It’s taken a while but from what I’ve heard so far it was worth the wait. Speed of the Stars is a new album by musicians Frank Kearns, founder member of Dublin band Cactus World News, and Steve Kirby of Australian band The Church. Recorded in Dublin back in 1998 the project was finally completed in April 2016, with some additional tracks recorded in Sydney.
Pledge Music is an online Direct-to-Fan music platform, which was launched back in 2009. Its prime purpose is to facilitate musicians in reaching their fan base, and to pre-sell, market and distribute music projects to include recordings, videos, and concerts. More importantly, it’s run by real music people, and not by accountants. They have signed hundreds of acts that sold millions of records. They develop and market both major-label acts and budding singer-songwriters. Their business model and market is worldwide. So, whether you’re just starting out on your music career or have already achieved international success, Pledge Music have the tools and expertise you need to create, market, and sell your music. Fans have funded Speed of the Stars, and you can pre-order the cd now until 30 May 2016 on http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/speedofthestars
You will also receive bonus download tracks not on the cd.
My fellow writer and good friend Don Cameron on one of his many radio station appearances to promote his recent best seller crime thriller Marked Off.
I recently came across these words of wisdom by editor John Kenny.
via Editing As You Go: Why You Shouldn’t.
ON THE SPOT!…A unique opportunity to promote both yourself and your new book on video!
Let’s hope for better days ahead in 2015. When writers keep writing, and cartoonists keep drawing
Happy New Year to all my followers. Lets hope that in 2015, we can begin to fulfil our dreams.
Last week I went to The Actor’s Lament by Steven Berkoff, in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. The Gaiety, with its intimate atmosphere is one of my favourite venues, and a perfect setting for this play.
Berkoff a successful actor, playwright and theatre director was joined on stage by fellow actors Jay Benedict and Andree Bernard. Berkoff was the founder of The London Theatre Group, and is also remembered for his villainous role in the movie First Blood (Rambo). Jay Benedict was one of the original cast members of the 70s musical The Rocky Horror Show, and recently played John Kieffer in Foyle’s War. Andree Bernard is a TV, Film & Theatre Actress. Her most recent TV roles include were in Hollyoaks, Doctors and Casualty.
The minimalist stage setting allows both actors and audience to embark on a marathon journey on the wings of dialogue, which relies heavily on Steven Berkoff’s and his fellow actors’ formidable stage presence. And they don’t disappoint. They explore the different roles played by the writer, producer, director and critic alike, roles enhanced by the use of cleverly choreographed mime. The audience is both witness and sometimes a target of their scorn.
The Actor’s Lament is essentially an irreverent rant on the life of the struggling actor. It cleverly highlights the highs and lows, the passions and pains encountered on that journey. It is enhanced by clever observations, wit and cynicism, in equal measure. At a little over an hour in length, this play is well-crafted and honed to perfection in the capable hands of Berkoff and his fellow actors.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of novelist Sue Townsend, author of the Adrian Mole series. I must admit that The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole is still one of my all-time favourite books. Her wonderful storytelling and effortless writing style allowed us to travel with Adrian on his journey through life, from boy to adulthood. But it was her comic timing, as she captured the pain and absurdity of the human condition, which revealed the true depth of her talent. It truly set her apart. The world of writing is a lesser place without her. Thank you, Sue Townsend, for setting such high standards for your fellow writers.