platoo montag

shane ó fearghail – die scherbe graz –
photos & text: katrin schmirler

aus irgendeinem grund hatte ich es noch nie zu einem „platoo montag“ in die scherbe geschafft – bis jetzt! zum 175. platoo montag gab es eine show vom irischen singer/songwriter shane ó fearghail. vor seinem auftritt erzählte er mir, dass er wegen seiner freundin nach österreich gezogen ist. vielen dank an die liebe, dass es nun einen weiteren großartigen musiker in österreich gibt! ihr hat er es auch zu verdanken, dass er ein paar wörter und sätze auf deutsch sagen kann und damit ab dem ersten moment eine verbindung zu seinem grazer publikum aufgebauthatte.mehr dazu gleich.

im untergeschoss der scherbe hatte man bänke aufgestellt. eng aneinander saß man, nippte an seinem getränk und wartete gespannt auf den musiker. wirklich toll fand ich, dass die bühne nicht erhöht war und man noch näher am geschehen war. unverputzte ziegelsteine zierten die wände und gaben der location, neben den aufgestellten lampen, eine wunderbare warme atmosphäre und das gewisse etwas.

als shane auf die bühne kam und die gäste des abends begrüßte, merkte man sofort wie sehr er sich freute, hier spielen zu dürfen. er profilierte sofort mit seinen deutschkenntnissen und kam mit seiner fröhlichen und lustigenart total gut an. schon vor dem ersten song war das eis gebrochen und es fühlte sich an als verbringe man einen abend unter freunden. ab der ersten sekunde herrschte eine tolle stimmung und seine verbindung zum publikum passte einfach vollkommen. einem schönen abend mit großartiger musik stand also nichts im weg und ich freute mich auf das was wir nun zu hören bekamen.

als er zu singen begann, war ich wirklich positiv überrascht. ich kannte die aufnahmen die es auf youtube zu finden gab und fand sie wirklich schon total gut, aber live klangen sie einfach noch viel klarer, schöner und größer. mit seiner fabelhaften stimme holte er uns ab und ging mit uns auf eine musikalische reise. immer wieder schlossen sich meine augen von selbst und ich vergaß alles um mich herum. es sollte sich wirklich UNBEDINGT jeder selbst hier,hier und hier ein bild davon machen oder noch besser: hört euch gleich das ganze album an!

„wundersuper“ (sein lieblingswort an diesem abend) fand ich auch, dass er bei beachtlich vielen liedern sein publikum miteinbezogen hatte. man übte zu beginn eines neuen songs immer den refrain, um ihn dann selbstständigmitsingen zu können. eine wirklich schöne idee! als jeder mitsang, hatte es etwas magisches und klang wirklich unfassbar gut. die refrains in seinen liedern sind manchmal unendlich lange und wiederholen sich sehr oft, trotzdem war ich immer etwas traurig, wenn wieder einer zu ende ging. ich  bemerkte sogar, dass ich dauernd voller vorfreudewieder auf den nächsten refrain und das gemeinsame singen wartete. neben dem singen forderte er uns auch dazu auf, zu klatschen und zu schnipsen. diese kleinen aufforderungen gaben dem abend einen besonderen flair und es herrschte eine tolle, ungezwungene atmosphäre. neben den „menschlichen instrumenten“, hatte er aber auch ein paar kleinere mit dabei und sparte nicht damit, sie zu verwendete. das brachte viel musikalische abwechslung und so schaffte er es, keinen song langweilig werden zu lassen. well done! 🙂

shane erzählt mit seiner musik wunderbare geschichten und durch seinen irischen akzent fühlte es sich für mich so an, als wären wir gerade alle auf einem gemeinsamen roadtrip durch irland. als fuhren wir mit einem alten vw bus und offenen fenstern, zu den cliffs of moher.. passend dazu der „fahrtwind“, denn das war neben „stoßlüften“ ein deutsches wort, dass es ihm besonders angetan hatte. immer wieder sagte er leise, fast flüsternd „stoßluften“ in sein mikrophon und brachte sein publikum zum schmunzeln. ich habe selten erlebt, dass ich so begeistert von einem konzert war, aber shane hat es geschafft. seine lieder klingen alle so fröhlich und jeder akkord auf der gitarre fügt sich perfekt zu den texten. bei „elastic“ und „read between the lines“ lernte er uns den text und wir durften den refrain mitsingen. sie sind solche ohrwürmer, dass sie auch noch stunden später in meinem kopf sind und mich dazu verleitet sie laut (und vorallem falsch haha) zu singen.

ich war wirklich schon lange nicht mehr so geflasht von einem album und einer show. vielen, vielen dank für diesen tollen abend an shane und platoo!

Den Blog von Katrin Schmirler – WIR HEBEN AB (KONZERTREVIEWS | NEW SOUNDS)

What Do St. Patrick and a Tree Have in Common?

Well we are half way through March and YES, Spring has arrived! Not that I don’t like February and what it brought but Spring is something else. There is something in the air. Longer days, daylight until late in the evening and the Spring Equinox. People slowly coming out of their hibernation. Trees blossoming again. One tree in particular, the Faerie Tree, it tells the story of Niamh and Oísin. They planned to meet beneath the magical Faerie Tree. It’s an ancient Irish romance tale.

To read the story click this link – Niamh agus Oisín 

If you’ve been listening to the new album you’ll know that Faerie Tree is also the name of a song from They Might See Dolphins. The wee news is that I will give it a proper video launch, with my mind to my German and Austrian friends, on St Patrick’s Day. Stay tuned and watch this space (and my Youtube channel in particular). There are already some video teasers available. The full video will be made public on St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s going to be a very busy week. That said – A good week to be Irish ;). That and a big rugby game on the 18th but that’s another story :D.  Come along if you’re around. You can see the list of all the gigs on the left sidebar. And this is the poster created for the occasion:

I hope to see you at one of the gigs for the St. Patrick’s celebrations (there is also more to come for April!). For now, slán leat!

