May 09, 2013

Hello and thanks for stopping by,

It’s late in the evening and I’m all packed and ready for an early flight to Boston to join the Norwegian Dawn as she sails to Bermuda. I’m scheduled to perform with NCL for two sailings, May 10 and May 17.

It’s been such a pleasure working with these folks for eleven years and I’m delighted that they asked me to perform for a second contract this year. I’ll take pictures if the weather is nice and post them if they are good enough…I’m no Lord Snowdon.

When I get back to Savannah I will be back on stage in Kevin Barry’s for a couple of weeks, give or take…and then we will look toward our Scottish/Irish Tour in July. We’ve been sold out for several weeks and it’s been so busy that I have not yet delved into our Italy Tour in 2014…but I promise as soon as I get back I will start working on that trip.

The idea of recording a new solo album has unfortunately been put on the back burner…though Carroll Brown and I are still hopeful that we can get another Christmas album recorded in a timely fashion…which would be before Christmas…duh!!

Please check here on our website and my Facebook page for all relevant news, performance changes and information on our Tours, merchandise, and general goings on.

I’m delighted to be included on Joanie Madden’s annual Folk ‘N Irish cruise next February. I will be in good company….Cathie Ryan, Tommy Sands, Cherish the Ladies, The Makem and Spain Brothers, Matt Molloy, Gabriel Donohue, Guaranteed Irish, Ennis, Danny Quinn and many other fine musicians. For more info go to: joaniemaddencruise.com

If you are looking for some new Irish and interesting music please check out Cathie Ryan’s latest recording…also Kate Rusby, Caladh Nua and Passenger…all of these artists can be found online.

OK…time for bed…I always get a tad excited and nervous before I leave my home…God only knows what can happen out there…hopefully nothing out of the ordinary.

As always thank you for your continued support and I hope to see you soon …somewhere out there.

God Bless,

Harry O'Donoghue

 

January 30, 2013

Hi and welcome to my cyber newsletter,

Thanks for stopping by. As we move into the second month of the New Year things are looking and feeling good. Interestingly, it would seem that after 32 years in the music business 2012 was my busiest year ever. While ever thankful for the continuing success, last year was almost too much to deal with. From the get go I had difficulty finding my stride and through the entire year I felt as if I was trying to catch up. Still with three Tours to Ireland, various new concert settings, a Celtic Christmas Tour and a very successful trio of cruises with Norwegian Cruise Line, I felt as if I learned so many new things…even at this stage in my career…and to say that I met some unbelievable characters would be the understatement of the year.Comedians,hypnotists,musicians,impressionists, vocalists, actors…and the list goes on to include technicians, stage hands and audiences that were beyond kind in their response. It was a memorable year indeed. Unfortunately the thing that fell by the wayside last year was my songwriting. I find that I need to have time to unwind and empty my mind before the songwriting process can begin and there simply was no time for that in 2012. Hopefully I can find time to get back into writing this year.

My regular performances at Kevin Barry’s in Savannah, Katie O’Donald’s of Bluffton, South Carolina, The Shannon in Buffalo, Paddy’s @ Chateau Elan, Nolan’s of Cocoa Beach and Tommy Condon’s of Charleston are confirmed and on the schedule, as are my concerts in Macon, GA, St Williams on St. Simons Island, the Savannah Irish Festival and more. The schedule changes all the time so please check or get in touch with me should you have questions.

Our Thistle and Shamrock Tour has over twenty members thus far and we are well pleased with the Tour package. It promises to be a terrific time and we look forward to being in Scotland again. We’re also delighted to have procured the services of our friend Owen Mohan to drive us for the whole Tour. You can go to our Tour page here on the website for the full itinerary and details.

The Green Island Radio Show, now in its 21st year, remains a popular offering on the Georgia Public Broadcasting network. We also have a healthy listenership online every week. Thanks for the continued support.

I’m off to Miami this weekend to join forces with fifty other musicians as we sail away on Joanie Madden’s second Folk ‘n Irish cruise. I’m looking forward to catching up with Mary and Francis Black, Tommy Sands and of course Joanie herself as well as Gabriel Donohue and a host of others I have not yet met. Bring on the sunshine.

My young cousin Colin O’Donoghue continues to broaden his acting chops and appeal as he stars in the ABC show ‘Once Upon a Time’. He does make quite the dashing Captain Hook.

I look forward very much to spending time with my beautiful and talented friend Cathie Ryan when she comes to Savannah for the Irish Festival on February 16 -17. She truly is a gentle and profound spirit.

