Gemma Hayes was a guest on John Barker’s Totally Irish radio show on 98FM this week. You can listen again to the 17-minute interview via the 98FM website.
During the interview Gemma revealed the new album (produced by Dave Odlum) was finished and is currently being mixed. It was recorded in Westland Studios in Dublin and Black Box Studios in France (as well as Gemma’s kitchen!).
The plan is to release the album on 27th May 2011 and possibly schedule a concert at The Button Factory (in Temple Bar, Dublin) to coincide with the launch. Gemma also mentioned a "20-odd date Irish tour a week before the album release".
The first single to be taken from the new album will be Tokyo and should be released mid-March.
Gemma played two songs live in the 98FM studio – Tokyo and Evening Sun. You can watch her play the new single via the 98FMTotallyIrish YouTube channel (720p HD is available if you click through): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3yyPd3yJtU
Gemma was also a guest on RTE Radio 1 last Wednesday (16th Feb) and apparently played Oliver and Tokyo live according to her Tweet (although I’ve found it hard to navigate the RTE website to find this?).
Meanwhile the official Gemma Hayes website has confirmed Gemma will be doing a full tour of Ireland in May (as mentioned above). Other upcoming shows include: the ShamRock Festival in Cavan (which takes place 3rd-5th June) and a show at Kenny’s Bar in Lahinch (Co. Clare) on 14th April. Gemma additionally has the Craic Festival at the Mercury Lounge in New York listed on her site (Friday 11th March) – tickets for this are available from Ticketmaster.com.
update: according to this webpage I found via a Google Alert, Gemma will be playing a gig with Last Second Magic at Captain’s Live, Blanchardstown on February 24 (can’t see it mentioned on the venue’s site yet though?)