Cutting loose on new Meadow Sessions with my blues brothers

This is the next chapter for blues fans: Square Pegs in Chapter II of The Meadow Sessions. The songs here include Trouble in Mind and CC Rider. Director Myles O’Reilly (aka Arbutus Yarns) will post more from The Meadow Sessions soon, he promises, so stay tuned. Square Pegs were formed five years ago, by Colm Quearney, Keith Duffy, Justin Carroll, Michael BuckleyContinue reading “Cutting loose on new Meadow Sessions with my blues brothers”

Rambling away on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Previously host of the great Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert stepped into David Letterman’s shoes back in September as host of The Late Show which goes out nightly Stateside on CBS. And, after playing previously with Glen Hansard on Letterman at New York’s famous Ed Sullivan Theatre it was a pleasure to be asked back. IContinue reading “Rambling away on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Square Pegs cut loose in Meadow Sessions

Here’s a great new video for blues fans which features Square Pegs in the Meadow Sessions, Part 1. The songs here include Cocaine Blues and Big Legged Woman. This session includes our good friend Conor Brady on guitar. Myles O’Reilly (aka Arbutus Yarns) will post more songs from The Meadow Sessions soon, so stay tuned. SquareContinue reading “Square Pegs cut loose in Meadow Sessions”

Spreading the word about Glen’s new album

I want to spread the word about Glen Hansard’s second solo album, Didn’t He Ramble, which is out now. We’ve been on the road around the States recently, doing promo and playing in New York, Nashville and Philadelphia. Here’s a video for the track Her Mercy which was shot by frequent collaborator Myles O’Reilly while weContinue reading “Spreading the word about Glen’s new album”

Interview on Nadine O’Regan’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’

I was invited onto Irish radio station TXFM on Saturday, July 4, ahead of The Frames’ two sold-out shows at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. Host Nadine O’Regan had yours truly on her ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ show. It’s quite difficult to choose songs to play within an hour, so these are just a handful (AsContinue reading “Interview on Nadine O’Regan’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’”

Three new Frames recordings and a compilation album

It’s a busy summer for me with The Frames. There’s three sold-out Irish shows in July (details here) and a just-announced compilation album, Longitude, which is out at the end of June. This is not a ‘best of’, more a collection of special songs chosen by the band, and it includes new versions of Revelate and Fitzcarraldo, whichContinue reading “Three new Frames recordings and a compilation album”

Two gigs in one night but it’s worth it in memory of the great Levon Helm

I’m double-jobbing with two great gigs on Friday night in Dublin (April 17). First off, as I wrote here, I’ll be playing the full show for the launch of Colm Mac Con Iomaire’s new album. Before that, I’ll take part in the now-annual tribute night for the late, great Levon Helm, The Band’s legendary drummerContinue reading “Two gigs in one night but it’s worth it in memory of the great Levon Helm”

Live show for launch of Colm Mac Con Iomaire’s new album

The great Colm Mac Con Iomaire launches his new album, And Now The Weather (Agus Anois An Aimsir), at Whelan’s, Dublin this Friday, April 17. I’ll be playing drums (and a few other bits) as part of the impressive live band he’s assembled for the event. Do come. Below is the album cover… This is Colm’s second album. HisContinue reading “Live show for launch of Colm Mac Con Iomaire’s new album”

Inside the brilliant C&C music factory…

So, you’ll know that I love my C&C drums. Well, the new official C&C Custom Drum Company website is live and, drummer or not, I’d recommend you check it out. It details all the necessary info about their custom kits and details how they go about handcrafting the instruments (such as my kit, below). Here’s a smallContinue reading “Inside the brilliant C&C music factory…”

Second Frames instalment from Whelan’s this year

Film-maker Myles O’Reilly has posted the second of three video installments at his Arbutus Yarns website of The Frames’ anniversary gig we played at Whelan’s on Wexford Street, Dublin, in June 2014. (I posted about chapter one previously here). A full-length feature of the gig will be released in 2015 as part of the band’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

November reign! German drum magazine interview

It’s always nice when people from outside of Ireland get in touch which was the case when I was featured in the November issue of Germany’s leading drum magazine, Sticks (snippet below). In the interview, I speak about my career to date (from Therapy? to Glen Hansard, and more), influences, my gear, and touring highlights. If your German isContinue reading “November reign! German drum magazine interview”

Recording Christmas songs with the great Tom Jones and Rosanne Cash

I play drums and provide some backing vocals on a new Christmas album alongside the great Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash and Rhiannon Giddens. The Wexford Carols was produced by four-time Grammy winner Joe Henry and recorded recently at Grouse Lodge Studios in Co Westmeath, Ireland. The below picture was taken during recording. Starring the celebrated IrishContinue reading “Recording Christmas songs with the great Tom Jones and Rosanne Cash”