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Another great surprise

Got a call from a mom who got a two hours gift voucher for her daughter.


I thought they are going to record a couple of tracks using backing tracks, but Emma Langford arrived with her trusty guitar.


She then sang one song after the other, originals and great cover versions. It was so good, effortless and quick that I had to take my old video camera and record one of the song.


Here is one of Emma's originals: Quiet Giant


Recording outside with New Zeland band The Broken Heartbreakers

While adjusting the mics in the studio, band members of the New Zeland band The Broken Heartbreakers were jamming outside. It was a beautiful day and John said "Hey - why don't we record the whole thing outside, with the bird calls". Great idea :) and less work for me!


So we recorded the lot outside, videotaped the session and then added the words to this wonderful song.


Recording Martin Hogan's "My Angel"

Got an email wtih two beautiful tracks sang with guitar and vocals.

Martin wanted to have a full band performing this song, so made a few calls, and e were lucky to get this amazing team on board.

This video was taken while the guys were practising.


Eileen called and said that her 18 years old son would like to record some music. She said he never recorded before and she would like to give it  to him as a gift, to help him decide what he  wants to do with his music.


Garreth McNamara playing guitar


Pianist Darren Lane

Daren Lane came to the studio to record some great classical and traditional Irish music on the piano.


I put on the samples page one of his Chopin waltzs and here are two videos - one with 3 jigs and one with 3 hornpipes.

Another live classic by Colm McGuinness

Once again, Colm McGuinness came to record a few classics on his guitar.

This one is "Have you ever seen peaches" by Jimmy Lee Williams

and here is another one. While editing this video my dog came and did backing vocals. I shot that with the phone's camera and added it to the original

Recording MacDara Ó Raghallaigh in Newtown, Co. Meath

Recording MacDara Ó Raghallaigh in Newtown

It has been such a pleasurable weekend! Was picked up by Paul Quin and together we drove to Newtown, Co. Meath to record MacDara Ó Raghallasigh, who is one of Ireland's finest trad fiddle players.

Awesome review in the Galway Advertiser

I couldn't have wished for a better review:

Galway Advertiser Review

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An x-mas song about big white snowy balls

Deirsey, Pat McCourt and Peter came to record two new tracks - one - a song about Limerick, and the other - a new xmas song about big white snowy balls which sounds to me like something chef from south park would have written had he been Irish.


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New website for Ireland's greatest accordion player.

Joe Burke had a website. Unfortunately it was hosted with UTV, their server crashed one day and they didn't have a backup!


This lad to a brand new website which went online today.


The site has over 250 photos! from Joe's long career and Ireland's history. It also has audio samples from the albums he released through the years (a good part of which were remastered here). Joe's "NO Thanks" page shows his great humour even when someone gets on  his nerves...


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