November reign – teaming up with Adam Marcello for drum hangs

Adam Marcello (Katy Perry/American Idol) and myself have announced a joint ‘Drum Hang’ tour of Ireland, in association with Zildjian cymbal company. This tour will be six dates at six of Ireland’s leading independent coffee shops. These sessions run between November 1 and 28 and offer an intimate hang out. We will talk about ourContinue reading “November reign – teaming up with Adam Marcello for drum hangs”

Playing with some greats at the UK Drum Show in Manchester

Sorry for the lack of updates here. I’ve been hanging out on Instagram and been busy – honest. The UK Drum Show 2018 is about to kick off in Manchester (from September 29-30). I feel very excited and honored being invited to play alongside such amazing drummers (a selection of those guys below). Big thanks,Continue reading “Playing with some greats at the UK Drum Show in Manchester”

New Drum Hang video spills the beans…

This three-minute short was captured by the fabulous Lauren Varian who helps me to piece together my Drum Hang tours. These tours combine three things I love – drums, coffee, and chatting about drums, especially my kit which includes my C&C Custom kit, beloved Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, DW Hardware, Aquarian Drumheads, SKB cases, Tackle Instrument Supplies,Continue reading “New Drum Hang video spills the beans…”

Drumming up support for a fantastic Manchester event

It’s such an honour to be invited along to The UK Drum Show, in Manchester on September 23 & 24. This show really does have a lot of legends along, flaunting their percussive wares. Drummers such as Dennis Chambers, JR Robinson, Thomas Lang , Simon Phillips, and so so many more. There’s clinics, shows, masterclasses,Continue reading “Drumming up support for a fantastic Manchester event”

Here’s a fresh batch of ‘Drum Hang’ tour dates…

Hey folks. I’m talking my ‘Drum Hang’ on the road again. Feedback from the last run was so good. People from coffee shops have been getting in touch non-stop. I’m getting out there for seven dates at independent coffee shops around Ireland. It begins on May 23, through to June 22. Lots of boom, bashContinue reading “Here’s a fresh batch of ‘Drum Hang’ tour dates…”

Square Pegs debut album launch night

Colm Quearney and myself formed Square Pegs seven years ago, and so it’s about time we released our self-titled debut album. Over the course of the last four years we’ve been recording (here, there and everywhere) and we’ve finally finished mixing it so we’re going to launch it with a gig at Sin É, Dublin, on Friday,Continue reading “Square Pegs debut album launch night”

‘Drum Hang’ short tour doc

Film-maker Ryan Hoban captured this action on my initial ‘Drum Hang’ tour. Ryan travelled everywhere with us, from Belfast to Cork, staying every night and, crucially, shared copious amounts of coffee with the crew as we filmed in independent roast houses around Ireland in the early months of this year. We hope this short gives you just a taste of what’s toContinue reading “‘Drum Hang’ short tour doc”

Brewing up a storm on a drum clinic tour of coffee shops

I’ve teamed up with Common Grounds Collective for a drum clinic tour of Ireland. I’m using this time between tours to combine two things I love – drums and coffee – by going nationwide to independent coffee shops, with my kit. There’s six dates between February 21 and March 9, each of which will be anContinue reading “Brewing up a storm on a drum clinic tour of coffee shops”

Some highlights from my work on soundtracks

The best-known soundtrack I’ve had the pleasure of playing drums on is for the film Once, which of course featured the Oscar-winning music of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. But there’s a couple of other pieces of film and TV work I’ve been involved with, which I’ve updated in the discography section of this site.Continue reading “Some highlights from my work on soundtracks”

I’ll be grinding out a drum masterclass…

How many drummers does it take to change a lightbulb? Well, you’ll find out sharpish if there are any electricity issues at the Brewery Coffee House, Maynooth, Co Kildare on November 8. There, I’ll be running a drum clinic (masterclass, if you wish) in association with my friends at the Common Grounds Collective and hopefully surrounded by likemindedContinue reading “I’ll be grinding out a drum masterclass…”

Get your festival kicks from this latest Glen Hansard tour video

Here’s the full concert from Glen Hansard’s summer festival opening set with his full band, including myself. It was filmed at the Down the Rabbit Hole festival in the Netherlands on Saturday, June 25. The 17-song setlist included Didn’t He Ramble, When Your Mind’s Made up, Way Back in the Way Back When, Her Mercy,Continue reading “Get your festival kicks from this latest Glen Hansard tour video”

Hello Europe! Hitting the road again with Glen Hansard

My summer of festivals has begun. It started on Saturday at the Down the Rabbit Hole festival in the Netherlands. We then head through Italy, Germany, Belgium and beyond, playing music from Glen’s two solo albums Didn’t He Ramble and Rhythm and Repose, as well as some choice Frames cuts and a few select coversContinue reading “Hello Europe! Hitting the road again with Glen Hansard”

Shining a light on my solo music from a few years back

Halite was my solo project when I left Therapy? in 2001. Warner Music offered me a deal and I stepped out from behind the drums to sing and play guitar. Under the name Halite I recorded the album Head On in 2003 with various good friends guesting on it, then hit the road for someContinue reading “Shining a light on my solo music from a few years back”

Hello, Europe! Dusting off the traps for a mighty ramble

It’s great to be on the road again with Glen Hansard. We’re off to Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Netherlands, and the UK on a Spring tour (there’s an Irish date at the National Concert Hall in April before the festivals kick off in summer). We’ll be playing songs from Glen’s Grammy-nominated secondContinue reading “Hello, Europe! Dusting off the traps for a mighty ramble”

Paying a quick visit to Chicago Drum Exchange

I stopped by the Chicago Drum Exchange recently for a bit of a play. I played a lovely C&C Drum Company Maple/Gum kit in a beautiful Black & Gold Duco finish. Watch that video here… Also making an appearance in this video is my own Zildjian K Constantinople Cymbal series, which I just coincidentally happened to have with me! (IContinue reading “Paying a quick visit to Chicago Drum Exchange”