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‘Just For Today’ Lego Animation Music Video

Last year I met a lovely young family from my town. Their Dad had only just passed away and wanted me to know that my music had been a great source of enjoyment and comfort for them. It was such a bittersweet introduction. I met them at the grounds of the church for the first time, just as the funeral was leaving the church to go to the graveyard. I promised them there and then that I would visit them and perhaps play some music with them. We met a few months later and spent an evening together having great fun and even jammed together. They showed me their Lego animations and I was really amazed at the standard and the work that went into their productions.

Fast forward nearly 12 months later and I have this absolutely gorgeous Lego animation video for a song they chose off my EP ‘Just For Today’. I am so proud to have my music part of this. We released it on the 20th January and all proceeds from the sale of the song go to an Irish charity for depression called ‘Aware’. I hope you enjoy it and please take time to read their story in the video description! Thanks, Sinead

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Introducing ‘Nearly Christmas’ – The song I wrote standing in the classroom many years ago!!

I am delighted after all these years of thinking about doing it, to finally record and release ‘Nearly Christmas’, a song I wrote in 2006 when I was teaching 2nd class. The principle at the time asked me to do something with my class at the Christmas concert and I decided that doing something completely original was as original as it could get. The result was ‘Nearly Christmas’ a very upbeat and happy song about all the things that make Christmas special for children. It is off to a great start and is available to download from iTunes and all online music stores. Hope you enjoy it!!

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The Picnic’s Off… Roll With It!!

On a weekend that I had marked so deliberately in the diary with huge capital letters and a yellow highlighter pen with the words ELECTRIC PICNIC, I instead find myself on a bus to Dublin for an appointment at the passport office. The only experience of EP that I’m getting today is the Twitter and Facebook updates!!

Flashback to last May when I was jumping around with the news that I was finally going to EP after all the years of hoping to get there. Not only was I going to it, but I was going as a performer. I told all my friends and followers and even the local newspaper wrote about it. It didn’t bother me either that I would be performing as a musician within a band ‘Conor Quinn and The White Chalk’ (see previous blog posts) rather than as a solo artist. A weekend pass to Electric Picnic and an opportunity to perform is a great one whatever role you play when you are there.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have worked hard for the last few years getting my own music out there and I have learned that you should grab opportunities that come along with both hands. When the opportunity came along to be part of an exciting new band, I grabbed it because I heard the music, I met the people and I wanted to give it a go. It was also good to take myself out of my comfort zone and my own music style and see what I could learn. However, things didn’t work out for me despite many months of rehearsals and travelling the road to Mullingar from Dundalk and at the beginning of August I made a very difficult decision to leave the band.

The purpose of this post is not sour grapes or bitterness but rather to highlight the fact that the music industry is incredibly shallow and fickle and as Liam Gallagher once said, “you gotta roll with it”. It is an industry fuelled by music and filled with ego. Being soft and delicate in your approach to it is the wrong way to go about it but sometimes there are some things that don’t feel right and you just have to cut your losses. It’s a fact about the industry I work in that I really don’t mind. It doesn’t put me off working in it once I know that’s how it is.. I don’t regret anything either about my time in the band, although a little disappointed not to be at the festival. I tried something different and put a lot of faith and work into it but in the end it wasn’t for me. So for this weekend only the picnic’s off!! In the meantime, the songs are coming out of my every pore and I’m feeling very creative. There are two more single releases on their way from me before the end of the year. Any of you at EP, have a drink on me and enjoy the buzz x

“I think the second you feel you’ve gotten somewhere, you’re nowhere.” Michael Goldstone, VP A&R, Epic Records