I’m an Irish guitarist based in my home town – Newry, Ireland. I began my guitar journey in summer 1984 – I wanted to be in a band – pure & simple! Watching Live Aid a year later in summer ’85 really got me to knuckle down & work at the guitar… what a class gig to watch on TV, knowing that two of our mates were over at it.
Not long afterward (’87), I started playing with like-minded cousins & a few other mates.
Favourite genres are rock, blues, soul, funk, pop & even a little jazz these days.
To this day my favourite thing is still live playing but I also enjoy learning as much as I can about guitar… – Also love learning about recording and then trying to actually record…every day is a school day. Live sound is becoming a bit of a hobby now too..
On 28th February 2015 the members of our old bands Backlash & Wayward Son held a night in memory & celebration of the life of our good friend & singer Damien ‘Doodler’ Carroll who sadly passed in 2014.
Amplified Bar in Newry was jammed to the rafters! Everyone had a great night & with the help of a lot of friends especially Brian McLoughlin, Liz Murphy, Paul Fegan, Sean Smith, Cathal McDonnell, Willie & Jackie Brown, we managed to raise £3105 for Newry Hospice. Here are a few tunes from the night.
Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be….
Bit of Maiden & ‘DC
For for anyone that was in Amplified Bar that night, here’s a link to the Facebook page…,
In the band ‘Clusterfunk’ (guessing but think ’93 – ’97) we all had a stab at writing our own tunes which was great fun. Clusterfunk was my brother Sean on vocals, Mark Hughes on drums, Paul ‘Dolly’ McMahon on bass & myself on guitar & Davy Loughran too at the start.
I’ve been using & loving Deacci electric guitar pickups since they became available a few moons back. These are custom built by friends here in Ireland, just a few miles away from my house – which is great!
You can check out quite a few bits & pieces I have recorded over the last few years on my YouTube channel below – feel free to comment away – good, bad or indifferent!
Here’s a stab at a Stevie Wonder tune – with pretty bad whistling – have mercy!