February Delivers

Photo: Mandy von HolterLive at the Spieker – Ekernfoerde

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Days are flying past. Already we are into the middle  month of February. The good news is there is a spring to the step as the nights grow that little bit longer and here’s hoping Spring herself is just around the corner.  Me myself, I am not long back off a wee north German tour to Kiel and Ekernfoerde, not to mention a sneaky show in south of Napoli and the town of Polla in Italy. Great winter run to warm up the voice. The gigs were intimate, they were big and small. Everybody sang. That’s the best of all.

Spring in Vienna

So yeah… There is a lot happening. Good news just in as St Patrick’s Week is on the horizon.  New show dates are booked and the release of a new video to the “Faerie Tree”  will be coming on line soon (see below). Safe to say the scene is set for more of the same in March. Looking forward to it. Stay tuned… German tour in April!

I should also mention two quite significant developments on the songwriting side of things. Firstly, a co-write I have been involved in with a great team has been released out of Berlin. In just under one week it has received over 100,000 views on Youtube and growing. Tis great for the Artist Kezzy, as she prepares to release her new album and let’s be honest, does no harm for my songwriting CV either. I wanna wish Kezzy and crew, the very best with the track!

Click this link to watch – Fake Naked by – Kezzy.

Secondly and a little closer to home. I am very happy to announce that we will be joining forces with Sentric Music (UK) for a World Wide deal that covers publishing, syncing and licensing.  For those of you who don’t know what “syncing and licensing” means – simply put – you might hear one of my songs on a movie or TV advert!  It is great for me as songwriter, for the songs and all the team. So congrats there to all involved.

More news to come next week as the Sad Opera team prepare to promote the new album. There will be info on the most recent interview and video with Fusion Guitar bags, not to mention the release of the new video for Faerie Tree.  It’s all systems groovi!

Faerie Tree – New Video coming soon
Click here to view the Tour Dates.
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Live at Chelsea, Jan 19th

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The very first concert of 2017 and what a place to start, on the Gurtel in one of Vienna’s most renowned venues the ‘Chelsea’.  The night will comprise of songs old and new as Shane gears up to introduce his audience to new musicians and a developing sound. “Just new ideas” he’ll tell you.

2016 was a very big year for Shane. He has played all over Europe in successive tours, recorded a brand new album, he even managed to develop and expand the Vienna Songwriting Circle (Co-founder) and the Acoustic Room, and with the VSC successfully created and navigated a brand new festival in Vienna called the Schottenfest.

2017 is set to continue with more of the same. The new album ‘They Might See Dolphins’ will have it’s official release in Germany in March. Tours in Ireland and around the continent will abound and Shane will finally record his long awaited Irish album. A traditional set of songs which will bring this Dubliner full circle. But before all of that we the Chelsea. Change is in the air!

LOKI is Proud to Present, in Cooperation with Sad Opera Entertainment, the Next Show in LOKI’S Series of Shows which Showcase Artists which Now Call Vienna Home…. Shane Ó Fearghail! Expect an Evening of Magical and Celebratory Music Bringing Us Together.
Uniting Us in Our Positivity for All of Our Futures. as always Love – Mark Long – LOKI

 

 

Happy New 2017!

It’s a new dawn… it’s a new day!

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A Waldvierteler Sunrise – Austria 2017

In what has been the craziest of years, 2016 saw a lot of great minds, music and artists leave the stage, bow out! Change was in the air in Europe and the U.S – Not to mention the Middle East. As world powers postured people died. Those same winds brought many new insights. In Ireland and Austria people began to stand up. Others simply sat down. And as the new world order, as scary as those words sound, flex their old worldly wings, we see great native peoples halt pipelines and stand up for and defend what is best about the world we live in… Quite simply “nature”.

2016-12-22 13.49.33For me and my music it has been a good year and I want to say thanks. Thanks for all your support, likes, dislikes and comments. They all mean something. I’m grateful and I’m looking forward. I wanna wish you all all the very best for 2017. What ever you do or get up to and whatever you do or say, speak up… it’s your year!

Is mise le meas
Shane…                                                 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
FROM ALL THE SAD OPERA TEAM…

Live Shows 2017

Photo – Katrin Scmhirler

Marta – Aibreann 2017
(March – April)

03.03
 Noel’s Pharmacy – Vienna  – AT – 20:00
09.03
Television Thursday – Live on Facebook  
10.03
Osteria Baal – Munich (With Stuart Neville )  
11.03  Molly Darcy’s – Vienna  – AT – 21:00
16.03  
Noel’s Food Pharmacy St. Patrick’s Eve AT
17.03  WUK – St Patricks Day Festival –  Vienna  AT 
18.03  
Ottakringer St Patrick’s Day Fest Vienna AT
18.03  Café Martins – Waidhofen an der Thaya  AT 
19.03  
The Highlander Vienna – AT 15:00
20.03  
Plattoo – Die Schierbe – Graz 20:00
22.03
Das Heinz – (With Stuart Neville ) Vienna
25.03 Kultur & Medienverein – Linz AT 20:00
29.03
Saxo Bar – Remscheid DE – 20:00
30.03 Rheinterrassen Collins – Rees DE 20:00
31:03
Kirche Merhoog – Hamminkeln DE – 20:00
01.04 
Rheinterrassen Collins – Rees DE
01.04
House Concert – DE – Privat
02.04
House Concert – DE – Privat
07.04
Karbarosa – Menslage – DE – 21:00
08.04
Hotel Sauerland – Alfhausen – DE – 20:00
09.04
Studio Concert – Osnabrueck – DE – 17:00

Dates in Belgium TBC
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Seachtain na Gaeilge – St Patricks Week 2017
The Official Poster

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UP & COMING EVENTs

Dates in Austria for May
Irish tour is in the works
Stay tuned…

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Past Shows 2017
19.01  Chelsea – Vienna – AT – Doors 20:00 – ADM €10
22. 01 Irish & Friuli Connection – Pollo (Napoli) – IT
25.01  Spieker – Ekernfoerde – DE – 20:00
26.01 Television Thursday Live from Kiel – DE
27.01 House Concert – Kiel – DE
28.01 House Concert North Friesland – DE
10.02  Monkey Town – Moedling – AT –  20:30

In association with Sad Opera Entertainment and Fair Play Concerts –
Shane will play live at Monkey Town in Moedling – Vienna – Austria.



