Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ramblings

Hello,

Once again I have dropped the ball with respect to the Ramblings updates and once again I offer my apologies. It seems I’m getting old, not so much in being tardy with these updates but more in observing the world around me. As a society we are willing to live in a world with much less decorum than before…or so it seems to me.

Oh, sure we’ve come a long way in our civil liberties, our right to live and let live, free speech, bear arms etc.  We live longer healthier lives, for the most part, have made great strides mechanically, technically and electronically and we are now very far beyond anything our grandparents might have dreamed.  But we’ve lost things too.  Take TV for instance. Live television now presents us with front row seats to a daily barrage of garish, tasteless shows, foul language, bad grammar, banal, sometimes idiotic commentary, and mind boggling opinions from guests and presenters dressed and primed and coiffed like they were attending the ball of their lives.  It’s nuts! What has happened to us?  Violence rules on TV and movies, sex is rampant on the most popular cable shows, our world famous super stars perform in what was considered years ago to be bedroom attire, our kids stroll around in lounge wear (read, pajamas) sloppy shirts, trousers and shirts rule the day and the new fashion for ladies is leggings…so tight almost nothing is left to the imagination. Some of these new items of clothing should come with a mirror if you get my drift.

What happened to tailored clothing…suits, pants, sports coats, jackets, dresses, and skirts, casual trousers…chosen to add class to the person and to the occasion. What happened to personal grooming, what’s wrong with being neat? See, I’m just getting old.  But they say what goes around comes around so you’d never know…!

Up until yesterday I was quite enjoying the Presidential Election. We’re all fed up with the status quo and we all want change, but our politicians seem diligent in their resistance…and so we have the 2016 free for all.

The candidates are like spoiled little brats in a schoolyard hurling insults and vulgarities at each other, it surely is something of a spectacle…however, from this fracas will, apparently, emerge the President of the United States of America and the free world…huh?

Right so, all that being said let’s move along. It’s been very busy these last six months…our Celtic Christmas Tour was successful. I had a blast performing with the Savannah Philharmonic on their Holiday Pops Concert in December.  I had what can only be described as a delightful time performing with Norwegian Cruise Line in January and February down in the islands. As usual I met some terrific entertainers, passengers and staff. My thanks to Sue Carper in Miami for affording me the opportunity to work with NCL these last fifteen years.

It was once again terrific working with Seamus Kennedy, Brendan Nolan, Roger Drawdy, Carroll Brown and Tom O’Carroll at the Savannah Irish Festival in February.

I’m in the middle of my concert season and I look forward to my upcoming performances at Tara Feis on March 12th along with Ciaran Sheehan, Cathy Maguire, Gabriel Donahue , Vonnie Quinn, the Savannah Ceili Band and the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus.  On St. Patrick’s Day I will be at Katie O’Donald’s in Bluffton, South Carolina during the day and in Kevin Barry’s that night along with Frank Emerson and Carroll Brown.

On March 19th I perform at Christchurch Episcopal in Dublin, Georgia and the following week I’ll be back on stage in my very favourite listening room…in Kevin Barry’s, Savannah, Georgia.

Please check out our calendar page for my full schedule.

The Green Island Radio Show is going very well and we have added many more listeners to our already sizeable audience. We air on Sundays at 9.00PM with a repeat on Wednesdays at 10.00PM on all 18 Georgia Public Broadcasting member stations, and online at www.gpb.org. The show has been running since 1992 and we have now well over eight hundred episodes.

Our two O’Donoghue Ireland Tours are sold out this year and we will begin planning the 2017 tours soon.

It’s not too late to join us on Joanie Madden’s Irish Cruise on May 28th. We sail north from New York City on board the Norwegian Gem with a host of Irish musicians, singers, storytellers and dancers.  Check out the cruise website at: www.joaniemaddencruise.com.
 
Please visit my website: www.harryodonoghue.com or my Facebook page if you have time, and leave a message, question, suggestion or inquiry about an O’Donoghue performance.  Thank you for your continued support and I’ll see you out there.

