Gavin James Dedicates New Song To His Late Uncle Paddy

Dublin singer Gavin James has dedicated a new song on his forthcoming EP to his late Uncle Paddy, who passed away earlier this year from Covid-19.

The Donaghmede solo star has announced the release of his new six-track Boxes EP, which features two new songs, one of which, I Miss You, is about Paddy, who passed away aged 95 and was a huge supporter of James’ music.

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment, the singer said, “Paddy was the best friend of my whole family. He was my uncle Paddy, but he wasn’t a blood relative, but he was such a huge part of the family. He never married and he had so much time for my family.

“The last gig he was at was mine in the Olympia at his 90th birthday,” James added. “For some reason, they put him up in the highest box and he had to walk up all those stairs. He was bolloxed! He was amazing and sadly he passed away from Coronavirus.”

Inner-city Dubliner Paddy was also as immersed in showbiz as Gavin and wrote to American actors and even a president of the USA throughout his life. “He was a very interesting man. My mam is going through his stuff and we’re finding some interesting things.” James says.

The Boxes EP is out on October 2 and James is launching it with a special global live stream show at the Dublin Vinyl pressing plant, who pressed James’s Only Ticket Home in 2018 and will also manufacture his latest release.

James, who has had one billion global streams and 250,000 concert tickets sold worldwide, is going all out with the gig. “I’ve done a couple of live streams from my gaff since this all started and they’ve always been a bit of crack,” he says.

“But this show I’m going to go over the top with the production and have a couple of stages and make it look like a big concert as big as I can over a live stream anyway.

“There is going to be a more of creativity. Ireland in particular is a country that loves music, so I don’t think it’s ever going to go away.”

“I’m going to make it as long as I can. I might have a little string quartet. I’m going to make it as much as a show as I can.”

News of the show follows James’s disappointment earlier in the summer after he was forced to cancel his planned series of drive-in shows due to Covid restrictions. However, he did take part in Songs from an Empty Room last July.

James: “There are 35,000 people in the music industry out of work since last March.”

“It was very disappointing about the drive-in gigs, but it’s a while away now, so I’ve been trying to find ways to get back to work again,” he says. “Gigs are going to take a while to come back, definitely the last thing to come back when it comes to opening up the country.

“The worst thing about it is all the lads haven’t been working since last March, all my crew and all the crews around the country. There are 35,000 people in the music industry out of work since last March.

“Hopefully something will happen when it comes to doing gigs. Maybe it will be next summer where there will be pods. That Sam Fender gig in the UK looked great.”

The 29-year-old has been gigging solidly since 2011, and live shows are where he really built his reputation and fan base.

“At the start, it was a bit strange. I’ve only been home for a while now, but I’ve been touring since I was 21 and I’m 29 now,” he says. “Eight years of constant touring so in a way it’s nice to be home now making food rather than ordering from room service.

“But it is a strange situation. All my mates and everyone in Ireland are just trying to fill the days as much as we can, which is why this live stream will be a lot of fun. I finished my new album before lockdown, and I was very lucky to do the 3Arena in February.”

Restrictions have meant he has had a chance to spend a lot of time at home writing songs for his new release, the follow-up to 2018’s Only Ticket Home. “I’ve written a million songs! This one is going to be a lot different, very eclectic,” he says.

“This is the most songs I’ve written for an album. I’ve been producing a lot more in the house, so the sound is a lot more stripped back.”

As the pandemic continues to take its toll on musicians and concerts around the world, James remains upbeat and optimistic about the future of live music in Ireland.

“Music will always find a way. Even when there was a recession everyone went to gigs and music helped people through,” he says. “There is going to be a more of creativity. Ireland in particular is a country that loves music, so I don’t think it’s ever going to go away.”

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