January 19th – live at the Chelsea in Vienna

“LOKI is Proud to Present, in Cooperation with Sad Opera Entertainment, the Next Show in LOKI’S Series of Shows which Showcase Artists which Now Call Vienna Home…. Shane Ó Fearghail!

Expect an Evening of Magical and Celebratory Music Bringing Us Together.  Uniting Us in Our Positivity for All of Our Futures.  We are also  very happy to announce that Doug Andrews, a native of the U.S now based in Europe, will be supporting Shane on the night. Not to be missed!”

 

Shane is endorsed by Fusion Bags

Nollaig Shona Duit!!!

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Just something small – to wish you all, a very Merry Christmas.  May you have everything you need – It’s all about the little things. It has been a mad year but I hope a good year and we all know there are some crazy things happening around the world, on this beautiful planet we call home… But keep the light. Share a smile and think the bestest of thoughts. Don’t forget those in need – especially neighbours who may need it most. And thanks a million for all your support throughout the year… I wish you the best and safest of annual transitions and see you somewhere sooner on the other side. Here’s to a new year and a better year for us all… 2017!XMAS CARD 2016

Tabhair aire agus míle buíochas – Me (Shane), Jeff, Molly and all on the Sad Opera team.
Watch out for the brand beginnings and many new things to come. Fair play!

The Irish Rover

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Shane – Live at The Fiddlers Bonn – Nov 2016 –

The 3SongsBonn Blog:
The day before he was playing in Vienna, On Saturday he’s back in Ireland, but today he’s in the closest you’ll get to a pub on Grafton Street this side of Bonn Station –The Fiddlers Irish Pub Shane O Fearghail is the perfect antidote to a stressful day at work, so pull up a Guinness and join me.

The Fiddlers has been a popular venue for drinking, eating and of course live music for many a year now and all concerns that the arrival of new owners a year ago would end that popularity seem to have proved unfounded.  The Thomas family, Bryan, Maggie and Veronica, seem to have astutely seen what made the pub so popular and haven’t tinkered with the magic too much.

What they have tinkered with this evening though is re-locating the show to a small side room for maybe fifty people.  By the time I realize the stage I’m sitting in front of is the wrong one, it’s already full  in said side-room.  Most of the people in it in fact seem to be friends and fans of Shane O Fearghail already, but having said that, O Fearghail has an impish charm about him that even makes me feel like I’ve known the man for ten years instead of ten minutes.


Happy making music – Shane Ó Fearghail

It’s clear that Shane O Fearghail has two real passions in life – music and Gaelic.  Fortunately this means that he can spend some minutes tuning up until he’s happy but still be entertaining whilst doing it, as he tells us of the magic of languages.  German for instance is great – “You just keep building words together, one on another.  It’s like Lego Bricks!” he enthuses.   He hasn’t had it easy either linguistically, being  as he puts it “an Irishman who learnt German living in Vienna”.

When he finally gets that guitar in tune (or borrows someone elses!) it’s well worth the wait though.  A sweet voice that draws you in, and lyrics that hold you there, waiting expectantly for the next nugget:

Who came first?
The man or the monkey?
The catholic junky
Who came first?”

And how many people could have you jauntily singing along in a 60’s style Hippy unison to:

“Wouldn’t that be fantastic.
This World has too much plastic
I want to be elastic…”

Until you forget what crazy nonsense you’re singing. Yep, I rather enjoyed the evening as you may have noticed if you heard me joining in.

 Hopefully that mention I made later about Bonn having a rather nice Folk Club will reap rewards and a visit before too long.  It will have to fit in with what looks like a daily rail journey though (O Fearghail calls himself a “Deutsche Bahn Junkie” on his blog) to all outposts of Germany, Austria and of course Ireland.  I loved the self-penned songs and the sincerity behind them, but despite a seemingly endless supply of well crafted self-written tunes and lyrics the appearance of a bodhran and singing of ‘Rocky Road to Dublin’ still sounded like a man coming home.

If you have the chance to do so, get along to a show.  What better than a cool pint and a cool guy to end the day.

With thanks to 3SongsBonn. It was an incredible night in a great venue.

To read the ‘actual’ Blog – Click this link.

Super Moon!

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Aarhus – It’s time to leave.

Things I’ve learned this trip.  Kiel 14.11.2016

Contrary to popular belief… you can actually heat a room quicker, if it’s cold outside, by opening the windows. Yep it sounds kinda Irish alright but I think it works. Apparently…cold fresh air heats quicker than dry used air. Boom! “Stoßlüften” they call it in Austria and Germany! Try it Ireland… shaneofearghail@revelations.com (this is not an actual email address by the way!)

A stunning Super Moon is rising over the Kiel Fjord as I make it to the Schleswig Holstein capital just as evening falls. Like many before I have passed through this quaint Northern European city many times, and it has been an anchor to me in the past. With the people and places I know a warmer and homelier port in this storm we call showbiz (do you like that). It’s a home away from home for me now and I know I will always be welcome in Kiel. 

