Shane Ó Fearghail Unveils Latest Single and Video
Recorded between Vienna and Dublin, ‘New England’ is the third single from Shane Ó Fearghail’s new album ‘Born From Tradition’. Released 23.04.2021, the single is busy making waves. Along with the accompanying video, animated by the author himself — ‘New England’ is an honest account of a shared history. Self penned, the song is a ballad of reflection — written from the perspective of a boy who looks back across the waves of time and tide in search of understanding.
The catalyst for writing ‘New England’ was the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in 2017. The history of imperialism its driving force — Brexit was its motivation. Since its release, the single has received national radio play in Ireland, Austria and Germany, along with local radio plays around Europe and North America. For a six minute plus folk song that weighs heavy — it is real positive for original new music and the folk tradition.
Shane is an Irish Singer-songwriter based in Vienna. An animator by trade, from Dublin his musical style fits neatly into the Irish Indie Folk box. Likened to, REM, Neil Finn (Crowded House), Rufus Wainright III and Ron Sexsmith, it is easy to see where his songwriting loyalties lie. Irish music however, is his first love.
‘Born From Tradition’, is Shane’s newest long play. Now with four albums and three EP releases to his name, this new release is an Irish folk album in mirth and measure, and is a collection of songs that comes back to that idea of home and roots.
A quiet ballad based affair, the foundations of Shane’s new album were laid in the Dublin mountains early in 2020, and finished during lockdown in Vienna. ‘Trasna na gCianta’ — a song in Irish and Shane’s first single from the new album, was released 21.09.2020. It has received radio play in Australia, Canada, The US & UK; with extensive radio coverage in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Ireland. It was named in RTE’s — Irelands national broadcasters, top ten picks two weeks running
‘Born From Tradition’ was recently shortlisted for ‘Best Album’ at the CeltCast Fantasy Awards in the Netherlands. ‘Ná Bí Buartha’ another track from the album was selected in the ‘Best Song’ category. Winners to be announced in June 2022.
Photo: Sabine Mann