Cork born singer songwriter, Paddy Madden, has released an album of original songs that reflect experiences of living in the here and now, as well as perspectives of life and love in Cork City.
Called “Songs for the Time Being, Volume 1”, it is an album of 15 original songs (including two co-written with Bill O’Brien) and performed with some of Corks best musicians.
The album was recorded at Blarney Recording Studio, Cork and produced with sound engineer and musician Dave Murphy.
Paddy performed regularly with the guitar band Driftwood until the Coronavirus restrictions prevented live performances. He went into the studio inviting 14 local musicians to contribute to the arrangements of his original songs. A total of 33 songs were recorded to be released as Volumes 1 and 2.
“Songs for the Time Being Volume 1” has just been released, it is now available to download and purchase at Bandcamp.
Paddy tells us that “the recording process over the past two-year period was a fulfilling and exciting process as my songs began a new life in digital format”. The music sounds familiar and contemporary with fusions of folk rock, simple love songs, rocking pop songs and piano based ballads. Acoustic and electric guitars interchange with saxophones, flutes, cellos, violin and lovely piano playing throughout.
On the album, Paddy sings that this is Where I am Now as he strolls through Cork city in Slow Motion, and we meet the Sunday Stroller with his receding hairline and the Rainbow Woman ‘collecting drops from a sigh’. He describes in Patrick Street Incident how he waits to meet his muse, and how he had a Thousand Dreams and had the blues in Like Falling Rain and recalls his past in Dandelion Days. He reflects contemporary concerns in songs about the Winds of Change and counting down the hours in ‘A Song for the Time Being’. Fans of the Cork band Sleepy Hollow will be interested in listening to Last Train to Cork City as Paddy is enjoying himself performing with that band.
Volume 2 is currently being prepared for release in May 2022.