Don’t Miss Cormac O Caoimh’s New Series of Black and White Videos on YouTube!

Cormac O Caoimh playing a Godin guitarFor Immediate Release

Cormac O Caoimh  – new series of videos  –  Godin guitar endorsee  –  recently played Indie Week Ireland

What do…

A honeyed whiskey drink
A fine cognac on a cold winter’s eve
A warm woolly jumper in muted earthy colours
A colour … a rich mahogany warm and beautiful
and a water color painting all have in common???

They have all been used in reviews to describe Cormac O Caoimh’s A New Season For Love CD.

Cormac O Caoimh is a singer-songwriter and classical guitarist from Cork, Ireland. He released A New Season for Love less than 12 months ago and it received excellent reviews. He was selected as Play Irish artist of the month and was featured on the RTE 1 Show Arena. His intimate vocals and exquisite guitar playing is attracting the attention of the music press, djs and a widening and growing audience. The last single from the CD, “Remember When We Didn’t Kiss” topped the iTunes download charts on its release.

But the man is not resting.

He is currently uploading acoustic versions of new material in a series of black and white videos on YouTube. And they have had an immediate impact. Many of the new songs depart from the chilled and calm mood of A New Season for Love and as well as having a more frenetic and energetic feel to them, explore darker themes and emotions.

For these songs, in their current format, Cormac uses a Godin mulitac nylon string guitar and a stompbox to accompany his expressive vocals.  Godin Guitars, the premier Canadian guitar company, have picked up on them and have been sharing the videos on their social media sites. As a result, Cormac is now an official endorsee of Godin Guitars.

In another Canadian connection, Cormac played the Indie Week Festival Thursday April 25th in Sweeney’s Mongrel, Ground Floor.

Indie Week Ireland is an annual music festival held over four days/nights, with 24+ international acts performing in the heart of Dublin. Showcases are judged by members of the music industry, and the top scoring act receives a paid trip (flights and accommodations for up to five band members) to headline INDIE WEEK CANADA in October. Indie Week is an alternative artist-friendly festival that is dedicated to supporting emerging artists.

For more information on Cormac you can visit:

To see the latest videos (including the new B&W series that attracted the attention of Godin Guitars) you can visit:

Read all the A New Season For Love reviews here: O Caoimh

You can listen to all of A New Season For Love here:

Ireland’s Andy White at The Rankin Gallery on Friday, September 14th!


I’d like to share this note from Al Rankin as I’m always really excited about seeing another Andy White show because he’s one of my all-time favourite singer-songwriters and a great guy too!

Hi friends, neighbours and music lovers:

Holy smoke!  Another great one at the Rankin Gallery.  He has won most of Ireland’s songwriting awards, worked with Van Morrison and Peter Gabriel and has Sinead O’Connor singing on his records.  He’s Belfast born Andy White, and he’s in the midst of a world tour that will bring him to Inverary!

You may have seen Andy when he opened for Judy Collins last year in Kingston and gained hundreds of new fans.  This one will sell out very quickly so if you would like to reserve a spot or 2 you will have to click back to me asap.  Here are the details, and more on Andy’s illustrious career below.

Andy White

Rankin Gallery, 3248 Round Lake Rd. Inverary ON
Friday, Sept. 14th, 8 pm
Suggested donation: $20
Seats by reservation only 613-353-6650

And mark down Sept. 21 on your calendar, the first Live Wire show of the new season, featuring Austin’s amazing Eliza Gilkyson with special guest, the phenomenal young Ariana Gillis.  More on that show soon!

See you at the music,

Andy White, one of the great Irish singer-songwriters, tours the world with his 12 string guitar in one hand and a book of poetry in the other.  Since his breakthrough single Religious Persuasion, Belfast-born Andy has produced ten internationally released studio albums plus a host of compilations and live recordings and has won several of Ireland’s top songwriting awards.

He has merged pop sensibility with lyrical excellence, social commentary and acoustic guitars ever since his first album Rave On Andy White (1986) burst onto the scene.  Melody Maker reviewed his first album with the headline ‘Yer Man’s Brilliant!’ and Folk Roots made him a cover star.

Since then, Andy has worked with Peter Gabriel as well as some of the great names of Irish music including Van Morrison and Mary Black.  Sinead O’Connor and The Frames have guested on his recordings and Andy was included in the Irish HQ Rock Hall of Fame in 1998.

Socially aware in a way which comes naturally to someone who grew up in Belfast during the 70s and 80s, Andy’s work has always reflected his time and place.  Making this particular experience universal, his writing incorporates and transcends the boundaries of his native land.

Last year a long term friendship and writing collaboration with top flight Canadian singer songwriter Stephen Fearing produced the album ‘Fearing & White (2011).

