Seamus Gavin & The Ocrastra | Justice

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by Seamus Gavin & The Ocrastra

Irish music with attitude. A weapon of mass instruction
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One Way World
5:04 $0.99
2. Esensual
4:26 $0.99
3. There is a War
5:23 $0.99
4. To the Bone
6:25 $0.99
5. Vagabond
3:49 $0.99
6. Seani
7:57 $0.99
7. Hedges
3:58 $0.99
8. Justice just a dirty word
6:39 $0.99
9. Wee War
3:15 $0.99
10. Shine
3:08 $0.99
11. Ode
6:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
Seamus Gavin is a lawyer by trade and a songsmith by profession. He served his musical apprenticeship busking his way from Ireland to London. His music speaks for itself.......... but .... read on...

Seamus Gavin bio

The past .........

At the age of 10 I met the legendary Cathal Mac Connell. He taught me tin whistle and the basics. I strayed from Fermanagh to Derry and helped man an outpost of DIY lawyers in the Bogside.

I shipped out to Leicester and busked my way through Law School and the local folk clubs. London beckoned so I continued to play their tune in the hope that Law would reveal its mysteries. It never did and never will. Folk clubs became my opium between briefs.

The present ......

I find myself recording those songs and melodies that come from everywhere and nowhere. My work is a fusion of socially conscious lyrics wrapped in melodic sounds.

I am in the process of taking the UK Government to the European Court for breaches of environmental legislation and the proceeds of sale of my music helps me in this quest.

The songs......

1. One way world

One-way world a spaceman's view of earthmans' inhumanity to this planet.

2. Esensual

A love song that had it genesis in a session after some musicians tormented me.

3. There is a war

War is war, particularly the brutal one in Bosnia.

4. To the Bone

The Bone pays homage to my late brother, a great man on the bodhran.

5. Vagabond

This is an autobiographical song plotting my trek from Fermanagh to London.

6. Seani

This is the story of the struggle faced by a Fermanagh piper on the eve of the famine in Ireland in 1843. Not much call for dedicated musicians in those days, except at funerals. Seani, his wife Aggie and their three children are evicted and suffer at the hands of Mr Rule (the landlord's agent).

7. Hedges

Hedges recounts the tale of how Haringey Council and Wolsley (a £4 Billion USA globalised monopoly in the pipe industry) built 4 massive warehouses in a residential area opposite my house after felling about a 100 trees. I sued the lot of them and had the site declared illegal. However, the UK government, in its wisdom, failed to incorporate the European legislation properly so they think they got away with it ( for the moment) without paying a penny in fines and/or compensation. It now falls on me to bring the matter before the European Court.

8. Justice just a dirty word Justice

This is the story of the execution of John Baird Jr in Ohio in February 2002. He was innocent. I, like thousands of others , petitioned for a clemency. John put up a honourable fight through the Courts, but was put to death. His hands were gentle.

9. Wee War

Same War only different.

10. Shine

A silly song in a sensible sort of way.

11. Ode

Ode started off as a complaint about the current moves by Tony Blair and his mates to censor musicians in the UK through the new licensing laws. It uses the current crises in the Gulf as a backdrop.

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Peter from the Swiss mountains with an Irish soul

It is top notch indeed and the music tickles my toes, shivers my spine and gladd
It is top notch indeed and the music tickles my toes, shivers my spine and gladdens my heart. What I do of course value most is the commitment to justice - a foreign
word for many, mainly for the politicians.


acquiring influence and losing friends
The Ocrastra: a curious combination.

Where it comes from is a rain-lashed Ballyshannon festival with Donal Lunny on mixer, bikers on whiskey, hippies on the bridge and poitin on the roof of Sweeney’s bar. It was there at dawn on Easter Sunday on Topped mountain where our pagan ashes welcomed the Salvation Army to serenade their mangod with with their backs to the east for fear they’d see the sun dance. Some of it was flemenco guitar cutting the sound of the sirens in squattie London dives. It comes with a lament for a flute now silent and a bodhran unbeaten. And the soundtrack was Horslips and Woody and Crazy Horse, fast fiddlers and loose pipers, electric guitars and bog oak mandolins. We were neither wise nor given to lies and deceit, but we did go on ahead.


John Burger

Wonderful music with a story that needs telling.
A great collection of songs with an original unique feel. Its refreshing to hear music that means something so worthwhile, not just nice music.
Very well orchestrated and produced.
I hope it becomes popular and helps the artist make the difference in the World that he so obviously wants to.

Geraldine Gilmartin

Great stuff - I love "Esensual" and "War" and lots of other bits. Seamus has a most unique voice and some amazing lyrics which require close study....