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Blog Archive for December, 2020

Getting Close…

Posted on 21 Dec 2020

That feeling of excitement that we got as kids in the run up to Christmas is a special thing, going to meet family, religious events, cards coming in the mail all building up to the excitement of Christmas Day. With events happening on zoom and delivery vans dropping by every hour and plenty of various restrictions no matter where you are in the world this year is different but even in this context I hope you feel the excitement of the days counting down.


Tá An Nollaig Linn – Video

Posted on 19 Dec 2020

I’m feeling the relief that the year is almost over and we are now at Christmas. It’s kinda a note home to friends in Ireland, sadness that I can’t make it home but thankful for the bit of magic and mystery that Christmas brings. make it a good one folks!


Announcement: Christmas Is With Us EP

Posted on 14 Dec 2020

I have a new EP release! 6 Songs. Listen to Christmas is With Us on the Album page.

You can buy the download version via Bandcamp for 7 Eu (on pre-release til Wednesday) and here’s the Spotify link and  Apple Music, link for you streamers.

Conceived, written, recorded and mastered by myself in 13 days in Dec 2020. I began to write the songs for this Christmas Album in a hospital carpark (due to Covid restrictions) in Michigan as I was waiting for my wife’s procedure to be completed.(All went well and she is recovering!) So what brought on the Christmas Songs? It’s been a few years since I wrote a Christmas Song, (Some of you might remember Christmas Wings?), so in the back of my mind I guess I was looking for angles to tackle the subject. And then in the course of a few days the concepts came out and were developed in the studio with overdubs etc. I wasn’t sure if all five new songs would make the cut but I’m proud of them all so I hope you like them. It’s important for me to be as truthful as I can about my beliefs and I didn’t want to do a one dimensional Christmas album. As I mention in one song “I’m not sure if I believe in Christmas” but that doesn’t mean I can’t join the chorus and enjoy this traditional celebration. I hope this collection of Christmas songs gets you in the spirit of Christmas and makes you think about your connection with it.

The fact that I won’t make it home to Ireland this year is tough but then again does it really matter where we are in the world with lockdowns etc. happening due to covid? We need to stay connected with friends and family in the new ways imposed upon us and keep enjoying the music old and hopefully new. Happy Christmas Everyone!


Christmas Songs Radio-play

Posted on 12 Dec 2020

Lots of radio play this week which is great! Thanks to Caoimhe Ceol Ní Chathail in BBC Radio Ulster who played Tá An Nollaig Linn on Blas Ceoil on Fri. I’ll be having a long chat as gaeilge with her on the 1st January 2021 about my Irish language songs. Thanks also to Bill Marshall at Sounds Like Ireland Muskegon MI for playing Christmas True. This evening both songs are being played on The Celtic Show out of Atlanta Georgia thanks to Jon Kiger. Listen in to their shows for more great Irish music!
You can buy the double A track single via this link https://endareilly.bandcamp.com/album/christmas-true

 

 


Christmas True

Posted on 5 Dec 2020

Happy early Christmas! I’ve two new Christmas Songs for you. Now released via Bandcamp. The first is a love song called Christmas True and the second is a note home called Tá an Nollaig Lin (Christmas is With us). Have a listen here and share if you like.

Christmas True

I’m not sure I believe in Christmas
The story of Bethlehem
The wise men the manger
The coming of a saviour
I kinda feel like a stranger

But I know that you do
Right from your foundations
And I believe in you
So I’ll join the celebrations
Christmas Annie
Christmas with you
Is a Christmas
Christmas True

I’m not sure I believe in Christmas
But I know it’s something good
Like talking with a neighbour
Doing a friend a favour
Family time together

But I know that you do
Right from your foundations
And I believe in you
Let’s join the celebrations
Christmas
Annie Christmas with you
Is a Christmas Christmas True

And it’s easy to get cynical
Cause it all got so commercial
And I’m not sure if I believe

But I know that you do
Right from your foundations
And I believe in you
Let’s join the celebrations
Christmas
Annie Christmas with you
Is a Christmas Christmas True