Martin Leahy Releases Christmas Single ‘Goin’ Back’
This is the latest release from Cork musician Martin Leahy. It is a cover of the Carole King/Gerry Goffin classic ‘Goin’ Back’.
The version recorded by Dusty Springfield was used in Ireland in an ESB advert first transmitted in 1988 and as a result of that, coupled with its nostalgic lyrics, the song has a strong association with the Christmas season. Martin’s emotional and evocative interpretation of the track features soaring strings by Aine O Gorman and some beautiful clarinet by Tom Jordan.
This release also celebrates an amazing year for Martin as a singer/songwriter. He released his debut single, Song For Kirsty MacColl, just one year ago.
During that year he released another two singles, The Wolves In The Valley and Brian, which both received great airplay locally, and also making the RTE Radio One Recommends List resulting in lots of national airplay. He was selected as a finalist in the USA International Songwriting Competition reaching the final 16 in the lyrics category out of an overall number of 26,000 entries. He also played his first solo gigs and released a three-track EP for SomeRiseSomeFall in aid of the charity ‘A Lust For Life’
Martin is a musician from Cork and has been playing on the Irish music scene for about 20 years. Along with his recent successes as a singer/songwriter he has worked extensively with some of Irelands greatest songwriters and musicians including John Spillane, Christy Moore (on his No.1 selling album ‘Listen’), Cormac O Caoimh, Ger Wolfe, Jimmy McCarthy, Greenshine, Noel Brazil, Declan Sinnott among many others. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, he has produced many albums including the most recent very successful album by Cormac O Caoimh called ‘Swim Crawl Walk Run’ which was awarded album of the week by many radio stations including RTE Radio One, RTE Lyric and BBC Radio Ulster. He also produced Ger Wolfe’s well-received album ‘I Have Been Loved’. Other productions include Leah Sohotra and John Neville.
As a member of the traditional Irish group North Cregg he has toured the World playing many major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge and Milwaukee. As a songwriter he has collaborated with a number of writers including John Neville, Mary Greene, and more recently with Cormac O Caoimh on his successful single ‘Building My Ark’ which received substantial airplay around the country reaching 870,000 listeners nationwide!
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