Thursday, September 26, 2013

Arthur's Day

My daughter and I were here in Ireland on holiday at this time last year, and coming up Aungier Street one afternoon we noticed a different energy and I wondered what it could be. There wasn't a match on but people were rushing in different directions - some seemed to be piling into pubs and some seemed to be in a hurry to get out of town. When I asked the taxi driver what was happening he told me that I was right to be getting my daughter home because it was going to be a mess on the streets that evening. "This is Arthur's Day in Dublin" he said. I was interested to know the reason for the celebration but it appeared it wasn't really an event, just an excuse for alcohol consumption. I was really surprised to hear the event being promoted on national radio with outside broadcast units put to work as if it were a national day of celebration, when it was clearly a promotional event. I believe there is a place for alcohol. I've recorded drinking songs and I enjoy the occasional glass of wine and the odd brandy in the winter. But I can't support an event whose sole purpose seems to be to gather large amounts of people together in order to consume alcohol. Adding music into the mix seems to have been a recent development: the original idea was to gather in a pub at 6pm, raise a glass in Arthur's name, and then presumably raise a few more once you've got them in there. I've performed in all kinds of venues over the years from Carnegie Hall to Disney Hall to the odd hole-in-the-wall. People in the States have occasionally assumed that because I'm Irish I will want to play in their local Irish bar. I've gotten the greatest welcomes in some small lovely bars where they have made a space for the music. For me there is a tangible difference in the intention behind an event. If the intention is to bring people together as a community to enjoy the experience of art of any kind it evokes a very special kind of feeling and it's lovely to enjoy a drink or food around the event. I have a completely different experience when an event is put together for the purpose of encouraging people to consume large amounts of alcohol: bringing in music in order to bring in people who will drink. Then the intention is a bit off. It can get a bit sloppy. I'm told the reason why music is played so loud in bars is because it encourages people to drink more. And that to me implies they will communicate less. It was a £2500 Kaliber Arts Achievement Award as well as a bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland that allowed me to go to New York in 1990 to take up the scholarship I had been awarded by a Performing Arts School there. I commend companies that support the arts. Diageo could find a more creative way to do this. I have some ideas.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Number One: 'Everything We Had Was Good'

Wow. The Folk-DJ chart has just come in, and 'Everything We Had Was Good' was the number 1 song played on U.S. folk radio last month: http://www.folkalliance.org/sites/289/uploaded/files/FolkDJ_Chart_February2013.pdf

Friday, March 8, 2013

'Belong' on More Radio

We're a few weeks into the radio campaign for 'Belong' and the asterisks indicate radio stations that started playing album tracks since I last posted two weeks ago. You can really help by calling or sending an e-mail to your favourite station and requesting they play a song. It's also a great opportunity to listen to some really great radio shows out there on the internet. Almost all the tracks from the album are being played with 'On the Bridge to Williamsburg','Everything We Had Was Good','Belong' and 'No Jericho' being played most often. Again I've put in the best contact information I could find - if you have updates please let me know! And THANK YOU. WFUV New York, NY www.wfuv.org 718 817-4550 *WFDU Teaneck, NJ www.wfdu.fm/ 201-692-2012 WUSB Long Island, NY www.wusb.fm/ 631-632-9872 *WSLU Canton, NY tunein.com/radio/NCPR-895-s18403/ 315-229-5356 WDVR Delaware Twsp, NJ www.wdvrfm.org/ 609.397.1620 WMSC Montclair, NJ www.wmscradio.com/ 973-655-4256 WPRB Princeton, NJ www.wprb.com/ requests@wprb.com 609-258-1033/609-258-1233 WIOX Roxbury, NY www.wioxradio.org/ wioxhq@gmail.com 607-326-3900 WSCS Concord, NH wscs@colby-sawyer.edu 603-526-3494 VPR Montpelier, VT www.vpr.net/topics/montpelier/ 802-655-9451 WGDR Plainfield, VT www.wgdr.org/ 802-454-7762 WHDD Sharon, CT robinhoodradio.com/ 860-364-4640 jg@robinhoodradio.com, mmiles@robinhoodradio.com WWUH Hartford, CT wwuh@hartford.edu 860-768-4701 *WHUS Storrs, CT www.whus.org/ 860-486-9487 *WTMD, Baltimore, MD www.wtmd.org/ 410 -704-8936 wtmd@towson.edu WNCW Asheville, NC http://www.wncw.org/request 828-287-8080 info@wncw.org WRKF Baton Rouge, LA www.wrkf.org/ *WRFL Lexington, KY wrfl.fm/ CONTACT@WRFL.FM 859-257-9735 WETS Johnson City, TN www.wets.org/ 423-439-6440 WFMT Chicago, IL www.wfmt.com/ 773-279-2000 WYSO Dayton, OH www.wyso.org/ 937-769-1998 *WDBX Carbondale, IL www.wdbx.org/ wdbx911@yahoo.com 618-457-3691 *WVPE South Bend, IN www.wvpe.org/ 574-674-8895 WEFT Champaign, IL weft.org/ 217-359-9338 folk@weft.org KRFA Fort Collins, CO www.krfcfm.org/ 970-614-5732 dj@krfcfm.org KRCC Colorado Springs, CO www.radiocoloradocollege.org/ 800-748-2727 KTEP El Paso, TX www.ktep.org/ ktep@utep.edu 915-880-5837 KGLP Gallup, NM www.kglp.org/ 505-863-7625/505-863-7626 kglpradio@kglp.org *KOPN Columbia, MO www.kopn.org/ mail@kopn.org 573-874-1139 KPFK Los Angeles, CA www.kpfk.org/ 818-985-5735 *KALW San Francisco,CA www.kalw.org/ kalw@kalw.org 415-841-4125 KBCS Seattle, WA kbcs.fm/ 425-564-2424 dj@kbcs.fm *KLCC Eugene, OR www.klcc.org 800-922-3682 541-463-6000 *KVMR Nevada City, CA tunein.com/radio/KVMR-895-s36064/ 530-265-9555 *KNBA Anchorage, AK www.knba.org/ feedback@knba.org 907-279-5622 CKUT Montréal, ON ckut.ca/c/ 514-448-4013 (on-air studio) 514.448.4041 ext. 2547 (listener comment line) programming@ckut.ca CJTR Regina, SA cjtr.ca/ feedback@cjtr.ca 306-525-7274 *CKJS Winnipeg, BC www.ckjs.com/ info@ckjs.com *CiTR, Vancouver, BC www.citr.ca/ 604-822-2487 *CJLX Belleview, ON tunein.com/radio/91X-913-s12222/ 613-966-2559 3INR Victoria, Australia info@innerfm.org.au *UGFM Victoria, Australia ugfm.lakeeildon.com/\ info@ugfm.org *2AirFM Toormina, Australia www.2airfm.com.au/ (02) 66521071 office@2airfm.com.au RadioFreeAmericana.com DJ@RadioFreeAmericana.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

