Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer in Dublin etc.

So now that the album is off to get mixed and mastered, I get to focus on other matters.
Top of the list at the moment is applying for a new visa, so that I can return to the States and continue all the work we have in place. Im assured all is in good hands and that its mainly paper work. However this can be painful as you can imagine. Either way, I respect it, and it has to be done. So today I spent a lot of time in the post office and bank getting all thats required. Then sending it all off to my Attorney. Can be quiet draining, but majority of the work is done. Now into the Dublin passport office on Monday to get a new passport as all my pages are stamped to the full. That will be the most painful process of it all as everything goes slow when you get to the Dublin Passport office!

The main reason I wanted to write a blog today, was because now that your all aware of the tour dates for this Autumn, I wanted to explain to those who have been loyal and supportive of me in the cities that I wont be visiting. Please know that I am aware of you all out there. I was asked during the week, "Do I not like the South?". Let me tell you, whole heartedly, nothing could be further from the truth. I would of absolutely loved to have gotten a lot more dates in. However, I am very lucky to have any dates in at all. I have a very good agency looking after me. They wanted me to start small, and build. Get people talking in the industry. Work to the budget I have, and try to cover as much ground as possible. Andrea (my agent) feels that if the small amount of gigs I have sell well, then we will have no problems in the Spring looking for promoters to take a chance on me. I would love to have been able to say I will have as large a tour as I have had with Celtic Thunder. However, to a huge extent, Im starting all a fresh. But  this time, Ive got an army behind me. That army is you!
Please know, I am looking all the time to expand. I want to go to Canada, I want to go to middle America, and down south. So hopefully you understand. Due to promoters and costs coming from my pocket, the tour you see before you on this site, is the best I can come up with for now. I will give my all in these gigs. I will do all I can in order to sell them out. Then hopefully with your help in spreading the word, we will achieve this, and look forward to a bigger show touring in the Spring to many more cities. I feel the love from you all. Believe me, this carries me through the days I feel Im fighting a losing battle. You all mean a lot to me, and I will hope to see many of you on the road.
To those I dont get to see, I can guarantee that my new album "This Is The Moment" will be everything in me, and more. Therefore, you can play it in your car, your house, or on the run whenever you like!
Trust me, I am striving to have as many gigs as possible. As good an album as possible. Therefore, you can all get to experience what it is I do. I dont plan on ever stopping. You are most certainly not forgotten in Europe, Australia, Canada or any of the other parts in America I wont be visiting this year. I'll be doing my best to get to you......soon! Keep following me! I need you, and appreciate you ALL!

In other news, my Uncle is out of hospital and on the road to recovery. He is aware of all your well wishes and has asked me to be sure to thank you all! I am so grateful for all your prayers and well wishes. It is at times like this that Im reminded to take live as a gift and to enjoy every minute. Even if it means dancing around an empty house. Im also reminded that men need to go to the doctors more often to see that all is sitting in the right place and everything is good under the hood! Going to the doctor is not a sign of weakness. Its vital! More vital and important than that, is to tell that person you love, that you do. Who knows when we will get called home. So on that note, thank you all for everything. Cheesy as it may sound, I do love all of you and value all your support immensely.
If your a fan of me, and give a damn about me, then you can be damn sure, I give a damn about you. We're all in this together. Lets stick together and enjoy the ride.

Keep well, keep happy, keep dancing! Turn the music up LOUD and have a dance in the house. Alone or with whomever is near!! HAM IT UP!! YNWA

My Loves
My Doves
My Eggs

Paul xxxx

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer In Dublin

Well to any of you sweltering in the heat during what may be a fantastic summer. Let me assure you, I left New York in the heat and humidity of a July day, and landed in the wet and windy Dublin. I thought it was November, and asked an air hostess, "exactly how long was that flight?"!!!

