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Life's a Journey

by Kieran O'Connell

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1 Hold my Hand: A song for all of the people who are caring for loved ones. “Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it”. - Karl Menninger.

2 Heading Home: A song for all the Paddy Murphys who never made it home.

3 Farewell Ronnie Drew: A song for one of my musical heroes R.I.P. Ronnie.

4 Never give up on your dreams: A song inspired by my niece Karen and hubby Denis and my very good friends John and Melissa who never gave up on their dreams.

5 A Love Song: A song for Helena without whose support none of this would be happening, Love you.

6 Apollo Bay: A song inspired by my very good friend Louey, a true gentleman and for all the good people of Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

7 Delaney’s Pram: A song for Thady, Norma, Sean, Finbarr, Paddy and Declan and to those great growing up days in Coachford- “We made it”.

8 Sported and Played: A song for every expat Corkonian around the world, “who all want to be back in Cork!"

9 Muhammed and Jesus: A song for all the innocent victims of fanaticism. “The mistake we make is to attribute to religion the errors and fanaticism of human beings” - Tahar Ben Jelloun.

10 Still with Me: A song for Matty and Paula. “Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.” - Dylan Thomas.

11 I Remember: A song for my very good friend Tommy Byrne who has always been an inspiration to me. A big statement for a Corkman to make about a Dub!

12 I Saw the Father: A song for my Dad, Jack. Sometimes we need to see and understand the person, not just the parent.

13 Just Let it Go: A song for Caroline who keeps us sane when we need it and always has some wise words to share. 'Just let it go'.

14 You’re not Alone: A song for the homeless, and the angels who give up their own time to go out and help them feel wanted and loved. Thanks to Rodgers and Hammerstein for the outro.

15 Time for Bed: A song for Aiden, my beautiful boy who has a lovely heart that Mum and Dad love so very much.


released May 31, 2017

Recorded at Apollo Bay, Tootgarook, Rosebud and Rye.
Sported and Played and Never Give Up on Your Dreams taken from Shanakee’s ‘Stones’ EP
Farewell Ronnie Drew and Delaney’s Pram taken from Shanakee’s ‘Weeds and Wildflowers’.

Kieran O’Connell: Vocals, acoustic guitar and ukulele
Greg Hunt: Five string violin, mandolin and tenor banjo.
Mark McNeilly: Bass guitar and backing vocals
Louey Hesterman: Piano on I Remember and Still with Me, piano and acoustic guitar on Apollo Bay.
Christy Cooney: Tenor Banjo on I Remember
Jimmy Cooney: Mandolin on I Remember and Hold My Hand
Maria Forde: Vocals on Hold My Hand
Pete Fidler: Dobro on You’re Not Alone
Dave Walker: Acoustic guitar, bass guitar, lap steel, percussion, piano


tags: folk Melbourne


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