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Richard Rhys O'Brien | Wherever the Moon Is: Songs of Migration

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Wherever the Moon Is: Songs of Migration

by Richard Rhys O'Brien

This is my sixth album, and the second in the style of a song cycle, telling a story with short narration between tracks, in this case the story of my Irish family when they migrated to London in 1844. With Bruce Knapp on guitar.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Drop the O'
3:33 $0.99
2. Wherever the Moon Is (feat. Bruce Knapp)
2:53 $0.99
3. Rookery Rock (feat. Bruce Knapp)
2:11 $0.99
4. Cathy Met Charlie (feat. Bruce Knapp)
3:17 $0.99
5. The Costermonger's Song (feat. Bruce Knapp)
2:29 $0.99
6. Building Boomers (feat. Bruce Knapp)
2:26 $0.99
7. Make It Worth It (feat. Bruce Knapp)
4:33 $0.99
8. Hold the Front Page (feat. Bruce Knapp)
4:18 $0.99
9. At the Double (feat. Bruce Knapp)
4:02 $0.99
10. Come into the Garden (feat. Bruce Knapp)
4:01 $0.99
11. Old Times, Modern Times
2:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is the second of two albums that tell a story, a song cycle with narration between songs. I am accompanied on almost all the tracks by the magical guitar of Bruce Knapp. My other four albums are songs of love, life and contemporary issues. This particular story, Wherever the Moon Is, tells the story of my Irish family when they migrated from Ireland in 1844, just before the famine hit, to London. It was not an easy time: living in the worst Dickensian slums of London, near the St Giles Rookery, four children surviving from twelve, making a living as costermongers and labourers, until finally finding a foothold in the printing industry of Fleet Street and marrying twice into the same family of English descent. It is a struggle facing many more people today, trying to make a go of it in a new world.
My other song cycle album tells the lively story of the popular and notorious pleasure gardens of Highbury Barn, North London, closed down in 1872 when residents complained of the noise and moral danger from the goings on at the Barn. The pleasure grounds are gone but you can still visit the Highbury Barn Tavern, its successor. For this album I am joined by many friends from Highbury and the world, including the World Harmony Orchestra and professional and excellent amateur singers. A colourful booklet on the history of Highbury Barn is included.
The most recent of my albums of songs of love, life and contemporary issues, Don't Believe the Crystal Ball, is recorded with my wonderful band: Bruce Knapp, Richard Sadler, Tony Shepherd, Callie Howard and Christine. Sometime just fun, sometime serious, often somehere in between. The musicians are fantastic.
It folows my first three albums: I Know a Little Place; Anguneau Sunset; and Sense in Our Brains. The more serious songs cover climate change, migration, aging, privacy in an online world, consumerism, poverty, and how mankind treats the world. My songs of life and love are sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but even most of the sad ones have a silver lining.



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