the 2013 tour of? Europe is now well under way with the two Sligo (shleego) shows done and dusted.. massive thanks Chris Baillie!

the first gig in Galway tonight shaping up good then it’s hello Dingle! yeee and har!

a good start to the year.. as i listen to the preliminary mixes of the recent Raglan Old School live solo recording, a wave of yessness washes contently over. ‘funk in c’, ‘surrounded’, ‘dingle day’… if the gods of all things musical and technological are willing there will be a live album released in the next while..

booking for a planned tour of Europe is underway with first dates to be released in a couple of weeks.



torn between fidelity to the muse

and the pop hilarity blues

the coal face calls

the coal face beckonings

calls to stand

the soul faced reckonings

baxter pulled us out of bed

the usual broken morning dread

and led then on this jk hunt

for feast fed famines to cross examine

stigma staccato battering ram

vigorous vile

ever in style

he never knew polly ester

though polly’s sister he’d see’d

never the world wide web he’d met

with wonderment laced with scorn i’d bet

never serfed the greed fueled toil

the brutal brainless brawl

the grind of the blind led blind

on poisonous ravaged soil

ambled instead intent

the far off mountainous hue

flightling inspired

torrid tirades

gainst the right winged circling buzzards crass

with their crevass encanyoned stumbling sight

and their fumbling ways alas

walked barefoot at times and poignant

bound by naught

a knot a frayed

bound only by thought and it’s tyranny

in its tryst with the un tamed






the highlight of the last few weeks has been the phenomenally enjoyable show at Kiwi Valley in Henderson last friday 30th.. the last night of spring on the calendar, y’know.

it was a stupendously enjoyable show organised by Toitoi Music Management and yours truly..

support act, The Nobody Girls, from Hamilton came on and wooed the crowd with some beautiful songs and vocal harmonies followed by the mighty Dave Khan playing a no-holds-barred set of Dave Khan-isms wielding guitar, fiddle, mandolin with some great singing and presence to burn..

the sun slowly set as Glow Worm and Cat’s stunning lighting set-up slowly came to life. Erin (from The Nobody Girls) and I kicked things off with a newbie – Train.. after that the lads hit the stage and the rest is a blur of music and dance. As Glow Worm’s meteorite slowly shattered the earth the moon rose slow up over the stage the beautiful night that had been promised by Cathy of Kiwi Valley descended whole heartedly ending some time later exhausted and danced out yet ready for more.. Massive thanks to Toitoi Music Management, Glow Worm, Kiwi Valley and all who came along.. mayhaps see you at Piha for more of the same-ish.