Hi,And how are you
If you found yourself on this page by accident, Well it sounds a little bit like the beginning of my music career.
You see my first music job, When i was seventeen came about by accident.
The rest however is history .
Anyway, as my friend Sammy would say, with a lot of self discipline and self denial, I made the grade, and with endless evenings, nights and days I practiced my new found art until my fingers bled and off I went into my future. The band was called "The Pentagon" and for two years we rocked Dundalk and the surrounding area with our progressive interpretations of popular music at the time. Then I felt my apprentices hip had run its course and I graduated onto the next level.
Of course, to make it in Ireland at
this time was no easy feat, and with two years of experience behind me and being only nineteen years young, I moved to the capital city of our fairland, Dublin . I was hired as a professional musician by a popular seven piece show band, "The Farmers Sons".
Of course getting this job would not have been possible without the assistance of my longest and most dear friend Jean Berrill, better known as Jeno. Two and a half years later, with so many gigs behind us and numerous wild, fun experiences, the opportunity to graduate onto the next level arrived.
A show band, who at that time was considered one of the top five show bands in Ireland and who's lead singer had a No. 1 hit with the song "I Want You To Want Me", (Glen Curtain & the Glen Curtain Band) hired me and off I went into the unknown. This band was the most professional I had ever had to deal with and I must say, the amount of
knowledge and experience passed onto me was vast. I learned so much about the business I had selected, from this band. Publicity was constant and for three years we toured the length and breath of Ireland and England playing music and keeping the public entertained with our well rehearsed shows. Of course during this period I became a social vampire. Partying into the night with all levels of the business, brushing shoulders with the rich and famous regularly. What a time it was. Fantastic .
After three years of touring, Glen decided that he had to move on and our management offered us the choice of a new lead singer. It was either Sandy Jones, who at that time was a very popular TV personality or Johnny Logan prior to his Eurovision success. Because of her higher profile at the time, we, of course, selected Sandy Jones. As everyone is aware, Johnny Logan went onto other things, fair play to him. Playing with Sandy helped me hone my awareness of the business and brought me up to the end of my apprenticeship.
My old friend Jeno comes back into the picture here and it was once again with his help that I moved into another band who were quite famous on the show band circuit. The band "Nevada" were cutting edge, moving the music trade from, not only ballrooms and dancehalls but into clubs, hotels and discos. Playing with Nevada I had some of the most exciting times in my life.
At this time I was a full professional musician and my years of experience began to take form.
My brother Gilly, who lived at this time in Scotland, decided to join myself and Jeno and we began writing our own material. We were doing so well with the project, that we were creating queues forming to see us where we played together. However, this was short lived, as Gilly had to return to Scotland for personal reasons. It was then that I
joined the "Kay Twins". These were two of the Brass Section from the original Farmers Son's and for six years we rocked whatever venue we played with our unique harmonies and fantastic Brass Section. Still onward into the unknown future.
After six years, a long time, I decided to move to Scotland and join the Bill Paul Band. The deal was that we were recording an album in Holland for an Italian Record company. Then we were to tour America as support to one of the Record companies' top bands who were famous in America. An exciting time, you can imagine. Unfortunately, the Record company went bankrupt and being left in the
situation of not wanting to "go back" I decided to move forward. I returned to Scotland and began working again with Gilly, my brother. We called ourselves "The Brothers Gilly" and after recording our own album, we took it on the road.
We arrived in Denmark one cold winters morning where our new agent had us buy him the "franske hotdogs" and enjoyed it so much that, eventually I decided to stay. I started playing with Harness and doing solo work around Denmark. It goes without saying the way we were received in Denmark made my heart flutter. We were getting hired to play and entertain at festivals playing to thousands of people and as a result we were working around the clock. Eventually, another good friend of mine, Jason Dove, joined me at Harness and for years we forged a reputation second to none, throughout this fine country, Denmark. Travelling thousands of Kilometers every year we brought our entertaining humor and beautiful songs to the good people of this country.
Jason, after marrying a beautiful Danish woman and having a beautiful daughter, Victoria, decided to slow down with the touring and moved on to another Danish band where he had more time to spend at home. Jason had become a very important part of Harness and I was at a loss as to what to do. However, as I always believe, my mother, Mary, was still keeping an eye on me from up above, and I got to know another musician that was considering the big move to Denmark from Germany where he had played for many years.
Sam Aherne joined Harness in January of this year, and blended with me into the Harness of today. Sam, being full of energy on stage and with his smooth whiskey voice has contributed to keeping Harness a popular entertaining name in Denmark.
My solo gigs continue to also draw people, and through the last ten(10) years here in Denmark I have met and made many friends from all over Denmark and, in fact, Scandinavia. I intend to continue living here among the Danes, and expect to retire here when the time comes. However I don't expect that to be for a number of years yet. Through thirty five (35) years of playing music and learning the business of my trade I am not considering lying down yet. My future plans are in motion and with revamping some of my own previous personal work while continuing to write original songs I am using all of my abilities to continue entertaining you. I may have completed my apprenticeship but I will never forget the lessons I have learned through the years from all of the fantastic musicians and people I have had the pleasure of knowing.
Harness has also big plans for 2013, recording early in the new year and working on an album that, with some good luck and the faith of our fans in Denmark, could eventually put us into the Danish Popular Music Charts. This is a goal of mine for years and with your help it could come true. We are also looking into some T.V. appearances and, with luck, Radio coverage for our album and who knows what might happen after that. Once more into the unknown future.
Anyway, for the moment, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this and for also visiting my web site. Check out the photos while you are here and visit the Calender site where you can see my future appearances.
I look forward to your next visit and remain, yours truly,