Christmas is already behind us and we’re heading towards the end of the year… There’s just one more day left of this year and I’m thinking back of everything that happened in the past year.
I’ve been looking at a lot of pictures in the past few days and it’s bringing back a lot of memories.
While looking at all the pictures of last year I’m having mixed emotions. I’m feeling melancholic, happy, proud and grateful all at once… It’s been a year! So much has happened!
It’s good to look back and remember it all.
Behind the scenes we’ve done so much, 2015 was a good year for Robb’s music!
It all started with preparing the release of the new album ‘Sleep Tonight’.
A pre-release show took place at the Black Box in Belfast at the start of February and shortly after that, the first single from the new album, ‘The Mysteries of the Heart’ was released.
The release show of the album was during the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival in March and ‘Sleep Tonight’ was released on the 20th of March.
Things got really busy from that moment on with radio interviews/performances, gigs and preparing new single releases.
Robb was asked to perform an acoustic version of ‘The Darker Side’ for The Arts Show (BBC2).
Due to the great feedback Robb received about this performance he decided to record an acoustic version of ‘The Darker Side’, which was released in July.
Around that same time Robb was also working on a video for the single ‘Headstrong’… The animals involved in this video kept him busy for months!! They took over Robb’s house….and life…;)
‘Headstrong’ was released in October and it was also featured on ‘Ireland Laid Bare’, a compilation album that features 16 Irish bands/singer-songwriters.
The release was followed by a tour of The Netherlands. It was the 3rd time Robb and the band went to The Netherlands for a tour. This tour brought a lot of great opportunities, the gigs were good and the audience was great!
Right after that Robb started working on a new single ‘When Love Is Tangled Between Friends’, which was released as a Christmas single on the 11th of December. It’s available as a free download until the 1st of January. If you didn’t download the single yet, be fast! You can get this freebie through the following link:
Everything mentioned above are just the highlights. It’s impossible to write about everything that happened…there’s just too much. One thing is for sure, there’s a lot to be thankful for. So many people are involved with Robb’s music, radio stations at home and abroad, radio- and TV-presenters, fans, support acts, musicians lending their skills, people coming to the gigs, bookers, promoters, venue-owners, people lending us instruments during the tour of The Netherlands, blog writers, journalists, magazines, people offering advice, people giving a helping hand, readers of the blogs I’m writing, cast for the music videos, friends, Robb’s fiancée and family, the band members and their partners and families, my own family. The support has been really amazing.
Without all the support we wouldn’t be able to do what we’ve been doing. Thank you to everyone involved and thank you to all who’ve been reading and sharing the blogs this year!
We’re looking forward to see what 2016 has in store for us. There are already a lot of plans, so keep an eye on Robb’s website, Facebook, Twitter and this blog to stay updated!
As always, a song to end this blog with.
Check out this recording of The Darker Side, performed live by Robb and the band on ‘Live uit Lloyd’, RTV Rijnmond, during the tour of The Netherlands. There are a lot of versions of The Darker Side, but this is Robb’s favourite:
Happy New Year to you all!