Category Archives: My Own Music

Commentary on my own songs.

A Factory Lad – Part 1

I first heard Margaret and Bob Fagan sing Factory Lad at the National Folk Festival in 2008. The song was part of the feature album for the festival, showcasing NSW folk talents. No doubt they mentioned Colin Dryden as the … Continue reading

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The Economics of the Independent Singer-Songwriter

Last month I took my second album, ‘Wolf at the Door’, down from digital distribution. I published the album in February 2017, and to keep the album published on all the distribution services (Google, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.) has cost … Continue reading

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The Prodigal Guitar

Here is a picture of me back when I was young and naïve. I’m playing the guitar that my now beautiful and long-suffering wife (then girlfriend of 12 months) owned. From the class ring I’m wearing, it was probably the … Continue reading

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Don’t Look Away

Surely this is the tipping point. This is it, the step too far, the final act that exposes the monster and the fraud. We cringed when he was caught out bragging about grabbing women. We gritted our teeth when he … Continue reading

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Zombie Sheep of the Murrumbidgee

Now that I have finished writing 11 song about the distant and recent history of Yass, in New South Wales, Australia, I want to make them into an album. All my previous albums have been digital-only, due to the prohibitive … Continue reading

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Charlottesville

We live in an age, for better or worse, where ignorance is no longer an excuse for bigotry. Back in the 1500s, you could excuse the populous for joining a bloody fight over a few flavours of Christianity. Even though … Continue reading

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Miranda – Keep the Cameras Rolling

With everything that has happened since the surreal inauguration of Donald Trump on 20th of January, I have found myself feeling paralysed and numb. The string of ridiculous Presidential Executive Orders this week has dashed any hope that maybe the … Continue reading

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Wolf at the Door

Amidst all the Happy New Year well-wishing I was feeling distinctly un-optimistic about the future of humanity. I tried to capture the feeling in this song, Wolf at the Door. I’m not sure if I have ever properly understood the … Continue reading

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Sisters of Yass

I was asked to write an Irish song for an upcoming music festival. Often my song-writing requires a specific catalyst and the songs tend to come out fully-formed in a few minutes. In searching for a suitable subject for a … Continue reading

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Women’s Day (Men stop being Bastards)

I wrote a song to express my sentiments on Women’s Day this year. I have included the lyrics below: Women’s Day (by Daniel Kelly, 2016) You pulled her hair in primary school, Teased her ‘caus you thought it made you … Continue reading

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