Year of the Nightingale [Coming Soon]

Dear friends,

Happy 2017!

The recording of my new album Year of the Nightingale is on schedule and set for release in the springtime – I can’t wait to share it with you!

While working on the album, I’ve been writing a series of updates about the recording process for all my Kickstarter supporters. Rather than keeping these updates exclusive to Kickstarter, I wanted to share them here on my blog, in case they are a useful resource for any music-makers interested in learning about recording. Here are the links:

The Recording Process, Part 1: Consulting on Songs

The Recording Process, Part 2: Tracking

The Recording Process, Part 3: Editing

The Recording Process, Part 4: Mixing

The Recording Process, Part 5: Mastering

On another note… 

Several guitarists among you have asked me for the guitar tablature of the Arabic song I learnt while in the Middle East last summer. During the holidays, I had some time to type it up for you. Here it is for you to download via Dropbox and GoogleDrive. I hope you enjoy playing it!

Sobhanaka Guitar Tab (Dropbox link)

Sobhanaka Guitar Tab (GoogleDrive link) 

My best wishes to all of you for a brilliant 2017,


– a dark horse –


Recently I’ve been playing piano & trumpet with a brand new band here in Ireland called a dark horse, who have just released their debut EP today at

Over the summer, a dark horse released two music videos in anticipation of today’s release.

Their first video ‘Take Me Home’ is a 22-year time machine back to our childhood when Ireland’s football team made it to the quarter-finals in the Italia ’90 World Cup. If you were here, this video will bring a tear to your eye. And even if you’re weren’t, I can assure you the song will pull firmly at your heartstrings.

Their second video ‘These Butterflies Are Here’ is like a stop-motion dream and the song is as beautiful and mysterious as the video.

Today their debut EP comes out (for Free Download or Pay What You Like) at

It’s been great working with a dark horse and I highly recommend downloading their EP. Keep an eye on these guys at and enjoy their videos below!