Only Our Rivers
Peter Pan and Me
Joined up Writing
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Mickey's Album "Joined up writing"
was released in November 2000.
Lambeg Drummer : A Lambeg Drum is
a huge drum used during Orange marches and owes more to its ability
to intimidate than to its contribution to the musical arts.
Absent Friends :"Absent Friends"
marks the end of a song cycle about growing up in the North in
the so called Troubles. The first song was "Only Our Rivers
Run Free", the second, "Peter Pan and Me", which
was the title of my debut album. The songs seek to chart the events
of those long and terrible days of conflict.
Boys of the Byline Brigade : A byline in
newspaper parlance is when your name appears on a story you have
written. This is my genuflection to all of the old time heroes
who populated the journalistic days of my youth, and who were
badly paid, badly regarded, and who were relegated to working
the nightshift - the Doomwatch - at the end of their days.
Follow the Flag : This song tries to show
that the more we are different, the more we are the same.
Old Wooden Boats : It seems to be a rite
of passage for every songwriter to write about boats.This song
is based on a true encounter in Dingle a few years ago and represents
perhaps the best advice I have ever been given
This song was composed by my brother Cormac and
this represents my interpretation of it. It is based on a true
event that happened on the first Christmas of the First World
War-the war to end all wars. Grainy newsreel footage still preserves
the unforgettable moment.
First Good Friday :
An experimental song. I wrote
this to celebrate the wonderful voice of my good friend and drinking
companion, Tom Reid of Corofin, Co.Clare. The song is an attempt
to recapture what might have been said between two countrymen
on a dusty lane near the city where the crucifixion took place
on the First Good Friday.
The Little Drummer Boy : In the days before
radio communications, great empires used little boys from workhouses
and orphanages as drummer boys to control the movement of their
armies in the field of battle. It is a point of honour among all
soldiers not to harm children and thereby, they sealed their own
doom. This is a twist to the story.
Maggie Johnston : Maggie Johnston seeks
to talk about the plight of the old, the helpless and the frightened
in our towns and our cities. In a sad and creepy coincidence I
discovered that on the same night I wrote this song, an old lady
was murdered in her small sweetshop, in Listowel, Co.Kerry, a
few hundred yards from where I was living at the time.
Angel of Mercy : Based on a late night
conversation, this tells of the anger of a young friend who was
deserted by his lady when she went off to what she described as
"a better life" in the famine fields of Africa. The
lyrics reflect his disbelief and hurt.
The Man who drank the Farm : This attempts
to get to grips with the mechanics of drinking a farm of land,
a practice carried out with great enthusiasm all over Ireland.
It was triggered by a late night conversation with a poet during
Writers' Week in Listowel. I waited for years for him to write
the song, and when he failed, I decided to do it myself.
Spring records Cat. No. SCD1045
"Like all great songwriters, Mickey MacConnell
not only writes about what he knows, but he also writes as he speaks.
Whether he's extolling the virtues of 'Old Wooden Boats' , observing
the lonely decline of a journalist on the midnight shift (Boys of
the Byline Brigade) or highlighting the often disastrous consequences
of blindly following the flag, Mickey Mac Connell writes with an honesty
and a passion that I have rarely heard. I cannot recommend this album
highly enough. We need more songwriters like Mickey MacConnell."
Kieran Goss, Dublin. September 2000