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Thursday, 10 November 2005

F-izz-irst Th-izz-oughts on For-izzle EP-izzle

Well well well...

...what can I say?? Thanks to everyone who is appearing weekly in my new docu-sitcom-rom-drama "Hi-B Corner Uncovered" which is written, directed and even filmed by my self on Nokia's 6630 camera phone..thanks of course to the cast: Fla, Bruno Martelli, Chad Nixer, Steve-O, Tommy T, Ken Kunnife (from Conneticut), James Mór Scrunch, Sarah-Ann the Hood Rat, MC Mook, Cookie, Tucker, the Swedish one from Cork, Fat Neck, The Gardai (drive-thru cameo), Part Two McGrath & Noely C...will keep you posted on the Season 1 box set...

...Anyways back to the other little project of mine which is this album...things are shaping up nicely I have to say..in my possession is a rough cut of the entire album and tho rough it's definitely heading in the right direction now..

..so yeah all the tracks have been recorded now..we even re-recorded Vision Inc. to make it sound more like a part of this album and I think that's worked out very well..Eamon is doing a super little riff on the acoustic which is a little like the older version but I have to admit I like this new one more..hope you do too :P

All thats left to do now is work through each song individually polishing them off, replacing the guide vocals with final ones and choosing the final mix of instruments on each..I'm too mysterious to put a finish date on it as of yet but we are definitely approaching the light now..Eamon's piano and string arrangements has really brought the songs to life and made them bigger so I can't stress his contribution enough...

Ladies & Gentlemen: EAMON O'MALLEY

By day he is a mild mannered musical genius:



But nite he is the Bohemian and Near Alcoholic Nihilistic Anarchist Stoner (B.A.N.A.N.A.S)



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Tuesday, 11 October 2005

1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Thoughts...

There are 4 track samples from First Thoughts on the Music & MP3 section now...check them out and post your feedback in the forum...



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Tuesday, 4 October 2005

LOST...but at long last...


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...things are coming together with the ep..and what has been the delay you might ask??? well having looked at some other bands sites and projects and interviews and bla bla bla I see that everyone always has such a "musical" excuse for going nowhere fast ("We've been tweaking eq's".."Some of the drum tracks had to be re-recorded" etc etc ad infinitum) so instead of me harping on about family and work and the real world and all that sort of nonsense let me just say - I was tuning my guitar.

Yep. Four and a half months tuning the guitar. It was finally tuned last Tuesday and once I finished I had a quick tuna sandwich and a cup of tea. Then I rang Eamon and we booked the studio for the weekend. Isn't it mad the way things happen.

So myself and Eamon were recording this weekend and after I write this I'm gonna post samples of some of the tracks to give you an idea of how things are coming along, they aren't final cuts or anything but they will give you a definite idea of the kind of sound I am looking for on this record..

..I'd also like to take a moment to gloat (before anyone has even heard it) about being right to include An Angel In The Sky..

...so there it is...hope you enjoy the tracks and thanks to those who continue to encourage and support thru the four and half month tuning periods..it is definitely A.P. Preciated.

The tracks won't be available in the music section until tomorrow nite, in the meantime you can download them here..3 sample tracks which are about a minute long each..they are An Angel In The Sky, Artist Of The Century and Turn My Name Away..the download is in .zip format so you'll need www.winzip.com to open it if you don't have winzip and the file is less than 3mb in size so it should download quickly regardless of your connection type..Enjoy!!

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more recording next week..catch ya later ;)

Burger

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Thursday, 29 September 2005

Recording...

...myself and Eamon go into the studio this Friday to begin recording the First Thoughts ep...will keep you posted...

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Wednesday, 31 August 2005

An Angel In The Sky

Yep folks...that's the name of the late inclusion on the "First Thoughts" ep...I know ya'll thought I had dropped off the face of the earth and I must admit I had a kinda strange August to say the least but I'm alive and well so not to worry...as if you would...

