Acclaimed Irish singer and musician John Spillane releases his new single ‘We Come In The Wind’ on February 19th. This is the first single to be taken from his forthcoming album ‘100 Snow White Horses’ which is set for release on 2 April, 2021. ‘We Come In The Wind’ is based on the 3 Imramma or Wonder Voyages of Irish literature; The Voyage of Bran, The Voyage of Maeldun and The Voyage of St. Brendan. It’s a fairy tale dream journey inspired by some of John’s favourite old Irish stories. ‘We Come In The Wind’ features the ethereal vocals of Pauline Scanlon, and is produced by John Reynolds, both of whom John has collaborated with many times.
John wrote the songs on ‘100 Snow White Horses’ in the Irish bardic tradition, in gratitude for patronage by various communities, festivals, and artistic events that he has been privileged to be part of in the last four years as a travelling songwriter and composer. A strong theme of Irish mythology runs through the album with ‘We Come In The Wind’ being a prime example. John spent a whole summer writing the verses for this song and it all came together in one serendipitous night.
He explains, “It was the night I played in Abbeyfeale and I was waiting to go on in the Glorach Theatre. I was sitting in a theatre set with a bookshelf and I said I’d pick a random book and blindly pick a line and try to incorporate it into the song. I did and it said ‘Go tell my lady’ and I put that in the song. Driving home that evening after the gig, I came out with the chorus ‘we come in the wind, we leave in the wind’. I love musical moments like this because these are the best moments of life.“
John Spillane is a native of Cork. He started his career playing with celebrated Irish trad band, Nomos, but left the band to pursue a solo career. He is a two-time Meteor award winner for Best Folk/Trad act, and has sold over 100,000 albums in Ireland alone. With an extensive back catalogue, beginning with the 1997 album ‘The Wells Of The World’, his songs have been covered by Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane and many others. Over the course of his long career John has toured extensively in Europe and as well as North America, Africa and Asia.
‘We Come In The Wind’ is a gorgeous new single from one of Ireland’s great modern bards. With a new album to follow, 2021 is shaping up to be a memorable year for John Spillane.
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