Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Cork date confirmed

Myself, Mick Moss (Antimatter), and Lisa Cuthbert acoustic session.
July 5th* - An Cruiscin Lan, Douglas St, Cork.

*rescheduled from the 4th

Monday, June 15, 2009


Work has resumed on the 2nd Íon album, Immaculada, which is scheduled for an autumn release. All of the instrumentation is done now, apart from a couple of of snippets here and there. It's actually sounding like an album now and the artwork that I received last week is really fitting. The overall sound is even more organic than the first album, with a strong presence of the mandolin family in there along with some solid percussion playing, with flute and string sections carrying it all along nicely. Still a few more surprises to go down on tape, then I can start mixing the thing and get it ready for release.

The Silent Stars
Damhsa na gceithre ghaoth
Cetetea Cisnadioara
Return To Spirit

It will be released in Europe by Equilibrium Music



I'll have some Íon t-shirts printed by the end of next week, with the artwork from the Madre, Protegenos album. I'll post pics when I can convince someone to model them for me, plus the ordering info and that.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

'Enemies' compilation

Today I received copies of the 'Enemies' compilation album that myself and Darren White (original Anathema frontman) contributed a track to. The concept of the album was to get songs/poems that were written or popular during the 2nd World War, performed by artists from countries on different sides of the frontline in their own mother tongues. Our track was based on poetry from Wilfred Owen which was written during World War 1, themed by a very minimal & sombre rendition of Its A Long Way To Tipperary. It makes a suitable intro to the whole thing.
It's worth getting hold of if you can find it (I dont have any ordering info yet), and the packaging is killer.

To enter the competition to win a copy, click HERE

1. DUNCAN PATTERSON & DARREN WHITE «Its A Long Way To Tipperary/Spring Offensive» (Ireland/U.K).

TRAUM'ER LEBEN “Lili Marleen” (Germany)

LONSAI MAIKOV "Les Soldats Du Marais (Peat Bog Soldiers)" (France)

MOON FAR AWAY “Темная Ночь (The Dark Night)” (USSR)

VON THRONSTAHL “Victotia II” (Germany)

CHANGES “Anthems To Freedom (new version)” (USA)

ROSE ROVINE E AMANTI “La Canzone Del Volontario” (Italy)

ТIТЛО “В Землянке (In The Dug-out)” (USSR)

GOTHIKA “Army march drawn sword police” (Japan)

DISSONANT ELEPHANT “Журавли (The Cranes)” (France/USSR)

Released in May by Indiestate Distribution/MFA, and compiled by Count Ash.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wave Gotik report/ Irish dates in July

I arrived back from the WGT festival, Leipzig, sometime on Monday. We were lucky to get there at all,as we got stranded in Zurich for a good few hours while we were rescheduled on another flight to Berlin and still had to drive to Leipzig, so it is a blessing that we got there in time to play. As it happens, the gig went really well and Lisa Cuthbert accompanied us for virtually the whole gig this time, as well as taking lead vocals on Beyond The Morning, which was a welcome addition to the setlist. Looking forward to the new íon album and autumn gigs with herself. I've yet to find many pics of the gig but I'll add them here if any more come in. Heres the setlist anyway. Thanks to the people working at the festival for making sure we eventually got there, and for looking after us during our brief stay. Danke!

Eleanor Rigby
Over Your Shoulder
The Last Laugh
My White
Beyond the Morning
Going Nowhere / Destiny
Leaving Eden
The Weight Of The World
Lost Control

Pics by Bloodlite

Irish dates in July

I'll be playing some gigs in Ireland during the first weekend of July. It'll be the same format as WGT, together with Mick Moss and Lisa Cuthbert.

July 3rd - Doyles, Dublin
July 5th - An Cruiscin Lan, Douglas St, Cork