Tara Feis is proud to feature the talents of the traditional group Runa on Saturday March 9 in Emmett Park, on Bay Street in downtown Savannah. Dublin musician Tom O’Carroll and his wife and magician Debbie will also perform at the event. It’s a family day with Irish dancers, a children’s stage and a non- alcohol event that’s open to everyone and it is free.

I hope to work on the old Terra Nova recordings this year and release a limited number of the complete studio recordings on compact disc. It’s a work in progress and we will try to get the best sound possible for the old master tapes and records.

That’s it for now. Please get in touch with me if you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions and if you have time leave a message here on our Guestbook page or on my Facebook page. It’s always lovely to hear from you. Thank you, as ever, for your support through the years and God bless.

Harry O'Donoghue

 

 

November 22, 2011

Hello again,

It’s been quite a while since I updated Ramblings, my apologies. We had some technical difficulty with the website which took some time to resolve but we are now mostly up and running at full tilt…just a few more bugs to get rid of. Indeed, if it wasn’t for Facebook we would be completely out of the loop. This social and business networking can be time consuming but well worth it. I recently joined Linkedin but I’m still somewhat unfamiliar with the site, however I’ll get there eventually. Thanks for friending me on Facebook and if you haven’t done so yet please do.

Our summer trip to Ireland was fabulous, the weather was lovely and our group members were delightful. We traveled extensively in Northern Ireland and really enjoyed the beauty and hospitality in that region.

 Next summer we will take two tours to Ireland.

On July 10 we meet at Shannon for Fr. Liam and Mary Collins’ Celtic Spirituality Tour and our Enchanted Tour meets at Shannon on July 20. More details and the full itineraries may be found on our Tours Page here on the website.

Both Tours will visit the western counties of Ireland from County Clare to Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and then down through the midlands to Blessington in County Wicklow.

As always we are here to assist in any way we can, offering guidance with domestic and international flights, pre or post Tour planning, accommodations, car rental if necessary and any other questions that may arise. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

My four sailings with Norwegian Cruise Line in September and October were amazing. I feel privileged to perform with NCL on a regular basis. The passengers, at least the ones I spent time with, were lovely and my performances were received with much enthusiasm. I have learned so much in the last seven years and I’ve met some outstanding and outlandish performers. What a joy. This year I hung out with Murray the Magician, comedians Rich Star and David Naster, guitarist Jim Capik, and of course the talented production cast and crew on board the Norwegian Jewel. I’ve been asked to set aside some time for the 2012 sailings up to Canada and New England.. yea!

We’ve added our Celtic Christmas dates to the calendar page and I look forward to working with Carroll Brown again this Season.

I will also perform as a guest at the Holiday Pops concert with the Savannah Philharmonic on December 16–17 in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, GA.

Time and availability is getting short to sign on for our Irish Music Cruise on January 29. Debbie still has some specials on offer so it’s not too late. Call her at: 888-564-7474 for information. It will be interesting working with The Wolfe Tones again, I first opened for them back home in Drogheda in 1978. I also look forward to working with Seamus Kennedy and Mairtin De Cogain. It will be a lot of fun.

The Green Island Radio Show is going strong. In November 2012 we will have been on the air for 20 years. I believe we continue to bring a melodic and varied show to our listening audience and if you are one of them thank you for supporting us.

Several old venues will appear on my 2012 calendar and I’m pleased to once again to perform at Chateau Elan outside Atlanta and at The Shannon Pub in Buffalo, New York.  Included in the 2012 calendar will be performances in new venues: The Cask and Kilt, Albany GA, Nolan’s Irish Pub, Cocoa Beach Florida and Culhane’s, Jacksonville Florida. Next year looks like it’s going to be busy, something I’m excited about.

Should you want to book an O’Donoghue performance, plan a tour to Ireland or just chat please feel free to get in touch either here on our website or on my Facebook page.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful Christmas Season and I hope to see you somewhere out there.

All the best for now,

August 1, 2012

Hi there,

Just back from a month in Ireland and although the weather could have been kinder we did have a most enjoyable time on both of our Tours.

The Celtic Spirituality Tour with Fr. Liam and Mary Collins had 34 members and we were blessed with some insightful and thoughtful moments as we traveled around the West of Ireland.

Our Enchanted Tour had 29 members and we really did have a blast. On both Tours we stayed in notable hotels, especially Lough Rynn Castle Hotel, the former home of Lord Leitrim…a splendid property where we were treated royally.

