The new double A-side single “Serena Sonata/Bareback Blues” is the second single from my forthcoming album ‘Apparitions’ (to be released on Friday November 27th), following ‘The One That Got Away’.
After being in bands for many years, and based in London for over two decades, I finally returned to Ireland on a semi-permanent basis in 2016. I spent the last four years conceiving and putting ‘Apparitions’ together, and in the course of doing so, I fulfilled a long-held dream of making an album of guitar-led instrumentals, where I finally I displayed my own voice (albeit in the form of my six string) and made exactly the sort of music I always dreamt of making.
During the recording of ‘Apparitions’, I had the pleasure of working with some fantastic musicians who all gave so generously of their time and talent, and who helped make it one of the best experiences of my life. The album became quite a musical odyssey, with the recording and mixing leading me to places as far flung as Tyrone, London, Texas and Ontario. At times I felt I was going insane trying to get everything to sound exactly as I wanted it to, but I got there in the end, and I have my friend and musician extraordinaire, Chris James Ryan, to thank in particular for helping me get my musical vision across the line.
So after all this, all I can say is that I hope you enjoy listening to the music as much as I’ve enjoyed making it. 🙂