Everything is going really well. Something happened two days ago that has encouraged me. I had a bit of a brain fart on my personal facebook page and started saying what was swirling around my head. I suppose the words CHARLATAN and HACK stand out the most. In fact, I wrote a song about the whole Charlatan thing about a year ago. The chorus is "This path we all walk but we don't prepare, Ideas they will come and just take you there - we have no plans - we are all Charlatans". Thats how I ended up in folk music. Ideas they just came and they took me here.
THANK YOU to the people who commented on the brain fart facebook post with their support and kind words. You gave me the softest kick up the hole so I can start enjoying this single promo week for Welcome to Ballsgrove!
Whats the next thing? Well the video for Welcome to Ballsgrove is coming along nicely. Breifne is now fully traumatised by the song as he makes the last few tweaks to the master! When both things land in the next few days I will be getting in touch with the press folk. And in the most subtle way I will try to beg them to play the song at least the once or to write about it.
It is gonna be a tough oul two weeks. This is the Undulating part.. you hope the big boys in RTE Radio One or BBC Radio 2 will play it (i know nobody there so will be cold calling!) or someone like Nialler 9 or Joe.ie might even listen to it. However, the people I depend on are the friends I have made in the Regional Radio stations and in the Folk world.
You know lots of the most well known magazines and websites will print loads of nice things about you - ONCE YOU BUY AN AD! Or once you pay thousands for a PR campaign. But I have no money left! And time is the old enemy when working shifts - the time in the day just isn't there for all the relationship building needed for a big campaign. So I depend on you guys big time to share what I do with your friends.
The support I appreciate the most is the organic support and the family support. The people like you reading this who have met me at a gig or found me online and we made a connection. I am most excited about giving you the best song I can give you. And to look back on this in 10 years time and say yes I did my very best at that time. Moreover, I want to enjoy this as well !
Welcome to Ballsgrove will be on Bandcamp for 4 euro. I've chosen 4 euro for the song because its the price of a very cheap pint here in Ireland. Question being if you enjoy my songs, would you buy me a pint? Yours truly is in the hole for about 1000 odd euros for releasing this song. Consequently, I trust you understand that every little helps - so have a think about that pint!