Ireland, UK….the world?

Quick announcement to say that I am heading around Ireland in less than two weeks to open for my good friend Lisa O’Neill on no less than 7 different occasions…I fly to Derry on the 12th of february, then its on to Dundalk & Dublin and then westwards to Limerick, Galway, Cork & Clonakilty. Then its back to London for to prepare for my own UK tour in March and some rehearsals with Geese

tour outline lisa
Mapping out my tour with Lisa O'Neill revealed that it looks a bit like a bird attacking London

All the dates are listed below but you can find more info about the shows, tickets etc here.  Regarding the UK tour, all these shows are going to be slightly different, some solo, some with the marvelous Geese as my backing band (London & Reading), a double header with Adam from Randolph’s Leap in Glasgow, a super intimate unplugged show inside a washing emporium in Durham, a show with my pals James Yorkston & The Pictish Trail in Edinburgh…go and buy some tickets or they’ll never have me back.



@ Sandino’s, Derry, Ireland (w/ Lisa O’Neill)

@ Spirit Store, Dundalk, Ireland (w/ Lisa O’Neill)

@ Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland (w/ Lisa O’Neill)

@ Bourke’s, Limerick, Ireland (w/ Lisa O’Neill)

@ Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland (w/ Lisa O’Neill)

@ Cypress Avenue, Cork, Ireland (w/ Lisa O’Neill)

@ DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, Ireland (w/ Lisa O’Neill)

@ Servants Jazz Quarters, London, UK

@ South Street Arts, Reading, UK

@ The Pleasance, Edinburgh, UK (w/ James Yorkston + The Pictish Trail)

@ The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, UK (w/ Randolph’s Leap, Adam solo)

@ Old Cinema Laundrette, Durham, UK


As if it wasn’t deluxe enough the first time it was released, follow this link to find out about the brand spanking new double cd reissue of my debut album, available now from Lost Map Records

‘But I already own the album’…..

Yes, yes, thanks for buying it, follow the link below to buy the bonus material it postcard format below for £1, yes, £1

And see what the Irish Times thinks of it all…

The sheep



Hard to believe, but in less than two weeks I’ll be jumping on the Eurostar to Amsterdam for the first of 15 shows in Europe.  What began as an accidental show in a house in Vienna has ballooned into an epic tour of Europe’s smallest venues and nicest living rooms.  That the route traces out the exact shape of a mole’s head is entirely coincidental, but its welcome coincidence none the less.   Its a solo tour although I will hopefully be joined by my brother for a few shows and I’m delighted to be opening for my old pal James Yorkston in Zurich.  I’m going to list all the shows here but its probably best just to swing on over to the gigs section of this here website for more details…if any of the listings are looking a bit sketchy its because we’re just finalizing the details, and my 6 figure fee, but feel free to email me at

That the tour traces out the shape of a mole's head is purely a coincidence

In other news, I’ve just finished eating a horrible blueberry muffin on board a London-bound train from Cardiff where I played last night in a sweaty little basement as part of the Made In Roath festival.  If you find yourself in Cardiff, which isn’t such a bad thing, take a stroll around (follow this map) and marvel at how a few people can transform the drab urban landscape that forms the backdrop to the lives of the many.  Oh yes, I am converted and loading up on spray cans as soon as I arrive in London and my tag name will be The Mad Mole of Medjugorje.  Thursday was Edinburgh for a showcase with The Pictish Trail and everyone else residing on the mighty Lost Map label roster and Tuesday saw us opening for my friend Lisa O’Neill at the London launch of her brilliant new album…as I recall its been a good week and a pleasure to be in such fine musical company.  And the muffin, well it had no actual blueberries in it, just a core made out of horrible blue sticky shite.  But I ate it.  And the train manager has just announced that the signalman has been hit by lightning (he’s fine) and we’ll be delayed for at least a week.

Cardiff squirrel*, photograph of a blueberry muffin and a still from my spectacular visual show

And I spent a good chunk of September compiling a quite bizarre selection of God Damn You Mountain remixes, alternative versions, out takes and general weirdness to be released soon under the provisional title The Outhouse Takes…more news on this soon

* the squirrel was actually drawn by this guy

Come here till I tell you…

Its July now, the month of my birthday and the birthdays of Sylvester Stallone, Lindsay Lohan and Wesley Snipes.   The picture above is taken from an old stage plan I found for a show that never happened…anyways.  The first six months of the year have been almost consistently great, presenting me with the opportunity to play shows up and down (and up and down again) the length of the UK with people like James Yorkston, The Picitsh Trail and Malcolm Middleton.  I was invited to play for a nudist community off the coast of Holland (only half true) and I played my first gig in Cork back in February so truly a year of fresh experiences and new horizons.  There’s lots of incriminating pictures and stuff to see below but first I’ve a few shows coming up during the summer that i think everyone should go to.

