Michael Mc Cague's Blog (18)

A Few new tunes

This last couple of months I've posted a few recent compositions to SoundCloud.

Here's the link to the playlist.


Added by Michael Mc Cague on May 24, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Get a FREE copy of "The Waylaid Man" CD

As a special offer for the month of August, I am running a deal whereby anyone who learns a single tune from my album "The Waylaid Man" will get a free copy of the CD.

I have already added some tracks to my SoundCloud account and the link to these tracks is below here so this should make learning a tune all that bit more easy and accessible also.…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on August 5, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Jazz great Barney Kessel's contribution to "The Waylaid Man"

Barney Kessel was one of the all-time music giants. One of the highest rated jazz guitarists from the 40's right through to the 80's, he played with Charlie Parker (who was so bowled over by his playing in one session that he carried Barney's amplifier all the way to his car for him all the while saying how great he was!!), Oscar Peterson, Lester Young,…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on May 11, 2015 at 21:30 — No Comments

Music from "The Waylaid Man" to be featured on Ceili House on RTE Radio 1

Last Wednesday, I recorded some of my own compositions for the well known music programme, Céili House, on national radio station RTÉ Radio 1, presented by Stockton's Wing banjo player …


Added by Michael Mc Cague on May 1, 2015 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

2 free tracks from "The Waylaid Man" available to download from SoundCloud

As it is exactly 1 year ago this weekend that I launched my CD of compositions "The Waylaid Man", I'm feeling in a good mood with how well the album has being received and so I've decided to make 2 tracks from the album publicly available for free download from SoundCloud.

I included the title track from the CD, a set of a march and two jigs. The…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on April 3, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Win a copy of "The Waylaid Man"

Happy Christmas everyone and I hope ye all enjoyed the day!

I've a little competition running on my Facebook music page to win a copy of "The Waylaid Man" CD as a little present to one one lucky person who has been showing interest in my music over the past while!

 Just click on the link below and SHARE AND LIKE the…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on December 26, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

"The Waylaid Man" nominated for the "Northern Ireland Music Prize 2014"

I just discovered that my new CD "The Waylaid Man" was nominated as a contender for the Northern Ireland Music Prize for 2014 some months back.

It was one of 40 nominees longlisted for the prize alongside other high profile nominees such as Cara Dillon, Brian Kennedy and Linley Hamilton.

It's a great honour to be considered for such an…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on December 12, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Footage from recent Monaghan launch of "The Waylaid man"

On October 10th this year I had the  pleasure of launching my new album "The Waylaid Man" in my home town, Scotstown, as part of the Scoil Cheoil na Botha festival.

A great night of music and catching up was had and as it was a home launch of the CD it was great that all the music performed on the night was done by family members, my brothers…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on December 10, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Final track from "The Waylaid Man" on Soundcloud

I was at an odds end there for a few hours and got to feeling in a sharing and generous mood and so decided to upload another track from my album "The Waylaid Man" to Soundcloud! Sure why not, it being a lovely Summers eve an' all…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on June 30, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Notes from the Road : Michael Mc Cague Upcoming Concert Schedule

As I await the hard copy of the album due  in the post next week, I'm happy to announce some nice concerts, sessions and teaching that i'll be involved in over the coming Spring and Summer months.

March 27th      

With Brian McGrath, Donal McCague and Maggie Carty at Matt Molloy's, Westport- …


Added by Michael Mc Cague on March 12, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Master Copy received - heading for printing on Monday

I just received the Master Copy of the album in the post today!! Couldn't be happier now. All set now to send it off to the printers come Monday I'd say after a few sleeve notes edits. Fierce happy now to be nearing the hard copy release date!

Added by Michael Mc Cague on February 13, 2014 at 1:36 — No Comments

Off to the printers.

Back home a few hours ago from mixing the album and it's all done and dusted now!!

Sean Óg will be mastering it now and it will be off to the printers by Monday I think!!

It's been a pleasure getting the album done in Sean Óg's!

Don't forget to pick up the Irish Music Magazine as well for a look at the press release. 

Added by Michael Mc Cague on February 5, 2014 at 0:45 — No Comments

Album Launch - "The Waylaid Man" - 5th April, Belfast

OK Folks,

So the date will be Saturday, 5th April, the location will be Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Belfast and the occasion will be the 1st of only 2 launches of my new album "The Waylaid Man".…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on January 29, 2014 at 19:48 — No Comments

Album Update - Photo's / Editing / Design /

Its great to finally have the general look of the album starting to come through into a tangible form due to the great work and talents of two of the Teada lads, Damien Stenson on photography and Sean Mc Elwain on design. 

I've had the pleasure of knowing and playing on tour with Damien in the US as a part time substitute member of Teada actually deputising for Sean Mc…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on January 21, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Album Update.

So,  at long last I have finally finished putting down all the melody and accompaniment on the forthcoming album.

It has been a long road and all that remains now on the music side is the mixing and mastering, which will also be carried out expertly by Sean Og Graham of Beoga in the next 2/3 weeks.

Other than that it's all the other things to finalise such as photography (which is being…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on January 11, 2014 at 0:30 — 2 Comments

John McSherry Music

It's never a bad thing when you've got an uilleann piper involved in your project who has worked in bands such as Lunasa, Tamalin, Coolfin, At First Light, The Olllam involved in your project- the one and only John McSherry Music !!

John is pl…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on December 10, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

Album production nearing the finishing line

Glad to be nearing the conclusion of the recording of an album of all my own compositions in the traditional style. I have many guests on the album playing my tunes, and i'll be fulfilling the role of composer, producer, arranger, accompanist and occasional melody player.  Most of the work is done. All the melody playing guests have been in studio and completed their…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on December 6, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Recent Activity - a hectically musical and productive 2011!!

Hi all,


Its been an eventful 2011 so far to say the least!


The year kicked off with intensive practicing, arranging, composing and recording for and exiting new fiddle based band project entitled "The Strideset" which is headed up by Trish Clarke and Meabh O Hare.

My role has been putting the guitar and bouzouki rhythm and riff ideas to the colouful tunes of the band!.....its going great so far and we have a 4 track demo just out of the mixing stage for…


Added by Michael Mc Cague on May 28, 2011 at 16:18 — 2 Comments

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