Snow is gone

I love this song by Josh Ritter. It means a lot to me. When I was working up to being in labour with Nipper 1.0 this song really stuck in my mind and will always remind me of waiting for him to arrive. He was a long time coming in his own way!

When we were deciding on the music for our wedding we asked our musical family and friends to play specific tunes. Himself asked his brother in law and nephews to play “A Whole Lotta Rosie”; I asked my siblings to play “Loving You” by Minnie Ripperton. This HAD to be included even though it’s a song of unrequited love. Our friends Ronan & Ciarán did a beautiful rendition despite the fact that Ronan managed to break his arm two days before the wedding.

Then in a serendipitous coinkydink when we all decamped to An Daingean for Ronan’s wedding to Catherine who was playing the night before their wedding in St. James Church? Josh Ritter himself! And I was pregnant at that stage with Nipper 2.0!

Cheer up the snow is gone ach beidh an tEarrach linn 1 lá Feabhra!

Brilliant Beatbox

I’m not sure how I came upon this video. I think Bellatrix, “the UK’s leading female Beatbox artist”, was featured on the homepage of YouTube recently. I think. Anyway, one link followed another and I found the following 1st part of four of female beatbox artists. I don’t know much or in fact anything about this art form but I know I think it’s amazing.

Need some diversion?

My talented family can, in the next fortnight, offer you the going out kinda diversion and the staying in kind too. Hmm I’m acknowledging that could be misinterpreted but read on and it will all make sense.

My multi-talented sister Abigail will see the world premiere of her guitar piece entitled “Little Warm House” which is dedicated to her nephew, Fursey. Abigail has written a beautiful piece of music for each of her nieces and nephews at birth and I think it is a beautiful and generous gift. I remember hearing Garman’s quintet being played for the first time at a concert in the United Artists Club. It was a very special and proud moment for me. Nearly as special as the moment later, when speaking to someone about how the song was for our son, he exclaimed, “Did you have children in your teens? My God but you only look about twenty!” I think he was including silver-haired Himself out of politeness.

“Little Warm House” will be performed by the Diversus Guitar Ensemble. The group will premier new music by John Wolf Brennan, David Stalling, Abigail Smith and James McGuiggan. This concert programme will also feature two Vivaldi Concertos from ‘L’Estro Armonico’ and ‘La Scalabrina’ by Giovanni Battista Vitali.

I think myself and the family will head along to the concert in the Unitarian Church so we might see you there.

And my father is all set to divert you indoors or wherever you happen to be listening to the all new 4 FM, 96 or 104 FM, at 9pm on Wednesday nights. You can read more on his own blog (which sadly also needs some serious attention from yours truly…)

An honorary Smith family member, Arron “Fayzer” Faye, has also made the leap into blogging, where he posts about the production and composition work he does for adverts and artists. Check out and subscribe to his blog today!

*I note the Droichead’s lovely website is designed by my friend Karen in Pixel Design.

Knit for the fainthearted

Last Tuesday I was very lucky to have been invited to the screening of the Tisch Film School/ Hot Press music videos. There were 13 videos in all and while one or two of them were a little unoriginal and one or two were a little unfocused or under-edited, you could not fault their production. They were so professional looking I was amazed. The students as I understood it were in second year and they spend a term in Dublin. These particular videos are shot over a weekend, I think. (Sorry I’m a little ropey on the facts but the students were enjoying their last big Irish night out before heading back to the States so you can imagine, facts weren’t at the forefront of their minds!)

It’s such a great opportunity for the musicians chosen as well because they end up with fresh, professional and original videos. The students also sometimes make videos for music that they like and their take on Digifucker by Fight Like Apes is hilarious. I also

Here below is Abigail’s video which was directed by Adena Rice, a very talented lady who knit nearly everything that you see in this video. Amazing.

I hear as well from my friends in the book club tonight that there are even some knitted leaves in Vienna in Austria that didn’t make it home in time for the video. I myself crocheted one leaf that ended up looking like a sperm and so was abandoned…

Enjoy the vid!