To try and give some context to our up-coming releases we thought it would be nice to share some of our favourite songs. Tunes that have often times gotten us through – and made us the musicians we are. First up – Brian’s version of Po’ Boy by Bob Dylan, from his amazing 2001 album Love & Theft. Enjoy!
So after the usual panic on first listen back, (when everything sounds awful and you think you’re after wasting a load of time and money!…oh the joys), Donal got stuck in and started doing some quick mixes. The tracks immediately started coming together. They’re sounding like a proper band – unlike our first recordings which were done in a mad rush during stop start sessions. Overdubs and bits to do still… but we may have actually pulled it off. Album is on track.
On Monday afternoon, just before I headed to the airport we managed to squeeze in a slot on the wonderful Radio na Life. Niall Mc, Jeremy and I headed into the studio and did three quick takes of Rebel Charm, Grand Canal Dock and Don’t Give in. I even had to speak cupla focal Gaelga! Great end to an amazing week!
After an exhausting day in the studio we headed for Dublin Saturday morning. Straight to my hometown of Rush. Flying visit with friends and family, great gig and then into town after. Few tinnies. Up early Sunday for load into The Old Storehouse. Sound checked and on stage by 3pm. Bit of a mad rush trying to get people in cause The Fureys were sold out. But we kicked off and lashed through a decent set. Then we all hit a wall! Wrecked. Rick’s Burger did the trick but! And relax. Sweeney’s for pints.
Oh my word what a studio. And Gerald, what an engineer.
We didn’t do ourselves any favours by arriving an hour late for a planned six hour session, with eleven tracks to record live! But Gerald worked like an demon and got all eight of us set up in record speed.
The first three tracks took an hour and a half to do, and it didn’t look good for getting them all done. (It’s always the hardest time in a studio. Getting used to the mix in your ears and the strangest of the set up). But once we got going we started to lash through them. In no time we were half way. Then Gerald kindly decided to stay an extra hour to help us get the last few done (he was off to Dublin for a gig himself).
We just about pulled it off. All eleven done. Serious effort.
Can’t wait to hear it back now…but on to Dublin for a few nice shows first!