Not just another year.

2018 is well and truly here and this time last year I fully believed 2017 was going to be the year our music reached out to more people and grew into 2018.

Sometimes life has a way of kicking you right in the nuts when you don't expect it and last July I lost my father. He was 84 and had a tough last 10 years or so and I always knew the day would come sooner rather then later and told myself I was prepared for it and accepting that this is how the world is. How wrong was I!

This knocked me in so many different ways I couldn't get going. Everything just became numb and any plans or ideas just fell away. I feel now finally that the time has past long enough for me to write about it.

It still hurts everyday, and writing this has my chest tightening up but it has moved to a different stage I feel and now everything doesn't seem so bleak anymore. I wrote a blog entry on this about 3 months ago but I wasn't really ready to share any feelings at that time so that stayed locked away. But now, now I feel my blood running through my body again. I am writing again. Planning and getting things done again, and probably for the first time properly organised and I thank my Dad for that because I have refocused on the important parts of my life that make me happy and concentrate on making something I believe in instead of chugging along in this world.

My Mum asked me to sing at my Dads funeral, Gentle on my mind, one of his favs. Keith had no hesitation in playing guitar for it and I am so grateful to be making music and sharing all types of musical moments with him. For the first time I got to play live with my oldest brother Brian, which was incredibly special to me despite the reasons for it. So this moment will mean so much to me on so many levels. In fact one of the bright moments to look back on during this time was that the family spent so much time together and became closer I feel.

I owe everything to Niamh,Mia and Ella. Bursting with love.

Thank you to everyone who wrote/spoke/called/hugged/ raised a drink/cried/took my head on their shoulder, it was appreciated more then I could ever say.

And finally thank you Pops, for being my hero and you will always be gentle on my mind.







Video and Tour 2017


Hey folks,

So after a wonderful launch night in Whelans a few weeks back (thank you to all that came!!!) we are now looking forwad to getting the new EP around the country and play for you all!

We hope to finalise dates soon for September and October of this year and to coincide with this we will be shooting next month a new video for 'Baby I'm on my way' from the EP.

Lots to do but we cant wait to get stuck in. Not only have we all of the above happening we are alraedy beginning the ground work for future releases and some other interesting little pieces.

If you would like us to play your county then drop us a note and we can do our best to head to your town!!

So keep an eye on our Gigs Page for updates over the next few weeks.

Gottsa stay busy!









They Said Yes!!!

The moment I stood in Ryan’s Bar in Kilkenny in 2008 waiting for a 3 sister Swedish folk band to start playing I knew I was at a different kind of festival then I had ever experienced before. I watched these 3 sisters (Baskery) light up the room with their energy and then stood in amazement when they walked off stage and straight over to their merch area to sell CD’s! This can’t be normal I thought to myself. Surely they have someone with them to do this for them! But gigs at Hill Billy Casino and Chatham Co Line the next day (which blew my mind musically) went the same way and left me wondering how have I not been at this festival before!

Our old band was coming to an end and the first steps of The Needables would soon begin and it was without doubt that this festival helped confirm in my mind that it was okay to play the music you loved and not try to write a hit record because you felt like you should!

3 more festival visits followed and during this time The Needables were born. When we completed our first EP we scribbled down the goals for the future form the smallest to the largest. One of those goals (which was on the large end!) was to play the Kilkenny Roots Festival. So we thought let’s just send them the EP so that we can get on their radar and hopefully in a few years they might give us a …what do you mean they just offered us a gig at the festival???!!! Holy @##**#!!! How did we get that??!!

Our first time to play the festival was 2012 with 2 gigs on the Sunday. we headed down on the Saturday to catch some gigs as fans and went to check out His Golden Messenger. The gig was amazing and I stood looking at this guy with his brilliant performance and I thought ‘what the hell are we doing playing this festival?'. ‘How did we blag this?'. After the gig and just like all the gigs I mentioned before the magic I watched onstage was now standing beside me chatting about the record I just bought from him! In all my years as a musician this encounter would be probably the most important I have ever had. I asked the innocent question if MC Taylor (real name ,and yes just as cool!) would be hanging out for the rest of the festival and he responded that he had to get back for work on the Monday so he couldn’t. I stood there in shock looking at this guy who just stepped off stage from playing an incredible gig tell me he had a job to get back to. Life as a musician is a bumpy road no matter what level of success you are deemed to have achieved. But it is very easy to think about the negatives, that day changed my outlook on what we were trying to achieve.

