Category: Projects

Video: Down By The Salley Gardens

Over the last few months my focus has been on developing various existing projects like Arklow Ukulele Players, my work with Music Generation Wicklow, Arklow’s Youth Centre and as a private tutor. It’s been fantastic and has resulted in articles like 5 Ways To Help Kids Practice. Right now though, I’d love to share an instrumental tune with you.

Ronan

Video: Anything

The latest song about anything and everything and how it all means nothing. Hope you enjoy the video. Show your support by sharing!

Lyrics:

Build a wall stone by stone
Build a home were we can be… Anything
Take a road high or low…
One day we can be… Anything

You and I mean everything to you and I
But we don’t mean anything…

Time will tell any story that you like
Any tale you want to hear… Anything…

You and I mean everything to you and I
But we don’t mean anything…

With one look, with one touch with one kiss I’m yours! (Anything)
With one look, with one touch with one kiss I’m yours! (Anything)
With one look, with one touch with one kiss I’m yours! (Anything)

You and I mean everything to you and I
But we don’t mean anything…

New Song / News / Updates

Since my last entry so much has happened… The world around me has completely changed! In light of recent tragedies I am reminded of all that I am grateful for. I will admit, part of me is ashamed at how much I took for granted… I sit here watching the sun rise and can’t help but look back with a smile and yet be reminded of how quickly it can all be taken away.

Since moving to Arklow, Co. Wicklow I am completely taken aback at how welcome I have been made feel. To become “one of the locals” in an Irish town can take a long time. It’s not down to hostility but rather how they refer to you. I have gone from “Ronan McCauley: the guy from Dublin” to being referred to as one of Arklow‘s local musicians in a matter of months. It’s good to be made feel at home in such a short time.

Work at Arklow’s Youth Centre (The Vault) continues as the music program keeps going strong. Under the leadership of a new coordinator, Laura Dunne, a complete change of atmosphere can be seen. These days, our focus is on building confidence among our less experienced musicians. From week to week it is brilliant to see kids who would hardly say a word suddenly take centre stage. I don’t think I’ll ever stop feeling proud of the kids who come to this program.Guitar_Nature

Music Generation Wicklow also brought me on board to be part of their Music Education Partnership committee. The committees duty to set down policies and guidelines on how funding should be used. Music generation has done so much to provide facilities for kids to explore their passion and interest in music. I’m overjoyed at having the opportunity to help with this!

The music school itself is going great! It’s taken a lot of hard work to get going but it’s flying along now. Lessons take up most of my time these days when I’m not helping Music Generation and The Vault. I’m arriving home after a day’s work tired beyond belief but with a smile on my face. Music has always been a passion of mine and continues to be. It’s fantastic to be able to be able to pursue this passion as a career!

Finally, recent tragedies around the world have weighed heavy on my mind. History repeats and we all get dragged along for the ride. My heart is with all those affected wherever they may be.

Grá gan ceist!

Ronan

 

September 2014 – What’s been happening

Well a lot has happened since last May. Lets start at the top:

I was at the Rory Gallagher festival in Ballyshannon, Donegal. There I met an Australian Harmonica player called Patrick Fairchild. We spent one of the evenings playing music in the hotel lobby. Here’s a video of one of the songs. An improvised number called, “Ramblin’ Man”. I may include this on the “Plugged Out” EP.

Further work on other songs continued including “I’m Gone”:

The purchasing of a new loop pedal lead me to return to one of my older songs called “Falls”.

The work I’m doing in the Youth Centre in Arklow has varied from arranging songs to music tuition and recently shooting a video titled “Arklow is Happy”. This is in the final stages of the editing process so I hope to have it online soon.

Well, that’s it for now. I’m going to make a conscious effort to keep you guys up to speed on a more regular basis! While you’re here, why not check out the links below for more tunes, videos and other lovely things!

May 2014 – Announcements

A number of amazing things have happened recently which I would really like to tell you all about:

Firstly, the songs I’ve uploaded to SoundCloud are doing quite well. If you haven’t checked out the songs yet, click here and have a listen.

I’ve also started volunteering with the Arklow Youth Centre who have an amazing music program. It’s great to get the opportunity to work with everyone here. Most recently we put on a concert showcasing the amazing musical talent that’s in Arklow and it was a huge success.

I have set up a Facebook Page to help promote my work. If you haven’t already, please click the like button to keep up-to-date on all that’s going on.

Finally, I’m starting work on an EP. It’s provisionally being called “Plugged Out”.  As a wee treat, here’s one of the concept pieces made up for the cover:

Ronan_Plugged_Out

Click to go to the Ronan McCauley Facebook Page

The Acoustic Room Returns!

