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Ben Reel 'Soldier of Love' Single

Ben Reel www.benreel.com  

Single: 1. Soldier of Love (Ben Reel) 2. Rise Like the Sun (Ben Reel)

Soldier of Love
is taken from Ben Reel’s album `Land Of Escape’ which features twelve brand new tracks by Ben. The album is scheduled for release in April 2018. The new album will be Ben’s eight studio production and like the last two recordings it was made in Ben's studio in South Armagh.

The single `Soldier Of Love’ has a strong melody and a rich sounding Spector like production with big strings & piano, The Beatles influence can be heard with some Harrison like slide guitar.

Rise Like the Sun is taken from the album Ben Reel 10 a compilation of Ben’s work from 1999 to 2009. It’s a fitting partner to accompany Soldier of Love. 

ISRC code for Soldier of Love: IEBBC1800003

Soldier of Love:  Musicians: Ben Reel: Vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitar riff Micheal Black: Drums Ronnie O’Flynn: Bass Gerry Black Jnr: slide guitar Glenn Schwarzer: additional electric guitars, additional acoustic guitars John McCullogh: Piano, Strings, string arr. Julieanne Black Reel: Backing vocals  

About Ben Reel:
Ben Reel is a native of Silverbridge, South Armagh. Soon after high school at the age of seventeen he started his musical career in 1989 performing & songwriting with local band “Trim The Velvet”’ before going solo in the late nineties.   Against the backdrop of the troubles in Northern Ireland, music became Ben’s way out.  He first picked up the guitar when he was fifteen years old, inspired by the realness of the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison & Neil Young whose music struck a chord that resonated deep into Reel's psyche. This is still reflected in Ben's heart on the sleeve approach to performing and writing.

Today Ben Reel performs occasionally as solo or duo with his wife Julieanne or with his Dutch band `The Haarlem Boys’ but mainly he performs with his `Ben Reel Band’. He divides his time between touring Europe and the USA and producing music for himself and other musicians.

Discography: Albums
Land Of Escape (2018)
7th (2015)
Darkness & The Light (2013)
Time To Get Real 2009
New Horizon (2007)
Sweet Victory (2004)
Lost in a Haze (2001)
This Is the Movie (1999)  

Discography: Compilations

Ben Reel - '10' (1999-2009)  

Discography: EP’s

Exorcise Me E.P. (2000)
U People (2005) single


The Hardchargers 'Scarecrow'

The Hardchargers www.thehardchargers.co.uk

Debut album from road-hardened Northern Irish blues trio Pre-war blues influences, Texas electric blues energy Vinyl length – six originals, two covers (Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter) 

From Ottilie Patterson in the 1950s through to Gráinne Duffy and the Bonnevilles in the present, the Hardchargers are an exciting new chapter in Northern Ireland’s long history of world-class blues artists. After 8 years of thrilling audiences the length and breadth of Ireland, and 4 self-released singles, Scarecrow is both their first album and first nationally released product. It heralds a new focus for 2018 on performances in Britain and Europe. 

Together, Lonesome Chris Todd (guitars/vocal), Richard J. Hodgen (drums/washboard) and Dave Thompson (bass/ukulele bass) performed 80-90 gigs a year throughout Ireland from 2012 to the end of 2016, from backwater bars to repeats bookings at the island’s biggest blues and rock festivals.

Incorporating an exhilarating back-porch section to their set with resonator, washboard and ukulele bass, the Hardchargers are steeped in inspiration from the greats of the pre-electric blues – Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White, Willie Brown – to the progenitors of electric blues such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf and Frankie Lee Simms. Their live set is an electrifying reimagining of all of the above, combined with the lyricism of Lonesome Chris Todd’s real-world blues and a musical language exquisitely refined from all of blues/roots and rock history since.

After a challenging 2017 due to external circumstances, the band members were thrilled when a Kickstarter campaign to fund the final part of the album project reached its target within one day:  

Lonesome Chris Todd:
‘We’re incredibly grateful to our fans for that. We had never done crowdfunding before – we’ve always believed in paying our way, but it’s been a tough year for family reasons for some of us and ultimately we needed help from our friends to complete the project. We were overwhelmed when that help came in one day. It gives us a renewed confidence to take what we’re offering to the wider world. The Scarecrow album is the essence of the band. It’s a souvenir for all our Irish fans and a calling card for everyone else. The Hardchargers are at a crossroads – the Devil’s moved on, but that’s okay, we’re waiting for a bus to Europe!’ 

Scarecrow was recorded over five days in Belfast in December 2016/January 2017.
Album guests include Irish jazz sensations Linley Hamilton (trumpet) and Scott Flanigan (piano/organ).

Lonesome Chris Todd talking about Scarecrow
Tube  https://youtu.be/Jyiqj2rgSmA


CD Cover 'North'

Gem Andrews -- North

Track Listing 1. Letter (Gem Andrews) 2. Sing Your Song (Gem Andrews)
3. Lungs (Gem Andrews) 4. Bare (Gem Andrews) 5. Feather & Skin (Gem Andrews)  
6. Two Lighthouses (Julia Darling & Tim Dalling) 7. Two By Two (Gem Andrews)
8. Straight Lines (Julia Darling/Dave Scott/Zoe Lambert) 9. Medicate (Gem Andrews)
10. Carole (Gem Andrews) 11. Come A Long Way (Kate McGarrigle)  

Artist: Gem Andrews Title: North

File: Alt/Country/Folk Label: Market Square
Cat: MSMCD200 UPC: 5065001032615 Release 16--2--2018

The Band
Gem Andrews - Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
Nicky Rushton - Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Sarah Van Jellie - Double Bass, Harmony Vocals
Bernard Wright - Violin, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals
Susanne Lambert - Drums, Percussion, Harmony Vocals

New album ‘North’
Gem Andrews’ powerful new album ‘North’ is an intimate and stirring collection of songs which tackles themes of mental illness, poverty, community and destitution. In this dark country album, Andrews opens up the murkiest corners of her mind, and tells stories which are in turn despairing, hopeful and furious.  

Running through every song is Gem’s spiritual home; the North East of England, sometimes as subject and sometimes as backdrop. The album is infused with the warmth and energy of the region, and pays tribute to local legends, including the late, great poet Julia Darling.  

Gem’s songs capture the rage of the North, railing against a political class that have destroyed the livelihood and pride of the people and left them to waste.

