Barbican Show in March, what happened to January?

Yes, the headline is true….Barbican in March with Crash Ensemble, Lisa Hannigan,  Paul Noonan and more amazing Irish songwriters and performers as part of Imagining Ireland (full details here).  You should come – the first part of this show has already happened in The National Concert Hall and was an absolute blast….here’s the proof

Courtesy of The National Concert Hall, Dublin


And big thanks to the brilliant This Is The Kit  for bringing us along for a chunk of their UK tour in January…those guys.  And to everyone that came up and chatted, bought T-shirts (which are now sold out, except for XLAAAARGE).  Here’s what you would have seen in Cambridge if you were on mushrooms

Trippy in Cambridge
Courtesy of Helen Messenger Photography

And here’s the band getting chauffeured around Groningen at Eurosonic Festival in Holland  – thanks band and to First Music Contact and Culture Ireland for their support.  

And that was January…thanks all for continued support into 2018, lots of festivals coming in….see listings for more details  

Christmas Market, Guardian Top 100 Songs of 2017

Due to overwhelming demand I’ve opened a web-shop where you can buy my luxurious Carlow Town Tshirt – while stocks last….naturally.  Here you go….  

And here’s what you can own….

And while I’m at it, thanks to The Guardian for including my song ‘Van Gogh’s Ear‘ in their Top 100 Songs of 2017

Stream the lot here, available on Applemusic too 


The album is out, reviews are in, and we’re on tour

Its November and nearly 4 months since last post…slack.  We’ve launched the album, toured Ireland with the magnificent Arborist and are set to embark on a 6 date UK tour with another magnificent artist by the name of Alabaster DePlume  

And the album got a 5* review in the Guardian, alongside great reviews in Mojo, Q, Uncut, Irish Times and Hotpress…amongst others…its not all about the reviews but it’s particularly satisfying when you get get a full house.  And it might persuade you to come to a show, for those of you teetering on the brink (see ‘shows’ page)

And a rather brilliant photo of the album launch in The Old Queens Head last month,  courtesy of Brian Whar

Thank you all for supporting!



Album coming out on Domino Records (YES!!!!!) Oct 6th
* Its brilliant (it was produced by Leo Abrahams – Wild Beasts, Regina Spectre etc etc etc – and features the best musicians in the world and myself)
* Its out on Oct 6th BUT you can preorder to get a rather magnificent YELLOW limited edition vinyl (naturally)…see below for details & TOUR DATES
* AND HERE’S THE VIDEO….directed by the magician Jack Barraclough with animation by Venla Linna , MARVEL AT OUR INCREDIBLE MOVES

More info & preorder – Multi preorder – Download – LP – Deluxe LP


17th August – AKA Fringe Festival, Kilkenny Tickets
26th August – Sea Change Festival, Devon Tickets
16th Sept – Head for the Hills Festival, Bury Tickets
4th October – Old Queen’s Head, London Tickets
21st Oct – Ritual Union Festival, Oxford Tickets
3rd November – Christ Church, Castlebar Tickets
8th November – The Workmans Club, Dublin Tickets
9th November – Roisin Dubh, Galway Tickets
10th November – Phil Grimes, Waterford Tickets
11th November – Kasbah Social Club, Limerick Tickets
12th November – The Roundy, Cork Tickets
21st November – The Canteen, Bristol Free entry
22nd November – The Basement, York Tickets
23rd November – The Lamplight Club @ The Regather Works, Sheffield Tickets
24th November – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow Tickets
25th November – High & Lonesome Festival, Leeds Tickets
26th November – The Prince Albert, Brighton Tickets


New single out on Domino Records

Delighted to announce that I’ve joined Domino Records’ amazing roster of artists…a true ‘pinch me’ moment (don’t pinch me)…first single below

Big shout out to the magician Kieran Evans & CC Lab for coming up with concept, directing, filming and turning the whole thing around in about a week.  And also for dealing with my inability to turn around naturally.  And of course to everyone at Lost Map 

NOW GO AND BUY IT (or stream it 5 million times)


I’ve just dumped….

…my entire life’s work up on Spotify and all the other streaming-platform-type-things. I’ll still be selling physical copies at live shows, which you will obviously buy too, and also from Lost Map website…only places you’ll get/hear deluxe double CD album version of God Damn You Mountain featuring special magic bonus CD. In the meantime, here’s an almost summery set of songs released on Lost Map in 2015…listen and share and roll around in it…AND DON’T FORGET YOUR LOCAL RECORD SHOP

In the Studio, Slow Club Tour (May/June), Irish Tour

A quick run down on the last few weeks.  WE’VE BEEN RECORDING A NEW ALBUM..finally…under the watchful ears of Leo Abrahams.  Actually, before I begin, massive thanks to everyone who came along to see us in Ireland the weekend before last, and to Mossy Nolan for supporting – a rare privilege to be able to take this band on tour.  On the subject of tours, I’m hitting the road (solo) with the mighty Slow Club in May/June…feast your eyes on these dates, more info to come in my gig listings:

Mon 2 May            Tynemouth, Surf Cafe
Wed 4 May            Preston, The Continental Preston 
Thu 5 May             Stockton-on-Tees, The Green Room
Thu 26 May           Poole, Mr Kyps 
Fri 27 May             Southampton, Joiners Arms 
Sat 28 May            Bristol, The Lantern @ Colston Hall 
Tue 31 May            Nottingham, Bodega Social Club 
Wed 1 June           Ashford, Revelation St Mary’s 
Thu 2 June            Brighton, Komedia 
Fri 3 June              Margate, Tom Thumb Theatre

…and two upcoming London shows for good measure

April 26th              Servants Jazz Quarters in Dalston
May 8th                 Vince Siprell Memorial show in The Lexington

So back to recording the next album (in pictures).  It all happened in Big Jelly Studios, a converted Church in Ramsgate and a truly inspiring place to record a few songs (thank you AL and Mike).  Here’s the aforementioned Leo Abrahams ordering a takeaway for everyone.  I can’t really say enough about how amazing it was to work with this man


…and similarly these special people who play my songs

Me explaining to John & Emma how NOT to play the song
They had to separate us
They had to separate us

And what of Aram, one of THE great drummers…well he took all of these lovely photograph so I’ll leave you with a photo of us (minus myself) in Ireland last week.  Here’s Emma, Aram & John in Kilalloe before we set off for Waterford (via Obama Plaza).


See you all soon,

And the Oscar for best soundtrack goes to….

….not quite but nearly.  The short film ‘Islanders Rest’, which I composed and performed much of the music for, is nominated in the Best Animation Film category at the Swiss Film Awards.  Its directed by Claudius Gentinetta and Incidentally it did win the award for Best Soundtrack (Swiss category) at the 2015 International Animated Film Festival in Geneva.…just throwing that in there.  Check out the wonderful trailer, coming to film festival near you…