This is my favourite version of The Lonesome Boatman

The Fureys


I’ve just come across this guy, Chase Holfelder. He has done some covers of songs where he changes them from a major key to a minor key. This one is my favourite. It can be downloaded from iTunes. You can check out the rest of his work on YouTube.



Horslips, an Irish rock/trad band, used to play at our village hall way back in the seventies, when I was in my teens.  Glad to see they are still going strong. I love this combination of orchestral and traditional music. (Horslips and Ulster Orchestra)

Thanks to Daragh Owens for posting this on Youtube.

Some of their early pieces are my favourites such as  Shamrock Shore, Hall of Mirrors, The Clergy’s Lamentation, Bim Istigh ag Ol and Furniture


Mark Moroney

I listened to this guy’s music while struggling to finish writing a chapter and it cleared my head. I love his lyrics – really nice guitar sound, too.

This is an excerpt from his bio:

“A mix of huskiness and honey, Peregian (coastal area of Queensland, Australia) singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist Mark Moroney’s voice acts like a balm.” Frances Frangenheim, Salt Magazine. 
2013 has proven to be a very exciting year for Mark Moroney, rapidly establishing himself as one of the most exciting emerging songwriters and performers in the country. The depth and honesty of his music draws the listener in to the raw emotion of the stories, combining with his unique blend of finger-style guitar and smokin’ soul vocals to deliver something truly extraordinary. Read the rest here; Mark Moroney


A Pocket Full of Shells

Written and performed by Mat McHugh

I came across this singer/songwriter while doing a random search of the phrase, A Pocket Full of Shells, as this is the title of the third book I have published. See Irish historical fiction novella

The lyrics are thought provoking and pure poetry. Oh, and he sings well, too. Enjoy.


Music Video to help you relax or sleep.

The music of Ludovico Einaudi.

Warning: do not play while driving or operating machinery.


This is something to wake you up and put a smile on your face.

Synérgy:   Great Music from Youghal, County Cork

Synérgy play happy upbeat music, fusing reggae rhythms with rock dynamics. Started around a fire side, the members of Synérgy were drawn together with similar ideas of making art and music that reflects the struggle of our planet and the oppressed people who live in our world today.
Every Synérgy gig gets the audience dancing whether it be at a festival, a party or a venue. They’ve gathered a great live reputation along the South Coast and on their journeys up country.
Synérgy, have just released their debut CD Transparency, now available on iTunes and elsewhere. It’s 10 tracks showcase the band’s lyrical songwriting and dancey grooves. Their live set can go on for up to 3 hours but they tailor it to the specific occasion and the time available. The band is looking forward to hearing from you and playing for you.

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More Synérgy


Africa (acoustic Toto cover) by Mike Masse and Jeff Hall

More great music from  Mike Masse

7 Responses to Music

  1. A much needed musical interval for me this afternoon. Thank YOU. 🙂

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Love the song Africa

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  3. Alan H says:

    Have gone through your videos. I particularly like Horslips and Synergy.

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    • I used to go to a lot of Horslips gigs when they were only starting out, my friend’s friend was dating their roadie for a while and that’s how we got into them. I still really like a lot of their music.

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