Kevin O'Donnell | Deep Is the Well

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Deep Is the Well

by Kevin O'Donnell

Deep Is The Well is an ambitious collection of original songs written and performed by Kevin O’Donnell. Follow the descendants of Michael Fagan, a 19th century Irish immigrant, through 170 years of struggle for the American Dream.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. (Prelude) A Letter Home
3:30 $0.99
2. When I Was Young
3:58 $0.99
3. Factory Girl
3:27 $0.99
4. Downtowner Motel
3:55 $0.99
5. Girl from Durango
3:23 $0.99
6. Illinois & Michigan Canal
3:57 $0.99
7. Camp-Farm Road
3:29 $0.99
8. Rusted Dreams
3:49 $0.99
9. She
4:14 $0.99
10. The Ballad of Jackie Ryan Fagan
4:14 $0.99
11. Saint Malachy's Waltz
4:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
The long awaited return of singer-songwriter and author Kevin O’Donnell to the folk music scene.

After a 15 year hiatus from playing Irish music, Kevin O’Donnell now presents his first ever solo work. 3 years in the making, DEEP IS THE WELL is an ambitious collection of original songs telling the tale of an Irish-American family through multiple generations. These poignant, emotional songs are framed by extraordinary musicianship. DEEP IS THE WELL is produced by Maurice Lennon (Stockton’s Wing) and in addition to Kevin features: Jim DeWan, Finbar Furey, Larry Gray, Kathleen Keane, Bill Lanphier, Maurice Lennon, Haley O'Donnell, John Rice, John Williams, and Jessica Willis.

Listen to Deep is the Well, and follow the descendants of Michael Fagan, a 19th century Irish immigrant, through 170 years of struggle for the American Dream. Their experiences still echo in the places they called home – from the forgotten prairie towns of the industrial heartland to the insular steel mill culture rimming the lower Great Lakes; from Times Square in New York City to the San Joaquin Valley in California; and from the frozen copper country of Lake Superior to the rain-soaked suburbs of the Pacific Northwest.

The Irish-American Experience
While there are many strong connections and instances where American folk songs and tunes can be traced back to Ireland, and many fine songs written about the Irish experience abroad by Irish expatriates – especially in America - the experiences of their subsequent generations has gone virtually ignored. There has never been a collection of songs written exclusively from such a perspective.
This is the impetus behind the DEEP IS THE WELL project – uniquely American story-songs that are the specters of a common Irish past.

Making of
Kevin returned to the studio in 2012 when Maurice Lennon, of Stockton’s Wing, agreed to produce an album of Kevin’s material. Kevin and Maurice eventually settled on ten original songs for the project. Some were pulled from the drawer; while others - previously recorded by Kevin in the ‘80s and ‘90s - were retooled, rearranged, and in some cases, completely rewritten. The project inspired Maurice to write an original tune (A Letter Home) that serves as a prelude to the album.

More Than an Album
As the acclaimed author of Fadó: A Memoir of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, Kevin is known as more than a singer-songwriter but also an author and historian. DEEP IS THE WELL is a work of historical fiction drawing extensively from real-life events. Kevin has penned a novel-worthy history of the Fagan family, from 1837 through today, steeped in a real American past.

Upon purchase of the physical album OR full album download*...
We invite you unlock interactive multimedia content at From there, as you listen to the album you can become acquainted with each of the songs’ characters as you read their complex backstories, view their family photographs, and explore their family tree (complete with a few dark family secrets). Watch videos, listen to the author read a chapter from his book, Fadó, download a bootleg bonus track, and gain access to the lyrics, chords, and the author’s personal notes from the album. Those curious about the evolution of writing and recording a song, from the first lilt of the melody to the last day in the studio, will be especially interested in a short documentary on the making of one of Kevin’s most intriguing songs.

*Make sure to share your email address with Kevin when purchasing the album and you will receive an email with the passcode shortly following your download.



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