I got a bit of time to upload some new songs and other ones which I have had the chance to edit. Been a while since I have had the time to do so and it feels good to revisit songs which I haven’t listened to since I recorded them.
So here they are. Ranging from original songs (and an original song / story about the Irish Famine) and a few cover songs too.
I hope you like them.
Rumours (original song about the Irish Famine)
Last Night (acoustic cover of The Strokes song)
I’ll Meet You There One Day (original song for Palestine)
There Won’t Be Many Coming Home (Roy Orbison cover)
Hello (Adele Cover)
Rivers Run Clear (original)
This is a song I wrote for my grandad who had dementia and who has subsequently passed away a few years ago as a result. I hope the song does him justice…
All In Black
This, again, is another one of the shortest songs I have put together. I remember at the time of writing this song I was listening to Johnny Cash ‘Highwayman’ so I guess this is my attempt at a tribute to him. I didn’t even want to attempt to replicate Cash’ singing style (as I have tried before and I sound shite) so I thought I would sing a little differently from my usual style and see how it sounds. I quite like it as it is different…it is a very basic chord structure in the song but I think that is what I like about it. A few Johnny Cash nods are clearly evident in the song so have a listen and see what you think.
I hope you like it.
Praying In The Stream
I can’t seem to recall where the inspiration for this song came from. I think it was another case of strumming a few chords and the lyrics just followed suit. It’s a very simplistic song which I think focuses on changes in your life. I also the think the imagery is quite powerful…if you can imagine someone standing praying in a stream it would probably scare the shit out of you!
I hope you enjoy it
Old F Chord
I don’t think I have put up anything in quite a while so I intend to put up a few songs today since I have a bit of spare time. The first one is this song called Old F Chord from the album Eight New Roses. It is named this simply because I was using variations of the F Chord in the song. It is probably one of the shortest songs I have put together which is probably pretty refreshing seeing as the first song I put online was nearly 6 minutes :S It does sound different to the songs I usually put online so I hope that too is quite refreshing 😀
I hope you enjoy it.
Junior Chills – Smell That Night
‘Smell That Night’ is one of the eight songs from the album ‘Eight New Roses’. I have wrote previously about how this song was created and the influences for writing the song but I like it so much that I wanted to put it online. I didn’t realise that by creating and distributing an album through a site that I would have no control over how much people would have to buy it for. I think next time I will write a handful of songs and put them onto WordPress in one block as an album…that means they’ll be on YouTube and SoundCloud for free. Well this is the start of me doing that process for my first album…
I hope you like it as much as I do. It does sound different from my usual singing / playing but I think that’s a good thing.
Let me know what you think 🙂
P.S. The video was randomly created by free online footage of World War One…although the song has absolutely nothing to do with WWI I thought it looked pretty different…
The Auld Triangle
Knowing that I could never replicate Luke Kelly’s unreal rendition of The Auld Triangle, I tried to cover the song as best as I could. It is pretty far removed from Luke Kelly’s version, hopefully in a good way. I threw a few chords together and sang the lyrics as best as I could…I didn’t even attempt to sing it like Luke Kelly!!
Brendan Behan, the Irish poet, wrote The Auld Triangle. I think other than this song, the best thing I have heard about / from Behan was that apparently when asked what he was doing in Canada he said that he saw a sign saying ‘Drink Canada Dry’ and wanted to give it a go. Fuckin’ love that story!
Anyway…Here is my version of The Auld Triangle.
I hope you like it.
Junior Chills – Sean South from Garryowen (Wolfe Tones Acoustic Cover)
This is an acoustic cover version I did of Sean South of Garryowen. In case you were interested in the historical significance of Sean South, here is a bit of an insight into it (courtesy of Wikipedia…Christ, I am getting lazy):
Seán South (1928–1 January 1957) was a member of an IRA military column led by Sean Garland on a raid against a Royal Ulster Constabulary barracks in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on New Year’s Day, 1957. South died of wounds sustained during the raid along with another IRA volunteer, Fergal O’Hanlon.
This is a song which captures a snippet of modern Irish History. It sounds different from the original versions but I hope you like it.
For my sins I don’t have a large swathe of cover songs. I think this is because I prefer writing and performing my own songs rather than destroying established songs with a bad cover. People will always compare a cover to the original, which is an obvious standard I suppose, so trying to make a cover your own is, I think, vitally important. I should note here that I have by no means made this song my own…I like playing it because it is a massive deviation from the original but, to my ears, still sounds good. Have a listen to and see what you think…