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Blog Archive for May, 2013

The Polar Bear Song

Posted on 13 May 2013

Here’s The Polar Bear Song, which is part of my Climate Change Songs Workshops.



In the workshops I use this to introduce Methane as a gas to the students. It’s the same as Natural Gas and is also called CH4. Methane is much worse than CO2 as a Greenhouse Gas especially over the short term, which means it keeps loads more heat in the atmosphere.  The fear is that as the temperature of the planet rises, a certain temperature will be reached when the permafrost (permanently frosty land) which has CH4 locked into it will begin to thaw and release the CH4 Methane into the atmosphere. This would heat the earth up even more and would probably not be good for us.

What I find interesting about it is that after 12years they say methane comes out of the atmosphere again as part of it’s cycle. So it makes sense to me that any reduction in methane emissions now, would be reaped relatively quickly (after 12years) and would reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Whereas concentrating solely on CO2 emissions reductions won’t see a benefit for at least 90 and perhaps up to 1o00s of years.

Cinnamon Girl – Neil Young

Posted on 9 May 2013

This Neil Young acoustic cover of Cinnamon Girl is todays Cover Song Thursdays video. It’s one of those songs where you gotta groove with the main riff, it’s got a catchy interesting title and that bass line that comes out from under the Cinnamon Girl he sings in the chorus is just amazing. It gives me one of those how did they do that moments which I love getting from listening to music.

I’ve broken a rule over the last month which I’d picked up from Neil Young and I’m going to get back to that rule straight away! and that’s this “No Matter where I am or what’s going on if I have an idea for a song I write it. Right there and then.” I read this quote from Neil Young in a great book I have called Songwriters on Songwriting and that idea has kept me writing for years. I think he has a great point here cause when you leave the idea or don’t tie it down quick, it moves on! It’s gone. On that note I’m outta here to write a song. Hope you like the video.

Slán go fóill.

PS As always it’s great to get feedback, thumbs up on the video likes and shares and all that schtuff. Much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

The New Blog And Videos

Posted on 7 May 2013

Hey, here’s some more information on my blog and videos. Every Monday and Thursday I’ll have a blog post with a bit of waffle about the song for the day. That’ll be on my new blog page which you are already on! You can share the blog post on Facebook if you’re on it and/or tweet about it from the new buttons to the left on the blog. And if you’ve anything to say about the song or the topic or the video then I’d love to read it in the comment section below the blog. Hup!

So here’s further explanation about your options for listening and sharing and commenting!

The Youtube Videos and Playlists

Video on Youtube

So you can also listen to the song on the Youtube page for it and you can share by clicking the share button below the video. This gives you options to share by email and to all the different social networks. You can Subscribe if you are on Youtube so you get notified directly through Youtube about new videos.

Youtube Playlist – A grand way to catch up on things

Each week when I’m adding a video to Youtube, I also add it to the top of the relevant playlist. Original Song Mondays and Cover  Song Thursdays In the playlist you can listen to just the songs in that playlist and it automatically moves to the next song which is handy.
What’s cool is that you can also share the playlist. (And if you are on Youtube you can make your own playlists of any videos on Youtube)

Social Gift of the Gab?


You can share the blog post, the video or the playlist on Facebook from any of those pages or if you see one of them on my Facebook PageAnd use your social gift of the gab if that be playsin you
(Sharing the blog post puts an image of my first album Oxygen 21 with it which we’re trying to solve at the moment)

The Pub

Tell someone over a pint!


I’m not amazing at the twitter to be honest but Retweeting any of my tweets of interest, sharing the above stuff or saying Howya to me @endareilly is all good stuff.

Sure let me know if there’s any other way you wanna hear or find out about my music and videos.

Follow The Water – Live Video

Posted on 6 May 2013

Today’s Original Song Mondays video is the current winner of the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition. Christine Deady and I co-wrote Follow the Water over a year ago and we had the pleasure of performing it in the competition in Kerry last year and were fortunate to come out as winners on the day. We’ve already received airplay for it on Radio Kerry and we’re glad to be releasing the video now.

So here is the live version of the two of us playing it a month or so ago down in Clonakilty and thanks to Sean and Chris from Ambiguous Fiddle Media for the work they did on this. You can also download the song if you wanna hear the original recorded version thanks!

Cover Song Thursdays

Posted on 2 May 2013

Don’t Want To Know by

John Martyn


As many of you know, I play with a great group of amazing luvily talented people in a band called The Lazy Band. We’ve been playing in Bewely’s Cafe Theatre for a few years now, currently on the last Monday of the month. So if you are in Dublin city do call in at a lazy 8pm for a random mix of acoustic music.
This is a great song to play at anytime but especially with The Lazy Band. From John Martyn’s album Solid Air, which has been a major influence on what I do, I love the sentiment of both this and May You Never. Cian does an amazing earthquaking double bass solo and Tim takes over and brings it to atmospheric heights in this version with Elder keeping it all going.

I’m glad I recorded this because I don’t get to appreciate the others on the night because there’s so much going on and it’s all improvised. So from the left Cian Murphy is on double bass, Elder Roche is on piano, Christian Volkmann joined us for the evening on harmonica at the back, Mark Flynn (of The Blood Red Mountain Band) on Mandolin and vocals, Cathy McEvoy on fiddle and vocals, Eimear Lynch on fiddle and vocals Tim Hart on Low Whistle and vocals and myself on the far right. I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of it!