March 12, 2013

Hello and welcome

Just a few lines to update Ramblings before St. Patrick’s Day. It’s always a busy time of year, thank God…long may it last, and I feel like I got the pace just right this year. I don’t feel strained and tense like I did the last few years so it’s nice going into the home stretch somewhat fresh.

I had a terrific time on the Joanie Madden cruise in February. I met some wonderful entertainers and passengers and I’m delighted that Joanie asked me back on her 2014 Folk ‘N Irish Cruise next February. As soon as she has the package together I’ll get the word out. The cruise will once again be on the Norwegian Epic, a truly magnificent vessel.

Speaking of cruises, NCL has scheduled me to perform as a Guest Entertainer on the Norwegian Dawn for two seven day cruises; sailing from Boston to Bermuda on May 10 and May 17. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Bermuda, so I’m looking forward to getting back there.  The sailing schedule is: two days at sea…three days docked in Bermuda and two days at sea. The island is simply stunning and the weather should be lovely in May. Some folks have already booked their cabins so contact your travel agent or Norwegian Cruise Line if you are interested in coming. This is not an Irish cruise…it’s just me being part of the NCL entertainment lineup. I’m also scheduled for some of the New England/Canada runs in September and October, possibly on board the Norwegian Gem, leaving from New York City. More on those cruises later.

I’m in the middle of a bunch of concerts, festivals and fundraisers which is fairly typical at this time of year but I do want to note that I had an absolute blast on the nights of the Savannah Irish Festival when everyone descended on Kevin Barry’s pub. Gabriel Donohue gave his usual mind blowing performance on Saturday evening and I was joined by the Savannah Ceili Band, Cathie Ryan and Seamus Kennedy on Sunday evening… it was a hoot to say the least. At Tara Feis we had the trad band Runa perform and they were brilliant. I joined Tom O’Carroll and Colleen Settle for a set which was great fun and well received.  My thanks to all who came to these and my other shows during the last few weeks.

My schedule this week is as follows: Kevin Barry’s …Friday night March 15, Saturday and night, March 16 and Sunday night, March 17…along with Carroll Brown, Frank Emerson and Seldom Sober. It promises to be the usual frenzy. I will perform at Katie O’Donald’s on March 17 from 4.00PM – 7.00PM…under the big top…everything bar the elephants! For something a bit quieter I will be at the Saints and Shamrocks store, 309 Bull St, Savannah at 3.00PM on Friday March 15, for about an hour.
I lament each year that as I play all of these events there seems little time to spend talking with people. I wave and smile but then the event ends and those I wanted to speak with have gone and I always feel shortchanged. I suppose it’s the nature of the beast, so to speak, but please know that it means a lot to see old familiar faces and please know the extent of my gratitude. Thank you so much.

Our Thistle and Shamrock Tour in July is sold out. We closed the Tour earlier this week. Much as we would like to be able to bring more people we do limit the number each year. Plans are afoot to take an O’Donoghue Tour to Italy next year…possibly in May. We are in negotiations to see if and how it would work. We will get the details out as soon as we get the package together.

Please sign our Guestbook page and leave some comments if you have time. You can also check out my Facebook page and if you are so inclined leave some comments about my performances at Kevin Barry’s, Katie O’Donald’s, Nolans Pub, The Shannon Pub or any other venues, on Trip Advisor, Yelp or Urban Spoon. It’s always nice to know what people think…good or bad.

Congratulations to Samantha Hendrix on the birth of her new baby…happy days in Loughrea, County Galway. My thoughts are with my dear friends Mary and Liam Collins. Mary’s Dad, Tom Brennan passed away a few days ago. He was a great man and will be sorely missed. He’s gone off to join his wife Agnes, who died last November. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.

I’m still working on various projects and the idea of recording a new album is stirring inside. Oh, by the way, I didn’t give anything up for Lent this year… I was going to…something very meaningful…something that would make a difference…and then, the Pope….The Pope…he gave up the Papacy…so I said ‘what’s the point, I can’t top that’!!!!

All the best out there…hope to see you soon…enjoy Paddy’s Day.

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RAMBLINGS

Hello, hello,

My but don’t we all live these incredibly busy lives? I find it hard to fathom how quickly time slips by and I say this because it was just brought to my attention that my last update here was back in July. My apologies for being tardy, not that it matters much to anyone. The political and social climate in which we live seems to still be in much turmoil. It’s hard to know what to think of all the savagery, brutality, dishonesty, greed and mistrust which is going on all around us. Are we really in the 21st century or are we still stuck in the middle ages? I find it bewildering and choose to block out as much negativity as I can.

That being said the sun rises and sets to much fanfare each and every day and many of are blessed to be living the lives we’ve been given. Mother Nature is a wonder to behold and her majesty can be humbling. Tomorrow is Halloween, the old pagan observance that we’ve embraced with such enthusiasm. It’s a fun time for the children (of all ages!) and I look forward to it.

During the summer we were in the South of Ireland with our Tour group. We had truly wonderful traveling companions and the weather was spectacular, which fully enhanced the stunning beauty of the Emerald Isle.

In early September I joined the Norwegian Dawn for a month as she sailed from Boston to Quebec and back. Again I cannot describe in words how terrific the audiences were and I got to spend lots of time rehearsing, writing, reading and hanging out with my fellow entertainers, most notably Jose and Patti…we so enjoyed our laubsta lunches on Prince Edward Island, Bar Harbor and Halifax…and the famous pea soup served in Quebec City. I look forward to signing on to the Dawn again next week for the first seven days of her repositioning cruise from Boston to New Orleans.