All the best,
Harry O'Donoghue

 

 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hello,

I hope all is well with you. Now that the St. Patrick’s Day festivities and Easter are behind us it’s time to look ahead towards the summer.

We have three tours going to Ireland this year. The first is a private Tour with the friends of the Savannah Philharmonic on June 17th. Conductor Peter Shannon will join us on our travels and this Tour is now closed. The second is a Celtic Spirituality Tour with Fr. Liam and Mary Collins on June 30th. We do have two seats still open on this Tour and we will close the Tour in the next ten or twelve days. Our annual  O’Donoghue Tour begins in Dublin on July 9th and we have a few seats still open on this Tour. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us in Ireland this year. The full itineraries and further information are to be found on our Tours page here on the website.

On April 19th I begin my 2015 performance schedule with Norwegian Cruise Line. I will join the Norwegian Dawn on her repositioning cruise, sailing from New Orleans to Boston. I look forward to being on board again and seeing some friends on the entertainment, cruise and technical staff.

I’m also very much looking forward to being a part of Joanie Madden’s Irish Cruise, leaving from New York on May 16th. There are still cabins available even at this late stage. A nice seven day break might be just what you need. It’s hard to describe the fun of having over fifty Irish musicians on board and there will be sessions, workshops, concerts, singing and dancing galore. For further information please email Kevin Donovan at:  book@joaniemaddencruise.com or call: 1 855-474-7427

My new project Seasons of Love will be released this week, April 17th to be precise. It’s a concept CD that follows a love story from first meeting to the golden years. It contains the song Dance with you Daddy which has become very popular at my live shows. It will be available online here at the website, at my shows and digitally on CDbaby, iTunes and other digital media outlets.

The Green Island Radio Show is growing in popularity and can be heard on all GPB member stations and live online each Sunday evening at 9:00 PM with a repeat broadcast every Wednesday at 10:00 PM. We feature Celtic music in all its forms, from traditional to folk, ballads, contemporary, ethereal, orchestral, pop, rock and spiritual.

You can check out our Facebook page for recent happenings and photos. We do try to keep our schedule page up to date here but occasionally performance times and venues change so please confirm before coming out to see a show.

Thank you for your continued support and if you have travel plans this summer I hope you enjoy the adventure.

See you out there,

Harry O'Donoghue

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January 4, 2015

Ramblings

Hello and Happy New Year,

Let’s hope 2015 offers up all that we could ever wish for and desire…it’s a long shot I know, so don’t stop buying lottery tickets. Thank you one and all for coming to our Celtic Christmas shows and to all of my solo performances during November and December and if you didn’t, just ignore the above sentence.  Maybe next time!

I had to cancel my November shows in the Shannon Pub in Buffalo due to the major snow storm that hit, hopefully I can schedule some time to get up there before the summer. Thanks for your understanding.

We have three Tours going to Ireland this summer. The first is in June and has been specially customized for the Friends of The Savannah Philharmonic. Conductor /Director Peter Shannon will accompany us on this trip and we’ll visit scenes of his childhood in Cork and places in Dublin where he studied music as a young man. This tour will of course have a full sightseeing itinerary as well as some musical surprises arranged by Peter. Four and five star hotels will serve to accommodate us and we’ll spend the last two nights in the famous Dromoland Castle Hotel. This tour itinerary and brochure can only be accessed with a password. Please contact me to obtain the password. June 17 – 25, 2015.

Our second Tour is with Fr. Liam and Mary Collins and will serve to celebrate Fr. Liam’s 70th birthday. He’s a Tipperary man and so we’ll visit that beautiful county, spending the first night in the Aherlow hotel, nestled in the beautiful Glen of Aherlow. Then we’ll travel to the counties of Cork and Kerry and finish off in County Limerick. As with all our tours we’ll travel at a leisurely pace and enjoy splendid scenery, historic visits, sing alongs and humour along the way. We have chosen finely appointed hotels to accommodate us. An added feature is that we will spend the Fourth of July in Dingle, County Kerry. This Tour begins and ends at Shannon airport. June 30 –July 7, 2015.

