Barry put up a lovely video on his blog – a time lapse of etching he’s doing, possibly for the album cover: I might as well finish
I still haven’t thought too much about what to do with the beast once it’s finished, but I’ve decided to call it “Echo” anyway. For an echo is a lovely thing, and where would I be at all without reverb?
Up in the studio this week for a few days again, four tracks mixed now. Saweet! There was some re-recording on a few of them, but it’s all still going to plan. Cracking weather as well. It’s so nice to get out of the city, and be up overlooking it all. The studio shares a side wall with the big shed where all the ewes are lambing now, so they’re all doing their cute thing in there. The lambs, I mean; the ewes all remind me of hard-livin’, hard-lovin’ barmaids, with their dirty blonde perms and 40-fag-a-day “mmmeeeeehhhh”s.
So, this evening I finished (I hope!!!!) recording all the vocal and cello parts for the album. Now a fortnight of editing lies ahead (shouldn’t take that long, but you never know), and then back up to the studio for mixing.
Joe’s great to work with. Amazing as the studio is, the real pleasure is in working with someone so open and helpful, who shares his (impressive!) knowledge freely, while giving you space so that your eeehhh “true voice” can emerge. Not to mention him and MT giving me a room to sleep in while I’m up there. And getting lunch off his Ma too! Very big ups!
Well, it doesn’t rain, but it pours. I’ll be playing in the Joinery in Dublin on Friday. Tenner in, bring your own booze, the usual stuff. I’ll be joining (hweh!) Sun Araw, Whirling Hall of Knives, and Reptile Brain.
On the four corners of the internet, and in pretty much any conversation I’ve had in the last two days, I’m saying “Thanks, thanks and thanks again”.
The gig yesterday went great;
thanks to Laura and Steph for playing;
Aoife and Aoife who made the visuals and devised the decoration;
everyone who helped set up and make the place look great (Ed, Conor, Aoife (de Búrca), Aoife (Giles), Kiilan, Ronan, Éadaoin;
the choir (Amanda, Amy, Regan, Eileen, Mel, Emma, Sue, Holly and Sharon);
Nob and Tom for filming the show;
everyone who came and listened and clapped, some who had a pretty long journey to get to the Joinery.
And now, no internet for a week. Huzzah!!