So, it’s been months since this page has been updated

As a solo gigging and music-releasing project, Willow Sea is on hold indefinitely. This is largely because my Grounds For Invasion project with Tracy Friel has kind of taken over (see below for GFI updates), and other upcoming projects are going to hoover up most of my spare tracks & ideas.

Willow Sea album 2 has been abandoned, too.

I’m currently collaborating with a percussionist, a clarinetist and a vocalist on what we think will basically be a full-band version of the funkier Willow Sea stuff, with songwriting input from the whole band. There’s a guitarist and bass player lined up for when we’re getting the whole show on the road. I think, when we get a shape on a record, it’ll be much stronger than if I’d done it all alone. Plus, it’ll be more exciting live. So it’s more an evolution of the Willow Sea project than the death of it, with a strong focus on being able to entertain a crowd and get ’em all dancing. I’m excited about this as-yet-unnamed project, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. We’ll be getting out and about in a few months, and we’ll be aiming ourselves squarely at summer 2016.

On to Grounds For Invasion.

Hot Press magazine and The Irish Times both listed Grounds For Invasion as one of the acts to watch in 2015, which was a great start to our year. We released our debut album ‘Dying Stars’ in February to strong reviews and universally positive press. There’s a lot of potential in Grounds For Invasion, and we’ve got plans for the year ahead, not the least of which is adding in a third member, Dave Shaugnessy on drums/percussion. It’ll be at least a couple of months before we get Dave involved, but we’re really looking forward to working him into our setup.

If you’re looking to catch Grounds For Invasion live, here’s a few upcoming dates:

March 6th – Roisin Dubh, Galway (supporting Booka Brass Band)

March 12th – The Workmans Club, Dublin (Dublin launch of Dying Stars)

April 5th – PhaseOne Festival, Leitrim

We’ve a couple more ready to be announced, we’re just waiting for the go-ahead.

Check out the video for our track ‘Bruce Lee’

 

 

 

 

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Double A-side single release, October 15th


My band Grounds For Invasion is releasing its first double A-side single for download next Wednesday, October 15th.
The singles are ‘Bruce Lee’ and ‘Let Go’, and I can’t wait for people to hear what we’ve been working on.

Bruce Lee knew the score:

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When our powers combine…

Willow Sea Studios and Saff Mastering have partnered up to offer excellent-value rates and a guaranteed three week turnaround time to clients and musicians seeking mastering services. Given that Carl Saff’s normal waiting list is 3-4 months long, this is an incredible deal.

Carl’s been my mastering engineer of choice since day one, offering uncompromising quality and second-to-none customer service at highly competitive rates.

His client list includes labels such as Sub Pop, Merge, Matador, Drag City & Asthmatic Kitty, to name a few.

Check out www.saffmastering.com for more info about mastering, past clients etc.

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Woo! Grounds For Invasion album funded!

GFI Fund IT Thank you

Amazingly, Grounds For Invasion Fund It campaign exceeded it’s target in only 72 hours. A huge thank you to all who funded.

Don’t forget, if you pre-order merchandise (CDs, posters, T-shirts) via the Fund It page, shipping is on us. That’s a pretty sweet deal!

Here’s the link:

http://fundit.ie/project/grounds-for-invasion-album

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Jesus, Electric Picnic was AGES ago

Grounds For Invasion are crowd-funding the mastering and CD printing costs for the album. In 36 hours, we’ve reached 47% of our target. Whopper. Click the link to find out more.

http://fundit.ie/project/grounds-for-invasion-album

We’re also currently booking dates around Ireland for the month of November to give the album a push. We’ve a few dates confirmed, there’ll be more news here and on groundsforinvasion.com when we’ve a block of gigs to announce.

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I’m thrilled to be taking over bass guitar duties in Stephen Sharpe & The Broke Straight Boys, who have been one of my favourite bands since I was at their first gig in the long long ago. We’re playing a Guinness Amplify gig in Fibbers, Eyre Square, Galway on Sept 22nd, then a charity festival in Clonboo, Co. Galway on Sept. 26th.

Here’s the fucking brilliant video for Stephens current double-A side single ‘Uganda’

 

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