Hi There. I hope this finds you well. Did anyone else blink and miss the Summer? With a five year old about the two months of Summer Holidays seemed like a crazy whirlwind with a bit of sleep here and there to break it up….to me anyway. There were beaches, parks and late nights, but no lie in’s strangely enough.
In between the mayhem I was lucky enough to be involved with some great events. The first….being asked to play at the Book Launch of brilliant Crime Fiction Novelist Stuart Neville. His new Book “The Final Silence” was launched in ‘No Alibis’ Book Shop, Belfast, in July. Stuart asked me to play a few songs at the launch and I was so excited. Not least because he and I played a few songs together. (Quite) a few years back Stuart played guitar along with me and we had many adventures all over the country, including playing Glasgowbury Festival, The Ruby Sessions (Dublin) and performing live on Radio (U105 etc), so I was really looking forward to the reunion, and I had a ball. A picture tells a thousand words…….
The pictures are courtesy of Ruairi O’Hare, and talking of Ruairi, himself and myself have been writing together a bit over the Summer. Fingers crossed there may be a wee preview in the next blog post when we get it recorded….I love recording (sorry that was uncalled for sarcasm but it’s seriously the only experience that gives me sweaty palms and I get all grumpy and cry and there is hair and tears everywhere….I wish this were an exaggeration) Aside from that it’s been really good co-writing with Ruairi. It’s not something I’ve done a lot of.
However! I was recently sorting through my medium sized, rather random CD collection (found some Destiny’s Child and Justin Timberlake in there) and I came across a CD in a see-through case. The handwritten information on the CD read “Broken Wings Broken Hearts : IMRO : Feb 2004 : Ian Smith : Nina Armstrong” When I first started singing and writing songs I (nervously) attended a few IMRO Songwriting Workshops. They were brilliant and I have some class memories. So I thought, for a laugh, I would include a link to this wee tune I found. It was written and recorded in one day, in a hotel room, 10 years ago.
In August I was lucky enough to take part in the Maiden City Festival as part of Culture Bites. During the week Singer/Songwriters play over lunch time in several different Cafe’s throughout the City. This is the Third year I’ve taken part and I absolutely love it.
Anyway, I reckon that’s all the gossip for now…
Thanks for reading/listening/looking. Enjoy the leaves turning all sorts of lovely colours 🙂