Record Store Gay.

I’m releasing a cover of the Bananarama song Robert De Niro’s Waiting on April 21st, for Record Store Gay, which is  also the on the same day as Record Store Day. Record Store Gay is a benefit event and release for Outhouse, a community and resource centre for LGBT people, their families and friends.

Record Store Gay will feature a host of Dublin bands and music types doing covers of gay anthems, and there’ll be a gig on the day (first gig of 2012 for me!) taking place at Outhouse. Each band is releasing a single, which will come on a soon to be revealed novelty format, and feature their cover and an original b side. My b side is a new song called Blackest Mirror.

The singles will be available at the gig in Outhouse and also at record stores around Dublin during Record Store Gay/Day!

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2012

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!
Happy 2012,

Barry.

Seeping Into Television

Shoot Out is going to be featured in an episode of a new TV show called The Importance Of Being Whatever. It’s a serialised modern version of the Oscar Wilde play The Iportance Of Being Earnest, and it follows the life of Dublin teenager Tobi Okocha and the various trials and tribulations he finds himself in.
There’s 30 episodes altogether, each one being 3 minutes long and there’ll be lots of good music featured, which you can read about on the shows blog www.cocobeans.ie. The blog is written from the perspective of Cocobeans, one of the shows characters. I think that’s a great touch, I like when the lines between reality and fiction get blurred.
Shoot Out will be in episode 5, which airs on Wednesday November 2nd at 6.30pm on RTE 2. Exciting stuff, I don’t what kind of scene it’s going to be in so I’m curious to see!
Here’s episode 1:

Gig news

Unfortunately the gig in The Mercantile had to be cancelled due to an issue with the venue, but the fridge magnet singles will still be available online from October 20th, and Still Frame From A Sunny Monday is still available for free on Soundcloud.
We will however be playing (we – yes, a band gig!) this Sunday, October 23rd, at the brilliantly named Office of Non-Compliance, which is located in the Earlsfort Terrace exhibition site of Dublin Contemporary 2011. It’s only a mere €5 in, and all proceeds go to The Simon Community. The evening runs from 7pm to 11pm and will be on the theme “Smarting Under Strictures”. Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin are also playing, as are Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, and there’ll be cake, films and fairy lights! The gig is being organised by the Young Hearts Run Free collective.

New single with previously unreleased “b-side”


Still Frame From A Sunny Monday is the latest single to be taken from the album 100,000 Times.
The single will be available as a free download from Soundcloud, or as a limited edition hand painted fridge magnet, featuring a download code that will unveil the song and a previously unreleased song called Backwards. The fridge magnets will be available for purchase on Bandcamp from October 20th.

Here’s some magnets. They once were clothes pegs! The download code is on the side, and when you’re done downloading you can pop them on your fridge door (or any other metal surface) and use them to hold photos, reminder lists, bills (boo!!) or whatever takes your fancy!

HWCH

Hard Working Class Heroes kicks off tonight, and there’ll be a full band SIC set on Saturday in The Button Factory at 7.50pm. Also, Saturday afternoon we’ll be playing as a duo (myself and drummer Gareth) at The Gutter Bookshop on Cows Lane, Temple Bar around 12.15pm. That one is free, so if you’re around Temple bar drop in! Here is an interview I did with echoparade.com , its part of a series of interviews they did with people playing HWCH. So nice of them to describe me as “ever polite”!