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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IMG_0639Television Thursday Public Announcement Post – 10.November 2016

Due to recent electoral events… (sorry electrical events) and band width policy reduction – this weeks TV Thursday broadcast will not go ahead. We are working vigorously to the restore the uplink not to mention the moral of our crew (who are still in a deep state of cyber shock).

Good news is – next TV Thursday will go ahead… If a little differently. That is to say, it will be broadcast at the same time but on Wednesday 16th November – live from The Acoustic Room in Vienna. It will be Shane’s birthday.

So please “tune in and share out!”

This is a Sad Opera Entertainment publication on behalf of the Vienna Songwriting Circle and the Acoustic Room 2016. All rights reserved!

The Years End Tour

AT THE START OF THE YEARS END
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So folks… sun is shinning as the US vote Result rolls in and all the will in the world would have me stay in Vienna. It’s been such a lovely Autumn where Sabine and I (the much better half) are beginning to find our feet in our new pad. What with our new move (recently moved apartments), the new album, the writing projects, the VSC, trips to Ireland and now as we head into the final furlongs to reach the Schottenfest finish line… Oh and now a tour… Did I say it’s been busy! 

Once again I find myself on the road to play some really nice shows as I follow through on the opportunities that ‘They Might See Dolphins’, the new album presents. A lot is happening and will become more apparent over the coming weeks and months. Have no fear I will fill you all in as it develops. We are all happy here in the Sad Opera Camp – smiles all round.

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Meidling, Vienna. At the start of “the years end” tour.

 First up though is Denmark and the port town on Aarhus. Stories will be told so watch this space. Germany then beckons with Kiel and Nürnberg on the cards (Playing a double header with the fantastic Karin Rabhansl at the he lo-fi loft in Nürnberg). I will then bounce back and forth between Austria and Germany with The Acoustic Room in Vienna, Saarbrücken, Bonn then its on to Dublin and down to Kerry for the IMRO “Christie Hennessey” International Songwriters contest which I have been selected as a finalist from 200 entries.  So I am sorry I had to cancel some dates in Kiel and Eckenfoerde as a result. I’ll be back in January!!!

Dublin to Vienna will be the next sojourn,  where I will play the very first Schottenfest at the beginning of December alongside Jack L out of Ireland, Oliver Welter (Naked Lunch) Austria, Stuart Neville (Scotland), Mark Peters (England) and many others at this new /Austrian/Irish/Scottish cultural festival in the city of Vienna…. Deep breath!

So that’s the craic. The space boots are on and I have been grooming this fluffy beard to keep me warm as I travel. Sure it’s all mad to be sure but looking forward to it. There’ll be more info to come as I move so tune in… There may even be some television Thursday’s along the way. Maybe I’ll see you out there!

US vote is in. Thoughts for another day I’m thinkin… Walls don’t make homes!!!

Le meas faoin grásta
Shane

They Might See Dolphins

Cover Art 1Recorded in Passau – Germany and Vienna – Austria, They Might See Dolphins is Shane Ó Fearghail’s third album and was funded by fans and family in a powerful and personal crowd-funding campaign.

The album was produced by Christian Knollmueller & Shane Ó Fearghail and contains an “eclectic mix of eleven beautifully crafted songs. With the production to match, it shows a distinct creative turn in lyric and musical direction, cementing Shane as an original, well rounded and creative songwriter”. With additional vocals from the Vienna Songwriting Circle, a wonderful mix of great musicians and the artwork done by the effervescent Sabine Mann and Shane.

“A newly crafted masterpiece that will have you singing in the aisles, streets and trees. A magnificent addition to any great song collection”. CD BABY

Find the album on:
Download the album on CD Baby
Downlad the album on iTunes

Listen to the album on spotify
Or checkout unreleased new tracks on BandCamp.

To order a signed hard copy of the album click the link below.


Please allow 7 to 14 days for delivery.

Everything You Need…

EVERYTHING YOU NEED IS HERE
The Second ALbum
EYNIH_RR2015Recorded between Dublin and France – In 2012, like his first album ‘The Watcher & The Comet’, Shane’s second album was first released under the Caruso banner. Having sold all of the first pressing and due to slight confusion at his solo shows, it was decided the time have come release the music under his own name and so the re-released album was the obvious step.Due to popular demand – Containing re-mastered tracks, the original intended running order as well as lyric sheets – Everything You Need Is Here was re-released and re-branded in 2015. A third pressing is imminent.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED – Is also available here.
To download from CD Baby.
To pick up a copy on iTunes.
To listen on Spotify.
Or checkout unreleased new tracks on BandCamp.

