Author: Martin Praetorius

Coughlan’s Live! – 17th August

I am delighted to make my debut in one of Cork’s finest and most iconic live venues in August – Coughlan’s Live!
According to their website, “Coughlans Live has hosted some of the finest local, national and international musicians and comedians. Songwriters like Glen Hansard, Mick Flannery, Lisa Hannigan, Sarah Jarosz, Chris Smither, Anais Mitchell and Ryley Walker. … Continue readingCoughlan’s Live! – 17th August

White Lines – a video from The Rua Room

It has been a long time coming and I am happy to tell you that there is finally a video of me in The Rua Room.
Daithi Rua has quite a few stakes in the way I sound these days. He was the man who first introduced me to partial capos and was kind enough to send me the last batch of the legendary Kyser Capos with the lever.
I cherish these like the holy grail as they don’t make them like this anymore. … Continue readingWhite Lines – a video from The Rua Room

Nur Mut! – Be Brave!

Nur Mut! – Be Brave!
The postcard in the picture above has been lying on the dashboard of my car ever since I left my hometown and hit the road in the spring of 2018, determined to live the life of a travelling troubadour without a permanent base of my own.

This wasn’t a rash decision or something I did on a whim.
It was a plan I’d had since the autumn of 2012, since I couldn’t resist the urge to write and sing my own material again
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More beauty than one man can take…

On Tuesday I drove from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, to Dooagh on Achill Island, after having been live on Highlands Radio with Paul McDevitt the night before.
I took the scenic route through Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Cliffony and then turned left onto small country roads that brought me close to the mighty Benbulbin … Continue readingMore beauty than one man can take…

House With Yellow Windows

The view from the kitchen window here on Achill. A house with yellow windows. Well, frames at least…
I am really happy, that the song my brother Jacob Svendsen and the amazing silversmith Burton Jespersen wrote with yours truly one summer’s afternoon in Copenhagen a good few moons ago, seems to be slowly making the transition from an ‘almost hit’ to an ‘almost classic.’ … Continue readingHouse With Yellow Windows