On the run up to the Wild Horses launch I had a grand time on the BBC with brody Swain. He even wrote about it in the newspaper 🙂
Singer Songwriter Rob Halligan joined me on the show last week to play live in the studio and tell me about his new album.
He first started playing guitar when he was a kid and had to spend a long time in hospital following a car crash. He then went on to form a punk band at secondary school, but it wasn’t until many years later he decided to focus on his love for music.
The turning point was in 2–1 when Rob sadly lost his dad on 9/11 in New York. He thought long and hard about how he could turn something so horrible into something positive made the big decision to give up his corporate job and concentrate on his music career. Rob is now releasing his brilliant sixth studio album, ‘Wild Horses’, which is being launched on Saturday at the Standard Triumph Club.
The line up of guests include Wet Wet wet guitarist Graeme Duffin. After The fire, and husband and wife act Ashton Lane, who received nominations for best duo and best song at the recent British Country Music Awards.
Wild Horses includes songs that Rob penned after visiting refugee camps on the Syrian/Lebanon border in May last year with the charity Global Care. they support two ‘Shack Schools’ – informal schools operating from tents or shacks in roadside refugee settlements, educating around 150 Syrian refugee children. The trip was challenging as you would imagine but enabled Rob to see the reality of the refugee crisis first hand, especially the impact on the lives of children.
Rob’s relationship with Global Care started back in 2–4 when along with many other local performers he recorded a single to help raise money for the survivors of the Tsunami.
The single was only sold at HMV in Coventry and reached number 14 in the Indie Charts raising £13,500. Thirteen years and three trips later Rob has decided to give the proceed from this album launch to Global Care. It was great to meet Rob for the first time and long may his music career and charity work continue.