So yeah this new song..it's actually quite old...I was fooling around with the guitar the other day and something just made the song pop into my head..I think I wrote it when I was about 17 and I haven't played it in a couple of years...anyway I started playing what I could remember of it and after a few run throughs I had it down...and I admit I had to chuckle at myself for having enough songs at this stage to forget older ones...anyway I really think it fits where I will be coming from with this ep and personally it is one of my favourite songs..I'll get it posted on the songs section of the site in a couple of days and maybe a rough demo version too..

...as I write this Kanye's new album is blaring from the speakers..it only came out today but I gotta confess I couldn't wait and I've had my "preview" copy for about 2 weeks now..tho I'll still be picking up the original cd from the music store on the way home from work in the morning..still can't decide whether it's just a superb album or an actual masterpiece but either way it's the only thing I've been listening to...and not to mention managing to get both Jay and Nas on your album..well for some eh...

That's it for me tonite folks..talk to you soon ;)

El Burguerre

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Wednesday, 27 July 2005

The L.A. Test

Ok so the latest updates on the musical front...I unfortunately had to postpone the recording session at the end of June due to studio availabilty..basically I had booked a couple of days there and TooSkin had arranged time off from work to do the recording on those dates..studio rang back at short notice and said they weren't available for the dates after all...so needless to say I was a little stressed after the lads getting time off for it etc...anyways we move onwards and upwards and should be doing some recording in the first week of August...

...as regards the recording I am contemplating some changes to the original plan..as you probably know myself and Eamon are gigging as a duo at the moment..we are getting great feedback on our sound with just the guitar, harmonica and piano..so I am leaning towards the idea of using the same sound for the ep...that's not to say we are never going to record another "Pull Me Up" or "Charles" again..as you know I love my 4 piece band set up more than anything...I'm just personally enjoying the vibe of what we are doing at the moment and it would probably show on the ep if we were to record in the same way..we'll just have to wait n see I guess..

so that's where it's at for the moment...thanks to those of you attending the shows..am really enjoying them and I plan to do as much gigging as possible this year whatever the line up may be..

...the good news is there is a new love in my life...I bought a Takemine last week and I have barely put the thing down since..joy is all I can say..

and last but not least...shout our to my partner in crime and one of the famous five..Keith "Thanks Harry" Harrington...gone back to live in Thailand again for another while...thinkin' of ya buddy ;)


see u soon

Burger

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Thursday, 21 July 2005

The Birthday Bash

Ok folks if you are around this weekend I am having a bit of a party in The Vic Cafe...it's my birthday so you better be there ;)

I'll be kicking off about 10ish..Eamon will be with me on the nite too so that in itself is an excuse to come along...not sure where the "after-show party" is but I'm sure we'll all end up back to mine in the early hours of the morning...

btw the support slot with The Devlins went amazingly well...very big audience but they seemed to like us a lot..myself and Eamon did all our own tracks for it, finishing with Psycho Killer (like the version on StopMakingSense) which if I do say so, blew the roof off the joint hahahahaha...

The Devlins were pretty sound too, spoke with them for a bit afterwards and they seemed pretty down to earth...was most impressed with the drummer tho, he played some brilliant beats during their set..

so thats it for the mo, only other news is this new guitar i'm getting on friday, it's the Takemine i borrowed for the Devlins gig..fell in love with and decided she had to be mine...and so she will be..

right im falling asleep here on my last nite in work this week...7:14am now and i'm wrecked...talk to you soooozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Tra Fest 2005

July 1st - 3rd in Tramore..a weekend of live music both indoors and out..I'm gonna be playing on the Saturday nite (the 2nd) in The Seahorse on Main Street..am delighted to announce my fellow TooSkin BlooSkinner Eamon "Malso" O'Malley as guest for the evening..he will be joining me on keyboards for the evening so be sure to stagger in at some stage during your drunken trail around the town...

For those of you not familiar with Tramore, here is a picture of it from space:



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Thursday, 2 June 2005

** Friday, 3rd June @ The Cape, Tramore **

Just to let you know I'll be doing my unplugged set here on Friday nite with the usual 10:30pm start...see you there ;)

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Tuesday, 24 May 2005

** SATURDAY 28TH MAY @ THE SHANTY BAR, TRAMORE **

...will be playing from about 10.30 so come early for those comfy chair kinda seats at the front...

