I was born in Ireland in 1976 and moved to Melbourne Australia in 2011. Until then the path in life was writing, recording, touring a succession of albums, six in total, mainly funded by the exhibition and sale of my art. In Australia I became a Dad, studied, graduated, and worked as a graphic designer for a number of years.
With the pull back to music forever gnawing, I packed in design, moved to the hills, and crowdfunded the means to record and release my 7th album 'Wolf Counsel'(2015). While immensely proud of that body of work, my music had reached comedic levels of financial return.
At that moment in time, the dizzying heights of cleaning a school sustained life and while sweeping an indoor basketball court with a static cloth was a drug of unknown origin, I wanted my income to be from music.
The cover gig, at times a complete shit show! did the job for a number of years.
"Though he went on to simultaneously..."
APOLOGIES.... I momentarily slipped into a past life of third-person chest beating in an attempt to get that festival, radio slot etc. across the line...YAWN!
I lived in South-West Victoria for a spell, selling my art at the markets in Port Fairy and the coastal surrounds while continuing to gig the bars. A push back to Melbourne came in various forms but a successful job interview to milk buffalo coincided with the offer of a residency gig in the city, meaning " the stroking of buffalo udders was never meant to be for Roesy - The Irish Times."
Fast forward too many 'Khe Sanh' requests to mention, I quit the pub-gigs, worked behind the bar, studied to be a disability worker and drove Uber.
As a closure to that period of life, I recorded a collection of Irish ballads that I'd made my own over those preceding years and released 'The Day Before The Fair' (2018), recorded both in Australia and Ireland.
The album features some of my favorite musicians from back home like Donogh Hennessy who produced the album into one of my favorites to date. When the alienation of homesickness would kick in, these songs from my youth took me home and singing them made geography irrelevant.
Living in Melbourne back then was in a caravan behind a movie prosthetics studio, which became a piece of art in itself. I had a studio space separate where I spent most of my time between Uber alerts. A fare could take me out locally for a short run or all over the city and surrounds. In a lottery of location and time I'd often merge into the 5am airport run, sleep it off, wash, rinse, and repeat. Some of those 1000+ trips are like short movies in my head, vast ranging the gammut of human being and beast.
In the same week I completed my placement at an aged care facility, both the art studio where I lived and the pub where I worked sold. The Pub's owner was to manage a kitchen in a small country town two hours North of Melbourne.
"When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose" whispered Bob and I asked if they needed a barman. "Tell me how does it feeeeeeeel"
With suburban life well and truly tested to a remarkable level of depression, each and every-time, myself and my daughter spent a number of days and nights exploring what is now a happy home in the countryside.
I worked as a barman initially, transitioned into Care Work for an agency until January 2019 when I set up my own business 'Rogha' as an Independent Support Provider.
I've just released 'The Gold Of Solstice June' and the next single is being chipped away at daily.
Hopefully that gives a compact scope of the last decade,
(Turn on notifications and know when I've gone live / past streams remain on my page for 14 days)
(.....featuring the extremely talented Stephen!) I built a home recording studio during lockdown, doubling as a space to offer a music service to my existing clients. I'm not trained as an art or music therapist, nor do I ever promote myself to be. I'm back at the beginning of my own journey, using creative exploration in spontaneous and exciting ways to communicate and connect with another.