M&M NEWSLETTER #5

I can safely say that September has been without a doubt the busiest, craziest and happiest we've ever been in our musical lives.

We have been on countless planes and trains in taxis, buses, cars and a wonderful splitter van (thanks to Greg's uncle), which served us very well on our tour of Ireland.

I won't scare you with every detail of the madness of the 18 shows (as well as the 10 radio shows and a number of interviews for newspaper and online media), I’ll just give you the highlights but, know this – we had the time of our lives. Thanks to every single person who came along to support us and for buying our record (we’ve sold out of them!).

Great to see our name finally on the line-up

Great to see our name finally on the line-up

It was a pleasure to do the ‘prestigious’ Ruby Sessions in Dublin to kick off the month. They’re a sound bunch of people and the crowd were very attentive indeed – we got a great reaction.

Pin-drop moment at the Ruby Sessions

Pin-drop moment at the Ruby Sessions

In that week we grabbed the splitter and loaded it up with our equipment and band, and hit the road to do a few dates as well as some radio shows… Special thanks to our pals Fran and Maeve for putting us up in Galway and to Peadar for showing us around Limerick (what a great place – the bad press it receives really pisses me off) and for letting us crash.

'Stressed Out' On Spin Southwest radio

'Stressed Out' On Spin Southwest radio

The highlight of that week would have to be our packed out show at The Dublin Unitarian Church. It really was a special night and it was the first time that we really got to show off our dynamic, from the full band sound to the stripped back and delicate sound of the acoustic harmony songs as a duo… Maybe because there wasn’t a bar ha (although I’m sure I saw some sneakys swigging from their hip flasks)!

Hangin' out with a legend before the Church gig

Hangin' out with a legend before the Church gig

After a brief trip to the UK for some meetings, a show and to decide on our next single (which I can’t wait to tell you about… read on), we were back in Bray (Wicklow), where we met up with some friends. The after gig buzz escalated and we decided to drive over night, straight to Kerry with our mental mates in the van. We got to Kerry at 7am and I slept in the car park for a couple of hours. We then decided it’d be a great idea to swim/wash ourselves in the river (Feale I think) before heading to the Listowel races. We played Mike The Pies (love this place) that evening.

The Harbour Bar in Bray

The Harbour Bar in Bray

'Get down to the river and get in!'

'Get down to the river and get in!'

At The Races

At The Races

The following week we supported Something Happens at the Skerries Soundwaves Festival and The Lottery Winners in London before flying home (again) for the wedding of my wife’s twin brother Chris to the lovely Jen.. Congrats!

Skerries Soundwaves Festival

Skerries Soundwaves Festival

So…. OUR NEW SINGLE has been decided upon and I know you’re going to love it.
A couple of years ago, I was asked to write a song for a charity which catered to drug rehabilitation clinics around the U.K. and Ireland... 'Love & Be Loved' is what I came up with. The message in this song is simple - "you're not alone, sure I wrote you a song". I genuinely believe that music is a healer and my main reason for writing is to reach out, if even only to one person in the hope of easing a troubled time or a heart ache. My favourite songs to write are ones with a message of positivity and love and we all feel that now is the right time to release this track.

In our heads, we all saw this one as a potentially huge production, so that's exactly what we did. Along with the incredible band who usually play on our recordings, we brought in a string section, brass and even a choir (seriously, listen to that female voice screaming out after the first chorus - she's something else). 

Love & Be Loved will be released on 11.11.16

We’ve got some more amazing news… We’re finally going to have some VINYL for you (YES)! 

We’re doing a double A side single release for ‘Love & Be Loved’ and ‘Cold November Sunrise’. I’ve also started writing some hand written lyric sheets to coincide with this release. There will be a very limited number of these ‘collectors’ items for sale so make sure to pre-order here…  

Love & Be Loved/Cold November Sunrise Vinyl 7" (Limited Edition)

Love & Be Loved/Cold November Sunrise Handwritten Lyrics

Big Love

Darren

M&M