“I was at home last night, but where was I before that? "I’ve been over and back to the States a lot," he continues, "doing a bunch of press. I got to experience the skyline for real.” Two nights ago was Monday, September 21 – the official release date of Glen’s eagerly anticipated second solo album, Didn’t He Ramble. “We were playing at Cannery Row and it was part of some Americana week, which was interesting.I did CBS Saturday Morning in New York, I did a thing in Philadelphia for NPR, and I did a thing out in Queens for WFUV, which is one of the great supporters of our music out there. ” The 45-year-old singer-songwriter brightens suddenly. “Oh yeah, I was in Nashville two nights ago,” he recalls. What better place to be on the day of your record’s release than Music City? The record company were saying, ‘You really should come down here, this is going to be a big deal.
You could throw a stone and you’d hit a songwriter in the audience.” Glen is anxious not to come across as arrogant – “I’m not trying to say I’m a jet-setter, man,” he laughs – but he isn’t faking his discombobulation either. He’s in Dublin today to do a couple of press interviews.
An hour after this meeting, he’ll be playing an instore around the corner in Tower Records. “I finished the record in April – I delivered it, finally!
“Actually, today is the last day of the last tower," he says. “Luckily, the junkies in Ballymun, the one thing I can say about them is that they had great taste in music! "They were the ones who were sensitive human beings and they really knew their tunes.
So I was getting turned onto stuff that was deep like Harvest or The Wall.
It has to be a fitting tribute and it’s not a fitting tribute to me Da, because it’s about him.