Setting up for the evenings house concert you’re constantly reminded of the great lengths that these people go to welcome you into their homes. Welcome all their guests too in fact; Friends and family alike. Yes they are all in each others community and you could say it goes with the territory… but tonight they are hosts. There is a responsibility that comes with that. The food, the seats, the guests, the shoes. Did you know they all take off their shoes in Germany and Austria before entering a house. That’s a lot of shoes at your front door. (Advertising segment opportunities imminent!). Karen, Juergen, Svea and Bjoern (The barman) look after everyone with super agility. The consummate hosts and they are all well loved. You can see it. I can feel it and I am home. The night and the gig takes car of  itself. It’s a beautiful room and some people just don’t need any encouragement to sing.And don’t you just love it!

It’s amazing the little tidbits of information you pick up by having a random conversation with people you’ve never met. How quickly you can get to know them. Did you know that the Danish “actually” invented the French press! Seriously! Yep that coffee contraption that we have all come to love and become so fond of… cos it’s easy and the coffee tastes good right! The Danish effect! Well more reliable sources tell me that the coffee press is not French??? When you get to know our cousins of the north..You’ll know it makes sense. Go Denmark. Think about it. You have to love any nation that can come up with such a superfluous toy that is Lego brick! Hours of endless fun being had… and that was only last weekend. Nice work there also Mr Lego on pulling out of your Lego deal with the Mirror newspaper. We love you more. Click click. 

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Aarhus Main Station. Guitars, Coffee and Cases at dawn!

Gathering my thoughts here this morning, as well as my bags and unwashed clothes, neatly hidden in guitar cases… we make space where we can, my mind drifts back to another Viennese moment and a conversation of equally ground shattering importance… Did you know the French did not invent the croissant!!! Nor the Italians spaghett!!! (Why does spaghetti have a “H”?) . So I have been told. With the worlds foundations having being well and truly rocked by these morning revelations… we should say nothing about clutch pencils. But I will. I’ve started so there’s no stopping me now. Why hasn’t anyone come up with a system that does not leave you, or your clutch pencil, with an excessive amount of lead, left in the barrel, that you simply cannot use. Thereby leaving you with almost one third of a wasted lead stick (anyone know what they’re called?). Clutch pencil users the world over are now nodding their heads in unison and epiphany! Denmark you’re up. Show us how it’s done.

Right, I’m off to catch a bus, a bite to eat with Gabi a good friend, then a train to Nuernberg. I’m a Deutsche Bahn junkie what can I tell ya. It’s a Super Moon folks.things will move and shift. Did you know the moon will be 30% brighter tonight!?! Just something I’ve learned… Enjoy it

Stoßlüften: A way and means of heating a room efficiently and effectively, maximising energy. Airing a rom with windows fully open enables indoor air to be exchanged in the shortest possible time without cooling walls.

 

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Tír na nÓg Aarhus. A great weekend for Irish sport!

 

Differently Danish!

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Danish Bikes – circa 2016.

In Denmark they do not lock their bikes. The Danish like their bikes. You’ll find them placed neatly under window sills and beside eateries. Children friendly and plastic bags wrapped around the seats. Nice bikes too. Something similar to the Netherlands I would wager but with the sheer volume of wheeled mechanisms whizzing by in the lowlands – you tend to treat it with disinterest.  Such is the threat. Danish bikes are nicer!

And it’s always funny being here. Not funny ha ha. I mean that in an Irish way. It’s an interesting and interested funny.  I like the Danish – Most of my favourite Danish friends are from Denmark. They just do it a little differently here than the rest of us I find and my experiences have always been colorful. From disappearing trains to wall sockets… you sense that there is this ‘je ne sais pas’ to the Danish that is not so French. They have their own flare – devil may care. Streets are cobbled in some fashion that seems to be more about esthetics than practicality and plays havoc with wheelie cases. (I know this. I’ve gone through several wheels over three recent trips here). They won the Euros and still manage in some shape of form to have a royal family. They rule Greenland?

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It’s the little things.

Like always it’s about the people. It’s the people that make the place. Yes people are shaped by their surroundings and in turn shape some more back but what they do here is very much their own. I find the Danish to be like the Irish. Yes we have had many’s a tryst it’s true with our neighbors from “Lochlann” (Google it), our seafaring friends have paid us, apart from good attention, many’s a visit over the millennia having had always something to share. Contrary to popular belief thankfully – it was not always one way… but that’s a story for another day. Safe to say we know each others groove, we get on and share a similar pace. The Irish stay out later on weekdays.

Speaking of weekdays and staying out late, It was early to bed for me, on the wrong side of twelve. A late night nice gig in Aarhus (saving myself for tonight),  I awoke to the news that dear Leonard Cohen had passed away.  Tributes are streaming in on all social media with so many touching tales. For one man he has touched so many with thought and tenderness.   I don’t have his words. I can only listen to them now. I have the opportunity and luxury of discovering the man with wider eyes as a mature writer. It’s never too late!

Time and tide waits for no man – my father always says and in a week that’s had it’s fair share of weird waking moments, I wanted to touch on the election in the US. Truth is I am still in a mild state of comic shock. When I think about it my stomach chuckles and I giggle. Nervous fear maybe. As a child that’s how I always dealt with intimidation or scary situations. It seemed to lessen the reality. Let’s hope it still works. I will continue to be positively optimistic. That maybe the future is not as bleak as some might suggest. I’m tired of looking at the past to make decisions for the future. Let’s  make it up. Why not! I’m all for peace and love and what a glorious picture. Imagine that. It isn’t hard to do (wink wink). We have an open plan now and there are no maps. We’re all on this big massive organic spaceship spinning at speeds unimaginable around a ridiculously temperamental molten mass that cares not for votes or Volkswagons.  So what have we got to loose. The future is bright. Believe me…  In Denmark they don’t lock their bikes. And I like that!

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An actual Danish Pastry in Denmark.