Born on the outskirts of Liverpool, Gem Andrews writes Americana and folk music with an honesty and rawness that takes the listener by surprise and cuts to the quick. Andrews’ music is deeply rooted in alt-country, which she uses to tell emotionally rich working class stories. Her fierce and independent voice carries inflections of Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Kate & Anna McGarrigle.  

She is backed by full harmonies, blooming fiddle melodies, piano and accordion all supported on a sea bed of acoustic double bass and drums.  

Gem has lived across the North East of England and is currently based in Berlin where she writes music and creates feminist theatre.    

North (Feb 18th 2018)  
Vancouver (2016)
Scatter (2012)


Sarah McQuaid

If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous  

Release Date: 2 February 2018
Label: Shovel And A Spade Records
Genre: Folk/World/Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter
Cat. No: SAASCD001 UPC: 5060366785473  

Produced by legendary singer-songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman.

If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous is the fifth solo album by UK-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid.  

Musings on mortality dominate this recording, but it’s by no means all gloom: “Break Me Down” is possibly the cheeriest song ever written about decomposition, while “One Sparrow Down” (backed not by Sarah’s trademark DADGAD-tuned guitar but rather by a battery of unorthodox percussion instruments including wine bottle and oven grill) takes a similarly upbeat approach to the death of a bird hell-bent on attacking its own reflection, unseen by the predatory cat calmly watching from her perch on the windowsill. In the liner notes for the album, Sarah thanks her cat Nightshine for contributing guest vocals to the track, and apologises to her for the implicit metaphor.

A cover of Jeff Wayne’s melancholy “Forever Autumn” leads into an arrangement for voice and guitar of “Dies Irae”, the medieval chant whose melody is echoed not only in Wayne’s intro to his classic War Of The Worlds number but also in countless film soundtrack themes (The Exorcist, The Shining and Citizen Kane, to name a few). Here as elsewhere on the album, McQuaid’s guitar shines on an equal basis with her velvet-textured voice. Indeed, two of the tracks are purely instrumental: “New Beginnings”, written as a wedding march for former pop star Zoë Pollock of “Sunshine On A Rainy Day” fame (with whom Sarah recorded the album Crow Coyote Buffalo under the band name Mama), and “The Day Of Wrath, That Day”, whose title is a literal translation of the first line in “Dies Irae”. 

The propulsive, apocalyptic title track was inspired by a warning McQuaid heard herself giving her son as he excavated an enormous hole in their back garden. There’s an obvious allusion to fracking (“Splitting cracks in the rock to free the power inside”), but the song’s thematic scope extends well beyond that: “Sometimes the way to fix a problem is to turn the pressure off” is a maxim that could apply to virtually any aspect of life.  

On four of the tracks, including lead single “The Tug Of The Moon”, McQuaid plays an electric guitar belonging to Chapman, which he’s since given her on long-term loan. “The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” he writes in his introduction to the album booklet. Since meeting Sarah when both artists played the Village Pump Festival in 2014, Chapman has become a staunch friend and supporter, even performing as her opening act at a local concert he and his wife arranged for her. Sarah became a regular visitor to the Chapmans’ farmhouse in Cumbria, and during one visit he made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: “We were having a chat and a glass of wine, and he said ‘Why don’t you let me produce your next album?’,” Sarah recalls. “I’m glad he said it, because I’d never have dared ask otherwise!”  

Another new addition is piano, which McQuaid plays to beautiful effect on “The Silence Above Us” as well as on “Slow Decay” and “Forever Autumn”. Guest musicians include Chapman on archtop electric guitar, Roger Luxton on drums and percussion, Samuel Hollis on upright and electric bass, Richard Evans on trumpet, Georgia Ellery on violin and Joe Pritchard on cello.

If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous was made possible thanks to financial support from Arts Council England Grants For The Arts, using public money from the Government and the National Lottery, and from Cultivator, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. The album will be launched with a concert at the Acorn arts centre in Sarah’s adopted home town of Penzance on Thursday, 25 January, following which she’ll be touring it extensively in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.

You Tube The Tug Of The Moon


The Hardchargers   

Radio Promo 4 Track EP

A taster for the album Scarecrow
Two album tracks + Two exclusive live performances + Key radio track ‘Charger Swing’  

Tracks: 1. Charger Swing 2. Sometimes 3. Beakers Bowl 4. Don’t Tell Me  

The Hardchargers
Lonesome Chris Todd – vocals, resonator guitar, electric guitar, mandolin Dave Thompson – bass guitar, ukulele bass Richard J. Hodgen – drums, washboard   The Hardchargers are a refreshingly original blues trio from Northern Ireland. Together, Lonesome Chris Todd (guitars/vocal), Richard J. Hodgen (drums/washboard) and Dave Thompson (bass/ukulele bass) have been repeat guests at numerous Irish festivals including Monaghan’s Harvest Time Blues Festival, Wicklow’s Knockanstockan Festival, and the Hilden Brewery Festival, Lisburn, and have performed an average of ninety gigs a year at bar and theatre venues from Ireland’s southern tip to its northern coast.

Incorporating an exhilarating back-porch section to their set with resonator, washboard and ukulele bass, the Hardchargers are an electric power trio steeped in inspiration from the greats of the pre-electric blues – Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White, Willie Brown – to the progenitors of electric blues such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf and Frankie Lee Simms. Their live set is an electrifying reimagining of all of the above, combined with the lyricism of Chris Todd’s real-world blues and a musical language exquisitely refined from all of blues/roots and rock history since.

This EP is an advance taster for the Hardchargers debut album Scarecrow which will be released nationally in physical and digital form through Market Square Music/Proper Distribution in January 2018.

Scarecrow was recorded over five days in Belfast with engineers Jude McCaffrey and Late-Night Tony Furnell in December 2016/January 2017 and comprises six originals and two covers, Muddy Water’s ‘Can’t Be Satisfied’ and Johnny Winter’s ‘Mean Town Blues’.

Album guests include Irish jazz sensations Linley Hamilton (trumpet) and Scott Flanigan (piano/organ). While Lonesome Chris went off on sabbatical for three months, playing guitar in England with blues maestro Billy Boy Miskimmin – a long-term fan of the band – the mixing process began. The eventuating vinyl-length album was mastered at RedBox Studios, Belfast, by Cormac O’Kane. The CD packaging was designed by award-winning Whitenoise Studios MD Mark Case. After a challenging 2017 due to external circumstances, the band members were thrilled when a Kickstarter campaign to fund the final part of the project – the CD pressing (£1200) – reached its target within one day.

