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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!

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,

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,