...looking forward to the gig after the warm reception there last time and i'll be using this opportunity to play a pretty revised set of songs which i'm gonna test out and hopefully use for a while..

NO COVER CHARGE so no excuse for not coming ;)

Burger

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Thursday, 19 May 2005

MySpace ruined my life...

Cool gig last weekend in the Vic Bistro out in Tramore..it's a restaurant but they have a special salsa nite with all sorts of finger foods so you don't have to get a 3 course meal just to hear me play..

..because of the setting I got to play a really mellow acoustic set, stuff I could never play in the pub because it would just be too quiet..so if ya wanna hear me doing the John Prine fingerpicking, the Dylan D-Tuning stuff or indeed my own songs from the ep etc. then this is the place to go on a Saturday nite..I'll keep you posted when the next one is...

btw..may I recommend the house white wine..was my first time drinking this year, the place was hot and the sweat was rolling off me so I quenched the thirst with about two bottles..barely even remember leaving the gig to go and meet Harry and Fla in the Vic..and as for the antics when I did catch up with them..apologies to Derro for spitting hardcore raps in his ear..ya know the way Derro..and if ya don't know well now ya know..

here's where I sign off for another couple of days..I gotta go and get the press release sheet printed this morning and and a few other bits n pieces..try and locate my speakers after the last gig..get the mic stand back from Gorbachov..try and flog two old speakers to John Palmer..you know the deal..

see u next week...

The MAIN BURGER

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Thursday, 12 May 2005

Free Promo CD's

hello hello...

this plan of giving away the free promo cd's got a little side tracked as i had to go to hospital the day after i collected them..

..anyways if you want a free copy of the First Thoughts promo cd, all you have to do is go to the forum on the interact section of this site and post a request for it in the "Free CD's" thread..

..have given heaps out in the last week, hope you all enjoyed it and that it's got you just bursting to spend your hard earned cash on the album in July ;-)

lastly, if you asked for a cd and you're not likely to see me (being in a foreign country etc.) then log onto the forum and send me a private message or email with your address and i'll mail it on, or turn up at your door for dinner...

right it's 8.18am and it's thursday morning which means only one thing...i just finished work n I ain't back again til Sunday nite...let's see what sort of mad episode unfolds this weekend, you don't even want to know what happened last weekend but thanks to those of you who came to the two gigs..and the "STORM" that unfolded after on saturday..

shout outs to Barr for starting it, Sweeney for taking the hit, Flah for hitting the floor, Harry Snr. for calming Harry Jnr. and special thanks to Nailers for giving us somewhere to go and chill after...

and of course THANKS HARRY...even if it's just cos me an' u didn't get a box in the head when all the rest of em did hahahahaha...

i'm gone..have a good weekend and i'll talk to you sunday nite

the main burger

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Thursday, 5 May 2005

Upcoming shows...

back again...long long story involving tubes being put into me and everything but i'm home from hospital now and ready to roll...

..will be playing support to Gorbachov in the Gingerman tomorrow nite..I'll be going on about 9.30ish I suppose and doing a few tracks from the ep and probably a cover or two n all...

...Saturday nite I'm in Tramore in the Shanty..kick off there is about 10 or so and I'll be doing a full solo set..plenty of originals and no doubt more covers..

right I gotta go quick..Barr is waiting outside and I'm in Barry's print shop getting this message up quick, I'm off home now to get the strings on the guitar and write a set list for tomorrow nite..

PS: Apologies for the delay on the promo cds. I was in bits.

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Monday, 18 April 2005

Important Site Update

Hi folks,

Neils is in hospital for a few days - nothing serious so relax. Then again Neil always accepts cash donations so like if you want then send him money.

Seriously though he is laid up for a while in hospital and he just wanted me to let you know that he won't be able to get those CDs out to you for a while based on this.

I'll keep you posted.

Stay sound.

