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Waveleaplights

Charlie O'Brien

Recorded in between sessions for my forthcoming album "The Trackless Wild," this EP was made at the behest of the "Waywords and Meansigns" project, which since 2014 has been setting the novel "Finnegans Wake" to music. I choose page 571 to mould my tones around, one page, a world of water, wonder, wave and want.

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    The Ballad of Persse O'Reilly

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Bleak is the Pampa

Charlie O'Brien

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This is the second single from my forthcoming album "The Trackless Wild, Irish Song of the Pampa." The lyrics were written by an exiled Irishman in Buenos Aires in 1873. The songs words were published in the corner of a random page of a provincial newspaper in Buenos Aires and then soon forgotten. Unlike many of the other Irish songs scattered

This is the second single from my forthcoming album "The Trackless Wild, Irish Song of the Pampa." The lyrics were written by an exiled Irishman in Buenos Aires in 1873. The songs words were published in the corner of a random page of a provincial newspaper in Buenos Aires and then soon forgotten. Unlike many of the other Irish songs scattered among the pages of "El Monitor de la Campaña," Bleak is the Pampa had no obvious melody. That is, the music itself is newly composed. There are illusions to the island of Hy Brasil in its verses, "had he ne'er quitted his own island dwelling, in search of a phantom in lands far away." In 2022 I was approached after a concert at the Universidad del Salvador by Miguel Guarrnochea. Migue had just heard me sing another song from his home town "The Trackless Wild." In the following weeks he furnished me with all the digital archives of the newspaper "El Monitor de la Campaña." Here began a year and a half of going through those pages, lifting out gems like this song.

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The Pampa's My Home

Charlie O'Brien

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This is the first single from my coming album "Exile & Adventure, Irish Song of the Pampa and further Afar." I found the words in a newspaper from 1873 called "El Monitor de La Campaña." In amongst prices of cattle and weather predictions appeared a poem, signed by "A Wandering Tip." Support independent music, have a listen or, God forbid,

This is the first single from my coming album "Exile & Adventure, Irish Song of the Pampa and further Afar." I found the words in a newspaper from 1873 called "El Monitor de La Campaña." In amongst prices of cattle and weather predictions appeared a poem, signed by "A Wandering Tip." Support independent music, have a listen or, God forbid, purchase on the link above. Included is a .pdf of the original page of the paper where the song appeared.

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07/08/23

Delighted to be beginning myself and Aidan Connolly's tour of Buenos Aires next Friday. One of the towns in which we will be play is Capilla del Señor, where many of the new old songs I'm working on were printed.  

  • 28 de Julio, Club Fahy, Belgrano CABA, Buenos Aires. 20:00hs
  • 29 de Julio, Museo del Periodismo, Capilla del Señor, Buenos Aires. 16:00hs.
  • 2 de Agosto, La Faustina, Villa Crespo, CABA, Buenos Aires.* 20:00hs.
  • 4 de Agosto, Circulo Criollo, General Las Heras, Buenos Aires. 20:00hs.

*Along with a screening of “The Green Fields of Cuba.”


Next Saturday I'll be singing these Irish Argentine airs next to the printing press where they were printed in 1872. Given this historic visit, I'm also taking the first tentative steps in the filming of a new documentary which will follow the story of one of the songs "The Trackless Wild." 10 of these songs will appear on the new album I'm working on "Exile and Adventure, Irish Song of the Pampa and Farther Afar." 

beir bua, 

Charlie

 

20/10/2022

Fire and Foam

Fire & Foam

Charlie O' Brien

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Fire and Foam is a collection of original alt. folk songs, some newly formed, some written more than twenty years ago. What binds them together is their personal themes-the album is a clarion call to loss on both an abstract and personal level. As the title track calls...

"Come rolling thunder, lets fall asunder, in the blink of an eye a long

Fire and Foam is a collection of original alt. folk songs, some newly formed, some written more than twenty years ago. What binds them together is their personal themes-the album is a clarion call to loss on both an abstract and personal level. As the title track calls...

"Come rolling thunder, lets fall asunder, in the blink of an eye a long dream dies."

This is my first record not informed in any obvious way by the Irish tradition I've been involved in for the past twenty or more years. My last album "Hy Brasil" dealt exclusively with historical stories and songs of the Irish in Latin America, this release is all personal songs and reflections, and leans heavy into alt folk territory in its sound. Fire and Foam was recorded during the lockdown and somehow themes of destruction and alignment to a new world crawled out of the subconscious and formed the thematic backbone of the album.

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    You're No Fun Anymore

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    A Prince Who Never Came

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    End in Sight, End in Sound

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05/11/2021  

Under an Impression

Under an Impression

Charlie O'Brien

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This song was born on a misty Killarney hillside in winter. It echoes the aisling form of poetry, for personal allegory rather than the political ones from times of old. A melancholic musing, a foggy awakening from a strange dream. Under an Impression features the French horn playing of Louise Sullivan and the high sonorous tones of my niece, Ava

This song was born on a misty Killarney hillside in winter. It echoes the aisling form of poetry, for personal allegory rather than the political ones from times of old. A melancholic musing, a foggy awakening from a strange dream. Under an Impression features the French horn playing of Louise Sullivan and the high sonorous tones of my niece, Ava O'Malley, on backing vocals.

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01/10/2021  

Fire and Foam