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Where does time go?

It’s Saturday morning…a very lazy Saturday morning. It’s chilly, so I’ve put on the heater and made myself a big mug of tea. I didn’t even bother to get dressed yet… Sitting here with a warm blanket wrapped around me, sipping from my tea I thought that it’s the perfect moment to write a blog again.

Where does time go?? A month and a half ago I wrote my last blog and so much has happened since then! I don’t even know where to start…
When I wrote my last blog we were in the middle of preparing the tour of The Netherlands which took place at the end of October/start of November.
The tour…what a great week that was! Not everything went as planned, but what a great time we had. The gigs, radio and TV shows… There even was a bit of time to do some sightseeing. The pictures below sum up the tour very well.

It was good to see familiar faces again and also very good to meet a lot of new people. The response from the audience was absolutely great. Thank you to everyone who came to the gigs! You’ve been great and your support is much appreciated!
I’ve mentioned it in blogs before, but there are always a lot of people involved with a tour. From venues to people who lend us instruments and gear. From press/radio and TV to support acts… It’s impossible to name everyone, but without them we wouldn’t be able to do this.
So…a big thank you to everyone who helped us making this tour possible!
We all took home such great memories.

Keep an eye out on Social Media because at the moment there’s a lot being shared about the tour!

In the week the band returned from the tour a couple of sessions took place at home. Robb did a solo session for Roadie TV. The three songs Robb performed will be released over the following weeks. The first song was shared yesterday and you can watch it here:
https://www.facebook.com/RoadieTV1/videos/1827151900894709/ 

Robb and the band also did a session for Slemish Sessions.
A new song was filmed and recorded. Next to that the band also played a Christmas song.
These videos will be released in December.

Meanwhile we are making plans for 2017.
Keep an eye out on social media to stay updated on everything happening.
And…keep an eye out on this blog as well… I’ve been writing a lot of blogs over the past years but not once I’ve introduced the band… I think it’s about time to do that! So…at the moment all band members are being challenged to answer (somewhat unusual) questions 😉
More about this soon!

A song to end this blog with. A new song, called ‘One More Last High’. This song was recorded during a session for Alternative FM (ZFM Zandvoort) while touring in The Netherlands.
Sometimes everything happens at the right place at the right moment…and we can sure say that about this session. It was a very special session in more than one way. Watch and enjoy!

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!

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Headstrong / NL Tour

It’s been a long time since I wrote my last blog… Two months have passed… Often I thought about writing a blog, but I was too busy with other things… And if there was time and I sat down to write, I couldn’t get a blog written. But…here I am… It’s Friday night, weekend just started and I’m making time to write again.

Earlier I was reading the last blogs I wrote and realised how much I didn’t share on the blog yet… So much has happened in the passed two months! Robb has released the single ‘Headstrong’ along with a music video. Just in case you’ve missed it… Watch! The animals kept Robb busy for months…the result is well worth a watch!

After their escape from the zoo no one heard from the animals again until the day ‘Headstrong’ was released… The animals were very excited about the release! Look at what happened on the morning of the release day:

I’m not sure how the animals are doing now, but as far as we know they’re still free… I think that at some point they will show up again…

Another thing happening was the tour of The Netherlands… For months we’ve been preparing things and closer to the tour I realised that I actually had forgotten how much work it is… Sending out press releases, contacting venues to check up on everything, getting merchandise sorted, flyers, tour posters, make a comprehensive tour planning, check up on the accommodation, get groceries, pick up instruments and amps and there’s so much more to do just before a tour.
But…we managed to do it and all the work was so much worth it…

What an amazing week it was. We traveled from the north of the country to the south and back to do gigs, radio shows and a TV show. A lot of people came to the gigs and it was good seeing people enjoy the music so much. Robb and the band performed at great venues and we’ve met a lot of people.

Below are a couple of links to radio shows. You can listen back to the shows online.
Live uit Lloyd, RTV Rijnmond:
http://www.rijnmond.nl/programmas/live-uit-lloyd/berichten/27-10-2015/robb-murphy-gb-live-uit-lloyd

Universe Radio, Showcase:
http://www.universeradio.nl/shows/Universe%20Radio%20-%20Robb%20Murphy%202015.mp3

It’s hard to fit everything into one picture but the picture below sums up what we’ve been doing during the tour.

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It’s been a very tiring but really great week. Many people were involved. The hospitality and kindness of people was really great to experience and we had a lot of fun. The weather was great during the whole week. There wasn’t much time for sight seeing, but we did get to enjoy great views while traveling and had time to visit the Euromast in Rotterdam to experience amazing views from 180 meters above ground… Below some of my favorite pictures of the views we got to see.

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Last Monday the tour ended. Robb and the band flew back to Northern Ireland, taking great memories back home with them. Back to ‘normal’ life again… But for now I will probably be looking at all the pictures we took to remember the good times we had…and to hold on to the good feelings the tour brought…

A song to end this blog with…actually a couple of songs.
Last week Robb and the band performed at Noardewyn Live, a Dutch TV show on Omrop Frylân.
Watch and enjoy!

Coffee time and time for an update…

It’s Saturday…lazy Saturday… it’s rainy and chilly in The Netherlands. After doing some necessary cleaning, laundry and tidying I just made myself some coffee. Perfect time to write a new blog.

The days are going by so fast… Time just really flies!
Robb returned from Italy last week and we’re back to work on the music. There is lots to do at the moment. The release of ‘Headstrong’ is coming up soon. The video for this song is almost finished.
Keep an eye on Robb’s social media sites to stay updated about the video and single release!

While the band started with rehearsals, I am sorting out final things for the tour of The Netherlands next month.
People who have been reading my previous blogs might think what’s there to sort out? Everything already was sorted?
Yes, gigs were sorted at an early stage, just like flights and accommodation, but now it’s time to do the promotional side of the tour and sort out the details. That means contacting all venues, radio- and TV stations to check up on things, talk over some things that aren’t clear yet. Provide info, press photos and a tour poster, make a press release to send to media closer to the tour. Last week I made a planning…travel time included and keeping in mind that there’s enough time to set up, chill and have dinner at some point. I also started making lists of things we need during the tour like water, fruit, stroopwafels, ontbijtkoek and more! Somewhere I have to fit in bacon pancakes…Not sure where yet… It’s all a lot of work, but it’s fun to do. 2015 Poster - master copy B

It’s fun and it’s special. What makes it special is the kindness of the people involved with the tour. There really is a large number of people involved … from venue owners, to radio/tv stations, from DJ’s to people who are lending us their skills, instruments and gear. Not to forget the support the band gets at home to be away for 10 days and also my husband who’s taking time off to take care of the children, while I am away during that week. Literally everyone involved is putting in effort to make this all happen. Always something to be very thankful for! One thing is for sure, with all the effort everyone is putting in, this will be a week in which we will make a lot of great memories again!

More news to share. ‘Headstrong’ will be featured on a compilation album, called ‘Ireland Laid Bare’. This album, initiated by Peter Smith, consists of various Irish artists/bands and will be released on the 16th of October. More info about this album and the release can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/Irelandlaidbare

A song to end this blog with, Trump Card Hand. This song developed during the tour of The Netherlands last year. Robb and the band recorded the song not long after the tour. Listen and enjoy!