Niall
[Site Admin]

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Thursday, 14 April 2005

*** NEW AUDIO ***

Just stuck up demo versions of 2 of the songs from the ep...go to the Music & MP3 section and take a look or even a listen...you will need RealPlayer to listen to them as they are streamed only..

think of these as first thoughts...it's on the way ;-)

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Wednesday, 13 April 2005

First Thoughts... **New** Promo Disc

Collecters beware: to begin promo for the July debut ep "first thoughts on forever" this week I'm gonna be pressing about 100 copies of a single called "first thoughts..."


This single is not for sale...it's something I'm gonna be sending around to radio, labels and attractive female fans as a build up to the ep launch..the tracks are already available for download on the site, the listing is as follows:

1. Mo Chairde Go Leir
2. Pull Me Up
3. Vision Inc.

Of these 3, only Vision will be included on the ep itself..this disc is really just an introduction to my music for those of you who haven't already been introduced..I'll tell you when to start ringing WLR and Beat100-102 demanding plays ;-)

There will definitely be a bunch of copies set aside for the people who were first to join up on the forum..it's growing quickly and I really appreciate the interest, and there is a memberlist so I won't be forgetting who was there for me when I had a forum and I needed people to join lol..first in line are those who have posted something :-P

And last but not least...here's a preview of the cover for it..I'm still not 100% on the one I'm using as a working design for the ep but this one will do nicely to begin with methinks..btw if anyones any good with design I'm accepting any submissions for the ep cover :-)

Here it is..100 copies only..instant collectible


PS: Thanks to Cephas Jacob for the artistic direction ;-)

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Sunday, 10 April 2005

Eamon Thomas McGrath

13th August 1953 - 10th April 1999

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Thursday, 7 April 2005

The latest...

Thanks to everyone who has signed up to the forum...don't forget to stick a little avatar (that's a pic to you and I) up on your profile n' if you're too lazy send a picture on to me and I'll resize it and stick it up for ya (as if I don't have enough to be doing)...

so what have I been doing...well I've been rehearsing a little with my cousin as I hope to have him play on a couple of the tracks on the ep...I've been passing my driving test (FOURTH TIME AROUND)...I've been writing a little bit more of The Boy Who (with some excerpts on myspace profile, might stick 'em in the forum too tho I kinda keep it seperate to the music) ... I've been organizing some more studio time to get more done (now that the cash flow crisis is over) ... I've been setting up some real audio versions of the songs from the ep so I can stream them on the site... I've been replying to your kind and bizarre comments on the forum (love it) and some of the mails too...

so that's the latest...I'm gonna go to bed now in about 40 mins time and when I get up I'll get the wheels in motion and the show on the road so I'll have something to report back on Sunday nite when I'm on again...

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Monday, 21 March 2005

http://www.myspace.com/neilmcgrath

Monday morning...6:58am...none of you are even awake yet and I'll be heading home to my bed in 62 minutes just as you're getting into the car to go to work...so here's what I have to say while you snooze...

...First up I will be posting some of the demo tracks this week to give a taster of what the songs on this ep are gonna be like. Will be just me n the acoustic as a sampler, I'll be streaming the final versions of the songs later on down the road...

Not a whole lot to report this morning, in the last few days since I posted I have been working on getting my name out there on the web..promoting the site and getting people to come visit etc. Thanks a lot to the first 20 registered users on the forum btw..you are all duly noted in my little notebook under the section "people to remember when I am rich and famous"...it's a refreshing change for me aswell as I'm usually adding names to the "people to have disappeared" list lately..

Things are going pretty well with the promo so far, I'm listed 3rd, 4th and 19th in a google search for my name thanks to me being a featured artist on Bearshare and Unsigned Ireland..this might not sound very impressive to many but those of you who are familiar with search engine ratings etc. will agree that I have been a very lucky boy to get that highly ranked in such a short time..

..I'm now on MySpace also..I have an official-ish profile in the music section which I am using to promote my songs and link to this site..it's available at www.myspace.com/neilmcgrath... I also keep a seperate profile where I can post absurd blog entries and other random shoals of nonsense that are too bizarre for posting on this website..that one is available by clicking here

...Don't know if you're a MySpace registered user but if not you should check it out, it's a good laugh meeting all the other nutcase faces with their MySpace places..

