For Inspiration & kreative Gesellschaft


The last five years in my life were five of the best. That stemmed primarily from the wonderful, warm, creative people I met while living in Berlin. From them came a sense of community, of shared endeavour, and a constant buzz of inspiration.

It was those things that led to the formation of the artist collective, A Headful of Bees, and next week, my delightful and fabulously talented colleages are running Do It Together workshops as part of Berlin Music Week. So if you’re in town, why not go along and pick up a dose of that fantastic momentum that I got from these people? The underlying concept is learning how we as artists can be our own music industry. We’ve seen it work for the shining beacons of DIY/DIT like Amanda Palmer; find out it if can work for you!

5€ gets you into as many sessions as you want on the day (Friday the 7th for the Bees’ workshops), and to be sure you don’t miss out, you can pre-book your tickets here.

And then, to feed your inspiration further, why not check out a splendid assembly of Berlin’s finest singer-songwriters at Lovelite?


And if that’s not enough, there are special Berlin Music Week Sofa Salon living room concerts on the 5th and 7th! So much shiny in such a short time! Be sure to have some surgical-grade duct tape on hand, in case your heart explodes with delight!


Berlin Compass and A Month of Sundays


Blimey, what a rather large month November has been. Maybe it’s all this buzz of activity that has kept the first snow from falling, which I must say is rather disappointing, even if I have been enjoying the surprise (relative) warmth.

Sandra Sarala pulled off a nigh-impossible four evenings straight of brain-stretchingly diverse performances, under the four points of the Berlin COMPASS. Here are a few Northern snaps from the also fabulously talented Maren Imhoff.


I had a splendid time on Friday evening. It brought together so much of what I love in Berlin – a collaborative spirit, variety of styles, beautifully cosy venue, and an eager audience.

And those things were also abundant in the Headful of Bees‘ Month of Sundays series at Cafe Hilde. Such a delight to feel yourself lifted and evaporated by wonderful music in what feels very much like your own (albeit very large) living room. This round of delights and wonders featured Ken Burke, Wasp Summer, Eric Eckhart, Miss Kenichi, Violetta, Entertainment for the Braindead, Folk’s Sake, Short & Sweet, Seanin, Nina Hynes, Sara Pickin and me (including a surprise bonus set yesterday evening). Ken and Hilde are cooking up more splendours for you next year, so keep your scanners aimed in that direction!

Gold for the Goldmine


Nina Hynes makes wonderful music. To me it has a fairy tale’s balance: beauty and wonder with those delicious shadows and hints of danger. Chiaroscuro music, perhaps. Her music covers a pretty broad range of style and feel, but I find it hard to get past Sewing Machine for its gorgeous old timber and dusty attic beauty. You can hear it and bag yourself a bargain download at her BandCamp page. From there, you can also hear her latest album, Really Really Do, which was my introduction to her music.

The Berlin-based Irish singer-songwriter-filmmaker-… is gearing up to make her 4th studio recording, and has her band and even a choir lined up for making the album at a pace that would have a passing whirlwind give an approving nod. The new album is rumoured to be heading for a more acoustic flavour, but judging by some previews posted online and her recent live performances, we can still expect the richness of her previous work.

To make the new album possible as an independent artist, she’s having a swing at crowd-funding, in this case using the relatively new Irish site, :fund:it. Read about her project here. The page includes a video introduction that shows as much her quirky humour and enthusiasm as much as it does her music. There is just a week to go for her to reach her funding goal; if it falls short of this, no money is given out, so if you like what you’ve heard so far, please take a look at the splendid array of bonuses on offer for funders, ranging from a download of the new album upon release to a life-time’s supply of tickets to her shows and even a launch concert in your home!