The Paul Mirfin Band | Bring the Rain

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Bring the Rain

by The Paul Mirfin Band

This Harrogate based group of musicians produce songs that can best be described as a Yorkshire version of American porch music. There is a rawness and honesty to their music which is layered with touching lyrics, arresting harmonies and strong rhythms.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Small Act of Repair
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2. In This Now
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3. Carry Me
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4. Bring the Rain
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5. Reign Down
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6. Pass It On
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7. Trust in the Silence
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Although there are only 3 pairs of hands, this Harrogate trio have a mighty repertoire of instruments between them including acoustic guitar, merlin, Irish bouzouki, harmonica, banjo, cajon, viola and violin. They formed in 2015 and since then have exploded onto the social media scene and been gigging constantly including festivals, railway station concourses and Johannesburg FNB Stadium.

Their sound is a Yorkshire version of American country porch music, at times leaning towards folk rock and blues. Influenced by the likes of Johnny Cash, Mumford and Sons and Tom Petty, there is a rawness and honesty to their music as they sing of personal experiences and collisions in love and relationships. This band bring a touching truth and simplicity to the acoustic music scene that has captured media and music industry attention. In June BBC1 Songs of Praise featured the band as they performed for passengers and fans at Harrogate railway station and told the story of their first rollercoaster year leading up to the release of their first EP.


“The last 12 months have been an absolute rollercoaster,” says Paul describing the velocity of events since he first spotted Dan and Dom as potential band members. Dom describes the first few months of working with Paul as “challenging”. “When the band first formed he was writing songs at an incredible rate even after a 9 hour shift on the railway. We’d turn up at rehearsals and he’d say ‘I’ve got another couple’. And that meant we’d have to get them ready to perform at a gig the next week!”

From the first track on the album ‘Bring the Rain’, the spiritual impact of the music is apparent. When asked what the songs are about, Paul describes his faith as a major inspiration “but the songs are about my relationships, life and love…what most songwriters write about really!”. With influences such as Del Amitri, Mumford and Sons and Tom Petty, Paul explains that “the lyrics are key, they have to resonate with me and tell some sort of a story, otherwise I don’t have any reason to listen to a song”. Nowadays, all three talk about the influences of American Country artists such as David Crowder and Johnny Cash. The tracks on ‘Bring the Rain’ clearly express the band’s own experiences and there is a stunning simplicity to the lyrics which, when set within arresting melodies or foot tapping rhythms, makes you stop in your tracks.

The Paul Mirfin Band is able to transport their listeners from the stillness and peace of Trust in the Silence to foot stomping Texan hoedown beats in Bring the Rain and We are Three. Each arrangement has inherited layers from the trio’s range of musical experiences and influences including Dom’s rock school background, Dan’s classical flair and Paul’s depth of experience on acoustic guitar. This album displays some very rich song writing talent and musicianship.

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