Our own O’Donoghue annual Tour begins and ends at Dublin Airport.  We’ll spend some time in and around Dublin city before heading west to Galway where we’ll stay for two nights during the Galway Arts Festival. This is a vibrant city and even more so during the Arts Festival. We’ll enjoy the famous Trad on the Prom show on our second evening and then it’s off up to Sligo to visit the Ceidi Fields, the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world. After two nights at the Sligo Radisson Blu Hotel we’ll turn east and spend our last evening at Trim Castle Hotel, not far from the airport. Trim Castle is the largest Anglo –Norman castle in Ireland and was used during the making of the epic movie Braveheart.  All in all it promises to be a lovely time, four star accommodations, good companionship, beautiful scenery and a leisurely paced tour. July 9 -16, 2015

Please visit our Tour Page here on the website for more extensive information and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any concerns. We do our very best to accommodate special requests. Our coach driver/guide on all three tours will be Owen Mohan. We’ve been working with Owen since 2001 and it’s always been, and continues to be, a pleasure.

I’m scheduled to perform on the Norwegian Dawn again this year. I will be part of the repositioning cruise sailing from New Orleans to Boston on April 19.

I’ll also be on the New England/Canada sailings. Four seven day cruises in all.
Boston – Quebec – September 11. Quebec – Boston – September 19.
Boston – Quebec – September 25. Quebec – Boston – October 2.

And lastly I will be on the Dawn repositioning cruise leaving Boston for New Orleans on October 30, 2015. I’m scheduled to perform on part of this cruise and may join the ship mid-cruise.

On May 16, 2015, I will join Joanie Madden on her fourth Folk ‘n Irish Cruise, sailing from New York City on board the Norwegian Gem. Joanie’s cruises are always a blast and there will be over 50 Irish musicians and dancers on board. Cherish The Ladies, Cathie Ryan, Tommy Sands, Gabriel Donohue, Dermot Hegarty, Guaranteed Irish, Ennis and loads more. For more information or to sign on please contact Kevin Donovan at 1-855-747-7427 or email him at kevin.donovan@wmph.com. The official website is www.joaniemaddencruise.com.

For my full itinerary please go to our Calendar page here on the website or check out my Facebook pages: Harry O’Donoghue and Harry O’Donoghue Music.

I’ve begun two new recording projects in Philadelphia with producer Gabriel Donohue. The first is a concept project that looks at loves journey through music and should be released in April. The second project is a full CD and will be released in the fall. It’s a pleasure working with Gabriel again, his talent is seemingly endless.

As ever, thank you for your support and I hope to see you out there.

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Christmas show in St. Petersburg

Hello out there!

Just wanted to remind you of our concert in St.Petersburg, FL at the Palladium Side Door. It is Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30.

Tickets still available through www.mypalladium.org

Hope to see you there to start the Christmas season!

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2014 Tour of Ireland

Here are a few pictures from Harry O’Donoghue’s 2014 tour of Ireland.

July 20, 2014

Hi,

Just a quick update before I leave for Ireland tomorrow. This will be our 26th or 27th Ireland Tour…not sure which, the numbers get confusing as one ages…don’t you think? Once again we have a lovely group coming with and the trip promises to be a lot of fun. The weather over in the Southwest of Ireland is holding nicely with highs in the seventies and with a little luck we’ll do well.

Several weeks ago I was invited to perform on the Disney Magic cruise ship and joined the ship in Corfu, Greece. It was a wonderful experience and I’m thankful for the opportunity.

On September 5th I’m scheduled to perform in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick and I look forward to being back there.

