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Australian Bushfire Benefit @ Wexford Arts Centre update 

THE REMEDY CLUB, THE MAN WHOM, BEKI HEMINGWAY, THE SWEET SORROWS, CURSED MURPHY VERSUS THE RESISTANCE, FRANKENSTEIN BOLTS, TEN OUNCE MOUSE and COLM MAC CON IOMAIRE.
Australia is burning. It is both catastrophic and unprecedented. Australia, long known as the land of fires, droughts and floods, is experiencing the worst ever crisis in its recorded history. Since September 2019, in a hideously premature fire season, 32 people have perished, at least 1 billion animals have died, and over 2000 homes and nearly 11 million hectares have been incinerated. Wiped out. That’s nearly twice the size of Ireland.

The artists above are staging a benefit concert on January 31st at the Wexford Arts Centre, who have generously provided their beautiful venue. All profits raised will go to the Australian Bushfire Appeal. Specific details will be announced on the night. If you would like to get on board, come and support the concert. If you can’t make it to the Arts Centre on January 31st, you can plan an event, or fund-raise, using your talents and initiative. Every little bit helps. We are many. Here are some useful links for donations: 

THE RED CROSS BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY APPEAL

THE KANGAROO ISLAND MAYORS BUSHFIRE APPEAL FUND & SA BUSHFIRE APPEAL

Happy 2020 Folks! 

Happy New Year, New Decade!! Welcome to the 20s!! 

Rest is top of our list thus far (and himself is better for it) but after a month of that we are starting to think, plan and create towards all the year has in store @CampSweetSorrows!  Thailand looms for Sammy; we have a Wexford show in March thanks to Real Rockin' Roots; and ongoing discussion with publisher-types regarding Mr Horner's book - Finn and the Wild Goose. 'The Australian Sessions' are leaving the shelves and we've been getting some great feed back and response thanks guys! If you haven't heard the new tunes or would like to purchase a copy go HERE!

Only two tours for The Sweet Sorrows in 2020...UK/ Ireland first in May / June and then to  Switzerland and Germany  in September. Some dates are in for the UK tour, but we'd love to come and play for you...message us for details, with any questions or if you would like to book us in your venue or your lounge room, we aren't fussy!

Our hearts and prayers and thoughts are with all suffering in the Australian fires, such devastation and loss...such courage from so many.. The heartbreak will continue for awhile yet.  Aussies are a tough breed and are rallying with typical resilience but this is the worst disaster on record. Much love to all of you that we know down unda, stay safe, we are rooting for you!!

Slainte!

TSS

Christmas Musings.. 

All kinds of feelings about this time of year depending on who you ask.  Looking back, I can’t help but be thankful for 2019.  There are lots of things I think I control, and I work hard for a living and yet, more than my efforts and more than my skills, one thing has been on my heart all year…the kindness of others.  

It would be fair to say that we simply would not survive or be able to continue to do what we do if it was not for the kindness shown to us.  Hospitality, warm beds, food, promotion,  purchase of our music, support, kind audiences, generosity, and more. 

Any musician who thinks that anyone owes them a listen is mistaken, it is a joy and privilege to have people in front of us who hear and watch what we do. It’s a gift. 

It’s a gift to have people share their homes with you, pay for a hotel room, prepare a meal, drive you to the airport and buy your recordings and art.   

It is a luxurious gift to get to travel all over the world to play music or to play in your local community to friends and fans.   

Sure, it’s hard work too and there is no excuse for not putting time and effort into what you do, but at this point I am aware that the amount of grace shown to us is really what makes it happen. 

People consistently put us before themselves, give freely and bless us so that we can keep doing our simple thing.  It’s a beautiful thing, grace.  I can’t control it, I can’t expect it, I can’t earn it and yet it is evident all around me in every country and culture.   

So, to everyone who has extended grace to us in any way I’d like to take the time to thank you as this year comes to an end.  You embody the Christmas message of the gift of grace in so many ways…..I am thankful for you and that we have been recipients of your freely given gifts of support, love, care, hospitality and everything else…. In fearful times I find comfort that the Christmas story almost begins with the words  “Don’t be afraid.” 2019 gave me hope once again that, because of grace, fear takes a back seat.  

Merry Christmas and a blessed 2020.. 

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” 

― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol 

 

Thankyou UK!  

Heading for Irish Ferries in Wales and chatting with Mayfair Lane about this last 3 weeks. Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, you rock and we thank you! Beautiful audiences and great craic! Now for some catch up on work at home for a short week, then off we go! Check our SHOWS page for upcoming dates. Slainte folks! 

Thank you for a great 2018!! 

Whew! It was a belter year and we couldn't have done any of it without the many of you who help make it happen!!