 To pick up hard copy simply click the ‘buy now’ button below.

Please allow for 7-14 days delivery 

The Watcher

THE WATCHER & THE COMET.
SHANE’S DEBUT ALBUM

The WatcherProduced by Herbie Macken (Neil Finn, Crowded House, Gavin Friday) ‘The Watcher & The Comet’ is the critically acclaimed first album from Shane Ó Fearghail.  Released on the Sad Opera Entertainment label – 2008 it contains eleven original tracks recorded in Douglas, Co. Cork – Ireland.“A diligent line between Bowie & REM, The Watcher & The Comet feels like a forgotten classic”. Eamon De Paor ~ The Metro. 

If  you would like to purchase The Watcher and The Comet, Simply click on the ‘Buy Now’ button below. Price includes postage and package.

To download ‘The Watcher’ from CD BABY
To download ‘The Watcher’ on iTunes
Listen on Spotify
Or checkout unreleased new tracks on BandCamp.

To pick up a physical copy of the album please click the buy now link.

Please allow for 7-14 days delivery.

Summered & Seasoned!

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So folks how goes it. Here’s hoping that all is good and groovi now that we are well into the summer season. Some might say it’s coming to an end. I’m thinking October maybe! Anyway… I hope you have had a great summer so far.

Here all is good. It’s been pretty quiet but now it’s beginning to ramp up. I have been keeping busy over the summer months doing a a few shows amidst getting my strength back after a busy first six months of the year.  I am just about to hit the fun side of promoting the new album. “A new album” I hear you say! Yep it’s finished, done and dusted as some of you may know. For those of you who don’t, check it out! I even had a friend of mine ask me over the weekend… “is it finished yet!”. That thud you heard was my chin hitting the floor.  I wondered where this man might have been for the last six months. But sure everything is relative. Anyway… it is finished and it is available now, I am very happy to say.  It’s even getting Radio play with without any push so that’s good news right!

Shane_TVTHurs1So what’s else has been going on. Let me think! A wee trip to Ireland in June last (YouBloom and weddings), some festival dates around Austria in July and August and there are even some new songs in the works! Apart from that though it’s all been pretty relaxed and quiet which is great. But change is on the horizon. Next month I go to Ireland to promote songwriting and present songwriting workshops and circles with Druids in Roscommon – there will be some shows thrown in too so what this space.  I have a wee tour of North Germany and Denmark for November to culminate in a new festival I am heavily involved in in Vienna as part of the VSC (Vienna Songwriting Circle) called the Schottenfest over the weekend of 1sth – 5th December. A festival with a difference for sure. It’s gonna be a cracker – keep your ears to the ground!

Oh yeah and in case you missed it. Along with the Sad Opera Entertainment team I am three weeks into a new live stream performance event on FaceBook called Television Thursday. The idea is simple really – Play some songs live from my home! Friends and fans get to write in, interact and simply sit an listen to songs from the new album and beyond in the comfort of their own home.  And it’s going great! Blown away by the response so far and I am really enjoying the performances. So if you wanna tune in… please do and be sure to say hello mid stream – let us know where you are – and what you think. You can even post a picture so we know you really are watching ha ha! Social Media just took it a step further…

To watch the show or to check out some of the streams, you can do so by visiting  my FB Music page.  It goes out live every Thursday at the same time each week 21:00 CET! 20:00 Irish Time! Love to have you join the crowd for the next one. Maybe you’ll like and share.

To find out more about the new album ‘They Might See Dolphins’ simply click this link!

Live Videos – Moved

Welcome to the live music page. Here is where you can watch Shane’s live studio performances as well as live on stage performances.  Recorded by friends, fans and professionals alike, these videos will allow you to the sample some live show moments.

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The Last Trees – Live on Balcony TV Bratislava
Feabhra 2016


Joined on set by Claudia Heidegger – we battled a Gael force wind, live on the BalconyTv stage, high atop a giant spaceship that spanned the Danube in Bratislava! No messin – you had to be there 😉

A huge shout out to all the Balcony TV crew in Bratislava and beyond for being so cool and for making it a great day out. We nearly never made it back across the border.

 


 

The Faerie Tree – Live on An Lár TV – Dublin.
Samhain – 2016.

Shane Ó Fearghail The Faerie Tree accompanied by John Davidson – fiddle, Ross O’Meara – Cajon/Bodhrán. Video excerpt from An Mol Season 2 Directed by Graham Lewis. Filmed and Edited by Graham Lewis & Stephen Meagher.  An Lár Television production.