The Hardchargers Promo

Chris Todd interviewed for the Belfast Channel NVTV 


Trio Dhoore CD 'Momentum'

Trio Dhoore www.triodhoore.be  

The group Trio Dhoore features three brothers from Flanders in Belgium. 

Koen Dhoore – Electro Acoustic Hurdy Gurdy  

Hartwin Dhoore – Diatonic Accordion  

Ward Dhoore – Acoustic Guitar & Mandolin 

 “Technical excellence and rare musicality of all three.” fRoots  

Trio Dhoore are a young and talented band of musical brothers from Flanders in Belgium. Their extensive repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes is punctuated by song and many of their own compositions. This mix all goes to provide their audiences with a soundscape where traditional and contemporary music, melancholy melodies and intuitive interplay merge to unique effect.

The brothers Dhoore, Koen, Hartwin & Ward present their instrumental music in a very dynamic way - writing and playing many of their own compositions - whilst at the same time they breathe life and energy into traditional Flemish music with a skill that belies their ages. 

To date Trio Dhoore have released three albums:
Modus Operandi 2013 – Parachute 2015 – Momentum 2016  

With a critically acclaimed catalogue of three albums, and a stellar list of concert and festival appearances, the brothers have started to gain the attention of the music and cultural media.

The magazine ‘fROOTS’ brought them to the notice of a much wider audience by introducing the brothers to the UK and in turn numerous other countries. This most welcome media attention resulted in the group playing a series of concerts at the 'Sidmouth Folk Week' that proved to be highly successful. Trio Dhoore were also invited to showcase at the 'English Folk Expo' in 2016  

Since the release of their first album Modus Operandi in 2013 Trio Dhoore have become a leading Flemish music export and festival favourites. The brothers have now toured across Europe and as far afield as Canada. 

Amongst their performing highlights they completed a ten-day tour of Canada (Mill Race Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival). They have also appeared at European festivals such as Rudolstadt Festival (Germany), Kaustinen Folk Music Festival (Finland), Korrö Folkmusikfestival (Sweden), Festival Dranouter (Belgium), Fête de la Vielle (France), Hiiufolk (Estonia) and Strib Vinter Festival (Denmark). 

"One of the folk scenes most unassumingly euphoric acoustic sounds"                                                                                 Steve Hunt fRoots Magazine UK

Momentum 2016
Parachute 2015
Modus Operandi 2013   New paragraph


Together is a collection of songs composed by Fil and Tom and featuring both artists together and separately on lead vocals. Also included on the album are two classic songs Peace In Erin and The Maples Lament. 

Track Listing: 1. Until We Meet Again (Campbell) 2. We'll Get Theree When We Get There (McFarland) 3. Ring The Bell (Campbell) 4. Peace In Erin (Trad/Lyrics - Hugh Mcwilliams) 5. The Bird's Song (Campbell McFarland) 6. A New Song To Sing (Campbell McFarland) 7. People Tell Me I'm Lucky (McFarland)  8. The Maple's Lament (Laurie Lewis) 9. Sunshine In The Rain (Campbell) 10. Time (McFarland) 11. Island Love (Campbell/McFarland) 12. Talk About (Campbell)  

Musicians: Fil Campbell (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar) Tom McFarland (Vocals, Bodhran, Percussion) Steve Cooney (Guitars) John Fitzpatrick (Fiddle) Ben Sands (Mandolin) Brendan Monaghan (Tin Whistle) Nuala Curran (Cello) Colum Sands (Double Bass & Concertina) The Singmarra Choir feature on “Ring The Bell” Details coming soon........www.filcampbell.com

Originally from Belleek in Co. Fermanagh, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Fil Campbell has been a performing musician and singer since she was a teenager. She was brought up on the folk songs and music that was popular around the localities and townland's of Fermanagh and Donegal.  

Since the 90's Fil and her husband Tom McFarland who hails from Belfast have been singing and playing as a musical duo. Their unique combination of blending vocals, guitar and percussion plus the ability to mix their original compositions with traditional and contemporary songs -- punctuated by the Irish gift of chat and craic -- has won the hearts and minds of audiences around the world.  

"Tom's superbly judged and sensitively understated percussion and vocal harmonies 
prove a perfect foil to Fil's glorious singing." David Kidman, Living Tradition

Fil is well known locally for her work presenting both television and radio shows alongside her keen interest in community choirs and working with adult singers. With a critically acclaimed catalogue of eight studio albums and several independent recording projects the repertoire of Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland is both varied and eclectic.

Tom, working out of his own Ballyneddan Studio where he is at home both as an engineer and producer has played drums and percussion for singers as diverse as John Wright, David Knopfler, Finbar Furey, Ben Sands and many more.  

As a percussionist he is much in demand as a bodhran tutor and session player making appearances on numerous recordings. Tom’s interest in percussion stretches to instruments from all over the world. In his live work he plays, the bodhrán, the African Djembé, Latin American congas and bongos, the cajon, and basically anything else that can be shaken or hit including your normal drum kit.     

When Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland first met they were both working in and around the music business. Fil had just left Downtown Radio’s PR department to set up her own promotion business working as a publicist for concert and TV promoters and booking bands into interviews and gigs. At that time Tom was moonlighting on sound crews for local Cajun and soul bands as well as singer songwriters. By day he was working for Guinness in their corporate division.  

Tom had just started to rekindle his interest in percussion - having played drums as a teenager - and since meeting Fil he would often join her in various music sessions.  After a while Tom persuaded Fil to return to performing having taken a break from her solo career.  

At first Tom provided sound for Fil and then gradually the duo started to develop their own percussion and guitar sound, utilising congas and bongos to add lots of additional rhythms to Fil’s guitar playing.  

After they married in 1988 they moved away from Belfast to concentrate on performing it was during this time that Tom taught himself how to play the bodhran.

Meanwhile Fil was playing occasionally with a fun group called The Presley Brothers, a mix of country blues and singer songwriter material. Tom would occasionally join them on percussion and drums and from there it only took a short while before Fil & Tom were appearing on stage together. After a time their set gradually evolved towards traditional music and their own compositions.   

After moving to Rostrevor in 1993 to record Fil's first solo album - and never going back – they became established as a duo performing on both the Irish and UK folk circuit. 
Tom developed a reputation for being a very sensitive accompanist rather than a showy drummer and as a result their songs took on a slightly different shape and sound.

These days the percussion changes according to the music we are performing, New drums are introduced whilst old ones get retired for a while; however the emphasis is to stay fairly subtle using rhythm and voices   “… a unique voice.  She really gets to the heart of a song” Living Tradition. 

