So its been made clear lately to me that I need to start writing again… soooo I will start with this little update of where Gardiner Music is at…
Gardiner Music was set up as an initiative to promote music , musicians and charities…all at the same time. An idealistic concept…
To pay musicians and to raise money for charity at relatively small gigs is near to impossible.. at all of my gigs musicians got paid and charities got paid but to really raise money for charity and pay musicians a substantial fee, I needed to be running bigger gigs.
So what did I do? I focussed on my promotion activities and continued to do charity work in my spare time (something I need to do to keep me sane and balanced).
In that work I hooked up with Raidió na Life, and the O Snodaigh brothers…Colm, Rossa and Rónán…individual relationships that lead me to work with Kila..their band.
I actually worked with each of the brothers separately…and differently and each of them wanted to work with me for different and the same reasons.
That first reason is I speak Irish..I grew up in the same world as the Ó Snodaighs, I attended the same Irish speaking schools as they did and I understood what it meant to be in a ‘minority Irish speaking community ’ from South County Dublin..
The second and more important reason is I get Kila’s music..why do I get it?? Because I grew up with Sean O Riada. Planxty, Cor Chúil Aodha.. you grow up with music like that and it becomes a part of you…whenever I travel with Rónán he invariably hums a hymn from Aifreann Ui Riada…I respond instantly to the tune….As a Dublin Irish speaking music lover I get that..its not religious music its soul music.
So this is where Gardiner Music is at just now…I wanted to post this as a slow return to both writing and running my own gigs again which will happen in time… for now Kila and my radio show (Gach Luan ag a 6 ar Raidió na Life 106.4 FM) are my big loves and my big focus!!