John McGlynn | Songs for a Fallen Angel

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Songs for a Fallen Angel

by John McGlynn

A collection of love songs and strange Celtic poems set in a landscape of delicate, complex guitars and glacial, pure vocals.
Genre: Folk: Irish Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If All She Has Is You
3:30 $0.99
2. She Took My Hand
4:11 $0.99
3. I Know You Hear Me
2:54 $0.99
4. What If..?
3:39 $0.99
5. Fallen Angel
4:51 $0.99
6. Face the Wall
2:43 $0.99
7. In Your Eyes
4:03 $0.99
8. If I Looked Any Better
3:33 $0.99
9. Swimming in the Barrow
3:05 $0.99
10. Justified
5:06 $0.99
11. The Fisher King
3:39 $0.99
12. Now and Forever
3:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
"If all she has is you" is featured on the DVD/CD Celtic Origins which is available exclusively at all Borders Shops in the USA.

"Genteel harmonies and quiescent aural landscapes/reminiscent of Art Garfunkel during his "Bright Eyes" days/the absolute beauty of a handful of the dozen self-penned songs/Nick Drake would surely smile at the irony of a revival of such delicacy in the maw of the tiger/but McGlynn's strongest hand is the sophistication in his writing particularly on "In Your Eyes", with its Cole Porter romance"
Hot Press Magazine

"The instrumentation in particular is outstanding and McGlynn possesses a voice that does justice to lyrics that are clearly personal"
In Dublin Magazine

"He sings with a clear and very beautiful voice, not far from Art Garfunkel."
Gothenburg Post, Sweden (Live)

Officially released in 2005 his debut album Songs for a Fallen Angel was compared favourably to the vocal and guitar stylings of Nick Drake, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, though a more recent comparison to Jose Gonzalez might be more appropriate. The songs range from achingly sad love songs (Face the Wall/If all she has is you) to a joyful celebration of an Irish childhood (Swimming in the Barrow) from the trippy, dreamy "Fisher King" to the Cole Porteresque "In your eyes". The diverse styles are held together by McGlynn’s distinctive gentle vocals and unique guitar playing. There's very little to complicate these songs by way of over-production apart from percussion and some beautiful string arrangements.

John co-directs the cult Irish group Anuna and has worked with Elvis Costello, Jeff Buckley, Sinead O'Connor and Barry Manilow. In 2005 his vocal arrangement of "Fionnghuala" appeared on the "The Chieftains: Live from Dublin: A Tribute to Derek Bell" and sang with Sting on the Grammy-winning "The long Black Veil". He featured on Jerry Fish's Meteor Irish Music Award winning album "Be Yourself" on backing vocals with Damien Rice. His work has appeared on most of Anuna's 10 studio albums. The first track on "Songs for a Fallen Angel"-"If all she has is you", was covered on Owen Brady's debut album "Prepare to be happy" released April 2008 by Sony BMG. In 2008 he appeared as special guest at Cork Opera house and The Olympia theatre Dublin for the re-formed legendary Irish band Moving Hearts.
John's work also appeared on the PBS Specials "Celtic Origins" and "Christmas Memories", the former of which was carried by in excess of 220 PBS Channels and charted at number one on Soundscan for World Music. The ladder reached number six in the Billboard World Music charts.
Apart from his ongoing work with Anúna John has been constantly working on his second album for release in 2013.



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Songs for a Fallen Angel
Love the guitar work, and his voice is beautiful -More please!


Breath Taking
When I heard "If All She Has Is You" on Anúna's PBS special I was blown away, and even more so when I heard it performed live. John McGlynn has a heavenly voice and his songs paint a rich tapestry of youth, love, and love lost. My favorite song, and it's hard to pick just one, is "She Took My Hand." Whenever I hear it, I think of "The Story In Your Eyes" by the Moody Blues, and I love the Moody Blues. I have yet to take this CD out of my changer. "Songs For A Fallen Angel" is definitely one of my Top 10 CD's. I truly can't say enough good things about it. I highly recommend this CD.

Jeff Russell

A friend of mine, when talking about our favorite albums we had found randomly, brought this to my attention. I found McGlynn on Myspace and was awed. I immediately ordered the album and was not let down in the least. His voice, his lyrics, his music: all of it is truly beautiful!

Lisa Morgan

Two songs from this album really stand out for me, Swimming in the Barrow and If I Looked Any Better. Both invoked memories, reminding me of that perfect day with friends (Swimming) and then a wry grin about people I've known (If I looked). All the songs are well done, the melodies interesting and clear (The Fisher King is a very good example). Listen to Songs for a Fallen Angel, and see what calls out to your own emotions and experiences.

Rhonda Childs

Songs for a Fallen Angel
John McGlynn is awesome! His voice is mesmerizing and the guitar just makes you beg for more!


This is a beautiful album. John has a beautiful voice and is a skilled guitarist and songwriter.

Michelle Clifton

Songs for a Fallen Angel
I came across this artist when I got into the music of Anuna, and upon reading the reviews I wanted to hear more of Mr. McGlynn's songs. It must be said that this is a recording of merit and quality, and upon the initial hear it was very reminiscent of some of the artists I listened to during the singer/songwriter era. It is very introspective, personal, and moving. Stylewise for example, what first came to mind from a few of the tracks from Songs ... were a few of the tracks from the 1968 WB release of Mason Williams' "Phonograph Record." Tracks such as "Wonderlove," "Here Am I," and the hit single "Classical Gas." Although the PR recording is loaded with dated nuances from the late 60s the simularities can be noted especially in the arrangement for strings while the soft penumbra of Simon & Garfunkel billows in the background. But the most important thing is even with these artists in mind "Songs For A Fallen Angel" is clearly able to stand on its own. I hope to hear more songs from John McGlynn.


This album is absolutely stunning
John McGlynn really is something special - these are epic love songs, but with lighter & more fun folk tracks too. His wistful melodies and lyrics truly send you into a gentle reverie...pretty much anyone I know would love this CD.

Kathy Schmidt

Songs for a Fallen Angel
This cd was even better than I expected. I can't wait for the next cd to come out. I can't get the music out of my head! Delightful, so smooth and refreshing! John McGlynn's voice and guitar music give me the shivers. I'm hooked!

Erin Despas

Piece of Heaven!
I just received this album, and I absolutely LOVE IT!!! I first heard John McGlynn sing on youtube, singing as a member of Anuna. As a soloist, he really does spread his wings. I love the sadness, and feeling of despair in Face the Wall, and then the sense of fun in Swimming in the Barrow. Please if you read this, please Mr. McGlynn make a new album soon. We need more of your wonderful music, songwriting, and guitar playing.
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