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platoo montag

shane ó fearghail – die scherbe graz –
photos & text: katrin schmirler

aus irgendeinem grund hatte ich es noch nie zu einem „platoo montag“ in die scherbe geschafft – bis jetzt! zum 175. platoo montag gab es eine show vom irischen singer/songwriter shane ó fearghail. vor seinem auftritt erzählte er mir, dass er wegen seiner freundin nach österreich gezogen ist. vielen dank an die liebe, dass es nun einen weiteren großartigen musiker in österreich gibt! ihr hat er es auch zu verdanken, dass er ein paar wörter und sätze auf deutsch sagen kann und damit ab dem ersten moment eine verbindung zu seinem grazer publikum aufgebauthatte.mehr dazu gleich.

im untergeschoss der scherbe hatte man bänke aufgestellt. eng aneinander saß man, nippte an seinem getränk und wartete gespannt auf den musiker. wirklich toll fand ich, dass die bühne nicht erhöht war und man noch näher am geschehen war. unverputzte ziegelsteine zierten die wände und gaben der location, neben den aufgestellten lampen, eine wunderbare warme atmosphäre und das gewisse etwas.

als shane auf die bühne kam und die gäste des abends begrüßte, merkte man sofort wie sehr er sich freute, hier spielen zu dürfen. er profilierte sofort mit seinen deutschkenntnissen und kam mit seiner fröhlichen und lustigenart total gut an. schon vor dem ersten song war das eis gebrochen und es fühlte sich an als verbringe man einen abend unter freunden. ab der ersten sekunde herrschte eine tolle stimmung und seine verbindung zum publikum passte einfach vollkommen. einem schönen abend mit großartiger musik stand also nichts im weg und ich freute mich auf das was wir nun zu hören bekamen.

als er zu singen begann, war ich wirklich positiv überrascht. ich kannte die aufnahmen die es auf youtube zu finden gab und fand sie wirklich schon total gut, aber live klangen sie einfach noch viel klarer, schöner und größer. mit seiner fabelhaften stimme holte er uns ab und ging mit uns auf eine musikalische reise. immer wieder schlossen sich meine augen von selbst und ich vergaß alles um mich herum. es sollte sich wirklich UNBEDINGT jeder selbst hier,hier und hier ein bild davon machen oder noch besser: hört euch gleich das ganze album an!

„wundersuper“ (sein lieblingswort an diesem abend) fand ich auch, dass er bei beachtlich vielen liedern sein publikum miteinbezogen hatte. man übte zu beginn eines neuen songs immer den refrain, um ihn dann selbstständigmitsingen zu können. eine wirklich schöne idee! als jeder mitsang, hatte es etwas magisches und klang wirklich unfassbar gut. die refrains in seinen liedern sind manchmal unendlich lange und wiederholen sich sehr oft, trotzdem war ich immer etwas traurig, wenn wieder einer zu ende ging. ich  bemerkte sogar, dass ich dauernd voller vorfreudewieder auf den nächsten refrain und das gemeinsame singen wartete. neben dem singen forderte er uns auch dazu auf, zu klatschen und zu schnipsen. diese kleinen aufforderungen gaben dem abend einen besonderen flair und es herrschte eine tolle, ungezwungene atmosphäre. neben den „menschlichen instrumenten“, hatte er aber auch ein paar kleinere mit dabei und sparte nicht damit, sie zu verwendete. das brachte viel musikalische abwechslung und so schaffte er es, keinen song langweilig werden zu lassen. well done! 🙂

shane erzählt mit seiner musik wunderbare geschichten und durch seinen irischen akzent fühlte es sich für mich so an, als wären wir gerade alle auf einem gemeinsamen roadtrip durch irland. als fuhren wir mit einem alten vw bus und offenen fenstern, zu den cliffs of moher.. passend dazu der „fahrtwind“, denn das war neben „stoßlüften“ ein deutsches wort, dass es ihm besonders angetan hatte. immer wieder sagte er leise, fast flüsternd „stoßluften“ in sein mikrophon und brachte sein publikum zum schmunzeln. ich habe selten erlebt, dass ich so begeistert von einem konzert war, aber shane hat es geschafft. seine lieder klingen alle so fröhlich und jeder akkord auf der gitarre fügt sich perfekt zu den texten. bei „elastic“ und „read between the lines“ lernte er uns den text und wir durften den refrain mitsingen. sie sind solche ohrwürmer, dass sie auch noch stunden später in meinem kopf sind und mich dazu verleitet sie laut (und vorallem falsch haha) zu singen.

ich war wirklich schon lange nicht mehr so geflasht von einem album und einer show. vielen, vielen dank für diesen tollen abend an shane und platoo!

Den Blog von Katrin Schmirler – WIR HEBEN AB (KONZERTREVIEWS | NEW SOUNDS)

What Do St. Patrick and a Tree Have in Common?

Well we are half way through March and YES, Spring has arrived! Not that I don’t like February and what it brought but Spring is something else. There is something in the air. Longer days, daylight until late in the evening and the Spring Equinox. People slowly coming out of their hibernation. Trees blossoming again. One tree in particular, the Faerie Tree, it tells the story of Niamh and Oísin. They planned to meet beneath the magical Faerie Tree. It’s an ancient Irish romance tale.

To read the story click this link – Niamh agus Oisín 

If you’ve been listening to the new album you’ll know that Faerie Tree is also the name of a song from They Might See Dolphins. The wee news is that I will give it a proper video launch, with my mind to my German and Austrian friends, on St Patrick’s Day. Stay tuned and watch this space (and my Youtube channel in particular). There are already some video teasers available. The full video will be made public on St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s going to be a very busy week. That said – A good week to be Irish ;). That and a big rugby game on the 18th but that’s another story :D.  Come along if you’re around. You can see the list of all the gigs on the left sidebar. And this is the poster created for the occasion:

I hope to see you at one of the gigs for the St. Patrick’s celebrations (there is also more to come for April!). For now, slán leat!

