I’ve been playing with Socks in the Frying Pan since 2008. Our main hub for the first five years was in Cruises Bar in our hometown of Ennis. It was there we would play to a few locals, some tour groups and many-many nights where we would play to an empty bar. On those nights we would just sing and play whatever we wanted. Generally just having a bit of fun with the music. They were great times.
One occasion that sticks out around that time was on a drizzly cold day. We were playing for an outdoor charity function and we had been given an early slot on the schedule. We pulled up, there was practically nobody there and we played on the back of a truck. Regardless, I remember the three of us absolutely rocking that gig. We were playing to nobody and loving it. That was when I really knew we had something. Something to show. Something to offer.
From there we made our first album, got offered some small European gigs, entered two or three music competitions. In the summer of 2014 we managed to secure our very first tour of America. Now consider this, we had never played in the U.S. before. Never promoted a CD over there nor had any idea or notion of what to expect at the festivals. We were complete newcomers. Over the weekend the gigs were thronged. It was crazy. They fell into the whole vibe of our music, they really got it. I remember playing our absolute hearts out, jet-lagged and over the moon.
Since the days of playing in bars to nobody we’ve come a long way. We’ve hit 45 of the 50 States in America. We were the first Irish band to play the New Orleans Jazz fest and we’re soon to start taking on a lot more European festivals.
I’ve learnt so much from playing and touring with the Socks. I’ve developed as a musician and singer, as well as getting a solid grounding in the business and touring life. It has prepared me to take on the solo singer-songwriter challenge. I’m cautiously optimistic but definitely excited about the years ahead.
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