Growing up in Dublin, I drew inspiration from going to Irish bands such as Paul Cleary and The Partisans, A House, Power of Dreams, The Cranberries and That Petrol Emotion. I tuned into the Dave Fanning Radio Show every night to listen to live sessions and interviews with the likes of U2, The Smiths and Echo and The Bunnymen.
Early days – In 1993, I began recording demos of my songs with local producer Dave McCune who I met through a mutual musician friend.
Soon after, I distributed the demos to radio stations and received national airplay for my songs ‘Superman’ and ‘Heaven’ on the Dave Fanning Rock Show (on Irelands National Radio Station 2FM) and gained interest from two Major record labels at the time.
I played gigs in Whelans on the IMRO showcase tour and received favourable live reviews from Hotpress magazine. I headlined gigs in the DA Club and played the Dublin music scene including Sin é, the Mez Bar and joined the Ruby Sessions for a few gigs.
Debut album #1 – In 2003, I teamed up with local music producer Dave McCune to record my first album. We recorded 10 songs including Superman, Heaven and Monkey With The Bloodshot Eyes. Recordings complete, I travelled to Enniskillen to work on mastering the songs with Robyn Robbins (formerly of Bob Seger) at Mid Atlantic Digital.
In 2004, I formed my own label (Núa Records) and released a short run of CD’s of the album ‘High Time’.
Album # 2 – In 2010, after seeing a poster in Tower Records, I got the idea to work with Morrissey‘s guitarist and musical director Boz Boorer.
I contacted Boz on MySpace.com and after discussing the project over a few messages we agreed to meet in Portugal where we recorded the album ‘Battle Stations’. It includes ‘Dirty Dog’, ‘Animal’ and ‘Roses’. It was initially released as a CD and download on Bandcamp and later released on iTunes and Amazon.
Album # 3 – In 2017, I built my own studio at home and started working on new material. Once I had enough material recorded, I contacted Boz again and he roped in The Ruts drummer Dave Ruffy to record a session in Portugal. We worked on a combination of the new material I had recorded at home and some new songs.
The session was released as an EP called ‘Country Mountain’ featuring five songs ‘Just Like The Beatles’, ‘No One Ever Told Me’, ’The Highway’, ‘Black Irish Dogs’ and the title track ‘Country Mountain’.
‘Country Mountain EP’ was mastered for iTunes by Grammy award winning engineer Tim Young in Metropolis Studios London. It was released as a download only on September 10th, 2018.
BATTLES STATIONS ALBUM
COUNTRY MOUNTAIN EP