We had some terrific sing songs, found some lovely pubs, including one in Hollywood, County Wicklow,  had great fun in Westport, stood out in the wilds of Achill Island, cruised Lough Gill, visited monastic ruins and castles and went way off the beaten path on many occasions…all in all two very successful Tours. Thanks to all who came along, thanks to the hotel staff in each location, thanks to Owen Mohan, our driver/guide and thanks to all the memorable folks we met along the way.

I’m off to Ireland again on August 13 with a private customized tour. We’ll spend a week tooling around Dublin, Louth, Meath, Cork, Kerry, Clare and Limerick…should be fun…it’s a nice group of folks that we’ve taken before.

Plans are afoot for our 2013 Tour, which may include some nights in Scotland as well as Ireland.

The time has come for Joanie Madden to either book and pay for the reserved cabins on the Folk ‘N Irish Cruise to the Caribbean in February 2013, or to release the held cabins. If you’re even mildly interested please call and submit your name or make a full reservation. The pricing may change as we draw nearer to the date. I still find it amazing that I should be included in this wonderful line up of Irish musicians and I’m really looking forward to the sailing.

Check out all the details on our Cruise page here on the website, go to the official website at: www.joaniemaddencruise.com  or just phone this number for information and reservations: 1 877-379-9177

The Green Island Radio Show, now in its 20th year, is going as strong as ever. Listen weekly on the radio (Saturdays: 9:00PM, Wednesdays: 11:00PM) or listen as we stream live at www.gpb.org

I fully expect to perform with Norwegian Cruise Line next month and will furnish the sailing dates and locations as soon as I receive them. This will be my eight year working with NCL.

Thanks, as always, for your support and please verify performance dates here on the website, on my Facebook page, or by email or phone before you come out to a show. Times do change and I recently had a show cancelled twice on St. Simon’s Island, due to rain (re-scheduled for this Sunday, August 5 at 7:00PM: St Simon’s Island Lighthouse, GA…fingers crossed).

Leave a comment on our Guestbook Page here, or leave me a message on Facebook and if you have time you can write a review on any of the venues in which I perform, on Trip Advisor, Urbanspoon, Yelp or any social media site.

All the best for now,

Harry O'Donoghue

March 29 2012

Hello and thanks for stopping by.

It’s hard to believe that April is almost here, time sure does clip along. These last couple of  months have been busy but most enjoyable. The Savannah and Beaufort Irish Festivals were quite successful, as was Tara Feis, and my concerts in Springfield, Macon, St. Simon’s Island and Columbus, Georgia and St. Petersburg, Cocoa Beach and St. Augustine, Florida were all well attended and delightful. Thank you to all who helped organize these events and of course to those of you who came to the shows.

Our two O’Donoghue Ireland Tours in July are sold out. We have lovely folks coming on both the Celtic Spirituality tour and the Enchanted Ireland tour and we look forward to the trips. I’ve been asked to customize a third Tour to Ireland in early August so I’ll spend a lot of time there this summer. It seems that people are fed up being fed up and have started to embrace live with renewed enthusiasm and energy. I’m hearing a whisper suggesting this year will be a big travel year. We only get one life, might as well make the best of it.

Joanie Madden of Cherish The Ladies invited me to perform on her Folk ‘N Irish Cruise in February 2013 and I’m very excited about it. It promises to be a fantastic time and if you decide to come along, mention my name when signing on. I copied and pasted the information Joanie sent. Here it is:

JOANIE MADDEN’S FOLK ‘N IRISH CRUISE

 Hello Everyone!

I’m so pleased to announce that we will set sail on February 2nd – 9th, 2013 onboard the Norwegian Epic – Travel Weekly Magazine’s 2011 cruise ship of the year.

We will depart from Miami with stops in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau in the Bahamas.

Once again I’ve assembled an amazing array of talent with more to be announced, but so far our entertainment consists of: Cherish the Ladies, The Black Family featuring Mary, Frances, Michael and Shay Black along with Roisin O’Reilly, Maura O’Connell, Liz Carroll, Guaranteed Irish Band, Brigid’s Cross, Don Stiffe, Tommy Sands, Eddi Reader (from Scotland), TR Dallas, Gabriel Donohue,Donie Carroll, Phil Cunningham, Dermot Hegarty, Padraig Allen and the McLean Avenue Band, Harry O’Donoghue, Donny Golden Dancers, Cara Butler, Jon Pilatzke and Dan Stacey, Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band, All Ireland champions John Nolan (accordion) and Ivan Goff (pipes), Dylan Foley (fiddle), Dan Gurney (accordion), Hughie Boyle, Monsignor Charlie Coen, Joanie Madden and The Epic Ceili Band, Paul Keating Ceili / Set dancing.