Together (Tom and Fil) (2017)
Back There (featuring Tom McFarland) (2015)
The Emigrant Woman's Tale (with poet Csilla Toldy) (2015)
A Place of My Own  (more songs from the Songbirds catalogue) (2012)
Farewell To Cold Winter (Songbirds Part Two) (2011)
Songbirds DVD of TV Series (2006)
Songbirds (2005)
Beneath The Calm (2002)
Jaimidi - Turn of the Day (2001)
Dreaming (1996)
The Light Beyond The Woods (1992)


Dolennu CD

“Dolennu (v) [Doh-Len-Nee] Welsh, to loop: enfold, encircle, arrange in a loop…”

Thus Wales-based looping ensemble, Dolennu explain their name on their self-titled debut CD + DVD release, inspired by the work of Terry Riley and Steve Reich and heralding the return of the extraordinary Zyklus.  

Billy Thompson Violin  + Warren Greveson Synthesisers

Steve Roberts Drums  + Maurice Loch Video Loops CD + DVD

Track Listing 
1. JLP Special 2. Berwyn Blues 3. The Breathing City 4. Pripyat 5. Just Fibbin

Label: Market Square Cat: MSMCDDVD197 UPC: 5065001032608
Rel: Sept 2017 File: Jazz Rock/Fusion/Electronica

 “I’d been familiar with the process of using loops for almost 30 years, inspired by the works of Steve Reich and Terry Riley. We used to perform his work In C, which is the most perfect piece to play on a Zyklus. When Billy mentioned a looping project I immediately thought of the Zyklus.”  WARREN GREVESON 

Zyklus as featured on Dolennu album The Zyklus
To learn more about Dolennu and the Zyklus read Peter Muir's interview with Warren Greveson which is available HERE

Just listen and watch the accompanying DVD for this titular metaphor to come alive in your ears and eyes. Because this is ‘twisting’ music: a sinuous spacey fusion of jazz, funk, rock and electronica that spins, spirals and worms its way into your inner being.  

With Steve Roberts (Kenny Driscoll Band, Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia) on drums, band founder Warren Greveson (Neil Ardley/Zyklus) plays synthesisers looped to the violin of Billy Thompson (Paraphernalia, Mike Westbrook) aligned to image/sound sculpturist Maurice Lock’s interpretative video loops as featured in the album’s bonus DVD. Five huge, sprawling tracks here journey into sonic other worlds in  a wholly immersive trip helmed by a collaboration of some of contemporary jazz’s most innovative players and interpreters  

Billy Thompson is a classically trained improvising violinist performing in numerous different styles of music. These styles vary from his highly popular band Billy Thompson Gypsy Style to performing with internationally acclaimed jazz artists such as saxophonist/composer Barbara Thompson OBE and pianist/composer
Mike Westbrook OBE
. Billy performs on five albums and a DVD with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia and is an integral part of the wonderful Glad Day by Mike Westbrook featuring on the live DVD released last year. Billy is also working on a project with a highly talented singer/songwriter (and wine producer) called Gavin Crisfield. 

During Billy’s time living in Wales, Billy has performed and recorded with many of Wales’ finest musicians and singer/songwriters including Meic Stevens (for ten years), Gai Toms (Mim Twm Llai), Heather Jones, Sian James, Delwyn Sion, Dafydd Iwan, Alun Tan Lan and Gwilym Bowen Rhys. During his time in South Wales, Billy was an integral part of The Amigos performing all around Wales and featuring on three studio albums.  

Meeting singer/songwriter Rhian Williams (now Thompson) led to the creation of the Welsh band Amledd and the release of the album Cyfnod Cyntaf.   Now residing in Bala, North Wales with his family since 2005, Billy also runs a recording studio offering recording services, location recording and an online session musician service. For further details visit Thompsound Music.  

Warren Greveson is an electronic music composer, having composed and produced music for the BBC, ITV, Discovery and the Children’s Channel. He was a founding member of the eclectic electronic jazz orchestra Zyklus, along with British jazz legends Neil Ardley and Ian Carr and ex-Lansdcape member John Walters, performing in such places as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Purcell Room. They were featured in an hour long programme on Radio 3 and produced one album, Virtual Realities, which received considerable critical acclaim.  

Warren has released two albums so far: Voyager, an electronic work following the journeys made by the spacecraft Voyagers 1 and 2 (think of it as a reboot of Holst’s Planets); and Songs From The Grand Massif, a jazz-rock trip though the French Alps, featuring the wonderful Billy Thompson on violin. Both albums are graced with the considerable drumming skills of Jon Hiseman.

In 2012, Warren rearranged the Voyager music to be the world’s first work for orchestra and four iPads, with an accompanying film produced by Maurice Lock. This has been performed several times, both in the UK and USA. He is also currently reworking Voyager Reimagined to be performed by Zyklist as a live project, again merging audio and video, and this should be at a town near you later on in 2017, which will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the iconic spacecraft.

It was during the making of Songs From The Grand Massif that Warren and Billy considered the idea of forming a loop-based band, mixing electronic loops with loops created by Billy’s violin, which is heavily treated on some pieces. This led to the formation of the band Dolennu, augmented by Steve Roberts on drums and Maurice Lock providing visual accompaniment. Their first album will include both a CD of the music and a DVD of the visual interpretations of the music and is available now.  

Steve Roberts was the drummer/keyboard player and writer in Godsticks since 2009, releasing one EP and three albums with the band. They have also toured alongside The Aristocrats (Marco Minnemann/Bryan Beller/Guthrie Govan) and The Mike Keneally Band as well as appearing at numerous festivals. Steve also played for award winning prog band Magenta and appeared on their latest dvd/album Chaos from the Stage (2016) as well as the double live album On Our Way To Who Knows Where (2012), recorded on the continent. He was also one third of the UK Emerson, Lake & Palmer tribute Noddys Puncture and was in the band when Keith Emerson appeared with them for a show. That concert is available on a live cd.  

Maurice Lock recently completed a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Coleg Menai, North Wales. During this time he worked with various combinations of video, sound, sculptural objects, installations and photography, exploring the nature and representation of the sublime. He subsequently began working on a lens-based project, digitally re-imagining the spaces beneath motorway flyovers as Cathedrals to the Sublime and three of these images were selected for the Galeri Open 2014 exhibition in Caernarfon during October 2014. His video collaboration with Warren started in 2012 with the video accompanying Voyager for Orchestra and Four iPads and continued with two performances in October 2014 of an expanded version being performed at Stetson University and Mt Dora Center for the Arts in Florida by the Stetson University Symphony Orchestra. Maurice is soon to launch a bespoke service to visualise walking trails, coastlines or any other personally significant geographical feature in the manner of Anglesey In Bits, a piece from his 2nd Year degree course.  