February Delivers

Photo: Mandy von HolterLive at the Spieker – Ekernfoerde

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Days are flying past. Already we are into the middle  month of February. The good news is there is a spring to the step as the nights grow that little bit longer and here’s hoping Spring herself is just around the corner.  Me myself, I am not long back off a wee north German tour to Kiel and Ekernfoerde, not to mention a sneaky show in south of Napoli and the town of Polla in Italy. Great winter run to warm up the voice. The gigs were intimate, they were big and small. Everybody sang. That’s the best of all.

Spring in Vienna

So yeah… There is a lot happening. Good news just in as St Patrick’s Week is on the horizon.  New show dates are booked and the release of a new video to the “Faerie Tree”  will be coming on line soon (see below). Safe to say the scene is set for more of the same in March. Looking forward to it. Stay tuned… German tour in April!

I should also mention two quite significant developments on the songwriting side of things. Firstly, a co-write I have been involved in with a great team has been released out of Berlin. In just under one week it has received over 100,000 views on Youtube and growing. Tis great for the Artist Kezzy, as she prepares to release her new album and let’s be honest, does no harm for my songwriting CV either. I wanna wish Kezzy and crew, the very best with the track!

Click this link to watch – Fake Naked by – Kezzy.

Secondly and a little closer to home. I am very happy to announce that we will be joining forces with Sentric Music (UK) for a World Wide deal that covers publishing, syncing and licensing.  For those of you who don’t know what “syncing and licensing” means – simply put – you might hear one of my songs on a movie or TV advert!  It is great for me as songwriter, for the songs and all the team. So congrats there to all involved.

More news to come next week as the Sad Opera team prepare to promote the new album. There will be info on the most recent interview and video with Fusion Guitar bags, not to mention the release of the new video for Faerie Tree.  It’s all systems groovi!

Faerie Tree – New Video coming soon
Click here to view the Tour Dates.
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Live at Chelsea, Jan 19th

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The very first concert of 2017 and what a place to start, on the Gurtel in one of Vienna’s most renowned venues the ‘Chelsea’.  The night will comprise of songs old and new as Shane gears up to introduce his audience to new musicians and a developing sound. “Just new ideas” he’ll tell you.

2016 was a very big year for Shane. He has played all over Europe in successive tours, recorded a brand new album, he even managed to develop and expand the Vienna Songwriting Circle (Co-founder) and the Acoustic Room, and with the VSC successfully created and navigated a brand new festival in Vienna called the Schottenfest.

2017 is set to continue with more of the same. The new album ‘They Might See Dolphins’ will have it’s official release in Germany in March. Tours in Ireland and around the continent will abound and Shane will finally record his long awaited Irish album. A traditional set of songs which will bring this Dubliner full circle. But before all of that we the Chelsea. Change is in the air!

LOKI is Proud to Present, in Cooperation with Sad Opera Entertainment, the Next Show in LOKI’S Series of Shows which Showcase Artists which Now Call Vienna Home…. Shane Ó Fearghail! Expect an Evening of Magical and Celebratory Music Bringing Us Together.
Uniting Us in Our Positivity for All of Our Futures. as always Love – Mark Long – LOKI

 

 

Happy New 2017!

It’s a new dawn… it’s a new day!

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A Waldvierteler Sunrise – Austria 2017

In what has been the craziest of years, 2016 saw a lot of great minds, music and artists leave the stage, bow out! Change was in the air in Europe and the U.S – Not to mention the Middle East. As world powers postured people died. Those same winds brought many new insights. In Ireland and Austria people began to stand up. Others simply sat down. And as the new world order, as scary as those words sound, flex their old worldly wings, we see great native peoples halt pipelines and stand up for and defend what is best about the world we live in… Quite simply “nature”.

2016-12-22 13.49.33For me and my music it has been a good year and I want to say thanks. Thanks for all your support, likes, dislikes and comments. They all mean something. I’m grateful and I’m looking forward. I wanna wish you all all the very best for 2017. What ever you do or get up to and whatever you do or say, speak up… it’s your year!

Is mise le meas
Shane…                                                 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
FROM ALL THE SAD OPERA TEAM…

Live Shows 2017

Photo – Katrin Scmhirler

Marta – Aibreann 2017
(March – April)

03.03
 Noel’s Pharmacy – Vienna  – AT – 20:00
09.03
Television Thursday – Live on Facebook  
10.03
Osteria Baal – Munich (With Stuart Neville )  
11.03  Molly Darcy’s – Vienna  – AT – 21:00
16.03  
Noel’s Food Pharmacy St. Patrick’s Eve AT
17.03  WUK – St Patricks Day Festival –  Vienna  AT 
18.03  
Ottakringer St Patrick’s Day Fest Vienna AT
18.03  Café Martins – Waidhofen an der Thaya  AT 
19.03  
The Highlander Vienna – AT 15:00
20.03  
Plattoo – Die Schierbe – Graz 20:00
22.03
Das Heinz – (With Stuart Neville ) Vienna
25.03 Kultur & Medienverein – Linz AT 20:00
29.03
Saxo Bar – Remscheid DE – 20:00
30.03 Rheinterrassen Collins – Rees DE 20:00
31:03
Kirche Merhoog – Hamminkeln DE – 20:00
01.04 
Rheinterrassen Collins – Rees DE
01.04
House Concert – DE – Privat
02.04
House Concert – DE – Privat
07.04
Karbarosa – Menslage – DE – 21:00
08.04
Hotel Sauerland – Alfhausen – DE – 20:00
09.04
Studio Concert – Osnabrueck – DE – 17:00

Dates in Belgium TBC
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Seachtain na Gaeilge – St Patricks Week 2017
The Official Poster

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UP & COMING EVENTs

Dates in Austria for May
Irish tour is in the works
Stay tuned…

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Past Shows 2017
19.01  Chelsea – Vienna – AT – Doors 20:00 – ADM €10
22. 01 Irish & Friuli Connection – Pollo (Napoli) – IT
25.01  Spieker – Ekernfoerde – DE – 20:00
26.01 Television Thursday Live from Kiel – DE
27.01 House Concert – Kiel – DE
28.01 House Concert North Friesland – DE
10.02  Monkey Town – Moedling – AT –  20:30

In association with Sad Opera Entertainment and Fair Play Concerts –
Shane will play live at Monkey Town in Moedling – Vienna – Austria.