This year we head to the festival for the 6th time as part of the Music Trail , incredibly grateful for the run we have had and for the people who have come to see us and returned again to see more! Last year we had people singing our doings louder then he which was quite surreal! We have played and hopefully will get to play plenty of other festivals in the future but this festival will remain deep in the history of our little band.

So my advice to one and all is get down to this festival on the 28th April, and of course don't forget to check us out when you are there!!


Kilkenny Roots Festival a place where people don't try to be cool, they just are cool!



Down by the water

Hi everyone,

Hopefully you have had a chance to take a look at our latest video. We had a great time recording it, very relaxed and chilled few hours down by the water at a beautiful setting with our good friend Alan Cahill behind the lens doing what he does best.

We wanted to get something together visually that made sense with the EP title 'Tales From The Fish Tank' and also gave the song a chance to just breathe without any fancy light shows or intricate storylines. Don't get me wrong we love these types of videos but this song just wouldn't be suited to it. We had some different ideas but in the end we knew a good setting was the key.

The video was filmed out in Lucan along the canal and was so beautiful don't be surprised to se us there again for more work!!

In addition to the hard work of Alan we also invited our newest Needable relative, Lucian, to snap shots of us as we made the video and the outcome was fantastic. See below just a few of the great shots he got.

We hope you enjoyed the video and we have plenty more on the horizon for you too!

Keep it country







Tales about 'Tales'

So what do you get when you wrap your ears around our latest offering –

Bringing It Home -  Something we tried to do on this record was to record the kind of songs that best shows The Needables sound. Our first EP was made up of songs we wrote before officially starting the band and it was kind of a ‘chuck em together and see how it sounds’ type record where this one is much more the sound of The Needables. This song was the first track where we felt ‘ that’s it, that’s the sound we want’. Don’t get me wrong we are very proud of our first EP but there was no direction with the writing just songs that we thought were the best to record.

Oh Chicago – Everyone needs a happy place and that’s exactly what this song is all about.  Probably the most gentle song on the list and we hope you enjoy it as much as we love playing it. It was one of those quick songs to record and to try over think it and add lots of fancy instrumentation around it would actually just end up taking away from core of the songs and we felt it was best played as you hear on the record….maybe we will release a special 7” live version with a 9 minute guitar solo but for now this is what we have to offer!

You Won’t Cry – This was written just before recording and the song we probably had most hopes for. The problem is this nearly always means it’s the song you struggle with most to get right. And this was no exception! We had everything recorded for it and it all sounded nice but there was a little something missing. So Floyd put down the mandolin track  just to see what it might sound like and that was the point it started to turn for us. Everything fell into place after that and after many head against wall moments suddenly we had caught the sound and atmosphere to the song that we wanted. A wise man once said “I love it when a plan comes together”

Its Better Forgetting The Things You’ve Done – This is my favourite song Floyd has ever written so it took a lot of convincing for me to let it go on this EP as I really wanted it on our Debut Album but we just felt if would fit perfectly in this EP so I gave in! We recorded it a few different ways but ended up going back to the original recording as it caught the emotion best from all the versions tried.

Rainy Day Blues – Well we are Irish so only right that we have a song about Rain! This was our charity single for The Laura Brennan Trust and somehow this ickle song managed to knock Nathan Carter off the top of the ITunes Country Charts!  This song probably ended up a lot different than the one that was in our minds when it came to recording it but I love how it turned out. The electric guitar sound driving through the song is a personal favourite.

When We Lost Ya – A song about death (uplifting way to finish the record!) This is the only time in all the years playing together that Floyd does not play an instrument on the song, I guess I had to give him a break sometime! We are really happy with how this turned out as is often a set finisher as well as EP finisher for us.

Don't forget to pick up your copy at Whelans on 19th June 2015 att our official luanch party