’ Hare