Most people know Seamus McGoldrick a.k.a. Shambles as a rippin surfer. I’ve had the privilege to spend some time and adventures with him upon two of my visits to west coast Ireland. He’s literally one of the deepest intellects I know. Educated in Quantum Physics and Chemistry at Trinity College, super fun, upbeat, and passionate (orchestrates beach clean-ups and awareness activities with the legendary ISurfIreland crew).. Safe in saying he’s a well cultured man. He even shared with me the outline of a book he’s writing that’s quite brilliant- a multidimensional adventure through facets of life in the eyes of Shambles. Recording this soul brother was amongst my favorite things I got to do this summer in Ireland. Originally I met Shambles in 2011 when these extra ordinary musicians Kev and Elaine invited me to what became one of my favorite beach towns, full of some of the most rad people I’ve ever met, off the beaten path and riddled with beauty, history, and culture for days. Shambles took me adventuring down the Wild Atlantic Way and shared with me the richness of Irish culture including the Willie Clancy Festival and even got me out riding waves a few times as well! I knew of his talents in songwriting, but when we got together to make a demo, he had such an amazing raw energy, I literally had goosebumps rolling the tracks and was almost a surreal experience, was a treat for sure. He delivered sixteen original songs consecutively (including a couple of jigs and reels). As well as looking a bit like Kurt Cobain, Shambles music definitely has a gritty and raspy quality with nuances that sound like a mash up of Cobain/Dylan/Lennon, but obviously in his very own Irish tongue. He broke out different guitars for the various songs. You can listen to one of my favorites here.. Enjoy!
Originally I wrote this while doing a bit of reflecting, floating in a hammock, in one of my favorite places ever- Topanga, California (Santa Monica Mountains). I recorded this song and several others recently in Springtime at my home studio in Placerville, California (co-produced by Teo Weldon and cover photo by Craig Kowski). I'm nearly two months now in Northwest Ireland- Co Sligo. This is my home away from home, my west coast away from my west coast. It's got it all.. thriving music, theatre arts, poetry, literature, layers and layers of history, good food, pubs, good vibes, stunningly lush land and seascapes, surfing, and some of the kindness of people in the world. The Wild Atlantic Way. With all of that, I'm pleased to release this single, prefacing an upcoming album of several more intimate pieces of mine.
This band has continually caught my attention and love their homage to water and creative ingenuity they bring through music. Check them out!
They will be playing alongside War And Peace, Cardboards Houses, Gypsy Soulution, and Claybourne at Cozmic Cafe in Placerville, CA on February 18th 2017. The event is the Pink Party and honors friend and Cozmic fam member Allen Denault. RIP
Time to pull out your pink and mark your calendars, everybody!!! Love is in the air, and so is pink! Come party with us at the Cozmic Cafe for our 4th annual Pink Party (in memory of Allen Denault) on Saturday, February 18th. Dress in your best pink attire and get ready to boogy to some radical music.
Cardboard Houses – Indie Rock
Claybourne – Melodic Soulful Duo that will blow your mind