Introducing my beautiful new C&C Custom Drums kit

As a long-time lover of vintage drums I recently discovered the C&C Drum Company in Kansas City, Missouri. Bill, his son Jake, and their team, make their drums in a similar fashion to 50s/60s WFL/Ludwigs, Slingerlands, Gretsch and more, in that they’re generally just around three plies. The resonance and tone is fantastic. Once I playedContinue reading “Introducing my beautiful new C&C Custom Drums kit”

Tour essentials: What I can’t leave home without…

My Mac Essential due to the insane amount of hanging around dressing rooms/venues/tour buses I do. So, I get to watch an enormous amount of movies and boxsets and check out lots of new music. Huzzah! Eye mask and ear plugs So I can go to sleep anywhere, anytime, with nothing or no one botheringContinue reading “Tour essentials: What I can’t leave home without…”

Here’s 7 classic drum videos that inspire me

There are many YouTube videos I like, which I will post over time. It’s very hard to decide which I’d like to show you to begin with, but here are a few that have definitely helped shape the drummer I am today. I have included a video of my father, Des. He joined The FramesContinue reading “Here’s 7 classic drum videos that inspire me”

In The Deep Shade: a bit about Conor Masterson’s Frames movie

Here’s a trailer for Conor Masterson’s recent film which shows The Frames during our 20th anniversary shows, which took place in the States, throughout Europe, and finished in Dublin. Conor told IFTN: “Tongue-in-cheek, at the very beginning of the process, I said jokingly I’ll only make the film if we can make that bit inContinue reading “In The Deep Shade: a bit about Conor Masterson’s Frames movie”

{video} Glen Hansard :: Italy — Arbutus Yarns’ short doc

Myles O’Reilly (aka Arbutus Yarns). He’s shot loads of music docs that you’ve probably seen. This is a short documentary he filmed with Glen and the rest of the gang. He came to visit us in Italy at the end of our European tour in February 2013.

{audio} The Art of Drumming, me with Dave Fanning on 2fm

RTE Radio did a series on music where they looked at the art of music. This interview is with the brilliant Dave Fanning tackling the backbone of the band. He invited me on to talk influences, styles, unlikely heroes, and more. Everything from Chick Webb to Paul McCartney comes up. Have a listen.

Talking influences and my career with

I did an interview in 2012 with where I go into my drumming history and the kind of music I was raised on, and much more. Here’s a bit of that chat… ‘The reason I started playing drums was because of my musical upbringing through my father Des, who was a jazz drummer. I wasContinue reading “Talking influences and my career with”

My chat with Thin Lizzy drumming icon Brian Downey for Zildjian

You think of Thin Lizzy, you might first think of Phil Lynott. But music fans know there was far more than that. Here’s a link to a short piece with drummer Brian Downey, a founding member of one of Ireland’s most important bands. Here’s a snippet… Brian Downey from Thin Lizzy is a seminal icon theContinue reading “My chat with Thin Lizzy drumming icon Brian Downey for Zildjian”

Summer of gigs with Glen which includes opening for Springsteen

Glen Hansard’s year-end shows at Vicar Street, Dublin in December 2012 were a massive highlight of the last 12 months. The success of his debut solo album, Rhythm And Repose, has taken us around the world, from the United States to Australia, via Europe. In case you’ve missed it, this is an 12-piece band which also featuresContinue reading “Summer of gigs with Glen which includes opening for Springsteen”