The world of Andy White is peripatetic, intuitive, and never uneventful.  In November 2009 Lagan Press published 21st Century Troubadour, Andy’s on-the-road journal, and in 2012 an ‘album of the book’ is set for release, a two CD set featuring a compilation of songs playing throughout the pages of the book, and a series of readings from the book set to music.

Catch up with Andy’s world online via his website:

and Facebook fan site:

Information and communication:


1985 – Religious Persuasion EP (Stiff)
1986 – Rave On Andy White (London)
1988 – Kiss The Big Stone (London)
1990 – Himself (Cooking Vinyl)
1992 – Out There (Warners Ireland)
1994 – Destination Beautiful (Warners Ireland/Cooking Vinyl)
1996 – Teenage (Cooking Vinyl)
1998 – Compilation (Cooking Vinyl)
1999 – Speechless (Real World)
2000 – Andy White (Floating World)
2001 – Rare (ALT Recordings)
2003 – Boy 40 (Floating World)
2006 – Garageband (Floating World/Wildflower)
2009 – Songwriter (Floating World)
2011 – Fearing and White
2012 – 21st Century Troubadour (Floating World)

A New Season For Love by Cormac O Caoimh

CD Review
Title: A New Season For Love
Artist:  Cormac O Caoimh
Label: Independent
Released: 2012
Stars:  4.5

Cormac O Caoimh is an exceptionally gifted songsmith and classical guitarist from Cork, Ireland.  A former member of The Citadels, Cormac reunited with Art O Laoire and Eoghan Regan for his latest musical offering of jazz/folk ballads, A New Season For Love, which will be officially released on April 27, 2012.  Its sound is one of simple, stripped down production with only keyboards and guitars, but perfection lies within its quietude.  I’m one of the lucky ones who’ve had a sneak preview in advance and the biggest compliment I can give this recording is that I never get tired of listening to it.

As warm and sweet as a tumbler of fine cognac on a cold winter’s eve, A New Season For Love is unabashedly romantic, soothing and sensual with its classical acoustic guitar, poetic lyrics, and dulcet, cashmere vocals.  The significant thing about O Caoimh’s voice is that it doesn’t immediately remind you of anyone else, even though it has been said that his sound would complement records by Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Damien Rice.

If someone were to ask me why I love Irish singer-songwriters so much, I’d give them this CD to listen to as my answer.  A thinking woman’s songwriter, every song in Cormac’s collection not only evokes introspection, but a primal longing for the earthly elements of love, understanding and human contact that makes it irresistible to this quixotic heart.  Charmed isn’t the word…seduced…perhaps.  Losing yourself in hushed, hypnotic tracks like “There’s Gold There Somewhere”, “100,000”, “Counting The Raindrops”, “Herculean Sky”, “Remember When We Didn’t Kiss”, and “Perfect Mistress For A King” (the last two being my favourites) will make your heart sigh with their lyrical splendor and earnest desire.

The first single, also entitled “A New Season For Love” is the most buoyant of this serene symphony, and it will be available on March 16th but you can hear it now on Cormac’s YouTube Channel.

If I was called in
To form a religion
You’d be my god
And if I made the spring
I’d create a new season
Just for us to live in

The axis of the earth
Can tilt more to the sun
And summer can wait
‘Til the season’s done
A new season
A new season for love

If you’re looking for a CD to spin when you need a blanket of tranquility or to stimulate your passion, A New Season For Love is the perfect choice.  Buy it.  Seriously…just buy it.

For Irish Singer-Songwriter Andrew Handrick, It’s Christmas Again!

I’ve been online friends with Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Handrick for about five years and not only is he a critically acclaimed, talented artist who has toured in Ireland, the UK, Italy, Spain and the United States, but he’s also an all-around nice guy and family man.

Andrew, his family and the residents of the pictureseque fishing village of Vernazza, Italy suffered a natural disaster about a month ago when a tornado, possible earthquake and torrential rain brought down half the mountain and virtually destroyed the village of Vernazza along with the little ceramics shop where Andrew worked.  He was very fortunate to get out of Vernazza on the last train but others were not so lucky.  After I viewed the devastation in videos that Andrew posted on his Facebook page, I wanted to do what I could to help him spread the love about his music because every song or CD he sells helps just a bit more.

In the midst of this chaos, Andrew, who is a spiritual man, managed to record a Christmas song – something he’d never done before – because he needed to try to balance things out with an upbeat, feel good vibe.

Andrew offically released the original, catchy Christmas Again on Friday, December 2nd and created a cute & funny little animated video to go with it.  This will be a digital only release and it’s available on iTunes, CDBaby and through Andrew’s website where you can also discover more details about his latest full-length CD, Distractions.  I recently purchased Distractions and have been enjoying its intelligent lyrics and introspective, acoustic folk rock, quiet beauty during some much-needed mellow moments.

Please join me in wishing Andrew and his family a Happy Christmas and share Christmas Again with your friends and loved ones during this holiday season.

With gratitude,