Here is the link for the Joanie Madden Irish Cruise on May 16th, 2015.: www.joaniemaddencruise.com .We leave New York City on board the Norwegian Gem on the afternoon of May 16th sailing south towards the Bahamas. Musicians include Cherish the Ladies, Cathie Ryan, Maura O’Connell, Ennis, Gabriel Donohue, The McLean Avenue Band, myself, Tommy Sands and a host of other musicians, singers and dancers. Workshops, concerts, and sessions galore on a fun filled week in the sun. Sign on early for best pricing and availability. Tell them I sent you…may not do any good but it’s worth a shot.

On September 12th I join the Norwegian Dawn as she leaves Boston for Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. I will be on board for a month and very much look forward to it.

Eric Nauert produced his last Green Island Radio Show this week. There have been many changes at GPB and I hope the new staff keep up the high level set by Eric. He will be missed but luckily we’re friends so I’ll see him socially.

Please check our Calendar for performance location and times.

I am currently working on the calendar for 2015 and bookings are being accepted.

Please leave a message on our Guestbook page or on my Facebook page if you have time. It’s always great to get feedback. Take care out there and enjoy the summer.

All the best,

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April 16, 2014

Hello,

It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve updated Ramblings, but not really…it’s just been a long winter. It’s mid April and still the winter refuses to give way. Snow on the cherry blossom trees, snow yet again in Chicago, flurries in New York City and freeze warnings down through Georgia and Alabama. Boy oh boy…and we’ll probably move straight into the furnace of summer without the benefit of a pleasant spring. Climate change is upon us it seems.

As I look back on the first few months of 2014 I’m reminded of just how lucky I am. The Joanie Madden Folk Cruise in February was a tremendous success and I really enjoyed my performances and spending time with some wonderful people, passengers and musicians alike. I have been invited on Joanie’s next cruise in May 2015. It’s quite a way off, which allows plenty of time to reserve your cabin and put monies aside for the cruise. There is nothing like it. You get to see and hang out with so many internationally renowned musicians and the Norwegian Gem is one of my favourite ships…and she sails out of New York City…a fantastic and emotional experience in and of itself…sailing past the world’s most iconic skyline.

The Savannah Irish Festival, the Beaufort Irish Festival, Tara Feis and the many annual concerts with which I’m involved all went off without a hitch and I am so thankful to all who helped organize, volunteer and support these events. My ongoing shows in Kevin Barry’s, Katie O’Donald’s, Shannon Pub, Chateau Elan, The Villages, Meg O’Malley’s and Nolan’s are also going well and I offer my thanks to those who support  live music.

I will join the Norwegian Dawn on April 27th for the first half of her repositioning cruise to Boston. I’ll sign off in St. Maarten and fly home to Savannah from that notoriously dangerous airport…it’s all an adventure I suppose, but I probably won’t think that when my palms are sweating as we roll down that short runway !!

On June 20th I’m scheduled to fly to Corfu in Greece, to join the Disney Magic for four nights. I’ll sign off in Venice and return from there. I’m looking forward to being a part of the Disney entertainment, short though it may be.

Our Ireland Tour in July was closed but due to some unforeseen circumstances three seats have now come available. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to join us as we tour the Southwest of Ireland.

On September 12th I will again join the Norwegian Dawn as she sails from Boston to Quebec and back to Boston…with stops in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Cape Breton, Gaspe, Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine. These cruises can be booked as 7 or 14 day cruises.

In November I will sail on the first half of the repositioning cruise from Boston, as the Dawn makes her way to New Orleans for the winter.

It seems a full schedule with a whole lot of water involved but again I understand how lucky I am to perform with NCL, Disney and all the other venues.

Carroll Brown, Mike Murray and I will once again tour in December with our Celtic Christmas Show. We are currently accepting booking for the Tour. Please contact any of us for information.

The Terra Nova project is almost done. We are completing the art work and the project will then be sent to the duplication company.  It should be available by the end of June. For you who don’t know, Terra Nova was what we called ourselves when we first came to America in 1980.

My hearty congratulations to Peter and Quynh Shannon of the Savannah Philharmonic who are now U.S citizens.