'Belong' now available in the UK

Physical copies of 'Belong' can now be ordered from Fish Records in the UK. You can listen to some full tracks here: http://www.fishrecords.co.uk/susanmckeown/susanmckeownbelong.html

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Recent Press

Some previews of tonight's show in Oxford, NY: The Evening Sun http://www.evesun.com/news/stories/2013-02-22/16887/Grammy-winning-Celtic-contemporary-Susan-McKeown-at-6OTS-Saturday/ The Scotsman http://scotsmanonline.com/tag/susan-mckeown/ And this piece in DidYouWeekend previews next week's show at The Eighth Step at Proctor's in Schenectady: http://www.didyouweekend.com/32-the-eighth-step-welcomes-dublin-born-susan-mckeown-introduce-newest-album-belong-730-pm-saturday-march-2-2013-8th-step-proctors-underground/

Friday, February 22, 2013

Belong on the Radio

The radio campaign for 'Belong' has begun and these are the radio stations that started playing songs such as 'On the Bridge to Williamsburg' and 'Everything We Had Was Good' last week. You can help the album grow by calling your favorite station and asking them to play a song from the album. I've put in the best contact information I could find - if you have updates please let me know! WFUV New York, NY www.wfuv.org 718 817-4550 WUSB Long Island, NY www.wusb.fm/ 631-632-9872 WDVR Delaware Twsp, NJ www.wdvrfm.org/ 609.397.1620 WMSC Montclair, NJ www.wmscradio.com/ 973-655-4256 WPRB Princeton, NJ www.wprb.com/ requests@wprb.com 609-258-1033/609-258-1233 WIOX Roxbury, NY www.wioxradio.org/ wioxhq@gmail.com 607-326-3900 WSCS Concord, NH wscs@colby-sawyer.edu 603-526-3494 VPR Montpelier, VT www.vpr.net/topics/montpelier/ 802-655-9451 WGDR Plainfield, VT www.wgdr.org/ 802-454-7762 WHDD Sharon, CT robinhoodradio.com/ 860-364-4640 jg@robinhoodradio.com, mmiles@robinhoodradio.com WWUH Hartford, CT wwuh@hartford.edu 860-768-4701 WNCW Asheville, NC http://www.wncw.org/request 828-287-8080 info@wncw.org WRKF Baton Rouge, LA www.wrkf.org/ WETS Johnson City, TN www.wets.org/ 423-439-6440 WFMT Chicago, IL www.wfmt.com/ 773-279-2000 WYSO Dayton, OH www.wyso.org/ 937-769-1998 WEFT Champaign, IL weft.org/ 217-359-9338 folk@weft.org KRFA Fort Collins, CO www.krfcfm.org/ 970-614-5732 dj@krfcfm.org KRCC Colorado Springs, CO www.radiocoloradocollege.org/ 800-748-2727 KTEP El Paso, TX www.ktep.org/ ktep@utep.edu 915-880-5837 KGLP Gallup, NM www.kglp.org/ 505-863-7625/505-863-7626 kglpradio@kglp.org KPFK Los Angeles, CA www.kpfk.org/ 818-985-5735 KBCS Seattle, WA kbcs.fm/ 425-564-2424 dj@kbcs.fm CKUT Montréal, ON ckut.ca/c/ 514-448-4013 (on-air studio) 514.448.4041 ext. 2547 (listener comment line) programming@ckut.ca CJTR Regina, SA cjtr.ca/ feedback@cjtr.ca 306-525-7274 3INR Victoria, Australia info@innerfm.org.au RadioFreeAmericana.com DJ@RadioFreeAmericana.com

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Binghamton Press Preview

Our Saturday show in Oxford, NY got a nice preview in today's Binghamton Press..http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20130221/ENT/302210004