Joining Dolennu as the visual partner has seen Maurice take a move towards loop-based video. This will be shown in the future at Dolennu concerts and will feature a mix of video loops and live action from webcams suitably placed near members of the band. He performed video works to the master recordings from the Dolennu album project and these are included with the music on a DVD with the new album by Dolennu.


You're A Cloud, I'm A Comet CD Booklet

Track Listing:1. A Cloud And A Comet 2. We Climbed A Hill 3. Only Heavens Knows
4. I Found A House 5. A River And A Day 6. Honeyman 7. I Want You Back
8. Now 9. Different Day 10. The Silent Touch 11. The World Is A Beautiful Place

Costas Stergiou      Listen to samples HERE   

Patrick Campbell Lyons: Lead Vocal/Harmonies, Casio CTK-3200 Synth Keyboard, 5-String Buzzbox, Percussion
Costas Stergiou:
Piano, Hammond organ, Electric Piano, Bass, Synth keyboard
Vangelis Katsarelis: Trumpet on ‘A Cloud And A Comet’, ‘I Found a House’, ‘A River And A Day’.
Alex Spyropoulos: Electric Piano on ‘I Found A House’
Russell Nash:
Piano/Backing Vocal on ‘The World Is A Beautiful Place’ and ‘I Want You Back’
Nick Capaldi: Gender Vocal Harmony on ‘Different Day’
Alexa Manolis:
Female Inspiration Vocal on ‘Honeyman’ and ‘Cloud And A Comet’
Steve Carlton/Heidi Stotesbury: Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals on ‘The World Is A Beautiful Place’
Charmain Elliott: Gospel Vocal Backing on ‘The World Is A Beautiful Place’
Duncan Inglis:
Percussion on ‘I Want You Back’

Recorded by
Panagiotis Chountas at InaJamStudio (Piraeus), Athens, Greece
Mixed by
Panagiotis Chountas & Costas Stergiou
Additional recordings
by Vangelis Karapetros at Pazi Studios
Song arrangements by Patrick Campbell Lyons/Costas Stergiou

Patrick Campbell Lyons Title: You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet File: Pop
Label: Market Square Cat: MSMCD191 UPC:5065001032578 Rel:July 14th 2017

 The 50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’ is a fitting moment for a further excursion into the effecting melancholic pop that trademarked Patrick Campbell Lyons’ former band: 60’s cult symphonic rock act, Nirvana, and his subsequent solo career.

Patrick formed Nirvana with Alex Spyropoulus in 1967 in a London that was riding a creative peak for music, producing a series of critically acclaimed albums in ‘The Story of Simon Simopath’, ‘All Of Us’ and ‘To Marcos III’. 

It may be a mere thirty five years after his last album, but the Irish-born singer-songwriter has clearly lost none of his magic. With a faintly titular nod to Nirvana’s phased-fuelled 1968 hit “Rainbow Chaser”, ‘You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet’ returns us to the evergreen performer’s seemingly favoured sky-high view of the world and his part in it.  

You're A Cloud, I'm A Comet was Recorded in his adopted home of Athens with sterling support from a coterie of contributors including Nirvana song-writing partner Alex Spyropoulus.

The new album opens the door to a world of reflection, celebration, change and occasionally rueful reminiscence. Reassuringly for fans and admirers, his always-infectious songs are couched in a melange of keyboards of many varieties, percussion and trumpets, residing on swathes of synth with harmony support carrying Patrick’s gently lilting, yearning lead vocal.   

Patrick Campbell-Lyons (Born 13 July 1943, Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland)
is a composer and musician.

He is one half of the cult symphonic-rock band, Nirvana formed in London in 1967 with Greek musician Alex Spyropolous. Nirvana accompanied in the studio and live by a floating line-up of session musicians) created a series of critically-acclaimed baroque, orchestrated albums before disbanding in the early 1970s.

Patrick was part of the West London music scene from the early 1960s playing in several
bands. He was the vocalist and a founder member of a locally-popular R&B band Second Thoughts whose line-ups included future record producer Chris Thomas, Thunderclap Newman founder/drummer Speedy Keen and two future members of prog-rock band Jade Warrior (Jon Field and Tony Duhig).

Second Thoughts split up in late 1965 and after a year living in Sweden, Campbell-Lyons returned to London in late 1966.   Campbell-Lyons then pursued a career in the music business as an A&R executive and producer - while continuing to occasionally record solo albums including Me & My Friend, The Electric Plough and The Hero I Might Have Been.


Niall McGuigan CD Booklet 'Awareness'

Awareness Track Listing:
1. The Bigger Picture 2. Stillness 3. Spirit 4. What’s For You Won’t Pass You 5. Warrior Soul 6. Staring At The Moon 7. Altai Magtaal 8. Buyant Gol 9. Communicate 10.Typical Jah
11. The Stronger The Tree The Deeper The Roots 12. Yarrow 13. I Know Me Now  

Produced by Niall McGuigan & Ben Reel

Paul McCabe Bass Guitar Martin Og McAllister Double Bass Ronan Morgan Drums & Percussion Gerry Black Lead Guitar  Backing Vocals: Ben Reel (Track 13), Clare Foley (Track 7,10,12), Kelly Redmond (Track 1,3,9,11), Julianne Reel (Track 2,10)   ​

All songs written by Niall Mc Guigan except tracks 7 & 8 which are traditional Mongolian songs ​ .

Recorded at Drumill Lane Recording Studio, Silverbridge, South Armagh Mastered by Masterlabs Recording Studio, Dublin Artwork & Photography by Taine King  

About Niall McGuigan

Niall Mc Guigan is a musician and music therapist from Castleblayney, Co.Monaghan, Ireland. After performing in a variety of bands over the past fourteen years ranging from metal, grunge, rock, funk & reggae Niall is embarking on his first album as a solo artist.  

His debut album “Awareness” is a collection of songs written over a period of six years expressing experiences of travel, education and self-discovery. It incorporates many musical styles including reggae, folk, rock, and Khoomii (Mongolian throat singing). This is fused with a variety of cross-cultural influences ranging from South American shamanism to eastern meditation practices. Similar to the idea of 'songlines', a term used in Aboriginal culture to describe songs that create a map, each song on the album is in sequential order providing the listener with a map that points attention within, towards self-discovery, awareness and an opening of the heart. 