Many changes have taken place at Georgia Public Broadcasting but we are still producing the Green Island Radio show on a monthly contract. It’s such a pleasure working with producer Eric Nauert and we are very proud of the show.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this, please leave a message on our Guestbook page and have a browse around the site to see what we’re doing. You can also leave me a message on my Facebook page if you wish.

See you out there,

January 17, 2014

Hi and thanks for stopping by,

It would seem that 2014 is shaping up to be another busy year, for me anyhow…and you? I do hope to be able to pace the year a bit better than last year, so fingers crossed. The end of 2013 brought with it a flourish of activity and I must thank all who came to our Celtic Christmas concerts and to the Holiday Pops concerts. I did cross another item off my bucket list when I performed with the Savannah Philharmonic and it truly was a wonderful experience singing with the orchestra. Thank you Maestro Peter Shannon for the invite.

I’m all set for our jaunt down to the Caribbean with Joanie Madden’s Irish Cruise. We sail out of Miami on February 2 and return on February 9. I look forward to being back on the Norwegian Epic along with Cherish the Ladies, Cathie Ryan, Tommy Sands, Gabriel Donahue, The Ennis Sisters, Danny Quinn, Matt Molloy and a host of other Irish entertainers. It will be a lot of fun and late as it is there are still a few cabins available so if you have even a slight interest in coming along please call Kevin at 1-855-474-7427 or contact me directly.

Our annual Ireland Tour begins at Shannon airport on July 23rd. This year is our 27th Tour and we’re very pleased that it came together so well. We plan to visit the Southwest of Ireland from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry to Tipperary, Clare, Limerick and County Cork. We will, as always, stay in well-appointed hotels and have a full sightseeing itinerary with visits to The Blasket Island Centre, Kerry County Museum, The Jameson Experience and more. The Tour cost is $1,887.00 per person and the full itinerary is on our Tours page here on the website.  The Tour size is between 25-30 members. Once again please contact us with any questions or to sign on.

I’m at the art work stage of the Terra Nova project. The CD should be available in Spring and will be titled Terra Nova, the Collection. It will contain 18 songs from our two original albums. I am quite pleased with the sound quality. These recordings were made 29 and 31 years ago and it will be cool to have the finished product in hand.

The Savannah Irish Festival is scheduled for February 15th and 16th and I look forward to performing with Seamus Kennedy, Brendan Nolan, Carroll Brown and Ennis. You can go to the official website for the full scoop on the Festival. www.savannahirish.org

Tara Feis will be held on Saturday, March 15th and this year’s headline act is the McLean Avenue Band, a high energy Irish quartet from the New York area. Savannah singer/songwriter Cecelia Witt  will perform on the main stage with support from fiddler Colleen Settle and myself. There will be a children’s stage with Irish dancers, a magician, puppeteers and local musician Jamie Keane. Tara Feis is sponsored by the City of Savannah and is an alcohol free open air event held in Emmett Park on Bay Street in downtown Savannah.

Big changes are under way at Georgia Public Broadcasting and I hope The Green Island Radio Show is not one of them. If you listen to the show please contact GPB in Atlanta and let them know that you support the program. We’ve been on the air since November 1992 and it would be a shame to cancel it while it’s still being widely supported.

I’m scheduled to perform on board the Norwegian Dawn again this year. I will be on the first part of the repositioning cruise leaving from Tampa on April 27th. I assume to be dropped off (not literally) somewhere down in the islands seven days later and the ship will continue to Boston.

I will be back on board when the Dawn does her Canadian/New England runs on September 12 to October 10th. She leaves Boston and sails for seven days to Quebec City and another seven days back to Boston. These cruises can be booked as either a 7 or a 14 day cruise.

My last contract will have me join the Dawn in Boston on November 7th as she repositions to New Orleans. Again I will disembark down in the islands seven days later. Whew…gonna be a whole lot of moving around!

I look forward to being back up in Buffalo in April and I hope to see you at one of my shows somewhere along the road. Please check our Calendar page for the complete schedule and don’t forget to call ahead or contact me if you are unsure of a performance date or venue.

