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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!

A Good Place For Us

It’s Thursday night and I’m watching TV. Zapping through the channels and not finding anything I’d like to watch I end up watching the news. Right after the news a documentary starts about the MH17 crash, tomorrow exactly one year ago. I’m watching it for a bit, but it’s a pretty confronting documentary. I turn off the TV and think about that messed up world we’re living in. Lately I’ve been avoiding the news a lot. The only ‘news’ there seems to be is about death and destruction and the crisis. Sometimes I’d rather not know, because there’s nothing positive to find or hear in the news lately.

I put on some music and decide to write a blog. With a glass of wine and Bon Iver playing I’m thinking about the time that I’m off this summer. I’m looking forward to that very much. No work, no obligations, nothing but time for my family and myself. No blog writing, less or maybe even no social media. Step back from everything and relax, which is probably the hardest thing to do.

Over the past few years the world has changed so much. We all seem to be ‘online’ and connected to everyone 24 hours a day and sometimes that overwhelms me. Sometimes there are days where I purposely avoid contact with the outside world. Just to have a break. Things seem to go faster and faster and expectations are high. Often an immediate or fast response is expected and it’s not always easy to keep up with that.
With the music related things we do a lot with social media. It is inevitable, because it’s one of the most important tools to spread the word and share news.
Emails, Facebook, Twitter, internet… It’s all great for fast communication but ‘real’ conversations often don’t take place. It’s one of the reasons why Robb and I also call each other every now and then. First of all, it’s just good to actually hear each other on the phone instead of messaging, but it’s also good to share ideas, talk over things you don’t really talk about in emails or messages.

Phones, laptop, internet, emails, Twitter, Facebook, TV, wifi… Sometimes it’s good to have a break from all that.
Robb wrote a song about this, which is called ‘A Good Place For Us’.

The lyrics say it all…

A light a flickering light
A glass that shields the light
Not an off switch on a cord

A glow a golden glow
The warmth could fuel your soul
Not a dial on a wall

They’re sending signals on a line
Good news matures over time
With their hands by their sides, no distractions on the mind
It was a good place for them
It is a good place for us

A cloth to warm your bones
Shoes to shield from stones
Not an advert on your sole

A coat that fits just right
The warmth could hold you tight
A hood that will feel the rain

Kids playing safely in the street
Real times, where people truly meet
With their hands by their sides, no distractions on the mind
It was a good place for them
It is a good place for us

I say this all as if there wasn’t any pain
Good things have come from us, much we have gained
But there’s a light in my heart
Still flickers in the glass
Maybe this’ll pass
It was a good place for them
It is a good place for us

Right…back to reality 😉
As usual things have been busy behind the scenes…
Not so much for me, but Robb was busy.
Very busy actually….with animal costumes…
Although you might think that strange things are happening behind the scenes and something’s wrong with him, I can reassure you that he’s perfectly fine.
This is just normal behavior. He just did some serious clothes shopping and who doesn’t want to wear new clothes right away after buying them?

After the panda, monkey and the penguin it was time to introduce the giraffe and the elephant.

Besides that some other things happened as well.
Robb did a gig at The Hudson Bar in Belfast for ‘In The Round’ last week.
We received great feedback about the new song The Darker Side Acoustic, which was released a couple of weeks ago. The support has been great!
And the dates for the tour of The Netherlands are announced. You can find them here:

Time to end this long blog, probably my last blog for a while. It’s time for a break, time to let go of everything for a bit and enjoy some much needed time off.
I’ll be back writing again in a couple of weeks from now. By then there’ll definitely be news again to share!

A picture to end this long blog with. It sums up what happened behind the scenes over the past few weeks. Have a great summer!

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