Everyone at Black HQ has been devastated by what happened in January. We had so many plans for 2016 and were looking forward to more live shows with several bookings already confirmed, writing trips had been arranged, new recordings planned, and we had new ideas for the back catalogue and the poetry books. It was going to be a busy year. It still is, but not in the way we expected.
It’s hard for us to comprehend and accept the new reality but we are all fiercely motivated to work to build a global awareness of Colin’s life-work and celebrate his legacy. In the midst of our grief we have been talking and making new plans and modifying existing ones. We will be re-packaging and re-promoting some of the back-catalogue, there will be new vinyl releases, we’re working on getting a tribute album together and, eventually, a tribute concert, we’re doing more fund-raising for Bru Columbanus and talking about setting up a music bursary in Colin’s name. We’re going to publish a version of Colin’s first poetry book that he narrated late last year and we’re talking about expanding the remit of Nero Schwarz, Colin’s record label, to encompass more recordings by artists he’d made strong connections with in West Cork.
Some of this will be charity-based, some of it will be commercial and all of it will require you, Colin’s dedicated fans, to help spread the word. We will obviously try to get mainstream media attention, but we cannot rely on that so you can help to raise the profile of what we’re doing by re-posting, sharing and re-tweeting our posts. We know you loved Colin and his music, now we want the world to know more about him and his work.
We’ll update you via this blog. If you haven’t already, please join the mailing list so we can send you specific information to relay to your social networks. The first project will be taking ‘When it’s Over’ back to radio in the UK to see if we can make people more aware of Blind Faith. More on that in the next Black HQ update.