new album : sea star

i have new release for you ‘sea star’ a handful of songs from 2010 ~ 2013sea-star-final-yes

there was a recurring experience of loss over this period, and a growing affinity with the sea at night.

like much of my music, the songs are somewhat spontaneous and track five and seven were entirely improvised.

i recorded ocean sounds inside a sea cave (with response from voice and flute) . . . these sounds are a preview of a larger project i have been working on which i hope to share with you next year.

i recorded the rest at home on my old piano, blue guitar and borrowed ukulele.

listen and navigate waves of loss by the light of the sea star,

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love catherine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photograph by danielle madsen

 

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music, madness and magic

hello website wanderers, here is an update and some news about my next show.

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last year i was part of some mental health events, which was unexpectedly whole some . . .

first the spike milligan ‘bright side of life’ festival, in a bright blue pub in sligo

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then in the lyric theatre for ‘bounce’ arts and disability festival

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and for the ‘world mental health day’ showcase in the husdon bar belfast

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the above photo was taken during amazing applause just as someone shouted ‘crazy bitch’

~ and that is the magic of bringing your music and your madness on to the stage

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here is a wee magic window into last september’s album show, which was another miracle

magic moments are one part of the picture.  another part is the times last year when i had to cancel a show and an interview because of bipolar symptoms.

the show was for record store day in ‘sick records’ belfast, and i did of course wonder if they had been called ‘stable and functioning records’ would i have been able to play that day ?

but lo and behold there was magic even then, when the record store manager’s response to my late cancellation was so thoughtful, reassuring and kind.

i feel that being an artist with bipolar doesn’t make me inspirational, it makes me vulnerable.

i have been asked to play and talk about mental health at the help musicians n.i. ‘day of rest’ next month and i’m looking forward to it,

but my priority as someone with bipolar is not to impress or inspire others but to take care of myself before, during and after the show.

i plan to do so, and to enjoy sharing my songs and thoughts, though i’m not sure exactly what i will say. . .

but as this is the longest web post i have done, it seems i do have something to say about music and mental health (‘give pills a chance’) ?

the show is part of the ‘sound of the city’ festival in the oh yeah centre.  perhaps i will see you there:

sunday 6 november, 3pm-4pm, oh yeah centre, belfast £free

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new album out now

the faeries are out on 1st may and so is my second album

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LOST AND FOUND

a nine song story available on cd and download

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like my debut ‘sweetcorn‘ i self-produced ‘lost and found‘ at home:

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download from BANDCAMP (player above)

 and receive a rainbow cd tied with a gold ribbon

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or click here to buy from iTUNES or AMAZON

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the songs are from 2006 ~ 2010:

the first one when i met my love and the last one when we married

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i make songs on impulse and they can seem random so when i realised these songs were connected i put them together as one record.

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needing specific string sounds, i asked four musical friends to join me:

tom hughes on cello , úna monaghan on harp , angie o’reilly on violin and rohan armstrong on double bass

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self-producing ‘lost and found’ taught me a lot ~ it is a document of my skills at the time and an insight into my experience of love / self sacrifice

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we have performed it live in the menagerie for belfast music week, and in the lyric theatre for the bounce arts festival

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thank you to the arts council of northern ireland who supported the project with an arts and disability ireland award.

hello goodbye

out with the old and in with the new year

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HELLO WEB and good bye 2014

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a wonder ful year for my songs and i

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but now to forget it all and make new music in new ways

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~ out with the old and in with the new ear

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you are most welcome to leaf through pages of this web site ( from the menu ) it took me ages

and there is news coming soon