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Getting your hands on 'Miss Paula Flynn'

Down Tiger!   I mean the album, not me!   Seriously though the album is generally available in record shops in Ireland but if you're the type of person who likes their music cool and digital you can also download the album from iTunes - although you don't get the cool poster that way, you'll need to come to a gig to pick up one of those.

The url for the album on iTunes is


so feel free to get clicking since you're already online

Oh Look! Isn't that me?

Well, the big day arrived last Friday, my album was launched, we had a great gig in Bewleys and even though I knew that - in theory at least - my record was in the shops it still caught me by surprise when I saw it on the shelves.

If you're in Dublin and you missed the Bewley's gig, try and pop into Tower Records on Wicklow Street on Thursday at 5.00 p.m. when we'll be doing an instore gig to promote the new release.

On the radio tonight - LMFM 95.8FM, 7.30P.M.

This is a bit last minute but if you're in the Louth / Meath / North Dublin area tonight you can catch up with me on LMFM (95.8 FM) from about 7.30 this evening.   I'll have Greg along on guitar duties and we'll be doing a couple of unplugged songs, playing some tracks off the album and having a bit of a chat.   We've also been asked to pick a couple of tracks that influenced us so if you can, listen out for what we pick.   You can also listen live online if you're not in the area - http://www.lmfm.ie - there's a listen live button on the homepage.

Bewleys, Dublin, Friday 25th September

My debut album is released this coming Friday 25th September and to mark the occasion we'll be playing a Dublin gig in Bewleys Grafton Street that evening.   It'll be a full band gig with guitars, drums, cello and violin as well as myself.   We'll be playing most of the songs from the new album.   Doors open at 8p.m. and tickets are €10.   If you're in Dublin on Friday night come along and help us make the evening special.

Little Miss Forkhill . . . the making of

I was really delighted and honoured when Darren Lee suggested that he would make a video for one of the songs on the album.    If you don't know who Darren is yet keep an eye on Channel 4's 'Skins' - he's one of the directors and definitely a director to watch out for in the future.   I sent him a compilation of the tracks that we felt were the most visual and he suggested making a video for 'Little Miss Forkhill'.

Darren Lee on location

We came up with the basic outline of the script after meeting in Belfast and as the song is a look back at my childhood we tried to recreate a sense of growing up in the 1980s.   Initially we were going to be very literal and have three young girls playing me at three, six and eight but in the end we simplified the idea and called on my niece Courtney to stand in for the young Miss Paula Flynn.

Courtney / Me

I was worried that Courtney might be camera shy but Darren soon had her at her ease and she did anything he asked her to do without so much as a murmur.

Courtney really got into the part and Darren worked much faster than I had thought.    His way of working involves seeing the whole thing in his head and then capturing the shots to match his ideas so once he has his shot he moves on to the next one.

After we had made the snails and worms fall in love it was on to the hopscotch and marbles

We shot the scene where my neighbour drowns the kittens at a local river and pressed my guitarist Greg into service as the 'kitten killer'.   Of course I couldn't possibly condone anything that involved being mean to cats so the 'kittens' were in fact a couple of dumbells in a plastic bag.   There, I've let the cat out of the bag.

'Kitten Killer'

Greg ended up with nearly as much water in his wellies as in the river

You should check out the completed video on the videos page of the site here and see if you can spot a couple of my cats who managed to sneak into the video.

Dublin Gig

The eagle eyed among you may have spotted a change in our plans for Dublin. Instead of the original plan to perform as part of the night at the James Joyce Centre we'll now be playing our own show on Friday 25th September in Bewley's Cafe Theatre. That's the day my album is released and I hope you can get along to the gig if you're from Dublin.

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