Needless to say, when the weather is good, its hard to be cooked up in a studio, so Im not too upset at the fact that the weather is not great at the moment. Once it is finished, I will want some blue skys, sun and a farmers sun tan!! 
Things are going great with the album so far. The orchestra came in on the weekend and added what I can only describe as "lush" to the project. I am without doubt positive that this will be the best album I have recorded to date. Between big belters to soft ballads, I truly believe this is the album for EVERYONE! 
Between today and tomorrow I will be working with my creative team on the album design and lay out. So pictures are been taken and there is a definite theme to the cover. They really are incredible with the ideas, and anything I throw at them, all I get in response is "Sure, no problem". Its fantastic to be back in the driving seat and creating again. Tomorrow is the final photo session, so happy about that. Ive never been and never will be, comfortable in front of the photo camera.

Saturday, my cousin is getting married, so all the family will be at that. Aside from my Uncle, whom you have all been praying for in recent days. He got bad news and will be operated on this Thursday. He is a young man, thats full of life and humor. So the thought of anything happening him would never have crossed our minds. We are a very close family. So naturally, we are all devastated, however, we are remaining positive. My Grandma at 92 is reminding us all that life is to be fought for. And my Uncle will fight. 
On a brighter note, we shall all attend the wedding to support my cousin and wish her well as she sets out in life with her groom to be! 
Sunday I shall play golf with my old school friends before the final week of recordings in Dublin. 
The final stage is me and the choir. I am so psyched to get into do my actual vocals. I have prepared like a prize fighter for this, and all I want is the bell to ring. I am also very excited about the choir that coming in. Fantastic group and they will add that extra umph to the songs. 
All going well I will be finished on Wednesday, and I can finally relax. Knowing that all I can do is done!

The tour dates that have been announced are selling well, but could of course be doing better. So if your in the area of the announced dates, please please please spread the word. The better the tour goes, the better my chances are for many other things in the future. If it fails, I'll be heading back to Ireland!! No pressure!!!!! 
With regard to other cities. There are approximately another 6 to be announced. I know I said I would be announcing another couple today, but I actually did that yesterday. I jumped the gun as I am as excited as you all are! So from now on, as I hear about them, you shall hear! 
I know there are a lot of people asking will I be coming to their town, but obviously, i wont be able to on this tour. However, as I said earlier, if this tour goes well, then there is a strong possibility of a Spring tour, which would be bigger and wider! So lets  all hope for the best! I believe in you all. You have never let me down before. 

Between the new album and the upcoming tour, and without the comfort of Celtic Thunder to fall back on, I need you more than ever. All I can say is, that this is the biggest gamble I have ever taken on myself. I have taken it because I know you will all be there for me. 

I thank you in advance for everything. I am doing it all with you in mind. I hope you will be happy with the results. 

Keep well 
My Loves 
My Doves 
My Eggs! 


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"This Is The Moment"

After nearly 5 months of planning and a year of deciding repertoire, Im finally in Windmill Studio's, Dublin recording my new album "This Is The Moment".
Its always an exciting few days when one starts, as its the first time you hear the arrangements of the songs you are planning on doing. Im very lucky on this project in that I have my trusty right hand man, Joe Csibi working with me. We are also delighted to have a few originals from two of the top songwriters in the country. You will find out more about this coming closer to the release!

At this stage its all very basic in that we bring in pianist, drummer, guitarist and bass player. Sing them through, then put them down on track. At which point, when your happy, you bring in the orchestra and percussion. Then finally, we add the choir and backing vocals! So just when they all think its over,  to annoy all around me, I decide to re record my vocals!!

Anyway, I thought I would just drop by and let you know all is going to plan, and by early Autumn you shall hear the labours of my work. I appreciate all your support and thank you for it.
Some of the tour dates are now up on this page too under the "news" section. Im expecting to add another eight or nine to that list in the near future, so bear with me. The dates announced will go on sale this coming Friday the 16th. Once again, with the tour, I thank you all for your support in advance and hope to see many of you on the road with me.  Remember, these are small venues, so tickets are limited and hopefully will sell out quickly, and much like my grannies pies, once they are gone, they are gone!!

Keep well
My Loves
My Doves
My Eggs