Next summer we have three Tours to Ireland planned. The first is a customized private tour commissioned for the Friends of the Savannah Philharmonic. June 17 – 25, 2015.

The second is a Celtic Spirituality Tour with Fr. Liam and Mary Collins. Fr.Liam will take this trip with us as part of his 70th birthday celebration and this will be his last Tour. As with all of our Tours there will be music, laughter, camaraderie, and on this adventure we’ll enjoy the gentle wisdom of this gifted and talented man. We’ll also be in the beautiful town of Dingle for July 4th…what could be better? The Tour begins and ends at Shannon airport.     June 30 – July 7, 2015. $1,945.00 per person sharing.

Our O’Donoghue Ireland Tour begins and ends at Dublin airport. July 9 – July 16, 2015.   On this Tour we will travel from Kildare on the East coast over to Galway, Mayo and Sligo on the rugged West coast, and back again. $1,945.00 per person sharing.

All our Tours feature a full sightseeing itinerary, an easygoing pace, accommodation in finely appointed four star hotels, daily breakfast, tips, porterage, full dinner on all but one night and more. Please go to our O’Donoghue Tours page here on the website for more information, full itinerary and reservation forms.

The long awaited Terra Nova project is now available…hip hip!!  It took a long time to get the recordings cleaned up, transferred, and  re-mastered but it’s all done and Nissa Eames really raised the bar with the CD art work. The look is classic and the music stands up surprisingly well even though it’s been many years since the studio recordings.

Harry O’Donoghue with Terra Nova – The Recordings is available here on the website or at my live shows, at CD Baby and of course on most digital download outlets.

Earlier this year I recorded a short humour and toasts CD called, strangely enough, Ramblings. It’s 29 minutes long and is sold as a companion piece when a purchase of three CDs or more is made. This is my first attempt at a humorous recording and I’m pleased with the result. My thanks to Eric Nauert of Perpombellar Productions for his technical expertise and help on the project.

Carroll Brown and I will have our new Christmas CD Stillness in the Air available at the end of November in time for our Celtic Christmas Tour. It contains some never before heard Christmas songs, some originals and several Holiday standards such as Frosty the Snowman, Put your Hand in the Hand, Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree and an Irish version of Silent Night. We will have them with us as we tour and will offer the new recording for fifteen dollars or five for fifty five. Our full Christmas touring schedule will be uploaded very soon, we’re still awaiting confirmation on times for some of the concerts.

The Green Island Radio Show now has a Facebook Page and a website. We’re fairly easy to find so please check us out sometime when you’re online. We stream live on Sunday and Wednesday evenings and the show is still being very well received.

CDs can be ordered and shipped directly from this website or you may contact me directly should you want something personalized for a Christmas gift. hodmusic@aol.com

If you have time please leave a message on my Facebook Page.

All the best for now,

 

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Harry O’Donoghue’s performance in the main theater of the NCL ship The Dawn – 1,100 and standing room only!

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January 12, 2012

Hello,

We’re sailing forth into the new year and hopefully it will be a good one for all of us, even the Mayans who presumably will have a blast and then call it quits. The rest us may have to soldier on with life as we know it. Reflecting on 2011 it seems I had a great year…creatively if not financially. I panicked in the Spring due to lack of work, but I was emboldened to get back in the saddle and find new venues and events that would embrace what I do, and so the year 2012 looks like it’s gonna be a doozy.

On another bright note, people seem to have had enough of the talking heads suggesting that life sucks, if you’ll pardon the expression, and we have had more interest in our Ireland Tours this year than we’ve had in several years. We have two tours going in July. Please check the Tours Page here on the website for details and information…and to paraphrase one of our upcoming group “Come Hell or High Water, I’m going to Ireland this year

The last few months have been a whirlwind for me. Coming back from our Ireland Tour last August I went straight into rehearsal for the Norwegian Cruise performances and from there straight into rehearsals for our Celtic Christmas Tour and from there into rehearsals for the Holiday Pops concert with the Savannah Philharmonic and then fourteen nights at Kevin Barry’s in Savannah. I can’t begin to thank all who helped, encouraged and supported in all of these events so I’ll just give a general THANK YOU to everybody.

I will NOT be performing on the Irish Cruise on January 29, with The Wolfe Tones, Seamus Kennedy, Mairtin De Cogain and others. Due to lackluster sales, my contract was cancelled this morning, Jan 12. If you purchased and plan to be on the cruise because of me please accept my apologies and take it up on board with Debra Casey, the Tour Director.    

Again on the bright side, my wife and I are off to Miami in the morning, to avail ourselves of the services and joys of a cruise down to St. Kitts, St. Maarten and San Juan…oh, how my excitement grows. Will drink at least one pina colada for us…all of us….time to take back our lives, one at a time…I’ll start with me.

As I enter my 31st year in the music business I’m startled at how successful the journey has been…and to boot, the Green Island Radio Show will be 20 years old in November…who knew?

My mission, should I accept it, is to finish this writing, get a decent night’s sleep, drive to Miami, board a ship and read, sunbathe, hike a rainforest, eat like there’s no tomorrow, listen to some fine entertainment…and come back refreshed, renewed and less cynical than before…I’ll give it my best shot.

Thanks for all of your support and may God Bless all of us.

 

November 22, 2011

Tuesday 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,