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Return to Ireland

So, 2016 will see a return to Ireland, but when was the first time?

Back in 2002, before the performing name Soul Trader® was even thought of, Simon James Betts™ spent 6 months living in Ireland.

Ireland is like another world. The Irish love and appreciation of music is like nothing I have ever seen or experienced. I can’t wait to go back, it will be a short visit this time, but a chance to catch up with some old friends face to face. Perform some tunes and discuss future opportunities.

– Soul Trader®

In late 2001, Simon met Irish musician Brendan Keane while he was traveling in Australia. They performed some gigs together, and it was clear from the start that the chemistry was just right. The duo left audiences in disbelief with the fact they only just met.

People honestly thought we were joking when we said ‘this is like our third gig’. They had assumed we were from interstate and had been playing together for years.

– Soul Trader®

In 2002, 12 months to the day that Simon had recorded In focus out of time (live at the Grace Emily), he arrived in Ireland. The next 6 month saw Betts-Keane play many gigs, including some amazing support gigs and festivals. Simon then spent a couple of months of living in his car and playing gigs while exploring the west coast.

I have some amazing memories of living my car in Ireland. Travelling around picking up gigs in each town where I stopped, performing alongside and with some amazing musos. Waking up with numb feet and 5mm of ice covering my car, I eventually got the feeling back. Good times. I might need to post some of those stories in full. 😉

– Soul Trader®

July 2016 will see Simon return to Ireland as Soul Trader®.