Album Review - Brendan McAuley / The McCartney's of Pennyburn

This is an impressive recording by Belfast born Brendan McAuley.  It features mostly new compositions that tell the story of The McCartneys of Pennyburn. Brendan’s great, great grandfather bought the lease to the Pennyburn estate, just outside Derry city in 1865 and restored the old Pennyburn windmill that existed there at the time. Brendan traces their roots back to the 1865 and builds an amazing collection of orchestrated tracks around that story.   Many have a haunting almost ethereal quality to them and perfectly match the mood he is trying to achieve. They have power, nuance and emotion and are imaginatively constructed with a near cinematic quality.

The first half of the album is anchored by The Men of Arranmore, an outstanding new song. The Phaeton Carriage ( to Church and Back ) which we include below uses a strong rhythm to represent the carriage on its way to Church, with the track becoming solemn halfway through to symbolise the Mass itself, before the return journey. The whistle and guitar work on The Pennyburn Windmill/The Three Kings builds a firm melody line before spreading its wings and growing into a pipe driven track. When you consider that Brendan plays all the instruments on this recording you can’t but be impressed. A powerful and expressive album.


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Comment by Ben Burt on May 23, 2015 at 14:07

Tony - long time since we were taking lessons from Brendan Mulkere. Good to find you are still into the music. - Ben

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