In addition, we will be joined by the Epic’s stellar entertainment; The internationally renowned Blue Man Group, Cirque de Soleil – Cirque Dreams, Howl at the Moon duelingpiano’s, Legends in Concert, Fat Cats Jazz and Blues, Second City Comedy Troupe.

Prices starting at $999.

We’ll be finalizing the details by the end of the week and will keep you posted!

Email: cruise@cherishtheladies.com or call Tully Travel at 914-237-7408.

Thank you!

Joanie.

The Green Island Radio Show continues to be as popular as ever. Now in its 20th year, the show can be heard online at gpb.org on Saturdays at 9.00PM and Wednesdays at 11.00PM.

You may or may not be aware of the fact that I like and collect ball caps, of course, you may or may not care . . . but whenever I go on vacation the hunt is on for a nice cap. I have quite the collection and to that end I’ve re-ordered the O’Donoghue logo ball cap. They’re very nice . . . light material with inside mesh to suit the warm climate here, and the logo embroidered on the front. At the moment we have two colours…navy and tan. I did have a nice yellow colour a couple of years ago so I’ll probably get more of those…and one other colour…any suggestions?

It seems that Facebook offers more immediate news and I’ve been diligent in keeping my Page current. (www.facebook.com/odonoghuemusic – click “like” to have it show up when I post!) I will make the same effort here with these writings. When you’re on the website check out our Photos Page, Reviews Page, Video Page, Tours Page, Store Page, Calendar Page and of course our Guestbook, where you can leave some thoughts, suggestions and general comments. We love to hear from you. Barbara and Shannon do a terrific job with the website…thanks guys.

I am pleased to offer my congratulations to Butch and Grace Elmgren on the occasion of the birth of their twin boys. May I wish you all the happiness that family life brings.

On a sadder note, we lost a wonderful man last week…Bob Baden passed away at home in the Villages, Florida. He was a great supporter of Irish Culture and will be missed by many. God speed on your journey Bob.

That’s it for now. Enjoy the Spring…a time of renewal and beauty.

See you out there,

Harry O'Donoghue

 

 

November 12 2010

Hello again,

It’s getting to be that busy time of year when thoughts turn towards Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season, and once again I marvel at the swift passing of time…another year almost over. The weather here in Savannah is very pleasant indeed; cool mornings, warm afternoons and bright blue skies compliment the gentle pace of life here. Having spent several weeks in Atlantic Canada and seeing the spectacular Fall colours I feel compelled to report that we do get a bit of that in Savannah, albeit it on a much smaller scale than up north. Sometimes while driving or taking a walk I’ll notice a cluster of rust tinged foliage or even a singular tree in the beginning stages of shedding its withered copper or gold coloured leaves, and I think ‘how beautiful’.  Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, if you stop to look around you and I mean really look, you will see things in your neighborhood, street or back yard that will amaze you; how a shaft of sunlight angles through an overgrown bush and dances on a pathway, long shadows cast by old garden tools create a temporary mosaic filled with intriguing patterns, a solitary petite flower that you never noticed before, defiantly growing in an unused bucket, or the sound of a cluster of falling leaves as they land and scrape along the pathway.

Natural beauty is but inches away at any given time in any given place…the trouble is we don’t take notice because we’re busy important people with lots to do. I would venture to guess that at some point in our lives, we…all of us…would move the earth if we could, for one more look at a falling leaf or a pretty flower or a swaying tree or an ocean sunset. For my part, I’m making a conscious effort to appreciate these things daily in the hope that small things will enrich my journey.

I didn’t mean to wax all poetic like back there, but hey, I’ve been away for a while.

I arrived back from my N.C.L. travels three weeks ago and have been trying to catch up since. Before I continue I do want to say hello and ‘thanks’ to my fellow entertainers on the Norwegian Jewel and Spirit. I had a terrific time working with Ross Mitchell, Brenda Kaye, Bud Anderson, Jane L. Powell, Ivan Pecel, Second City Comedy and all the Production and Cruise Staff aboard both vessels.

I met a ton of lovely passengers, slight exaggeration there but you know what I mean, and all in all it was a memorable experience. I continue to learn and grow as my career takes unusual twists and turns and I am thankful to be given these opportunities. Norwegian Cruise Line has seen fit to invite me to perform with them again in 2011 and I will have specific cruise dates early next year.

