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Bill Mullen

Me, and how I got here…
It all started with parties… not just any party - Scottish Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) parties were a real highpoint! I just had to be a part of the song, stories and hilarity. I played my 1st songs at our neighbors, the Gibsons, party when I was 12 years old – after that I was “all-in”, playing guitar, singing, harmonizing with the talented folks who showed up in abundance to celebrate. Those days in Dundee, Scotland where I grew up in the mid-60s were indeed magical. Celtic music wasn’t something I found, it was everywhere and had become a part of me.

Most importantly - the one thing that struck me about all of these songs was the delivery and passion of the performers. These weren’t just songs, they were stories and shared experiences, glimpses of times gone by all put in context so you could be a part of that time, that experience, that feeling – your spirit would be lifted or your heart would break depending on the song even though it could be hundreds of years old.

Fast-forward to late in 2008, I had played in bands for around 21 years, left Dundee, moved to Aberdeen then the Netherlands had a family, then we all moved to USA. One soft Oregon autumn evening, I went, with my guitar, to Mahers, a small Irish pub in Lake Oswego, and played 8 songs just to see if I still had the touch. The crowd loved it and my solo music career was re-born. Since then I have played regularly and I turned professional in September 2013.

The Album
In “The Beginning”, my 1st solo album, I have gone back to those exciting, emotional, happy days - that beginning, those Hogmanay party years where I was uplifted by the thrill of letting the music take me wherever it wanted … and captured all of that in this album. I am really happy with the result and hope that you will also enjoy sharing the musical legacy I inherited.

The songs are all traditional Scottish and Irish songs which were being sung during those wonderful early days (apart from the Fields of Athenry – but it’s so lovely, I just couldn’t leave it out).

I hope you enjoy The Beginning!

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