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New release: It’s Good To Be Here

It’s been a while since “A different kettle of fish” came out…Corona Lockdown finally gave me the time I needed to finish the next release…

And this is the point where I was hoping to say that the new single “It’s Good To Be Here” will be released on 1st July…

…However, the mastering and distribution ends both delayed things so much that we now have to wait til November…which means it will be after what would have been the next 2 singles!  The first of which is….



1st september 2020 – new single! Down The Pub


We’re back!

A quick look at the concerts page should give you an idea of where we’re at as far as bringing the return of madness to the masses…obviously there are still restrictions on how many can be at gigs and the social distancing rules which we all need to follow (I’m not dancing on people’s tables atm) but we are moving towards a return to something similar to what some people inaccurately used to call “Normal”


The Wednesday night Love Streams on Facebook continue…

Live Stream Wednesday

Hi Folks!
The live streams on Facebook have been great fun and well received so I’m making it a regular event – until people have had enough…

Therefore there will be a concert of one hour’s duration every Wednesday from now on streamed live on the Martin Dale facebook page I will look into sharing it on YouTube and other sites, but for this week it’s just on FaceBook.

It is free entertainment…however, I always appreciate heckling, requests, comments, questions and general interaction! There is a paypal link and patreon page if anyone wants to contribute financially, but this is entirely voluntary.

Stay safe out there…come down to the virtual gig at the virtual pub!

live streamed concerts

As there are still no gigs due to Corona virus crisis, I’m doing gigs from home on Facebook, and will be putting highlights up on YouTube…if you scroll down this page you can see donate and Patreon buttons…in these times any financial assistance is appreciated 😀 No obligation though – you’re more than welcome to join me on the live streams without donating. It will be fun! See you out there!

Covid 19 outbreak

No surprise here, but along with the rest of humanity, we’re closing down until this virus has stopped spreading…all gigs are off until the relevant authorities say otherwise.  Stay safe everyone – and look after each other.



New album from Brophy’s Law – True Stories

October 2019…was the month that the new album from Brophy’s Law, entitled “True Stories” came out…featuring Mr. Dale on bass on all tracks except the opening one.  The band has been going from strength to strength the last couple of years, and it wonderful to finally have a product I can point people to…and one that I think is mighty fine.

The first 3 songs are about travelling – Neil Brophy was a backpacker in the old days, and these songs are from that period, when he’d move from place to place in Australia and New Zealand and elsewhere, playing his guitar and collecting true stories.  “Road to Meo” is also a journey – this time into yourself and your own personal destiny.  The first single, “Nice to know” is about then coming home to your hometown and finding that so little has changed while you were away.

“Record Collector” is probably my favourite track on the album – a post-punk celebration of the record collection and the lifestyle that went with it.  A good description of most of my teenage years.  Fear of fear is a critique of the mass-hysteria over reaction to the migrant “crisis” of 2016, caused by the right wing propaganda machine that owns much of the West’s press.  “Bears go Fishing” is a happy clappy live number that hopefully cheers everone up after the political song…”Lucky People” continues the upward vibe and “Viking Rover” is another “True” story – of how some viking ghosts came from Ireland to Denmark to build a pub…

Have a listen here:

whole album on Spotify:

Paddy’s Day Shenanigans

Feeling blown away by the audiences at the weekend…especially St. Patrick’s day at The Old Irish Pub on Vesterbrogade, Copenhagen – what a huge crowd of party animals!  You Beauties!

Friday I was playing with Strong Ale in the afternoon at Vesterbrogade and then we did the evening at The Old Irish Pub at Frederiksberg.  Saturday afternoon Strong Ale went back to Vesterbrogade for a fantastic gig before crossing town again to play Saturday night with Brophy’s Law (officially still Neil Brophy Band at that point).  A few problems with the sound but a great audience.