 


 

Stand Up & Be Counted- Live on the Trocadero Paris.
January 9th – 2016. 

Recorded live in Paris 09.01.16 on the Trocadero – Stand Up & Be Counted – one of the many new tracks from Shane’s forthcoming album due for release in Spring 2016!  A song about the here and now, Shane performs on the square above the Eiffel Tower – only to be joined mid song by a human rights peaceful protest against the daily executions taking place in Iran.

We were to learn that in Iran over 2,000 people are executed  in Iran annually – a fact which is deemed as infringement on human rights by Amnesty International!



Shane live at TEDX – Klagenfurt – Austria.
September 9th – 2014

Set in the Karawanken mountains, on the beautiful Slovenian Austrian border, the TEDX Talks Klagenfurt are real testament to good people with great ideas! Shane performs three songs from his dynamic live set to a captivated, if not captured live audience! We hope you enjoy!
 



Hey Little Sister – Live at AP Studios Dublin.

October 15th – 2014. 

Hey Little Sister – From the album Everything You Need Is Here… Hey Little Sister
was shot in the amazing AP Studios, Dublin, Autumn 2014. The next video, Read Between The Lines, will be online next Friday at 13.00 CET. Everything You Need’ was recorded at AP Studios!



The Faerie Tree – Live at the Plattoo Sessions – Die Scherbe – Graz
Recorded on the 10.11.2014 by Claus Schützenhöfer.

The Faerie Tree – As part of the amazing Monday night shows run by the Paltoo crew, Shane got to play once more in front of one of the best crowds, not to mention one of the best venues in Styria – Austria.  Shane played for over two hours in a sold out show where the crowd were the real stars!

 



The Platoo Interview – Courtesy of the Klanghafen Crew
Die Scherbe Graz – Nov 2014

Before his sold out show in Graz, Austria, Shane gave an interview with the Klanghafen crew at the Platoo Sessions in Die Scherbe. Where they spoke about songwriting, music, life on the road, being Irish in Europe and a little bit more besides. Enjoy!

 



All Your Features – Live at the Muzu studios Dublin
August 2012

All Your Features – From the frist album The Watcher & The Comet,  recorded live in Dublin at the Muzu studios by Marina Kenny.

 


 

It’s Up Yo You – Recorded Live in Vienna For Balcony Tv Vienna
September – 2014

It’s Up Yo You – Shot live above the Viennese backstreets with the Balcony TV Crew!!!

 



Read Between The Lines Live @ AP Studios Dublin.
October 15th – 2014.

Read Between The Lines – The new live video the the second video taken from the live video shoot at the amazing AP Studios in Dublin Ireland. Shot in the Autumn 2014 – Read Between the lines is a new song off the new album.

 



Elastic – Live at The Mid Way Lounge Los Angeles

Monday 8th October – 2014.

Elastic – Recorded live at the Mid City Lounge in Los Angeles as part of the LA Sync Summit 2014. Invited as one of the guest to perform at the summit, Shane plays to a room heavy with Music Managers and magnificent moguls… And they could all sing. A great night!!!

 



Try – Live at the Platoo Sessions – Die Scherbe – Graz
November 2013

Try – Recorded live by Little Brown Couch at the Plattoo Sessions in Die Scerbe – Graz, November 2013. Shane, with a little bit more facial hair,  performs Try from the new Caruso album.

 


 

Wish You Were Here – Live at Plattoo Sessions – Die Scherbe – Graz
November 2013

Wish You Were Here –  Recorded live by Claus Schützenhöfer.  A song by  Pink Floyd.

 



All The Kings Horses – Live at An Feis Canadh Tallaght – Dublin.
October – 2013

All The Kings Horses – Recorded live in St Aengus Church, Tallaght as part of the
Tallaght Songwriting Collective An Feis Canadh series 2013. A new song off the new album Everything You Need Is Here. Shane is backed on piano by  Conor O’Reilly. Live Recording & Camera by Antimo Puca.

 


 

Freak – Recorded Live & Acoustic in Dublin Ireland.
September 2012

Freak – From the second album Everything You Need Is Here!
Recorded in Dublin’s Thomas Street by Joey Kenny.

 


 

Round The Hardway – Recorded live on Punto Radio – Novara – Italy
September 2010

Round The Hardway – Live on Punto Radio – Novara Italy. Thanks to all the crew and
all the new friend made. Fantastic people… Fantastic place!!!

