After a hectic couple of weeks of gigging and recording as Willow Sea, I’m putting the finishing touches to Belafonte’s debut EP, and, it has to be said, it’s sounding pretty damn good. As a bonus, they’ve informed me I’ll be credited as a member, seeing as how I’m adding strings, guitars and a few other bits and bobs. They’ll be launching it in May some time, they’re definitely worth checking out.
I’m also excited to announce that I’ve been working on a collaboration with Tuam poet Seamus Ruttledge, putting music to a number of his poems/spoken word pieces. We’ll be performing this live during the Cúirt festival on April 28th in the Róisín Dubh, Galway at a night called ‘Tis Far From Literature We Were Reared’. Opera singer Michel Durham is also on board, as is bassist/international man of mystery Pearse Doherty (he of Saw Doctors fame). The pieces are coming together, they’ll be finished by next week, then it’s on to rehearsing them for their big day out. This one is turning out to be a whole pile of fun!
Just so I’m not sitting around idle, I’m also working on an EP with AMP Sessions buddy Tracy Friel. Turns out Tracy’s been keeping a heartbreakingly tender singing voice to herself. Well, not for much longer. We’ve two tracks done, we’ve three or so left to do, and I’m pretty sure this stuff is going to blow people away. I’m super pumped about it, and can’t wait to get it out there.
When that’s finished, I’ve joined a new band, Calafort, fronted by Declan Ó Cualain. We’re going into the studio over the summer to record an album, I’ll be playing bass and doing a little arranging. Local hero Aidan Ward has written some of the songs, so as soon as we have him in one place long enough to nail him down to the studio floor, we’ll be off.
Oh, and I’ll be putting out an EP of my own odds and ends for free on Bandcamp in the next month or so. Just have to find the time to mix and master them!
Of course, the second Willow Sea album is coming together nicely, too.
Holy hell, that’s 6 releases planned for this year.
I should learn how to manage my time better.