We have two Ireland Tours in 2011 and briefly the information is as follows:

 

Harry O’Donoghue’s   Enchanted Tour to Ireland
July 17 – 24, 2011

$1,890.00 per person sharing (land only)
Save $100 by signing up before January 21, 2011

This year we explore the beautiful Northern Counties: Donegal, Fermanagh, Derry, Antrim, Tyrone and end up in the ‘wee county’, my own County Louth. All hotels are four star, we have a full sightseeing itinerary and we’ll enjoy the usual good times or ‘craic’ as we travel around. As with all our tours everything is included with the exception of lunches and beverages. Go to our Tours Page for the full itinerary and more in depth information and terms and conditions.

Fr. Liam and Mary Collins’ Annual Celtic Spirituality Tour
with Harry O’Donoghue
July 26 – August 2, 2011
$1,890.00 per person sharing (land only)
Save $100 by signing up before January 21, 2011

On our Celtic Spirituality Tour we will cut a swath across Ireland from the rugged west coast of County Clare out to the barren Aran Islands and through the Monastic Midlands, visiting Clonmacnoise, Clonfert Cathedral, St. Bridget’s Cathedral, Glendalough and more. Fr. Liam will offer his own insightful thoughts along the way and evenings will be filled with good fellowship, song, laughter and discussion. Our hotels are once again finely appointed and we have a well paced sightseeing itinerary in place.

For more information please go again to our O’Donoghue Tours page.

SPECIAL NOTE: We are happy to introduce an early sign-on bonus. Save $100.00 per person by signing on, with deposit, before January 21, 2011.

I’m thrilled with the buzz coming in for my new recording  ‘A Splash of No Regrets’. I mailed copies to various radio stations, publications and electronic media and the reviews have been very positive. The CD is available here on our website as well as Barnes and Noble, Amazon, cdBaby, I tunes, Saints and Shamrocks (Savannah store) and of course at my shows. The compilation ‘Live and Just as Well’  has also been a big hit. We re-mastered the songs and took out all unnecessary dialogue. It’s time to re-introduce our two Christmas projects; ‘Nollaig’ and ‘A Christmas Postcard’ are available from the aforementioned outlets.

Speaking of Christmas, Carroll Brown and I are scheduled to begin our annual Celtic Christmas Concert Tour on December 1 at The Villages in central Florida. The full Tour Schedule can be found on our Calendar of Events page here on the website.

Kevin Barry’s celebrated 30 years in business on October 31. It was quite an event. The pub offered a tasty buffet filled with all sorts of delicious offerings, an engaging stage show featuring Irish musicians who came to town for the evening. Some heartfelt speeches were made and notable personalities showed up for the celebration. Famed Dublin folk singer Danny Doyle chatted with Cahir O’Doherty, songwriter Brendan Nolan wrote a ditty for the occasion and Gabriel Donohue, Frank Emerson, Carroll Brown, Johnnie Kennedy, Colleen Settle, Butch Elmgren, Dr. Paul Jurgensen, Frank Clancy and Vic Power all contributed to the show.

There was a line at the end of the bar…not for drinks but to have a photo taken with actor Tom Berenger, who was, I must say, very tolerant and patient. Phil Hadaway taped the performances…up to a point, if you know what I mean, and Donald Carroll (Katie O’Donald’s) and Barbara Smith from Columbine Blue Music were also in attendance.  May I offer a hearty Congratulations to Kevin Barry’s, a one-of-a-kind establishment.

With the demise of the Irish Pub scene here in America (from a live music standpoint), we touring musicians are always interested in new avenues to promote and perform our music. If you are interested in an O’Donoghue performance for a social event, concert, speaking engagement, festival, singer/songwriter show, library, church or community hall performance, or if you want to plan a tour to Ireland for a large group or a smaller or special interest group please contact me and we’ll take it from there.

As always thank you for your support and encouragement. Take care and I’ll see you out there. Please leave any comments you might have here on our Guestbook or on my Facebook Page.

 

All the best,

May 4 2011

Hello,
I hope this finds you in a good frame of mind given the state of things. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the recent weather events, nobody has ever seen anything like this before. The ferocity of those tornadoes and storms was staggering. Hard to know what exactly is happening to our world but it is getting intense.

Add to that the chaos in the Middle East, the ever rising price of food, gas and everyday necessities, piracy on the high seas, traffic controllers falling asleep, record billion dollar profits for giant corporations, bits and pieces falling off planes and Donald Trump thinking of running for the highest office in the land…small wonder I feel like a spectator at the Greatest Show on Earth!
If it wasn’t so tragic it would be funny!