The album’s title “Awareness” is a term which Niall feels communicates the common thread linking the variety introspective practices that he has experienced and also the songs he has written. Through the development of awareness true freedom, authenticity and compassion can be achieved as it dissolves illusion and uncovers the endless depth to our human experience.

Ben Reel Talks About Niall McGuigan.
"I have watched Niall McGuigan grow as an artist and performer since he was fifteen years old when his first band Speedking played a few songs at my wedding back in 1999. That was their first ever public performance and even then, you could see that the potential was there.  

As they matured Speedking became a much respected band developing a loyal following in Ireland. They released two EP's  and a great album (Cause & Effect) along the way. Like so many others, I was a fan of the band and felt they were like the next Thin Lizzy to emerge out of Ireland. They where courted by record companies but sadly it didn't happen with the same old excuse of not knowing how to market them in the modern heavy rock genre.

So I was delighted to see his old band mates , Gerry Black Jnr, Paul McCabe & Ronan Morgan join Niall for his first solo project which is completely different to the heavy rock they played in their Speedking days. I recall that I used to say to them, `you guys won't be playing this music when you are in your 30's' and I was proven right.

It was a pleasure to work on the album `Awareness' and to hear how Niall's songwriting and musicianship has developed into this  creative, original and eclectic kind of world music style. For Niall I know It was a spiritual journey in the making of this record and I felt some of that spirit too while we were producing Awareness." Ben Reel 


Titanium Flag CD by Colin Harper

Titanium Flag: Expanded/Remastered
MARKET SQUARE RECORDS MSMCD179 Released: April 24 2017 

Colin Harper, author of several books on music history, released his first national-level album in March 2016, Sunset Cavaliers – a homage to the musicians and musical eras chronicled in his books. A ‘treasure seeker’ as a music archaeologist, if Harper has a ‘buried treasure’ of his own prior to Sunset Cavaliers it is Titanium Flag – originally a vinyl-length instrumental album, inspired by the history of Arctic exploration, recorded in 2010 and limited to 100 copies. An icy sound-world of guitar, violin, clarinet, flugelhorn, piano and drums, with forays into chamber music, progressive rock and ambient, it defies easy labelling but fires the imagination. It was dedicated to one of Harper’s inspirations, Dutch guitarist/lutenist Jan Akkerman (ex-Focus).  

At the very moment of pondering, at his home in Belfast, a remastered edition of Titanium Flag in the wake of Sunset Cavaliers warm reviews and airplay, Harper received an invitation, in Dutch, to join someone’s professional network on LinkedIn: Jan Akkerman.  

‘Suitably inspired – by the karma, not the invitation to join LinkedIn – I emailed Jan with an idea and ‘Greenland: East To West’, inspired by 19th Century Norwegian adventurer Fridtjof Nansen, is the result. Jan’s epic solo is the imagined sound of a man raging against the howling snowstorms of the pre-Victorian Arctic, single-handedly creating the ‘heroic age’ of exploration. It transpires that Jan is still the master of improvisational and inspirational guitar. But I have no intention of joining LinkedIn.’  

Harper reassembled the original ‘Titanium Flag orchestra’ – jazz broadcaster/bandleader Linley Hamilton (flugelhorn, trumpet), orchestral musicians Alan McClure (violin) and Rachelle Stewart (clarinet), and céilí band drummer/closet rocker Jim Cuthbertson (drums) –and added Irish jazz pianist/bandleader Scott Flanigan and local bass maestro Ali MacKenzie along with Jan in Volendam and flautist Premik Russell Tubbs (ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra) in New York. Further cyber collaboration, between Belfast and Australia, was going on with producer/recording artist Martin Tinson and guitar legend Martin Cilia. The result is three new pieces of music, added to the start of the album.  

Four vocal tracks, recorded during the original Titanium Flag sessions in 2010, are added at the end. Other guests on the album include Phil ‘Shiva’ Jones (ex-Quintessence) and Andy Roberts (ex-Liverpool Scene, Plainsong). The audio was remastered by Denis Blackham and the package comes with a detailed 12-page booklet and a fold-out pair of vintage maps of the Arctic regions.  

Harper: ‘It transpires that it’s rather expensive to include a second insert in a CD. I believe that Titanium Flag is the best thing, musically, I’ve done, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to make it widely available. But I’m also hoping I don’t have any more musical inspiration for a while!’  
Select Bibliography:
Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British folk and blues revival (Bloomsbury, 2000; 2011), Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond (Jawbone, 2014), The Wheels of the World: 300 Years of Irish Uilleann Pipers (Jawbone, 2015).  

Titanium Flag: Remastered/Expanded
will be available physically and digitally (iTunes, Amazon, etc.)


Lianne Hall 'The Caretaker' CD booklet cover

The Caretaker - Track Listing: 1. Always Late to The Party 2. The Crow’s Nest
. Monsoon 4. Amp on Fire 5. Summer of 100 Pills 6. Mess of Love
7. The Last Song of the Caretaker 8. No Medicine 9. Slow Late 10. The Ocean is Broken  

Sebastian Vogel - frame drum, snare drum, shaker, xylophone
Nolan Churn:
shaker, snare drum, bass drum Felix Müller: electric guitars, piano,
kalimba Alex Paulick: electric guitars, bass guitar, treatments, piano, organ
Lianne Hall: acoustic and electric guitars, electric piano, vocals

Words & Music by Lianne Hall --- Produced by Alexander Paulick, Guy Sternberg and Lianne Hall at Lowswing Studio, Berlin Recorded & mixed on analogue tape by
Guy Sternberg
assisted by: Oli Bergkvist (Tape-Op) at Lowswing Studio, Berlin
(Caretaker Cat.No. MSMCD182 UPC 5065001032424)  

Lianne was in the legendary all-female punk band Witchknot
She has played solo and as Pico, Broken Heart Club and Haunted House.

UK singer and songwriter Lianne Hall releases her fourth solo studio album on Market Square Records (UK) via Lowswing Records (Berlin).  Lianne is “one of the great English voices” according to the late great John Peel and 'The Caretaker' proves this again with another astonishing twist in an experimental and adventurous career.
While her sound may be largely country-esque and folk-inspired, her soul is built on a punk rock foundation.

'The Caretaker' was recorded live and direct to tape over a period of five days at the Lowswing Studio in Berlin during the summer of 2015. Lianne teamed up with Alexander Paulick of Kreidler who helped arrange the songs and recruited a host of great musicians who were game to record live.

