Well at the end of May I'm am flying off to my ancestral homeland, Ireland.
My good friend Glen Hansard arranged for me to appear with him at the Writer's Festival in Listowel, Co. Kerry.
Glen got me my first gig reading my short stories in public. That first show was back in about 1999 and it was a Glen Hansard solo show at Whelans. I wasn't prepared at all because I had never intended to read the stuff in public.
The show went better than I could have expected. Dozens of people lined up after the show to shake my hand and tell me how much they liked my accent. None of them talked about the work but thats ok, as long as they liked something.
I went back to Dublin twice more to do some shows with the Frames, including a 4 show run. Glen has always supported my work and has called me onstage to read for his audience whenever he could. I got to read at the recently departed Tonic because of Glen. All the readings I've done with Glen and the Frames or Glen solo or Glen and the swell Season were great fun and have won me more "fans".
So on June 1st I will be in Listowel with Glen. I go on at about 10:30 I was told. I am so looking forward to reading to an audience of people there to hear authors read thei work.
After Listowel is back to Dublin, my old friend. I love Dublin, but find myself getting lost just about everytime I'm out on my own. In Dublin I will be doing at least one show at a pub called Anseo. My friend Alastair , from Whelans (and movie fame after his appearance in the new film Once) has helped me get a venue and I am going to either have my friends, the Odlum Brothers providing musical backing or maybe members of the Frames, or maybe just a CD of the music used to back my stories on my recent CD, Inwood Stories.
Either way I intend to entertain my friends in Dublin.
Also Monday June 4th is my 54th birthday and anyone in Dublin reading this is invited to go out with me and help me celebrate.
Ireland, I'm so ready to come back to your shores!
PS If you have the chance do yourself a favor and check out the film that Glen Hansard stars in called Once. I was lucky enough to get invited to a screening and I really liked it. If you like Glen Hansard's music or just good music in general I think you'll like this film. It opens in the USA next week, well at least in LA and NYC.