Right I'm gonna grab myself a cup of coffee..oh one last thing..if you are visiting the site because you saw a link to it at another bands forum called "Check it out" or something similar, then I can only apologize on behalf of the ex drummer/current tea maker (Big Mac on this sites forum)..Macco took it upon himself to bombard other bands sites with messages telling them to visit this one so I can only imagine how popular I am with them now lol...He texts me (proud as punch) to tell me he's doing this and then I tried ringing him to tell him to at least put the message in an APPROPRIATE forum and not into another bands GIG LISTING forum but most of the damage was done at this stage...so apologies all round if my name appears on your site...lol nah I ain't a bit sorry really cos it's just too funny but I have to say so don't I...anyways I'll try and keep the Big Mac on a tighter leash and I can only offer my own message board to any affected bands as a promotional tool which they can use...if they've got similar DEMENTED fans willing to go on a posting frenzy...

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Tuesday, 15 March 2005

www.unsignedireland.com

Hello again folks...

...great to be back after my recent battle with the vomiting bug..it kicked in about 10pm on Friday night and I'm only coming around now..I'd love to be more dramatic about it and give you a really detailed description but I'll save that for my memoirs..thanks to Barr for treating me like a leper during the entire episode..wouldn't even collect the bike from the house for fear of infection..who brings him in to get the dodgy pedal looked at this afternoon tho...exactly.
Anyways the real reason I'm posting this is to say that I got accepted on unsignedireland.com over the weekend, so I am pleased to join only a handful of acts around Ireland being promoted from their site. Gotta say I'm really pleased to be included on this one, the site itself is excellent for what it does in promoting unsigned artists but aside from that I'm excited about being listed amongst some fantastic irish acts..there is some seriously hot competition out there at the moment and if you get a chance then definitely check out a couple of the acts on this site...the only others ones that are from my part of the world are Duped and Robert O'Connor, both are very popular here in the south-east and I have a great deal of respect for them myself because they're real people with some great songs..so yeah check out this site and watch me rub cyber shoulders with the top of the pops...

http://www.unsignedireland.com

PS: I'll be back on later to reply to some of those beautiful forum postings that some of you beatiful people (and Macco) posted...had almost forgotten the "Queen St. Sessions" until someone voted "Eatin' Crisps" in their top 5 of my songs...will have to try and get that up on the site for a while this week...


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Thursday, 10 March 2005

The FORUM is up...

Check out the new forum on the Interact section of the website, register and leave a posting too if ya get a chance...

...my new contact mail is there aswell... info@neilmcgrath.com or neilmcgrath1@gmail.com if you want to contact me directly for anything in particular...

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Wednesday, 9 March 2005

R.I.P. B.I.G.

First up I wanna take a moment to pay homage to one of my musical heroes, Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. who passed away 8 years ago today. Biggie was without doubt one of the most talented lyricists ever (aswell as the greatest emcee of all time) and probably one of my biggest influences since John Prine or Bob Dylan when it comes to songwriting...I doubt you will hear it very much in my music as I am obviously not a gangsta rapper but anyone who is close to me will testify that they have heard "Party n' Bullshit" or "I've Got A Story To Tell" at least 150 times whether they wanted to or not...

...so if ya don't know, now ya know...

Secondly, thanks to those I was speaking to for all the positive feedback on the site..the message board should be here this week so you can post on that...unless the feedback takes a turn for the worst between now and then, in which case I'll have the extra expense of bribing people to go on the board and say nice complimentary things about me..not that I'd be the first one round these parts to think of such a thing ;)

How and ever...as regards the music I think I'm back in studio this weekend, if not then next...I'll stick the "Artist" demo on the site this week anyway...as for a live performance I believe I'm doing a night very soon with both Gorbachov and OneFortyNine, will let you know where and when that's happening as soon as I know myself...speaking of OneFortyNine just saw their pics from the Bar Fly gig in Liverpool last weekend, I hear they went down very well there and the pics look like it was a good nite...g'wan the international local bands...that's something else I gotta get on this site aswell..a links page of local bands because I'm hearing some seriously good music lately from local bands..the competition these days is hot as balls to say the least..

