'Moon and Back' Single, Music Video and Gig News!

By David Hope

'Moon and Back' Single, Music Video and Gig News!

Hello Folks, 

It’s been a while but it’s great to be getting back out there. 

So how about I start with the big news first and work our way back from there?


Yes, that’s right! My new studio album “…and The Sea” is finally seeing the light of day and will be released in September 2022 through Swiss music label, TOURBOmusic. 

Ahead of the album, I am releasing the second single/song from the album called Moon and back’ on Friday, March 25th.

Moon and back’ is a song that’s very dear to my heart.


 Single artwork by Jenny Mongan / @lapsedpainter 
Graphic layout by Rhino PDS, Kinsale

I’m very excited to be sending this song out into the world and hopefully, you’ll enjoy listening to it. The song will be available on all the usual spots including the dreaded Spotify, however I would encourage you to check it out on Bandcamp (or any other platform really!) if it all possible. The music video will be available on my YouTube channel if you fancy a watch - I had great fun shooting it with Crude Media! 


The song and the album were recorded at Monique Recording Studios in Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland. Similar to my 2017 album ‘Tough Love’, this album was also recorded under the guidance of legendary drummer and producer, Christian Best.

Christian busy at work in the studio


was also joined by a fabulous ensemble of great musicians including Steffi Hess from Switzerland on double bass, Kealan Kenny from Cork on electric guitar and Darragh Keary from Limerick on Piano. 

The guts of the track was cut live in the studio which is a beautifully terrifying way to record but I feel it has helped capture the heart and soul of the songs we recorded and I think ‘Moon and Back’ is a great example of that work. 

 The video for this single was filmed by Limerick based movie magicians ‘Crude Media’  - with the fantastic Shane Serrano and Wojciech Kwiatkowski behind the lens. We filmed it on a beautiful but baltic day in Quilty, Co. Clare and let me tell you, it was freezing!! A big shout out and thanks to Rhonda and Kenny for the beautiful vintage lamp we used for the shoot. 

 Photo by Wojciech Kwiatkowski


Some Gig News

In other news, it was great to dust myself off and get back out in the road playing some shows. I had the great pleasure to open up for the legendary John Spillane on his mini tour of the north west of Ireland toward to end of last month. We played in the Town hall Theatre in Westport Co. Mayo, The Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal and last but by no means least, the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton Co. Leitrim. They were lovely rooms to play with great audiences. 

Live at Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Donegal


Upcoming Gigs 

On the live shows front,  I will be opening the show up for Limerick songstress Emma Langford on April 13th 2022 at the Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon.  It promises to be a lovely night of music!
In May, I’ll be taking to the stage with my band at the Claremorris Folk Festival in Co. Mayo. 


I have loads more news and lovely gigs coming over the next few months but for now, (if you’ve gotten this far!) I’ll say goodbye for now.

I hope you enjoy the new music and I’ll looking forward to seeing you at a live gig very soon.