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Hello All

Just a quick update on progress thus far and upcoming events.

Firstly, thank you for all your messages of sympathy over the death of my Father and first musical mentor Peter O’Connor. I sang a song my brother Neil wrote for him, at the funeral, called “Go West”. Dad was from Galway in the West of Ireland.

A couple of weeks ago I did a concert on a boat going from Nice to Pisa and the Mediterranean Sea kicked up a fuss and halfway through “If Only”, the Grand Piano, played by Fergal Murray, flew across the stage, missing me by inches!

I’ve been doing lots of publicity in Ireland as the album HIDDEN HEART is being launched here.

It is only available in Ireland and the UK at present but I will keep you posted as it gets released in other territories. It can be bought in record shops (and if they don’t have it ask them to order it via Universal and the catalogue number is IHCD 37). It also available on-line from Amazon, Tescos,, etc.

Hidden Heart has 12 tracks on it
Track Listings
1. Acoustically Yours
2. I’ll See You Again
3. Hidden duet with Moya Brennan
4. Perfect Days
5. Who Will Care
6. Strong
7. Loveable
8. Time After Time
9. Tell Me Why Duet with Rob Reynolds
10. End Of My Days
11. If Only Duet with Tony Dangerfield of The Subterraneans
12. Fear Of Flying

There are eight brand new tracks on the album although there a couple you may have heard me play live if you have been to a gig in the last year or so. There are two new interpretations of old tracks based on repeated requests from you lot and finally, there are two older tracks that have only ever appeared on bootleg albums and were never finished - so enjoy. Martin Rushent produced the album and, as those of you who have been with me for a while will know, he also produced my Smile album, with our Neil, back in the day.

Next up will be a special performance in Brighton, England on 26 May. Festivals next, in both the UK and Ireland, some with Cormac and Ruairí, and some with The Subterraneans – in fact I will be performing at the last ever Wasted Festival at the Winter Gardens in August. At the end of September, I will do some dates in Scotland, kicking off with the East Kilbride Arts Centre on 30th and this will be followed with a tour of duty in October in England.

I’m afraid Dutch dates are not until 2007 now.

I’ll be appearing in a musical play in Dundalk, Ireland, in November. Written by Cormac’s Dad, Tony De Barra about the life of GRACE O'MALLEY. You can read up on the life of this amazing woman if you follow this link and I may do a bit more acting work soon.

We had a great night in The Left Bank in Sligo Town on Thursday and all the new dates are posted on my website - but here are the immediate ones:

Saturday 25 Brooklodge, McCreddin Village, Co Wicklow

Tueday 2 Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
John Hewitt Bar, Belfast
Sunday 7 Wicklow Arts Festival
Grand Hotel, Wicklow
Thursday 11 Dolan’s Limerick
Friday 12 Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, Birr, Co Offaly
Saturday 13 Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, Co Donegal
Thursday 18 De Barra's, Clonakilty, West Cork
Friday 19 Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
Saturday 20 Sky Venue, Portlaoise, Co Laois
Friday 26 Brighton Fringe Festival
The Old Market, Hove

Sunday 18 Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival 2006
Thursday 22 Finegan’s, 72 South Main St., Wexford
Support Laura Caffrey

Friday 11 Wasted Festival,
Winter Gardens, Blackpool
With The Subterraneans and Billy Davidson

Finally, as I mentioned above, our Neil wrote the song GO WEST and if you want you can cut and paste the link into your browser and you have a listen to it.

So from a lovely day in Wicklow,

Love Hazel
PS - there may be another Dublin gig in June...
Posted on 26 Mar 2006 by seedy
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