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Songs of Exile, Love & Dissent

by Rich McMahon

Contemporary Folk with Irish and Americana influences
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Imagined Nation
3:36 $0.99
2. Dissenters
4:03 $0.99
3. The Barman's Tale
4:41 $0.99
4. My Beautiful Broken Guitar
2:49 $0.99
5. Beyond Borders
4:11 $0.99
6. The Pearl
3:55 $0.99
7. Inbetweenland
4:42 $0.99
8. A Mother's Lament
4:21 $0.99
9. Ten Thousand Miles from Dublin
3:13 $0.99
10. Beauty All Around
3:18 $0.99
11. Here
4:10 $0.99
12. My Lost & Found
3:38 $0.99
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Album Notes

"Whether you're from Ireland, England or anywhere in between, Rich's music will have a connection with you." Irish Post

Rich McMahon was well into his thirties by the time he decided to embark on a full-time music career. Having overcome a troubled upbringing in Coventry and rural Ireland, a life-threatening illness in his twenties, and a series of dead-end temping jobs, Rich realised that life was long and he had to do something with it.

This UK based songwriter and performer has managed to pack a lot in over the last few years, performing countless live gigs and recording albums in various guises. His new solo album, Songs of Exile, Love & Dissent is produced by Mercury Prize and BBC Folk award nominated producer Gerry Diver, whose previous collaborators include Sam Lee, Christy Moore, O’Hooley & Tidow, Lisa Knapp and Damien Dempsey. Its twelve self-penned tracks blend the socially conscious balladry of Christy Moore, the Celtic Soul of Van Morrison and the wry observational wit of The Divine Comedy, but in a style and voice that is unmistakably his own.

“I’ve been writing and performing music since my late teens, but it took me a long time to find my own voice. If you’d seen me play an open mic night twenty years ago you’d see a fella trying to sound like Kurt Cobain or Beck, totally unaware of the audience in front of him. Now I’m older I’m a lot more comfortable in expressing my own identity. I want to write songs that appeal to the head and the heart, that entertain and inform at the same time.”

Born in England and raised in Ireland, Rich McMahon’s songs address themes of identity and borders, the personal and the political, the mythical and the real. His mixed-media shows, The Imagined Nation and Beyond Borders, have garnered praise for their variety, insight and humour, and it was from these shows that the songs on his new album, Songs of Exile, Love & Dissent, were initially formed.

“I love putting on a show with a narrative, where every song is there for a reason. When I tour Songs of Exile, Love & Dissent I’ll be looking at how relationships; with your family, friends or your country, can revolve around the sentiments ‘I miss you, I love you, I disagree with you’.”

As a live performer Rich has found himself bridging the generations, sharing a stage over the years with upcoming performers such as The Young Folk, Dan Walsh, Barley Mob and Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney, and veterans such as Davey Arthur, Martin Stephenson, Frankie Gavin and the Dubliners’ Sean Cannon. Perhaps this, along with a live repertoire that encompasses traditional material and songs by artists such as Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen and Frank Turner, explains why Rich’s shows attract such a diverse audience.

To mark the release of Songs of Exile, Love & Dissent Rich will be performing a solo tour in 2015, with dates to be announced throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.

For more information and the latest tour dates, please visit, www.richmcmahon.com

"A unique songwriting talent...plenty of choruses to sing along to"
Folk Monthly Magazine

"Rich's songs combine the contemporary and the traditional...a born entertainer and a nice fella with it." Davey Arthur

"One of those voices that many singers might envy." Joe Giltrap

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