 


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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IMG_0639Television Thursday Public Announcement Post – 10.November 2016

Due to recent electoral events… (sorry electrical events) and band width policy reduction – this weeks TV Thursday broadcast will not go ahead. We are working vigorously to the restore the uplink not to mention the moral of our crew (who are still in a deep state of cyber shock).

Good news is – next TV Thursday will go ahead… If a little differently. That is to say, it will be broadcast at the same time but on Wednesday 16th November – live from The Acoustic Room in Vienna. It will be Shane’s birthday.

So please “tune in and share out!”

This is a Sad Opera Entertainment publication on behalf of the Vienna Songwriting Circle and the Acoustic Room 2016. All rights reserved!

The Years End Tour

AT THE START OF THE YEARS END
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So folks… sun is shinning as the US vote Result rolls in and all the will in the world would have me stay in Vienna. It’s been such a lovely Autumn where Sabine and I (the much better half) are beginning to find our feet in our new pad. What with our new move (recently moved apartments), the new album, the writing projects, the VSC, trips to Ireland and now as we head into the final furlongs to reach the Schottenfest finish line… Oh and now a tour… Did I say it’s been busy! 

Once again I find myself on the road to play some really nice shows as I follow through on the opportunities that ‘They Might See Dolphins’, the new album presents. A lot is happening and will become more apparent over the coming weeks and months. Have no fear I will fill you all in as it develops. We are all happy here in the Sad Opera Camp – smiles all round.

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Meidling, Vienna. At the start of “the years end” tour.

 First up though is Denmark and the port town on Aarhus. Stories will be told so watch this space. Germany then beckons with Kiel and Nürnberg on the cards (Playing a double header with the fantastic Karin Rabhansl at the he lo-fi loft in Nürnberg). I will then bounce back and forth between Austria and Germany with The Acoustic Room in Vienna, Saarbrücken, Bonn then its on to Dublin and down to Kerry for the IMRO “Christie Hennessey” International Songwriters contest which I have been selected as a finalist from 200 entries.  So I am sorry I had to cancel some dates in Kiel and Eckenfoerde as a result. I’ll be back in January!!!

Dublin to Vienna will be the next sojourn,  where I will play the very first Schottenfest at the beginning of December alongside Jack L out of Ireland, Oliver Welter (Naked Lunch) Austria, Stuart Neville (Scotland), Mark Peters (England) and many others at this new /Austrian/Irish/Scottish cultural festival in the city of Vienna…. Deep breath!

So that’s the craic. The space boots are on and I have been grooming this fluffy beard to keep me warm as I travel. Sure it’s all mad to be sure but looking forward to it. There’ll be more info to come as I move so tune in… There may even be some television Thursday’s along the way. Maybe I’ll see you out there!

US vote is in. Thoughts for another day I’m thinkin… Walls don’t make homes!!!

Le meas faoin grásta
Shane

They Might See Dolphins

Cover Art 1Recorded in Passau – Germany and Vienna – Austria, They Might See Dolphins is Shane Ó Fearghail’s third album and was funded by fans and family in a powerful and personal crowd-funding campaign.

The album was produced by Christian Knollmueller & Shane Ó Fearghail and contains an “eclectic mix of eleven beautifully crafted songs. With the production to match, it shows a distinct creative turn in lyric and musical direction, cementing Shane as an original, well rounded and creative songwriter”. With additional vocals from the Vienna Songwriting Circle, a wonderful mix of great musicians and the artwork done by the effervescent Sabine Mann and Shane.

“A newly crafted masterpiece that will have you singing in the aisles, streets and trees. A magnificent addition to any great song collection”. CD BABY

Find the album on:
Download the album on CD Baby
Downlad the album on iTunes

Listen to the album on spotify
Or checkout unreleased new tracks on BandCamp.

To order a signed hard copy of the album click the link below.


Please allow 7 to 14 days for delivery.

Everything You Need…

EVERYTHING YOU NEED IS HERE
The Second ALbum
EYNIH_RR2015Recorded between Dublin and France – In 2012, like his first album ‘The Watcher & The Comet’, Shane’s second album was first released under the Caruso banner. Having sold all of the first pressing and due to slight confusion at his solo shows, it was decided the time have come release the music under his own name and so the re-released album was the obvious step.Due to popular demand – Containing re-mastered tracks, the original intended running order as well as lyric sheets – Everything You Need Is Here was re-released and re-branded in 2015. A third pressing is imminent.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED – Is also available here.
To download from CD Baby.
To pick up a copy on iTunes.
To listen on Spotify.
Or checkout unreleased new tracks on BandCamp.

