I need help

As my regular readers know my sister Abigail is an up and coming musician with a new album out. Those of you who read this blog will also know I’m kinda mad for the blogging and have long been persuading her and my other family members to blog, damn you, blog! Abigail has actually been blogging for quite some time and it’s a really nice blog too reflecting her interests and passions and as her sister I can vouch that apart from the absence of the clothes robbing from your big sister traits, it’s really her.

However having a blog on MySpace is not really good for the old Google Juice and besides me, I think MySpace is awful. Totally personal opinion based on trying to use it and just detesting how it generally looks. I know it’s great for musicians but many of the things that a musician likes can be achieved via a blog or on Facebook now and neither a blog or a Facebook page will look cack by default. I don’t generally give out about stuff and I’m sorry to be so negative but this is purely my personal opinion on my personal blog.

I have convinced Abigail to move her blogging activities to her own web address where she can of course include widgets from all her social sites. However, like me, she is reluctant to abandon all those great posts she has written. While I know it’s possible to get a RSS feed from her MySpace blog (I’m subscribed to her blog and I also feed it via twitterfeed to my twitter account.) I cannot for the life of me how to export this feed and re-import to the WordPress blog that I have set up for her. I transferred all six years of this blog from Blogger to WordPress with minor problems caused by my own inexperience in my early days of blogging (no titles on my posts – I had my reasons!)

If anyone has any experience with this or can suggest some apps that might help I will bake you a chocolate fudge cake by way of thanks!

Book Abigail Smith Night Time Walking Album Launch

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Abigail is launching her first album on the 28th of August in the Cobalt Café. Please join her and the band for an evening of music and celebrations. Doors open at 8.30pm. The Cobalt Café is number 16 North Great Georges Street just around the corner from O’Connell Street. Admission is free and there is a full bar…

Albums will be for sale at the gig at EUR10.00 on the night. If you book online we will give you 10% off the cost of the album by way of thanks for helping us be organised. And of course you’re sure of entry on the night!

If you can’t make it on the night, you can download a copy of the album or just your favourite songs from Downloadmusic.ie. Buying music from Downloadmusic.ie is always a great idea as downloads from this site are included in the official Irish charts.

To give you a taste of what to expect on the night here’s a video I made a few months back at one of her gigs. This song is included on the album. Enjoy!

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MY Brag book

Nipper 1.0 is going through a phase of asking me “Tell me a story of when you were little.” and I have to rack my brains for stories. I wonder sometimes do I have a particularly bad memory because so much racking is involved.

So I was telling him about some of my adventures in Canada when I was 11, visiting my cousins and aunt and uncle. I remember how amazed we were in Ireland by some of the things the cousins sent home and that our grandparents brought home from their visit prior to mine. Grape flavoured KoolAid, portable ashtrays (for Granny), pop-up cups and Granny brought home an A5 photo album entitled “My Brag Book” and there was much “joking” about which grandchild should feature on the cover. Of course, first someone had to explain to us what brag meant but we understood the implication of being on the cover pretty soon after that. Granny being a level-headed lady, I am sure a group photo or no photo eventually featured.

I was reminded of this because of Nipper 1.0’s requests and also because of the plethora of family events that are occurring or about to occur or by the time I have finally published this post, have occurred, that involve me bragging about my family’s brilliance. I hope you will bear with me and that the following information will be of some interest:

ShellUp until last week you could have seen the work of my eldest brother Blaise in Saavi at MacDonagh Junction in Kilkenny as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival. It included many of the paintings from his recent Weapons exhibition but also new work entitled Trees. I know my parents are now doing some brain racking of their own trying to work out where to hang the tree they purchased. But do not fear if you missed the exhibition: you can view many of the paintings, read catalogue notes and even get in touch to commission your very own painting by looking at his spanking new site www.blaisesmith.com

Abigail_launchposterwrNext up is my only sister Abigail. I am very proud that her first album will be launched on Friday 28th August in the lovely surroundings of the Cobalt Cafe on Dublin’s North Great Georges St. You can hear some of her songs at her MySpace. Further details about the launch to follow but if you want to hear a “girl tipped to be on top” and get a copy of her album before anyone else stick the date in your diary and keep a close eye on this blog.

Abigail has created a Facebook event for this gig so log into your Facebook and let us know that you are coming along.

ruin (small)canal bridge (small)Second lastly, not quite a family member, but an honorary family member, John O’Reilly, my brother out-law is holding his first solo exhibition. You might also know him by his graffiti tag, Jor. The show runs from September 11th to October 3rd at the Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1 (above Graingers Pub). John experience no small amount of success recently when a painting of his was not only chosen for the RHA annual exhibition but it sold as well. (Actually while looking for that last link I noticed that Blaise’s painting Sheds is featured on the RHA site and it is gorgeous. Also sold!) I was over visiting John and Abigail last week in their beautiful home and many of John’s paintings for the exhibition are to be seen in the house so I got a bit of a sneak preview. If you like what you see on the right here I would highly recommend that you pop into the exhibition. The paintings are fabulous.

And lastly but definitely not leastly, my cousin, Rosemary MacCabe, gained a certain amount of Twitter Celebrity (Twitebrity?) for her recent article in the Irish Times Magazine. You probably know her better as my co-host on The Rosie View.

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!

Someone get the professionals in

Abigail recently won a great prize from Hot Press (more here). A group of film students from Tisch School of the Arts from NYU have made a video for her song Oh Sam and it will be launched in the Sugar Club on Tuesday. It’s been a busy week as she also got her mastered CD back. Don’t quote me on that I’m a bit of a music production ignoramus but I think that means we’ll be able to buy her album soon.

To keep you going until then and until the video is distributed you can have a look at my pathetic attempt!