To paraphrase the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney, there are some songs that leave you with a sensation that you have been visited. Glorious exultations, they overwhelm us with transcendent beauty. This has been my experience with traditional Irish music and songs over the last forty years since my brother Bill created the Sullivan Brothers band. We have had many amazing experiences, the best being neither planned nor predicted, like a ball kicked in from nowhere. This – our third CD – is a postcard to by brother Bill, to let him know that we miss him and that we haven’t lost that dedication that he was so proud of.
This album is most notably the result of the vision and musical acumen of our producer (with Jimmy Moore) and player/coach Jim Hayes. He heard something special when Jimmy Moore and I performed Liam Lawton’s song “There is a Place” at a funeral mass for his uncle. And through Jimmy Moore, we found the great studio and recording skills of Victor Sanders, in whose enchanting Chicago studio we spent many a happy hour making these recordings. Jimmy Moore and Jim Hayes also brought in a super-talented friend and legendary Irish musician John Williams. Jimmy and John inspired us with their mastery. Several times in the studio, Jimmy Moore brought me to tears where we had to stop the recording for a re-take. And of course we got the old team together: myself, Matt O’Connor, Billy McNulty, Jim Hayes and Gerry Field, whose lovely fiddle playing graces a number of these tracks.
*"Postscript" from OPENED GROUND: SELECTED POEMS 1966-1996 by Seamus Heaney. Copyright (c) 1998 by Seamus Heaney. Used by permission of Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.
Jim Sullivan Music
Jim Sullivan voice, guitar
Jimmy Moore guitar, electric bass, banjo, voice
John Williams accordion, concertina
Gerry Field fiddle
Matt O’Connor acoustic bass, voice
Bill McNulty voice
Jim Hayes voice
Marybeth Sullivan voice
On July 22, Jim Sullivan accompanied by Gerry Field and Jim Hayes was interviewed and performed several songs on The Skinny & Houli Show on WCEV AM145 radio. Songs performed included Red Is The Rose, McAlpine’s Fusiliers, Pleasant and Delightful, Galway Races, Four Green Fields and Finnegan’s Wake. Podcast here:
Thanks to those who attended the CD launch party at Chief O’Neill’s on January 27. We had an amazing crowd for a lovely show. Photos below.
Dirty Old Town
The Green Fields of France
The Auld Triangle
Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go
Pleasant and Delightful
The Foggy Dew
Big Strong Man
There is a Place
Postscript* - Song for Ireland
Produced by Jim Hayes and Jimmy Moore for Sally McGee Records
Recorded, mixed, mastered and graphically designed by Victor Sanders
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Cover art by Peggy Macnamara,www.peggymacnamara.com
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