As 2018 draws to a close, we are mindful of the support, friendship and love that enables us Horners to do all that we do. Thank you!   For listening, for sharing, for buying, for extending yourselves to us...for supporting live music, the arts, the creatives, the troubadours...for helping us make a difference, for helping spread light and love.  We are grateful and humbled and ready to work hard for another year. 

May 2019 find our paths meeting on the road, and may there be joy in the journey.

With every blessing.

Sammy's Christmas Blog 

Well, 2018 was a big year. We travelled all over the planet and found love, hate, joy, anger, unity, division, warmth and icy cold. No different to other years in some ways, but context is everything and 2018 brought me into sharper focus than other years…maybe it’s just getting older does that. Last week I spent time with family. It had been the worst kind of year for them…the worst kind of loss. Some of my friends in the USA had suffered a similar loss and wrote to me to offer sound advice. 

During this time I heard the full horror of the story. The hopelessness and sense of loss was tangible and I saw the kind of tears that only old men can cry roll down cheeks. The story was soaked in pain, helplessness, terror and emptiness but as they told the saddest of stories, a memory would insert itself and the tale took another direction. There it was, ‘joy’ had her say right there! This story brought a smile to the room, then, back into the dark for more horror. The ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ continued for sometime, then an unrelated story brought laughter to every heart. We all glimpsed it. The light got in and somehow it let us see with some clarity for a moment. Then typical Irish sayings made the whole scenario seem laughable and ridiculous until we were all giggling in spite of the sadness that was still our constant companion in the room, because peace got a foot in the door and refused to leave until we all had a little taste. 

I had watched from afar as my friends in the USA walked a similar road, but their counsel was perfect because they already knew that place and what was required for visitors. 
So, as we head into Christmas, it is not lost on me that context is everything. A couple of thousand years ago, in a distant land that was occupied by an invading force with a deeply insecure ‘world’ leader. People longed for a big helping hand, a saviour, something bigger than their problems. It was a dark time, a violent time, an oppressive time and an uncertain time. They needed a big thing and yet the story tells us that a teenage peasant girl gave birth to a baby boy. 

The one who would be hailed as the light of the world, the prince of peace, the way the truth and the life, came as something small, insignificant, helpless and easily mistaken as small and useless. It was (once more) not lost on me that in this story eventually a mother would walk the same road as my friends and family have in 2018. 

It seemed to me that it was the small joys that became important. The hint of peace of mind and heart. The laughter that was found in the light. They had joined in with the tears of sorrow. Not overtaking the sadness or making it vanish but rather, easing it with small glimpses of hope and goodness. The sadness seemed bigger, but it couldn’t keep holding on to us like it wanted too. Peace would insist on being heard. Joy was going to have her say and the light made sure that the darkness became a foggy blur that we could squint through, rather than the total blindness that leaves us numb. It was the little things that helped us push on when the big things try to crush us. 
I head into 2019 with the thought that just maybe, the peace and joy and light that we quote at this time of year is there for all of us. It’s not big, it’s not blinding and it’s not always in our face. 

It shows up when the big hurts come and the large disappointments batter us. It’s small and can almost be overlooked, but it is what keeps the darkness lit, what reminds us of the good during the bad and the joy that curls our lips upward when the grimace of pain thinks it has won. 
Like everything else this year, I guess I already knew this, and ancient wisdom has 
told us that it is dark and sad out there, however, 
‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’. 
So here’s to the little things that endure for each of us.... 

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019 to you all.

Celticana Australia 

Looking forward to being Down Unda again after 18 months and playing,  catching up with friends and family and enjoying the Antipodes! Our gig in China was cancelled, we will spend some time in Hong Kong instead. You can find all of our Australian concert dates on our SHOWS page, still booking and up for house shows, pubs, you name it, we'll play it! 

Celticana 2018, there's more!  

Celticana USA 2018 was epic! 10 states, 35 concerts in 45 days... It was great craic and we loved it! Thankyou to all who hosted, booked, supported and helped make it successful! Next, China and Aussie we are headed to you in Oct/Nov! Dates coming soon!! 

USA, we are coming your way! 

We are touring from the west coast to the east coast and back again. Check out our SHOWS page for more information on where we will be!

Sammy's latest epic solo project 'Worship Like A Celt' incorporating two albums and two books is ramping up. The first album 'An Aid To Contemplation and Personal Devotion' will be available  from July 19th. Stay tuned for release dates for the rest! 

It's all go, never boring and filled with blessings! Life in all its fullness!  Grateful for the support and love that we received and giving thanks for the many opportunities that we are given.  Holler if there are any questions! 

The Electrics 30th Anniversary 

June is when its all happening for Electrics fans!

One show only in Paisley,Scotland this Sunday June 3rd! German fans get two choices to see the original line up play!

Check the SHOWS page for details! Dont miss out!