January 19th – live at the Chelsea in Vienna

“LOKI is Proud to Present, in Cooperation with Sad Opera Entertainment, the Next Show in LOKI’S Series of Shows which Showcase Artists which Now Call Vienna Home…. Shane Ó Fearghail!

Expect an Evening of Magical and Celebratory Music Bringing Us Together.  Uniting Us in Our Positivity for All of Our Futures.  We are also  very happy to announce that Doug Andrews, a native of the U.S now based in Europe, will be supporting Shane on the night. Not to be missed!”

 

Shane is endorsed by Fusion Bags

Nollaig Shona Duit!!!

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Just something small – to wish you all, a very Merry Christmas.  May you have everything you need – It’s all about the little things. It has been a mad year but I hope a good year and we all know there are some crazy things happening around the world, on this beautiful planet we call home… But keep the light. Share a smile and think the bestest of thoughts. Don’t forget those in need – especially neighbours who may need it most. And thanks a million for all your support throughout the year… I wish you the best and safest of annual transitions and see you somewhere sooner on the other side. Here’s to a new year and a better year for us all… 2017!XMAS CARD 2016

Tabhair aire agus míle buíochas – Me (Shane), Jeff, Molly and all on the Sad Opera team.
Watch out for the brand beginnings and many new things to come. Fair play!

The Irish Rover

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Shane – Live at The Fiddlers Bonn – Nov 2016 –

The 3SongsBonn Blog:
The day before he was playing in Vienna, On Saturday he’s back in Ireland, but today he’s in the closest you’ll get to a pub on Grafton Street this side of Bonn Station –The Fiddlers Irish Pub Shane O Fearghail is the perfect antidote to a stressful day at work, so pull up a Guinness and join me.

The Fiddlers has been a popular venue for drinking, eating and of course live music for many a year now and all concerns that the arrival of new owners a year ago would end that popularity seem to have proved unfounded.  The Thomas family, Bryan, Maggie and Veronica, seem to have astutely seen what made the pub so popular and haven’t tinkered with the magic too much.

What they have tinkered with this evening though is re-locating the show to a small side room for maybe fifty people.  By the time I realize the stage I’m sitting in front of is the wrong one, it’s already full  in said side-room.  Most of the people in it in fact seem to be friends and fans of Shane O Fearghail already, but having said that, O Fearghail has an impish charm about him that even makes me feel like I’ve known the man for ten years instead of ten minutes.


Happy making music – Shane Ó Fearghail

It’s clear that Shane O Fearghail has two real passions in life – music and Gaelic.  Fortunately this means that he can spend some minutes tuning up until he’s happy but still be entertaining whilst doing it, as he tells us of the magic of languages.  German for instance is great – “You just keep building words together, one on another.  It’s like Lego Bricks!” he enthuses.   He hasn’t had it easy either linguistically, being  as he puts it “an Irishman who learnt German living in Vienna”.

When he finally gets that guitar in tune (or borrows someone elses!) it’s well worth the wait though.  A sweet voice that draws you in, and lyrics that hold you there, waiting expectantly for the next nugget:

Who came first?
The man or the monkey?
The catholic junky
Who came first?”

And how many people could have you jauntily singing along in a 60’s style Hippy unison to:

“Wouldn’t that be fantastic.
This World has too much plastic
I want to be elastic…”

Until you forget what crazy nonsense you’re singing. Yep, I rather enjoyed the evening as you may have noticed if you heard me joining in.

 Hopefully that mention I made later about Bonn having a rather nice Folk Club will reap rewards and a visit before too long.  It will have to fit in with what looks like a daily rail journey though (O Fearghail calls himself a “Deutsche Bahn Junkie” on his blog) to all outposts of Germany, Austria and of course Ireland.  I loved the self-penned songs and the sincerity behind them, but despite a seemingly endless supply of well crafted self-written tunes and lyrics the appearance of a bodhran and singing of ‘Rocky Road to Dublin’ still sounded like a man coming home.

If you have the chance to do so, get along to a show.  What better than a cool pint and a cool guy to end the day.

With thanks to 3SongsBonn. It was an incredible night in a great venue.

To read the ‘actual’ Blog – Click this link.

Super Moon!

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Aarhus – It’s time to leave.

Things I’ve learned this trip.  Kiel 14.11.2016

Contrary to popular belief… you can actually heat a room quicker, if it’s cold outside, by opening the windows. Yep it sounds kinda Irish alright but I think it works. Apparently…cold fresh air heats quicker than dry used air. Boom! “Stoßlüften” they call it in Austria and Germany! Try it Ireland… shaneofearghail@revelations.com (this is not an actual email address by the way!)

A stunning Super Moon is rising over the Kiel Fjord as I make it to the Schleswig Holstein capital just as evening falls. Like many before I have passed through this quaint Northern European city many times, and it has been an anchor to me in the past. With the people and places I know a warmer and homelier port in this storm we call showbiz (do you like that). It’s a home away from home for me now and I know I will always be welcome in Kiel. 

