A long overdue album from singer/songwriter Pat McCarthy was launched in Peacocks Steakhouse, Rivervalley, Swords, Co. Dublin on Friday, May 23rd at 9.30pm.
The Castleisland launch of Call of the Wild CD will be held at Kearney’s Bar on Friday, June 13th at 9-30pm. It’s likely to be a sell-out affair as the Dublin based McCarthy enjoys a loyal following down here in spite of the regrettable rarity of his appearances in the area.
Those who’ve heard the CD to date are delighted with both content and quality of all ten tracks. Pat McCarthy’s is a voice gifted to a precious few and it’s put to really good use here on his debut album.
Nod of Rememberence
For that he’s generous, in his notes, to his fellow musicians and to the technicians who walked the CD creating road with him. There’s a fond nod of remembrance to his departed friend, Pat Matty O’Connor of Knocknagoshel with whom he played many a day /night and venue.
Even in his adopted Dublin the press lauded the eventual arrival of a recording from the Duagh native Kerry man:
“Everybody who had heard him perform will know that this is likely to be an album of quality. His backing team includes such greats as Christy and Stephen Sheridan, Peter Eades, Brendan Coughlan and Kevin Thompson,” according to a pre-launch piece.
There are ten tracks of varying styles and tempo, two of which are Pat’s own compositions. Charing Cross Bridge tells the story of ‘the forgotten Irish’ who finish their lives destitute, lonely, and unloved under Charing Cross Railway Bridge.
Not what they intended when they left Ireland to work hard in the tunnels and building sites of London. It is not all doom and gloom however and Dan Paddy Andy tells the story of that famous matchmaker who features prominently in the writings of John B. Keane.
One Hell of a Launch
Other tracks include that great ballad by Brendan Phelan, Dublin In My Tears, The Night Visiting Song, Hard Times, Seven Spanish Angels and The Call And The Answer.
The album was produced and arranged by Christy Sheridan and engineered by Peter Eades at The Mill Studios, Swords, Co. Dublin.
Pat McCarthy is never short of musical accompaniment when he visits and the occasion in Kearney’s is unlikely to differ. It will be one hell of a launch.