Monday, October 3, 2011

Autumn in New York

Folks, thanks for stopping by my blog. It’s been a very creative twelve months since I released Singing in the Dark. After touring in the winter and spring, during this summer I did some travelling in the northwest of the U.S. and visited the beautiful town of Nelson, B.C. In Ireland I had some wonderful experiences performing at festivals in Kilkenny, Bantry and in Cavan at the wonderful Fleadh they had there this year.

Now I’m back in New York and heading toward completion of a new album which I intend to release in the spring and which has the working title of ‘Belong’. On Saturday night last the new video of a song from that album ‘No Jericho’, directed by Niall McKay, was screened at NYU’s Cantor Film Center as part of Irish Film NY, a screening festival for new Irish films.

I’ve been commissioned to write a song for International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17 when I will perform the song at an event at the UN. The event will run from 1:15 until 2:30pm at the ECOSOC Chamber in the United Nations North Lawn Building. Admission is free and open to the public but you must RSVP, and it is requested that you do so before October by sending an e-mail to or calling 212-228-1339.

Interestingly, this Day for the Eradication of World Poverty will coincide with the month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. I’m watching the events unfolding there with great interest. My neighbor Ryan stopped by on his way to visit the protesters this morning and is going to pick up some sweaters and jackets from me this week as they’re going to need lots of layers as the temperatures drop.