Strange as it might seem, we, Carroll Brown and I, are taking bookings for our 2014 Celtic Christmas Concert Tour. We do plan to have a new Christmas recording released by December and look forward to performing some of the new material live.

The thought of recording a new solo album is lurking about in my mind and so I will begin pre-production soon.

Thank you as always for your support and encouragement and here’s wishing you a terrific 2104.

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August 21, 2013

Hello and welcome to this edition of Ramblings. It continues to be a strange summer, weather wise. Over in Scotland and Ireland we endured a heat wave…of sorts that is! It got into the mid to high 80’s which is not too bad. The trouble is that most of the hotels don’t have air conditioning…and for safety reasons the windows only open a little, so no cross breeze was possible. It made for some warm nights. From a scenic point of view the countryside was spectacular, nothing but blue skies and sunshine.

The trouble is that the Irish and Scots don’t do heat very well. There was an epidemic of men ‘sans shirts’ on parade, displaying alabaster white body parts that have never seen, and should never see, the light of day…physiques sponsored by the makers of Guinness stout, McEwan’s ale and Pizza Hut I should think. All of this was in contrast to bright red faces, necks, arms and legs…yes legs, for they went around wearing shorts, and not only that but it seemed to be trendy to have black socks pulled high on the calf with any number of shoe styles adorning the feet…loafers, slip-ons, boots, sneakers, sandals or whatever could be found lying on the bedroom floor!  Quite a treat for the ladies!!

Scotland is stunning in the summer sun, as is Ireland. It’s hard to describe and photographs don’t seem to rise to the occasion. Our ferry trip from Scotland to Ireland was memorable. It was yet another gorgeous morning and the ferry was well appointed and comfortable. We had a lovely group of folks and the Tour was very successful. Our visit to the new Titanic Exhibition in Belfast was a highlight of the Tour as was our cruise on Loch Lomond, and our Scottish Banquet…I loved the haggis..really I did, I loved it…had about three portions…mmmmm! Thank you to all of our group members for joining us this year.

We have the 2014 Ireland Tour package together and the flyer and full itinerary should now be up on our Tour Page.

Here’s a brief description:

Date: July 23 – 30, 2014. Cost: $1,887.00 per person sharing (land only).
Seven nights in luxury four star Hotels. Full Irish breakfast daily.
Five table d’hote dinners.
Irish Medieval Banquet with entertainment.
Full sightseeing itinerary and admission fees to advertised visits.
Gratuities to driver, hotel porterage, transport by luxury motor coach, government taxes and service charges and complimentary O’Donoghue Tour flight bag.

We will be exploring Ireland’s South West, traveling through the counties of Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Cork. We will spend time out on the Dingle Peninsula and visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, the Midleton Distillery, the Stone Age settlement at Lough Gur and much more. Activity level is moderate and our Tour size is small…between 20 -25 members. Please check out our Tours page for all the information and contact phone numbers.

I have been asked to put together a Tour to Italy in the Spring of 2014. While I haven’t received the complete Tour package yet I do have a fair bit of information in place.

Date: April 25, 2014
Tour begins with pick up and water transport from the airport in Venice.
Two nights in Venice.
Two nights in Florence, transfer by motor coach.
Three nights in Rome, transfer by motor coach.
English speaking guide throughout.
Three hotel dinners, two restaurant dinners.
Full breakfast daily.Seven nights in luxury Italian hotels.
Full sightseeing itinerary including the Vatican and all major sites in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, The Piazza San Marco in Venice, the Doge’s Palace and more…and some nightly Irish /Italian sing songs.
Visits to Siena and Assisi en route.

While we are still waiting for hotel confirmation and pricing the final cost will be somewhere around $2,750.00 per person, sharing (land only). Italian Tours involve more walking than others because the cities are walking cities so the activity level on this tour is at the high end of moderate. This will be a small Tour group, 20 -25 only.