Lord only knows how we will resolve the myriad of issues confronting us but we will…after all we dug most of the holes ourselves. It will take time, wisdom and sacrifice but we’re up to the challenge…especially here in the United States where the spirit and the will are strong. We most certainly live in interesting times.

I’m continually befuddled and astounded by the latest technology and I have simply given up on my ability to keep pace. I’m one of the few I know who still talks into the cell phone. I can never get my kids to answer their phones until I text them and tell them to pick up when the bloody thing rings…it’s me on the other end, like they don’t know.

It takes me forever to text…I have to pull over, take out the glasses, and go at it, one letter at a time…and I have to be diligent so ‘where are you’ doesn’t come out like ‘wirf aqf  u’…God, but sometimes I loathe the thing. …And now we find out that there is a Big Brother aspect to the whole technology…my, my, my, we are but cogs in the wheel!

OK, here’s my stand on it, Big Brother new gadgets ‘n all…I don’t care.  All I want is to simplify my life…write a few more songs and poems, write a short story or two, try to be a better guitar player, try even harder to be a better person, spend time with those I love and care for, spend even more time with those who love and care for me, spend some time traveling in Ireland, in the Caribbean, in Europe, up North, down South…wherever the wind takes me…and try to be true to myself and to the God in which I believe.

Easy enough you might think, but I’m writing this on a computer…and earlier there was a virus issue and I spent time trying to fix the problem and I was looking at the screen and I might as well have been looking into a field, and on and on and on it goes…
Please excuse the random thoughts contained in the above.

Right so, we have but four seats left on our Enchanted Ireland Tour, meeting in Dublin on July 17 and heading to the far flung northern reaches of Ireland. It’s not too late to join us although the hotels are pushing us to release the rooms we won’t need. If you have any sort of hankering to come along please give me a call, email me or even…text me.
Information can be found on the O’Donoghue Tours page of the website.

I mention again that I will be performing onboard the beautiful Norwegian Jewel as she sails out of Manhattan on September 17 – September 24 – October 1 – October 8… four cruises in all, going to New England and Atlantic Canada. You can book online at ncl.com or  cruises.com or through your local travel agent. I have oodles of downtime so it’s lovely when friends come along.

I’m delighted also to be included in the Irish Music Cruises Concerts at Sea, on January 29, 2012. My fellow entertainers include Seamus Kennedy, The Wolfe Tones, The Makem and Spain Brothers, Archie Fisher, Mairtin De Cogain, Ciaran Sheehan and others. This one promises to be a blast. For information please call Debra at: 1 888-564-7474 or online at irishmusiccruises.com

On May 27 I will perform again at  Indigo Alley in Fernandina Beach, Florida. I enjoyed playing there a few weeks ago, it’s quite the bohemian venue and they have a nice wine and beer selection.

I have recently enjoyed performing at my long standing gigs in Kevin Barry’s, Savannah, Georgia and Katie O’Donald’s, Bluffton South Carolina. It’s always a pleasure and great fun entertaining at these venues…they bring out the nicest audiences.

I’ve had inquiries lately as to whether I do private events and the short answer is…yes. House concerts, private parties, community concerts, fund raising and local county events and on occasion library performances…kind of defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

It’s fun though…A man went into a public library and said to the librarian ‘I would like a book by Shakespeare please’.
The librarian replied ‘which one?’
‘William’

Anyway, if you are interested in having me perform at an aforementioned event please get in touch. My best wishes to out to Carroll Brown and his tour group as they head off to Scotland and Ireland next week…hope the weather obliges and a splendid time is had by all.

We are well stocked with CD’s here on the website and we have the technology (there’s that word again) to download single songs. My music is also available at cdBaby, iTunes, Amazon and most other online sites.

Please sign our Guestbook if you have time, or share a message with me on Facebook. Thanks for taking the time to read this edition of  Ramblings and your thoughts, comments and suggestions are most welcome…we’re all in this together.

All the best for now,

July 19th 2011

Hi,

I hope this finds you well and in a good frame of mind. I wanted to get this update out before I leave for Ireland on Monday. I’ll spend a few days with my family before picking up our tour group on July 17 and heading up to Northern Ireland. I must say that I’m looking forward to this, our twenty first tour. There will be twenty of us jaunting around the North, exploring and enjoying the scenery. We should have some good photos when we get back and I’ll be sure to post some here on the website and on my Facebook page.

