By Sonny Condell
Arranged by Mike Hanrahan Sonny Condell
Here for a full mp3 download of 'Firefighter' from the new
album 'What you Know' (approx. 3.6mb).
|2. Garden Of Roses
|3. White Vapour Trail
|4. Cradled in Your
|5. No One living Here
|6. Falling Down
|7. Streets of the City
|9. From The Blue
|10. Indians and Aliens
||11. Away From Love
Recorded and mixed at The Works Grand Canal Street Dublin June 2002
Mastered by Bob Boughton at Richmond Studios , Dublin.
Sleeve design and Artwork Shay Kennedy MacArt
- Garvan Galagher: Bass
Guitars and Backing Vocals.
- Eddie McGinn: Drums and
- Steve Flaherty: Electric
- Sierd De Jong: Fiddle
- Gina Condell: Voice on
- Rod Callan: Special effects
- Sonny Condell: Guitars,
Keyboards, Piano, Vocals.
- Mike Hanrahan: Vocals,
Acoustic and Electric Guitars
IMRO/MCPS Except Track 4 No One Living here Published by Acorn Music/
My greatest and warmest thank
you goes to Donna who encouraged me to stop making plans about plans about
other plans and just go for it.
For those who will listen I
wish you well and sincerely hope you enjoy the experience. I was once
told that life is simply about 'WHAT YOU KNOW and WHAT YOU KNOW is
what you should search the earth for'.
The recording is dedicated
to the memory of Tommy McGann and Tom McPhail who left the party far too
early but most of all I dedicate the music and in particular Firefighter
to the memory of my dad, Jackie, a constant inspiration.
All the best, Mike
'What You Know'
"This album definitely falls into the 'about time' category. It's
been eight years since we last heard from the former Stockton's Wing frontman,
and feels like longer.
No matter, it was worth waiting for. The eleven tracks in this fine collection
could function as textbook examples of how to write a well-crafted song.
The CD opens with 'Firefighter', written as a tribute to Hanrahan's father
just a few weeks after his death. It's an ultimately optimistic ballad
about hope, healing, and the need to accept a helping hand; and like the
songs that follow, it has a universal, all-embracing sentiment to it that
goes far beyond the particular circumstances that provided the inspiration.
'What You Know' was produced by Sonny Condell of Scullion fame and features
excellent musicianship from a crack outfit of session pros -- notably
Dutch fiddler Siard de Jong, whose elegant flourishes play a call-and-response
game with Hanrahan's guitar on 'Indians And Aliens', a nostalgic song
about Star Wars and John Wayne, co-written with Eamon Murray. Other successful
collaborations on the CD include the noir-ish
'From The Blue', written with Shea McNellis; 'No One Living Here', a softly
understated elegy that Hanrahan wrote with Brendan Graham; and 'White
Vapour Trail', written with Condell, an upbeat number with a slightly
retro surf-rock feel that suits Hanrahan's rough-edged voice.
The album closes with 'Away From Love', another perfect song. One of the
great things that distinguishes Hanrahan from many of his contemporaries
is that he isn't afraid of simplicity: he can write a line like "I
close my eyes / I think of you, yeah yeah, you and I" and sing it
like he means every word. Now that's what I call songwriting."
Sarah McQuaid - Evening Hearald
on October 3.
Mike Hanrahan - What You Know (Dinky Records)
"FORMER STOCKTON'S Wing frontman, Mike Hanrahan has released
a deeply personal album driven by acoustic and electric guitars.
The theme of family is important to Hanrahan and forms the core of three
of the key songs on the album. The exuberant 'Firefighter' is a celebration
of his father, while there is a regret-tinged tribute to his mother on
the sparse and poignant 'No One Living Here' written with Brendan Graham.
Hanrahan shows he has lost none of his ability as a fine songwriter, crafting
strong chorus and very nice chord change to catch the attention for the
verses. This is best heard in 'Streets Of The City' one of the standout
tracks on What You Know and 'Indians and Aliens' with its wonderful opening
line: He was a simple man/Who loved Star Wars and John Wayne.
Hanrahan's writing, the solid musicianship, and production by Sonny Condell
outweigh the odd shortcoming to produce what is a very satisfying album."
Co. Clare, is a hotbed of Irish music. However, the music Mike Hanrahan
took to the world is not in the traditional vein (but so is Ennis, chosen
by Eircom to be Information Age Town). Mike performed American country-like
songs with singer Maura O'Connell , and later joined Stockton's Wing,
one of the pioneers to work contemporary songs around traditional tunes.
Besides his commitments as musical partner of Ronnie Drew, both played
the Folkwoods Festival
2001, chairman of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), and
the one or another take, Mike like his former Wing colleague Maurice Lennon
eventually found some time and peace to record eleven of his own songs.
Musically it's quite a sort of easy-listening folk pop, though Mike's
voice sounds husky and seasoned. He can be full of hope, but primarily
he's reflective, melancholic, sometimes dark: And as we look deep into
the mirror, do we salute what we've become? God's greatest creation, almost
done. But Mike isn't done, he's just starting."
Walkin' T:-)M FolkWorld
2007 Single release
Learning to let go
1994 Festival of Irish Folk Wundertutte Germany
1995 "SOMEONE LIKE YOU" Wundertutte Germany, Crashed Music 2002
What You Know 2002 "What you Know" Dinky records Sonny Condell
With Ronnie Drew
1999 Ronnie Drew The Humour Is On Me Now Dara Records producer
2005 An Evening with Ronnie Drew and Mike Hanrahan
2002 Single - Tell me ma dance mix Holland
With Ronnie Drew /Eleanor Shanley
2001 A Couple More Years
2006 El Amor da mi Vida - Producer/ performer
With Stocktons Wing
1980 TAKE A CHANCE Tara Records
1982 Light in the Western Tara Records
1985 Take One" Stocktons Wing Live Revolving Records
1986 American Special Tara Records
1986 Full Flight Polygram
1987 The Collection Tara records
1988 Celtic Roots Revival Polygram
1990 The Crooked Rose Tara Records
2006 Take One 1985 Live CD reissue Tara Records
1994 Finbar Furey The Gathering
1996 Bohinta Grandmothers eyes producer
1998 With Kieran Hanrahan Irish Tenor Banjo
2000 With Reel Beautiful Affair producer
2005 The Legends Of Irish Folk Dolphin Discs Compilation
2006 1916 commemoration CD/ DVD Dolphin Compilation.
2006 Parcel of Rogues Dolphin Discs Compilation.
|Copyright © Mike