 To pick up hard copy simply click the ‘buy now’ button below.

Please allow for 7-14 days delivery 

The Watcher

THE WATCHER & THE COMET.
SHANE’S DEBUT ALBUM

The WatcherProduced by Herbie Macken (Neil Finn, Crowded House, Gavin Friday) ‘The Watcher & The Comet’ is the critically acclaimed first album from Shane Ó Fearghail.  Released on the Sad Opera Entertainment label – 2008 it contains eleven original tracks recorded in Douglas, Co. Cork – Ireland.“A diligent line between Bowie & REM, The Watcher & The Comet feels like a forgotten classic”. Eamon De Paor ~ The Metro. 

If  you would like to purchase The Watcher and The Comet, Simply click on the ‘Buy Now’ button below. Price includes postage and package.

To download ‘The Watcher’ from CD BABY
To download ‘The Watcher’ on iTunes
Listen on Spotify
Or checkout unreleased new tracks on BandCamp.

To pick up a physical copy of the album please click the buy now link.

Please allow for 7-14 days delivery.

Summered & Seasoned!

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So folks how goes it. Here’s hoping that all is good and groovi now that we are well into the summer season. Some might say it’s coming to an end. I’m thinking October maybe! Anyway… I hope you have had a great summer so far.

Here all is good. It’s been pretty quiet but now it’s beginning to ramp up. I have been keeping busy over the summer months doing a a few shows amidst getting my strength back after a busy first six months of the year.  I am just about to hit the fun side of promoting the new album. “A new album” I hear you say! Yep it’s finished, done and dusted as some of you may know. For those of you who don’t, check it out! I even had a friend of mine ask me over the weekend… “is it finished yet!”. That thud you heard was my chin hitting the floor.  I wondered where this man might have been for the last six months. But sure everything is relative. Anyway… it is finished and it is available now, I am very happy to say.  It’s even getting Radio play with without any push so that’s good news right!

Shane_TVTHurs1So what’s else has been going on. Let me think! A wee trip to Ireland in June last (YouBloom and weddings), some festival dates around Austria in July and August and there are even some new songs in the works! Apart from that though it’s all been pretty relaxed and quiet which is great. But change is on the horizon. Next month I go to Ireland to promote songwriting and present songwriting workshops and circles with Druids in Roscommon – there will be some shows thrown in too so what this space.  I have a wee tour of North Germany and Denmark for November to culminate in a new festival I am heavily involved in in Vienna as part of the VSC (Vienna Songwriting Circle) called the Schottenfest over the weekend of 1sth – 5th December. A festival with a difference for sure. It’s gonna be a cracker – keep your ears to the ground!

Oh yeah and in case you missed it. Along with the Sad Opera Entertainment team I am three weeks into a new live stream performance event on FaceBook called Television Thursday. The idea is simple really – Play some songs live from my home! Friends and fans get to write in, interact and simply sit an listen to songs from the new album and beyond in the comfort of their own home.  And it’s going great! Blown away by the response so far and I am really enjoying the performances. So if you wanna tune in… please do and be sure to say hello mid stream – let us know where you are – and what you think. You can even post a picture so we know you really are watching ha ha! Social Media just took it a step further…

To watch the show or to check out some of the streams, you can do so by visiting  my FB Music page.  It goes out live every Thursday at the same time each week 21:00 CET! 20:00 Irish Time! Love to have you join the crowd for the next one. Maybe you’ll like and share.

To find out more about the new album ‘They Might See Dolphins’ simply click this link!

Live Videos – Moved

Welcome to the live music page. Here is where you can watch Shane’s live studio performances as well as live on stage performances.  Recorded by friends, fans and professionals alike, these videos will allow you to the sample some live show moments.

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The Last Trees – Live on Balcony TV Bratislava
Feabhra 2016


Joined on set by Claudia Heidegger – we battled a Gael force wind, live on the BalconyTv stage, high atop a giant spaceship that spanned the Danube in Bratislava! No messin – you had to be there 😉

A huge shout out to all the Balcony TV crew in Bratislava and beyond for being so cool and for making it a great day out. We nearly never made it back across the border.

 


 

The Faerie Tree – Live on An Lár TV – Dublin.
Samhain – 2016.

Shane Ó Fearghail The Faerie Tree accompanied by John Davidson – fiddle, Ross O’Meara – Cajon/Bodhrán. Video excerpt from An Mol Season 2 Directed by Graham Lewis. Filmed and Edited by Graham Lewis & Stephen Meagher.  An Lár Television production.