We’ve had quite a few people express interest in our Irish Music Cruise on January 29, 2012. Our itinerary takes us to Grand Cayman, Honduras, Mexico and Half Moon Cay and during our concerts at sea we’ll share some terrific music, songs and stories. Musicians include The Wolfe Tones, Archie Fisher, The Makem and Spain Brothers, Ciaran Sheehan, Seamus Kennedy, myself, Mairtin De Cogain, Haneke Cassel and more. Please call Debbie at 1 888 564-7474 and ask about the specials. Email: info@irishcruises.com

I’ve quite enjoyed performing at Indigo Alley in Fernandina Beach Florida and have scheduled another on Friday, August 5. It’s a lovely little venue in a lovely part of the world.

August will also see me back in Kevin Barry’s for several performances and on August 19 I’m delighted to once again be in concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Rincon, Georgia. Please check the calendar page for exact times.

We are currently booking our Celtic Christmas concert series. Should your church or local community be interested in this unique show, please contact me. The same holds true for house concerts, private performances, festivals or clubs.

My four sailings with Norwegian Cruise Lines begin on September 17 from Manhattan. Each cruise is a week- long and The Jewel sails to Canada and New England. Contact NCL or your travel consultant to book a cabin.

OK, I know this is a short writing and I have much to say on recent media events, e.g.: The Casey Anthony trial, The News of The World reporting scandal, the rape accusation leveled at DSK as he’s now known, the economy, the bloody heat down south, the upcoming Presidential election…but time is of the essence and I have yet to pack for the Shamrock Shore, so I’ll leave you now and get to it…we’ll chat again!

Thanks for all your continued support and enjoy life as best you can, it’s all we have really.

I will offer a toast to one and all whist in Ireland and shortly after I return will begin planning the 2012 Tour to Ireland.

All the best,

January 10th 2011

Hello,

Time once again for an update. We’re right in the middle of ‘Irish Season’ and so far it has been a blast. The Savannah Irish Festival, St. Peter Claver Irish Night, Beaufort Irish Festival and St William’s Irish Night were all roaring successes. I had a great time hanging out and performing with Cathie Ryan, Gabriel Donohue, Mairtin De Cogain, The Ennis Sisters, Joanie Madden, Carroll Brown, Brendan Nolan, Legacy, Moira Nelligan and Howard Keeley. And to see a lot of old faces I haven’t seen for a while was wonderful…thank you one and all.

This weekend ushers in Tara Feis, Emmet Park, Savannah on Saturday, and followed by performances at Holy Family Church, Columbus, Georgia on Tuesday March 15… Kevin Barry’s, Savannah, Georgia with Frank Emerson and Carroll Brown on Wednesday March 16… Katie O’Donald’s, Bluffton, South Carolina on Thursday March 17… and The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday March 18. After a couple of days rest I’ll be back on stage at Kevin Barry’s from Monday March 21 – Sunday, March 27. Whew, I feel tired already. Oh, and I’m sitting in at Kevin Barry’s on Friday March 11.

We still have seats on our Enchanted Ireland Tour on July 17 and continue to offer a $100.00 per person savings when you sign on. Please click on our Tours and Cruises Page for more in depth information. While you’re on that part of the site you can check out dates for my cruises on board the Norwegian Jewel in September/October and our Irish Music Cruise on January 29, along with the Makem and Spain Brothers, Seamus Kennedy, The Wolfe Tones, Mairtin De Cogain, Archie Fisher and more…it’s going to be a large time out on the ocean. I love cruising and what could be more delightful than to have some friends along to share the fun. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about my tour to Ireland or any of the cruises.

My newest CD, A Splash of No Regrets continues to get terrific reviews and it’s being downloaded seemingly with tremendous popularity. I’m very pleased with all the attention it’s getting especially the original song “The Time Has Come (Ron’s song)” which many consider to be the stand out song on the recording. Its message has connected with people and the only way I’d be happier would be if Ron had lived to enjoy its popularity. He did hear the song before he passed but I’m not sure if he was aware that it was written for him…it was untitled at the time. Perhaps he’s looking down smiling.

I posted on Facebook that I was looking for a venue or a house party or community sponsored concert to play on my way back from St. Petersburg to Savannah next week…that still holds true. The night is Saturday, March 19. The Irish mood will still be going strong so if you have any thoughts please let me know. I told you several months ago that I became a US citizen last April and to celebrate that I will sing the American National Anthem on Saturday March 12 at the opening ceremony of Tara Feis. I’m nervous, to say the least but, what an honour. Keep your fingers crossed for me, and I promise to sing it straight…no vocal acrobatics from this Irishman.