Then Sunday – Paddy’s day.  We had no idea how it would work…it being a Sunday and all.  But Steven Cooper did a cracking afternoon set that set Strong Ale up for a great gig at 4:30…and when Brophy’s Law played at 9 o’clock the atmosphere was incredible.  Party people from all over the world all being “Irish” together and dancing and singing to our banjos and bagpipes…love it.

been a while! been busy

So the crazy intensity of the summer gigging schedule has finally eased off and last week I only did 3 gigs!  This week I break all records and only do a weekend at the Old Irish Pub in Frederikshavn – a gig I haven’t played before, and am looking forward to.

So what have I been up to instead?

Well, last Thursday (as I did a couple of days the week before) I was at Media Sounds Studio in Copenhagen recording for the forthcoming Neil Brophy album, which so far is sounding amazing.  The backing vocals went down in no time and I’m well chuffed with them.  I then zapped down to the Scottish Pub to play a 4 hour session there before driving back to the farm on Fyn.

Home at Avalon I continued the sealing of the windows in the studio before driving with the Leprechaun and Vupti the dog over to Helsingør.  Fabulous night at The Old Irish Pub with folks I haven’t seen for a decade and a resurgeance of long forgotten jokes, and some hilarious drunk Swedes.  Had several drinks with various staff members afterwards and caught about 4 hours sleep in the “Dungeon”

Saturday I had breakfast with old friends and a good catch up.  Went for a walk and to inspect a horse with The Leprechaun and her friend, then had fab vegan food courtesy of the artist sometimes known as Michael Donnan.  Saturday night’s gig was less hilarious than the previous, but picked up nicely and ended with a good party by the pool tables with Leprechaun, Steffan, Felix (Lucas) and a bunch of fun people.

Sunday we drove back to Avalon – forgetting en route to drop off the drum kit we’d brought over for Stokkebye. (and having forgotten my guitar on the stage earlier!).  Since then I’ve been recording childrens’ lullabies for the new-born daughter of some friends.  It’s turned out quite nice , so anyone else wanting a copy, let me know.

last week – marielyst and odense plus moullettes @ loppen

Last week I was in Marielyst on the Thursday night at the newly renovated and much larger Café Daisy.  They came with cake for me in the break, having found out that it was my birthday!  Very fun night with very fun people…will be back there in the summer (outside if the weather’s good) both solo and with Strong Ale.

On Friday I did the early set at The Old Irish Pub in Odense followed by 2 sets with Strong Ale.  Quite a lot of people I know there and a fab evening with a very drunk Leprechaun and Miss Monkey.  Saturday night I did the late set after the Strong Ale sets.  Fabulous evening again once the crowd got into gear.

On Sunday The Leprechaun and I went to Copenhagen, and, after eating at Pairøen (Copenhagen Street Food) we watched Moulettes play at Loppen in Christiania.  Amazing musicians and terrific use of cello and harmony vocals, and very inventive guitar playing and fantastic drumming, combined with Loppen’s brilliant sound…but still somewhat disappointing.  The interaction with the audience was embarrassingly ill-thought out and awkward, and the band really looked like they didn’t want to be there.  Still, we had a great night – rounded off nicely with drinks at Downtown Copenhagen where the greatest bar staff looked after us and a bunch of English visitors.  Happy days.


2 great nights at The Old Irish Pub in Randers.  It’s a really class venue – not in the least pub-like, more a concert experience.  I got the feeling they were used to background music, but (particularly the second night) the audience got involved and was on-side.  One weird drunken buffoon caused a bit of bad vibes:  I love hecklers, but coming onto the stage and shouting at me to play a danish song while I’m in the middle of a song is actually pretty annoying 😉  Anyway, ignore bad behaviour long enough and it tends to go away!

Spent Saturday afternoon walking with a friend in the beautiful nature behind the Rainforest (yes, they have an indoors rainforest).  The river and surrounding nature is stunning, particularly on such a beautiful sunny, winter’s day.  Afterwards I watched an impressive Wolves performance against Newcastle (they didn’t deserve to lose!).

Took the train there and back – got to love a country where the public transport works so well.

This week, I’m off to Marielyst, Falster and then doing weekend gigs in Odense (just up the road)…I think Brian Armstrong will be joining me.  Just waiting for confirmation!