So I've been consumed with learning Irish traditional music for the past year, and was finally able to trek down to VA to see my old pal Ian and have him help me record a few sets of tunes. This rough mix is so far my favorite of the bunch. [more inside]
I'm baaaaaack! After quite a hiatus, during which much has happened, but myself and a friend were in the recording studio to make an album. Thought you fine folks would like a sample. This is a traditional song in the Irish language called "An Spealadoir", or the Hay cutter. My friend and I joke that of all the big songs in the Irish tradition about shipwrecks, wars, love lost and emigration, she managed to pick a song about cutting grass. Enjoy!
A day late for St. Patrick's Day, but here's an Irish tune. Not quite as triplet-y as you'd hear it from a bona fide Celtic player.
It's almost December, so it's time for this classic holiday song, originally by the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl! [more inside]
My version of Turlough O'Carolan's tune John Irwin, for fingerstyle guitar. [more inside]
An Irish traditional tune - a slip jig - played in clawhammer banjo style on the guitar. [more inside]
A song I did for a competition two weeks ago. [more inside]
Just released. In time for St Patrick's Day - a song about the Chicago South Side Irish. You can also see it on Youtube. Video features vintage photos. Cheers! *Lyrics are NSFW *
A new song by The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]
The spate of suicides by bullied gay teens has been weighing heavily on me; here's a song from my Celtic punk band The Peter O'Tooles on the subject. [more inside]
A rehearsal demo for my Irish-American garage band, The Peter O'Tooles; revised from an earlier version. [more inside]
A rehearsal demo of a rejiggered older song, meant for my Irish-American garage band, The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]
A whole lot of naughty in two minutes in this practice demo for my Irish-American band, The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]
Another rehearsal demo for my Irish-American band, the Peter O'Tooles. This one is a bit naughty. Apologies to anybody actually from Bangor. [more inside]
A practice demo of a song arranged for my Irish-American band, The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]
The demo of a reworked version of an older song, arranged for my Irish-American band, The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]
Who's getting wasted today? I said Who's Getting Wasted?! Well alright!! Hope you're drinking lots of green beer, remember to tip your bartenders. We've been Tam and the Shanters, thanks for coming out tonight! [more inside]
A very rough demo of a new song for the Peter O'Tooles about a remarkable man. [more inside]
A song for the Peter O'Tooles about a famous river in Northern Ireland, although it is conceivable that there is some additional, and less savory, meaning to the song. [more inside]
An Irish air for the Peter O'Tooles about the unintended and disappointed effect of too much alcohol on an amorous evening. [more inside]
A drinking song in waltz time for the Peter O'Tooles, telling a tale of semi-sober pub hookups; loosely borrowed from "Irish Lullabye." [more inside]
A song for the Peter O'Tooles where I seem to be using the names of locations in Ireland as a metaphor for oral sex, which I am sure they don't appreciate and for which I apologize. [more inside]
A love song, and, possibly, an extremely flithy one; second song for the Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]
The first song for my new Irish band, The Peter O'Tooles, about a comely young woman from Derry and her desirable fruits. [more inside]
Adapted from a poem by James Joyce, from his collection "Chamber Music." [more inside]
A rewrite of a traditional bawdy song about an untoward way to make money. [more inside]
Am Irish-styled song about a girl for a brass quartet, harmonica, and a big bass drum. [more inside]
A St. Patrick's Day song from my pierced and tattooed puppet, Sailor Martin. [more inside]
Part of my old songs series, where I do lo-fi recordings of songs written years and sometimes decades ago. This one is a sort-of Irish folksong about a very mean man. [more inside]
A classic. On mandolin. What more could you want? Nice and short to boot. [more inside]
My take on this wonderful Irish Gaelic song, which I learned from Clannad, and which was written by Diarmuid MacDiarmada. Donegaler Mefites, please don't kill me if I've mangled the pronunciation! [more inside]
Not written by me, a song I learned ages ago in Ireland. Not much is known of where it comes from, apart from having been collected from Bess Cronin 30 years ago. I learned it from Phil Callery. I love this song for its soaring melody line; you really do imagine you're standing at the top of a mountain!
You people are dangerous for my ego. Something a bit different now; a song in praise of my hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. This song was written for the 175th anniversary of the construction of the Rideau Canal. The tune is by a well-known local Irish musician, Frank Cassidy. This tune has a two-octave-and-a-note range, folks. Don't try this at home.
A cover of the Rory Gallagher track. I decided to learn this tune instead of doing some proper work today. I think I definitely need to find where I put that pop shield....
A wonderfully sloppy version of an old Irish folk tune, recorded for the laugh, wherin an old man goes into a pub and is told to hit the road until he produces a shilling and is told to stay til morning!
Fingerstyle arrangement of a trad tune, features backing violin by Gretchen Lohse.