Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Snowed In.


I'm snowed in here deep in the Irish countryside during a turbulent week in the history of our great nation and thought what better time to give a little update on what's going on, as trivial as it might be in the greater scheme of things! Between Bailouts and Budgets it's all been pretty heavy stuff here over the last couple of weeks but i was happy to be around to witness it first hand.

I came home to play at the new IMTV awards which took place last wed night in Dublin, I was nominated for an award and performed two songs ('The Heart Won't Be Denied' and 'Waiting') at it also.It was cool to meet some new musicians and bands that i hadn't heard before and i really enjoyed the night.I also got to spend some time with my family which was great.Hopefully I'll be here again early in the new year for some shows,I'll keep you posted.

When I get back to LA I have a couple of film scores to work on for my friends Sebastian Lopez and Pat Hartonian, both incredibly talented directors who I'm delighted to be working with.It's a new area which I'm really enjoying exploring and I'll be updating progress as I go.It's a whole different discipline to songwriting.Pat's new movie 'Protocol' will be finished soon and the Trailer should be released this week.Sebastian's new short movie 'The Killing Joke' is coming together also, It's gonna be scary!

I want to go play in Brazil! Ive been receiving lots of emails from fans down there recently asking me to come and do some shows and I would love to make it happen.If any one has any ideas let me know!
I want to do lots more touring in 2011 so that would be a nice way to start!

It's been a good couple of months with tv syncs as well with my music being used in One Tree Hill,Private Practice and Grey's Anatomy coming up in a couple of weeks I think, I always enjoy seeing how they use the songs in their 'dramatic' story lines!

Anyway, there is plenty of exciting stuff in the pipeline and I'll be letting you know about that in the near future.Pierre Marchand and I are planning on getting together to do some writing in the new year also, so I'm really looking forward to that as well.Not to mention getting to see all my good friends again in Montreal.

I hope this missive finds you well and thank you as always for all your wonderful support, I love to hear from you so feel free to drop me a line any time...

Take care,

Colin x.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

The Meteors etc


I'm back in LA after a great trip home to Dublin for the Meteor music Awards.It was nice to see so many familiar friendly faces and catch up.Lights,camera action..

I went to the  Irish Film and TV awards also while i was home to support my friend Brian Byrne
who won best original soundtrack for his score for John Carney's movie Zonad.
Brian and i wrote and recorded the soundtrack for this excellent short recently entitled Vertical
if you want to have a look.

My only regret is that i didn't get to play any shows but hopefully we will remedy that soon,i'm looking at booking some shows in around may/june and hopefully some mainland Europe dates as well.

I'm planning to record some cover versions of some of my favourite songs over the next couple of weeks
so i will let you know how that goes,i'm just doing it for fun to see how they turn out,maybe in will inspire me with my own stuff who knows..Suggestions are welcome of course as there is bound to be a couple  out there that would suit my voice that i don't know about!

Don't forget to check out  the new short film made by Sebastian Lopez in and around Buenos Aires
for 'The Heart Won't Be Denied'.It's on the site or you can check it out here at Sebastian's Vimeo page,
the man is superbly talented.

I'm off to see The Crazies...

Take care,

 Colin. x

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Welcome to TwentyTen

A happy new year to you all !

Thanks for all your support during 2009 and to everyone who came out to the shows throughout, it means a lot.
As a little New Year gift we're giving away ‘Live In Toronto’ to all our subscribers.

A simple acoustic recording we made last February at the Glenn Gould Theatre when I played there with my good friend Emm Gryner who joined me on piano and vocals on ‘Democracy Of One’. I hope you enjoy it.

Please 'sign-up' on the website and you'll be directed to the Subscriber-Only download page.
2009 was an interesting year and I hope 2010 will be even better with more touring and recording on the cards! Speaking of which, I recently finished writing and recording the soundtrack for Sebastian Lopez's short movie entitled ‘Vertical’. Sebastian who is from Buenos Aires directed the ‘Raise The Dead’ video for me. Check it out HERE
In December I performed at an exclusive show in London as part of a new project set up by Kenny Laurenson called SecretConcerts.com. It was incredibly well organized in a huge loft apartment with excellent visuals and sound. It's a great concept and we're hoping to do more if we can find hosts who'd like their own private concert at home.
Find out more at www.secretconcerts.com
I've been asked to play at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in Jan as part of a select showcase they do in conjunction with ASCAP. Im hoping to tie it in with some snowboarding which I last did when recording in Montreal.!
Of course a big thanks to Kenny,Graeme and Selina for doing such an amazing job in keeping everything running and moving forward in respect to the website / photos / artwork / music etc. Untied Artists indeed..
Also, I have been nominated in the 'Best Irish Male' category for the Meteor Awards!
Great news so please vote for me here.
I hope 2010 is a great one for you all.

Take care,

Colin x.