Dark River Tumbling
Words And Music Music was always part of my life growing up in Ireland. My early influences began with the singing of my grandmother and father. Later of course, the folk boom which swept Ireland. O'Donohues bar, in Dublin, where I grew up, was a great spot to sing and pick up new material from the countless musicians who played in the city. The Coffee Kitchen, Grapevine,and universal folk club also gave ample opporunity to loosen up the vocal chords. The eighties launched my first song writing endeavours and set me on the road performing across Europe until finally settling in Holland where I am now based. In 2001 after an invitation from The Oscar Wilde School to participate in a poetry reading in The Chambers Of Commerce Dublin,which resulted in my work being published in an anthology of Irish poets,I was pulled emotionally and creatively back to Ireland. One of the results of this experience is this CD: Dark River Tumbling. A selection of songs I enjoy writing. Accompanied by established musicians (Aidan Burke, Fiddle) to name one, was more than an inspiration to get the songs down. I wish you the same pleasure in listening as I have when I delve into the rich and living folk tradition of Ireland, a tradition handed down to us from the bardic school and still very much alive today. Irish music is firmly rooted in solid ground, constantly revolving, without going too far from the source from whence it came. The rambling poets of Ireland.