The Green Island Radio Show trucks along nicely and in my next update I will offer recommendations for some new music that we’ve played on the show. It streams live on Saturdays at nine and Wednesdays at eleven, Eastern Standard Time at: www.gpb.org That’s it for now. You can get in touch with me at your leisure; my contact information can be found here on the website. If you have a mind to, leave some comments here on our Guestbook Page or on my Facebook Page. As always thanks for your continued support and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, wherever you may be. All the best,

February 1, 2011

Hello again,

 

Thanks for stopping by. It seems to me that websites may well go the way of mySpace and cassette tapes…everyone is on Facebook or Twitter at this moment in our evolution. Things change so fast, don’t you sometimes feel like applying the brakes to life’s merry-go-round to hop off for a spell? I certainly do, but alas there’s no time for that right now so let me continue with this update.

Our Celtic Spirituality Tour to Ireland in July has been postponed until 2012.   Fr. Liam and Mary Collins offer their apologies for any convenience caused.

 

My own Enchanted Tour to Ireland, (our 21st) is as scheduled. Please go to our Tours page for all the in depth information. We leave on July 17 and plan to visit the Northern counties. It’s a terrific package at a great price and I look forward to jaunting about on the Old Sod again, singing songs, telling jokes and enjoying the craic (fun). Call me with any questions.

Took some time off recently to go down to the islands and I’m here to report that I fell in love with St. Maarten/St. Martin. We went hiking and it was spectacular. Must post some pictures here and on my Facebook page. The weather was gorgeous…that alone is a good reason to move there…would that I was younger and still full of bluster.

 

I also re-scheduled last weekend to afford time off so that I could enjoy the success of my young cousin Colin O’Donoghue in his movie The Rite. There was dinner, the movie, and champagne. The reviews are fairly positive and I wish him all the success in the world. Check the movie out. Anthony Hopkins is brilliant as usual and Colin holds his own alongside.

 

I’ve been diligently practicing and working on new songs recently, including one elusive piece that I’m having the devil’s own job trying to finish…I started the song in 2005 and have come back to it time and time again and finally I said ‘I’ve had enough, I’ll finish it if it takes forever’…and that’s what’s happening…but I’m getting close. Amazingly I wrote another while taking a break from it.

When it’s done I think I’ll call it ‘Grey’…’cause every time I go at it another hair loses pigmentation!!

 

Alright enough rubbish talk. We are approaching the ‘Irish Time’ of year and I’m so looking forward to upcoming events. Please look at our Calendar Page for exact dates, times and locations.

 

On February 12, I perform alongside Moira Nelligan and the Dixie Jigs (I swear, I didn’t make that up) and Carroll Brown at the St. Peter Claver’s Irish Night in Macon, Georgia. Unfortunately Celtic Woman is in town the same night so if you want to see both, come to our show and buy the video of the girls…problem solved, and our concert is a fundraiser!

 

The Savannah Irish Festival is on February 18-19-20 and features performances by Cathie Ryan, Gabriel Donohue and Deirdre Connolly, Legacy, The Mairtin De Cogain Project, The Ennis Sisters, Brendan Nolan, The Savannah Irish Dancers and more. I will again host the Singer/ Songwriter sessions…one of my favourites and a ‘splendid time is guaranteed for all’.

 

The following week, on February 26th,The Beaufort Irish Festival will be held…in where else? – Beaufort, South Carolina. Gabriel Donohue, Carroll Brown and I are the featured artists.

 

On Sunday, February 27th there will be a concert to aid the Eddie Ivie Scholarship  for Studies in Ireland. This show is at The Averitt Theatre in Statesboro, Georgia at 3.00PM and I will be there along with Cathie Ryan and her band. Quite a bit of information there, so we’ll leave it at that for now.

 

I’m pleased to announce that I have been invited to perform again this year a guest entertainer on board the Norwegian Jewel.
She will sail out of New York en route to Canada and New England on September 17, September 24, October 1, and October 8 and I will be on board for all four cruises.

For further information or to book a cabin contact NCL.com or your personal travel agent. I am looking forward to working on the beautiful Jewel once again on this, my seventh year performing with NCL.

 

Did I get everything in? Hard to say but if I think of anything else I’ll post it on Facebook or send out an email notice.

As always thanks for your support and be safe out there. In the next update perhaps we’ll get into world events and such…huh? Lord knows, there’s plenty going on…God save us all!

 

Bye for now,