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Celeb Diary with Paddy Casey: I love gigging with my old flatmate Declan

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07/01/2015 Paddy Casey during the launch of the 10th Anniversary of TradFest Temple Bar at the House of Lords, on College Green,Dublin. TradFest Temple Bar will run from 28 Jan 'Äì 1 Feb 2015. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

07/01/2015 Paddy Casey during the launch of the 10th Anniversary of TradFest Temple Bar at the House of Lords, on College Green,Dublin. TradFest Temple Bar will run from 28 Jan 'Äì 1 Feb 2015. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

From left, Declan O'Rourke, Paddy Casey and Damien Dempsey in MacCarthy's in Dingle

From left, Declan O'Rourke, Paddy Casey and Damien Dempsey in MacCarthy's in Dingle

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07/01/2015 Paddy Casey during the launch of the 10th Anniversary of TradFest Temple Bar at the House of Lords, on College Green,Dublin. TradFest Temple Bar will run from 28 Jan 'Äì 1 Feb 2015. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

It's been a busy start to the year with lots of gigs around the country.

Tonight I'll be playing in Kinsale and then in Monaghan on Saturday night.

I had great fun last weekend doing a gig with my old flat mate Declan O'Rourke.

Me and Declan are kind of mental together - we don't have one single song that we can play in the same key because we have completely different styles.

He has quite a low voice whereas mine is in the middle but somehow it still works.

Usually we take turns singing and there's a lot of banter on stage. It's great fun and the audiences enjoy it.

At the moment, I'm starting to play new songs that I'm working on for my next record and the response has been brilliant.

I'm planning on putting out two records this year, hopefully. One is going to be an acoustic album, it's going to be very simple with just guitar and vocals and maybe some piano.

The other will be more upbeat - there'll be a lot more drums and guitar on it. Songbook - my greatest hits album - was released before Christmas; there isn't any new music on it but I picked songs that I like to play at my gigs.

I'm excited for my Paddy's Day concert in Singapore

I have about 20 gigs across the country over the next three months and then I'm off to Singapore in March.

I'm playing a concert there on St Patrick's Day, which I'm really looking forward to.

I've never been to Asia before so I can't wait for it - I'm just doing one gig and then I have a week to explore the city.

The crowds in other countries are just so different to the ones you get at home so gigging abroad is a totally different experience.

I've been to Australia a few times - I think you're a novelty down there and it's just brilliant.

Even Australians who love Irish music or like folk music come to my gigs.

Then you have all the Irish people who come because they miss Irish music or they just want to hang out with their mates for the night.

Irish people are different abroad - they let go a lot more at gigs.

I'm hoping to head to America in the summer and then go back to Australia in the winter.

Temple Bar Trad Fest will be great fun

I'm doing three gigs for the Front Row Sessions at TradFest in Temple Bar next weekend.

I like to go to those places when it's warm.

I'll be playing Buskers Bar on Thursday, The Norsemen on Friday and the Temple Bar on Sunday.

All the gigs are free and I'm really looking forward to it because it'll be small, intimate crowds in the pubs that I'm playing in.

Other artists playing at the festival are Eleanor McEvoy, Mundy, Damien Dempsey, The Dublin Legends, The Undertones, The Hot House Flowers, Louise Mulcahy and Niamh Dunne (pictured left).

There's so many gigs on that there'll be something for everyone and there'll be a great atmosphere about town.

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I've got some Spanish friends, who are also musicians, over to visit at the moment.

They usually come over here at Christmas and do a few gigs with me and then I go over to Spain and play concerts with them over there.

They're called Escuchando Elefantes and they're pretty big in Spain on the folk circuit, kind of like me here I suppose.

The next gig they have in Ireland is they're supporting Cathy Davey at the Winter Music Festival in Cork next Saturday and then they'll come up to Dublin for the last day of the festival.

Go to Tommy for a laugh

Tommy Tiernan has been a comedian for 20 years and his new stand-up show Out of the whirlwind doesn't hold back.

His new show is running at Vicar Street until January 31 with more dates scheduled for February and June.

Tickets are from €35, including booking fee are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.ie.

Great play at the Project

Following its hugely successful sell-out run at the Dublin Theatre Festival, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride will return for a limited run at the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar from February 4 to 14.

The production will then travel to The Mac, Belfast, before returning to the The Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray on February 27 and 28.

Aoife Duffin's performance is one not to be missed.

Tickets, priced from €18, are on sale now from www.projectartscentre.com.


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