Folk Duo Liam Merriman & Eoin O’Meachair
12 October 2015
October 23, 2015 - 7:30 PM / 11:00 PM
Coastguard Cultural Centre
(051) 391 656
Following their recent CD launch, Liam & Eoin will be playing at the Coastguard Cultural Centre for what promises to be a great nights entertainment.
The Birds Never Cease
New Album by Liam Merriman & Eoin O’Meachair
The Liam Merriman song ‘Dead Man’s Trail’ kicks off the new album The Birds Never Cease by Merriman and Eoin O’Meachair which is now on release
As Eoin O’Meachair, who plays banjo, mandolin and whistle on the album explains, “We’ve opted for ‘Dead Man’s Trail’ as the lead track for The Birds Never Ceasebecause it has an upbeat radio-friendly feel and reflects the stimulating blend of Irish folk and American roots we achieved on the album. Recording it in Nashville gave ‘Dead Man’s Trail’ the cross-cultural musical blend we were looking for.’
Merriman and O’Meachair have spoken about that rich musical mix in a short video explaining the background to The Birds Never Cease (see www.liamandeoin.com). As the Waterford-based Merriman says, “The album not only includes several of my own songs such as ‘Dead Man’s Trail’ but Irish tunes arranged with Eoin, Irish trad songs of the vintage of ‘Streams of Bunclody’ and compositions by modern folk composers Donovan, Richard Thompson and Tom Paxton.”
Carlowman O’Meachair, a founder member of the trad group Caladh Nua, admits that working to achieve the mix of contemporary and traditional, songs and tunes, and songs from both sides of the Atlantic, opened fresh ways of thinking about the entire folk genre.
Alongside ‘Dead Man’s Trail’, other tracks already generating fanbase interest include the trad tunes ‘The Heather Blazing’ and ‘Darling Girl’, ‘Crazy Man Michael’ (written by Richard Thompson and Dave Swarbrick), ‘Summer Day Reflection Song’ by the Scottish-born Irish resident Donovan, and ‘I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound’.
The duo first crossed musical paths in the Carlow/Kilkenny trad outfit Sile na Gig.Merriman is a nationally-known singer-songwriter with several solo albums to his name. The Birds Never Cease, whose title comes from a line in the song ‘Streams of Bunclody’, contains 14 tracks recorded in Nashville with Producer Thomm Jutz.