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2015. Looking back

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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 🙂

January

The year started musically in The Netherlands with a visit to 3 of my favourite venues. Café Peter en Leni , Steendam,

Karin Pronk’s livingroom in Den Haag and In Haarlem, De Waag

 

February

I got to run sound for one of my favourite songwriters at The Brussels folk club, Kieran Halpin.

Had a very successful Norwegian tour finishing up in Steigen,

200 KM North of the Arctic Circle

 

March

A very memorable Irish themed night at The Brussels Folk Club.

I co-wrote “The Road To Liberty” with Eva De Roovere

April

Spent a lovely Easter with my family in Ireland.

Did a great concert in The Netherlands with Clementine Volker.

Started mastering the ‘Harvest’ album

May

Performed a new song called “The Ghost Of Mick McDonnell” for the first time at Muziekcentrum Dranouter at a WW1 memorial concert called “Only remembered”

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.

June

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.

 

July

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

 

August

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.

Flew to Ireland and performed on Sin E show, Dublin city FM and was interviewed by Charlie McGettigan on Shannonside Radio

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(Photo: An Matthys)

September

Did two great shows in Ireland at two great venues, The Cove Attic Sessions in Waterford and Gibbons folk club in Ballinasloe.

Joined the Martin club. Proud owner of a D-35

Did a Kyser capo workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark and had another successful tour in Norway finishing off with a mighty theater show in Fredrikstad with my old buddy Øystein Berntsen

 

October

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.

November

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.

Played more of my favourite Flemish venues like, Café Ami, Antwerp, De Centrale café, Gent also The Brugge festival.

Saw my song ‘Loving all the rain’ released on a stunning album from a band called Faran Flad.

December

Amazing weekend of music, song and friendship with Claire Boswell and Marijke Peters and concert in De Cultuurloft, Gent.

More audio and video recording for great musicians.

I wrote a new song for Amnesty International called Teodora Vásquez.

 

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.

Also on March 19th I’ll be organising The Big Folk ‘N’ Irish Night in De Centrale in Gent…with Faran Flad and O’Dreams…Lots to look forward to

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.

 

 

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