This Tour is a departure for us and it will give me the opportunity to explore my Italian roots and practice up on my Italian songs!!Because we’ve chosen the prettiest time of year to visit Italy we have a much shorter time to sell the Tour and so there will be a cut-off date.

If you are interested in this Italian adventure please contact me ASAP. If we don’t have twenty group members signed on before December 1st the Tour may have to be cancelled.

I join the Norwegian Dawn in Boston on September 13th as she sails for Quebec City. It will take seven days to reach Quebec and another seven to return to Boston. Stops will include Halifax-Nova Scotia, Portland-Maine, St. John-New Brunswick, Charlottetown-PEI, Bar Harbor-Maine, Gaspe-Quebec and Quebec City. We sail again from Boston on September 27th doing the same run. These cruises can be booked as either seven or fourteen day cruises. I was on the Dawn back in May doing the Boston – Bermuda runs and I’m looking forward to being back onboard again for a month.

Please check my schedule before coming to performances as things sometimes change. I’m really embracing Facebook and if you log on regularly look for me.

I’m still working on the Terra Nova recordings and am still hopeful that the project will be finished by the end of the year.

I want to offer congratulations to my young cousin Colin and his wife, on the birth of their new son Evan James O’Donoghue. The family is in Canada while Colin is shooting the new season of ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time’. He plays Captain Hook on the show.

Don’t forget to tune into the Green Island Radio Show if you are traveling around Georgia on Saturday nights at nine…or find us online at www.gpb.org if you’re sitting at your computer. We are now in our 21st year. Long may it last.

That’s it for now. Thanks as always for your support.

Harry O'Donoghue

 

July 05, 2013

Hello,

I hope all is well with you as we get into the full blast of summer. It’s a bit steamy here in Savannah but no temperature extremes like elsewhere in the country so we’re thankful for that.

We leave early in the morning to join up with our Thistle and Shamrock Tour. It officially begins on July 10 in Edinburgh, Scotland, but before that I will spend some R&R time in London and Paris. I believe the weather over there has taken a turn for the better and I hope it lasts for the duration of our visit. We have a full complement of people on this Tour and it promises to be a lot of fun. In addition to our regular Tour itinerary we will attend a Scottish night, complete with piping, dancing, singing, and the ceremonial entrance of the haggis. Last time we did this I found that I actually liked this Scottish delicacy and had more than one helping. Some among us asked at the time… “What’s wrong with you?”

We are still in the planning stages for two Tours in 2014. Late April – early May should see us in Italy and in early August you may find us in Southwest Ireland. Hopefully I will have these Tour packages ready by early August this year.

I have enjoyed some wonderful audiences of late, both on land and at sea with Norwegian Cruise Line. I do want to thank NCL for believing in me and continuing our professional relationship. I also want to categorically state that Kevin Barry’s is amongst the best, if not THE best Irish listening room in America. I never tire of performing there and in many ways this venue has defined me. Thanks to Vic and all the staff, customers and fellow entertainers who soldier on, year after year…long may it last.

On a personal note, the year to date might have been a bit kinder but if life was easy we’d all just be a bunch of wimps…and so the challenges continue.

My next performances will be in Kevin Barry’s from July 29 – August 3 and then my long awaited date at the St. Simon’s Lighthouse, GA on Sunday, August 4. This event was called off three times last year…all due to weather…fingers crossed this year!!

The Green Island Radio Show on GPB continues to be successful and it never ceases to be rewarding co-producing and hosting the program.

My friend and one time singing partner Gerry Mulroy is on the last leg of his cross America by bicycle trip for cancer…congratulations.

To those amongst us who have had recent health setbacks, anniversaries, birthdays and remembrances for those who have moved on, I offer a silent thought and prayer.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

You can find me on Facebook or out there in the cyber world. Should you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I would like to invite you to leave a comment, thought or suggestion on our Guestbook page if you have the inclination.

Take care of yourself and enjoy the Summer.

All the best,

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