The sessions were based on gut feeling and very few takes. Behind the desk and playing sometimes too was Guy Sternberg, another Berlin legend and owner of one of the best studios in town. His passion for recording to tape and for this project in particular has resulted in a new record label called Lowswing Records, devoted to analogue recordings only.

The album itself speaks of broken lives and a broken world but without getting dragged into the mess. There's too much light in Lianne's voice and space in the music to feel lost in the darkness. 'The Caretaker' is a tonic for our times.

In the summer of 2015 UK singer-songwriter Lianne Hall teamed up with
Alexander Paulick, of the band Kreidler, to shape a collection of demos into a new album. In a short space of time Alex recruited a stellar cast of Berlin musicians for the sessions and enlisted Guy Sternberg of Lowswing studio to record and co-produce. In three days the entire album was recorded directly to analogue tape. Each song was played live, without unnecessary clutter and with plenty of atmosphere. The result is a spine-tinglingly intimate record with unfussy yet sophisticated production values. Lianne's voice and affecting lyrics have great presence which, along with outstanding musicianship, gives 'The Caretaker' a timeless and deeply personal feel.

Lianne Hall is a singer-songwriter from Peterborough, with a voice and style which sounds immediately familiar in its gentle warmth, yet conveys a unique emotional depth and integrity in its range and beauty. While her sound may be largely country-esque and folk-inspired, her soul is definitely built on a punk rock foundation. Lianne started writing songs as a teenager, and joined her first band, Witchknot, when she became involved with the 'Riot grrrl' movement in ’93.

She lived in a bus for five years, making acoustic folk pop with Bela Emerson under the name Hiphuggers and electronica as Pico with bedroom producer Andy Wills. Whilst living there she met her hero John Peel when he was filming his Channel 4 programme Sounds of the Suburbs, and since that memorable meeting she went on to record five Peel sessions with a variety of line-ups. In 2000 she left her bus and moved Pico to Brighton, where she formed The Broken Heart Club with Matt Eaton, Alice Eldridge and Susanne Lambert. Lianne has also collaborated with lots of different artists including d_rradio (deathrowradio), Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), FITH and DJ Marcelle. In John Peel’s own words, Lianne is ‘one of the great English voices’.

Lianne has toured extensively in the UK, mainland Europe and Canada and the U.S. Her discography includes four solo studio albums and two collaboration albums. The latest collaboration with Paul Hartnoll as Haunted House is a beautifully produced collection of dark, electronic pop songs  entitled  ‘Brave the Woods’ released on Woodland Recordings.

2017 sees Lianne release her fourth solo studio album " The Caretaker" which was recorded live and direct to analogue tape in the summer of 2015 in Berlin at Lowswing studios. Featuring Alexander Paulick from the band Kreidler and members of the legendary Kante from Hamburg, the album is an exciting new departure and sees Lianne’s voice and songwriting maturing yet further.   Discography: Lianne Hall The Caretaker (Recorded 2015 Released  2017) Crossing Wires (2010) Malinki Records Abandon Ship (2006) Local Kid Records Trouble (2001) Beat Bedsit Records 

We have produced a Lianne Hall  'Time Line' on her Artist Roster page         


Track Dogs are a Madrid-based acoustic-folk band with members from
Ireland, England and the USA.

Track Dogs 'Serenity Sessions'

Track Listings 1. To The End 2. So Much Dust 3.Whatever Happens
4. Broken Strings
5. Bon Scott, He Rocked 6. Orion Sees 7. Love Me Like You Used To
8. Only Human 9. Don’t Waste Time 10. The Lights Went Out In Cotos
11. Ooh La La

Words & Music by Track Dogs (© IMRO World & SGAE for Spain)
Except: 11. 'Ooh La La' (Ronnie Lane & Ronnie Wood © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc)

Producer Josh Tampico

Garrett Wall from Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland - Vocals/Guitar/Ukulele/Piano
Dave Mooney from Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland – Vocals/Bass/Ukulele/Mandolin
Howard Brown Sheffield, UK-- /Vocals/Percussion /Trumpet/ Cajón/Ukulele
Robbie K Jones from Vermillion, Ohio, USA – Vocals/Cajón/Banjo/  

Guest Musicians: El Twanguero (Guitar) Lucia Otero (Cello) Oisin Breatnach (Whistle)
Javier Escribano & Norman Frederick Hogue (Trombone)

Producer: Josh Tampico

These particular dogs started life back in the autumn of 2006, under the name of
'The Garrett Wall Band'. The starting line-up was simple but effective; guitar, bass, trumpet and cajón.  They wanted a clean sound that would work as easily in someone's living room as it would on the world's stages.

They cut their “live” teeth playing twenty six shows in seven days at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and released their debut album “Sky Pointing” shortly after in 2007.
Tours in Ireland and Spain followed and the relative media in both countries started to take note. They followed this up with the album “Hands & Imperfections” in 2009.

When the time came to release their third studio album they realized a name change was vital. It was important the band be considered for what it was; a band. Not wanting to be considered a singer songwriter plus backing musicians any longer they opted (after an exhaustive search) for the name Track Dogs which comes from the maintenance teams who work the New York subway. These close-knit teams work while the trains are circulating and thus need to look our for each other at all times. What better name for a group that musically did just that!  

Thus the simply titled “Track Dogs” was released in 2011 and from this moment things began to change for the band. The use of harmonies became a signature sound for them and they also expanded the line-up to include banjo & ukulele. Hailing from Ireland, the UK and the USA, the four expats set up their own label, Mondegreen Records, to handle all releases and the licensing of their music, understanding the importance of control over their recordings.

In 2013 the band was picked to perform as part of the Sounds From Spain platform at SXSW in Austin, Texas. In the same year they were also selected for Girando Por Salas (GPS), an important incentive for touring bands in Spain. With the release of their fourth album “All Roads”, the group's unique sound was even more rounded and defined.