Setting up for the evenings house concert you’re constantly reminded of the great lengths that these people go to welcome you into their homes. Welcome all their guests too in fact; Friends and family alike. Yes they are all in each others community and you could say it goes with the territory… but tonight they are hosts. There is a responsibility that comes with that. The food, the seats, the guests, the shoes. Did you know they all take off their shoes in Germany and Austria before entering a house. That’s a lot of shoes at your front door. (Advertising segment opportunities imminent!). Karen, Juergen, Svea and Bjoern (The barman) look after everyone with super agility. The consummate hosts and they are all well loved. You can see it. I can feel it and I am home. The night and the gig takes car of  itself. It’s a beautiful room and some people just don’t need any encouragement to sing.And don’t you just love it!

It’s amazing the little tidbits of information you pick up by having a random conversation with people you’ve never met. How quickly you can get to know them. Did you know that the Danish “actually” invented the French press! Seriously! Yep that coffee contraption that we have all come to love and become so fond of… cos it’s easy and the coffee tastes good right! The Danish effect! Well more reliable sources tell me that the coffee press is not French??? When you get to know our cousins of the north..You’ll know it makes sense. Go Denmark. Think about it. You have to love any nation that can come up with such a superfluous toy that is Lego brick! Hours of endless fun being had… and that was only last weekend. Nice work there also Mr Lego on pulling out of your Lego deal with the Mirror newspaper. We love you more. Click click. 

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Aarhus Main Station. Guitars, Coffee and Cases at dawn!

Gathering my thoughts here this morning, as well as my bags and unwashed clothes, neatly hidden in guitar cases… we make space where we can, my mind drifts back to another Viennese moment and a conversation of equally ground shattering importance… Did you know the French did not invent the croissant!!! Nor the Italians spaghett!!! (Why does spaghetti have a “H”?) . So I have been told. With the worlds foundations having being well and truly rocked by these morning revelations… we should say nothing about clutch pencils. But I will. I’ve started so there’s no stopping me now. Why hasn’t anyone come up with a system that does not leave you, or your clutch pencil, with an excessive amount of lead, left in the barrel, that you simply cannot use. Thereby leaving you with almost one third of a wasted lead stick (anyone know what they’re called?). Clutch pencil users the world over are now nodding their heads in unison and epiphany! Denmark you’re up. Show us how it’s done.

Right, I’m off to catch a bus, a bite to eat with Gabi a good friend, then a train to Nuernberg. I’m a Deutsche Bahn junkie what can I tell ya. It’s a Super Moon folks.things will move and shift. Did you know the moon will be 30% brighter tonight!?! Just something I’ve learned… Enjoy it

Stoßlüften: A way and means of heating a room efficiently and effectively, maximising energy. Airing a rom with windows fully open enables indoor air to be exchanged in the shortest possible time without cooling walls.

 

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Tír na nÓg Aarhus. A great weekend for Irish sport!

 

Differently Danish!

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Danish Bikes – circa 2016.

In Denmark they do not lock their bikes. The Danish like their bikes. You’ll find them placed neatly under window sills and beside eateries. Children friendly and plastic bags wrapped around the seats. Nice bikes too. Something similar to the Netherlands I would wager but with the sheer volume of wheeled mechanisms whizzing by in the lowlands – you tend to treat it with disinterest.  Such is the threat. Danish bikes are nicer!

And it’s always funny being here. Not funny ha ha. I mean that in an Irish way. It’s an interesting and interested funny.  I like the Danish – Most of my favourite Danish friends are from Denmark. They just do it a little differently here than the rest of us I find and my experiences have always been colorful. From disappearing trains to wall sockets… you sense that there is this ‘je ne sais pas’ to the Danish that is not so French. They have their own flare – devil may care. Streets are cobbled in some fashion that seems to be more about esthetics than practicality and plays havoc with wheelie cases. (I know this. I’ve gone through several wheels over three recent trips here). They won the Euros and still manage in some shape of form to have a royal family. They rule Greenland?

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It’s the little things.

Like always it’s about the people. It’s the people that make the place. Yes people are shaped by their surroundings and in turn shape some more back but what they do here is very much their own. I find the Danish to be like the Irish. Yes we have had many’s a tryst it’s true with our neighbors from “Lochlann” (Google it), our seafaring friends have paid us, apart from good attention, many’s a visit over the millennia having had always something to share. Contrary to popular belief thankfully – it was not always one way… but that’s a story for another day. Safe to say we know each others groove, we get on and share a similar pace. The Irish stay out later on weekdays.

Speaking of weekdays and staying out late, It was early to bed for me, on the wrong side of twelve. A late night nice gig in Aarhus (saving myself for tonight),  I awoke to the news that dear Leonard Cohen had passed away.  Tributes are streaming in on all social media with so many touching tales. For one man he has touched so many with thought and tenderness.   I don’t have his words. I can only listen to them now. I have the opportunity and luxury of discovering the man with wider eyes as a mature writer. It’s never too late!

Time and tide waits for no man – my father always says and in a week that’s had it’s fair share of weird waking moments, I wanted to touch on the election in the US. Truth is I am still in a mild state of comic shock. When I think about it my stomach chuckles and I giggle. Nervous fear maybe. As a child that’s how I always dealt with intimidation or scary situations. It seemed to lessen the reality. Let’s hope it still works. I will continue to be positively optimistic. That maybe the future is not as bleak as some might suggest. I’m tired of looking at the past to make decisions for the future. Let’s  make it up. Why not! I’m all for peace and love and what a glorious picture. Imagine that. It isn’t hard to do (wink wink). We have an open plan now and there are no maps. We’re all on this big massive organic spaceship spinning at speeds unimaginable around a ridiculously temperamental molten mass that cares not for votes or Volkswagons.  So what have we got to loose. The future is bright. Believe me…  In Denmark they don’t lock their bikes. And I like that!

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An actual Danish Pastry in Denmark.

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