The Celts call this time of year Imbolg and a coming out of the darkness. In Gaelic it’s called Earraigh (Earrach), which in German would mean Frühling or in the English ‘Spring’. Some people call it cold but for me it’s more like a time of change. When the light comes back to us and we’re setting ourselves up for new things, developing new ideas and bringing to fruition all that we thought about over the long darker nights of winter.
Okay, as I look out across a snow covered landscape towards the Wiener Wald, summer feels a long way away. I know that here in Vienna Spring begins in March, or so I am told and it’s a beautiful time to be in the city. Being Irish we have always seen springtime come in February; rolling in from the west. Not that you’d even notice it with Irish weather. But all that said and all the same however, the land knows, the plants and trees know, our mothers knew and the Atlantic dictates. It just feels different and we don’t mind that at all.
So what’s been going on. Time is on the march for sure. Since my last blog post I’ve been mostly concentrating on new songs, pushing my recent album They Might See Dolphins and planning for the years ahead. I have also been rehearsing with my band – ‘The Host’. A band you say… Yes indeed! I have been toying with the notion for a while now. Having wanted to recreate the sounds of the last album live, as well as dip into the back catalogue, I have decided to put time and energy into this new project. The result being Shane Ó Fearghail & The Host.
Now don’t panic! I’ll still be playing solo acoustic shows. This is a new idea and a lovely line up with great players. Together we’re creating new grooves and rythms, as well as autumnal atmospheres and music that really enhances the tracks you know. And there are also new ones. Tis exciting times for sure. Check out the website tour dates for information on where we’ll be playing next. Be great to see you out there. Rumour has it it’s a must see!
Last month I was named Sofaconcerts act of the week which I was very happy about (we love the Sofa Concerts crew and concept) and just hot off the heels playing at the Vienna Coffee Festival with The Host, work has begun in earnest on the new album. The plan is an acoustic traditonal album containing eight tracks with more ballads and folks songs. This will be followed by a band album with recording sessions to begin early in 2019. So it’s all mapped out.
In the meantime I am very happy to announce that I will be playing showcases at the MMI Bucharest and Franfurt Music Messe over the coming months. I am also planning an Irish tour in May having been selected to perform at the Bealtaine Fire Festival on the Hill of Uisneach in the centre of Ireland. Other festivals on the cards this year are: The Vienna St Patricks Day Irish Fest, Routes Festival Vienna, Donauinselfest, Bremen Folk Festival, Electric Picnic in Ireland for September, The Lerchenfelder Irish Fest in Vienna, The Nuart Farm Festival, The Sofia Songwriter Festival in Bulgaria as well as many more dates and cool shows in between – notably Café Sieben Stern Vienna next month (With The Host). Some of which will be with band and some solo. Watch this space also for The Song Factory – A new songwriters creative and performance space for Vienna – coming soon.
HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS
I was over the moon recently to learn that one of my songs in Irish – Ná Bí Buartha, has received a lot of air play on Irish radio (Irish and English stations). I was also delighted to be a featured artist on the great Ray Heffernan’s innovative podcast which focuses on Irish Songwriters and Irish Songwriting. I was in good company I can tell ya. It’s the little things and there’ll be more where that came from. Here’s the link.
In conclusion of this wee piece: On a recent return trip to Dublin town and my native Ireland, I have been fortunate enough to work with Mr Antimo Puca. Antimo has a great studio nestled away neatly in the Dublin hills; namely AP Studios. It was here that we’d been busy doosering and noodling with new songs and old. Catching up and getting a feel for how they might sit in a studio environment. It’s been going great. An Irishman at heart, Antimo makes great coffee. But being from Napoli you’d expect that! You can check out some of the recordings here – the video for Gael, which was recorded live by Antimo in sound and in vision. A living legend!
GAEL – STAND UP AND BE COUNTED FROM THE ALBUM ‘THEY MIGHT SEE DOLPHINS‘
Recorded live at AP Studios Dublin – January 2018
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Le meas faoin grásta
“Every little fish needs to swim”.