With their new album “Serenity Sessions”, named for the studio where they had recorded the bulk of their albums, the band has finally reached a point where the energy and power   of their live sound is properly reflected in their recordings. With the addition of a richer production to their sound, and collaborations with artists such as El Twanguero this new body of work reflects the perfect mix of styles which defines what Track Dogs are all about

Catalogue: Label: Mondegreen Records
Serenity Sessions (Feb 2017)
All Roads (2013)
Track Dogs (2011)
Hands & Imperfections (2009 as Garrett Wall Band)
Sky Pointing (2007 as Garrett Wall Band)  

To The End (Release Date 6th Jan 2017)
Whatever Happens (2016)
Love Me Like You Used To (2016)
Bon Scott, He Rocked (2015)
Find my second home (2011)  

Forever You'll Be EP (2015)
La Banda EP (2014)
Rainbox EP (2014)
Dust Devil EP (2013)
Show Me the Sun EP (2012)
How Christmas Was Meant To Be (2011)


Eamon's EP 'Takeaway'

Download for Radio Stations - ‘Takeaway’ (Dropbox) March 6th (2017)

Track 1. Takeaway (Friel - Cop Con) 3.23 Track 2. Across (Friel - Cop Con) 3.17 
Track 3
. James Joseph Alphonsus (Friel - Cop Con) 2.46
Track 4.
All The Lost Things (Friel - Cop Con) 2.35  

Musicians: Eddie O’Donnell: Arrangements, Guitar, Piano, Bass & Mandolin
Marie Clarke: Accordion Liam Bradley: Drums & Percussion
Recording & Mastering Rory Donaghy at Blast Furnace Studios, Derry, N Ireland
Artwork: Caitlin Friel  Design: Michael McCarron  

Takeaway - The story behind the single ‘Takeaway’ as told by Eamon Friel 
It was the year I did my A levels. I went to London looking for a summer job. It was the first time I’d been away from home on my own. But I did have someone to go to. My cousin ran a public house in Clapham and he put me up for the duration. There was a man who dropped into the bar now and then. He was called Mister Woo. Everybody called him Mister Woo. He was London Chinese and the owner of a nearby takeaway. He was also the cook and he needed a chief bottle washer! That was me.   

Mister Woo had one major eccentricity. When he was cooking, he sang. He sang all sorts of songs - pop songs, show songs, even bits of opera, but his speciality was little jingles he’d make up about the menu. I’d be out at the counter serving. I’d hear Mister Woo’s Cockney tenor drifting in from the kitchen, so I’d join in just for the laugh:-  

 “Chicken and sweetcorn soup, soup that’ll be nice              
 Singapore noodles ooh ooh oodles of spice
 Chilli king prawn and broccoli ...”          

The customers seemed to enjoy the fun of it all. Mister Woo didn’t mind either. He’d never had an assistant who sang before! We even tried a routine, a little song and dance act, out front when things were slow. It was a way of drumming up a bit of business. He was a great dancer, more Gene Kelly than Fred Astaire. The less said about my dancing the better. Passers by would stop and there’d be laughter and even the odd burst of ironic applause. I was pleased as punch I remember  

At this point I should also mention Jasmine, Mister Woo’s daughter. She helped out at the weekends. She was a little older than me, about a year or so. I had just turned 18 that July.
To quote the song:-            
“I was in love. She was called Jasmine, she was beautiful. 
I was so young. I couldn’t tell her. Maybe she knew it. I think she knew it.” 

I sat down at the piano one morning in spring and started to write the song.
I hope you like it    

Eddie O’Donnell
has done a delightful arrangement, full of charm and warmth, not to mention his own instrumental virtuosity. “Does it need anything else,” I asked him. “Let’s see what Liam can add,” he said. Liam Bradley has a house full of percussive devices that he has collected on tours around the world supporting lots of big names. His drums and percussion make such a difference. I love that moment where the beat comes in on the phrase, “keeping the beat.”   

We had lots of craic recording it at Blast Furnace in Derry and my thanks to Rory Donaghy there for his diligence and talent. And let’s not forget Caitlin’s artwork for the cover and
Michael McCarron’s design work.   

: I still have a few EPs (Extended Play) from my youth and it’s comforting to hear the four track single still referred to as an EP in these challenging times. ACROSS is a cut from my album SMARTER. It is one of my best songs but it seemed to go unnoticed at the time. It deserves a second outing I think.

Its setting is the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal. I’m skimming stones across Mindoran Lake up at the Minches, one of my favourite places in the whole world.
The river is the Mill River that races down to Buncrana.   

is a new song, very much in the Irish comic song tradition. Thus we have the dominant mother and her long suffering child. I bet he loves her all the same. Marie Clarke’s accordion playing is featured and she has been a stalwart of my albums over the years.   

is a sad song. Out for a walk one afternoon in winter I saw a tattered leather jacket up in a tree. How did it get there? Who owned it? What’s the story? That’s how the lyric got started. It’s a track off my album HERE IS THE RIVER.   

About Eamon Friel: Broadcaster, Singer/Songwriter Eamon Friel is the son of a Mayo mother and Derry father. He writes about his life, experiences and his observations of the ever changing world that he sees around him.  

Friel’s writing is mystical painting pictures with his word play which could be compared with that of the landscape artist; each word carefully chosen and lovingly placed upon the page. Mountains and hills become people in a place where animals talk and the soul and being are more important than time itself. The landscape of Ireland its churches, rivers and towns entwined with the effect it has had on a troubled people; it’s all there in the songs. 

Born in London’s Stockwell with childhood summers spent in Ireland, the family left Stockwell and returned to his father’s troubled hometown of Derry, Londonderry, Stroke City call it what you will.  

It was the youthful experience of cultural change and upheaval that left a lasting impression on the mind of a young man that would later emerge in songs penned in W.B Yeats like mystical imagery from a place in time and a time in place.  

If proof of his ability as a songwriter were ever needed we need look no further than recent song covers by Sean Donnelly, The Fureys, Johnny Coppin, Pete & Jan, Bill Jones, Sean Tyrell and the Japanese band Brahman. 

Eamon broadcast’s on BBC Radio Ulster via his much lauded and very popular programme ‘Songbook’ where he celebrates some of the world’s finest songs past and present, taking in the popular, the influential and even the esoteric. The show is a labour of love with each song hand picked, fully researched and weaved into a running order that is a piece of broadcasting excellence. 

Friel is one of the few artists around that can say he was actually paid by radio to write topical, comic and satirical songs to order. He was at one time commissioned to write songs for BBC Radio Ulster’s “Talkback” the lunch time inter-active news programme.
A task he often had to carry out at the drop of a hat to meet the changing political and social demands of the day.  

Eamon Friel’s Album Catalogue - Thran Records
In My Time (2016) THRCD 1011
The Streets Forget (2012) THRCD 1008
Smarter (2009) Thran THRCD 1006
Here Is The River (2006) Thran THRCD 1004
Waltz of The Years (2003) Thran THRCD 1003
Word of Spring (2000) Thran Records THRCD 1001
Stepping Stones (1993) Spring Records SCD 1028
Logrhythms (1985) Spring Records