Happy Christmas and Happy New Year dear listeners.
I haven’t sent out a formal update to you in quite a while.I thought I’d look back at 2015 and mark some of the highlights. Please bear with me :)
The year started musically in The Netherlands with a visit to 3 of my favourite venues. Café Peter en Leni , Steendam,
Had a very successful Norwegian tour finishing up in Steigen,
200 KM North of the Arctic Circle
A very memorable Irish themed night at The Brussels Folk Club.
Spent a lovely Easter with my family in Ireland.
Did a great concert in The Netherlands with Clementine Volker.
Started mastering the ‘Harvest’ album
Sang in Estonia for the first time at a festival in Tartu.
Spent my birthday in beautiful Normandy.
Collected my Harvest double album from the printing plant.
D-Day at De Centrale. Celebrated 25 years in the music business with amazing people with the release of “The harvest” double album. 30 of my songs recorded by 30 bands/artists from 9 countries.
Played a book launch in Oslo for Liv Fjellsol (Art Says) my lyrics or were used alongside her great atwork in the book.
Great songwriter night in Via Via, Mechelen.
Had an amazing summer concert in Nordskot, Norway.
Had my song ‘Pontchartrain’ released on an album from an Irish band called ‘Na Fianna’
Had a lovely holiday in Napoli (first time there)
Played a wonderful open-air festival in Lochem, The Netherlands alongside The Doggy Few band.
Played at the closing of a wonderful venue in Gent called Club De Loge with many fine singer/songwriters.
(Photo: An Matthys)
Joined the Martin club. Proud owner of a D-35
Performed at the famous ‘Tey folk club in Belsele.
Did best man duties at the wedding of my dear friends David and Ruth
Heard his gig and met Luka Bloom in Gent.
Did 2 great livingroom concerts in Flanders featuring my good friend Katja Vander Poorten on the fiddle.
Back to the Arctic Circle again in Norway to my favourire spot on the planet to sing for my dear friend Lillian Låve Selvik and to see the Northern lights.
Reopened The Rua Room and started producing music and videos for musician friends.
Saw my song ‘Loving all the rain’ released on a stunning album from a band called Faran Flad.
More audio and video recording for great musicians.
Looking back at all that it seems I really have been busy though time flies when you’re having fun.
I’m going to have a quiet Christmas here in Belgium with my lovely lady An and in January I’ll be celebrating in Ireland with my granny Kathleen who’ll turn 90 years young.
As always I want to thank you for all your great support and encouragement during the year and I hope to see you in the not too distant future. Roll on 2016
“Dream, Never Fear” xx Daithi Rua
Video of my new a new song “The Road To Liberty”written and performed with Eva De Roovere.