 


 

Stand Up & Be Counted- Live on the Trocadero Paris.
January 9th – 2016. 

Recorded live in Paris 09.01.16 on the Trocadero – Stand Up & Be Counted – one of the many new tracks from Shane’s forthcoming album due for release in Spring 2016!  A song about the here and now, Shane performs on the square above the Eiffel Tower – only to be joined mid song by a human rights peaceful protest against the daily executions taking place in Iran.

We were to learn that in Iran over 2,000 people are executed  in Iran annually – a fact which is deemed as infringement on human rights by Amnesty International!



Shane live at TEDX – Klagenfurt – Austria.
September 9th – 2014

Set in the Karawanken mountains, on the beautiful Slovenian Austrian border, the TEDX Talks Klagenfurt are real testament to good people with great ideas! Shane performs three songs from his dynamic live set to a captivated, if not captured live audience! We hope you enjoy!
 



Hey Little Sister – Live at AP Studios Dublin.

October 15th – 2014. 

Hey Little Sister – From the album Everything You Need Is Here… Hey Little Sister
was shot in the amazing AP Studios, Dublin, Autumn 2014. The next video, Read Between The Lines, will be online next Friday at 13.00 CET. Everything You Need’ was recorded at AP Studios!



The Faerie Tree – Live at the Plattoo Sessions – Die Scherbe – Graz
Recorded on the 10.11.2014 by Claus Schützenhöfer.

The Faerie Tree – As part of the amazing Monday night shows run by the Paltoo crew, Shane got to play once more in front of one of the best crowds, not to mention one of the best venues in Styria – Austria.  Shane played for over two hours in a sold out show where the crowd were the real stars!

 



The Platoo Interview – Courtesy of the Klanghafen Crew
Die Scherbe Graz – Nov 2014

Before his sold out show in Graz, Austria, Shane gave an interview with the Klanghafen crew at the Platoo Sessions in Die Scherbe. Where they spoke about songwriting, music, life on the road, being Irish in Europe and a little bit more besides. Enjoy!

 



All Your Features – Live at the Muzu studios Dublin
August 2012

All Your Features – From the frist album The Watcher & The Comet,  recorded live in Dublin at the Muzu studios by Marina Kenny.

 


 

It’s Up Yo You – Recorded Live in Vienna For Balcony Tv Vienna
September – 2014

It’s Up Yo You – Shot live above the Viennese backstreets with the Balcony TV Crew!!!

 



Read Between The Lines Live @ AP Studios Dublin.
October 15th – 2014.

Read Between The Lines – The new live video the the second video taken from the live video shoot at the amazing AP Studios in Dublin Ireland. Shot in the Autumn 2014 – Read Between the lines is a new song off the new album.

 



Elastic – Live at The Mid Way Lounge Los Angeles

Monday 8th October – 2014.

Elastic – Recorded live at the Mid City Lounge in Los Angeles as part of the LA Sync Summit 2014. Invited as one of the guest to perform at the summit, Shane plays to a room heavy with Music Managers and magnificent moguls… And they could all sing. A great night!!!

 



Try – Live at the Platoo Sessions – Die Scherbe – Graz
November 2013

Try – Recorded live by Little Brown Couch at the Plattoo Sessions in Die Scerbe – Graz, November 2013. Shane, with a little bit more facial hair,  performs Try from the new Caruso album.

 


 

Wish You Were Here – Live at Plattoo Sessions – Die Scherbe – Graz
November 2013

Wish You Were Here –  Recorded live by Claus Schützenhöfer.  A song by  Pink Floyd.

 



All The Kings Horses – Live at An Feis Canadh Tallaght – Dublin.
October – 2013

All The Kings Horses – Recorded live in St Aengus Church, Tallaght as part of the
Tallaght Songwriting Collective An Feis Canadh series 2013. A new song off the new album Everything You Need Is Here. Shane is backed on piano by  Conor O’Reilly. Live Recording & Camera by Antimo Puca.

 


 

Freak – Recorded Live & Acoustic in Dublin Ireland.
September 2012

Freak – From the second album Everything You Need Is Here!
Recorded in Dublin’s Thomas Street by Joey Kenny.

 


 

Round The Hardway – Recorded live on Punto Radio – Novara – Italy
September 2010

Round The Hardway – Live on Punto Radio – Novara Italy. Thanks to all the crew and
all the new friend made. Fantastic people… Fantastic place!!!