Upcoming Shows This Summer

First up is a double-header with my friend Mute Swimmer in The Servant Jazz Quarters  in London on the 17th July.  This is a tiny little downstairs venue in Dalston but it sounds amazing, as good as anywhere in London in fact and its only £5 in – a steal.  I’ll be joined by Emma and Vince on strings and an accordion player whose name is almost famous.  You can check out Mute Swimmer here – an amazing live performer. The week after that we’re off to Gisburn Forest on July 27th to play at Cloudspotting Festival in Lancashire, serious bang for your buck at this one.

And then I’m going back to Ireland and really looking forward to it.  First up is a show in Whelans on the 31st of July as part of Kinfolk Presents – will probably be bricking it a bit since its in the main room so all available moral support is essential/welcome and we haven’t played in Dublin since last year, and hopefully we have improved.  Then its off to Tullamore, the Timbuktu of Ireland, for Castlepolooza the following weekend.  My trip back to Ireland is set to conclude in the best possible way – a show with David Kitt as part of the 40th Anniversary Kilkenny Arts Festival in the beautiful Set Theatre in Kilkenny.  I’ll be joined by some amazing musicians for these shows and I might try and squeeze some new sounds out of my magic box, yes.  Oh and I’ll hopefully get back to Swinford at some stage for a tune and a pint in the majestic surrounds of O’Connors 

All the shows are listed here on the website but you should put them in your calender now…put them in your calender…NOW

And just before we get to the juicy bits….

What the hell is this? Its a mailing list, yes, but so much more – I’m going to send out the odd newsletter but they’ll generally be accompanied by a free tune or the likes. I’ve put up the original demo of God Damn You Mountain, recorded in my kitchen in Kerry in 2007, for everyone who takes the bait.


And now the juicy bits….

This is a photo of James, Johnny and myself recording a session for a radio station in Inverness….JY has just cracked a joke


Johnny considers making a run for it after being caught smuggling counterfeit food from Greggs into the van, immortalized here in video


The tour with Malcolm took in some of the UK’s lesser known beauty spots….does anyone know where this is?

….while Newcastle Zoo provided the backdrop for our 2nd show of the tour in The Cluny

….but it was nice to receive the recognition that I have long deserved

Malcolm Middleton tour

These last few shows in Scotland with James Yorkston and the Pictish Trail have been a blast, have a look on the ‘shows’ page for more info about remaining dates.  I’ve got a few recordings from some of the shows that I’ll post eventually and some pictures too (see below).  Also, another bunch of UK shows just added, supporting the great Malcolm Middleton…really really looking forward to these

Backstage in Aberdeen at a recent JY/PT/SF show discussing forthcoming Malcolm Middleton tour



It’s Nearly March

….and I’m just adding the finishing touches to an EP of new songs, and they sound nice…big, but nice.  I’m aiming to have it ready for this upcoming tour with James Yorkston and The Pictish Trail.  And some t-shirts with sheep on them.  Also, a remix I did for James Yorkston is being released on Domino Records in April…read about that here

…and that’s it really.  Slowly slowly starting to out some festivals together for the summer…get in touch festivals.  See y’all soon



The end of the year is all but upon us and you’re thinking ‘I should download an album from iTunes’……well look no further, click here – vinyl and limited ed. CD still available from

God Damn You Mountain on iTunes

The Story of October

Alas, October is all but over and I’m a few hours away from my first London show in many months…here’s the poster I made for it.  Thanks to Queenie for being a sport.

October began with shows in Ireland where we were also lucky enough to bluff our way onto the national airwaves.  I had the pleasure of joining Dave Fanning in Studio for an hour or so on  2FM on the 26th September, and it really was a pleasure.  The same day we recorded a song for the John Kelly chaired RTE 1 arts show, The Works, which was broadcast the following evening.  That was also a pleasure, no doubt helped by the fact I was joined by my brother John on accordion and Graham Watson on Banjo…here’s us

The Story of September

… that I’ve somehow managed to cobble together a short Irish tour, kicking off in Galway on the 28th of September, followed by shows in Dublin, Tralee, Limerick and Athlone….with Mossy Nolan opening in Galway and Dublin.   Come on out for a look.

Poster for Workman’s Club in Dublin


What’s happening now

I’m just back from Ireland where we did shows in Vicar Street and the Kilkenny Arts Festival with King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, and Mick Flannery – most enjoyable.  On arriving back in London I rehearsed with James Yorkston, Rozi Plain and Emma Smith, all fence collective veterans, for a radio session to promote the launch of James’ superb new album on the Lauren Laverne show on BBC 6Music the following day….what a crew

….then we all did an instore at Rough Trade in London where we clapped and hollered along to each others’ songs, see the vid below, lovely

I’m off to The Green Man Festival in Wales tomorrow to play the main stage on Sunday,  bizarre, and then the Body & Soul stage at Electric Picnic in a couple of weekends, nice.  Thanks to everyone who’s bought my album, keepin the wheels on the wagon.  Christmas is around the corner and is there a better present to receive than a nice album? I don’t think so.