SINGER songwriter, Anthony McBrien (48) reckons he has the perfect Christmas present, a brand new 15-track DVD selling for just £10 at the launch in Mahon’s Hotel, Irvinestown on Monday, 17th November.
It represents 18 months-plus of work, but he feels his fans will be well pleased with the product.
The title track is ‘Conways Three’, a song he wrote about Seamus Moore’s pub in London while he was on the ferry to Stranraer.
Seamus, an excellent entertainer himself, who is now based in London, will be flying over for the launch and expect to see others like him, Gerry Guthrie, Richie Remo, Joe Davitt and Paul Kelly and, from ‘home’, the likes of Sean Corrigan, Vincey Walmseley and Karl Kirkpatrick.
Already, ‘Conways Three’, his latest single, is getting good air play, on Sky 191 and on radio, and Anthony the DVD will follow suit.
“The shots were done all over the place, in J.T.Ryan’s in Enniskillen, the Ceili House in Monea as well as in Louth, Monaghan and Meath.
“We didn’t rush it and we put a lot of effort into it and I’m delighted with the outcome.”
As well as hits from earlier years, ‘Oh Carol’ and so on, it features some of Anthony’s self-penned material, including ‘Mama’s Radio’.
“There’s a good story to it”, he explained. “It’s based on our house at home. I’ve been writing this last 15 years and nearly every album I bring out has something of my own on it.”
So, things are looking up for the man from Derrylin.
He has been invited to perform at a hogmany (New Year’s Eve) in Stranraer for a show that sold out two months ago.
And, if you can’t be at the Irvinestown launch, there’s always McBride’s in Castlefin on Thursday, 20th November.
Mick Flavin’s going to that and, already ‘signed up’ are Sean Loughrey, the Benn Sisters, ‘White Lightning’ and John Glenn.