The Covid19 lockdown has been a difficult time for many people, none more so than the over 70’s. But for legendary country singer Brendan Quinn it’s been a very productive time “Not being able to do what I’ve been doing for 50 odd years came as a bit of shock” says Brendan. ‘Everything just stopped last February , no more music. I had a 14 day tour lined up for May, gigs and festivals over the summer, all cancelled. But I tried to stay positive, I walked almost every day and started to stream gigs live on FB from my front room. I did it every day for 100 days and I reckon I sang about 700 songs. I really enjoyed interacting with all the folk online, but it’s just not the same as playing in front of an audience, but it kept me connected to my music. Brendan also kept scribbling away in his jotter and came up with some new songs, which will be released on an album in time for Xmas. One of Brendan’s new songs ‘Will We Ever Be Free’, along with a video is being released as a single to all digital platforms from 18/09/20. Brendan is looking forward to getting out and about promoting the new single.
Brendan Quinn has been one of my favourite singers for the past forty years. His special ability to tell a story in song, lifted him out of the pack and made him a star with his recordings of classic songs such as It’s four in the morning, Behind closed doors and Angeline.
Well that’s all been put aside for the moment, because the Mighty Quinn has unplugged his guitar and delivered up a set of folk songs that shows of Brendan’s roots in South Derry, a great stronghold of Irish Music.
The title of the new album is ‘Feels Like Home’ which is one of Randy Newman’s great songs. Brendan makes it his own by reinterpreting it as a folk waltz and the end result is a new life for an old, and a new hit for Brendan.
“Even though i knew it wasn’t strictly an Irish song, I deliberately choose to include it” says Brendan. “But because i could hear the lilt that was hiding behind Randy Newman’s piano, myself and my producer Pete O’Hanlon went digging and came up with tis pot of gold, which is a perfect bridge for me to switch from country to folk”.
“Feels Like Home” was recorded at ” The Tin House” Strabane with the cream of Irish musicians like Cathal Hayden, Dermot Byrne, Ciaran Tourish, Pete O’Hanlon, Floraine Blancke and Nicky Scott. Shay Healy – 04/05/14