At the start of the year, Addicted to Company won the Meteor Award for Best Album, which was great, even if I think Cathy Davey's album should have got it. On nights like that, I'm all right getting up and singing, but getting up and talking is a bit of a nightmare for me. But it was a good night.
This year, I spent roughly six months touring around America. A lot of good things happened there, but it was a lot of hard work -- early mornings until late and then travelling practically every day. They definitely warm to Irish people; maybe that's because they can't understand a word you're saying when you're not singing.
I played on the Late Show with David Letterman, which was massive. And for a week on MTV during every ad break, there was a bit of me singing or talking. That was mental -- I watched it for the first hour but couldn't take it any more.
I think I'm writing better than any time before. Maybe because I'm older, my brain is jamming together a bit better. And because of stuff I've done over the year, I've got positive feedback and I've been asked to write songs and contacted by producers, which I suppose is a boost to the ego. You start to think, 'maybe I can do this, maybe I can write songs'. The curse of being a songwriter is you always think everyone else's songs are better than yours.
Other than work, one of the best gigs I was at was Fight Like Apes -- you'd have to see them on stage to see why.
I haven't smiled all the way through a gig like that since I was a kid.
For 2009, I'm working on some new songs at the moment and hope to have a new album, and I'd like to learn to play the piano properly.
I'm of the opinion that life seems to get a little bit better every year: things make more sense.