Clear The Fog

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When I was young I was a bit of an outsider. I wasn’t athletic, I was shy and I had mild dyslexia so school was a bit of a nightmare. The only way I can describe those years is that it was like my mind was in a thick fog. I could get a glimpse at an idea or concept but it would quickly melted away, out of reach. I couldn’t get a firm grasp or solid understanding on things. It was ridiculously frustrating, for my parents as well as myself.

My family, having a long tradition of playing Irish music tried to get me involved. But I didn’t take to the tin-whistle, the fiddle or the uilleann pipes…

But then my dad got me a guitar, and that’s where I found something special.

At the time I was in my rebellious teenage years so I had no interest in playing Irish Traditional music. I was more into The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Thin Lizzy and Guns n’ Roses. Rock music was where I first found like-minded friends. People that I could start garage bands with and have jam-sessions after school.

Then I got listening to my dad’s record collection which got me hooked on the likes of The Beatles, Steely Dan and Bob Dylan. I heard Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged ” album and it pretty much made me want to focus on acoustic music from then on.

It was then the likes of Jeff Buckley, John Martyn and Nick Drake’s songs hit home for me more than any other type of music I had heard. It was absolute class, pure raw passion and talent. It was honest and powerful, it was everything I wanted musically.

Then of course, I saw the effect that the likes of Damien Rice and Jack Johnson’s music had on girls my age… That kind of got me thinking, “There could be something to this singer-songwriter thing!…”

Whatever the case, I was hooked. I had no option but to go down that path. Although I had always been terrible with reading and spelling, the idea of song-writing appealed to me. I still have heaps of papers hidden at home with teenage angst scrawled all over them. I literally used to go to the extremes of writing drunken lyrics into my Nokia 3210 as I walked home from house parties…

Now I can’t say it happened over night but it happened fast. The fog started to clear. Maybe it was the fact that every day for year I had spent hours working the music part of my brain, learning new songs and guitar techniques which helped in other areas. Or maybe it was that music had opened so many doors for me socially and gave me a sense of identity.

Either or, I could think clearer. I felt like I was becoming someone. Becoming me. It’s all thanks to music.

With my teen angst over, I happily got into playing Irish Traditional music. This led on to Socks in the Frying Pan, a band in which I’ve got to tour the world over the past few year. But somewhere along the line I let the songwriting fall by the wayside…

It’s now time to get things back on track with new songs, a new sound and a new album – “Gaps Between Stars”.

Songwriting and performing are what I love. Being able to put pen to paper and let the thoughts flow through music. To clear the fog.

This free track is a THANK YOU for being one of my subscribers – no strings attached.

Download “Time is Short But Free” HERE.

It’s one of the first songs I recorded. It’s a transition point. Halfway between the Irish music side in me and the folk singer-songwriter.

If you like the track you might also consider checking out “If We Only Knew”. It’s my solo Trad album and it’s got own songs along with some of my favorite Irish songs on it.

Talk soon,

Aodán

4 Comments

  • Colleen Winegar says:

    Oh good, I am not the only one who had that pesky “fog”. But when it clears…Wheee, get out of the way!!

  • Christine says:

    Hi Aodán,
    thank you so much for your open words about your way through live to music. Wow, what stony way you had to go. And how music helped you out of it.
    I first heard you singing and playing the guitar as a solist at the Irish Folk Festival in Germany, Germering in 2016. As you stood on the stage I felt no stage fright. You just started to sing your songs with a smile on your face and you won the hearts of all the listeners.
    I wish you the best for your own singer-songwriter way and for your way with the socks.
    Christine.

  • Patricia Andreasen says:

    Aodan, I apologize for the absence of the accent and the length of this ‘note’. I understand a bit of where you come from as my son also suffered from being a loaner, dyslexic, and lost. He could write perfectly in mirror image, but couldn’t seem to turn things around, which also made reading hard. He eventually found his way in books, science fiction books. Now he reads two or more at a time. Being a bit selfish, I am glad you found your way via music. Your love of music glows through when you play and sing. The lyrics rise from deep inside and reach out to your listeners, touching them through their senses, and for some of us through our souls. Watching you play, listening to you sing, feeling the passion you share with the music is salve for the soul. I studied classical music as a coloratura soprano and would never have guessed that I would find in Traditional Irish and your music the same depth of feeling I knew in opera. At 72, singing opera has long been gone, but thanks to you, I have your music and the music of Socks in the Frying Pan to sing along with every day. They say that music is the international language of love, and you and your band mates, Shane and Fiachra, are the best examples that this is truth. I love sitting in the audience and getting lost in the music with you. Or playing a CD and doing a bit of a dance while I sweep the floor or wash dishes. I have many favorites, but I really like ‘They Put Us Wrong’. It says so much, unabashedly touches raw nerve endings, makes no apology for calling attention to the wrongs.
    Thank you for the downloads. Not only do I get to listen to your newest music, and some of the old, but you are helping me learn how to download and then put the songs on iTunes and from there to my iPod, which at the moment is mostly empty.

    A devoted fan

  • Amanda (from the Dayton Celtic Festival) says:

    Aodán,
    Wow, this hit me in the feels. Thank you for sharing. I’m glad to know you a bit better and how your passion for you music started. And that you found the thing that you love and that cleared the fog.

    I’m also happy you got back into songwriting! I love all the songs you play/sing but your original songs are always something special and tend to be my favorites.

    Time is Short But Free is a beautiful track, thank you for the thank you gift! (But, come on, you know I already bought that gem!! xDDD)

    I look forward to the new album!
    Take care and God bless~

    Amanda

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