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
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
Photography by Taine King
About Niall McGuigan:
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.
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.
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
"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
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 BlackJnr, 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
Speedking – 1999
When Speedking were formed back in 1999, little did they
know that a path of success lay ahead of them. By 2003 the results of this
commitment began to appear as the first glimpses of original brilliance emerged.
That summer, Speedking recorded their first demo EP; “Welcome To My Head”. This
successful recording is a symbol in itself of Speedking’s progression, from
their musical inception on the local scene through to a breakthrough stint on
US rock station Zeta 7, where the EP stayed in the top 5 of their request play
list for 13 weeks.
Their Second E.P ‘Change of Scenery’ also resulted in
critical acclaim for the band with Rock Sound magazine stating “riffs that
Megadeth or early Metallica would have played if they had Layne Staley(Alice In
Chains) singing for them”. On the back of the EP's success Speedking made two
appearances on TG4 performing the title track ‘Change Of Scenery’ and new
acoustic song ‘Tired Of Waiting’ with the help of Ruth O'Leary from the band
Sephira on violin.
Speedking released Cause & Effect in 2010,
their much anticipated debut album. Recorded in Attic studios Monaghan the
album was produced and mixed by Ronan Morgan and mastered by Jon Astley (Led
Zeppelin, The Who, Jools Holland, Sex Pistols) at Close to the Edge Studios in
The Trampz 2012 -2015
Niall played tenor saxophone with The Trampz an 11
-piece funk and soul outfit from Ireland. With a revivalist approach to
funk/soul that has its roots in music of the 60s and 70s, The Trampz fuse
superb musicianship with ball bouncingly funny lyrics to create one hell of a
funky, feel-good show. The tight-knit bass, drums and guitar section is
complemented by percussion, organs/keys and The Raging Horns brass section; all
of which is commanded by the slightly manic/always entertaining frontman, Kevin
The Brown Notes
Niall is currently also performing with reggae group
“The Brown Notes” on vocals & tenor saxophone and in 2014 released one EP “Typical Jah.”
He is also involved in Irelands only tribute act to Faith No
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