So this is the often talked about, but only recently experienced 2012. It certainly looks very futuristic when you type or write it, and whatever it holds, I hope it will be a good year for everyone.
2011 saw me release my first album, 100,000 Times, it was something I had worked towards for quite a while so it was great to finally get it out and to play it live. Playing the album as a full band was a brilliant experience, so big thanks to Gareth, Niall, Shane, Andy and Ed for their time and effort in making full band gigs a reality.
It was lovely, and also flattering, to be featured in a couple of “end of year lists”. Tony Clayton Lea of The Irish Times listed Seeping Into Cinemas in his top five Irish artists of 2011, and Handsome Young Stranger featured 100,000 Times as a recommended Irish release of last year. High praise indeed, for which I’m truly grateful!
I had lost all perspective on the album by the time it was released, and I had no idea how it would be received, or if it even would make it on to anyone’s radar, or their music collection. So to the music buying folks who have kindly purchased my stuff, the gig goers, and the writers of kind words, a huge thank you for supporting my music making endeavors throughout 2011.
My main musical plans for 2012 are to write and begin recording a new album, but I intend to continue to play live from time to time. I’m also planning another video for one of the songs off 100,000 Times, more on that in the not too distant future.
Until then, thanks for reading and of course listening and watching!