This post is going to be short and sweet. There’s another Acoustic Room session taking place in Rua Red in Tallaght, Dublin 24 this Monday at 8pm. Come along and have a great night of good people and good tunes. I might even be playing a few tunes!

If you’d like to contact me to discuss something in this post, or anything else for that matter, please contact me:

Email: hi@ronan.ie
Twitter: @RonanMcCauley
Facebook: Ronan McCauley
LinkedIn: Ronan McCauley

Toulouse – November / December 2013

Chambre d'Hotes

The B&B we stayed in

To start, I would like to apologise for not keeping you updated as much as I would have liked. We (Tallaght Songwriting Collective and I) stayed in the quiet town of Sainte Croix Volvestre, a small town about an hour outside of Toulouse which unfortunately didn’t come with internet. That said it was the most picturesque place you could imagine.

During our stay there we met people from Uludağ Üniversitesi, the Laois School of Music and Fergus McKay and Gaia Miato from the local music society called “Animato”. This meeting was intended to designate the duties of each member with regards to the main project “Preparing for Success in Music”.

Meeting in Toulouse

The main purpose of the project is to create a “toolbox” that provides the reader / learner with a course designed to help them get a career in music. We hope to have everything available on a website and those interested can then download the  documentation in PDF format and watch videos regarding the subjects covered etc.

It’s all at an early stage right now. Progress updates will be provided as we go. The next meeting will be in March in Bursa, Turkey. I must admit, I’m excited about this project!

If you would like to get involved with TSC (Tallaght Songwriting Collective) be sure to contact them (Click here to go to their contact page). Likewise, if you’d like to contact me to discuss something in this post, or anything else for that matter, please contact me:

Email: hi@ronan.ie
Twitter: @RonanMcCauley
Facebook: Ronan McCauley
LinkedIn: Ronan McCauley

New Song – Happy Song Blues

SongWriter

SongWriter (Photo credit: jorik de beer)

Song-writing is an activity that seems to thrive on anger, pain and a general sense of melancholy. My friends and I came up with a theory that it’s the easiest set of emotions to bring up on command and even easier to relate to. As such, writing a happy song can really throw a song-writer off. So much so that their overall writing style has to change to accommodate this completely new concept.

This song was premièred in its rawest of states on the 15th of November in the Arkrock Café in Arklow, Co. Wicklow in Ireland. This song is a nice change of pace from my usual style of writing. It cannot be denied that there is a certain influence of Country in it.

 

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Please let me know what you think of it. Thank you for stopping by, be sure to check out my other songs and compositions while you’re here. There are also a few videos of live performances that you might enjoy too.

If you have any questions, comments or anything you would like to discuss, please contact me:

Email: hi@ronan.ie
Twitter: @RonanMcCauley
Facebook: Ronan McCauley
LinkedIn: Ronan McCauley

Latest News – 13th November 2013

Ladies and gentlemen,

The last few weeks have been quite eventful. In October, as part of the Tallaght Songwriting Collective I performed at the first ever Feis Canadh concert held in St Maelruains church, in Tallaght. Mark Geary was the main act that night and to be quite honest, it was a brilliant experience all round. A lovely venue, really great acts and a captivated audience.

November saw the concert in the Feis Canadh series where the Tallaght Choral Society backed songwriters from Tallaght Songwriting Collective (including yours truly). The choral arrangements of the songs were done by Conor O’Reilly who added a whole new dimension to all of the songs. The main act was Méav Ní Mhaolchatha (formerly of Celtic woman) who put on a great show. I performed alongside her for her song “Wayfaring Stranger” which had a wonderful atmosphere helped by the brilliant venue of St. Aengus’ Parish Church. Supporting everyone was Shane Ó Fearghail (from Caruso)

In other news, Tony Bardon‘s album “Songs from the Hazelwood” is coming along nicely. We have got three songs set up now with really nice demo recordings available on Jamendo. All three songs are being well received, I’d love to hear what you think of them.

Solomon to Sheba
September 1913
An Irish Airman Forsees His Death

As for my own album, it’s all coming together nicely. I’ll be keeping you updated on soundcloud and on here. I did a rough recording recently of Solomon to Sheba and would love to get your feedback.

Well that’s everything for now. If you’d like to contact me, I’d love to hear from you.

Slán go fóill

Email: hi@ronan.ie
Twitter: @RonanMcCauley
Facebook: Ronan McCauley
LinkedIn: Ronan McCauley