A Christmas song of sorts, “Baby It’s Christmas”, was written a few years back about the break down of a relationship… at Christmas. Not on any album, it is a song that’s been sitting in me drawer for a few years gathering dust. This year it feels like a good time to share.

Written & performed by Shane Ó Fearghail
Video by  Sabine Mann
A Holda Design / Sad Opera Entertainment Production 2020


Live songs recorded in a time of Covid

Seven Songs Seven Weeks – was just an idea. Something to keep me busy whilst not performing. The idea: Songs from artists and bands that have been an inspiration. Right now the plan is seven songs… but rumour has it, it might just continue. It has been a great experience and a lot of fun. I hope you like the videos. Maybe you too have a story in there somewhere. I might ask you, if you do like the videos, to like and subscribe, who knows maybe even share. Supporting songwriting and songwriters…  It goes a long way.


Song 6: When The Stars Go Blue – Ryan Adams

Written by Ryan Adams, “When The Stars Go Blue”, is a song from the “Gold” Album”. Released in 2001 it was produced by Ethan Johns. “When The Stars Go Blue” is just one song from the prolific and enigmatic Ryan Adams. We’re huge fans. “Stars Go Blue” is the sixth cover song in seven, recorded over seven weeks. Joined for this performance on the other side of the camera is Sabine Mann from Austria. Sabine Mann-tastic as she is more aptly known in-house!

For more Ryan Adams –


Song 5: Drifters  – Boris Wörister (Die Brüder)

“Drifters’, is a song by Austrian band and alternative cult heroes Die Brüder. Written by Boris Wörister, it was written and recorded in 1991. However it took another twenty nine years before it made it’s way onto the new “Die Brüder” album also titled “Drifters”. The album was released in January 2020 to a sold out “reunion” show at Vienna’s Chelsea. Shane was invited to sing with the band on the night – taking over lead vocal duties for the show. And what a night it was. The after-show concert was the stuff of legend. “Drifters” is the fifth cover song in seven.

For more info Die Brüder –


Song 4: Where Ever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)  – Marvin Gaye / Paul Young

‘Where Ever I Lay My Hat’, was written in 1962 by Marvin Gaye, Barret Strong & Norman Whitfield, three Motown Legends. It was first recorded by Marvin Gaye and it is hard to believe this song was released as a B-side for “Too Busy Thinking ‘Bout My Baby”. Nearly two decades later it was a number one for Paul Young… way back when in the early eighties. ‘Where Ever I Lay My Hat’ is the fourth edition of seven cover songs, over seven weeks.

To listen to the original…

Song 3: Girl – The Beatles

“Girl” is a track from The Beatles Rubber Soul album. The song was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Released in 1965, Rubber Soul was the sixth studio album from the Fab Four. The recording sessions for the album took place in London over a four-week period beginning in October 1965. As part of ‘seven songs in seven weeks’ – “Girl” is the third song in the series.

For more information on The Beatles

Song 2: Slide Away – Noel Gallagher (Oasis / High Flying Birds)

Written by Noel Gallagher – Slide Away is a track off the debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ by Oasis. Released in 1994 the album has become a classic. ‘Slide Away’, a song that launched many shops, is one of Shane’s all time favourite songs.

For more information on Oasis

Song 1: Better Be Home Soon – Neil Finn (Crowded House/Split Endz/The Mullanes)

The Crowded House classic ‘Better Be Home Soon’. Written by Neil Finn, the song was released as a single in June 1988. You can find it in on the album ‘Temple Of Low Men’. Hailing from New Zealand and having Irish roots, Neil continues to be an influence on my music and songwriting. Bringing it all back home as the man says.

For more info on Crowded House