..and on that note I'll exit..back soon with the message board...

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Monday, 7 March 2005

First Thoughts On...

o.k. just to elaborate a little more on that first posting and let everyone know what the plan is for the coming weeks and months...

Recording: I'm currently recording the ep with Dave Howard in Kilcullen Recording Studios...the way we've been recording so far is for me to lay rhythm guitar and guide vocals over a click track..after that then we can add in Alan's drums and Jim's bass and whatever other instruments are on the track..not sure if we are going to be doing all seven songs this way, will see how it goes for 2-3 and look at things after that..also I am considering a different studio for some of the tracks, the main reason I have gone with Dave Howard is to get that warm and intimate acoustic sound that comes from recording there, it was absolutely perfect for the songs that I wanted to have that feel but I am not sure if that's the sound I want to get on all of the tracks...again I'm gonna see how it goes with that one and think a little bit more about it...

In the next week or so I'm gonna put some rough cuts of the songs up just as samples, 2 or 3 of them with just acoustic guitar and vocals to give an idea of how things are coming along..am pretty happy with how Artist Of The Century is sounding so far so will probably put that up first..

first thoughts on forever ep: the ep will have 7 songs and will be on sale for about 7 euro, you'll be able to buy it here on the site and also at gigs. The ep is basically an introduction to my music, aswell as selling it I will be hoping to either negotiate some kind of distribution deal for it or better still some interest from record labels...needless to say there will be copies sent to radio stations around the country and anything else I can do to promote it really..

Realistically speaking I am looking at a summer launch, probably sometime in mid to late July this year...I will be speaking plenty more about the ep in the next few posts anyway so I will literally keep you posted..

live performance: At the moment I'm doing some support slots for a couple of bands I know...a 40 minute set before the band...just me with the acoustic and harmonica playing the tracks from the "first thoughts" ep with a couple of covers thrown into the mix also...feedback has been pretty good so far with regard to the songs, I do plan to have the band join me for the gigs pretty soon but I will be sticking with the acoustic set for the next couple of gigs anyway..

Thanks to Gorbachov and OneFortyNine for the last two supports slots, and apologies to OneFortyNine for having to pull out of the gig in Philly Grimes...as you could see during the soundcheck I was struggling with the flu..nice one to OneFortyNine singer John O'Hanlon for filling the slot with an impromptu acoustic session before he went on with the band...looking forward to the next gig :)

neilmcgrath.com: gotta say I'm pretty pleased with the site so far, we had a couple of major changes in design during the month of February, and really it was just a case of getting ANYTHING up asap in order to meet the deadline...in the next week or two we hope to put on a couple of more sample tracks to listen to, a forum for visitors to leave their messages, some listings for live performance dates and a bit more artwork and design around the menus and pages etc. All in all the site is a work in progress at the moment but it's coming together nicely now...

..and that's it for tonite/this morning...back with more soon

take care

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Saturday, 5 March 2005

Welcome to the new website...

Ladies and sentimental men welcome back to the new neilmcgrath.com...has been a long time coming I know (and I know it's 5 days late too) but here we are so let's not dwell...

Firstly, I cannot thank Niall Roche enough for getting everything up and running, he has been at this for about the last 10 hours now and is pretty much ready to kill me if I say another word to him...

...Secondly I just wanna say thanks to everyone who has been hounding me for months about what I'm doing and when I'm gonna get it done, I really appreciate the interest and encouragement, I just hope I can deliver the goods in the coming months and make a decent record everyone enjoys..

..so about THIS RECORD...I'm basically recording a seven track ep called "First Thoughts On Forever" which will be launched independantly and available from this website and wherever else I can arrange...it's gonna be a solo effort as far as the songwriting is concerned, but I have enlisted the services of my fellow TooSkin BlooSkin members to play on the tracks themselves...

In the meantime, check out some of the older demo's myself and the band have done in the Music & MP3 section...I'll be back tomorrow with more updates about the site and the ep and everything else that's going down...

take care..

PS: Thanks Harry, you know who you are...

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