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KWL – 189 – Touring as an Author vs. Touring as a Musician with Eamon McGrath

#189 – Touring as an Author vs. Touring as a Musician with Eamon McGrath

Canadian musician and author Eamon McGrath joins us on the podcast this week to discuss the differences and similarities between being a musician and being an author. He talks about how his first book came about while he was touring Europe as a musician, how playing his own music in front of a crowd differs from reading his own words, and how learning to edit his books has influenced his approach to songwriting.

Canadian musician and author Eamon McGrath joins us on the podcast this week to discuss the differences and similarities between being a musician and being an author. He talks about how his first book came about while he was touring Europe as a musician, how playing his own music in front of a crowd differs from reading his own words, and how learning to edit his books have influenced his approach to songwriting. Stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear Eamon play us his song In Like a Lion.

  • Eamon explains the process of writing his first book and how it evolved from scribbles in notebooks while on tour into a published novel
  • He describes what he has learned about publishing, and how going through the editorial process has changed the way he approaches songwriting
  • Eamon tells us why using fictionalized characters, even when discussing your real life, can be beneficial to your story
  • He describes how different touring as an author is from touring as a musician, and why reading your own words can be more intimidating than singing your own songs
  • Eamon lets us know what’s next for him, both musically and as an author, and he explains how keeping yourself open to new experiences can help any creative venture

Eamon and your prestigious podcast hosts, Tara and Steph, in the Kobo Office
Eamon playing for us in our podcast room at the Kobo office

Links of Interest
Eamon’s Website
Here Goes Nothing
Verlin-Warszawa Express
Eamon’s Music on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Apple, and Spotify
Curb your Enthusiasm
The Constantines
Fela Kuti
Let it Be – The Replacements
Grievous Angel
boygenius
Pheobe Bridgers
Calvin Love
Dead Broke


Seven full-length records, multiple continent-spanning tours, and a critically acclaimed work of fiction lay in the wake of 31-year-old Eamon McGrath, whose fierce attitude and work ethic has led him to develop a career that could rival anyone 20 years his senior. He is based in Toronto, Ontario.

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