Limerick guitarist set to prove there's 'No time like the present'

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Limerick guitarist set to prove there's 'No time like the present'

Mike O’Donovan, who will launch his debut collection in Dolan’s this Thursday

A LIMERICK guitarist and singer is to launch his debut collection in Dolan’s this Thursday evening.

Following his retirement, Mike O’Donovan, who hails from Lord Edward Street has recorded a collection of songs, which he describes as “a mix of pop, jazz, folk and rock songs”.

Codenamed ‘No time like the present’, the album will be launched at Upstairs in Dolan’s this Thursday at 8pm.

The 11-track album is also available from Steamboat Records in Thomas Street, Moviedrome in Henry Street, and online at www.cdbaby.com.

“I have played music all my life, mainly the guitar, and song. I have always written songs one way or the other,” Mike says, “Luckily I grew up with some excellent musicians, and I have collaborated with them on this album.”

Among the people who have contributed to Mike’s debut are Paul Moore of the Van Morrison band, James Delaney of Clannad, while there is a guest appearance from Horslips’s Johnny Fean. Thursday will represent a proud moment for the 65-year-old.

“If you play a guitar or you are a singer, making an album is something you always dream of. Limerick has always had a great music scene, and has always had great musicians. There was always a camaraderie there in that you could mix, influence and by influenced by people,” he explained.