Front cover of The Best of Radio Reddit album
The front cover

I had a pleasant surprise about six weeks ago when an email from the administrators at Radio Reddit popped into my inbox asking whether I’d agree to having one of  my songs on a compiliation album they were putting together. Fast forward to tomorrow, the release day for The Best of Radio Reddit, where track 15 of 17 is my song The Night Before. The publicity blurb for the album says:

The Best of Radio Reddit features 17 artists from the website All artists on the compilation are users of The CD features many genres and only high quality tracks.

If you’re not familiar with Reddit, it’s a website where users post links to interesting content and vote on the links posted by others. There are also comment threads for each link posted, often more interesting and entertaining than the links themselves. To get the best out of it you should create a user account and choose which sub-reddits (groupings of links on specific topics) you want to populate your front page.

Over the last five years Reddit has taught me, inspired me, amused me, annoyed me and distracted me endlessly. It really is great. (And growing more popular all the time, surpassing 37 billion page views in 2012.)

And then, a couple of years ago, someone had the idea of making a sub-reddit where users could upload their own recordings, creating a radio station where listeners vote on what gets played most often. Of course the music isn’t the usual well-known stuff that’s heard on other radio stations – it comes entirely from (mostly unsigned) musicians who are Reddit users. The quality varies, but the idea is that via the up- and down-votes the cream should rise to the top.

I uploaded some tracks to the site a couple of years ago, including The Night Before, which has always been one of the most popular for me in live situations and has proved to be the most popular of those that I sent to Reddit. It’s one of the recordings I did in Ireland at Silverwood Studios in August 2008, including the wonderful Maeve Sweeney on backing vocals and Gavin Ralston & Co. in the band. I’m really pleased that it was selected for this release. I don’t know what impact, if any, it’ll have on my musical activities, but it’s an endorsement of some sort I guess.

If you’re interested in checking out some of the other songs that were selected, then I encourage you to buy the CD (hard copy or download). My tracks have always been available for free download anyway – The Night Before is right beneath this post. And you can find more of my music on my Songs & Music page.

And, in case you’re wondering, neither I nor any of the featured musicians will profit from this project. Some of the money goes to VH1’s Save the Music charity, and the rest will be ploughed back into the project.

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