Sooo… After a super dooper long trip in Ireland… I thought I’d tell you all the goings on between now and then.
Ireland was amazing. Not only did I get to do the usual friends and family thing, which is essential, but I got to properly get back to my roots of what I love doing. What made me who
I am today. The song “Castles in the Air,” couldn't be more fitting to my lifestyle. I love the country life. I love the city too, but in order to get my head in the right place for 9 months of non stop touring, hustle and bustle I need food for the soul. I need water, earth, fire & wind. I need elements. It is these things that leave me in good shape for life on the road & stage.
Whilst in Ireland I got my old van back on the road. That’s the same van that myself and the “Durty Stopouts” used to tour Ireland back in 2010. I went to visit all my old haunts. I always have a fear of things changing dramatically in Ireland when I’m gone for such a long time but thankfully they haven’t. I hadn’t been home in Ireland for that long in 4 years. If you know the lay of the land in IRE there are so many amazing nooks and hidden cranny’s where you can still pitch up for the night, cook breakfast have a surf and your only neighbors are the seals and gulls. Not only was the van home to me for the 1st 2 months of the trip but it was also a tour wagon for the old lineup of the “Durty Stopouts,” we played a few secret shows and “Having a Laugh Fest” in Sligo which was a blast. It’s the 1st year the festival has run officially and I can see it being such a success. It’s in such an amazing setting of forest, rivers & campfires. Funny how it all panned out that night… The huge diesel generator died as we walked on the festival sight so we didn't get on the stage till after 1am. Needless to say we were a bit glassy eyed as we played 4 hours after we were supposed to go on. Only good thing was that the crowd were even more glazed over than us so the set went down a storm. It was amazing to see people singing along to songs that they haven't heard in years and knowing all the words.
In between hoboing about the country I was at home in Donegal, fishing daily out on my old charter boat and helping my Mum and Dad with their soap, harvesting the seaweeds and filling orders and whatever other chore’s they could hit me with. I love what my folks are doing. After many many years of shift work and working the 9-5, they have eventually found something that they love doing and are making it work for themselves. I’m so glad their hard work is paying off. Not only that, their product is amazing. If I could describe Shivon Soap in one word it would be “butter.”
The van also took us all the way around France for over 2 weeks. France is an amazing place dripping with culture and awesome people. The food was completely up my street. Oysters on the side of the road, home-made ciders, the best of wines… I could easily retire in that place, (long ways away) but I can see why the Rolling Stones used to reside there. We went from Ireland on the 19 hour ferry that took us to Normande then weaved our way down the whole coast avoiding the motorways and staying on the beaten track stopping at Mont Saint Michelle, La Rochelle, Ile De Re, Cancale, Bordeaux and Brantome. Then we headed right up the middle to Paris for the last 2 days of the trip. Again there was so much that myself and Kelsey wanted to bring back for Harkin Headquarters. We brought back what we could and it seems that you loved it. Almost everything from the French section of the website is sold out already! Also the whole time we were in Ireland we were prospecting on what we could bring you guys from my home, Ireland. They are up and live right now. Go and have a look! Kelsey and myself have a few really cool ideas coming your way with the HHQ over the next few months. Some of which were inspired by Sir Richard Branson whilst our time spent on Necker Island.
After Ireland and France, Richard Branson’s Necker Island was the next stop…
TO BE CONTINUED...... :)
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